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This week we have an audiobook freebie. I’m talking about my favorite audiobook narrators. It really helps me follow the story when the narrator has a clear, strong voice. These narrators all show that. They use their voices to bring the author’s characters to life.
I only have seven narrators listed here. These are just the narrators whom I remember long after I finish the book. I know there are many more great narrators out there. These are just my favorites based on the books I’ve listened to so far. And I like many more narrators, but I picked these for today! And I know it’s completely subjective…lol.
R.C. Bray is the perfect voice for The Martian by Andy Weir. Mark Watney is a scientist and Bray does a great matter-of-fact portrayal of Watney and helps bring him to life for me. This is a thriller of the best kind for me–intelligent, human and smart–and Bray shows that Watney has what it takes to courageously face Mars alone and do everything he can to survive. He’s a scientist and a problem-solver and that comes through in Bray’s narration.
I’ve listened to two Dick Francis books–10 lb. Penalty and Proof. The books are not about the same characters, but I didn’t get mixed up at all. He’s got such a great voice and I feel his characters’ emotions when I listen to his narratives.
I’ve listened to six of the books in the Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Kreuger. David Chandler does such a great job narrating these books. He has a strong, clear voice and is the perfect narrator for this mystery series.
I’ve listened to nine of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series narrated by George Guidall. I can hear some of the easygoing, relaxed western drawl in Guidall’s portrayal of Longmire.
The lyrical language of the The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden shows so well in Kathleen Gati’s narration. Ms. Gati brings me into the fairytale world.
I love Richard Armitage’s voice! He’s also one of my favorite actors (watch North and South if you haven’t already!)
Classic Love Poems (William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning) was a free Audible audiobook a few years ago. I think they gave it away on Valentine’s Day. It’s only 19 minutes long, but if I’d had Armitage to listen to when I was trying to understand poetry in school I would have understood some of the poets a lot better!
Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness is narrated by Katherine Kellgren. She does such a great job with all the voices in these books. I also listened to The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. It’s definitely the same voice as Rhys Bowen’s series, but I was immediately immersed in The Firebird and not distracted by listening to the same voice as one of my favorite series.
The Winter Sea–another book by Susanna Kearsley–is narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I loved her narration. The narration really contributed to making this one of my very favorite books.
Do you like audiobooks? Do you have favorite narrators? Do you think listening to audiobooks can create more enjoyment than reading a print book?