Audible’s New Romance Package
I have jumped on the romance genre bandwagon. There seems to have been a cultural shift for the genre away from the “guilty pleasure” or even “deep and hidden shame” to being taken more seriously and, I don’t know, more socially acceptable? I have definitely had some qualms about putting my Romance reads on Goodreads where my coworkers and cousins can see them, but heck. I’m in it to win it now. I went ahead and signed up for the Audible Romance Package.
How It Works
As a relative newbie I was not convinced that the Audible Romance Package was for me, but I signed up for it anyway to check it out (this is not a sponsored post). And I might just keep it! It’s been really fun trying out new authors and seeing what is available.
The package is free the first month then $6.95 each month after that for Audible members. It includes unlimited access to certain Romance books, which are denoted with the purple box with an “R” in it in the upper right hand corner. The package includes a lot of classics, as you can see here, along with newer titles. There are some limitations, for example in Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series, only books 3 and 4 are available through the Romance Package, you’ll have to use credits or buy books 1 and 2. Not every romance novel is included in this package.
You can add Romance Package titles to your library just like any other book, but unlike your regular audible library items you can remove them when you’re done listening. I’ve only had a couple at a time, I’m not sure if there is a limit. The downside of being diligent about removing them is that Audible doesn’t record what you’ve read, so make sure to note it in Goodreads if you’re forgetful like I am!
Each book also has a rating for “How steamy is it?”– so far this seems pretty arbitrary, I’m not sure what their criteria are. I haven’t gone too far over to that OMG side though! Also, who named it that? Ugh. Here is an example where you can see the button to add it to your library and the steamy-meter.
What I’ve Read So Far Using Audible Romance Package
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan was my first listen, and it was a good one! Rosalyn Landor was the narrator, and she did a great job. I also read The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan, which I loved, also narrated by Rosalyn Landor. Feminist Romance? I love it. Speaking of feminist writers, I also read Meljean Brook’s Riveted — she was the first Romance author I read, and her books remind me a lot of the Piers Anthony books I read in middle school but without the disgusting sexism. I love the world-building, the character development, the strong female characters, and the steampunk elements. Goodreads recommended Bec McMaster based on one of the Meljean Brook books, so I listened to her book Kiss of Steel, which was also narrated by Alison Larkin. She does not write the strong female characters or other elements that Meljean Brook does, the story was just ok. I would not recommend it. My next download was good old Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, narrated by Rosalyn Landor, a familiar voice by now!
I had a lot of questions about the Audible Romance Package that I felt like I could only answer by trying it myself, and with a free first month that seemed like the way to go. I’d encourage anyone curious about it to do the same. I love audiobooks , and listen to them frequently, so the $6.95 a month is totally reasonable for me to continue this subscription. I’m a new Romance reader, so I’m glad for the opportunity to try out a bunch of new authors and see what I like (although Audible’s generous return policy is so helpful with that! I have returned so many books that I hated. Jim Dale reading Harry Potter, I’m looking at you.) I’m also persuaded by the inclusion of classics, because I love reading classics on audio. I’m looking forward to getting more familiar with the audiobook narrators, it matters so much who is reading a book! Rosalyn Landor and Alison Larkin are already favorites.