Speaking of Audiobooks: The Funny Ones

Recently I found myself laughing out loud again and again as I listened to Susan Ericksen narrating Jennifer Crusie’s delightful Anyone But You. It’s a lightweight tale of a fortyish woman finding love with a thirtyish man and it was just so much fun.  Wanting to find more of the same, I began scanning my audio library for other truly top comedy audiobooks, thinking all along that funny romance audiobooks would make a great topic for the next Speaking of Audiobooks column.   I was greatly surprised to find fewer than a dozen in my rather respectfully large audio library and five of those were books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  Knowing I needed more funny book recommendations for such a column, I turned to a few of our regular posters and asked them to share their favorite funnies and what follows is a collective effort.  Interestingly, I discovered that a number of us share the opinion that there aren’t many truly funny romance audiobooks out there.  Let’s hope that opinion is erroneous indeed.

As I am unfamiliar with Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, I was enthused to hear a strong recommendation from Katyco for not only one book but an entire series. “Anyone who hasn’t listened to the Stephanie Plum series is really missing a treat – especially the earlier ones.  C.J. Critt and Lorelei King both do a great job narrating although I slightly prefer C.J. Critt.”

Head Over Heels by Susan Andersen, according to GamaTST, is “Girl talk done right!” with priceless moments between best friends, Veronica and Marsilla as well as tough ex-marine Coop and a six-year-old girl.  Narrated by Anna Fields, GamaTST states “It is pure pleasure and laughter, way better than reading it yourself.