Blogger Confession: I love Audiobooks! I will wait while you die of shock 🙂 I don’t see anyone gasping or even looking surprised. Ok, so it isn’t much of a confession to say that I love audiobooks. I am happy to report that they seem to be getting more popular. I am on board with that! With that in mind, I thought I would share my 10 favorite Audiobook Narrators. 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!
- Amanda Ronconi: She has a great voice for Snark!
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!
- Luke Daniels: Has a great voice for accents!
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! 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: 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:
- Start with a book you already love! It helps if you already know the story but I would shy away from one that you already have ideas for the “voices”
- Start with a trusted narrator! Ask a friend, librarian, or do some research. The best ones will have done several books with many authors. 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.
- 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. I think audiobooks are a great way to experience some books and they can make the story richer!