professornana (professornana) wrote,

Voices in my head

Making a list of ten audiobooks means leaving many fine titles off the list. Someone was sad with my omission of Jim Dale's readings of the Harry Potter books on my Nerdy Book Club post Saturday. It is a bit easier, though, to list 10 narrators instead. When I am looking for a new audiobook, I will often search by some of my favorite narrators. Here are a few for you to consider.

1. Katherine Kellgren--narrator of all the wonderful adventure books in the Bloody Jack series, Kellgren has also narrated MONSTROUS BEAUTY giving voice to sea creatures, ghosts, and teens. More info about Katie and her narrative talents can be found here:

2. Dion Graham has narrated THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK and DARK SONS among other titles.

3. Scott Brick is the voice behind THE BOURNE LEGACY as well as SO YESTERDAY and THE JAGUAR STONES.

4. Barbara Rosenblatt gives voice to the Judy Moody books for younger readers/listeners.

5. Simon Vance narrates classics such as Black Beauty and Shakespeare for Children among many other titles.

6. Nathaniel Parker narrates Artemis Fowl, the young James Bond series, and the Alex Rider series. Verbal gymnastics are afoot as he gives voice to a host of characters with different accents, speech patterns, etc.

7. Kirby Heyborne has won a few Odyssey awards for ROTTERS and SCOWLER. Dark and foreboding; Heyborne knows how to make you shiver.

8. Nick Podehl--narrator of CARTER'S BIG BREAK among lots of other titles, Podehl is someone I love to listen to when the book has dark humor. He brings the funny.

9. Johnny Heller--Love A TALE DARK AND GRIMM? Listen to the audio and fall in love all over again.

10. George Guidall is one of the first narrators I fell in love with when I heard his performance of THE CHOCOLATE WAR. Since then, I seek out his narrations when I can.

Here is a link to some more outstanding narrators, the Golden Voices from Audiofile:

P.S. I LOVE LOVE LOVE listening to David Sedaris read his works. Caution though: Listen when you can guffaw loudly (not an airplane or waiting room).
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