Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Audiobook Narrators

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

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.

Doctor Who: Sleepers in the Dust by Darren Jones (Audiobook) #60Books

Read as part of my 60 Books Challenge: A book based on a TV show.

Doctor Who: Sleepers in the Dust is an audiobook written by Darren Jones, and narrated by Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams).

The story is told from Rory Williams’ point of view. The 11th Doctor and the Ponds land on the planet Nadurniss, which is under quarantine. The planet had been deserted years ago, but a Nadurni-Human expedition recently returned – only to get infected with age-old bacteria that had been waiting in the dust.

With Amy in danger, it’s up to her Boys, Rory and the Doctor, to figure out what is going on.

The story itself works on a fairly basic premise, and as it’s Doctor Who, there’s a lot of timey-wimey stuff going on. What really makes this audiobook worth listening to is Arthur Darvill. While his Scottish impression of Amy needs a bit more work, his impression of Matt Smith’s Doctor is spot-on. Rory is his usual reluctant hero self, bumbling along as the voice of reason.

It’s definitely an enjoyable story for Doctor Who fans, made even better by Arthur Darvill’s narration.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Title: Doctor Who: Sleepers in the Dust
Author: Darren Jones
Publisher: BBC / AudioGo
Release Date: November 1, 2012
ISBN:  978-1445891736

Doctor Who: The Angel’s Kiss by Justin Richards & “Melody Malone” (Audiobook) #60Books

Read as part of my 60 Books Challenge: A sci-fi novel.

Doctor Who – The Angel’s Kiss was written by Justin Richards, but – to tie in with the show – Melody Malone is listed as the author.

Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT the same book as the one River Song reads from in the episode The Angels Take Manhattan.

The story follows Melody Malone, private detective. She gets a visit from a film star called Rock Railton, who believes he is to be killed. Melody gets on the case after he mentions “the kiss of an angel,” and puts herself in danger during her investigations.

Even though this is a Doctor Who tie-in story, the Doctor does not feature in this story. This is one of Melody’s cases, told from Melody’s point of view.

It’s a nice enough story, and the audiobook version read by Alex Kingston – who plays River Song aka Melody Malone on the show – is very intriguing. Alex Kingston uses her sultry River Song voice with a bit of an American twang – the story is set in the US after all – and it fits very well with that old-time Hollywood period and charm the story is based in. That being said, this is NOT a story featuring River Song – this story is all about Melody Malone, the female no-nonsense private detective with killer heels and drop-dead gorgeous red lipstick.

It’s a cool detective story as a standalone. It’s got girl power, 1930’s charm, and a supernatural mystery (the only thing that really ties it into the show). Unfortunately though, the supposedly bad-ass protagonist is limited by 1930’s gender roles and perceptions. It’s a good story, but could have been better.

My Rating: ♥♥♥

Title: Doctor Who: The Angel’s Kiss
Author: Justin Richards & “Melody Malone”
Publisher: BBC
Release Date: February 7, 2013
Pages: 80 (eBook version)
ISBN:  978-1471324055