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Subject: Audio Book Narrators.
Date Posted: 11/17/2011 5:13 PM ET
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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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Date Posted: 11/17/2011 6:02 PM ET
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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!

Date Posted: 11/17/2011 7:39 PM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 11/17/2011 11:13 PM ET
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I love this thread!

The best:
Kate Burton - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Bahni Turpin - The Help, The Kitchen House
Campbell Scott - The Shining
Orlaugh Cassidy - Before I Go to Sleep, The Kitchen House
Johanna Parker - Sookie Stackhouse series (it's my guilty pleasure)

The worst:
Scott Brick - over dramatic - I couldn't even finish the book
William Dufris - terrible women's voices

I can't remember what else I've listened to at the moment.  I need to check my spreadsheet.

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Date Posted: 11/18/2011 7:29 AM ET
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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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Date Posted: 11/18/2011 4:27 PM ET
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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?