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Hello, fellow audiobook junkies. I’d like to take a moment and shine my spotlight on some super storytellers!

We all love great stories: my blog is full of them! However, rather than the authors of such tales, I’d like to talk about the amazing narrators that read them to us.

Honestly, my relationship with audio hasn’t been smooth sailing, as my post about my growing love for audiobooks confirms. However, the format has burrowed into my heart and is now my preferred format. As I slowly made the switch from ebooks to audiobooks, I’ve learnt that a narrator can make or break my enjoyment of a story. Thankfully, there are some super storytellers out there. Therefore, consider this their space. These are the amazing and talented narrators that I’ve heard and would recommend you listen to.

As you can see, I’ve listed them alphabetically by surname in a handy A to Z of recommended tale-spinners. To find out more about them, click on their social media links. I know, you love me too 😉

Amazing Narrators from A to E

⭐ 💖 ⭐ A ⭐ 💖 ⭐

Matt Addis

About Matt Addis

Narrator - Matt Addis - Photo by Michael Shelford

Matt Addis was born in Abergavenny, Wales UK. He's an actor and voice artist. He's worked in theatre and television and is a popular audiobook reader

He enjoys reading poetry and, in addition to live performances, is a regular on BBC Radio 4's Something Understood.

Matt has a wealth of accents and voices; creating just the right one for each character. The pace that he reads at and the emotion he puts in transports me into every scene. I think that he’s a talented voice actor.

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At the moment, I haven’t got any recommendations of narrators with surnames B or C. Do you know any?

⭐ 💖 ⭐ D ⭐ 💖 ⭐

Caitlin Davies

About Caitlin Davies

Narrator - Caitlin Davies

Caitlin Davies is a voiceover artist and award-winning audiobook narrator. She is also a freelance audiobook director with Macmillan Audio and Hachette Audio.

Caitlin has voiced characters for the video game Magic: The Gathering Arena and is the voice of a number of popular audiobook series including House of Night, Penryn & the End of Days, Dragon Blood, The Warrior Chronicles, and The Talon Saga. 

Caitlin’s narration of The Warrior Chronicles opened up the epic fantasy genre to me. I feel that she personified the protagonist; bringing Shanti to life in her narration of this series. The pace at which Caitlin reads the narrative is great, adding just the right amount of emotion to her performance to transport me into each scene. The voices she created for each character (especially the Honour Guard in The Warrior Chronicles) added another level of credibility to the dialogue.

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Cris Dukehart

About Cris Dukehart

Narrator - Cris Dukehart

An award-winning storyteller and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cris Dukehart has narrated over 300 books in a plethora of genres, from romance, science fiction, and young adult to children's literature and autobiography.

Her voice, with an endearing mix of sweetness and pluck, can be heard around the world and across the Web in commercials, e-learning projects, and corporate narrations.

An Audie Nominee and Earphones Award Winner, she lives with her daughter and a hairy white monster dog, dividing her time between a little Post-it Note Cottage in Pennsylvania and a mountaintop house in the Caribbean.

I like the pace at which Cris reads stories and enjoy the slight tonal adjustment she makes for the characters’ dialogue. I never feel confused about who is speaking. Cris definitely captured Tori’s personality in The Guild Codex: Spellbound series.

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At the moment, I haven’t got any recommendations of narrators with a surname beginning with E. Do you know any?

Amazing Narrators from F to J

⭐ 💖 ⭐ G ⭐ 💖 ⭐

Tavia Gilbert

About Tavia Gilbert

Narrator - Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert 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.

I found Tavia through The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. The pace at which she reads, the emotions she infuses the different scenes with and the tonal variations she creates for the dialogue in these books is wonderful. Tavia’s narration adds to rather than diminishes my enjoyment of the stories.

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⭐ 💖 ⭐ H ⭐ 💖 ⭐

B.J. Harrison

About B.J. Harrison

Narrator - B.J. Harrison

It started when he did Muppet impressions at a talent show. He was 8. He killed it. BJ later became a scenic artist and sculptor for TV and film, where for 20 years, he listened to audiobooks every day.

In 2007, when his Classic Tales Podcast hit the scene, BJ Harrison wowed audiences with his voicing skills. Now, over 580 audiobooks later, he continues to impress critics and listeners alike. From eldritch witches to young ingénues, from marble-mouthed gangsters to Shakespearean Danes, BJ has an astounding array of character voices, dialects, and accents at his fingertips.

He still does a mean Swedish Chef, but nowadays it only comes out when he’s banging pots around in the kitchen. Or cooking.

Harrison varies his tone to convey the appropriate emotion in every scene he reads. The pace is good and I like the subtle voices he creates for all the characters. Plus, I don’t ever feel confused about who is speaking during any of the dialogue.

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⭐ 💖 ⭐ J ⭐ 💖 ⭐

Hollie Jackson

About Hollie Jackson

Narrator - Hollie Jackson

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie's voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

Hollie has a wealth of accents and voices; creating just the right one for each character. The pace that she reads at and the emotion she puts in transports me into every scene. I think that she’s a talented voice actor.

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As you can see, I haven’t got any recommendations of narrators with surnames F or I. Do you know any?

Amazing Narrators from K to O

⭐ 💖 ⭐ K ⭐ 💖 ⭐

Jeffrey Kafer

About Jeffrey Kafer

Narrator - Jeffrey Kafer

Jeffrey Kafer is a full-time SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator. He has narrated almost 500 books in almost every genre for such authors Clive Barker, Steve Alten, Maya Banks, and many others. He has 2 degrees in cinema and broadcasting and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog.

