Awards: Audiofile's Editors' Choice Best Romance Audiobooks 2017

Listening to a story throws a new variable into the mix — the narrator. A narrator's voice should add authenticity to the story, drawing the listener in. Every year Audiofile, a print magazine and e-zine that rates the quality of the narration and storytelling skill in audiobooks, honors the very best audiobooks across a variety of categories with their Editor's Choice Best Audiobooks awards. This year we are happy to participate by announcing a surprise late addition to the 2017 Best Romance Audiobook Awards!

We are pleased to announce that Nora Roberts's Come Sundown, read by Elisabeth Rodgers, has won a AudioFile 2017 Best Romance Audiobooks award!

COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts, read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers and author Nora Roberts create a gripping romantic suspense set in western Montana.

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And now for the rest of the 2017 Best Romance Audiobook Award winners!

BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT by Joanna Bourne

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne, read by Kirsten Potter

Potter delivers a splendid portrayal of a close-knit group of Napoleonic-era spies and the complicated world they inhabit.

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BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DUKE  by Kelly Bowen

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen, read by Ashford McNab

Ashford McNab displays the full gamut of emotions while narrating the third title in Bowen’s Season for Scandal series. McNab’s theater training allows her to create a believable cast of characters spanning from the haut ton to lords of the criminal underworld.

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CHASING DOWN A DREAM by Beverly Jenkins

Chasing Down a Dream by Beverly Jenkins, read by Lynette Freeman

With a silvery smooth voice, narrator Lynnette Freeman conveys the essential message in Jenkins's Blessings series: The essence of romance is family.

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THE CHOSEN by J.R. Ward

The Chosen by J.R. Ward, read by Jim Frangione

Frangione lives the violent arguments between Layla and her baby daddy, Qhuinn, as he spirals into violent retribution that endangers everyone.

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CLAIM & PROTECT by Rhenna Morgan

Claim & Protect by Rhenna Morgan, read by John Lane

The sexy timbre of narrator John Lane’s voice immediately draws the listener into the romance of Trevor Raines and Natalie Jordan.

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ENIGMA by Catherine Coulter

Enigma by Catherine Coulter, read by Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews

Both narrators do an excellent job of voicing a diverse set of characters ranging from an Irish criminal to a mad scientist and an FBI agent with the demeanor of a grandmother. The listener can easily follow who is speaking.

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FAIR, BRIGHT, AND TERRIBLE by Elizabeth Kingston

Fair, Bright, and Terrible by Elizabeth Kingston, read by Nicholas Boulton

Narrator Nicholas Boulton's imposing presence lends authority to the scheming heroine of this historical novel.

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IF NOT FOR YOU by Debbie Macomber

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber, read by Khristine Hvam

After Beth flees from an awkward blind date with a mechanic named Sam, she's in a horrible car accident, which he witnesses ... Narrator Khristine Hvam brings out all the terror of the accident, and makes the story and its characters appealing and believable.

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See what Khristine has to say about recording the audiobook version of If Not For You!

JANE OF AUSTIN by Hillary Manton Lodge

Jane of Austen by Hillary Manton Lodge, read by Kate Handford

Narrator Kate Handford will win listeners over with this sweet and charming performance. Jane of Austin is a contemporary retelling of the classic SENSE AND SENSIBILITY.

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OFF BASE by Annabeth Albert

Off Base by Annabeth Albert, read by Tyler Stevens

Narrator Tyler Stevens captures Zack's agonizing dilemma as he wavers between coming out and bowing to family expectations. He voices Zack as a tough SEAL who struggles with his emotions. Pike comes across as a confident flirt with an unspoken fear of getting hurt.

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REAL DIRTY by Meghan March

Real Dirty by Meghan March, read by Elena Wolfe, Sebastian York

Narrators Elena Wolfe and Sebastian York pump up this rocker romance to the level of guilty pleasure.

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THE STRAWBERRY HEARTS DINER by Carolyn Brown

The Strawberry Hearts Diner by Carolyn Brown, read by Brittany Pressley

With a feisty Southern drawl, narrator Brittany Pressley portrays Jancy Wilson, a young woman who becomes stranded in the small town of Pick, Texas, when her car catches fire right in front of the Strawberry Hearts Diner.

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Head Behind the Mic with Brittany as she recounts recording the audiobook version of The Strawberry Hearts Diner!

WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews

White Hot by Ilona Andrews, read by Renee Raudman

Narrator Renee Raudman enchants listeners with this unforgettable duo. She nails Nevada's plainspoken manner and resigned humor and captures her empathy for the vulnerable as it evolves into a steely determination for justice.

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Renee Raudman caught up with AudioFile Magazine to talk more about recording audiobooks for Ilona Andrews!

WICKED ABYSS by Kresley Cole

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole, read by Robert Petkoff

Petkoff does a fabulous job voicing each character--from the brogue of a dragon to the slightly manic tones of Nix, the Valkyrie. In the flashbacks to Sian's past, Petkoff expertly portrays a younger, more innocent character.

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Congratulations to all of 2017's winners! If you want more romance reviews from Audiofile, you can find all of their romance audiobook reviews here. You can also read Audiofile's ezine announcing all of the 2017 Best Audiobook winners here.

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