The Visitant by Megan Chance

the visitantNarrated by Julia Whelan

Megan Chance is someone I’ve been aware of for a while as an author of historical gothic mysteries with a touch of the supernatural about them, but I’ve not so far read or listened to one of her books. I have now rectified that situation with The Visitant, which I enjoyed well enough to want to delve into her back catalogue and keep an eye out for future books.

The novel’s subtitle says it all, really – A Venetian Ghost Story is a very apt description! But even with that massive hint as to what to expect, I was nonetheless gripped by the story Read the rest of this entry »

Genuine Lies by Nora Roberts

Genuine LiesNarrated by Joyce Bean

I picked up Genuine Lies for review based on two facts: I like Nora Roberts’ writing and Joyce Bean is an A list, professional narrator. The combination seemed to guarantee a good listen. I did not factor it two other things: it was first published in 1991, and it’s almost 20 hours long!

Julia Summers is a celebrity biographer hired by Eve Benedict, an aging Hollywood legend, to write her memoirs. However, once word gets out that Eve is planning to spill everyone’s darkest secrets, all the players in Eve’s life – including Read the rest of this entry »

Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh

Only a KissNarrated by Rosalyn Landor

I’ve enjoyed every one of the novels I’ve read and/or listened to in Ms Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series, and Only a Kiss, the sixth book, is no exception. The author continues her extraordinarily insightful stories about a group of people – six men and one woman – indelibly scarred by their wartime experiences with the story of Imogen, Lady Barclay who, eight years previously, watched her officer husband die at the hands of his French captors.

One of the things that attracted me most to this story was something the author said on her website Read the rest of this entry »

Autumn Duchess by Lucinda Brant 

Autumn Duchess-300Narrated by Alex Wyndham

If you listen to only one historical romance all year, I highly recommend that it be Autumn Duchess! Wow, this story blew me away! Not only does it sport one of the best narrations I have ever listened to – I will definitely be seeking out more of Alex Wyndham’s narrations in the future! – but it also brings to the table a fantastically developed historical romance with real depth to its plot and a heartfelt, unique romance.

In that regard, I will note that one of the features that I look for in a “A” rated story is a fresh, unusual twist Read the rest of this entry »

Chase the Dark by Annette Marie

Chase the DarkNarrated by Jorjeana Marie

Chase the Dark is the first book in Annette Marie’s Steel and Stone series. It’s a fast-paced paranormal romance, though I wasn’t sure of its intended audience. Parts of the story had a distinctly young adult feel, while others seemed much more suited to adults. Jorjeana Marie’s young-sounding narration probably contributed a bit to my confusion.

According to Piper Griffiths, life is only meaningful if she is able to become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. Read the rest of this entry »

Tempted by a Rogue by Lauren Smith

Tempted by a RogueNarrated by Carolyn Morris

Lauren Smith’s novella, Tempted by a Rogue has exactly two things going for it.  First – it is narrated by the excellent Carolyn Morris, whose name has been woefully absent among the lists of new audiobook historical romances over the past year or so; and second – it’s short.  Mind you, at around three hours and fifteen minutes, it’s not short enough, because by the half way mark the inconsistencies in the storytelling and characterisation had become so annoying that I struggled to finish it. Read the rest of this entry »

Currently Playing for the Gals, 20th November 2015

Woman listening

We look forward to our chats about what we’re listening to each week, and love hearing from you about yours!  Jump in and let us know what you’re enjoying (or not!) or if you’re looking for inspiration, maybe one of these titles might interest you.


Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Narrated by Lorelei King


Walking Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

Narrated by Kate Russell


Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn

Narrated by Anna Parker-Naples


Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Narrated by Moira Quirk


Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant

Narrated by Alex Wyndham


Genuine Lies by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Joyce Bean


Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Narrated by Ashford MacNab


Tell us in the comments what’s in YOUR ears this week!

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