Mini Reviews: Novels about broken bodies and strong minds

Lovely Audiobooks mini reviews

Romance audiobooks with disabled or chronically ill protagonists

Welcome to a new round of mini reviews! I’ve been listening to a lot of Romance Package books lately and found I made a good start for a little passion project of mine: Chronic illness and disability in Romance.

Chronic illness, the physical kind to be specific, is a very important topic to me. And the lack of representation in Romance pains me. Right now it’s not much more than a vague idea but I hope to compile a list of Romance novels with audiobooks that feature disabled and chronically ill protagonists. Stories that give readers hope who are at a point in their lives where they might not even be able to hold a book. So, please, whenever you encounter one, make sure to send me a note! Today’s mini reviews have in common that either the hero or the heroine deal with physical disability, as well as the consequences this has on their mental health. I highly recommend every single one of these books and they are all in the Audible Romance Package**. [... read more]

Why Audiobooks matter: Let’s talk about Inclusion and History

The history of audiobooks - an inforgraphic by LovelyAudiobooks.info

A few numbers

Today I want to take you on a little tour through the history of audiobooks to show you why they matter. Currently in 2018, 18% of US consumers listen to audiobooks, compared to 74% readers overall, 67% print readers and 26% e-book readers (1).

There are two defining factors in the audio success story: The first is technological development. Prior to the LP we already had radio plays. But a talking book that you could consume on your own schedule was an impossible thing. The cheaper and more convenient technology has become, the more popularity audiobooks could gain. [... read more]