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Friday, November 17, 2017

Voices on the Road: My Favorite Narrators & HUGE Giveaway!!

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November and December are months where many travel to see family and friends during the holidays and to celebrate with each other.  Audiobooks are an awesome travel companion when making a lengthy road-trip.  The Audio Publishers Association is hosting a tour this month with blogs featuring their favorite audiobooks or narrators and allowing each blog to host a HUGE giveaway (stay tuned to the end of the post).  I am choosing to share my favorite narrators.

Carly Robins

I have only listened to one work by this narrator (A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt), but it was one of my favorites this year.  Robins was able to relay the author’s pacing well in the narration of the story. There is an interplay between slow or fast reading based on the need of the scene. I appreciated the appropriate pause length between sentences – just the right amount of time. Robins imbues her characters with all their personality quirks. It certainly feels like she spent some time getting to know the characters before recording the passages. There is some voice work to make characters unique, and this is one of the few times I have found myself feeling comfortable with a narration of characters of the opposite sex rom the narrator. An admirable job that never felt jarring or out of place.

A List of Carly Robins Narration (via Audible) 

My Review of A Deadly Affection



Moira Quirk

Moira Quirk is a WONDERFUL narrator that I cannot get enough of!  I have only heard her read The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, but I would pick up anything else she reads.  Quirk doesn’t just read the novel, but imbues the characters with even more life. Quirk brings out their complete nature to where you feel like they are standing in the room next to you. Yes, each character has their own unique voice, but many narrators do that. However, Quirk not only brings a different voice, but you can envision their mannerisms as well just from the way they are speaking. I’m not sure how she does this, but whatever it is, keep doing it! There is quite the range of nationalities and type of personalities in this novel and Quirk makes them all feel truly real, not cookie cutter or stereotyped. And she doesn’t veer away from signing if it is in the novel!

A List of Moira Quick Narration (via Audible)

My Review of The Secret Life of Anna Blanc



Cassandra Campbell

I have listened to Cassandra Campbell read both fiction (My Last Continent) and non-fiction (The Jersey Brothers) and can absolutely see why she is an award winning narrator.  She fills her words with feeling and passion.  She pronounces foreign words beautifully.  I highly recommend you seek out her work.

A List of Cassandra Campbell Narration (via Audible)

My Reviews of The Jersey Brothers and My Last Continent



Scott Brick

Scott Brick is another mega award winning audiobook narrator, lending his voice to works ranging from thrillers to non-fiction.  He happens to be my most widely listened to narrator so that in and of itself should say something.  His narration can make even the driest material feel exciting. 

List of Scott Brick Narration (via Audible)

My Reviews of Devil in the White City, In the Heart of the Sea, and Salt



Davina Porter

Davina Porter is best known for her work with the Outlander series and she is FANTASTIC is that role.  She had the perfect voice for the Scottish and English characters; for me her accents were spot on. Her pacing was perfect – especially considering the length of these books! She put real emotion behind her narration and truly contributed to the feel of this book and bringing the characters to vivid life.  I am thrilled that she narrates most of this series.

List of Davina Porter Narration (via Audible)

My Reviews of Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber



GIVEAWAY!!!

As part of the Voices on the Road tour, the Audio Publishers Association and these publishers (Galaxy Press, Hachette Audio, Harper Audio, High Bridge Audio, Macmillan, Penguin Random House Audio, and Post Hypnotic Press, Scholastic,Simon & Schuster Audio, and Tantor Audio) are sponsoring a HUGE giveaway for 10 titles!  Entries can be made via the Rafflecopter widget below.  Giveaway is open to the USA and Canada only and will run from today through November 25, 2017.  Good luck!

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Follow the Tour

You can check out the other fantastic selections by the other excellent blogs on this tour:

The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog  – Wednesday, Nov 1

Beth Fish Reads  – Thursday, Nov 2

Reading Books Like a Boss – Friday, Nov 3

Collector of Book Boyfriends  – Monday, Nov 6

Caffeinated Book Reviewer  – Tuesday, Nov 7

Audio Gals  –  Wednesday, Nov 8

Under My Apple Tree  – Thursday, Nov 9

Shelf Addiction  – Friday, Nov 10

To Read or Not To Read  – Monday, Nov 13

Adolescent Audio Adventures  – Tuesday, Nov 14

I Am, Indeed  – Wednesday, Nov 15

Enchantress of Books  – Thursday, Nov 16.

The Maiden’s Court  – Friday, Nov 17

A Bookworm’s World – Monday, Nov 20

Books, Movies Reviews Oh My  – Tuesday, Nov 21

Joyfully Jay   – Wednesday, Nov 22

Carol Baldwin Blog  – Monday, Nov 27

Backwards Compatible Podcast  Tuesday, Nov 28

Audio Gals   – Wednesday, Nov 29

The Book’s the Thing
- Thursday, Nov 30



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  1. Davina Porter is always great! I also really like Bahni Turpin. She brings characters to life!

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  2. I don't really have one particular favorite. Some of my favorites are Kirsten Potter, Holter Graham, Lorelei King, Renee Raudman, and Angela Dawe, and Davina Porter.

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