Posted by: Karen | April 5, 2015

STILL THE ONE by Jill Shalvis plus GIVEAWAY

Book 6 in the Animal Magnetism Series. Available April 7 from Tantor Audio.


From the Publisher:

“Darcy Stone is game for anything—except sexy Navy vet and physical therapist AJ Colten, the guy who’d rejected her when she’d needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.

AJ admits it—Darcy is irresistible. But he’s already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he’s not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they’d ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What’s the real thing? And where does it go from here?”

From the review at AudioGals:

“Karen White brought her usual smart and sassy narration to this book – she has wonderful comic timing as well as all the emotions necessary for voicing the wisecracks and witty banter that Shalvis gives her characters. Although she doesn’t have an extremely low register, she conveys male-ness well in dialogue with more than just pitch, and all her characters are easily differentiated by attitude, timbre, register, accent and other vocal attributes. That of course includes Peanut the Parrot, who livens up the scenes with salty and inappropriate phrases, as well as the occasional dog and cat contribution to the dialogue. I paid special attention to the way she reads intimate scenes this time, after a recent listen to a different narrator where I felt the narrator took it a little farther than my comfort zone. White passed the test of conveying the emotions without making me feel like a voyeur.”

And you might also want to check out AudioGals’ Chat with Jill, Lea and myself!

From the review at Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust:

“I also listened to the audio narrated by Karen White with just the right delivery of emotion and great voices for the characters of both genders. The production value was also excellent!”

From the review at The Geeky Blogger:

“Karen nails this series! I have listened to all of these on audio and wouldn’t do it any other way. Karen has a way of bringing Jill Shalvis’ voice alive and her characters that extra Umph!”

My recording experience:

I was really looking forward to recording the next book in Jill’s Animal Magnetism series, for a variety of reasons.  One, it’d been a year since the last one (she usually does one every six months).

IMG_1559Two, I got to meet Jill this summer when I went to RWA 2014 to speak on an audiobook panel, and she was every bit as funny and kind in person as I’d imagined.

And three, I am very proud to be an Audie Finalist this year for another book in the AM oeuvre, RUMOR HAS IT.  This is like the Oscars for audiobooks, so it’s a big deal!


And finally, I just love recording Jill’s books.  This one really impressed me in particular because it addressed some heavy subjects (PTSD, chronic pain, and animal rescue, of course) while maintaining the snappy humor Jill’s so good at.  I’ve been speaking on a variety of audiobook panels this year, and one thing I realized about my work in particular is that I bring emotion, of all kinds, to the narrative as well as the dialogue.  I think that I’ve developed this style, in part, because of great narrative writing like Jill’s.  The characters’ inner monologues are so full of funny angst that I have to ride that roller coaster of emotion to squeeze all the humor out of it (and it’s more fun that way).  The sample below reflects that, as well as a wee chance I took with the main characters’ voices.  Darcy starts out this book in a pretty negative space and AJ has his emotions buried.  So their voices reflect that (and aren’t “pretty sounding”). But as they grow and learn to trust each other and themselves, their voices grow to reflect that, too.  I don’t know if it’s anything that listeners will even notice, but it was a big part of the journey for me.

As was spending a good 15 minutes perfecting the intention behind one, “Woof!”.

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Monique is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering! I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter.


  1. Hi Karen, huge fan of the Karen and Jill combo. I have all the Animal Magnetism books on audio except this new one. Love all of them.

  2. Love all of her books and would love to hear an audio book. I haven’t listened to audio books in years. Bet I could clean out my Kindle faster if I got back in the habit!!

  3. I’ve never had the opportunity to listen to any of Jill’s books on audio. I love her books, though, and it would be great to experience them in a different way.

  4. Awesome sample! I have never heard you read but like your style.

  5. This is a great series (though I still miss Lucky Harbor!)

  6. I love reading these books and I’m thinking listening wouldn’t be any great hardship. 💓

  7. You are seriously one of the best narrators ever. I have thoroughly enjoyed you narrating the Animal Magnetism series, and I cannot wait for STILL THE ONE.

    • I hope you’re not disappointed Erica!

  8. Thanks for having this cool giveaway.

  9. Listened to the 1st book of the series while commuting and came back for 2nds, 3… It was like dishing with old friends for 1.5 hours a day. Thank you for these wonderful collaborations.

    • I feel so lucky to be paired with Jill.

  10. I love the subjects of this book. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 18 years ago and this is the first book I know that addresses chronic pain. It leads to depression and anxiety because I’m in pain 24/7/365 and there are so many things I can no longer enjoy. Giving voice to those of us who are challenged by illness is a real blessing. Thank you on behalf of people with chronic illness!

    • I learned a lot about chronic pain this year, thankfully not through personal experience, but through narrating the very informative book A Nation in Pain. It was eye opening.

  11. Never listened to an audio book before but would love to hear Jill’s latest! Love her books! 📚📕📓😁😇

  12. Would love to try an audio book!

  13. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

  14. Love the audio books and especially the animal series

  15. I love audiobooks. They bring the story to life

  16. I’m a big Jill Shalvis fan! Would love a copy of the audio book! 🙂

  17. i love Jill Shalvis! It must be fun to get to read her books for your job.

    • It sure is!

