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Along Came An Audio Book

Over the years, people have asked and asked for audio versions of my books. And I have had to answer with a sigh of longing and say, “Sorry, they haven’t done audio versions yet.”

No more. Finally, I have an audio book!

Along Came a Duke, the audio version, is now available for download. I am so new to this whole audio thing, I need to know how do you listen to these? How do you download yours and where do you listen to them? What devices do you use? Have you ever listened to an audio book and was it a yea or a nay?

On this, I need your expertise. Comment away, please!

One lucky commenter will win a prize pack of surprises–I’ll pull it together a great box of treats from the prize closet, but it is assured to hold an autographed book or two, author swag and a really cool coffee mug. And whatever great surprises and cool things I can dig out.

Enter before midnight, Saturday, June 23rd.

38 comments to “Along Came An Audio Book”

  1. Pam
    June 16th, 2012 at 6:20 am · Link

    I listen to audiobooks in the car, for the most part. I’ll download from iTunes or buy hardcopy, depending on the price, and fire up my iPod. Formatting can be critical — files I can mark my place are best, rather than one or two big files.

    I have run into poorly rendered audiobooks. One in particular stands out, the first rendition of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.” Well received by others, but I found the reader’s rendition of every female character to be woefully one note — they all sounded the same, they all sounded like brainless floozies. Irritating! Which is exactly what I’m not looking for in an audiobook. That novel is a particular favorite of mine, and I was in the car a great deal taking long rides back and forth from my current home to my hometown to care for a very ill loved one. Disappointing. Last year a new version came out, and I was on the road again, this time to care for my very ill mum. Happily, the multiple-cast approach works wonderfully.

  2. Lisa W
    June 16th, 2012 at 7:25 am · Link

    I work from home doing data entry and audiobooks have been a lifesaver for me! I borrow most of mine from the library either in CD format or through the Overdrive system and download them to my computer. I have had a membership with Audible as well but my library seems to have a pretty good collection so I out that on hold for now.
    I love that audiobooks have allowed me to listen to some books I may have otherwise passed on. I never thought I would read the In Death series by JD Robb but I have now listened to them all on audio and the narrator is one of my absolute favorites!! I don’t think I could actually read the books, I love to listen to that series instead bc of the narration. Her different voices are wonderful. To me, a narrator can make or break a book.

  3. Tory Michaels
    June 16th, 2012 at 9:00 am · Link

    I used to listen to tons of audio books. I had a 2-hour each way commute to work. Absolutely fell in love with the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child Pendergast series because of the narrator (Scott Brick). Was unable to stomach the (ugh) Twilight series because of the whiny narrator, thuogh I suppose that could have been Bella’s personality “shining” through. Fell in love with Kim Harrison’s books and JD Robb thanks to the narrators.

    I don’t have much of a commute any more and I usually plotting during what commute I ‘do’ have (when I’m not talking to the kids in the car). You can get audio books from the library (either on CD or now, more recently, download like you can e-books from an Overdrive-like system).

  4. Michele Stegman
    June 16th, 2012 at 10:45 am · Link

    I have listened to audio books that I downloaded to my little iPod shuffle. Then I listen as I take my walk. Passes the time, and encourages me to walk more!
    I’ve also borrowed Play-a-way books from the library.
    I would rather sit and read a book, but audio is great when I’m walking!

  5. Kathy Nye
    June 16th, 2012 at 11:20 am · Link

    Congrats on your first audiobook–here’s to many more. I listen to audiobooks in cd format in the car mostly–currently have Charles Finch’s “The September Society” started and a Jillian Hunter’s title ready to go next. I never listen to the radio. I use our public library to be honest to keep me supplied. I usually look for new titles that I haven’t read but will also listen to stories I already know but want to visit again. (I do love Scottish accents so sometimes I’ll just pick a title so I can hear that. Silly but true.)
    For my May birthday I received a iTunes gift card and I did download my first audiobook on my iPhone–“Crystal Gardens.” It did take me a little experimenting to actual get/find the book on my iphone but I did it and listened to it when I walked/exercised.
    I am actually reading “Along Came a Duke” this weekend (chapter 5). Back to that now. I’ll get the audiobook version soon. Congrats again.

