Blogger Confession: My 10 Favorite Audiobook Narrators

Posted October 29, 2012 by Felicia S in Blogger Confession / 31 Comments


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Blogger Confession:Β  I love Audiobooks!Β  I will wait while you die of shock πŸ™‚ I don’t see anyone gasping or even looking surprised.Β  Ok, so it isn’t much of a confession to say that I love audiobooks.Β  I am happy to report that they seem to be getting more popular.Β  I am on board with that!Β  With that in mind, I thought I would share my 10 favorite Audiobook Narrators.Β  This list will be in no particular order but I encourage you to check them out!

    • Lorelei King: She has a great voice for snarky, fun, and quick-witted characters!

Narration known for: The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
My favorite Narration: The Charley Daniels series by Darynda Jones
Authors worked with: Debbie Macomber, Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson series), Ann Rule, Sandra Dallas, Margaret Atwood, Jeffrey Archer, and many more!

Narration known for: Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent
My favorite Narration: Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper
Authors worked with: Christina Dodd, Lucy March, Michelle Rowen, Maria V Snyder, Lori Foster

    • Lauren Fortgang: She has a great voice for strong female characters with a bit of attitude!

Narration known for: Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep
My favorite Narration: The Kowalski Family by Shannon Stacey
Authors worked with: Lori Foster, David Webber, Eric Flint, Suzanne Brockmann, Jennifer Armintrout, Julie Kenner, Linda Lael Miller, Victoria Dahl, and tons more!

Narration known for: The Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne
My favorite Narration: The Krewe of Hunters Series by Heather Graham
Authors worked with: J.A. Konrath, Robert Crais, David Ellis, Rachel Aaron, Kenneth Opel, Blake Crouch, Craig Lancaster, Aric Davis, and many more!

Narration known for: The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
My favorite Narration: Dune by Frank Herbert
Authors worked with: David Baldacci, Kathleen Grissom, Emily Griffin, Adriana Trigiani, Jacqueline Winspear, Scott Turow, Beth Harbison, and others!

    • Holter Graham: Has a voice that will catch you by surprise and make you glad that you listened!

Narration known for: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
My favorite Narration: The Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs
Authors worked with: Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunters, Belador, Chronicles of Nick), Richard Ford, Nicholas Sparks, Stephen King, Joseph Finder, and a billion others!

    • Khristine Hvam: She is the go-to voice for YA!Β  I almost always require her to be the narrator for that genre.

Narration known for: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
My favorite Narration: The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Authors worked with: Faith Hunter, Michelle Sagara, David Webber, Amanda Stevens, Jack McDevitt, L.J. Smith, Jeri Smith-Ready, and more

    • George Guidall:Β  Has a voice made for gritty characters and stories!

Narration known for: The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
My favorite Narration: The Walt Longmire Series by Craig Johnson
Authors worked with:Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Jodi Picoult, Daniel Silva, Neil Gaiman, Tess Gerritsen, Robin Cook, Jeffrey Deaver, and tons more.

    • Jennifer Ikeda: Has a great voice for very layered characters. I have heard is also good in YA but I haven’t ever listened to any of the YA series that she has narrated.

Narration known for: Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong
My favorite Narration: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Authors worked with: Rae Carson, Jodi Picoult, Marisa de los Santos, Sarah Dessen, Amanda Ashley, Erin Kelley, and more.

    • Ray Porter: Has a great voice for characters that aren’t quite human!

Narration known for: The Runelords series by David Farland
My favorite Narration: The Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry
Authors worked with: Jay Anson, Matthew Quick, Brian M Liftin, Frank Brady, Scott Strapp, Jack Kerouac, and many more!

Key points to enjoying audiobooks if you have not listened to one before:

  1. Start with a book you already love!Β  It helps if you already know the story but I would shy away from one that you already have ideas for the “voices”
  2. Start with a trusted narrator!Β  Ask a friend, librarian, or do some research.Β  The best ones will have done several books with many authors.Β  You could also start with a narrator that you know: Will Wheaton, James Marsters, Bronson Pinchot are just a few of the narrators whose name/faces you would recognize.
  3. In the beginning, try it in your car while driving so you aren’t distracted by phones, kids, housework, ect.

After your first few books you might be able to multi-task during listening ( I listen while at work) but you will have to work up to that.Β  I think audiobooks are a great way to experience some books and they can make the story richer!


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31 responses to “Blogger Confession: My 10 Favorite Audiobook Narrators

  1. Sharon

    Okay, a year later… I have listened to two on your list (Lorelei King & George Guidall.) I liked James Marsters narrating Harry Dresden books and Jim Dale narrating Harry Potter (first audiobook I listened to and was hooked on them.) I agree audiobooks are great for multitasking; I have a long commute & teach, so I listen to a lot of junior lit on audio so I can keep up with what’s popular. Tim Curry did a great job on the Series of Unfortunate Events (the author himself narrated a couple and did an equally good job.) I also liked Raul Esparza’s narration of Under the Dome, and wish he would narrate more. Other actors who I’ve enjoyed are Brad Pitt (All the Pretty Horses) and Brenden Fraser (Inkspell). Currently listened to Percy Jackson series on audio and they are pretty good as well.

    • I loved Raul Esparza! I feel like I need to do an updated list. Not that I don’t love the 10 I listed up there but there are some that I have listened to in the last year that blew me away.

      AKA Will Patton doing Doctor Sleep! I was just amazed at how well he pulled off the creepy! I love James Marsters as Harry Dresden. I can’t imagine anyone doing that other than him πŸ™‚

  2. Love this list! I’m going to seek out those I haven’t tried. I’m not a fan of Lorelei King though. Something about the raspy/smokiness.

  3. I’m just starting to slip into audiobooks and I have to say that I haven’t had the pleasure of listening to anybody on your list yet. πŸ™ I guess I’ll just have to fix that!

  4. Love your list!!! Im listening to more audibles these days so always on the look out for great ones…:) I think my favorite is Nick Podehl, Julia Whalen and Macleod Andrews.

  5. This is a good go-by. I just started listening since I heard you talk about it at book club, and I have been having trouble with some of the narrators I’ve listened to. One thing I have learned about myself, I can NOT listen to historical.

  6. Your list rocks. You’ve got me all excited to tackle some of those series in audio. I totally agree to start the series in book form then it is easy to keep up worlds and characters. I have had a few annoying voices ruin love for a book.

    • Annoying voices (or mismatched) can ruin a book. I have turned books off in the middle and switched to the paper form. I always have to wait a little bit before doing that and start the book over. I don’t want a good story to be ruined by a bad voice (or not my choice for voice).

    • I can read MUCH faster than I can listen. I guess the reason I love them so much is I can listen while I am at work. I unfortunately can’t read while I am there LOL. Plus every time I have been in a reading funk, audiobooks have helped to get me out πŸ™‚

  7. I completely agree with you about Khristine Hvam and Jennifer Ikeda. I also love Kirby Heyborne. Also Johanna Parker did a great job with Dead Until Dark.