Top Ten Audiobook Narrators

September 20, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 10


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Top Ten Audiobook Narrators

I had planned to do my top ten audiobooks but then I realized that’s absolutely impossible! But I do have some narrators I adore and you must listen to!

  1. Amanda Ronconi! I especially love her narration of Molly Harper’s books. But she’s great in everything I’ve heard her do so far!
  2. Angela Dawe! I fell for Angela Dawe when she narrated Jennifer Ashley’s The Madness of Lord Ian and I’ve been hooked ever since.
  3. Lauren Fortgang! She’s great in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. She’s also fantastic in The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo and more that I’m probably forgetting.
  4. Marguerite Gavin! I ADORE Marguerite! She took me through the entire Kitty Norville series and did an amazing job with Kitty’s on air personality. She’s also the voice of Kim Harrison’s Hollows and does amazing there too – I love her voice for Jenks!
  5. Lorelei King!!! Mad love for Lorelei – especially in her narration of Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series.
  6. Allison McLemore! If you haven’t listened to White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, I’m telling you – you must!
  7. Renee Raudman. I haven’t listened to many of the Kate Daniels books yet, but the ones I have listened to proved that Renee Raudman belongs in my top ten!
  8. Rebecca Soler. OMG y’all I love the Lunar Chronicles so much I have paperback copies all signed by Marissa Meyer. But I HAD to listen to the books because this narrator rocks!
  9. Last, but certainly not least… Bahni Turpin! It’s been a while since I listened to Bahni since the Downside Ghosts seems to be on a long term hiatus. But Geez, she’s amazing! She made that world come to life and the hard to read language suddenly worked for me. I may just start looking up books she’s narrated to get some more Bahni!

I’m noticing there’s no men on my list… and I’m sorry for that. There’s some truly great male narrators, I’m sure. But I tend to prefer female narrators, so I don’t listen to near as many. I may need to work on that, because I know I’m missing out on some great ones!

Do you have any favorite narrators? Any that aren’t on my list?

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10 Responses to “Top Ten Audiobook Narrators”

  1. Ani

    I found that once you get passed the “this is a male voice presenting female dialogue” thing, you get used to male narrators. I haven’t been listening to audio books all that long, but there were some books I loved narrated by male narrators that I wanted to “reread”. But I avoided those for a while because the samples sounded strange to me. I couldn’t reconcile hearing a male voice doing a female’s dialogue, whereas, in contrast, I was okay with a female voice doing male dialogue.

    I’m not sure what the reasoning was, to be totally honest.

    If you like romantic suspense with a bit more racy love scenes, I would recommend Kaleo Griffith who narrates the entire I-Team series by Pamela Clare. He got me open to male narrators and now I’m more comfortable with them. He also does a great job with accents and distinguishing between characters in each book.

    Anyway, one of my more favorite audio book narrators is actually a male narrator, Simon Vance. But I also have a thing for British accents, so it helps. I very much recommend anything he narrates.

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    Anyway, I’m curious about the narrators you’ve listed as some of these series/books have been on my radar for a while. And now that I’m more comfortable listening to audio books as new books–I used to only listen to books I’ve already read because it was easier to follow–I think I’ll check out some of them. Specifically, I’m interested in the Charley Davidson series.
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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    I’ll have to give some on your list a go. I absolutely agree with you on Marguerite Gavin, Lorelei King (although I listened to her narrate Mercy Thompson), and Amanda Ronconi. A few of my favs are Robert Petkoff, who narrates Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series (seriously, you *HAVE* to listen to it!!), Kirsten Potter (rocks a Scottish brogue), Sebastian York, Andi Arndt, and Nicole Poole. Of course, I’m still an audio newbie but I certainly enjoy these narrators and look for books read by them. I’m listening to Sugar Daddy right now and I like both of the narrators but the guy…I *really* like him. 😉 And I have YOU to thank for getting me into audio, so…THANKS!! {{{hugs}}}
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  3. Melanie Simmons

    YES!!! I love all of those narrators. The only one I haven’t tried is Rebecca Soler and the Lunar Chronicles are on my TBR list. I noticed that all of your narrators are women. Do you prefer them or just haven’t found men that you like. For me, Robert Petkoff (Kresley Cole’s IAD series and also some great suspense stories too), James Marsters (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher), Vikas Adam (Heartstrikers series by Rachal Aaron) and Luke Daniels (Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne) are all favorite male narrators for me. For females narrators, I would add Tavia Gilbert (Jeaniene Frost books and Angie Fox books). There are so many great narrators out there. I could list probably another 10 who I love. Great post. 🙂
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  4. Michelle

    I don’t now very many Narrators ( I apparently don’t know how to spell it either, I had to look it up before I realized it’s in the address bar. The only one I totally love is the girl that does the Ever After High books. She has such great control over each character and can give each of them their own voice and you can tell the difference. it’s probably the only series I can read again. I do have the Molly Harper book on Audio, might have to try that one out too.
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  5. Katherine

    Yes to Rebecca Soler! She just is Cinder. I’ve only listened to one Lorelei King book and while the book wasn’t that great she made it more entertaining than it was so I can just imagine how great she’d be on a good book. I get most of my audios from my library and they don’t have any Molly Harpers but I love the clips I’ve heard so I might just have to suck it up and buy one. Great list! I love seeing audios broken down by narrator.
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  6. Jessica

    Ooh nice! Have to say they are all new to me! But it’s because I’m not really an audiobook reader sadly. I can’t focus on a story in that matter. My mind tends to drift off into a daydream! LOL! But still, great picks!
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  7. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Unfortunately I am unable to get into audiobooks. I’ve had the same Stephen King short story on my TBR for months and months. I don’t think I’m patient enough for them. I’m glad you have so many tried and true favorite narrators though. I bet the Molly Harrison and Darynda Jones books are awesome on audio though – they are hilarious in some places just reading them.
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