  6. Joye
    June 17th, 2012 at 9:32 am · Link

    I have yet to listen to an audiobook but would like to sometime.
    I love the cover of your book . I have read several of your books and really enjoyed them

  7. Na S.
    June 17th, 2012 at 11:43 am · Link

    I don’t often listen to audiobooks and when I do it’s after I have already read the book. It does help add to the reading experience. I like when there are different voices doing the narration and often I listen just before bed. It’s quiet and I can pay attention to the nuances and “get” into the story. I listen on my ipod.

  8. Cate S
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:41 pm · Link

    I’ve listened to them frequently until my car radio/cd player died.. I was driving 3 hours one way to take care of my mom… sadly she passed away, so I’m not doing that 6 hour round trip.. My oldest sister loves them, but a good narrator is a must.. I must admit that when listening to “Skipping Christmas” by John Gresham.. I just about drove off into a corn field while laughing so hard…. [later became the movie “Christmas with the Kranks”]..

  9. Terrie S.
    June 17th, 2012 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Hi and Welcome to the world of audiobooks!! Along Came A Duke was my first book of yours and I loved it. Great story line and I loved the main characters. I found your request for feedback because I’m almost finished that book and I’m enjoying it so much I wanted another of yours. Oh well, hopefully sometime soon. In the meantime, I did send a Kindle sample of a few of your other books to my iPad.

    My hectic schedule combined with my love of books has resulted in me being an avid audiobook listener. I listen to audiobooks every day; so yes, I have quite a few. I primarily listen via my iPod, either directly (via headphones) or with my iPod connected to some type of speaker device. I listen in my car, during lunch at work, while exercising, cleaning house and when trying to sleep. I have an Audible account so in the last few years I’ve downloaded most of my books from Audible and afterwards place them on my iPod via iTunes. On occasion I will still buy a CD if a book I want is not available via Audible or some other audiobook web site. I have convinced some non-readers to start listening to audiobooks as well and I’m happy to report, they now enjoy “reading”. Audiobooks is definitely a good way to go because when you really don’t have much time to sit and read visually, you can still get in a good book by listening. I hope to see more of your books in audio format in the future!!

  10. Moriah
    June 18th, 2012 at 4:34 pm · Link

    I actually listened to Along Came a Duke on audio and really enjoyed it. I have an audible membership and download the files onto my sansa fuze. I listen to them on walks and also at work – since I usually end up averaging 45 hours aweek, I go thru historical romance audios much faster than they can be produced but the selection is getting better.

  11. Rose B
    June 18th, 2012 at 5:16 pm · Link

    I listened to Audio Books on my commute to and from work. It was a great way to pass the time especially when I was stuck in traffic.

  12. bn100
    June 18th, 2012 at 6:55 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the audiobook! I listed to a couple on the computer.

  13. Karen H in NC
    June 20th, 2012 at 6:15 am · Link

    I’ve never listened to an audio book for a couple of reasons. First, I’m afraid if I’m listening to it while driving, I would begin to pay too much attention to the book and not enough attention to my driving…Kaboom….not something I want to hear! Or, I might not pay enough attention to the book and miss a lot of it. Second, if I’m at home trying to listen to a book, I know my attention will wander and begin thinking of too many other things, thereby miss a lot of the book. They just don’t work for me. I prefer book in hand (or on Kindle) over audio books.

  14. Stephanie Burke
    June 20th, 2012 at 7:39 am · Link

    I especially wanted to comment here about audio books. I am blind, and audio books are how many blind people access material for leisure or otherwise. They sent me Stealing the Bride through the library on cassette, I believe, and I absolutely loved it. I wanted more. I then discovered Love Letters from a Duke in digital format through the NLS (National Library Service), and I thoroughly enjoyed it (Stealing the Bride is now also in digital format through them as well). I was disappointed as those have been the only two audio books I could find, and I know there are so many others written by you that I want to listen to. I recently downloaded Along Came a Duke through audible.com and have just begun listening to it. I use an audio player called the Victor Stream, but I have an iPhone which will also play audio books; I just haven’t experimented with it yet. The library has the audio file in a zipped format to condense it, and once downloaded, there is a program to open/expand the file allowing you to be able to play it. Audible.com uses a different program to access the audio books versus the NLS although you can still use the same player to read/listen to it.

    I would love to read more of your books in an audio format and hope to find more through future searches or via updates on your web site. The down side to discovering your books is reading them and then not being able to continue on with the various series to learn more about the characters you have had the chance to meet. I am left hanging here but will keep checking to see if any other of your books are made available.

