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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Romances on Audio
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast. By Nancy Campbell Allen. Read by Saskia Maarleveld. 2016. 11hr. Blackstone, CD, $34.95 (9781504730211).
Something sinister is afoot at Blackwell Manor in this steampunk reimagining of the familiar tale. Maarleveld establishes the uneasy tone from the very first and dramatizes the ominous setting embedded in the love story of Beauty and the Beast.
Cold Shot. By Dani Pettrey. Read by Therese Plummer. 2016. 8hr. Recorded Books, CD, $77.75 (9781501904882).
Plummer skillfully reflects the sparkling romantic transformation from teasing to longing to commitment, as a forensic anthropologist and a park ranger confront both a dangerous killer and their damaged pasts in this contemporary inspirational novel of romantic suspense.
My Lady Jane. By Cynthia Hand and others. Read by Katherine Kellgren.
2017. 14hr. Harper, DD, $28.99 (9780062468123). Gr. 9–12.
Lady Jane Grey stars in this alternate history of Tudor England where political intrigue, adventure, fantasy, and romance thrive. The sublime Kellgren gleefully bellows and whispers in a most sinister fashion, skillfully navigating multiple perspectives and plot twists.
Our Chemical Hearts. By Krystal Sutherland. Read by Robbie Daymond. 2016. 8hr. Listening Library, CD, $45 (9780735287341). Gr. 9–12.
Daymond’s engaging narration hits all the highs and lows of first love between a boy, who didn’t think he would fall in love after watching his friends go through the drama of high-school romance, and a girl, who isn’t ready to love again.
The Painter’s Daughter. By Julie Klassen. Read by James A. Gillies. 2016. 14.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781490696287).
Gillies’ insightful reading complements the engaging style and heartwarming tone in this Regency-era inspirational romance that combines tough issues and an artist’s self-discovery with a gentle love story.
The Romantics. By Leah Konen. Read by Amanda Leigh Cobb. 2016. 7.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $77.75 (9781501936258). Gr. 9–12.
Love, portrayed by Cobb in an energetic voice, narrates this story of the highs and lows of romance and relationships and frequently steps in to save the day, as high-school senior Gael Brennan searches for true romance.
Seven Minutes in Heaven. By Eloisa James. Read by Susan Duerden. 2017. 10hr. Harper, DD, $24.99 (9780062663917).
Duerden’s smoky English accent pairs perfectly with the aristocratic Regency setting in this hot, entertaining, and thoughtful historical laced with humor, as an English gentleman seeks a governess for his incorrigible wards.
Someone to Love. By Mary Balogh. Read by Rosalyn Landor. 2016. 11.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781501913037).
Landor’s stylish narration transports listeners to the social whirl of Regency London in this rags-to-riches romance starring a poor teacher who discovers she’s an heiress.
Spider Game. By Christine Feehan. Read by Tom Stechschulte. 2016. 16.5hr. Recorded Books, CD, $123.75 (9781501925917).
Stechschulte immerses listeners in a world of genetically enhanced assassins and psychically gifted supersoldiers where love and danger go hand in hand. An engrossing paranormal romance.
Wild Ride. By Julie Ann Walker. Read by Emily Beresford. 2017. 10.5hr. Dreamscape, CD, $59.99 (9781520067797).
Sizzling chemistry almost sidetracks reporter Samantha Tate’s investigation of Ozzie Sykes at the Black Knights motorcycle shop. Beresford adeptly conveys flash-paper dialogue and deeply felt emotions. Edgy romantic suspense.
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