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This BARD Bib is a work in process. I still need to add links and annotations to the titles available on BARD.
NOTE: 59 of the 100 titles have been produced by the NLS as either a talking book or Braille book.
— //Dan Malosh 2015/08/04 17:01//

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Slightly Married (2003) (The Bedwyn Saga) by Mary Balogh

DB 56471

The Spymaster's Lady (2008) (The Spymasters (series)) by Joanna Bourne

DB 70148

All Through the Night (1997) by Connie Brockway

DB 46746

The Captive (2014) by Grace Burrowes

DB 79631

A Night to Surrender (2011) (Spindle Cove (series)) by Tessa Dare

DB 74458

A Knight in Shining Armor (1989) by Jude Deveraux

DB 30968 BR 07977 BR 14063

Outlander (1991) (series) by Diana Gabaldon

DB 36535

To Have and to Hold (1995) by Patricia Gaffney

DB 73119

The Bride (1989) by Julie Garwood

DB 52154

A Lady Awakened (2011) by Cecilia Grant

DB 76117

Wicked Intentions (2010) (Maiden Lane (series)) by Elizabeth Hoyt

DB 73509

The Morning Gift (1993) by Eva Ibbotson

DB 37556 BR 09577

Desperate Duchesses (2007) (Desperate Duchesses (series)) by Eloisa James

DB 65842

Secrets of a Summer Night (2004) (The Wallflowers (series)) by Lisa Kleypas

DB 59273

A Rogue by Any Other Name (2012) (The Rules of Scoundrels (series)) by Sarah MacLean

DB 74329

Something Wonderful (1988) by Judith McNaught

DB 27013

The Summer of You (2010) by Kate Noble

DB 79277

Ravished (1992) by Amanda Quick

DB 35874

Duke and I (2000) (The Bridgertons (series)) by Julia Quinn

DB 60504

Morning Glory (1989) by LaVyrle Spencer

DB 29013

Not Quite a Husband (2009) by Sherry Thomas

DB 74008

The Secret History Of The Pink Carnation (2005) (The Pink Carnation (series)) by Lauren Willig

DB 60668


The NLS has not produced these titles…

  • The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie (2009) (MacKenzies series) by Jennifer Ashley
  • Lord of Scoundrels (1995) (Scoundrels series) by Loretta Lynda Chase
  • The Duke of Shadows (2008) by Meredith Duran
  • Texas Destiny (1997) by Lorraine Heath
  • Beast (1997) by Judith Ivory
  • Indigo (1996) by Beverly Jenkins
  • Blaze (1992) by Susan Johnson
  • Flowers from the Storm (1992) by Laura Kinsale
  • The Lotus Palace (2013) (The Lotus Palace (series)) by Jeannie Lin
  • The Windflower (1984) by Laura London
  • The Perils of Pleasure (2008) (Pennyroyal Green (series)) by Julie Anne Long
  • The Duchess War (2012) (The Brothers Sinister (series)) by Courtney Milan
  • Simple Jess (1996) by Pamela Morsi
  • The Rake (1998) by Mary Jo Putney
  • The Serpent Garden (1996) by Judith Merkle Riley


Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen

DB 50549 BR 11521 (Spanish DB 70966)

Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë

DB 47868 BR 10514

Venetia (1958) by Georgette Heyer

DB 71680 BR 18809

The India Fan (1988) by Victoria Holt

DB 27011 BR 07551

The Far Pavilions (1978) by M. M. Kaye

DB 66098


  • North and South (1855) by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell and Patricia Ingham
YA (Young Adult)


Eleanor & Park (2012) by Rainbow Rowell

DB 76406

Anna and the French Kiss (2010) by Stephanie Perkins

DB 81201 BR 20421

The Thief (1996) (Attolia/The Queen's Thief (series)) by Megan Whalen Turner

RC 47183 BR 11285

Perfect Chemistry (2008) by Simone Elkeles

DB 69609 BR 18720

Adiós to My Old Life (2006) by Caridad Ferrer

DB 65488



Naked in Death (1995) (In Death (series)) by J. D. Robb

DB 59555

Nine Coaches Waiting (1958) by Mary Stewart

DB 43401


  • Extreme Exposure (I-Team (series)) (2005) by Pamela Clare
Science Fiction and Fantasy


