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Initial post: Feb 8, 2012 11:47:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2012 11:48:39 PM PST
I'm looking for audio book recommendations where both the book and narrator are worth recommending (ie don't bother recommeding a good book with a crap narrator).

Audiobooks that I've enjoyed:

- Jim Butchers Dresden files (Marsters is fantastic and narrated all but the last one)
- Enders Game
- the narrator for Kevin Hearnes Iron Druid Chronicles is excellent
- Nathan Lowells Golden Age of the solar clipper (note: these are FREE on the website). The author is the narrator and does an excellent job
- Scott Sigler Galactic Football (free on podiobooks)
- Faith Hunter Jane Yellowrock is great
- Faith Hunter Rogue Mage books
- Darynda Jones Charlie Davidson
- JD Robb In Death series is one where the narrator does such an excellent job she makes the audio books better than the written version.

I've heard that the Michelle Sagara books are great but I can't buy them is Australia yet.

Any all all recs are welcome! Fantasy or Sci Fi are my favourite genre, but I happy for recs in any genre.

A related discussion in PNR:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2012 3:30:50 AM PST
Joe W says:
Thanks for the Solar Clipper recommendation. I recently read the first three in text and was trying to decide between waiting for the next three or just listening.

My favorite narrators are Kate Reading, Michael Kramer, Marguerite Gavin, Paul Boehmer, Michael Page, Patrick Tull and Grover Gardner. There are others that I like, but those are the ones who have struck me well enough to remember their names.

Some good books/series. Most of these are ones I have both read and listened to.

Name of the Wind by Rothfuss
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (the original, not the 10th anniversary full cast edition)
Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson (3 books)
Miles Vorkosigan Series by Lois McMasters Bujold (10ish books)
Chalion Series by Bujold (3 stand alone books)
Confederation series by Tanya Huff (5 books)
Master and Commander series by Patric O'Brian (20 books)
His Dark Materials by Pullman (3 books, excellent full cast)
The Wheel of time Saga by Jordan (13 books, 420 hours!)
Abhorsen Seris by Garth Nix (3 books)

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 3:48:19 AM PST
Toni says:
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Other rec...
The girl with the dragon tattoo trilogy

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 4:32:58 AM PST
thank you both for the book and narrator recs. There are a lot of listening hours there :-) Feel free to keep adding to the list when you listen to something else that you like.

Joe W - I love the Golden Clipper series. Nathan Lowell does a great job on the narration (I think that I read somewhere that he has been asked to narrate other books). He also has Ravenwood (new series) and South Coast Shaman (spin off from Solar Clipper) available for free on podiobooks as well.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 1:14:00 PM PST
Looking through my library to see what I enjoyed...

Dan Simmons - Hyperion\Endymion books (4)
Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere and American Gods
Peter F. Hamilton - Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained
William Peter Blatty - The Exorcist

I guess those would be my favorites in fantasy\sci-fi.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 5:21:37 PM PST
A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny is great. It is read by the author but he does a great job of it. He also read some of his Amber books but they may be impossible to find.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 6:56:48 PM PST
foxtail_too says:
Second recommendation for Wheel of Time series. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do an amazing job. It's particularly great to have the same narrators for the entire series.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 8:21:21 AM PST
T. Nolan says:
One of the best pairings of narrator & book that I have ever listened to is Lenny Henry reading Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys. Very well done, indeed!

Other favorite sf/fantasy audio books:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Stephen Fry narrates - wonderful!!!)

Also Patrick Rothfuss, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling are all fantastic audio experiences!

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 3:36:24 PM PST
Just about anything by Terry Pratchett. There have only been two different narrators, and the later one has actually collaborated with Pratchett on some things.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 3:22:46 AM PST

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 6:09:46 AM PST
foxtail_too says:
By the way, I have to point out a series to avoid on audiobook - the Tairen Soul series by CL Wilson. The first 2 books had different narrators, both of whom needed a guide to pronunciation and left no pauses between chapters or scene changes. The third narrator (for the three remaining books) is actually worse. She has a lisp and sounds like she's reading to three year olds at story time. (Who would hire someone with a lisp to read an audiobook??) Anyway, avoid this series on audio and anything read by Emily Durante.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 2:37:18 PM PST
Leighbert says:
The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness is terrific on audio book. I loved reading the series and enjoyed listening to the CDs just as much.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 9:38:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2012 9:38:31 PM PST
Anthony says:
honestly, so far the only audio book i have listened too is Jim Butcher's Storm Front with James Marsters narrating, and it is pretty damn good so far. I've heard good things about the Graphic Audio Company though, and i plan on checking them out soon.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 12:36:11 AM PST
Anthony the Dresden books are great - if you can believe it the books first few books aren't considered to be the best in the series (by either Butcher or Marsters). Everyone agrees that they're good, but they get even better after around book 4. Personally I enjoyed them all :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2012 8:28:19 AM PST
Joe W says:
One of the things that I really enjoyed about the first five books was watching Butcher improve as a writer. He started as a pretty good one, and IMHO, doubled his skill level with each book until about six where he began to level out.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2012 1:58:42 PM PST
Anthony says:
well, I've read the first seven or so books in the series, (i lost my copies of most of the series a little bit ago, but the last one i was in the middle of reading had a lot to do with Necromancers), and i decided to give the audio books a shot and I've enjoyed it so far.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 12:09:35 AM PST
I just listened to the first of the Michelle Sagara Elantra books and the narrator Khristine Hvam does an great job. I thought the pacing was a bit slow, but that may well have just been the mood while I was listening. I'll definitely be listening to the second book.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 4:43:55 AM PST
i'm getting ready to start listening to The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One) which has gotten good reviews

a YA Fantasy that I recommend is Daughter of Smoke and Bone - also narrated by Kristine Hvam

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 4:45:07 AM PST
I think i'm one of the few who wasn't a fan of Marster's narration of the Butcher series...he's a bit too breathy and takes weird breath breaks that I had a hard time with...but i've only listened to the first one - I do have the second on the pile to try
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