    Best wishes,

  15. Stephanie Johnson
    June 20th, 2012 at 12:09 pm · Link

    I am so excited! I have been waiting ages for audio versions of your books. I used to avoid books on tape and cd because I enjoy creating my own character voices in my head; however, in the last 2 years, I have started listening to audiobooks all the time. I usually buy mine through iTunes or audible, then I can listen through my iPhone while I’m walking or exercising. I travel a lot for work, and when I have a long commute, I listen while in the car. It helps the time go by fast. Sometimes I listen at night when my eyes are too tired to focus on the words on a page. When a great novel is combined with a great narrator who really brings the story to life, the effect is magical.

    Congratulations on your first audiobook, and I hope I get to see many more of them in the future!


  16. Amanda Ward
    June 20th, 2012 at 12:48 pm · Link

    Am holidaying in the Lake District this year with my family and in-laws. As its a LONG journey from here up north, your audio book would be wonderful, so to avoid listening to my kids ask “Are we there yet?” Good luck with the release!

  17. buell
    June 20th, 2012 at 12:49 pm · Link

    I like to listen to them when I am on the treadmill. It makes the time pass faster and sometimes the books gets my heart rate up faster than the exercising.

  18. Val Pearson
    June 20th, 2012 at 12:51 pm · Link

    First let me holla a great big congrats on the audiobook. I love love love audiobooks and have only listened to the hard disk version. I didn’t know you could download them at all. I’m so psyched now. I listen to them mostly when I’m cleaning, it makes time go by so fast.

  19. Lori Howe
    June 20th, 2012 at 12:59 pm · Link

    audiobooks come in handy… traveling, exercising and even when doing that dirty-word: housework.

  20. Tamara
    June 20th, 2012 at 1:15 pm · Link

    I like listening to audio books on long car rides. I have found if I listen to it on shorter trips, I don’t want to get out of the car. =)

    I have only ever used cds or downloaded it off itunes.

  21. Patricia
    June 20th, 2012 at 2:26 pm · Link

    Thumbs up on audio books. If there is a choice between an audio and a regular book, I have to say that I’m an audiophile first. Removes the stress from commuting.

  22. Judith
    June 20th, 2012 at 2:31 pm · Link

    I have only used Audible.com once and downloaded a book to my laptop. I don’t think audio books are my cup of tea as I felt uncomfortable listening to the intimate scenes being read aloud. That being said, maybe if I had been listening to a tutorial, I would have been okay.

  23. Jana Ferguson
    June 20th, 2012 at 5:54 pm · Link

    I love audio books. I get them from my local library all the time. In fact I look for audio books first. I use Overdrive Media Console to listen to them on my computer.

  24. Andrea Goodell
    June 20th, 2012 at 6:14 pm · Link

    I’m addicted to audio books. I listen to them in the car and at home while on the computer. Two different books at a time. I normally borrow them from the library because they are so expensive. With the library I can down load right to the computer. Or pick up the CD’s. But I have bought them from Sam’s club or a Book Swap store. Not normally retail unless I find them on sale. I will listen to the same ones over and over if I really like them. I never buy an author I don’t know, again because of the price.

  25. Winnie Pang
    June 20th, 2012 at 8:02 pm · Link

    Preferred audiobook method for me would be from iTunes to my iPod. I did get an audiobook on CDs as gift, and tried to load it into iTunes, but the book ended up as a zillion little files, which I promptly deleted from iTunes, and had to listen the old fashioned way on a CD player. Trying to listen while driving was a no-no for me. It was either concentrate on my driving, or miss parts of the book.

  26. Rhiannon Rowland
    June 20th, 2012 at 9:39 pm · Link

    Congrats on your Audio book! I am not an Audio person, for me they just take too long and hearing some one else’s voice kind of takes away the imagination part for me. But if I had a commute or something like that then they would be wonderful, I am a stay at home mom so I have no use for them…my reading time is late at night when the house is quiet and so I like to just read to myself.