Jeff‘s narration of The Protectors series is full of strength and power. I feel that he personifies each warrior protagonist; bringing them to life in my ears. The pace at which Jeffrey reads the narrative is perfect, adding just the right amount of emotion to his performance to transport me into each scene. The voices he created for each character in these books added another level of credibility to the dialogue and ensured I didn’t get lost in multi-character conversations.

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⭐ 💖 ⭐ L ⭐ 💖 ⭐

Ava Lucas

About Ava Lucas

Narrator - Ava Lucas

Ava Lucas is a romance narrator/producer. Spicy stories, from my lips to your ears.

I think Ava’s performances are really good. She conveys the appropriate emotions when reading the different scenes and I like the pace that she read at too. Ava has a number of convincing accents and voices in her repertoire – both male and female. It’s always clear during the many conversations who is saying what.
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⭐ 💖 ⭐ M ⭐ 💖 ⭐

James Marsters

About James Marsters

Narrator - James Marsters 300x300

James Marsters is an American actor and musician best known for the role of the vampire Spike in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel series. His other TV credits include Hawaii Five-O and The Super Hero Squad Show. As a narrator, he is the voice of the Dresden Files audiobooks, a supernatural detective series by Jim Butcher.

OK, so I was a BIG fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Spike was my favourite character. However, putting that aside, I can’t imagine The Dresden Files being narrated by anyone else! I feel that James has personified the protagonist; bringing Harry to life in his narration of this series. The pace at which James reads the narrative is great, adding just the right amount of emotion to his performance to transport me into each scene. The voices he’s created for each character adds another level of credibility to the dialogue.

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⭐ 💖 ⭐ O ⭐ 💖 ⭐

P. J. Ochlan

About P. J. Ochlan

Narrator - P J Ochlan

P. J. Ochlan, an Audie Award–nominated and multiple AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, has recorded close to 200 audiobooks. His acting career spans more than thirty years and has included Broadway, the New York Shakespeare Festival (under Joseph Papp), critically acclaimed feature films, and regular roles in television series. Along the way, he's worked with countless icons, including Jodie Foster, Clint Eastwood, Robin Williams, Al Pacino, and Garry Marshall.

Ochlan’s ability to produce distinctive but believable accents ensures his addition to my recommended narrators’ list. I’m never confused about who’s speaking and enjoy the emotion he adds to his performances.

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I haven’t found any recommendations of narrators with surnames beginning with N yet. Do you know any?

Amazing Narrators from P to T

⭐ 💖 ⭐ P ⭐ 💖 ⭐

Nicole Poole

About Nicole Poole

Narrator - Nicole Poole

Nicole Poole is a classically trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation. She has toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has been a member of the critically acclaimed Walter Thompson Orchestra for over fifteen years, and recently became a member of the Parisian groups SPOUMJ and Anitya. She is honored to have been recognized for her narration by an AudioFile Earphones Award, a Publisher's Weekly Listen-Up Award, and nomination for an Audie Award.

Nicole is a wonderful narrator. Her performance while reading brings each story to life. I like the pace at which she reads and the emotions she conveys. There are some very unique characters in the books Nicole has narrated, and the voices she has created for them all are impressive – their personalities shine through. Nicole manages to transport me into each and every scene she reads.

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Kirsten Potter

About Kirsten Potter

Narrator - Kirsten Potter

Kirsten Potter, a graduate of the Boston University School for the Arts, has performed on stage, film, and television, including roles on MediumBones, and Judging Amy. An award-winning audiobook narrator, Kirsten has won AudioFile Earphones Awards for her reading of The Snowball by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Her other titles include The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley, Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, Sammy's House by Kristen Gore, and Madapple by Christina Meldrum, which was a Booklist Editors' Choice for Best Audiobook 2008. Kirsten has received recognition from the American Academy of Achievement and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, as well as numerous regional awards.

Kirsten narrates Dianne Duvall’s books and her performance is always excellent. She conveyed just what the story needs when it’s needed. Kirsten has a knack for voices and has created many for this series. The different accents she uses for Dianne’s characters bring them to life in my ear! I’m never lost during the many conversations and enjoy the quirks Kirsten’s performance highlights.

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⭐ 💖 ⭐ R ⭐ 💖 ⭐

Christopher Ragland

About Christopher Ragland

Christopher Ragland is a British-based American actor and voice actor. He has provided voices for numerous video games including Driver: San Francisco. He also starred in the documentary series, I Shouldn't Be Alive, as Travis Wright.

He joined the voice cast of Thomas & Friends in 2015. He voices Percy in the US dub taking over from Martin T. Sherman and the Troublesome Trucks in both the UK and US taking over from Ben Small. He also voices Trevor in the US.

The Iron Druid Chronicles in the UK are read by Christopher Ragland. I love his narrations. Christopher brings each character to life in his narration of this series. The pace at which he reads the narrative is great, adding just the right amount of emotion to his performance to transport me into each scene. The multitude of voices he’s created for the many characters (both male and female) is outstanding and adds another level of credibility to the dialogue.

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At the moment, I haven’t got any recommendations of narrators with surnames Q, S or T. Do you know any?

Amazing Narrators from U to Z

As you can see this section of my A to Z list is sadly empty. Any recommendations of narrators with surnames U to Z would be greatly appreciated.

That’s it. My A to Z list of the talented storytellers that have enhanced my enjoyment of a book. Have you listened to any of these amazing narrators? Am I missing someone? Drop me a comment below.

As you may have noticed, many of the narrators listed here have read some of my favourite books. 😉 Before you go, don’t forget to check out my special page for those authors who write my favourite books: My auto-buy authors.

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(Page last updated on Sunday 12th September 2021)

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