Romance novels have been a source of escape for readers for centuries, and with the rise of audiobooks, this form of escapism has only gotten more immersive. Listening to a skilled narrator bring a story to life can transport you to another world entirely, making your daily commute or household chores feel like a romantic adventure. If you’re in the mood for some heart-pounding, swoon-worthy stories, look no further than this list of the best romance audiobooks of all time.
“Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon
No list of romance audiobooks would be complete without mentioning “Outlander.” The first in a series that has now spanned multiple books and a hit television show, “Outlander” follows Claire Randall, a World War II nurse who finds herself transported back in time to 18th century Scotland. The audiobook is narrated by Davina Porter, whose voice perfectly captures the essence of the story and its characters.
“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are two executive assistants who despise each other, but when a promotion is up for grabs, they’re forced to work together to impress their boss. As they spend more time together, however, their hate begins to turn into something else entirely. “The Hating Game” is a funny, steamy, enemies-to-lovers romance that will leave you with a huge smile on your face. Katie Schorr narrates the audiobook and brings the witty banter between the two leads to life.
“The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang
Stella Lane is a successful mathematician with Asperger’s who struggles with intimacy. When she hires escort Michael Phan to teach her how to be a better lover, their arrangement quickly turns into something more. “The Kiss Quotient” is a beautifully written, heartwarming romance that explores themes of self-discovery and acceptance. Carly Robins narrates the audiobook and brings both Stella and Michael to life with her nuanced performance.
“Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston
“Red, White & Royal Blue” is a political romance that imagines a world in which the son of the first female president of the United States falls in love with the prince of England. Narrated by Ramón de Ocampo, this audiobook is both hilarious and heartfelt, tackling serious topics such as LGBTQ+ rights and mental health while still delivering a swoon-worthy love story.
The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
With the recent popularity of the Netflix series, it’s no surprise that the Bridgerton books have become a hot commodity. Set in Regency-era England, the series follows the eight Bridgerton siblings as they navigate society’s expectations and find love in unexpected places. Rosalyn Landor narrates the audiobooks and brings the vibrant characters and witty dialogue to life in a way that will make you feel like you’re part of the Bridgerton family.
There you have it – some of the best romance audiobooks of all time. Whether you’re a fan of historical romance, enemies-to-lovers, or modern love stories, there’s something on this list for everyone. So next time you’re looking for a way to escape reality, grab your headphones and settle in with one of these steamy, heartwarming stories.