In the past couple years, I have become a huge audiobook fan! Having listened to LOTS over this time, I have come up with what I think makes it GREAT and what makes it MEH.
- A story that translates well to audio: books that give descriptions that are vivid usually do well in audio. If a story has great descriptions of characters and setting, it helps you ‘see’ it as you listen.
- A phenomenal narrator: Audiobooks are MADE or BROKEN by the narrator. Some are GREAT. Some are NOT.
- A phenomenal narrator that doesn’t distract from the story: If a narrators accent is weird, or they try too hard to do the voices of the opposite sex, it can totally pull you out of the story.
Having given you my tips on great audiobooks, here are clips of my favorites!
Lord of Shadows narrated by James Marsters
Why I love it: James Marsters has the most pleasing voice! He does accents beautifully, and he adds such appropriate dynamics to the story. He never distracts you from the story.
Any book in the Psy-Changeling Series narrated by Angela Dawe
Why I love it: Singh writes great stories and she is able to create ‘visuals’ as you listen. Dawe has a very pleasing voice. She doesn’t ‘over do’ voices to sound more masculine. However, her voices are different enough for the listener to differentiate between characters.
Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber
These two narrate a lot of romance and its always very well done!