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I’m lucky that I get through quite a lot of audiobooks while I’m at work. For this weeks topic I’ve chosen my favourite audiobooks and their narrators. These aren’t necessarily my favourite books (although that might play a part), but the ones which I think have the best narration.
The Game of Thrones series by G. R. R. Martin
Narrated by Roy Dotrice
Anyone who can create and keep track of the voices for so many characters definitely has a talent for audio narration.
The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
Narrated by Nigel Planner (Books 1-23, except 3 & 9)
Narrated by Stephen Briggs (Books 24-46)
Narrated by Tony Robinson (Abridged versions)
Probably my favourite audiobook performances ever and definitely my favourite book series. Briggs is definitely my favourite of the three narrator, although I don’t mind Planner at all either. I don’t like Robinson’s and the fact they’re abridged doesn’t help.
The Artemis Fowl series by Eion Colfer
Narrated by Nathanial Parker (books 1-5, 7, 8)
Narrated by Enn Reitel (book 6)
I didn’t really enjoys Reitel’s narration, possibly just because I was so used to Nathaniel Parker. I’m sure both do a perfectly good job. I love Parker’s performance though, so I was happy when he returned for book 7. I’ve not listened to book 8 yet but I’m hoping that will be Parker too.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Narrated by Frazer Douglas
Douglas has a beautifully soft voice that’s lovely to listen to and perfectly suits the story and character of Patroclus.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Narrated by Wil Wheaton
Wheaton has a really distinctive voice and it took me a while to adjust but once I did, I really enjoyed his performance.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Narrated by Rebecca Soler
I didn’t listen to Cinder but really enjoyed Soler’s performance of Scarlet. She does a great job on the different voices and accents and I’d happily listen to her reading of the rest of The Lunar Chronicles.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Narrated by Michael Page
This is a long audiobook, clocking in at over 22 hours, so it’d be impossible to get through if the narrator was awful. Page is very good though. He perfectly handles some tricky names and a large cast, giving the characters distinctive voices, and even alters these voices when the characters are in disguise.