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The Greatest Audiobooks Ever Produced?

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Initial post: Aug 15, 2011 5:27:41 PM PDT
True, it is subjective. And there are loads of Top 10 lists online, and hundreds of bloggers saying this or that is "the best," meaning in reality their own favorites. But what exactly do they mean? The best self help titles? The best mysteries by the few authors the blogger has encountered? The most popular bestsellers? In my own case, as a reviewer for over 16 years for various publications, I have listened to literally thousands of audiobooks, and sampled thousands more. Furthermore, I care not at all about how many copies were sold (nor should any legitimate reviewer). By "best," then, I mean most powerful, original, memorable. Put another way, if a gunman cornered me in an alley and asked me to name my favs, this is what I'd stammer or stutter. Of course there are many fine performances not on the list, but I wouldn't want to keep the gunman waiting, he'd think I was stalling! And now HERE is that list: What are YOUR favorites?? Please leave a reply here, and at the Guestbook at

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2011 8:12:42 PM PDT
C. Jackson says:
A great narrater makes the audiobook. From your list I recognized Jonathan Davis, have several of his audiobooks. Though he's more popular as an actor now, I love David Tennant as a narrater, The Beasts of Clawstone Castle is probably my favorite. Howl's Moving Castle by Jenny Sterlin is another one my teenage son and I both enjoy, as well as John Bolen's version of Edgar Rice Burroughs "A Princess of Mars".

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 8:41:03 PM PDT
M. B. Weng says:
The 1986 production of "1984" read by Frank Muller is really excellent. In particular his portrayal of Winston and especially O'Brien. I've always liked his work alot. That guy was the Brando of Audiobooks...

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 5:31:21 PM PDT
Ooh fun!

As overhyped as the book was, the audiobook of Franzen's FREEDOM was one of the best ever. I haven't heard of David LeDoux, and haven't seen him as a narrator sinceA brand-new book that was made better by a fabulous narration is TURN OF MIND by Alice LaPlante, narrated by Jean Reed Bahle.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 1:16:06 PM PDT
Richard Coyle's dramatic reading of H. P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is a remarkable achievement. All other audiobooks seem to pale in comparison. I hope he will narrate more of this literature.
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