Genre fiction lover: Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
February inadvertently became a Linda Howard-a-thon for me. For some reason I realized I don't think I'd ever read Kiss Me While I Sleep - Linda Howard (which is the third book in her CIA spies series). So I used one of my eleventy-thousand audible credits on it.
I enjoyed the listen so much that I decided to get the audiobooks of the other two in the series.
That put me in both a Linda Howard mood and an audio listening mood, whereupon I listened to almost all of her rom-suspense backlist (minus a few that I know I didn't like).
Unlike most of the authors I listen to, she doesn't have a single narrator that kind of sticks with her stuff. Instead almost every book has a different narrator. The cool thing, they all were fantastic. Which is a rarity. There is usually a dud when you're reading a bunch of different ones. But nope. All of them were good.
Some of the books I had read multiple times before and was re-"reading" via the listen. Some of them I had either never read before or forgot so much that they were like new.
My hands down favorite -- gets me every time -- is Cry No More - Linda Howard . Damn, those last few chapters just gut me, but then I sigh so happily when the story is over.
One book that I think did much better in audio than in visual reading was Veil of Night - Linda Howard. I enjoyed this book more than a lot of people anyway, but I think the audio version is even more enjoyable. The narrator has this great whisky-toned voice and does a fantastic Southern accent.
The one that was most fun to listen to was Open Season - Linda Howard . Like, Veil of Night, I think I enjoyed the listening more than I originally enjoyed the original read of the book.
A revelation was All the Queen's Men - Linda Howard . I know I'd read this book when it first came out but couldn't remember a thing about it. Again the audio was a really good listen. And surprisingly I found myself extremely sympathetic to the bad guy. I didn't want anything to happen to him! I even went so far as to check to see if he later becomes a main hero in a subsequent book., cuz honestly I didn't want him to die or anything. As far as I can tell he doesn't, so Linda Howard needs to get on that stat!
Outside of the Rom-Suspense I also went back and read some of her early harlequins/silhouettes (not audio, tho). Some have held up well (Makenzie's Mountain, Loving Evangeline, Duncan's Bride) and some really haven't (I invite you to visit my review of All That Glitters).