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Talking Between Reads (TBR): Top 5 Beach Listens

Posted June 5, 2017 by Jennifer in Giveaway, Talking Between Reads | | 7 Comments

Talking Between Reads (TBR) is a monthly discussion post where we talk about different topics from books to blogging and anything else we think you guys might enjoy. Stop by for new topics.

 

June signals two things to me. Summer and audiobook month. So why not put the two together?! You may have heard of the term “beach read” and like me you might have wondered what makes a book a “beach read”. When I looked the term up I found things like “easily digestible”, “happy endings”, “fun and fast to read”, etc. Some people might say a beach read is a fluffy read. I think of them as fun and entertaining.

I’m not a huge fan of the beach (sand, hot, birds, other people’s kids) but if I was a person to sit on the beach (with a protective hat and sunscreen!! PSA from someone who works in a dermatology clinic) I wouldn’t want to be bothered with holding a book or ereader. I would want to be hands free to enjoy my beach read. So audiobooks!! Many fun novels can be even funnier with a great narrator.

Below are our top 5 list of audiobooks to enjoy at the beach.

 

Jennifer’s Top 5 List

1Molly Harper

Any book written by Molly Harper and narrated by Amanda Ronconi. If you like funny paranormal romances then check out these series: Jane JamesonNaked Werewolf, and Half-Moon Hollow. Fur and fang not your thang then try Harper and Ronconi’s work in contemporary with the Bluegrass series and a stand a lone title, And One Last Thing.

Harper’s writing is a snark filled, laugh out laugh ride from cover to cover. Ronconi is the perfect narrator to bring that sass to your ear buds. You will be laughing while drinking cocktail on the beach.

 

2Alice Clayton

Speaking of cocktails, you’ll want to check out Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series out on audio narrated by Heather Smith. This author and narrator team are hilarious. You will be spitting your umbrella drink out while listening. People will wonder what’s wrong with the lady in the big hat, snorting and rolling in the sand.

 

3Christina Lauren

The author duo of Christina Lauren writes funny and sexy romances that translates well to audiobook. Their Beautiful Bastard series is a great place to start for newbies to audio books and to Lauren’s work. With a cast of twenty-somethings friends, their journeys to HEA are an uproarious listen for summer time road trips are sitting pool side. The narrator changes with the books but they are all grade A performers: Grace Grant, Sebastian York, Jonathan Cole, Jeremy York.

 

4 Emma Chase

You want to listen to a romance written from the hero’s POV and laugh while doing it? Take a listen to Sebastian York deliver a snarky and cocky performance with Emma Chase’s Tangled series. Chase writes the stories funny and hot and York delivered with a swagger in his voice.

 

 

5 Kevin Hearne

Who says a beach read has to be a romance?! What something just as fun to listen to but not really looking for any romantic elements? Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles is a great listen in the car or sitting in the corner away from those pesky kids at a BBQ. Luke Daniels delivers a grand performance while bring Hearne’s fantastical characters to life.

 

 


Anne’s Top 5 List

 

1Molly Harper

I have to totally agree with Jennifer’s pick of Molly Harper books narrated by Amanda Ronconi.  My first and still loved was The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires I’m buying them as I get a chance. They are snarky and interesting and sexy.

 

2Naomi Novik

A beautiful audio that captured me totally is Uprooted by Naomi Novik narrated by Julia Emelin. It is a standalone fairy tale fantasy with dragons and magic. The narrator’s voice has a perfect tone to weave the imagery in my head.

Listen to a clip here.

 

3Darynda Jones

Another snarky, sexy, laugh out loud series is Charley Davidson by Darynda Jones narrated by Lorelei King. The grim reaper with her hot guy, best friends and family has plenty of mysteries to solve and chances to kick-ass. The first  in this urban fantasy series is The First Grave on the Right.

 

4Jim Butcher

Wanting more adventure, more subtle humor and lots of action? Harry Dresden is your guy. The series written by Jim Butcher is narrated by James Marsters (Spike!) and I had to own them all!

 

5J. K. Rowling

Last but not least, is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling narrated by Jim Dale , starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I LOVE it. Once I started, all I wanted to do was listen to it ALL the time. There’s the great characters, the magic, the mysteries and adventures. And now I get all kinds of references to it which are EVERYWHERE. And, who doesn’t love an accent?  This, as the others, makes me feel, makes me laugh and it lives with me forever.

