Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Favorite Audiobook Narrators

June is Audiobook Month and that is exactly the kind of non-holiday I can get behind. I am a huge audiobook fan. I listened to 89 audiobooks in 2018, and that number is so large it's almost embarrassing. I almost always look up the narrator of my audiobook. I just like to know if I've listened to their voice before. As you can imagine, with so many audiobooks under my belt, I definitely have some favorite narrators. So, in celebration of Audiobook Month, here are eleven of my favorite narrators.

I've included links to Audible so that you can see what else these voice actors have narrated.You can find more audiobook recommendations here.

Fiona Hardingham:
Fiona Hardingham is a much beloved voice actor. She has narrated over 180 books. My favorite performance is her interpretation of Kiersten White's And I Darken trilogy. It's absolutely a tour de force. Other favorites narrated by Fiona Hardingham include Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes series, Julie Berry's The Passion of Dolssa, and Megan Shepherd's The Secret Horse of Briar Hill.

Kate Rudd:
I love Kate Rudd's narration. She had narrated several books (and big ones too, like The Fault in Our Stars), but I didn't cross paths with her until I listened to Rysa Walker's Chronos Files. I loved that series and Kate Rudd's narration so much that I've kept my eye out for her ever since. I chose to listen to the audiobooks of Rysa Walker's next series, The Delphi Trilogy, and Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious because Kate Rudd was narrating.

Julia Whelan:
By including I'll Give You the Sun, I'm getting a two for one. Julia Whelan narrates Jude and Jesse Bernstin narrates Noah. I've loved many of the books Julia Whelan narrates, including Highly Illogical Behavior, Educated, and her own book, My Oxford Year.

Jesse Bernstein:
Jesse Bernstein is great as Jude's twin brother Noah in I'll Give You the Sun. I also really love his narration of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I have fond memories of listening to those books on a road trip with my brother and sister.

Bahni Turpin:
Bahni Turpin has narrated some huge books in the last few years, and she has more than delivered. I loved her voice acting for Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give and On the Come Up. She also narrated The Sun is Also a Star and Children of Blood and Bone, but I think my favorite is her narration of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.

Robbie Daymond:
Robbie Daymond is so great as Apollo in Rick Riordan's Trials of Apollo series. Just thinking of his narration is making me smile because he delivers Apollo's bad poetry so well. Robbie Daymond has also narrated some of my other favorites including The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton, John Corey Whaley's Highly Illogical Behavior (which I listened to in one sitting), Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum, and One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus.

Neil Gaiman:
Neil Gaiman is an author who does a fantastic job narrating his own work. I once saw Neil Gaiman in person at a book event, and it was weird to have his voice coming out of his mouth because I was so used to listening to his disembodied narration. Some of my favorite Neil Gaiman books that he narrates himself are Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Norse Mythology.

Katherine McEwan:
Katherine McEwan's narration of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein made that book so much creepier. I really love her voice. It's very soothing and smooth. She also narrates Helene in The Ember and the Ashes series and reads Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. 

Rebecca Soler:
Rebecca Soler has narrated so many of my favorite books, and whenever I see that she's the narrator, it makes my decision of whether to read or listen that much easier. I found Rebecca Soler through Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. She also narrates Stephanie Garber's Caraval series, Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood, and Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. 

Lincoln Hoppe:
I absolutely love the full cast audio of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Illuminae Trilogy. Everything about it is so engaging, but my favorite narrator of the bunch is Lincoln Hoppe who is absolutely remarkable as AIDAN. I was so happy to learn he was back narrating for Kaufman and Kristoff's new book, Aurora Rising.

Moira Quirk:
Moira Quirk is kind of a new favorite. I knew that I loved her when I listened to Gail Carriger's Finishing School series a few years ago, but what really solidified her on my favorite's list was her voice acting on Mackenzi Lee's The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, which is just perfection. 

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