  27. Diane Nelson
    June 21st, 2012 at 2:59 pm · Link

    I am so glad you have decided to release one of your books as an audiobook. I have enjoyed audiobooks since they first became available on cassettes. If we couldn’t find one we liked at the library we would oftenn buy them when we could afford them, then loan them out to family and friends. Our favorite (my husband and I) time to listen together is when we take road trips in either the car or our motor home. An audiobook makes the stretches through the prairie states in the USA go so much faster. More often than not we will sit in a parking lot in our car finishing up a chapter (or the rest of the book) before going in to register at the hotel for the night when on a road trip. When it’s the two of us it’s always a murder mystery or thriller (John Sandford is our favorite author in that genre). I am a painter, sewist, and crafter and when I am working in my studio I always listen to my favorite regency romance authors. I find I can concentrate on the task at hand better when I am listening to a book. I get distracted easily without a book. I can get soooo much done when I have an ear on an audio book. We get our books from the library, from Itunes, from Audible.com, or borrow them from friends. When traveling we often pick up an audio book from CrackerBarrel and return it to another CrackerBarrel down the road a ways and then get another. We have managed to get many in our family addicted to audiobooks. We believe our lives have have been enriched beyond measure through audiobooks.

  28. Angie
    June 21st, 2012 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your audio book! That’s wonderful!
    I tried to listen to an audio book while doing dishes, but answering my kids’ constant stream of questions made it impossible to follow.
    Perhaps someday when I’m allowed headphones? 😉

  29. Kathy Larson
    June 21st, 2012 at 5:56 pm · Link

    We buy the CDs and then my husband puts them on my iPod. I usually listen when I walk to and from work. It makes the walk seem much shorter, and its a good way to start the day and a good way to end the workday! I still prefer to read the actual books, because I’d rather imagine what the characters voices would sound like myself, not let the narrator’s voice get in the way of my imagination. Maybe I’m too old fashioned?

  30. Emily
    June 22nd, 2012 at 9:55 am · Link

    I don’t listen to too many audiobooks, but I do listen to a bunch of podcasts. There are some out there that are essentially audiobooks–there’s one where someone reads public domain short stories that I’ve listened to a few times. Of course, such audio gets put on my ipod, and generally get listened to while I’m cooking.

  31. infinitieh
    June 22nd, 2012 at 10:30 am · Link

    Audiobooks are a must during long drives. My favorite reader is George Gudiall; the man is prolific and excellent. I also prefer Stephen Fry over Jim Dale as reader of the Harry Potter books (I just don’t like Jim’s Hermione). I have also listened to some Romances on audiobooks, but I generally prefer to read those.

  32. Cheryl Meyers
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5:53 pm · Link

    I listen to audio books on my 1.5 hour Tokyo train ride to work. I need a good way to escape the crowded, packed, crazy world I live in here in Japan. I especially love romantic and fun Regency stories — very different from my life. Would love to listen to yours. Domo!

    • Cheryl Meyers
      June 22nd, 2012 at 5:55 pm · Link

      Forgot to mention that I use my iPhone to listen.

  33. Jen Teal
    June 23rd, 2012 at 3:59 pm · Link

    If its a CD I listen to the book in the car. But if its a download I listen to it on my Ipod while I’m doing housework. Like someone mentioned I like when they have breaks that I can pause/stop at and pick it up at that point later.

  34. lynncorie
    June 26th, 2012 at 1:36 am · Link

    I don’t know how I would make it through the work day with audio books. A coworker got me started and I have enjoyed them for several years now. I get them from the library and Audible.com. I love historical romance and I love your books–I dont think you have anything on the market I haven’t read. Thank God you finally have audio.

  35. Mary Ann DuCharme
    August 12th, 2012 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Most of the time I listen to audio books in my car. I have a one hour commute to work and the books help make the time seem shorter. Although I have purchased some audio books, I get most of them from the library. I download them using Overdrive Media Console to my ipod which I can then plug into the outlet in my car and listen to on the radio sound system. I also listen to them when walking the track in the gym.

  36. Jack Claucherty
    May 30th, 2013 at 10:05 pm · Link

    The evolution and use of audiobooks in Germany closely parallels that of the US. A special example of its use is the West German Audio Book Library for the Blind, founded in 1955. Actors from the municipal theater in Münster recorded the first audio books for the visually impaired in an improvised studio lined with egg cartons. ‘;:^

    Catch ya later

  37. Nichole Zimmerman
    July 17th, 2013 at 10:45 pm · Link

    I AM DESPERATE TO GET THE REST OF THEM!!!! I love Susan Duerden, Anne Flosnik and Kate Reading. I WILL GET EVERYONE!

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