Top 5 Tuesday – Shhh! I’m Listening. My Favourite Audiobooks.

Good morning my lovelies,

Real life has meant that I haven’t been joining in with Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm as often as I used to, but I thought I’d join in this week. Shanah comes up with the topics a month at a time so that we’ve got some thinking space. *phew* 😉

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her post and not just her blog so she can add you to the list of participants.

So on to this week, Shanah has come up with the topic – Top 5 favourite audiobooks. I am very fortunate that many of my favourite authors have gone to the trouble (and expense) to produce their books in audio format.

I linked the images which, as usual, will open in a new tab so that you don’t lose your place here. OK, so without further ado…

I am over the moon that Teresa Gabelman’s The Protectors series is getting the audio treatment. I love the narrator that she has found; Jeffrey Kafer was signed a contract to narrate the whole series. His voice feels perfect for these tough vampire warriors.

Jeffrey Kafer is a Los Angeles based SAG-AFTRA narrator with 10 years experience and over 500 audiobooks produced to date.

He has worked with major publishers, small producers, and individual authors on ACX. He has done extensive projects on a per-finished-hour basis as well as royalty-share.

Jeffrey has taught business consulting at major venues across the country including guest-speaking at the UCLA Drama and Theater masters program, That’s Voice Over, VO Atlanta, the Audio Publishers Association Conference, ACX University and more.

 

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that Dianne Duvall is one of my favourite authors. Unfortunately, because Dianne has moved away from traditional publishing into the exciting and sometime scary world of self-publishing, she has only been free to produce the last three books in audio format. Fingers crossed that she gets the royalty rights back soon, so that I can listen to those too. 😉

Dianne really chose well with Kirsten Potter; she’s an amazing vocal artist who has managed to create varied voices for all the many characters, quite a gift as many of the Immortal Guardians come from all over the world.

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country.

She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.

 

I was already a fan of K.F. Breene’s writing style when I bought the first book in her fantasy series. I wasn’t a fan of fantasy novels due to the general length of the books and all the weird words; the names of places, characters and such. I downloaded the audio to help with pronunciations and loved every minute! Caitlin Davies is a wonderful narrator who transported me into a world of action and adventure.

Caitlin Davies is a voice-over artist and award-winning audiobook narrator.

She is the voice of a number of popular audiobook series including the House of Night, Penryn & the End of Days, Dragon Blood, The Warrior Chronicles, and The Talon Saga. 

Caitlin has narrated books for Audible, Blackstone, Brilliance, Hachette, Harper, Listening Library, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Podium Publishing, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and Tantor Audio.

An online friend put me onto this cozy paranormal mystery series by Angie Fox; I’m sure you’ve all read my glowing reviews on the blog. 😉 The first book was free so I downloaded the audio and I haven’t looked back since. I love Tavia’s narrations for this series, her humour, vocal variations and hope she continues to read these great stories.

Tavia Gilbert is 2018 Audiobook Narrator of the Year (Booklist Magazine’s Voice of Choice), winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, and creator of The Abels podcast, Tavia Gilbert is a producer, writer, and acclaimed narrator of more than 600 solo, full-cast, and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity.

She is a ten-time Audie nominee, three-time nominee and one-time winner of Voice Arts Awards, and the recipient of more than twenty Earphones Awards, a ListenUp Award, and three Parent’s Choice Awards.

Tavia is a trusted and sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, non-fiction, and genre fiction. She has a particular love for work that focuses on social justice, so she has been proud to voice work such as Eleanor Roosevelt’s autobiography, lyrical remembrances of a child’s perspective of the Holocaust, Yellow Star, or a young Muslim immigrant’s perspective of September 11th, The Day of the Pelican, and Let Me Stand Alone, the extraordinary collection of writing by Rachel Corrie.

 

 

The Blood Prince Series by Jennifer Blackstream is a paranormal romance series that uses beloved fairytales as the basis for each book but with a new twist. I’m already a fan of Ms Blackstream’s books but really loved Matt Addis’s narrations in these book. Jennifer really chose well with Matt Addis; he’s a talented vocal artist who has managed to create different varied voices for all the many characters in these books.

Matt Addis is a highly regarded audiobook narrator, and has voiced a wealth of work for Audible, Random House, Naxos, Oxford University Press, Hachette, Hodder & Stoughton, Bloomsbury and the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

He was recently nominated by Audible as one of 12 finalists for Audiobook of the Year, among such august company as Stephen Fry and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

 

Anyway, that’s it for this week’s favourites, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. Now that you’ve read mine, why not hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday.

Don’t forget to leave a link to your Top 5 Tuesday post so I can visit your blog if you’re joining in the fun this week or just drop me a comment about the series you love but haven’t finished yet.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Bye for now.

x

 




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