Posted on January 16, 2016
Audio Obsession #6. Favorite narrators.
A while ago I made a post about favorite audiobooks. Many readers found it very helpful, so I had an idea to make a similar post about favorite narrators. I’ve meant to do it back in December, but first my kids got sick, then I was busy during holidays. I feel really bad about this, because lovely Arlene from Waves of Fiction agreed to participate in this post and sent me her recs long time ago. I’m very sorry, Arlene! I just haven’t time to compose this post in time.
Favorite Female Narrators
My favorite female narrator is Jorjeana Marie. I unabashedly love her voice. If you follow me you are probably tired of my constant fangirling. But she is VERY GOOD. Actually I have to thank Arlene for that, because I picked up an audiobook narrated by Jorjeana Marie after Arlene raved about her performance in one of her reviews. And I’m so jealous of you, Arlene! You get to listen to this wonderful narrator in real life! So far I’ve listened only I Was Here by Gayle Forman and The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, and I’m excited to start The Boy Most Likely to by Huntley Fitzpatrick soon. I’m looking forward to listen to Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally, Deanna Madden series by A.R. Torre, Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings and Come Away with Me by Karma Brown, which are on my tbr-list. There are also books that I’m still on the fence about: Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place #1) by Kelsey Sutton, Branded (Sinners #1) by Missy Kalicicki, Abi Ketner and Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho.
Another talented narrator is Kirsten Potter. She brings so much to the stories! Her voice is more mature and in my opinion more suited for adult books; despite this I loved her performance in If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman. I’ve also listened The Montgomerys and Armstrongs series by Maya Banks narrated by her. As for my tbr-list, I plan to listen to Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and Oak Knoll series by Tami Hoag.
And at last Natalie Ross. I adore her voice. I mentioned in one of my reviews that Natalie Ross has such a melodic throaty beautiful voice; it’s like music to me. My favorite audiobook by her (actually audiobooks) is Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, where she brilliantly narrated main character Mac. I’m very impressed by her work, and I’m looking forward to listen to Iced and Burned. I’ve also listened After the Night by Linda Howard and Where There’s Smoke by Sandra Brown. She also narrated several books by Sandra Brown and Linda Howard, which are on my tbr-list.
Favorite Male Narrators
My favorite male narrator is Dan Bittner. I was blown away by his performance in Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman. I’ve also enjoyed Linger, Forever and Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. I have a few books narrated by Dan Bittner on my tbr-list: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack, Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver and Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (thanks to Arlene who recommended me the last book!).
For a long time I’ve told everyone who wanted to listen that my favorite male narrator was Dan Bittner. But this year I’ve listened to Sweet (Contours of the Heart #3) by Tammara Webber narrated by Zachary Webber. I instantly fell in love with his voice. Thanks to my friend Jeanne, who recommended me this narrator. Zachary Webber has such a smooth sexy voice, perfect for a romantic hero. He masterfully delivers distinct characterization and brings emotions. He also narrated Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber. I’ve checked out Zachary Webber’s backlist and added several books to my tbr-list: The Song of David by Amy Harmon, Irin Chronicles series by Elizabeth Hunter. I also added Red Hill by Jamie McGuire; I’m not a fun of zombie stories, but I’m willing to make an exception for Zachary Webber.
Favorite Female Narrators
My favorite female narrator is Emma Galvin who has narrated Insurgent, Allegiant, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Linger and Forever. I have to attribute my enjoyment of these stories to her ability to bring the characters to life. I’m a firm believer that the narrator can either make or break the book experience, and I believe she’s done a phenomenal job of narrating these books. I also have a few of her other audio books on my TBR including Red Hill by Jamie McGuire and Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, which I hope to pick up soon.
My second favorite narrator would have to be Rebecca Lowman. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Leaving Time, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Fangirl, Landline, Annie on My Mind, This Song Will Save Your Life, and recently Starry Night. Every time I start an audio book and hear she will be bringing the experience to life for me, I know immediately she won’t disappoint. I’m excited to pick up Five Days Left, Safe Haven, and Larger Than Life by this narrator. These are all books on my TBR!.
Favorite Male Narrators
I too have to add Dan Bittner to my list of favorite male narrators. My absolute favorite narration is his depiction of Adam Wilde in Where She Went. I also applaud his voice performance in Linger and Forever. Dan Bittner and Emma Galvin are the reason I finished the Shiver series. I can’t wait to pick up Sinner, All Lined Up, and Bone Gap by this narrator. These are all books I’m eager to jump into, and I’ll definitely go with the audio book knowing he’ll be narrating the story.
I also have to mention one other narrator that I’ve only come across once, but he’s left such a lasting impression that to this day, I can’t forget the story or the experience of his narration. Allan Corduner narrated The Book Thief, which I listened to back in 2009. Not only was the story unique, but the narration truly captured the essence of the book. Amazing talent that left a standing impression on me.
Here all the books that were mentioned in this post. Click on the cover and you’ll find it on GR. I hope that this post was helpful for those of you looking for a good audiobook. Please tell me in comments about your favorite narrators and great audiobooks performed by them.