Audiobooks are my favorite way to read at the beach. I don't have the glare on my tablet. My hands don't cramp from holding a book open. I don't have the awful tan lines from propping a book on my legs (yes, that's a thing). I can just close my eyes, relax and listen to the story.
What makes a title great for the beach? Romantic comedies are usually my go-to. I just want to relax on vacation, so I don't want to read something that requires deep thought. My brain needs a vacation, too! Whatever your definition of “beach read”—romance, mystery, gripping biography—you’ll find a shore thing here.
Here are some poolside page-turners you can dive into on audio this summer:
Happy People Read and Drink Coffee: Diane seems to have the perfect life. She is a wife, a mother, and the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a cozy literary cafe in Paris. But when she suddenly loses her beloved husband and daughter in a tragic car accident, the world as she knows it instantly vanishes. Trapped and haunted by her memories, Diane retreats from friends and family, unable and unwilling to move forward. But one year later, Diane shocks her loved ones and makes the surprising decision to move to a small town on the Irish coast, finally determined to heal and rebuild her life alone-until she meets Edward, the attractive yet taciturn Irish photographer who lives next door. At first abrasive and unwelcoming, Edward initially resents Diane's intrusion into his life of solitude . . . until he can no longer keep her at arm's length, and they fall into a surprising and tumultuous romance. But will it last when Diane leaves Ireland, and Edward, for the home she once ran away from in Paris? At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Diane's story is deeply felt, reminding us that love remembered is love enduring. Narrated by Mia Barron.
Miss Julia Inherits a Mess: In this seventeenth installment in the Miss Julia series, Ann B. Ross delivers another hilarious and bighearted novel celebrating the South's favorite steel magnolia and the unforgettable residents of Abottsville. Miss Julia finds herself an executrix on a desperate hunt for a valuable collectible amid a jumble of the estate's antiques, and if she finds a prize she can honor Miss Mattie's last wishes. Narrated by Cynthia Darlow.
Night Shift: The new story in the phenomenal Midnight, Texax series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. At Midnight's local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves--only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There's a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose--which just might happen--it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be.... Narrated by Susan Bennett.
Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating: "Does anyone date anymore?" Weaving together over one hundred years of history with scenes from the contemporary landscape, Labor of Love offers a fresh feminist perspective on how we came to date the ways we do. This isn't a guide to "getting the guy." There are no ridiculous "rules" to follow. Instead, Weigel helps us understand how looking for love shapes who we areand hopefully leads us closer to the happy ending that dating promises. Narrated by Kyra Miller.
Once a Rancher: The Carsons of Mustang Creek: three men who embody the West and define what it means to be a rancher, a cowboy and a hero in this brand-new series from the queen of Western romance. Narrated by Jack Garrett.
The Highwayman: Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear embark on their latest adventure in this novella set in the world of Craig Johnson's New York Times bestselling Longmire series-the basis for the hit drama Longmire, now on Netflix. Narrated by George Guidall.
Breaking Wild: In captivating prose, Diane Les Becquets tells the story of one woman missing in the Colorado wilderness and another bent on discovering the missing woman's whereabouts, in an unforgettably moving and thrilling literary debut. Narrated by Therese Plummer and Saskia Maarleveld.
Paul McCartney: The Life: Paul McCartney: The Life reveals the complex character behind the facade and sheds new light on his childhood-blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music. This is the first definitive account of Paul's often troubled partnership withJohn Lennon, his personal trauma after the Beatles' breakup, and his subsequent struggle to get back to the top with Wings-which nearly got him murdered in Africa and brought him nine days in a Tokyo jail. Readers will learn about his marriage to Linda, including their much-criticized musical collaboration, and a moving account of her death. Packed with new information and critical insights, Paul McCartney: The Life will be the definitive biography of a musical legend. Narrated by Jonathan Keeble.
The Darkest Torment: New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him... Narrated by Max Bellmore.
Tall Tail: In this fast-paced mystery by Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her animal friends seek to solve a whodunit rooted in eighteenth-century Virginia-uncovering a shocking secret that refuses to stay buried. Narrated by Kate Forbes.