Leading Ladies

Leading Ladies

As a genre largely written by and focusing on women, romance has given us some of the strongest of female leads. So while you’re celebrating all of the women in your life this Women’s History Month, don’t forget to show your favorite heroines some love, too. These leading ladies all show us that there’s more than one way to feel empowered—whether it’s through her own sex-positivity, her ability to kick some ass, or by providing for the people she loves. This month is for empowering women, and that totally applies to these romances. —The Audible Romance Editors

    • North and South

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,082
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689

    Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful

    • By Sally on 01-04-10
    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 09-18-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,082 ratings
    • "A 19th Century Romance with a Social Conscience"
    • "…Margaret Hale, an intelligent, compassionate, and highly principled young woman, returns from the society world of London to live with her parents in the beautiful village of Helston… All of the characters in this novel are fully believable with understandable motivations and complex emotions. Margaret is particularly well-defined and one comes to admire her compassion, courage, and resourcefulness…" —Naomi, Audible Listener
    • The Suffragette Scandal

    • Brothers Sinister, Book 4
    • By: Courtney Milan
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 474
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 442
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 445

    Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women's rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVED!!!

    • By Heather on 11-09-15
    • Brothers Sinister, Book 4
    • By: Courtney Milan
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Series: The Brothers Sinister, Book 4
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 10-07-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 474 ratings
    • "Huzzah! Suffragettes!"
    • "…The heroine, Free, is everything you'd want the editor of a feminist newspaper to be—brash, confident, courageous, smart—but she's entirely relatable. Even if you think you're not a feminist, you'll still like her. The hero, Edward, is obviously perfect for her from the start, but there are still plenty of surprises along the way…" —Elkay, Audible Listener
    • Sweet Rivalry

    • 1001 Dark Nights
    • By: K. Bromberg
    • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 509
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 483
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 482

    Ryder Rodgers had a plan. He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Love Arndt and York

    • By DIANE on 09-12-17
    • 1001 Dark Nights
    • By: K. Bromberg
    • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 08-29-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 509 ratings
    • "Second chances"
    • "Rivals since high school, these two bump heads again in a most delicious way when they are faced with bidding the same job years after parting ways. There's a lot of tension and sexiness is this short but packed second chance story…" —Angela G., Audible Listener
    • Let It Shine

    • By: Alyssa Cole
    • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don’t court trouble by upending the status quo, but it’s 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Sofie’s spent half her life being proper, but the nonviolent protests happening across the South bring out her inner agitator....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Romance in the Civil Rights Movement!

    • By Amanda on 04-18-19
    • By: Alyssa Cole
    • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 11-20-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 60 ratings
    • "Excellent!!"
    • "A beautiful, wonderful, darling little story with so many great elements to it, spanning a time from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s through the early 1970s and the beginnings of the Women’s Rights Movement… Historically accurate, the story centers around a young African American woman and a Jewish man who meet during a strategic meeting, and are powerfully drawn to each other…" —escoocoo, Audible Listener
    • Angels' Blood

    • Guild Hunter, Book 1
    • By: Nalini Singh
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,431
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,923
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator is Definitely A Personal Preference

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-11
    • Guild Hunter, Book 1
    • By: Nalini Singh
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Series: Guild Hunter, Book 1
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 05-07-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,431 ratings
    • "Who knew Angels could be so hot!"
    • "This is the first book in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters series. Singh's main character is a kick-butt, kinda girl. She is a 'Born' Vampire Hunter. And she is the best there is. Her life is going fine, until she is hired by the very sexy, Archangel, Raphael. (who knew wings could be hot?)…" —Leslie, Audible Listener
    • Best Laid Plans

    • By: Lauren Blakely
    • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253

    Awkward? Maybe. But how else is a good girl going to find out if she likes being naughty? I might be sweet as cherry pie, but I'm also bold and damn curious. And Gabe is charming, trustworthy, aces at seduction (or so I hear) and - bonus! - willing to give me lessons....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Naughty does a body good! 🔥🔥🔥

    • By The Audio Flow on 02-26-19
    • By: Lauren Blakely
    • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 02-26-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318 ratings
    • "✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫"
    • "…Arden is a sweet bookstore owner who is a little sheltered… I loved how shy she was in some ways but how easily she pushed past that because she knew she wanted more. Nothing better than a strong female lead in a book!..." —Cyndi, Audible Listener
    • Acquisition

    • By: Chelle Bliss
    • Narrated by: Brian Pallino, Natasha Soudek
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 117

    A one-night stand with a handsome stranger wasn't a problem - until he tries to steal her company....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cliffhanger

    • By Virginia on 11-05-17
    • By: Chelle Bliss
    • Narrated by: Brian Pallino, Natasha Soudek
    • Series: Takeover Duet, Book 1
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 10-24-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 123 ratings
    • "Great Acquisition"
    • "I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was exciting and had a great story between two strong individuals. Lauren and Antonio are both very smart CEOs in competing companies. What a unique story. Lauren is a typical, strong business woman… The narrators did an excellent job with this story and the accents. Their presentation of the characters added to this book." —Lynnz, Audible Listener
    • Precarious

    • By: Bella Jewel
    • Narrated by: Stella Bloom, Charles Lawrence
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 621
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 586
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 585

    Ash is a prison guard. She's tough, she's strong, and she never backs away from a fight....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • OH MY THIS IS HOT

    • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 09-23-15
    • By: Bella Jewel
    • Narrated by: Stella Bloom, Charles Lawrence
    • Series: Joker’s Wrath, Book 1
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 06-23-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 621 ratings
    • "WHEN A BAD BOY MEETS A GOOD GIRL...IT'S EXPLOSIVE"
    • "…This is an action-packed, gritty, hard-hitting listen where the MC world isn't 'prettied up' with sweet words… and as for the mega Alpha, Krypt, well he's finally found an Alpha female that kicks ass… there's suspense, bloodshed, more kidnappings, a daring edge of your seat rescue and a bitter Biker War. Bella Jewel paints the scenes well and includes some very colorful characters…" —🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹, Audible Listener
    • If I Only Knew

    • By: Corinne Michaels
    • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake, Shane East
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,949

    My life was perfect - until a shocking tragedy pulled the rug out from underneath me. My children were left without a father. I was without a husband and a provider. Instead of wallowing in my grief, I buried myself in my work at Dovetail Enterprises....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it. absolutely adorable.

    • By jojo beanz on 10-31-18
    • By: Corinne Michaels
    • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake, Shane East
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 10-26-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110 ratings
    • "Emotional, heart-warming and touching story!"
    • "...I cannot begin to tell you how my heart broke for Danielle. I cannot even begin to imagine being in her shoes, but her children were her first priority and for them, she needed to move forward. After losing her husband tragically, she was struggling as a parent and mom, let alone just being a woman. But she was so freaking strong, even when she did not see it…" —Liz T., Audible Listener
    • Sense and Sensibility

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,557
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548

    In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stellar Performance Elevates Austen’s Work

    • By Gretchen SLP on 10-09-18
    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
    • Series: Audible's Jane Austen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 08-14-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699 ratings
    • "Loved it!"
    • "I have read this book several times, and I never fail to be enchanted! It gracefully reminds that true strength is found in humility and consideration, and that we should all be enriched by daily courtesy, civility, and compassion…" —Diana, Audible Listener

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