Our October 2017 Picks

It’s hard to believe we’re heading into the back end of the year, but here we are, wondering where the last month or three went, and how soon it will be before we can go on holiday again! (Or maybe that’s just me…) Whatever your thoughts about Autumn, here at AudioGals, we’re looking forward to some great listens in October, which brings us a bumper crop of great historicals from a number of favourite authors and narrators that look set to be guaranteed winners. Throw in some contemporaries, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and mysteries, and we’ve got another eclectic mix of choices, looking at author, narrator or just going by plain old gut instinct as usual.

Don’t forget to drop by to tell us what YOU’RE looking forward to listening to in October. With so many new audiobooks being published each month (and often without any warning they’re coming out!) it’s quite possible we’ve missed something good – so please let us know if you think we’re missing out!

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

Narrated by Derek Perkins

I have thoroughly enjoyed both the writing and the narration of the previouis Victorian Rebels series books, so I’m really looking forward to this latest release. – BJ

This fifth book in the author’s Victorian Rebels series tells the story of Gavin St. James, half-brother of The Highlander and his gun-totin’, breeches-wearing (and, apparently, foul-mouthed!) American wife. I wasn’t wild about the last instalment in the series (The Duke) so I’m hoping for a return to form from Ms. Byrne, and with Derek Perkins narrating, it’s sure to be a good listen. – Caz

Cold Evidence/Poison Evidence by Rachel Grant

Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella

I was really pleased to see books six and seven of Ms. Grant’s excellent Evidence series have finally made it into audio. I’m a big fan of this author’s tightly-written, fast-paced and sexy romantic suspense titles, and really enjoyed Ms. Zanzaralla’s performances in the books I’ve listened to already. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into these two new ones. – Caz

I have been planning on trying this series for a while now and I plan to take the plunge with Poison Evidence. Both the author and narrator are highly rated by my fellow AudioGals reviewers. – Kaetrin

Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

Narrated by Ashford MacNab

What a month for historical romance audiobook releases!  Duke of Desire, the twelfth and final full length book in the Maiden Lane Series, is out this month, and with Ashford McNab narrating, it’s sure to be a solid pick for an audiobook as well! – BJ

I’ve enjoyed all of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane books, whether in print or audio, and am sad to be saying goodbye to a series that has been so consistently entertaining over the course of twelve full-length novels and a handful of novellas. Ashford MacNab is at the helm once again, and fans are sure to enjoy this final collaboration. – Caz

The Wicked Cousin by Stella RileyThe Wicked Cousin by Stella Riley

Narrated by Alex Wyndham

Stella Riley and Alex Wyndham are another example of a winning combination of historical romance writing and narration! This month they release the fourth book in the Rockcliffe series and I for one will be looking forward to listening to it! – BJ

It will come as no surprise to anyone that The Wicked Cousin is at the top of my list of picks this month. I’ve been a fan of the authors for … ahem… more years than I care to remember and Alex Wyndham is a truly outstanding narrator, so I’m really excited about this story of a man who wants to shed an unwanted and rather colourful reputation and the young woman who captures his heart.  – Caz

A Daring Arrangement by Joanna ShupeA Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe

Narrated by Roxy Isles

Set in New York’s Gilded Age, this fake-betrothal story of an English heiress and an American scoundrel sounds fabulous. I’m not familiar with the narrator and can find only two titles to her name at Audible… but the sample of another book I’ve listened to bodes well. – Caz

I haven’t listened to all of Joanna Shupe’s current works, but they’re on my list of things to devour in the not-too-distant future. The synopsis of A Daring Arrangement, her latest novel and first in a new series, looks fabulous. The narrator is someone I’ve not heard of before now, but I’m hoping she does a good job here. – Shannon

Hard WoodHard Wood by Lauren Blakely

Narrated by Sebastian York

Lauren Blakely books are always reliably entertaining and so are Sebastian York’s narrations. As a hero-centric listener, I do enjoy a male POV romance. – Kaetrin

I love that York is featured on the cover for publicity – he’s a terrific reason to buy an audiobook, and paired with Lauren Blakely, I’m expecting greatness! – Melinda


The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

Narrated by Susan Bennett

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of The Stolen Marriage in print, and it’s utterly fabulous. I’m eager for Ms. Chamberlain’s fans to immerse themselves in this rich, multi-faceted novel set against the backdrop of the Second World War. I’ve listened to Susan Bennett in the past, and I’m certain she’ll do the story justice. – Shannon


The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

Narrated by Laurence Bouvard and Helen Keeley

The Silent Fountain is a dual timeline novel set in Italy, and I can’t wait for it to come out. It looks utterly engrossing.  I’m unfamiliar with both narrators, but I’m crossing my fingers for good things. – Shannon




Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Narrated by Alex Wyndham, Billie Fulford-Brown, Morag Sims, Gary Furlong, Greg Wagland, Antony Ferguson, Derek Perkins, Mary Jane Wells

All I know about this is that it’s an epistolary novel  – and I LOVE epistolary novels – but even if I didn’t, with Alex Wyndham, Mary Jane Wells, Derek Perkins and Gary Furlong listed among the narrators, there’s no way I’m not going to be listening to this! – Caz


Without Merit: A Novel by Colleen Hoover

Narrated by Candace Thaxton

When Colleen Hoover releases a new book, it automatically makes my list.  She is one of a handful of authors who I can always count on for an emotional and yet powerful and believable romance that always hits the right spot.  – BJ



The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

Narrated by Heather Wilds

This is the long-awaited second instalment in Ms. Wilson’s Weathermages of Mystral series. I can hardly wait! – Kaetrin

I loved The Winter King, book one in Ms. Wilson’s Weathermages of Mystral series, and was over the moon when I learned the sequel was coming out this month. It promises to be full of romance, great worldbuilding, and a healthy dose of magic, making it a book I absolutely must listen to this autumn. Heather Wilds is a skilled narrator, and I was pleased to see her listed here. – Shannon

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So drop by and tell us – what are YOU looking forward to listening to this October?


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  1. Kaetrin

    Re Hard Wood – when I first read your comment Melinda I thought you meant that York was the cover model! LOL I got a bit excited there for a minute. :D

    1. MelindaP

      Yeah, no, sorry – I just meant his NAME on the cover!!! LOL!!

      1. Kaetrin


  2. Iris

    The audiobook I’m most looking forward to is The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King. Its the 12th book in the paranormal Charley Davidson Series. Actually I was quite surprised to see none of the series has been reviewed here.

    They can be an acquired taste as the humor is decidedly snarky and tongue-in-cheek admittedly I wasn’t totally sold after the first book. But somehow I found myself binge listening to 8 in a row so apparently they get better and better. Reyes Farrow, the male lead is super hot which definitely helps!

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