 

 


Jonetta’s Top 5 List

My definition of a beach read is any book you know is going to be good and can read it in a tranquil setting without interruption. So, you’ll see more mysteries/suspense on my list.

 

1Karen Rose

My favorite right now is Karen Rose’s Romantic Suspense series. She uses different narrators but all have nailed her writing tempo and characters. I switched to audio about halfway through the series and will never go back. These are definitely the kind of stories you want someone reading TO you.

 

2William Kent Krueger

I’m also listening to William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series, mostly narrated by David Chandler. I wasn’t sure about the series living up to the first book but five books in, I’m unbelievably hooked! And, I would definitely listen to this in a beach atmosphere.

 

 

3Jojo Moyes

Anything by Jojo Moyes on audio makes my list but specifically One Plus One, Me Before You and Paris for One and Other Stories. She typically uses multiple narrators, which really works for her writing style. Try it. You’ll love her.

 

 

4Pamela Clare

One of my treasured favorites is Pamela Clare’s I-Team series, narrated by the delicious Kaleo Griffith. I’ve got one book left to finish the series and won’t read it until she can get it recorded. She’s waiting on Kaleo’s schedule and so am I. Every book was fantastic.

 

 

5Kristen Ashley

I saved the best for last. That would be Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series, narrated by Emma Taylor. I could lay out on a beach, under an umbrella from dawn to dusk listening to these stories. They’re all long with lots of dialogue and drama, perfect for uninterrupted reading. *sigh* I’m there.

 


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Talking Between Reads (TBR): How I Rate a Book

Talking Between Reads (TBR): How I Rate a Book

Posted May 8, 2017 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads | 9 Comments

Talking Between Reads (TBR) is a monthly discussion post where we talk about different topics from books to blogging and anything else we think you guys might enjoy. Stop by for new topics.   Ratings are always talked about in the book community between readers, bloggers, publishers and authors. There’s been a long debut about 3 star ratings; are they good, or are they negative. We’ve decide to break down how and why we rate a book. Our views may be the same or different but they are what they are. We can agree to disagree. This post is not meant as negative, just for information and conversion purposes.   Jennifer If you know me, know I do not give out many 5 stars. Why? I […]


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Talking Between Reads (TBR): The TBR Book Tag

Posted April 17, 2017 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads | 7 Comments

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Posted March 13, 2017 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads | 6 Comments

Talking Between Reads (TBR) is a monthly discussion post where we talk about different topics from books to blogging and anything else we think you guys might enjoy. Stop by for new topics. Kink on a Walmart Budget I love a fine BDSM romance. Reading the genre is a fun and safe way for someone to “experience” the “lifestyle” in a fictional way. But often the guy/Dom is a billionaire or at least has a huge . . . bank account. He often lives in a big city like New York where clubs seems to be around every corner. What about the average Joe who has a kink or two. How does he explore his kinks and need for a submissive living on a Walmart budget? What if […]


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Posted January 16, 2017 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads | 19 Comments

Talking Between Reads (TBR) is a monthly discussion post where we talk about different topics from books to blogging and anything else we think you guys might enjoy. Stop by for new topics. Marketing a Book as FREE via Kindle Unlimited is my biggest pet peeve at the moment. What exactly is Kindle Unlimited? It is a new service that allows you to read as much as you want, choosing from over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks. You can read on any device. It’s available for $9.99 a month and you can cancel anytime. Why is my pet peeve? Look at the description of KU. IT COSTS $9.99 A MONTH. What the hell about that screams FREE? Not a damn thing.   I wondered about the […]


Talking Between Reads (TBR): Coffee Book Tag

Talking Between Reads (TBR): Coffee Book Tag

Posted November 7, 2016 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads | 7 Comments

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Posted October 10, 2016 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads | 2 Comments

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Posted September 12, 2016 by Jennifer in Talking Between Reads | 5 Comments

Talking Between Reads (TBR) is a monthly discussion post where we talk about different topics from books to blogging and anything else we think you guys might enjoy. Stop by for new topics.   Get out and get those library cards (or renew them)! They save you TONS of money on books. And most libraries have other things you can check out besides books (gasp!)   Jennifer’s Library Experience I love using my library card, it saves me so much money from books, movies to video games. But what if my library does not have a book/audiobook? Request it! 9 out 10 books I request via my library system they get! I only request ebooks and audiobooks but I’m sure they would get print copies […]