Tuesday Tease: It Happened in Scotland

A cozy Scottish village setting, a second-chance-at-love story, and narrator Kirsten Potter equal listening pleasure.

There are two reasons to listen to this audiobook: Kirsten Potter and Scotland. In the interests of complete honesty, I would probably listen to almost any Scotland-set tale. It’s the most craggy, magical place to visit, and they like butter as much as I do. (I’m including a link to the absolute best shortbread – Stag Stornoway Shortbread – that you can only get in the Outer Hebrides. It’s worth the flight . . .  and the ferry ride . . . trust me.) So take a cozy Scottish village setting and a second-chance-at-love story and add the memorable vocal stylings of narrator Kirsten Potter, and you get true listening pleasure. Did I mention it’s a series? I jumped in mid-series with this title and had no problem following along. I liked hearing hints about other characters and their stories, and I kept thinking it would be fun to go back and listen to the other stories.

In IT HAPPENED IN SCOTLAND, Rachel journeys to Scotland as a widow, bringing her daughter Hannah to meet her husband’s family, not realizing her old flame Brodie has also returned to the village of Gandiegow. Potter manages the intricate backstory of this contemporary, small-town saga with great aplomb. She incorporates Scottish terminology and accents into her character-driven voicings, differentiating Scots of various ages and temperaments, ensuring that each character is unique.

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IT HAPPENED IN SCOTLAND
Kilts and Quilts, Book 6
Earphones Award Winner
by Patience Griffin, Read by Kirsten Potter

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Behind the Mic: If Not for You

Debbie Macomber writes, “Spring is full of hope for me.” That seems just right as we talk with narrator Khristine Hvam about recording IF NOT FOR YOU.

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Khristine Hvam about recording the latest in Debbie Macomber’s New Beginnings series, IF NOT FOR YOU. Khristine speaks with such heart and entices listeners to step into the unlikely friendship of Beth and Sam.

“We can all relate to getting to a point in our lives when we need to make our own choices . . . and finding love along the way. —Narrator Khristine Hvam

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IF NOT FOR YOU
by Debbie Macomber, read by Khristine Hvam
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape
AudioFile Earphones Award

Debbie Macomber’s books have legions of fans, and she uplifts her readers with stories of connection and hope. We love to hear that this newest audiobook, winner of our Earphones Award, follows through on that promise. Khristine brings keen intuition to her performance of Macomber’s new classic. Listen to a sound clip from IF NOT FOR YOU and read AudioFile’s full review here.

If you can’t get enough of Debbie Macomber, you might enjoy AudioFile’s interview with her!

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Tease: Sweet Dreams

The audio format turns up the heat on Sunny Leone’s Indian erotica.

When I set out to review Sweet Dreams – an Audies finalist in the Erotica category – I first thought, oh, interesting, a collection of erotic tales set in India. My second thought was, oh. Accents. Each of these stories has a dreamy, slow pace, and each relies heavily on its Indian setting for context and tone. Without realistic and seamless accents, the audiobook would fail — and it wouldn’t be pretty. Enter narrators Simone Lewis and Vikas Adam, with their confident presentation and appropriate accents. Simone Lewis, especially, evokes the sensory nature of the Indian culture that Sunny Leone – a Canadian-born adult film star who works extensively in Indian cinema – shares in her vignettes.
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Sweet Dreams
Earphones Award Winner
2017 Audies Finalist
by Sunny Leone, read by Simone Lewis and Vikas Adam
Novel Audio

Workaholic professional bachelors and bored housewives share moments of passion and loneliness. Both Lewis and Adam provide nuanced performances that share the sensual nature of Leone’s erotica, using delicate, twisting phrasing that sings with desire, longing, and love. Enjoy a sound clip and read the whole review here.

See the rest of the 2017 Audies Erotica finalists!