Provoked by Joanna Chambers

Provoked by Joanna ChambersNarrated by Hamish McKinlay

Joanna Chamber’s Enlightenment trilogy was originally published in print in 2013/14, and as the books are among my favourite historical romances, I was delighted when I learned they would be coming to audio with a carefully selected – Scottish – narrator. Set in Edinburgh in the 1820s, the three books in the series chart the relationship between hard-working advocate David Lauriston and Lord Murdo Balfour, two men of very different social standing and outlook. Their romance (which develops across the series, so it’s necessary to read all three books in order to reach the HEA) is set against a very strongly written historical backdrop Read the rest of this entry »

An Interview with Author Joanna Chambers – and a Giveaway!

Provoked by Joanna ChambersJoanna Chambers’ fabulous Enlightenment trilogy is one of my favourite historical romance series, so I was delighted when I saw the author announce on her blog that the first book, Provoked, would shortly receive an audio make-over. She also mentioned that she had taken great care to select the right narrator – something which always makes me sit up and take notice! – so I invited her over to AudioGals for a chat about her first foray into audiobooks and other projects. Plus, two lucky winners will get codes to get their very own copy of Provoked. Be sure to enter the Giveaway at the end of the interview! Read the rest of this entry »

Currently Playing for the Gals, 22nd September 2017

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Happy Autumnal Equinox! Here’s what we’re about this week. We like to know what you’re all listening to as well, so stop by and tell us in the comments :)


The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells



Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes

Narrated by James Langton



Blind Date by Bella Jewel

Narrated by Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell



The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells

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A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray

A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana GrayNarrated by Gemma Massot

Why do audio publishers employ inexperienced narrators to work on major releases by big-name authors? I know everyone has to start somewhere, which is why I make a point of picking up audios using first time – or very early-in-their-careers – narrators; there have to be some who start out fairly well and then get better over time. Sadly, however, most of the newbies I have listened to recently have turned out to be fairly poor and have not done justice to the stories to which they have been assigned. Giving this book to an untried narrator is akin to giving the kid next door the lead role in Hamlet at the RSC. A Strange Scottish Shore is another title that’s being consigned to the “wish they hadn’t done that” pile, Read the rest of this entry »

Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pascat

Prince's Gambit by C.S. PacatNarrated by Stephen Bel Davies

Please note this is the second installment of a story that must be read in sequential order. If you have not yet started the Captive Prince Trilogy, please see the AudioGals review for book 1, Captive Prince, as the below review contains spoilers for the prior book. Additionally, if you want the general background of this fantasy, medieval-like story, you can also read the review for the first book.

I devoured Prince’s Gambit, this second, somewhat longer (but more normal length – run time of 9 hours and 55 minutes) installment of the Captive Prince Trilogy, in just one day. While the narration still mostly suffers from the same flaws Read the rest of this entry »

Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Spellbinder by Thea HarrisonNarrated by Sophie Eastlake

Ever since I listened to Moonshadow, I have been looking forward to Spellbinder. Sophie Eastlake is one of my favourite narrators so I knew it would be a great listening experience and I have enjoyed all of the previous Elder Races books by Thea Harrison, either in print or on audio.

In Moonshadow, Morgan Le Fay was clearly a bad guy. He is the captain of Isabeau’s hounds and a powerful sorcerer. Isabeau is the queen of the European Light Fae. The Light and Dark Fae have been at war for centuries and Morgan is Isabeau’s most powerful weapon. Read the rest of this entry »

Captive Prince by C.S. Pascat

Captive Prince by C.S. PacatNarrated by Stephen Bel Davies

The Captive Prince Trilogy caught my eye when the previously released e-book version gained quite a popular following on Goodreads as can be evidenced by its over 29K ratings at just under a 4-star rating. This is a large number of ratings for any romance, but when you factor in that this book is an M/M dark romance, I was instantly intrigued. After having finished the first book, Captive Prince, I am definitely beginning to see what the buzz is about as this story is chock-full of entertainment with politics and leadership lessons and societal dynamics among classes being largely in play. The fact that it is also set in a medieval like fantasy world Read the rest of this entry »

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