Off the Shelf: Romance Audiobooks
Posted August 30, 2022
By Amanda Murphy
Brookfield Library Manager
Romance Awareness Month is celebrated in August, and it is the perfect time to try listening to a romance novel on audiobook! Whether you like your romances super sweet or hot and spicy, there’s an audiobook just waiting for you.
A good narrator may transport you to Regency era London or take you to the hustle and bustle of modern NYC, adding a deeper level of enjoyment to your reading experience. With a variety of performance and production styles, it’s easy to fall in love with reading with your ears.
Beyond the traditional single narrator performance, there are three other types of production styles. Depending on the novel and the narrators, some are a better fit than others. If you’ve only listened to one type, I encourage you to try the others.
The production styles are:
Single narrator – one person performs the entire story.
Dual narrators – each narrator performs chapters or sections from their main character’s point-of-view.
Duet narration – female narrator voices all female characters; male narrator voices all male characters.
Full cast – multiple narrators perform different characters. May include sound effects (a la radio plays).
As a voracious audiobook reader, it’s difficult for me to share a short list of recommendations. There are so many great ones! Here are a just a few of my recent favorite romance listens. Warning: Heat levels may vary!
|Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron. Narrated by Soneela Nankani
|Always Be My Duchess by Amalie Howard. Narrated by Mary Jane Wells. Series: Taming of the Dukes, Book 1
|Here for the Drama by Kate Bromley. Narrated by Natalie Naudus
|In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer. Narrated by Amanda Dolan, Neil Hellegers
|Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins. Narrated by Lila Winters
|Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez. Narrated by Julia Whelan, Zachary Webber
|The Kiss Quotient Series by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient Narrated by Carly Robins
The Bride Test Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
The Heart Principle Narrated by Brian Nishii, Natalie Naudus
Looking for more audiobooks to enjoy?
Make sure to check out our complete collection in the library and downloadable offerings for more titles.