When it comes to Sandra Brown’s more recent releases (defined as new in print and audio), you’ll find nothing but well-trained narrators of the highest quality. Fortunately, Brown’s publishers understand that her listeners expect only the best and they deliver on that score.
If you have followed our Sandra Brown Week events, you know that both Carrie and I consider Victor Slezak to be the best of the best. And fortunately for us, he narrates nine of Brown’s finest romantic suspense titles. Without reservation, I can recommend all the narrations of her new unabridged titles from 2001 to 2012 with the exception of The Crush – I can find no unabridged version to research. For easy reference those titles are:
2012 Low Pressure – Stephen Lang
2011 Lethal – Victor Slezak
2010 Tough Customer – Victor Slezak
2009 Rainwater – Victor Slezak
2009 Smash Cut – Victor Slezak
2008 Smoke Screen – Victor Slezak
2007 Play Dirty – Victor Slezak
2006 Ricochet – Dennis Boutsikaris
2005 Chill Factor – Stephen Lang
2004 White Hot – Victor Slezak
2003 Hello, Darkness – Victor Slezak
2001 Envy – Victor Slezak
1995 The Witness – Joyce Bean
1988 Slow Heat in Heaven – Dick Hill
Previous to 2001, I’m unfamiliar with many of the narrators and nearly all the books. If you have listened to a book(s) previous to 2001, can you share with us? I’m always looking to try a few more of her titles but need direction!
If you are a fan of Brown’s category romances from the 1980s, you will find a number narrated by Renee Raudman, Natalie Ross, and Joyce Bean – all high quality narrators. But just as many are performed by narrators with little to no history.
I’ll add a word of caution here about Brown’s new releases. When I use that term, I’m referring to print books published for the first time. Her older titles are often rereleased with all the fanfare of a first time novel. Don’t be tricked. Only tonight as I finished up research for this article, I noticed Standoff, an upcoming title at Amazon that looked to be a first time release. After running it through FictionDB, I found it’s actually a 2000 release. Will Amazon tell you this? No. If your Amazon search skills are exceptional, you may be able to find it – somewhere. Keep a free resource such as FictionDB handy to check the original publication date.
I hope you will join with us in hunting down more Sandra Brown treasures. Although Sandra Brown Week is almost at an end, I’d love to hear of your discoveries. We’ll find a way to continue sharing.
A final footnote to our week:
As I mentioned on Monday, I was listening to Brown’s latest release, Low Pressure, narrated by Stephen Lang this week. I promised to report in. A completely enjoyable audio, it filled my Sandra Brown longing. I’ll write a review within the next couple of weeks but I’ll be giving it a B grade.