Might as well face it I’m addicted to … audiobooks.
My love affair with audiobooks continues unabated with the discovery of yet more books and new narrators who’ve collaborated to weave their aural spell and pull me into another world. Love is not even a strong enough word for how much audiobooks mean to me. They have saved me from dwelling on some very sad, difficult things that I’ve been through in the past and in-turn, become inspiring and life-affirming.
I must admit that I haven’t ‘read’ anything but my own work in a while. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been leaning more towards audio than e-book or paperback and most of the books I’ve ‘read’ have been audiobooks. Writing is hard on my eyes, and I suffer from migraines. I spend all day in front of a computer screen, so the last thing I want to do to relax is to be faced with yet more words on a page. So, for a velvet-voiced narrator to read a book to me is a thrill and luxury. I know that there are new and old books that I’m missing out on because they are not available as audiobooks. I do hope the creation of audio becomes more cost-effective for authors and lucrative for narrators so I can avail of new releases, but for now, I’ve got so many audiobooks to catch up on and new narrators to discover.
In the past two months of cold weather and snow, I’ve binge listened my way through many Harper Fox audiobooks. “Seven Summer Nights” and “Driftwood,” narrated by Chris Clog, “The Salisbury Key” and “Brothers of the Wild North Sea,” both narrated by Hamish Long. I do hope both narrators get more work because they are just sublime. I’m now listening to “A Mid-Winter Prince” narrated by Rusty Coles. Harper Fox is such a gorgeous writer, and I’m so delighted I discovered her work when there are now so many of her older books available in audiobook format. “Brothers of the Wild North Sea” was a book I’d previously DNF’d on Goodreads years ago. I am so glad I gave it a second chance because the story is a wonderful slow burner. It’s beautifully written, and the love story entwined with daily life at Kai’s monastery, and Viking raids were enthralling. The narrators chosen for Harper Fox books set such high standards. Now I have around twenty of her audiobooks on my wish list that I plan to work through this year.
I’ve also binge listened to KJ Charles books, starting with “The Casebook of Simon Feximal,” narrated by Gary Furlong. Gary is the narrator for my own “Shatterproof Bond” series. I love his voice, and as expected he delivered another flawless, sexy performance here. The whole “Charm of Magpies” series has been re-branded and released in audio, narrated by Cornel Collins, another narrator I’d never heard of. This series is a triumph. Cornel Collins performance was a delight to hear and kept me entertained at bedtime for weeks. Again, this series was one I picked up years ago as e-books but never got further than the first chapter of book one. It didn’t grab me then, and so I put it aside. Sometimes I attempt to read a book, and I don’t get pulled into the story. Maybe I was in a bad mood, or hormonal, or just not ready for a historical when I first picked up the books but giving books, I’ve previously dismissed second chances in audio has been a revelation. The series is wonderful, even more so for the inspired narration.
I know there are thousands of book lovers out there just like me, who’ve fallen in love with the audiobook. Knowing how sales of audiobooks are increasing as readers discover new books is the reason I have invested so much in having audiobooks of my own work produced. I am very lucky to have found such a wonderful narrator for my “Shatterproof Bond” series in Gary Furlong. My first audiobook collaboration with Gary, “As You Wish” is a finalist in the Audiobook Reviewer Awards “Romance” Category. Out of the five finalists, they are the ONLY M/M book to have made the list. We are thrilled to be on a list traditionally dominated by M/F romance.
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My next audiobook will be “Sweet Thing” narrated by Gary Furlong. It should be ready by the end of April 2018.