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Subject: Good Unabridged Audio Books?
Date Posted: 11/15/2012 3:48 PM ET
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I'm going on an International Flight in Feb ( total travel time is like 24 hours or something insane I'm east coast going to Australia ) and I want to get a couple books to keep me occupied during since I have trouble sleeping during travel . I like Romance with humor. I have read/and or listened to Linda Howard, Janet Evanovich , J.D. Robb ,Diana Gabaldon ( I have Outlander on Unabridged but Ive listened to it sooo many tmes I want to try something new) .

Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 11/15/2012 8:41 PM ET
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I tend not to like romance audiobooks, although I read the genre.  I seriously can't imagine sitting next to some stranger on a plane while listening to a sex scene on my iPod, but that's just me. Double ick points if sitting next to a kid.

Carl Hiaasen's books are pretty funny, and do really well on audio.  If you liked the movie National Treasure, you would probably like Steve Berry's audiobooks too. 

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 1:02 PM ET
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Well I must be icky then lol bc it doesn't bother me. I'm not talking about erotica or anything. I'm talking about a light funny romance to listen to. I can skip the sex scenes if it does get to spicy.  Thanks for your input . 

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 2:07 PM ET
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Sharon, I know just what you mean! I even have to turn down the sound when I 'm driving alone in my car. blush

I'm listening to I Want Candy by Susan Donovan right now, and it's a pretty good read. The narrator of Maya Banks highlander books is quite good. The best audiobooks I know are Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Spymaster's Lady, neither of which are particularly light, but super good.

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 5:57 PM ET
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Usually with audio books, I listen to something I probably wouldn't read - I loved Alexander McCall Smith's "Scotland Street" series; Bill Bryson's books are funny - The Life & Times of The Thunderbolt Kid, living & growing up in the Midwest in the 1950s; nostalgia lovers would like it. A Walk In The Woods, walking part of the Appalachian Trail.

I listened to one Hiassen and it was good, but probably not one of his better books (the paper ones I read were better) - I like him a lot and eventually will listen to more. I only listen in the car, work commute or running errands, so it can take me quite a while to finish a book that way.

GAil

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 7:52 PM ET
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Nora Roberts books are pretty good on audio.  The Pink Carnation books by Lauren Willig are good on audio as well. 

 

Date Posted: 11/16/2012 8:16 PM ET
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I laughed out loud when I read this one.  I don't know about audio but I bet it can be had.  Also, her book Welcome to Temptation is really fun.  These are her earlier work which I think was so good. 

Fast Women
Author: Jennifer Crusie, Sandra Burr
ISBN-13: 9781587886652 - ISBN-10: 158788665
Book Type: Audio Cassette
Date Posted: 11/18/2012 3:06 AM ET
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I did a trip to England and back a bit over a month ago and I loaded my iPod with a couple JD Robb In Death books (love the intereaction between Eve and Peabody) and for romantic fun I had a couple Susan Elizabeth Phillips audios.  I love both of these book series in audio form because I think the narrators are great and the dialog is crip and fun.

Date Posted: 11/20/2012 12:33 AM ET
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Thanks so much for the responses, I will look into some of the suggestions. I agree that the narrarator can make or break a story!

Date Posted: 11/20/2012 11:34 PM ET
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I also listened to Susan Elizabeth Phillips and really enjoyed them. They were from the Chicago something series. One was Natural Born Charmer.

Date Posted: 11/21/2012 6:13 AM ET
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Since I haven't been reading my Stephanie Plums  (last one read was in january 2008), I've decided to start listening to the audios - I don't know if C. J. Critt is the reader for them all, but I love her. I bought 3 of Evanovich's romances in audio format just because Critt was the narrator - had gotten them from the library and wanted my own copies.

GAil

Date Posted: 11/21/2012 9:32 AM ET
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I also try to listen to audio books that I wouldn't normally read. I've never read a YA books but I really like them on audio. I know you asked for romance but I just listened to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and it was fabulous, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

If you like erotica, I know that the Fifty Shades saga by E. L. James is on audio (some like them some despise them lol)

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/22/2012 11:46 AM ET
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Gail, many years ago I tried to read Evanovich's books and couldn't get through any of them because I found them so silly and trite.  On an enthusiastic recommendation from my cousin (who at the time was not much of a reader) I got the audiobook of One for the Money, narrated by C J Critt.  The story was hokey but I loved Critt's narration.  She did such a good job that she made the books for me.  I think the 10th SP book was her last SP narration and she and Evanovich parted ways.  I listened to an interview of Evanovich on one of the SP audiobooks (13th, I think) and when the interviewer asked why she had changed narrators, Evanovich did a bit of a tap dance but she still slid in a few subtle digs at Critt.  Shame they parted ways, changing to Lorelei King as narrator is one of the reasons I gave up on the series.  Well, that and the fact the books became just TSFW.

