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Romance In Suddenly One Summer, Karen White's emotional narra- tion brings out the vulnerability and passion behind a divorce lawyer's facade of untouchabil- ity. Victoria Spade finds herself falling for neighbor Ford Dixon when they join forces to track down the father of Dixon's sis- ter's baby. White effectively sets up Spade's cool, tough exterior with crisp speech that falters when Spade battles her anx- iety attacks. As Dixon, White depicts a sensitive stud who's playful yet has a serious side. Her performance especially shines in her perfectly timed delivery of the sexual intensity between Dixon and Spade. On a trip to visit a friend, Prudence Cabot meets Roan Matheson, an American in search of his runaway sister. Rosalyn Landor brings out Roan's American accent and gentlemanly ruggedness with deep tones that contrast Prudence's proper English accent in The Scoundrel and the Debutante. Landor's modulating tones and careful pacing amusingly convey the scandalous talk by gossiping locals. Landor's engaging performance, filled with flowing dialogue and diverting accents, reveals that love tran- scends culture and continents. BEST AUDIOBOOKS BRAVE THE HEAT Sara Humphreys Read by Kate Russell (Dreamscape) COLD-HEARTED RAKE Lisa Kleypas Read by Mary Jane Wells (Harper Audio/Blackstone Audio) GREY E.L. James Read by Zachary Webber (Random House Audio/Books on Tape) THE HIGHWAYMAN Kerrigan Byrne Read by Derek Perkins (Tantor Media) LADY MAYBE Julie Klassen Read by Saskia Maarleveld (Recorded Books) A NEW HOPE Robyn Carr Read by Therese Plummer (Recorded Books) THE OTHER DAUGHTER Lauren Willig Read by Nicola Barber (Macmillan Audio) THE SCOUNDREL AND THE DEBUTANTE Julia London Read by Rosalyn Landor (Recorded Books) SEE ME Nicholas Sparks Read by Christopher Ryan Grant (Hachette Audio/Blackstone Audio) SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER Julie James Read by Karen White (Tantor Media) UNCERTAIN MAGIC Laura Kinsale Read by Nicholas Boulton (Hedgehog, Inc.) The Year in Audiobooks 2015

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