You know what’s even better than reading romance? Listening to someone reading romance in your ear. I selected five audiobooks that gave all the emotions which make me love romance. All wonderfully narrated.
Hideaway by Rachel Lacey, narrated by Abby Craden and Melissa Moran
I haven’t ever been convinced by audiobooks with two narrators until now. I still would love them to interact really, but since alternate chapters is the way it goes, I’ll take it. I love Melissa Moran for Phoebe and Abby Craden for Taylor. The two narrators’ styles complement each other and their voices for each other’s characters are similar enough, in intent if not in tone, that it worked for me. More than worked. The whole audiobook and the whole narration were a joy to listen to. Read the whole review.
When You Least Expect It by Haley Cass, narrated by Lori Prince
I’m not sure exactly how to explain what makes Lori Prince the perfect choice for Haley Cass’s books, but there’s no doubt in my mind that she is. Her voices are not the most distinctive (especially men’s voices or, as in this book, children’s) but her tone, her intonations, her acting couldn’t fit better. It’s especially true when it comes to highlighting the chemistry between the two main characters, you can hear all that longing in both Caroline’s and Hannah’s voices. Read the whole review.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston, narrated by Natalie Naudus
One Last Stop is the kind of book I have to stop reading/listening to every fifteen minutes or so to let my heart rate slow down. The kind I don’t want to end. It’s delightful and charming and wonderful. It’s hot chocolate on a cold afternoon, sweet and warm. Natalie Naudus’s voices for the main characters are exactly what they should be, and the same is true for the secondary cast too. There’s never any doubt as to who is speaking, the pace is on point, the characters come to life. In a word, it’s perfect. Read the whole review.
Must Love Silence by Lucy Bexley, narrated by Abby Craden
Enemies to Lovers / Mental Health
You can never go wrong with Abby Craden narrating. Hearing her play a narrator is even better. Craden’s voice is rich and full of nuances and she can pretty much do anything she wants with it. Not only does she give each character their own very distinctive voices, but Reese gets two: her Reese voice and her narrator voice. Abby Craden voicing Reese narrating sexy scenes is delightful and I’m here for it. Read the whole review.
The Thing About Tilly by G Benson, narrated by Cat Gould
Friends to Lovers / Slow Burn Romance
I loved everything about this book when I first read it, and reacquainting myself with the characters in audio was pure joy. I love them all, Tilly and Evie of course but also Sean, Cal, Evie’s mum Lin, Luke, Laura… And I might be just a tiny little bit in love with Tilly and Evie, separately and together. Cat Gould’s narration brought them to life wonderfully. Her voices, in particular, are perfect. All of them but, again, especially her voices for Tilly and Evie. Read the whole review.