If you're interested, here is a list of books narrated by C J Critt from her webpage.

Of all the audiobooks out there, though, Susan Erickson, who narrates the In Death series, is absolutely my favorite.  And there is just something about the dialog that Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes for her characters that goes so well in audio form.  Just fun, easy books to listen to.  I make a lot of long road trips and I always like to take along at least one SEP book to listen to. 

 

Date Posted: 11/22/2012 1:58 PM ET
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but I loved Critt's narration. She did such a good job that she made the books for me. I think the 10th SP book was her last SP narration and she and Evanovich parted ways 

That's too bad that they parted ways - I think Critt has just the right "something" that matches Evanovich's characters. The audios I bought were some of her Loveswepts and Critt did the heroes so well, had a handle on the males so much: funny, flirty, nice-guy attitudes and sexy at the same time. Hard to explain.

Thank you for the link to her website - I never thought to look for one. I've read some IN DEATH books but out of order except for the first, and I think listening to them on CD will work better for me somehow as I don't seem to be reading the paperbacks. I'll look for SEP audios, too.

What a lot of fun information you gave - can't wait to check out Critt's booklist. Thank you so much Rhonda.

GAil

 

 

Date Posted: 11/22/2012 2:59 PM ET
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In addition to above, Lisa Kleypas' Blue Eyed Devil, Smooth Talking Stranger and her Hathaway series were both really good on audio. Also liked Mary Balogh's A Matter of Class - really sweet.  Don't know if you are into paranormal at all but JR Ward's are actually pretty good on audio - and there was a Linda Howard paranormal --- blood born that I liked the audio better the book..

Date Posted: 11/22/2012 4:12 PM ET
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Gail, I always read the newest In Death books when they come out and after a bit of time has passed I go back and listen to them as audios.  I believe on my second time through the series in audio format starting from beginning to end. 

I think the series started out with a different narrator other than Susan Erickson but I think Nora Roberts had the earlier recordings redone with Erickson as the narrator as she does such a fantastic job with the characterizations.  I know there are people all around the city I live in who think I'm that crazy lady who laughs like a loony person while alone in her car because the interactions between Peabody (I think Peabody may be my favorite fictional character) and Dallas are so funny they keep me in stitches.  There was one scene between the two of them that I listened to in a hospital parking lot, replaying it at least three times and laughing so hard I was crying.  Something to do with the mystery of the penis.  I'm sure people walking past me thought I'd just gotten really, terribly bad news and was in my car having hysterics. 

About the only book scene I've enjoyed more is the one in Linda Howard's Open Season between the librarian, the Chief of Police and a box of condoms.  THAT, in my opinion, is the funniest scene I've ever read or listened to in any book. 

Another author I've enjoyed audio books of is the classic romance writer Georgette Heyer.  Her books are hard to come by in audio form but so enjoyable. 

Trish, I've read all of JR Ward's BDB and Covet series but have not done them yet in audio.  I keep wanting to but I want to do them in sequence and can never seem to get the first ones.

Date Posted: 12/4/2012 11:06 AM ET
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I'm a big audiobook listener so here are some recommendations of audiobooks I greatly enjoyed. All narrators are amazing. I can't see your lists so I'm not sure which books you like but here are some recs in different genres:

Romance with humor:

Young Adult Contemporary Romance:

Urban Fantasy:

  • Hounded: Lots of humor...not a romance but great mythology and action.
  • Magic Bites: Great series with a slow developing romance (not much in this book) but it's totally worthy.

Fantasy:



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Date Posted: 12/4/2012 8:23 PM ET
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Rhonda --- I love the In Death series by audio book, and find myself laughing as well. I'm actually on the second to last available and thinking of starting all over again - I like them that much.  Definitely give the JR Ward books a try if you find them. Lover Mine and Lover Unleashed were good and make me want to hunt down the early ones as well.

 

Date Posted: 12/5/2012 9:50 AM ET
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"The Help" was great in audio. Narrators were even better than the actors in the movie.

Date Posted: 12/5/2012 11:48 PM ET
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Trish, I'm on, I'm thinking it is the third time through on the In Death books in audio.  I really don't get tired of listening to them.  I'll try the BDB books in audio soon.

Cyndi, I wasn't terribly interested in The Hunger games but on your recommendation I got the audio for a recent road trip and I'm about 2/3 through and really enjoying it more than I thought I would.  Have to admit, was worried it would be another repeat of the whole Twilight thing, lots of hype, not a lot of content.  But, glad to say, I am enjoying the story and the narration.  I recognized the narrator but couldn't remember from where until I did some checking and found out she also narrates the Women's Murder Club books by James Patterson.