A Civil Campaign: A Comedy of Biology and Manners (1999) (#13 of Vorkosigan Adventure series) by Lois McMaster Bujold

BR 17543

The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

1. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2009)DB 71347
2. The Broken Kingdoms (2010)DB 72762
3. The Kingdom of Gods (2011)DB 74264

Warrior's Woman (1990) by Johanna Lindsey

DB 31416 BR 15160

Archangel (1996) by Sharon Shinn

DB 46536


  • Magic Bites (2007) (Kate Daniels (series)) by Ilona Andrews
  • The Iron Duke (2010) (The Iron Seas (series)) by Meljean Brook
  • Ember (2011) by Bettie Sharpe
  • Slave to Sensation (2006) (Psy/Changeling (series)) by Nalini Singh


Cry Wolf (2008) by Patricia Briggs

DB 81317

First Grave on the Right (2011) (Charley Davidson (series)) by Darynda Jones

DB 80427 Books 1-4

The Winter Sea (2008) by Susanna Kearsley

DB 77040

Darkfever (2006) (Fever (series)) by Karen Marie Moning

DB 66336

Dark Lover (2005) (The Black Dagger Brotherhood (series)) by J. R. Ward

DB 81597


  • Minion (2003) (Vampire Huntress (series)) by L.A. Banks
  • A Hunger Like No Other (2006) (Immortals After Dark (series)) by Kresley Cole
  • Night Pleasures (2002) (Dark Hunter (series)) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
LGBTQ (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning)


  • The Magpie Lord (2014) by K.J. Charles
  • Butterfly Tattoo (2009) by Deidre Knight
  • Keeping Promise Rock (2010) by Amy Lane
  • Fated Love (2004) by Radclyffe
  • Hot Head (2011) by Damon Suede
  • Cut & Run (2008) by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux


Maid to Match (2010) by Deeanne Gist

DB 72922

Redeeming Love (1991) by Francine Rivers

DB 49645

Erotic Romance


Natural Law (2004) by Joey W. Hill

DB 74692


  • Liberating Lacey (2010) by Anne Calhoun
  • The Lady's Tutor (1999) by Robin Schone


The Unsung Hero (2000) (Troubleshooters (series)) by Suzanne Brockmann

DB 59156

Virgin River (2007) (Virgin River (series)) by Robyn Carr

DB 70659

Bet Me (2004) by Jennifer Crusie

DB 58276

A Bollywood Affair (2014) by Sonali Dev

DB 80280

The Best Man (2013) (Blue Heron (series)) by Kristan Higgins

DB 76409

Mackenzie's Mountain (1989) (The Mackenzie Family (series)) by Linda Howard

DB 73645

Something About You (2010) by Julie James

DB 79009

The Girl You Left Behind (2012) by Jojo Moyes

DB 77666 BR 20283

Crazy Thing Called Love (2013) by Molly O'Keefe

DB 80142

It Had to Be You (1994) (Chicago Stars (series)) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

DB 55305

Heart of the Falcon (1998) by Francis Ray

DB 59713

Sea Swept (1997) (Chesapeake Bay Saga) by Nora Roberts

DB 45679

Simply Irresistible (2010) (Lucky Harbor (series)) by Jill Shalvis

DB 72926


  • Motorcycle Man (2012) (Dream Man (series)) by Kristen Ashley
  • The Chocolate Kiss (2012) by Laura Florand
  • Intimate Betrayal (1997) by Donna Hill
  • Unfinished Business (2005) (The Madaris Family (series)) by Brenda Jackson
  • Sweet Filthy Boy (2014) (Wild Seasons (series)) by Christina Lauren
  • Hell on Wheels (2012) (Black Knights Inc. (series)) by Julie Ann Walker

“These quick reads are most closely associated with pioneering romance publisher Harlequin, and come in dozens of subgenres from historical to inspirational… [For those who] like romance pared down to just the essential love story…”


  • Her Hesitant Heart (2013) by Carla Kelly
  • Doukakis's Apprentice (2011) by Sarah Morgan
  • Sex, Straight Up (2008) by Kathleen O'Reilly
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