Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Favorite Audiobook Readers

Over the past couple weeks I've received a few inquiries about my favorite audiobook readers. Obviously, without an excellent reader an otherwise good book can become yawn worthy or worse. My favorite readers, as listed below (in no particular order), provide consistently excellent performances.
  1. Lorelei King (Stephanie Plum series, etc.) She is also a genuinely nice person and pretty too!
  2. Paul Michael (Dean Koontz, Dan Brown, etc.)
  3. Scott Brick (Steve Berry, Stephen J. Cannell, etc.)
  4. Donada Peters aka Wanda McCaddon (Agatha Raisin series, Elizabeth George, etc.)
  5. Jim Dale (two words - Harry Potter)
  6. Stephen Fry (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, Paddington series)
  7. David Suchet (Poirot series)
  8. Hugh Fraser (Poirot series)

A special note on books read by authors - as a general rule avoid them! I know it sounds silly, but most authors just can't read well, even if it is their own material. The sole exception of this rule is Neil Gaiman. He is awesome when he reads his books.

I hope that helped things a bit and if anyone has any other favorite readers to add to the list, please let me know!


lilly said...

I'm with you on Jim Dale. in my opinion, the best narrator I have listened to so far (and I have been listening to audio book for almost five years now).
I will only add Paul Auster to the list of authors narrating their own books. I listened to him on Book of Illusions and I think he did a really good job.

Zia said...

Neil is quite awesome when he reads his books. I also love Stephen Fry and Jim Dale. Very gifted narrators.

Anne Bennett said...

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Lisa said...

Another exception to the author rule is Toni Morrison. She has such a mesmerizing voice and reads her books as if they are poetry. Beautiful!

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