This week is all about our Top 10 Audio Freebie – I chose Audiobook Narrators.
1.) David Tennant
David Tennant narrates A LOT of audiobooks! They include the entire How To Train Your Dragon Series, various Doctor Who audio adventures that feature him as the 10th Doctor and BBC Radio 4 productions such as Mansfield Park, which feature him as part of the ensemble.
2.) Martin Freeman
He hasn’t done a lot of audiobooks, but some that he did do include Mostly Harmless, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, as well as Life, The Universe, And Everything. I don’t think I expected him to be this good at doing voices and accents, but he really is!
3.) Stephen Fry
I just love the sound of Stephen’s voice and I still think he is the perfect narrator for the entire Harry Potter series! To be honest, he could read out the phone book and I’d listen. He has done loads more, and reads his own books as well.
4.) Sir Tony Robinson
He has recorded most, if not all, of Terry Pratchett’s work! His enthusiasm bubbles over into his work, which makes for a very engaging listening experience.
5.) Rufus Beck
This one is a German narrator, who I feel narrates every second German audiobook. On his massive list of titles are all the Harry Potter books as well. This is basically the voice of my childhood.
It won’t let me embed the video for some reason, but here’s Rufus beck reading Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens
6.) John Simm
John Simm has not done much audio work, but he did narrate Billy Liar and The Damned Utd. He’s got a surprising range of pitches and accents, though he’s brilliant in Billy Liar with Yorkshire accents of varying thickness. I guess you can take the boy out of Yorkshire, but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the boy.
(Sorry, can’t find anything on Youtube, but there’s a bit of audio on this Amazon listing.)
7.) Tom Hiddleston
He has recorded various poems before, but eventually ventured into full-length books as well. He’s perfect casting for refined, English gentlemen, so it’s no wonder he read James Bond in 007 – Octopussy & The Living Daylights. Other works include The Red Necklace, and an audio version of his movie hit High-Rise.
8.) Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman often narrates his own books and participates in full-cast radio productions of his works as well. My favourites, in which he takes on speaking roles, are the full-cast Radio productions of Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book.
9.) James Marsters
Here’s someone I didn’t know did audiobooks! I grew up watching him as Spike on Buffy, so imagine my surprise when I came across The Dresden Files read by none other than James Marsters!
10.) Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss is a master at voices. He not only reads his own books from the Lucifer Box trilogy, he also reads comedy, horror and participates in radio productions.
Other people I love to listen to (often as part of full-cast productions): Anthony Stewart Head, Bernard Cribbins, Roger Allam, Sir Ian McKellen, and Andrew Scott.
Though if there’s one person I wish would record audiobooks, it’s got to be Simon Baker. There are not enough Australian accented audiobook narrators out there, and especially not available in Europe.