It’s been a while since I had a Caffeinated Confession post where I share. Today I am talking Audiobook narrators and sharing some of my favorites. Grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage and chat with me about what makes a great narrator and who you recommend.
The pairing of a good book and narrator is similar to matching a fine wine with the perfect meal. A narrator can enhance the reader’s experience or hamper it. Pairings like Will Patton and Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes series is a perfect example. It was brilliant. Patton’s voice became the main character. His pacing and tone added an additional layer of suspense to the tale. Other examples would be Ilona Andrews with Renee Rudman. I honestly cannot imagine one without the other.
I will be the first to admit I preferred male narrators. I often find female narrators tend to create gruff sounding male voices or the dreaded Barbie type females. However, the more I listen and try new narrators I have discovered not all female narrators are like that. I was delighted to find female narrators who can manage both male and female seamlessly. Like Nicole Pool and Karen White.
…a few of my favorite narrators
Robert Petkoff – Before the Fall, Immortals After Dark series, The Bone Tree
Petkoff is amazing from his accents to unique voices.
Wil Wheaton– Ready Player One, Locked In, Boneshaker
Wil Wheaton becomes the characters in the books he narrates.
Will Patton – Mr. Mercedes, Raven Boys, Primal Fear
I love Will Patton’s voice and would listen to him read the phone book.
Sebastian York– Billionaire Builder’s series, Lauren Blakley novels and more.
York kills me with his male voices and when he does a female voice you’d never know it was a male narrating.
Nicole Poole – Seven Series, Mageri Series, Crossbreeds series, Change of Heart, Going Cowboy Deep
I love Nicole’s tone and her ability to maintain the same voice for characters throughout a series.
Renee Rudman– Kate Daniels series, anything Ilona Andrews, Trading Christmas, Wizard
I adore Renee although I’ve only listened to her narrate Ilona Andrews books. Her voice is clear, and the voices she creates for some of Andrews characters…priceless.
Alexandra Harris– The Other series by Anne Bishop, Virginia Wolf
While admittedly I have only listened to Harris narrate the Others series, she has the perfect pace and gives both males, females, and others unique, identifiable voices.
Allison McLemore- White Trash Zombie series
I love McLemore’s voices. She enhanced the characters snark and her pacing is perfect.
Hollie Jackson – Witchless in Seattle
Hollie is a pleasure to listen to and seamlessly handles both male and female voices.
I recommend listening to samples and finding narrators that work for you. If audiobooks are new to you, go to the library and pick a genre and author you love. Give it a try. It’s addictive!
What narrators do you love?
June is Audiobook Month and all month long I will be sharing audiobooks. Look for a giveaway mid-month and recommendations for beach listens.