The second phase of Ideal Audiobooks was building a catalog of Romance and Women’s Fiction for both adult and teen listeners. These have long been favorite genres for me on audio. And one of the best things about unabridged romance audiobooks is the many hours you can spend with the trifecta of favorite author, heroine and narrator.
Our first book in the Women’s Fiction category was Maddie Dawson’s The Opposite of Maybe. When I first read it, I “heard” veteran narrator Hillary Huber as I read the words, and knew she was the right person to deliver the wit, humor and heartbreak of the story of a woman starting over while taking care of her Grandmother. When Hillary signed on as the narrator, I got to listen for real, and spent many happy hours with her narration of the story.
We are excited to offer two new Young Adult Romances by Kasie West: The Fill-in Boyfriend and On the Fence. West’s writing is a seamless blend of humor and heart, and with Shannon McManus narrating, the result is that rare perfect thing: a romance listen that makes you laugh and swoon.
L. Alison Heller’s haunting novel The Never Never Sisters was narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Julia Whelan. Her intimate, nuanced narration style illuminates the story of a marriage counselor in the midst of her own marriage crisis, and the sister who returns after years of drug abuse and absence that has alienated her family.
Rounding out the catalog for the first two months is romance favorite Xe Sands, narrating Lynne Branard’s (aka Lynne Hinton) beautiful novel, The Art of Arranging Flowers. This uplifting story of a florist moving forward after the death of her sister is a perfect fit with Xe’s talent for balancing darkness and light.
And stay tuned for a romantic Fall Catalog….