A Constant Love Audiobook (and Another Giveaway)

A Constant Love Audiobook (and Another Giveaway)

The timing just happened to work out this way, but lost in and amongst the blog tour and release of Mistress, I happened to have another new release: the audiobook for A Constant Love. So I thought I would devote my post this month to the audiobook, and give readers some chances to win it.

While I will not allow it to be quite as famous as a certain other opening line, I’ve had the opening line to L. P. Hartley’s The Go-Between in my mind as I thought about what I would say about this release: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”

When I wrote A Constant Love, my primary goal was of course to continue Pride and Prejudice. But I did have other things I wished to do with the series. One was to bring in a bit of the Georgian Royal Navy, that world of Patrick O’Brian’s novels. It had always astounded me that the worlds Austen and O’Brian wrote about took place during the same time period, and yet were so entirely different: the estates, towns, and villages of the English countryside vs. the wooden walls of Nelson’s navy. There were naval characters, of course, in some of Austen’s work, and O’Brian’s characters did spend some time ashore in Britain, but I wanted to bring those worlds much closer together.

The other thing I wished to do was create that sense of being in history, of visiting that “foreign country.” I find that era to be a fascinating one, and its history provided ample opportunities to help drive the plot: the Corn Bill Riots and Napoleon’s Hundred Days in particular. Yet it was also the smaller, day-to-day aspects of living back then that I found important, and I wanted to give readers a sense of living in that time. Jane Austen, of course, wrote at a time when the Regency was the “modern era.” Her readers had no need for details about dresses, dinners, balls, or even a walk or ride in Hyde Park. So it was a delicate balance, to provide more details to readers, while still remaining as true as I could to the tone of the original.

I had not thought of it in this way (indeed, for a long time I did not think I would ever do an audiobook), but I think this is one of the aspects that makes it work well as an audiobook. One of my readers described me in a review as favoring character development over angst, and I think that’s a very apt description – while the story has moments of romantic and other tension, a great bit of it is about character development, and that visit to the past.

However, none of that would work without wonderful narration, and so I was very fortunate to have Verona Westbrook on the project. The primary reason I had thought I would never do an audiobook is that I felt this needed to be done in a British accent, and Verona’s lovely voice is that, and much more, as she truly brings these characters to life.

So although I never expected to do an audiobook for this story, I’m very happy to have been able to do so. It’s a great opportunity to escape into that Regency world while commuting or cleaning the house, and spend many hours with the characters of Pride and Prejudice. But you don’t have to take my word for it – a sample is below, and you can have a look at its reviews on Audible.

 

And now it’s time to give away some audiobooks! I have FIVE audiobooks to give away here! Comment below by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to enter.

42 Responses to A Constant Love Audiobook (and Another Giveaway)

  1. The audio is incredible! I have read the book, which I loved, but the audio reading has pulled me right in. I would love to win an audiobook so it will transport me to another time while I walk. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway and Congratulations on the audiobook release as well. I love listening to audiobooks and like the fact that audiobooks provide an opportunity to multitask while enjoying a book as well as to listen with other people and share the book as well.

  3. Thank you so much for the audiobook giveaway. I like to listen to audiobooks when I’m in the car. They’re so much more uplifting than listening to traffic and news reports, and a great way to squeeze a good book into my busy schedule.

  4. Congratulations once more on entering the world of audio publishing, Sophie. I love the sample of A Constant Love that you’ve shared with us and I have the entire book up next on my JAFF playlist, having been lucky enough to win a copy recently. I haven’t heard anything narrated by Verona before but from the sample, she sounds to be excellent.

    KateB’s comment made me smile, as I have been caught in the kitchen a few times, stirring dinner with one hand and Kindle in the other. On those occasions, it’s because I haven’t brought my remote control iPod docking station downstairs and into the kitchen, so I could listen to an audiobook. I’m seriously considering getting a second one so I don’t haven to keep moving my current one around. It’s quite a bulky item and the newer ones are a lot smaller. They’re definitely an item I can recommend for any serious audiobook listener. Earphones are OK but I much prefer listening to the sound from a speaker, as I do in my car in my commutes.

    Obviously, you don’t need to put my name into your giveaway hat.

    • Thanks for your comment, Anji! LOL at your dedicated multitasking! And yes, getting the right audiobook setup is key. I’m pretty well set in my home but I have an older car and have been making do with a tiny little portable speaker…I need to get a larger and louder one! I’ve been listening to “The Grand Sophy” this weekend and quite enjoying it. 🙂

  5. Congratulations on the release of your audio book! I have the eBook, so it would be a treat to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Congratulations Sophie on the audiobook release. 🙂 I recently got addicted to audiobooks, because I can “read” and drive or cook. Once I tried to cook and read my Kindle, but dinner was extremely late. 😉 My poor hubby.

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