It’s time for another audiobook chat! June is Audiobook Month and this week we’re talking about narrators.
“I didn’t like the narration.”
Yes, this is one of the biggest complaints I have heard when I ask readers if they listen to audiobooks. Second only to “it’s too hard for me to concentrate on what I’m hearing.” Both are very valid reasons for not enjoying audiobooks. My argument, however, is that many times I think the problem is the narration. I have said before that the narration can make or break a book. A narrator can be extremely talented, but if they don’t fit the image I have of the character, it’s just not going to click. To me, a narrator becomes the character.
Enjoying your audiobook is all about finding the right narrator for you! Today, I’m sharing just a few of my favorites 🙂
Andrea has been one of my favorite narrators since I read The Transcend Time Saga by Michelle Madow. I fell in love with her narration style and later reviewed The Viking’s Chosen by Quinn Loftis, as well as Conquest by R.M. Mulder. If she’s narrating a book, you can be guaranteed I will pick it up 🙂 A classic example of the narrator making the book! Check out our interview with Andrea before you go 🙂
When I talk about a narrator becoming a character, I instantly think of Paul Woodson’s narration of Bullet Whiskey. As soon as I started listening to Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster, I could picture Bullet in my head. His expressions, his mannerisms. Everything was conveyed perfectly through Paul’s narration.
Tiffany Williams was introduced to me through Lindzee Armstrong’s No Match for Love series, and later through her Chasing Tomorrow duology. Each time I pick up a book that Tiffany has narrated, I am immersed in the story so well that it feels as though I am right there with the characters. Her narration style makes the characters feel so alive, adding personality to the author’s already fantastic creations.
This man is a prime example of being glad you read a book, even though you didn’t like it. I listened to Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink and had serious issues with it being so close to Fifty Shades of Grey. Jeffrey’s narration, however, was what kept me reading. The pacing was perfect (as I am one of those weirdos who likes to speed up audiobooks), and he added a personality to Alexander Stone that fit him like a glove.
I first encountered Bradley’s narration through Amber R. Duell’s Fragile Chaos. In every aspect, he was Theodric, God of War. He brought the character to life in ways only a narrator can. Yet another example of a narrator becoming a character. And his collaboration with Jamie Lee-Lewis on the book made it a very enjoyable read. I am eager to try out more of his narrations.
Those are just a few of my favorite narrators. Do you have any favorites? Do you think a narrator can make or break a book? Let me know what you think of audiobooks in the comments below and Happy Audiobook Month! As always, thanks for reading ❤