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Old 05-24-2017, 06:27 AM
 
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I wish audio book production companies could see this thread. Maybe they would take greater care in who they hire to narrate the books they produce.
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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I have only listened to a relatively small number of audiobooks, but so far, I've most enjoyed when the authors have read their own books.
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Old 05-24-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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I listen while commuting/driving and, if the actor puts me to sleep, that's a big problem!

I loved Larry McMurtree's Telegraph Days performed by Annie Potts. LOVE HER!!

I like the Quillerin series, too, with the cats. Love the British accent.

The girl who played the trainer in Free Willy did one I listened to, don't remember the title but she was a lot better on the audio book than she was in the movie!
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:48 PM
 
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Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman are great Audio Book narrators.
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Old 05-24-2017, 05:39 PM
 
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I have only listened to a relatively small number of audiobooks, but so far, I've most enjoyed when the authors have read their own books.
I really enjoyed Laura Bush's book, "Spoken From The Heart" that she narrated herself. Also one of Bill O'Reilly's books. Forget the name of it but it was about his young life.
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:17 PM
 
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Audible member here; I have listened to hundreds of books over the past 7 years. I agree completely with the compliments about Edward Herman ("Unbroken"); did you know he passed away recently? Also agree with the praise for Davina Porter and her astounding work on the "Outlander" series.

"The Help" has a multi narrator reading that makes the book seem like a movie in your head. It is truly outstanding.

The best male romance reader must be Nicholas Boulton, who reads all of Laura Kinsale's books.

Simon Vance on "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series and "The Elephant Whisperer"

Humphrey Bower on "The Power of One"

Kevin Pariseu on "The Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance"

Julia Whelan reading a lot of contemporary "women's" books

Therese Plummer reading the "Virgin River" series

Rob Lowe performs surprisingly well on his autobiographies.

I have absolutely returned books because the narrator reads too quickly, too slowly, has an annoying voice or some other reason. Audible allows
you to preview the narrator but often the sample can't determine how the narrator will handle all the different characters.
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:59 AM
 
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I just started a new audio book, "We Have Always Lived In The Castle", by Blackstone Audio. The protagonist in the book is an 18 year old girl. The narrator, Bernadette Dunn, sounds like she is about 40, has a somewhat raspy voice and her delivery is only a couple of notches above "rote". I listened for about 25 minutes last evening and found my attention wandering off in other directions. Another dud of an audio book.
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:14 AM
 
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Libba Bray also narrates her own books. She is wonderful. She can switch characters so smoothly. Her voice is one I love.
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Old 05-31-2017, 02:19 PM
 
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I wish audio book production companies could see this thread. Maybe they would take greater care in who they hire to narrate the books they produce.
Interesting fact. My husband does narration on the side. If you're not looking at blockbuster type books (Stephen King, Anne Rice, etc) then the rights holder of the book is the one who chooses the narrator, not the production company.
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Old 05-31-2017, 02:51 PM
 
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I just started a new audio book, "We Have Always Lived In The Castle", by Blackstone Audio. The protagonist in the book is an 18 year old girl. The narrator, Bernadette Dunn, sounds like she is about 40, has a somewhat raspy voice and her delivery is only a couple of notches above "rote". I listened for about 25 minutes last evening and found my attention wandering off in other directions. Another dud of an audio book.
Do you use Audible?
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