Happy Tuesday! That means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday and today’s theme is an audio freebie. I must confess: I am not an audiobook listener. It has to be a fabulous narrator for me to be into an audiobook for the long haul, and too often I find audiobook narrators unrealistically breathy in pacing and tone… and honestly I can read the physical book much faster. So unless I’m driving for several hours, I usually opt out of audiobooks.
All that to say …. if you’re like me and aren’t that keen on this particular book format, take heart! If I love these recommendations (and I do) you probably will too! If you are a fan of audiobooks, you’ll really love these ‘listens’!
Let’s start with my five favorite narrators! Any audiobook they do is fabulous! The book I’ve spotlighted for each one happens to be a fave too.
Narrator: Jim Dale
Dale’s narration of these books is like listening to radio theater. It doesn’t matter how often I’ve listened to them, I can always go one more round. And then another. I’ll probably be listening to them from the nursing home one day. Truly delightful, every word and each distinctive voice that becomes so beloved.
Narrator: Barbara McCulloh
McCulloh’s voice is perfect for westerns, and I love that she does so many of Mary Connealy’s books since Mary Connealy is also perfect for westerns 😉
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Love. Her. I love her wry voice and quick wit/timing. Every audiobook I’ve listened to that is narrated by her is delicious from beginning to end. (NOTE: She narrates a lot of books by authors such as Lisa Kleypas & Tessa Dare, etc. as well as some of the – clean – Timeless Romance books & Hazel Gaynor novels. Just be aware that there will be some steamy covers to wade through before you click on her link.)
Narrator: Cary Elwes
I’ve only listened to this book narrated by Elwes, but it was so entertaining. I could listen to his voice all day long.
Narrator: Richard Armitage
And here are some specific books I love but might not have listened to any more by that narrator yet:
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay is such a great book! And I enjoyed the audiobook a lot too – the epistolary format of the book itself was a great foundation for it to make the jump to audio.
I wasn’t sure at first about the dual narrator thing, but since The Lady & The Lionheart is one of my all-time favorite-favorites I gave it a try. And oh bliss! Charlie Lionheart transfers well to audio 😉
Narrator: Meghan Crawford
This cute little novella by Jennifer Rodewald is one of my fave Christmasy reads & the audiobook is equally delightful. I particularly love how the narrator captured Sydney. (NOTE: She narrates a lot of books that look pretty steamy. Just be aware before you click on her link.)
Narrator: Dan Stevens
I feel like this is ‘enough said’ as well 😛
And a brand new fave coming soon….
Narrator: Catherine Gaffney
Y’all know how much I love this book, but did you know the AUDIOBOOK IS COMING?!? Around the 2nd week of April, you’ll get to listen to endearing Eisley and swoony Wes & all the great accents, courtesy of actress Gaffney whom I have the privilege of knowing.
What about you? Are you picky about audiobooks like I am? Or are you a huge fan?
Check out all the audiobooks from today’s post!
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