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I thought after reading Donna's thread that it might be a good idea to make a list of narrators, The ones we like and maybe ones we didn't.
I will start
Davina Porter is outstanding, her accents are perfection the different characters she conveys are distinct. I give her a 5 star rating.
Simon Vance " " I give him 5 stars as well.
Kate Reading is good I have only listen to her read Into the Wilderness , 4 stars
Roslyn Landor I have listened to several book she narrated, she is okay 3 1/2 stars
Simon Prebble is alright as well but his female voices seem a bit simpering. 3 stars
Peter Wickham I have only heard 1 book read by him 3 1/2 stars
Christopher Scott again I have heard only 1 book 3 1/2 stars
Ashford McNab again I have only heard her read one book, she bothered me she lacked any real life in her narration. 2 1/2 stars
Jeff Woodward I have only heard him read 1 series of books and he does it well, 3 1/2 stars
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I'd absolutely recommend Donada Peters! I've heard 3 of them now by her and she always sucks me right into the book. The ones I've listened to are Sepulchre (Kate Moss), Labyrinth (Kate Moss), and Sense & Sensibility (Jane Austen).
I got partway through Labyrinth and had to pause for challenge books. Just disclosing in case anyone wants to know what I thought of it. haha!
Don't forget the fabulous Jayne Entwistle, who reads the Flavia de Luce series. She captures not only the spirit of each character, but also the relationships between them. She's narrated a couple of others that appear to be YA Fantasy series but I haven't found anything else she's done.
I love this thread!
I can't remember what else I've listened to at the moment. I need to check my spreadsheet.
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In addition to these fine lists, I have to mention two audio books that were read by multiple narrators. I don't have the names of each narrator at hand, but The Help was a wonderful performance (four women) that just brought the book to life for me.
In that same category, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is another delightful 'listen' with a cast of men and women giving voice to some lovely characters.
And of course, Jim Dale, who read all the Harry Potter books. He's amazing!!
ETA: I agree about Scott Brick; I just had to stop listening to one of his last week. I can't even recall the title. Wiped from my memory banks for sanity's sake. Also on the bad list: Dick Hill ? Dick Hall? Anyway, he's awful.
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Some good narrator mentions in this thread as well.
I don't do audio myself, but I know hubby likes Davina Porter and Hugh Laurie (House M. D.). He also liked several autobiographies which were read by the author, including Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell.
He's also tried one of the GraphicAudio titles -- they use a full cast, music, sound effects, more like a radio program than a book. He was rather ambivalent about it. Anyone else tried anything in that series that they liked?