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Home » Audiobook Genres » Romance

About Romance

Romance novels have something of a bad reputation but when they’re written by some of the greatest writers who ever lived they transcend the mere sentimental and probe the hidden depths of the human psyche.
Silksoundbooks collection of audio books available for download now, includes some of the best examples of this genre and may surprise you.

Romance audio book downloads:

Goblin Market and Selected Poems Audiobook

Goblin Market and Selected Poems Audiobook
Written by Christina Rossetti
Read by Natascha McElhone

In this downloadable audio book, Natascha McElhone leads us through over fifty of Christina Rossetti’s soulful and lyrical poems including In the Bleak Midwinter and Goblin Market, a surprisingly complex tale that follows two sisters through a pilgrim’s progress of temptation, punishment and redemption, laden with sexual undertones.

Silksoundbooks’ unabridged audio book is available in MP3 format or iPod audiobook format for you to download today.

Black Beauty Audiobook

Black Beauty Audiobook
Written by Anna Sewell
Read by Colin Salmon

In this unabridged audio book, star actor Colin Salmon reads one of the most famous children’s stories ever written.   Black Beauty  is the story of the highly spirited and gorgeous black stallion and his transfer from owner to increasingly abusive owner until his final happy rescue.

The book was originally intended to be a campaigning work distributed to those who worked with horses in the middle of the nineteenth century, but has become a firm favourite with children of all ages!

Northanger Abbey Audiobook

Northanger Abbey Audiobook
Written by Jane Austen
Read by Lynn Redgrave

The great British actress Lynn Redgrave brings Jane Austen's first novel Northanger Abbey vividly to life in this unabridged audio book.

The story follows the 17 year old Catherine Morland,  one of those Austen girls who, in spite of her ironic portrait as a romantic heroine in training, ends up being someone whose story you’d follow to the end of the world. The villains and suitors somehow acquire those extra sixteen layers that Austen cannot help herself writing.

Northanger Abbey is a wonderful piece of gothic horror - but at the same time as you’re grinning at the terrifying manuscript Catherine finds in her bedroom, you’ll be delighting in the sheer brilliance of the first of Jane Austen’s great novels.

Love Among the Haystacks and Other Stories Audiobook

Love Among the Haystacks and Other Stories Audiobook
Written by D H Lawrence
Read by Geraldine James OBE

This is a selection of D H Lawrence’s short stories, mostly about women. Although much wider known for his novels and in particular for his forthright attitude to sex, and its description, in literature, it is for his short stories that Lawrence has most commonly gained critical acclaim.

Set, as was Lawrence’s habit, within sight of the ‘great blue heap of Nottingham’ Love Among the Haystacks introduces us to the character of the wild and disobedient German governess mostly referred to as ‘the Fräulein’, whose passion and rarity drive two brothers to distraction with somewhat disastrous consequences.

Mother and Daughter is portrayal of that most difficult of roles, the mother-in-law, and The Rocking Horse WinnerThe Odour of Crysanthemums explores the other side of the equation with a son’s desperate attempts to help his overly acquisitive mother creating a sharply painful, almost parable-like tale. is one of Lawrence’s most famous short stories. It marked the beginning of his literary career when it was published in 1909 in the hugely influential magazine The Literary Review.

Lady Chatterley's Lover Audiobook

Lady Chatterley's Lover Audiobook
Written by D H Lawrence
Read by Samantha Bond

This unabridged audio book tells the story of Lady Chatterley and her love for her husband’s gamekeeper and when first published, it outraged the sensibilities of Edwardian England.

D.H. Lawrence had already been dismissed as a purveyor of the obscene for the attitudes to sex that he had shown in 'The Rainbow' which had been fiercely suppressed on its publication in 1915. Chatterley was a deliberate choice on D H Lawrence’s part to address sex head on, describe the act and its pleasures in detail and put forward his belief that mankind had lost touch with its pagan and natural root, its link to the earth and therefore its strength. Lawrentian sex although tender and loving is feral and robust. He despised what he called “the miserable sodding rutters, the flaming sods, the sniveling, dribbling, dithering, palsied, pulse-less lot that make up England today”.

Samantha Bond reads Lady Chatterley's Lover audiobook, in her truely engrossing style.

Wuthering Heights Audiobook

Wuthering Heights Audiobook
Written by Emily Bronte
Read by Juliet Stevenson

The wild passion of Cathy’s doomed love for Heathcliffe set against the stormy moors of Yorkshire is brought dramatically to life in Juliet Stephenson’s intensely moving recording of Emily Brontë’s great classic Wuthering Heights. This unabridged audio book is available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to download immediately.

Jane Eyre Audiobook

Jane Eyre Audiobook
Written by Charlotte Bronte
Read by Emily Woof

Attraction, desire and sex were not proper subjects for a nineteenth century novel and Charlotte Brontë’s clear and open handling of all three in Jane Eyre was shocking, exciting and revolutionary.

Jane Eyre - a small, plain-faced, intelligent and honest English orphan is abused by her aunt and cousins as a child, acquires role models during her education at Lowood Academy, becomes the governess of Thornfield Manor, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester; spends time with the Rivers family at Marsh's End and Morton, where cousin St John Rivers proposes to her; and is finally reunited with and marries her beloved Rochester at his house of Ferndean.

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