These Books Were Made for Talking

Written By: Jackie Weger - Sep• 24•19

Audible Books are Telling Stories That Enthrall from First Word to Last

My first experience with talking books happened  about thirty years ago when my four-year-old grandson had a seriously broken leg. I took a few of evening shifts in the hospital  to allow his mother to get some well-needed rest. I took his favorite books to read to him. He only wanted to hear The Cat in the Hat—over and over again.  Mercy. I read  that book until I was hoarse. Next day, I took my recorder and head set, and as I read to him, I recorded the story. Next time he wanted hear it, I clapped that head set over his ears and hit play. Worked like charm. Plus he went soundly asleep the entire night. Now there’s an audible edition.  It doesn’t take the place of reading to your kids, but, Oh Joy! You can snuggle while they listen to the audible or keep them occupied while in their car seats.

More and more people are enjoying audible books downloaded to their iPhones. Some books come in CD format so the entire family can listen. We can listen to our  favorite genre when  running errands or sitting in the wait room of doctors and dentists or enjoying an audible while sunning  on a beach or  hiking a trail. Best of all we can fall into our imagination–hands free.  I’m going to start you off with a handful of audible books to choose  from  and the end, by sharing codes for FREE audible books courtesy of Audiobook Creation Exchange [ACX], an Amazon affiliated company.

What’s up with the missing and misguided daughters of wealth and privilege in Dr. Carr’s care? Jessica Huntington and her friends go toe-to-toe with more well-heeled heels in A Dead Daughter by Anna Celest Burke, a NYT and USA Today Best selling author and newest member of #eNovAaW.  Getting to the bottom of things Jessica-Huntington-style sets off a whirlwind tour of fashionable enclaves, upscale rehab clinics, shops, restaurants and other haute hangouts. Behind all the glitz and glam: secrets, lies, corporate wheeling and dealing.  Jessica and her friends must outwit and outlive “la creme de la crud” wreaking havoc from Palm Springs to Beverly Hills.  Series. Each audible is stand alone story. Murder. Mayhem. Romance.

Take two stubborn fools, mix a touch of fate, stir in some desire, and you have the recipe for a Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Jacquie Biggar.   Sophia Shaughnessy left her beloved home in order to prove once and for all she was more than a pretty face. She also left behind boyfriend, Tony Morrison who has been in love with the Sophia for as long as he’s been employed at her family’s ranch. Trouble is, he has secrets. Things he can’t tell anyone, especially the beautiful Sophia.  Now she’s returned, bringing the winds of change to the Texas ranch, and Tony isn’t sure he can protect her from the fallout. Romance with a touch of suspense.

Next up is Players, a police procedural mystery by #eNovAaW member  Mike Markel. The death of Lake Williams, a former football player at Central Montana State, in his squalid tent in a homeless camp looks to Seagate and Miner like a routine heroin overdose. Soon they discover that someone hired a courier to deliver the uncut heroin, knowing that Lake would shoot up and die instantly. When a second body turns up, and then a third, the evidence points to the head coach and the other leaders of the football program, who appear to be covering up a secret that would destroy the program. When a man comes forward, claiming to have committed numerous felonies on behalf of the program over many years, the detectives don’t know whether he is the killer or merely a decoy in an elaborate misdirection play. In a heart-pounding final confrontation, Seagate and Miner confront the killer—and realize they have walked right into the trap. Detective Seagate is one of my favorite female sleuths. Once you’ve listened to Players, you’ll want to read all of Mike’s books. Each is a stand alone.

Here’s  The Mannequin, by one of eNovel’s best Victorian Romance authors, Suzanne G. Rogers. When  she was a poor country girl in a hand-me-down dress, Rosamund saved the Duke of Swanhaven from the brink of despair, only to fall in love with him. Now a celebrated mannequin for an exclusive London dressmaker, her glamorous life is empty without the man to whom she gave her heart. Can a beastly duke and a beautiful mannequin ever find a fairy tale ending?


Now here’s a real treat for you. Two Josie Tucker Mysteries by EM Kaplan.  The first two snarky Josie Tucker mysteries, The Bride Wore Dead (number one) and Dim Sum, Dead Some (number two), in a single nifty bundle.  Josie Tucker is in a pickle. She’s a rising food critic in the blogosphere, but she can’t eat. Her testy stomach is always in knots—is it anxiety, a food allergy, or something else? With a Boston blue-blood matron funding her adventures, and a trio of loyal friends, Josie finds herself in scrape after bizarre scrape, barely escaping by the skin of her neck.



Let’s not forget Finding Home. A fan says: “Awesome! So funny I snorted my drink out of my nose because I was laughing so hard.”   The  ebook has above 390 reviews. Phoebe Hawley, an out-of-work mill girl, is on quest for everything in life that is good:  A home for her family, honest work and a good man to love.  On the road with two persnickety siblings, Phoebe is out of money, out of gas, and out of patience. A collision with Gage Morgan puts her mission in even worse jeopardy—until Phoebe discovers the man owns the perfect place for the Hawley clan. Unfortunately, Gage Morgan is the unlikeliest man on earth to surrender to her vision of a perfect future.

All of the above Audible Books can be had for signing up for a 30 Day FREE Trial with ACX. Cancel Anytime and keep your books. If you already own the ebook, the audible is seriously discounted. 

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  1. Wow, thanks for including The Mannequin in this list, Jackie! I really appreciate it. 🙂

  2. Mike Markel says:

    Thanks very much, Jackie, for including my book in your review of audibles. I have heard from a number of listeners who have said that they were happy to be able to experience the book in this different medium. I’m not surprised that audible books are a fast-growing segment of the publishing industry. Thanks, again, for covering this new phenomenon.

  3. Emily Kaplan says:

    Thanks for the mention! I appreciate it.

  4. burke59 says:

    This is awesome, Jackie! Thanks so much for including A Dead Daughter in your lovely post.

  5. Wonderful reads, Jackie. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Great blog, Jackie.

    I used to listen to a lot of talking books when i was ‘on the road’ in my corporate job. Trouble was, I became so engrossed in the stories, I often missed my motorway exits as a result. I once ended up in South Wales, when I was supposed to be going to Bristol!

  7. Jackie Weger says:

    Thanks for the great links, Jackie! I have been flirting with the idea of converting my own books into audio but have yet to find the time (and budget) to do so!

  8. srmallery says:

    What a great collection

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