Currently Playing for the Gals, 15th February 2016

Woman listening

We look forward to our chats about what we’re listening to each week – we squee over the good and sigh over the not-so-good, tap each other up for ideas for future listens and generally gossip about what’s making our ears happy. Here’s what we’re listening to this week.

BJ

Wife Number Seven by Melissa Brown

Narrated by Bridget Haight

Caz

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Narrated by Angèle Masters

Kaetrin

Bender by Stacy Borel

Narrated by Chandra Skyye

Lea

I’m in No Mood for Love by Rachel Gibson

Narrated by Kathleen Early

Melinda

Fast Women by Jennifer Cruise

Narrated by Sandra Burr

Shannon

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Narrated by Kirsten Potter

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

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AudioGals Valentine to 2015: Our Favourite Things

Hearts 2Everyone and his dog does end-of-year round-ups, don’t they?  So we’re going to be different this year and decided to make our look back at the best of 2015 into our very own AudioGals Valentine to our favourite audiobooks!  The Gals have chosen the best of the titles we each reviewed here, which means that either story or narration (and hopefully both) received an A grade.  With so many audiobooks coming out each month, there might be something here you missed, so if you’re looking for a guaranteed great listen, perhaps you’ll find something new to try.

 

 

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Undercover by Danielle Steel

UndercoverNarrated by Alexander Cendese

It’s been a long time since I have read a Danielle Steel novel, and given that I love romantic suspense, the minute I saw the blurb for Undercover, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. However, to my great surprise, this title really boasted neither significant amounts of romance nor suspense. Instead it really read more like general fiction, focusing more on the character’s individual backgrounds and the evolution of their character traits. In fact, the hero and the heroine don’t even meet until way beyond the mid-way point of the book. And the romance is quickly resolved in the last hour or so of the listen. Read the rest of this entry »

Our February 2016 Picks

What are the Gals looking forward to in February? Here are the audiobooks we think are likely to provide us with a great listen this month; some chosen because we like the author, some because the narrator’s name makes it a “must listen” and some because we just like the look of them!

 

once upon a marquessOnce Upon a Marquess by Courtney Milan

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

More from Courtney Milan and Rosalyn Landor? It’s like Christmas all over again! Ms Landor’s work in this author’s Brothers Sinister series was utterly sublime and I’m so glad they’re teaming up again for the Worth Saga. Hours of listening heaven guaranteed :) – Caz

I’m so excited for a new Milan/Landor title. These two are one of those perfect pairings of author and narrator. – Shannon

 

The ShadowThe Shadow by Sylvain Reynard

Narrated by John Michael Morgan

Both the writing and narration The Raven, (Book 1 in this paranormal series) with its dark underworld and gothic and art history influences were superb and unique!  Now I can’t wait to continue the Vampire Prince of Florentine’s and Raven’s story in The Shadow! – BJ

This author and narrator took me pleasantly by surprise last year. Vampires in Florence? Who would have guessed I’d enjoy that! ;) Morgan’s narration was totally worth the price of the audiobook. He has a nice deep register that can make my heart pound in terror…and delight! I’m expecting nothing less from the second in the series.- Diana

 

The HunterThe Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne

Narrated by Derek Perkins

Ms Byrne’s previous book, The Highwayman was a deliciously angsty and sexy story set in Victorian Britain with a darkly damaged and brooding hero (aren’t they the best kind?!) and The Hunter looks to be more of the same.  Derek Perkins is a narrator I enjoy listening to and I’m sure he’ll do a great job. – Caz

 

 

Bitter Bite

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

Narrated by Lauren Fortgang

Urban fantasy lovers have a new title to look forward to in February with a new release in one of the favorite long-running series: Bitter Bite, Book 14 in the Elemental Assassins series. – BJ

 

 

PackPack: A Paranormal Romance Novelette by Jeaniene Frost

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

While I’m not the biggest fan of novellas and other short stories, one of my all-time favorite author/narrator team is releasing a shifter paranormal nosvelette in February, and I can’t wait to listen! – BJ

 

 

