One of my favorite activities is to go for a walk while listening to an audiobook. Hell, I like listening when I clean, empty the dishwasher, do laundry, really just when I’m doing something potentially boring. It’s a great way to be productive while at the same time being absorbed in a book and let’s be real, if you’re reading this that is what you love most. But the enjoyment of an audiobook often depends as much on the performance of the narrator as the actual story.
Stephen Fry is just great, I really enjoyed his performance of the first Sherlock Holmes book, A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He narrates Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive collection, which is 72 hours long, and all seven Harry Potter books. He always makes stories come to life, you can hear the smile in his voice.
Holter Graham narrates Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and his performance is the reason I listened to the entire book and a big reason why it’s one of my favorites. I was struggling with the physical book and switching to the audiobook version is probably one of the best bookish decisions of my life. Oh I don’t know what I will do if they change the narrator for the sequel.
Lauren Fortgang is amazing, the way she narrates The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo is perfect. The different voices she puts on for each character is so on point. I have to listen to more audiobooks narrated by her, I almost don’t even care what, she’s just that good.
George Guidall has the greatest voice of any audiobook narrator in my opinion. Thus far I’ve listened to two audiobooks narrated by him, The Gunslinger by Stephen King and American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I can literally listen to him all day and all night. The next book I want to read that he narrates is The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.