Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tea, Autumn, Audio Books & Comfort Food…

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It’s October and officially autumn. Yay! I love autumn; the trees changing colours, the smells, the days that slowly become short and the longer, darker nights. What could be more perfect than sitting in your favourite chair with a hot cup of tea and a book, while the wind howls outside your window. A simple thing, yet so delightful. The only thing better would be curling up in bed with a book, or in this case several audio books, a cup of tea and a serious amount of comfort food. Okay, no food in the bed because that, with my lack of co-ordination, would turn into a big mess.

I’m an Anglophile at heart. A strong cup of tea with lots of milk can solve pretty much anything.

 

Sadly, audio books are expensive. Most libraries (unless you live in Denmark) have a wide variety of audio books, especially classics. I love libraries so I highly suggest you support your local branch and get your books from there. A few months ago I became a member over on www.audible.com. They have different, and very affordable, memberships or you could just buy books without being a member. The only downside about audio books is that a lot narrators are horrible, which ruins the experience. One of the first books I bought was Meg Cabot’s Insatiable, so far I’ve only been able to listen to the first chapter because the narrator pretty much butchers the book with her voice. But, I’ve also found some great ones…

51dARyNBguL._SL175_ The last few days I’ve been listening to Paula Quinn’s Ravished by a Highlander.

Forbidden love, undeniable desire....

Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. For her own protection, she’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown’s most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal—and a bold rescue—land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.

As the firstborn son of a powerful Scottish laird, Robert MacGregor has no loyalty to the English throne, but he’s not the kind of man to leave a woman in distress, even if she is English. He vows to deliver Davina to safety, unharmed and untouched. Yet one stolen kiss leaves them both smoldering with desire and desperate for more. With Davina’s secret threatening to destroy his clan, Rob must choose between everything he holds dear and the one woman he can’t live without. (From www.audible.com)

I adore historical romance novels. I devour them. I grew up reading Barbara Cartland novels and short story magazines. Not to forget watching the movie adaptations…Lord Vulcan still makes me swoon…”Shall I make you fall in love with me, Serena?”…Gah! Dead!…Moving on. Now, the narrator of Ravished by a Highlander, Carrington MacDuffie, is great. The way she changes her voice for each character makes the experience so much more enjoyable, especially when she does Rob’s voice.

51ygtKtgAmL._SL175_ Audible also have the sequel, Seduced by a Highlander, which is the story of Rob’s scoundrel brother, with the pantie-dropping smile, Tristan.

Sins that can’t be forgiven, passions that can’t be denied….

Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tongued seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he’s dallied with many women, yet none as mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at king’s court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan’s greatest enemies.

Isobel Fergusson has despised the bloodthirsty MacGregors ever since they murdered her father. She’s horrified to learn that the handsome stranger she kissed is of this clan. But Tristan means to possess her at any cost, and Isobel’s body turns traitor at his touch. Can a man she’s sworn to hate be the only one she can ever love? (From www.audible.com)

I haven’t bought this one yet, but I can’t wait to listen to it.

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Another great listening experience was Keri Arthur’s Full Moon Rising (the unabridged version). I’ve read and liked the books, but listening to it was even better. Again the narrator, Justine Eyre, was great.

It’s been a long few weeks; I decided to treat myself to a little comfort food and a good audio book. To me the ultimate comfort food is a huge pot of chili and some corn bread. Really, you can’t go wrong with that.

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Yum!

To accompany this feast I bought Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy. I have about an hour left to listen to and so far I love it. It’s hilarious as well as engaging.

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours. But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal. (From www.audible.com)

I’m going to buy the paperback, there are some parts I’d like to read in print.

The good thing about Audible is that you can listen to a little bit of the books before you buy them, which I should have done with the Cabot book. I had a little trouble with downloading the books at first. It turns out the Audible program doesn’t work with Google Chrome, so use Firefox or some other browser when/if you decide to use Audible.

Happy listening!

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3 comments:

Dr Qeen said...

Very true! Really like to read such books, i start with these one - bestsellers for 2010, i found them here. I am very new in this Genere but i am really excited! If you didn't read these go and get them here:

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Missie said...

Kiersten White is so awesome and so funny! I can't wait to get started on the book! I bet it would be fun to listen to it on audio.

Greenabsinthia said...

Missie, it's hilarious! I love the narrator on it.

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