Since I started listening to audiobooks back in 2009, I’ve reviewed 49 and I’m on my 50th! I can’t believe it. I am a convert. Even just this year alone I’ve read 7.
I’ve found that a good narrator can enhance a listening experience. The reader’s cadence, their accent, their tone, their acting ability, even small things like clicking or breathing, can make or break a listener’s experience. I’ve been annoyed at times, but I have to say most of my listens have been great experiences. I do have some favorites out of the ones I’ve listened to so far.
This is my list of favorite audiobook readings…so far.
Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Narrated by Megan Follows. Follows does a wonderful job with the narration. She has a melodic voice, very vampirey.
Bossypants by Tina Fey Narrated by Tina Fey. What better way to experience the hilarity of this comedienne’s memoirs than in her own voice.
The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft Narrated by Wayne June. Spine-tingly good narration!
All About Jeeves by P.G Wodehouse Narrated by Edward Duke. Bertie’s stuttering and crazy laugh, as well as Jeeves’s dignity, were reproduced with great effect by Duke.
The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie Narrated by Sir Christopher Lee. Once he was Count Dracula, then a string of baddies. I would have him follow me around and narrate my life if I wasn’t afraid he’d scare small children.
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella Narrated by Jayne Entwistle. I wasn’t in love with Jayne Entwistle as Flavia De Luce, but she won me over as Poppy Wyatt. So funny!
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving Narrated by LibriVox volunteer Chip. I guest reviewed this one for Jenn’s Bookshelves Fright Fest. I had to give a shout out to Chip for his excellent narration of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I even contacted him through the LibriVox site just to let him know how much I enjoyed it! And I never, ever do that!
It appears that the narrations I enjoy the most are either horror or comedy. It does require a certain skill to make someone laugh or quake in fear. When a reader can do that well, you remember them! At least I do anyway.
So, I’ve heard that Simon Vance does a good job with narration, are there other names I should know? Have you listened to a particularly good audiobook lately?