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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Audiobook Discussions: Favorite Narrators

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I have been doing a lot of audiobook listening lately and I attended a recent blogger webinar about audiobook reviewing which got me thinking more and more about audiobooks.  So I wanted to know more of what you think about them!  From there, Audiobook Discussions has been born!

This week I want to discuss my/your favorite narrators.  Who do you love to listen to and why?

I have a couple narrators that have made me put books on my To Be Read list that would never have been on there otherwise, just because I like to listen to them.  Here are a few of them:

  • Moira Quirk – I first heard her in The Secret Life of Anna Blanc but she has narrated over 40 books as listed on Audible to include the Gail Carriger Finishing School and Custard Protocol serieses, the Kristen Calihan Darkest London series, and Elizabeth Hoyt Princes Trilogy.  I especially loved how she brought her characters to life and made each unique.
  • Scott Brick – Brick is a favorite among audio listeners and has accordingly won many awards for his work.  I have only listened to him in the form of non-fiction (In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick, Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, and Salt by Mark Kerlansky) but he has narrated many thrillers and other fiction novels.  For me, he has brought these non-fiction titles to life.  Particularly, In the Heart of the Sea, felt just like an adventure.
  • Edward Hermann – This was one of the first times that a non-fiction book felt like an adventure to me while listening.  Similar to how I like Scott Brick’s narration, Hermann does a lot to make a non-fiction title entertaining and accessible.  In my review of Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson I actually stated that “I could probably listen to him read the dictionary and find it vastly interesting.” I have also listened to him perform The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin and he has performed MANY other high profile non-fiction books that were on my list already. 
  • Cassandra Campbell – One of the most excellent narration performances I listened to in 2016 – absolutely phenomenal!  I listened to My Last Continent by Midge Raymond which while the story was excellent on its own, Campbell’s performance made the story even more passionate and heartrending.  I have already picked up several more performed by her to add to my collection.


Do you have any favorite narrators or performances that absolutely blew you away?  I would love to know so I can add them to my list!


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  1. George Guidall is my favorite - - I will listen to him read anything!

    1. I just finished listening to a book he narrated - Pearl Harbor by Craig Nelson. He was very good, still have to write that review.

  2. I remember one year listening to close to 10 books that were all read by scott brick. Bronson Pinchot's reading of Tim Powers "on stranger tides" was really good. a smaller time reader Steve Hendrickson has done a great job with Larry Millet's Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota series.

    1. I love Scott Brick - I have a BUNCH on my list to listen to. I will have to check out those narrators you suggest - always looking for great listens.


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