I Could Write A Book Audiobook by Karen M Cox (Review)

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Review of: I Could Write A Book Audiobook
Karen M Cox

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On February 1, 2019
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I Could Write A Book Audiobook

By: Karen M Cox

Narrated by: Emely Rahm

Adalia Street Press 1/17/2019

I Could Write a Book Audiobook

4.5 stars rating

8 hrs and 7 mins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

I Could Write A Book Audiobook Sample

I Could Write A Book Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

Set in the early to mid 1970’s in Kentucky Blue Grass Country, this charming and inventive modern historical update on Jane Austen’s Emma brought back a wonderful sense of nostalgia along with sparkling cast of characters in this gently-paced slow-burn romance.

It’s always a fun scenario when the matchmaker meets her match, but this one adds in the long-time childhood friends to lovers trope as well. Emma Woodhouse, talented and clever, pretty and comfortably wealthy lives at home with her invalid father. She lacks for nothing and that includes having no desire to date and marry. But, she is happy to see those around her finding their special someone and if that means interfering in their lives to set them on the right track, well then… So, when a sweet girl comes to work at her father’s old law firm for her old friend George Knightley, she chooses to make over Mary and match her up with a young up and coming political guy and not the entry level legal aid working for George.
George Knightley watches in exasperation as Emma blithely ignores his warnings about the matchmaking and interfering in people’s lives. He knows there is something off about Frank Churchill, but she won’t listen to him about that guy. And, will she heed his inside track about knowing that Elton is not interested in Mary? All her life, she has been the darling with her parents, her aunt, her sister, and everyone else in Highbury. She is sweet, generous, dutiful, and good, but he sees the way she is naïve and limited as a result.
It is only after watching her grow up and when Frank Churchill shows an interest that George gets an inkling of his own feelings for Emma even as Emma starts to see where her constant blindness and mistakes about the people George warned her about might have made him hate her for good right when she understands her own heart.

I enjoyed how the author wrote flawed, but engaging characters who grow and learn. The romance was at a good pace since they were a pair who really were friends and nearly family-like until suddenly they are rubbing each other wrong and the sparks start flying for a new reason.
The historical and cultural setting of the 1970s in a small town in Kentucky with a refreshing diverse cast of characters coming from different social strata made for a couple really nice layers to the developed plot. There was a good tension as the whole cast of characters and not just the main pair interacted showcasing a few minor romances.

All in all, I was well satisfied. Emma tried my nerves for a bit when she started toying with people’s lives thinking she knew best, but there was also comedy in it because as listener I could see that she was headed for disaster. I loved the way the author brings the pair along through their separate, but intertwined lives to that lovely romantic moment of understanding. I can definitely recommend this one for those who enjoy the idea of a modern historical gently-paced remake on a classic.

I Could Write A Book Audiobook Narration

5.0 Hearts

Emily Rahm was new to me. I took to her narrating voice from the start. She did great with both George and Emma’s alternating turns at narration and narrating the diverse cast from older to younger, genders, different regional accents, and even different social classes.

The soft Kentucky southern accent was the most impressive since most people tend to exaggerate the accents of some of the southern border states. She had a good sense of pace and tone. She kept an even slow build story from sounding pedantic. Definitely will be watching for more of her work.

Karen M CoxKaren M Cox is an award-winning author of novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, and I Could Write a Book. Other published works include an ebook novella, The Journey Home, “Northanger Revisited 2015”, which appeared in Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, “I, Darcy,” a short story in The Darcy Monologues, and “An Honest Man”, which appears in the new anthology, Dangrous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues. 
Originally from Everett, WA, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.

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Emily Rahm NarratorEmily Rahm Actress, Singer, Dancer
Real, human connection. It’s what we all crave. I have had many opportunities throughout the years, through service as well as through Theatre, to meet people where they are, and share stories together. Through my work, I hope to continue finding opportunities to connect with people, and provide audiences a window through which they may be able to make better sense of the world in which they are living.
Misha Collins is credited with saying, “I suppose I come most alive when I’m a part of something that might wake people up into seeing the world or themselves differently.” I must say, I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment.

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My thanks to  The Author for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


  1. Austen!! Yes please is all I am saying

  2. A good narrator really makes a book shine and Emily Rahm sounds wonderful. I do appreciate not overdoing the Southern accent. That drives me crazy – that and when a narrator makes everyone sound like they’re from Texas (not that there’s anything wrong with Texas we just don’t all sound the same). This sounds like a lot of fun!

    • Yes, exactly, Katherine. I have a northern ear for things, but even I know that there is a wide variety of accents in the South. 😉

      I wasn’t picturing Texas or Alabama when I was listening. She did a good job.

  3. I’m not familiar with this author or narrator. I’m glad you really enjoyed both. Great review.

    • It’s always fun to come across new ones to enjoy. 🙂

  4. WOW! A retelling of Emma was not what I expected based on the title of the book. Sounds like it is pretty good… but I sometimes get frustrated with Emma-esque tales. Glad you enjoyed.

    • LOL, the title makes sense once you read that part of the story.
      Oh, I do know what you mean. Matchmaker elements can be iffy for me. 🙂

  5. This sounds like a fun trope all around! Great review and I might need to add this one to my pile. 😀

    • So glad it is tempting you. 🙂 I thought she did a great job bringing Austen’s Emma into modern times. Good narration work, too.

  6. I haven’t read anything like this in a while but it sounds like it was pretty good. Thanks for the great review.

    • It’s a little different. You don’t get many books set in the ’70s. Hope you like it if you try it. 🙂

  7. I had to come read this review Sophia because the title made me curious. To find out it’s an update of Emma made me squee in delight! Then I rushed over to GR to add it to my tbr…only to see I’d already added it. *shakes head* I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it so much because I know that I can be confident in picking it up for myself. 🙂 And now that it’s been put *ahem* back on my radar, I’ll pick it up sooner than later. 😉

    • Oh man, you have no idea how many times I’ve gone to add books to my list or add them to Kindle only to find them already there. 🙂

      This was a fab modern retelling. I hope you like it, too, Brandee. 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Kimberly. It was a good story. 🙂

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