Audiobook Freebie ~ Great Narrator / Book Pairings
An audiobook freebie? Well then, the first thing I thought of that sounds like an interesting topic is audiobooks where the narrator seemed like a perfect match for the book. These are listed in the order I came up with them, not ranked or anything.
1. Carrie Fisher reading The Princess Diarist
Actually, I love listening to her read any of her books, this is just the one I thought of first.
2. Stephen Fry reading Sherlock Holmes
I’ve listened to several different narrators read different Holmes stories, but Stephen Fry is my favorite. His voice just works so well for these stories.
3. Neil Gaiman reading The Graveyard Book
I usually love listening to an author read their own work. Neil, though, is even more enjoyable to listen to than most. I could listen to him read me just about anything.
4. Luke Daniels reading The Iron Druid Chronicles
I really think I might have given up on this series if I’d been reading it for myself. However, Luke’s voice for Oberon (the Irish Wolfhound) was perfect, and made up for any number of deficiencies in the story itself.
5. Fiona Hardingham reading The Dark Unwinding
This pairing just worked. I can’t point to anything specific as the reason why, but the combination worked for me.
6. Mary Robinette Kowal reading Indexing
This one was good enough that I listened to it twice. (Which is rare.) I LOVE the narrator’s choices for this book, and the way she really makes the series come to life. I dearly hope there are more than two books in the series, but at least I have the two.
7. Wil Wheaton reading Ready Player One
I’ve only listened to samples of this, but it’s PERFECT. When I eventually decide to revisit this book (even though I only thought it was mediocre when I read it for myself) I will let Mr. Crusher read it to me. (Note: his reading of Redshirts was also perfect.)
8. Roger Wayne reading NPCs
The voices he uses for the different characters just fit so well. I really enjoyed listening to his reading of this series, though I may end up buying the paper copies for future re-reads. (It’s rare that I listen to an audiobook twice. Indexing and the Harry Potter series have been the only exceptions so far.)
9. David Tennant reading Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Tennant is another case where I could happily listen to him read just about anything. (Not quite the phone book — but the dictionary would be fine.) He was great narrating Doctor Who audiobooks, and How To Train Your Dragon, but I especially loved his reading of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
10. Amy Rubinate reading Rush
Eve Silver’s The Game series isn’t great fiction; in some cases it’s rather tropey YA. But I enjoyed it a lot, and at least part of that was due to the narration. I think this was more of a guilty pleasure listen than anything, but still. I enjoyed it.
Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you have any favorite narrator/book combinations that I should check out?