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Initial post: Jun 10, 2012 7:20:41 AM PDT
Splinker says:
What audio books have you listened to that were top notch, as far as narration?

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 7:47:49 AM PDT
Charlie Fox says:
I am listening to The Dogs of Riga The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallendar Mystery (Kurt Wallander Mysteries) and it is narrated by Dick Hill. I read the first book in the series, but I wish I had listened to it done by Mr. Hill. He is unbelievably good.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 7:56:44 AM PDT
can you put this in the audiobook forum - i'm trying to get it active again ;)

http://www.amazon.com/forum/audiobooks

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 8:19:38 AM PDT
Splinker says:
How do I move it?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 8:26:05 AM PDT
or just start a new thread there - I don't think you can directly - only 'zon can...

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 3:58:44 PM PDT
I have never listened to an audio book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 4:37:09 PM PDT
Splinker says:
If you'd like, I can leave a dirty limerick on your voice mail.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 4:48:38 AM PDT
Alina says:
I've listened to a lot of audiobooks because my job sometimes involves long car trips. I seek out audiobooks that are narrated by the author themselves because I reckon they're the people who best know how the words should be conveyed. I'll try to insert links but I don't know how successful that's going to be.

My excellent list includes:

Gabriel Byrne Pictures in My Head. Lilting Irish accent, stream of consciousness recollections of life in Ireland, lots of character voices. Doesn't really reveal a lot about the man himself but boy can he tell a story.

Stephen Fry The Fry Chronicles. Plummy British accent, stream of consciousness recollections of life in England but more ordered than Byrne's (he is English, after all), lots of character voices. Not for those who might have a problem with poofters.

Tina Fey Bossypants. Yeah, nothing Irish or British to hear here. Very funny recounting of her memoirs. To be expected she tells a lot of stories against herself.

Robert Evans Kid Stays in the Picture. A voice like smoked honey that's been marinated in bourbon. Again, incredible mimickry and character voices of the people he's telling anecdotes about. Despite what the advertising says this is abridged from the published version and leaves out embarassing details about his drug involvement and various criminal investigations. Can be safely given to your grandma for her birthday.

David Attenborough Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster. The voice of your favourite uncle. When Sir David finally dies I think I'll go for a long drive and listen to this and cry and cry and cry.

Looking forward to listening to Patti Smith reading Just Kids. Read the book and loved it so I'm eager to hear Patti tell it in her own words.

Most of these I've been able to pick up relatively cheap, e.g. in 4.95 sales and so on. Audio books are awesome and my only regret is that I don't have enough opportunity to listen to them.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 9:07:31 AM PDT
Jim Dale - who did the Harry Potter books - is possibly the most awesome ebook narrator ever.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 9:13:23 AM PDT
I'm currently listening to Sissy Spacek narrating "To Kill a Mockingbird". I read the book in print a couple of times back in the 60's and 70's and I listened to the audiobook by another narrator a few years ago, and then again for a book club discussion about 3 years ago. But this narration gives the book a whole new life. This is the way to peruse this book!

I listened to audiobooks for about 25 years after my vision got bad. Now that I have a Kindle I'm reading again so I only listen sometimes, and that's usually because of the narrator.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 9:18:00 AM PDT
Libros Lover says:
@ Mayhem
Love Jim Dale. On of the best audio investments I've ever made was the Harry Potter Series.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 10:18:37 AM PDT
I'm listening to Ellen DeGeneres narrate her book, Seriously...I'm Kidding right now - if the book is a memoir or something like that, then I don't mind the author narrating by for fiction, I have yet to find an author who was as good an audiobook narrator as some of the professionals out there

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 10:25:02 AM PDT
I love a narrator who makes you think they are the author.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 2:18:36 PM PDT
Libros Lover says:
I've listened to Stephen King's narration of 'Needful Things' and I believe he does a great job of portraying the cast of characters. Seeing that the story took place in Maine and since he's a native, he really lends credibilty to each situation and I think he tells the story like he wants it to be heard. I enjoyed it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 4:26:08 PM PDT
A. says:
Yes! Jim Dale is fantastic! Love Harry, and also Peter Pan.

Another one I thought was great was Anne Heche doing Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon [GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON 6D].

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 11:15:42 PM PDT
Iola says:
Did Jim Dale do the US Harry Potter books? I think Stephen Fry did the UK ones - I remember listening to a radio show where Fry was interviewng JK Rowling, and she commented that while she was trying to write one book, she could hear Stephen Fry reading the audio version of an earlier book to her daughter in the next room. Weird.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 11:50:03 PM PDT
A. says:
Iola, yes. Jim Dale did the US version. I also bought the UK version of Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone with Stephen Fry narrating. I love Stephen Fry, but did not like his version as well as Jim Dale's. Stephen Fry narrates the book well enough, but Jim Dale "performs" it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 2:43:53 AM PDT
Alina says:
Oh, that sounds special, Barryem. I'll put that on my wishlist.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 3:18:34 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 7:40:40 AM PDT
Splinker says:
Maybe i willmtry Tina Fey's. I do like her.
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