Femme Friday – Some thoughts on Narrators

Okay, so audiobooks do normally come out after the original hardcover and ebooks are released, but still. Before I get an audiobook, someone had to narrate and produce it. Most of my books seem to be produced by Blackstone Audio and my two favorite narrators are Rebecca Soler (The Lunar Chronicles) and Rebecca Lowman (Fangirl), but I think Kate Simses (Shatter Me series) might be the most talented I’ve listened to. I don’t know if you ever listened to the Shatter Me series, but she puts the full crazy in Juliette and I don’t think it would have been as good without her. One of the great things about having a few books read by the same narrator is that gives me that same “returning to old friends” feeling that reading the characters or the same world. Most of my fiction are audiobooks, but there have been a few exceptions.

(While those above are my favorites, there is a special place in my heart for those authors who choose to narrate their own book, such as Chris Colfer, who wrote and narrated The Land of Stories series. I’m sure it helps that he is also a good actor.)

There have been a few other actors that I have had as narrators in my listening. I listened to Heartburn by Nora Ehpron narrated by Meryl Streep and Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey narrated by Marina Sirtis.

Of the 29 categories of Audies given, there were 10 awarded to books narrated by women exclusively and another four that were awarded to women in conjunction with men who narrated books together. The first ten are:

  1. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins; Read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  2. Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber – L. A. Meyer; Read by Katherine Kellgren
  3. The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins; Read by Carolyn McCormick
  4. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah; Read by Polly Stone
  5. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things – Jenny Lawson, Read by the author
  6. To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) – Tamera Alexander, Read by Melba Sibrel
  7. Born with Teeth: A Memoir – Kate Mulgrew,Read by the Author
  8. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America – Jill Leovy; Read by Rebecca Lowman
  9. White Trash Zombie Gone Wild – Diana Rowland, Read by Allison McLemore
  10. Lair of Dreams – Libba Bray, Read by January LaVoy

For the others, visit the Audie site here. Just a sidenote, both of my faves got Audies! Rebecca Lowman is listed above and Rebecca Soler is one of several readers for Echo. Also, The Girl on the Train was Audiobook of the Year.

Do you have a favorite narrator/reader? Or  an author-read preference? Or an actor-read preference?

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