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My Favourite Narrators ~ 6 of the best

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Hello, fellow audiobook junkies. Today, 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 voice actors that read them to us and share my favourite narrators with you. 💚

Honestly, my relationship with audio hasn’t been smooth sailing, as my recent post about my growing love for audiobooks confirms.

I’ve learnt that a narrator can make or break my enjoyment of a story. Luckily, there are some super storytellers out there. This post highlights the amazing and talented narrators that I’ve found and why I enjoyed their performances so much.

As you’ll see, I’ve listed them alphabetically by surname and included links to my audiobook reviews. Plus, I’ve added each narrator’s bio and social media links too. I know, you love me too 😘

🎧 My Favourite Narrators 🎧

💚  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.

My Reviews

💚  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.

My Reviews

💚  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 and I’m always excited when I find out Hollie’s the narrator for a book I want to buy.

My Reviews

💚  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.

My Reviews

💚  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.

I found Kirsten because she is the narrator for one of my favourite authors – Dianne Duvall. Kirsten’s performance is always excellent. She conveys just what the story needs when it’s needed. Kirsten has a knack for voices and accents creating many for the Immortal Guardian 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.

My Reviews

💚 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.

My Reviews

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read all about my favourite narrators. Have you listened to narrations by these narrators? Do you have any favourite narrators? Drop me a comment below, I love chatting bookish!

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I’m in the process of creating an A to Z list of narrators that I’d recommend. Before you go, check out which amazing narrator have made the list so far. Is YOUR favourite on it?

Bye for now,

Flora x

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About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(13) Comments

  1. I’ve been thinking about getting audible for a while and my friend was telling me how nice it is to listen to people talk, but have said it does depend on who is narrating it. I love soothing voices and those who can take on different voices for different roles within the books.

  2. I don’t really like audiobooks, but perhaps the narrator will make a difference. I’ll have to keep these in mind.

  3. WendyW says:

    I’ll admit that I don’t think of the narrators very often, but I only really think of them if they are particularly bad. I should pay more attention to them.

    1. Flora says:

      I know what you mean though, Wendy. Those awful performances stick in our mind! I suppose they have to so that we don’t buy narrations by them again.

  4. I won’t bore you repeating my list again! You’ve one of mine, though, on yours, Kirsten Potter. Love her voice. She narrated most of the books in the Lisa Gardner series, Detective D. D. Warren. Nicole Poole is listed as narrator on a couple of my upcoming books so that’s exciting!

    1. Flora says:

      Lol! Kirsten is great! I hope you like Nicole’s performance too, Jonetta.

  5. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    Narrators are extremely important to me too! They indeed make or break books!

  6. There are several narrators that I love to listen to and even if I get an ARC for an author, I can’t make myself read it without the the narrator in my head. Interesting one of my favorites is Luke Daniels who narrates all Kevin Hearne’s books in US. Why different in UK while I have listened to Kristen Porter on the same stories?

    I would also recommend Lorelei King (Mercy Thompson and Charley Davidson series), Susan Erickson (in Death series), and Amanda Ronconi (most Molly Harper’s stories).

    1. Flora says:

      Hi Lucy, thanks. I think Kevin Hearne’s books have different UK and US publishers, hence the different audio narrators.
      I’ve listened to one of Amanda Ronconi’s narrations already – you’re right she’s good too. I just wanted to include narrators that I’ve had lots of experience of in this list.

  7. Love this! I’m terrible with names but I’ll try and remember to look out for these ❤

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Caro I’m hoping that my narrator recommendation will soon be as weighty as my author list.

      1. ❤❤

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