She Tempts the DukeShe Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath

Narrated by Faye Adele

I’ve become a big Lorraine Heath fan over the past couple of years, but haven’t yet got around to reading the Lost Lords of Pembroke series.  For some reason, books 2 and 3 in this series have been available for some time, and at last the first book joins them, so I have a new series to look forward to :)  I’m not familiar with Faye Adele’s work, but fingers crossed! – Caz

 

Major MisconductMajor Misconduct by Kelly Jamieson

Narrated by Kasha Kensington

Sports romance has become one of my favourite contemporary subgenres so I’m looking forward to trying this one. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

beautiful bossBeautiful Boss by Christina Lauren

Narrated by Grace Grant and Sebastian York

In this book, we get a chance to catch up with Will and Hanna and I can’t wait. And with the fabulous Sebastian York co-narrating, its bound to be an excellent time.- Diana

 

 

Wicked Sexy LiarWicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

Narrated by Deacon Lee and Olivia Song

Another Lauren title for me to enjoy this month! I’m not as fond of this series as I am her others but her writing makes me laugh which is why I keep coming back.- Diana

 

 

 

Her Wicked ProposalHer Wicked Proposal by Lauren Smith

Narrated by Heather Wilds

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series as a whole, and this third entry in particular. Narrator Heather Wilds does a great job with British historicals, so I’m really looking forward to getting lost in this book. – Shannon

 

 

Fully IgnitedFully Ignited by Shannon Stacey

Narrated by Tatiana Sokolov – I enjoy both the author and the narrator so I’m sure I’m on a winner with this audiobook. – Kaetrin

 

 

 

 

Driven by FireDriven by Fire by Anne Stuart

Narrated by Jill Redfield

No one does romantic suspense like Anne Stuart. Pair that with the skilled narration of Jill Redfield and you’re pretty much guaranteed a great listen. – Shannon

 

 

 

He Will Be My Ruin

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

Narrated by Kate Rudd and Olivia Song

Having been a lover of K.A. Tucker’s engaging, creative romantic suspense writing, I’m highly anticipating her cross-over novel to the thriller genre.  Sounding like a classic whodunnit murder mystery, I can’t wait to dust-off my sleuthing skills while taking a journey through Ms. Tucker’s latest creation. – BJ

 

 

 

Tell us in the comments what YOU’RE looking forward to this month!

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Longing by Mary Balogh

LongingNarrated by Rosalyn Landor

Originally published in 1994, Mary Balogh’s Longing is a standalone novel set in the author’s Welsh homeland among the mining community of Cwmbran. The romance between the local landowner, an English marquess, and the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman and a working-class woman is set against the backdrop of the last days of the Chartist Movement, and the Newport Rising, so the novel as a whole has a strong – and fascinating – historical and political background. Read the rest of this entry »

Currently Playing for the Gals, 5th February 2016

Woman listening

It’s that time of the week when the Gals get together to natter about what we’re listening to, and get ideas from each other as to what we might be listening to next! Being nosey, we like to know what you’re all listening to as well, so stop by and tell us in the comments :)

BJ

Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy

Narrated by Erin Spencer and Andrew Eiden

Brenda

The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

Caz

Silent Melody by Mary Balogh

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

Kaetrin

The Parfit Knight by Stella Riley

Narrated by Alex Wyndham

Lea

I’m in No Mood for Love by Rachel Gibson

Narrated by Kathleen Early

Melinda

Faking It by Jennifer Crusie

Narrated by Aasne Vigesaa

Shannon

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claybourne Johnson

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

 

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

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Looking Back at January 2016 – Our News, Reviews and Features

Where did January go?! I know that for me, it went in a blur of really good listens, so I hope everyone else managed to avoid the post-Christmas Blues by listening to some great audiobooks. Although in fact, with two new releases by the dream-team of Loretta Chase and Kate Reading, a new narration by Nicholas Boulton and something scorching hot and very funny from N.M Silber and Tavia Gilbert, it felt like Christmas wasn’t quite over!

Also featured in January: Currently Playing returned after a festive break and we caught up with Alex Wyndham – one of our new favourite narrators – who has just started recording a new series of historical romances by Stella Riley. You can read our interview with Alex and Stella and listen to an exclusive excerpt HERE (although the giveaway is now closed).

JANUARY 2016 REVIEWS:

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