The 2019 Audie Awards were just recently announced and we were eager to see the big winners. Not familiar with the Audies? They are awards given to the best audiobooks and narrators each year. Jackie and I are both huge audiobook fans. I listen to probably 60% of my books in any given year. Since I’ve clocked in quite a few audiobooks over the years, I wanted to recommend some of my favorite audiobook narrators. These are the narrators that truly elevate the listening experience to serious performance levels. We’ve shared their information and some of our favorite audiobooks with you below. Hopefully, you will find your next great listen in the list below!
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Davina Porter is one of my favorite audiobook narrators because her soft accent is lovely and soothing. I first found her because she Narrates my beloved Outlander series, but she’s also narrated other greats like The Mists of Avalon, The Miniaturist, and The Virgin’s Lover.
If you listen to Harry Potter on audiobook, then you know Jim Dale. Did you know that he created over 400 different voices for that series? He’s incredible! We also love his work on The Night Circus and Peter and the Starcatchers. This Grammy award winner will always hold a special place in our hearts.
I’ve loved Julia’s voice since I first heard her on Fates and Furies. I remember loving her voice and it’s stuck with me over the years. She recently wrote her own book – My Oxford Year and narrated it (it’s fabulous) and she won 2 audies this year for her reading of Tara Westover’s Educated. Other favorites of mine include: The Wife Between Us, Far from the Tree, and A Study in Charlotte.
When I was listening to The Lost Vintage, I vividly remember thinking “I’ve heard this voice before.” Turns out Saskia narrates lots of great books! From historical fiction like The Alice Network to romance (Fallen Crest High) to fantasy (War Storm) and beyond (how does one classify The Jane Austen Project?) she’s got a breath of work to explore.
HELLO, HOTSTUFF. Literally, I picture him as a Sam Heughan or some other hot beefy piece of man meat. #sorrynotsorry. His voice is like butter even when he’s being a full-on creeper (Best Day Ever), solving a mystery (The Case for Jamie), or acting like the resident cool kid (Fallen Crest University.)
Kyla Garcia first came to my attention when she narrated the middle-grade book, Refugee. I then noticed her work popping up in Next Year in Havana, The Orphan’s Tale and There, There. She’s a newer narrator but one to watch.
Ralph Cosham and Robert Bathurst
Ralph started out reading the Louise Penny mystery series that Jackie and I love. In both of our minds, he embodied the series, but sadly he passed between books 10 and 11. We were devasted. We didn’t think anyone could rise to the challenge and have us enjoying the audiobook experience again. However, Robert Bathurst rose to the occasion! Whew!
Talk about a catalog of work! Bahni narrates some of the best audiobooks ever recorded. The Hate You Give, The Sun is Also a Star, The Help, The Underground Railroad, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and our beloved Hum if You Don’t Know the Words. See? She’s killing it in the world of audiobook narrators!