My Little Pocketbooks: Audiobook Week: What Makes a Good Narrator?   

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Audiobook Week: What Makes a Good Narrator?

Welcome Everyone to Audiobook Week!
From June 25th to June 29 Devourer of Books is hosting a week of topics, giveaways and post dedicated to Audiobooks.  I had no idea there was a week just for Audiobooks but now that I am a 80 mile round trip commuter, I am so exited to post everyday about my new hobby.  Listening to Audiobooks!
Today's topic:  What makes a Good Narrator?
Who are your favorite narrators and why? What do you look for in a narrator? Have a preference between male or female narrators?
Since I have started my weekly commute and using audiobooks, I have falling in love with a few narrators.  I love the chance to introduce them to you. 
Jeena Lamia
Jenna Lamia's life is a happy juggle of narrating audiobooks, acting, and writing for the television show "90210." She's sure that all three came from growing up in a "storytelling home." Jenna, who recently won an Audie for Solo Narration--Female, began her path to success when her parents read aloud to her nightly. "My father actually made up stories and shared installments of ongoing serials he invented."  (From Audio File - Read more
~I first hear her voice in the audiobook of The Secret Lives of Bees on a road trip to Clovis, New Mexico then she popped up on The Help.  Great audiobook!  Recently, I heard Jeena in my car when she read the part of Grace in the audiobook series The Wolves of Mercy Falls.    
Libba Bray
(born Martha E. Bray; March 11, 1964) is an American author of young adult novels, including the books A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing and Going Bovine.
She lived in Texas until she was 26 years old. After that she moved to New York City, New York, where she now lives with her husband and nine-year-old son. Her father was a preacher and her mother, a teacher.
~I just finished Beauty Queens not to long ago and I have to tell you the Libba Bray has set the bar for audiobooks for me.  She made it seem like I was watching TV with the screen blacked out.  New all time favorite!

I love audiobooks that have a female reading the female parts and a male reading the male parts.  The perfect audiobook for me would be a cast where there is a new voice for each character.  A few background noises that place the stories location help as well.  
Who are some of your favorite audiobook narrators?

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