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Books that make good audiobooks

December 11, 2011

1. American Gods- Neil Gaiman. Read by an ensemble cast, with different voices for different characters, this is beautifully done. Shadow’s voice sounds especially right, though all of them are terrific.

2. All Things Bright and Beautiful James Herriot. All of James Herriot’s writing is read beautifully, by Christopher Timothy, who played Herriot in the TV series based on the books. I love his slightly gravelly British accent, and how he changes his voice subtly for the Yorkshire farmers. Recommending this book in particular, because it has the bit with the Raynes Ghost, and that cracks me up every time I listen to it. The entire series is good, though.

3.  A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, as read byPatrick Stewart. Of course, Patrick Stewart could read a carburetor repair manual and I’d love it. What a voice.

4. The Red Pyramid- Rick Riordan I love this because the way the voices are set up serves the story beautifully. It’s a YA adventure about Egyptian gods, as told by two narrators, a brother and sister. There are two voices reading, and they’re both excellently cast for the characters. Sequel’s great, as well.

5. An Irish Country Village and An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor. Because I’m a sucker for old-fashioned village doctors and men reading with Irish accents.

6. Seamus Heaney reading his own translation of Beowulf. I just got my hands on this, so haven’t given it a really proper listen. Heaney has a lovely voice… but the way the reading is produced, there are echoes and synthesizer chords that make the poem sound exceedingly spooky and ominous.

7. It’s short, but I love Neil Gaiman’s reading of his children’s story, The Wolves In The Walls. Read aloud, the language of it stands out, like a poem.

8. Shel Silverstein’s readings of A Light In the Attic and Where The Sidewalk Ends. He cracks himself up. It’s delightful!

I have vague memories of The Just So Stories on audiobook, and Robin Williams reading Pecos Bill aloud on cassette tape. I wonder if those made it to CD, as I’d love to track them down.

 

Hm, no women on my list. Go figure!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard permalink
    December 15, 2011 5:51 am

    Ensemble cast reading Chuck Palahniuk’s ”Rant” is a masterpiece.

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