The Power of the Narrator

I was looking at a blog post from Overdrive – our vendor for the Digital Media Catalog – the other day on audio book narrators. That got me to thinking about how important the narrator can be to an audio book. A great narrator can make a less than stellar book better while a terrible narrator can make a well written book terrible.

One source for suggestions is our Better in Audio list. These are titles that are improved by listening. Several of my favorites are children’s/YA titles:

His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass)Tamora Pierce (Alanna: The First Adventure) Harry Potter

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series and Tamora Pierce’s books, which are both Full Cast Audio recording (meaning multiple people voice the characters), Jim Dale’s excellent reading of the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling and the Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

Do you have any favorite narrators? Have you ever listened to a book, just because you like the narrator?