I listened to some really good stuff last year. A lot of really really good stuff.
Two things I noticed while I was putting this together:
- Apparently I have A Thing for covers with bluish gray color schemes.
- There are only two non-historicals in here – and there are none in my extensive Audible wishlist. I just never do contemps in audio.
The Really Favorite Favorites
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss, narrated by Kate Reading
Please read this series. For the love of Mary Shelley, just trust me. You need the Lady Monsters in your life.
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James, narrated by Rebecca Lowman
That one scene, in the [REDACTED]? And that other one where they [REDACTED]? How does St. James do tension like that? Hold me.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
Speaking of tension? This was almost unbearably visceral. Her next book, about a Russian sniper in World War II, is tops on my 2019 Must-Haves.
The stories we need, told by an amazing storyteller, performed by a fantastic narrator.
The Other Favorites
A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden, narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown
I highly recommend this one and Odden’s debut, Lady in the Smoke. Excellently moody and swoony historical mysteries.
Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley, narrated by Tim Campbell, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Megan Tusing
You are not surprised to see this on my favorites list. The Firebird and A Desperate Fortune are still my Favorite Favorites, but Kearsley’s newest was exactly what I expected and needed. I swear she writes all her books just for me.
The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas, narrated by Kate Reading
Thomas just keeps getting better. How in the hell does she do that? The series is getting progressively darker, more complex and more morally ambiguous, and I’m wallowing in it.
A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden, narrated by Rachel Botchan
Lady Scientist fighting for truth and justice. Just put that Book Crack in a bowl and give me a spoon. Camden’s heroines are always brilliant and feisty and heroic.
The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger and The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander, narrated by Marian Hussey
I am completely smitten with this series, and the narration is perfect.
Always and Forever by Beverly Jenkins, narrated by Thomas Penny
A wagon train of mail-order brides. Organized by a Lady Banker from Chicago. I mean, seriously, how could I not. This is now my second favorite Jenkins, after Night Hawk.
- House of Cads by Elizabeth Kingston, narrated by Nicholas Boulton
- The Governess Game by Tessa Dare, narrated by Mary Jane Wells
- Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath, narrated by Eva Kaminsky
- Hazard by Stella Riley, narrated by Alex Wyndham
- Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass, narrated by Allyson Johnson
- The English Wife by Lauren Willig, narrated by Barrie Kreinik
- The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig, narrated by Nicola Barber
- A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen, narrated by Ashford McNab
- A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn, narrated by Angele Masters
- Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris, narrated by Davina Porter
- Vivid by Beverly Jenkins, narrated by Robin Eller
- Tempest and Breathless by Beverly Jenkins, narrated by Kim Staunton
- Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund, narrated by Mary Sarah Agliotta
- It Happened at the Fair by Deanne Gist, narrated by Amy Rubinate
- Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden, narrated by Xe Sands
Worth a Read
- A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase, narrated by Kate Reading
- The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries, narrated by Justine Eyre
- From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh, narrated by Faye Adele
- The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz, narrated by Aimee Lilly
- Stolen by the Highlander by Terri Brisbin, narrated by Jill Tanner
- The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer, narrated by Emma Powell
- Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer, narrated by Daniel Philpott
- Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton, narrated by Elizabeth Wiley
- The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb, narrated by Jason Culp
Okay I Guess, If You Like That Sort of Thing
The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn, narrated by Rosalyn Landor
Typical Quinn – enjoyed it enough while it lasted, probably won’t read it again. The ending was pretty swoony.
Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas, narrated by Mary Jane Wells
I don’t remember anything about this. Except the god-awful ridiculous cover.
A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander, narrated by Linda Stephens
I should have loved this, but it just…didn’t work for me. I have a ton of this author’s backlist in the TBR, and I’m wavering on whether I’ll bother.
The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz, narrated by Aimee Lilly
Great premise, but the pacing was terrible, the villain(s) were caricatures who practically twirled their mustaches, and the attempts at addressing slavery were half-hearted and cringey.
Purchased but Still In the Queue
- The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
- A Loyal Companion by Barbara Metzger
- In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
- Kissing the Captain by Kianna Alexander
- The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel
- The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio
- Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence
- The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein