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Subject: Search audiobooks by narrator?
Date Posted: 11/29/2007 2:15 PM ET
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Is there a way to search audiobooks for a specific person doing the reading? One of the biggest reasons I don't do audiobooks much is that I always end up with one that has an irritating/annoying/boring narrator. I know that Dominic Keating has done some audiobooks but how can I search for which ones he did? I love his voice - he could read the phone book and I would sit and listen for hours. ;-)

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 4:42 PM ET
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I don't think you can but that's a good use for the tags.  Maybe I'll start tagging my audios w/the narrator's name.  If you see a book you are interested in you can look it up on Amazon if the narrator isn't listed on PBS. But I don't think you can search by that.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 5:05 PM ET
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Thanks for replying Mary. Tagging them is a great idea. I was hoping there was something I was missing while trying to use the search. The problem is that I don't know what books he read so finding them will amount to looking for a needle in haystack. 

I can see me now, at the bookstore knee-deep in audiobooks, trying to read the box for who read the the story while also trying to assure the salesperson that I'll clean up my mess.  ;-)

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 5:10 PM ET
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Yeah I know I have some faves.  The girl who reads the Stephanie Plum books is great (Loralie King).  I like Tim Curry as well.  Right now I'm listening to a Jayne Ann Krents and I don't like the narrators.  I've hear them before on another one. I want to commit the names to memory to avoid in the future.  I just tagged a few  of my audios w/the narrator.  I noticed one had the narrator listed next to the author but not the others.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 8:37 PM ET
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Jerri, try searching out audio books in your library's data base.  I search by narrators name all the time because, like you, there are certain readers whose voices are horrible.  Jim Dale is a wonderful reader, as are Bill Bryson (of course he only does his books, but I could listen to him again and again), Frank Muller, Lynne Thigpen (probably my favorite female reader) and Cassandra Campbell. 



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Date Posted: 11/29/2007 8:55 PM ET
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Whenever I update an audio, I always put the narrator in the author slot, which would make it then searchable in that slot. I've seen some people put that info in the description, which works too, as it should then come up by using keywords search.

If you do add the narrator, please use the following format:

Janet Evanovich, Loralie King, Narrator

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 11:04 PM ET
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I never thought to check my library's database. I did find one book and put a hold on it. Thanks Sandy!

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 8:38 AM ET
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I've searched by narrator at Audible.com as well.  I don't think you have to be a member to search there.

Date Posted: 11/30/2007 9:13 PM ET
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Oh good!  I'm glad my suggestion helped, Jerri. :-)