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Top 25 Romance Audiobooks

Best 25 Romance Audiobooks

WARNING!! The list below should be used very carefully – if you are driving and listening to one of these novels, you could very well cause an accident since – well – sometimes the scenes get a little steamy, and you and your windows might, too! If you are on a plane/train, red faces may occur, and you might start to sweat a little.

There is no doubt that for the past decade or so audiobooks have become an increasingly popular way to keep up with novels we don't have time to sit down and read, and they help us find ways to keep ourselves occupied on road trips, in traffic on the way to and from work, running errands, etc. Audiobooks are also tricky, however.

If you have ever listened to one, there is a fine line between acting and "acting" – especially when it comes to romance. The heroes' and heroines' voices in our heads when we read a book are literally brought to life when we listen to one of these novels – done right, they can be fantastic. Done poorly, they can just suck the life out of the story.

So, this list is a little different, since no matter how good the book is, if the narrator isn't good, the experience of the story won't be either.

So, here is a list of the best audiobook romance books, but with the list focused on the quality of the novels' narrators – both male and female - out there (in alphabetical order by narrator).

We try to combine the best books with the best narrators as the primary criterion for selecting these audiobook choices – you need both narration talent and an outstanding story to get a great romance audiobook.

However, we feel the most important quality is the narrator. A great romance book read by a bad narrator means a subpar romance audiobook. But an outstanding narrator reading a mediocre book can transform a mediocre story into a thrilling audiobook.

So the narrator is key!

Since narrators often narrate an entire series, or for more than one author, I have included highlights for each narrator so you will never find yourself "one and done" with these great storytellers!

So here you have it, for your listening pleasure – and believe me, it will most definitely be a pleasure!

Happy listening!

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If this list were being written in order of popularity, Gigante would probably be #1. At or close to the top of every single audiobook narrator list, Gigante brings a sexy confidence to his narration and a fantastic sense of humor. You literally find yourself laughing along with him in some parts, and hanging on every word in others.

He has narrated close to 100 audiobooks, but is best known for his work on Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. Probably his best narrations are "Kiss of the Highlander" (2008) and "Spell of the Highlander" (2005), and he also did a great job on Linda Howard's "Dream Man" (1998).

In addition, however, he is also one of the narrators on probably my all-time favorite audiobook. He and Natalie Ross combine for what is simply fantastic listening: Karen Marie Moning's "Dreamfever" (2009) sigh

Here is a sample from "Kiss of the Highlander:"

And a sample from "Dreamfever:"

Note: In 2015, Phil Gigante was arrested, charged and pleaded guilty to several charges involving a minor and possession of "child sexually abusive material" (pictures of the minor in question). I mention this since it might impact your willingness to buy or support any materials he made. However, I also believe in the criminal justice system, and know that no one is perfect he committed a crime, pleaded guilty and paid the price for it. I believe that everyone has the right to move on once they have done their time. For more information on the case: http://www.shorelinemedia.net/ludington_daily_news/news/local/phil-gigante-pleads-guilty-to-accosting-a-child-for-immoral/article_502116d2-71d4-11e5-a921-8b0e8f496b4a.html#.Vp2TfdoHX0g.twitter

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Yowza! That's about all that can be said about Shari Peele and her Audie Award-nominated narration. She definitely "brings the smooth."

One of the best books that she has narrated is Zuri Day's "Packing Heat" (2016). She has an amazing voice that takes you right along on the journey with her, and I love how she creates such fantastic character voices along with her deep, sultry-voiced narration. She doesn't just throw away the side characters, but gives them distinct voices/personalities, and her pacing/phrasing are exceptional, and she is so, so, so easy (and fun) to listen to!

Another novel she narrates that is a lot of fun to listen to is Brenda Jackson's "The Secret Affair" (2014). Again, she has such a great tenor in her voice, and a smooooooth quality as she narrates, it draws you right into the story so you cannot stop listening. She has one of those voices that could read the phone book and make it sound good, but romance is SO much more fun than a phone book!

Listen to a sample of the narrator

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