  18. I would love to win this. I love Jill Shalvis’ books and love the audio version of the Animal Magnetism books. Great job Karen!

    • Thanks Julie!

  19. Love listening to Jill’s books!

  20. I love audio books and Jill Shalvis, so this is a perfect match! Thanks for the opportunity.

  21. I would love to win this!

  22. Can’t go wrong with a Jill Shalvis book/audiobook.

  23. So excited to see so many new audiobooks fans here! Just want to make sure you all know that AudioGals is also giving away this book – 5 copies! Plus they’ve got a chat between Jill and myself:

  24. I love audiobooks and I love this series.

  25. i would LOVE to win the audiobook. I have loved all of Jill Shalvis’s books but my library does not carry any of her audiobooks. I buy the ebooks for my Nook, but I would like to listen to them when I travel. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    • I’ve heard that it’s useful to libraries to request books that you want.

  26. Would love to win this!

  27. Karen, I First Heard About Your narration on The First Audiobook That I Borrow From The Library Animal Magnetism and Animal Attraction After a While I Thought I Should BUY The Series on Audiobooks, I was So Happy That last Tuesday I Got The Audiobook of Still The one… I’m Excited That This Series isn’t over YET

    • Me too 🙂

  28. I would love this audiobook!

  29. Love it. Enjoyed listening, something I haven’t done. Thanks

  30. I love all things Jill Shalvis and thoroughly enjoy audio books!

  31. Sounds like a fun series. Definitely going on my TBR list!

  32. Would love to win the audio version of this book! I listen to books all the time in my car but have yet to listen to one of Jill’s books. I love her writing style and enjoy this series along with the Lucky Harbor series.

  33. Just started reading STILL THE ONE today. Would love to be able to listen to it in the car too!

  34. I would love your audiobook!

  35. Loved the book would love to listen to it too. Plus I could share with my sister.

    • That is the good thing about have the CDs.

  36. Great book…already read it, but I would love to listen to it! I’ll have to buy a couple of the Animal Magnetism books on audio for my commute!

  37. A wonderful way to make time go fast on a road trip!

  38. On my wish list!

  39. Definitely on my wish list!

  40. Love reading Still The One, would love to hear it!

  41. Love love love these books.

  42. LOVE the audio versions! Brings them to life!

  43. I had no idea that Jill’s books were in audio! Can’t wait to find them! And I love this series! oooh, new discoveries!

    • Yay!

    • Monique, you are the randomly chosen winner! I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your address.

  44. Absolutely love Jill’s books but have never listened to one of the audio books. It would be so great to win a copy.

  45. Love the book. Would love the audiobook.

  46. What an interesting job. I’ve been wanting to try audio books and this would be a great start for that. Thanks for the opportunity.

  47. Karen, you do such a wonderful job narrating this series! I love the voices you give to all of the characters and would love to own the audio CD of “Still The One”. Congratulations on being an Audie finalist – well deserved!

  48. I’m a big fan of Jill’s! I’d love to have a copy

  49. you do a great job! I listen to tons of audiobooks

    • I Thought I was The only one That LOVES Listening To Audiobooks

  50. I love Jill’s books, too. We listen to books on cd in the car and have learned the narrator can make or break the book. Congratulations on all the work and effort you put into your readings>

    • Thanks Judy!

  51. Love Jill’s books. would love to “listen” to them, too

  52. You do an awesome job with the books and this is my favorite series.

    • It’s one of my favs too.

  53. What an honor it would be to win the audio version of this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  54. Congratulations! Love the series, I have it all on audio except the new release:)

  55. I love Jill’s books!!

  56. Would love this in audio! Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. I love Jill’s books and your narration. I’d be thrilled to win a copy of audiobook.

  58. I’d love to win. I’ve never “read” an audiobook.

  59. Thanks for the post and the chance to win this audiobook cd. I love your work and especially with Jill’s books and am excited to listen to snarky Darcy! haha

    • Yes, I have to admit that the snarky characters are extra fun to record 😉

  60. […] White is also running a giveaway of Still the One over at her blog, Home Cooked […]

  61. Your narrations are “Oscar worthy” in my book! Congrats on the Audie nomination.

    • Thanks, Lee!

  62. Hi Karen
    You are one of my favorite narrators! I love Jill’s books, so it’s a win-win for me!

    • Thanks, Andrea. I also obviously love Jill’s books, and this series especially since I’m an inveterate animal lover.

  63. I love Jill’s books, and would love to win. Good luck everyone, and thanks for the giveaway!

  64. i love Jill’s books I have all the others in this series!!

  65. Karen, I welcome the chance to say that you are my favorite narrator. I love how you did all the animal magnetism books. I fell in love with your reading in the Julie James FBI series. You take me into each story you read and I thank you for it. I pick books to some extent based on whether you are reading them. Just starting one Mary Burton book that I picked solely based on you reading it. THANKS

    • Thanks so much for the positive feedback, Lesley! It is so appreciated. I hope you’ll enjoy this book, as well as the Mary Burton.

  66. Love to listen to audiobooks. Would love to win this. Thanks

  67. Love the humor in Jill’s books I’ve enjoyed listening to the othe books in the Animal Magnetism series – looking forward to STILL THE ONE.

  68. Congratulation on being an Audie Finalist for RUMOR HAS IT.

    • Thanks Yvonne!

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