4 audiobooks about love

The love found between friends, family members, couples, and even misfit adolescents is at the heart of these four audiobooks. All titles can be found at or borrowed from a local library.

1. 'Shotgun Love Stories,' by Nickolas Butler


"Shotgun Lovesongs,"
by Nickolas Butler

(Read by Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, Scott Shepherd, Scott Sowers, and Gary Wilmes; Macmillan Audio; 8 CDs; 10 hours)

The story kicks off when four old friends from Wisconsin farmland come together as adults for a wedding. The narrator is a married guy who’s the steady center. The others are a famous country music star, a bigwig businessman, and a struggling alcoholic (the sweetest of the bunch). Though first-time novelist Nickolas Butler occasionally overstates, at heart this is an unabashedly sentimental story that simply delights. Using different narrators for the various characters was a brilliant move. Each is polished and well worth hearing. (Warning: Listeners may find some language offensive.) Grade: A– 

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