Katie Reus Shares Her Top 4 Narrators

Posted June 3, 2015 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post, JIAM | | 15 Comments



Thanks so much to Jennifer for inviting me here today to chat about one of my favorite mediums for books! Years ago I used to listen to audiobooks only when on a road trip. I’d get a CD set from Cracker Barrel at the start of any trip (I listened to some great Linda Howard books that way!) and be good to go.

About 6 years ago I got an iPod shuffle and discovered a much better way to listen to audiobooks. I also discovered some new authors and series’ that I’m still addicted to including Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series and Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series (though after listening to the first one I devoured the rest in print because I was too impatient to listen to all of KMM’s books).

Over the last few years I’ve discovered four narrators I can’t get enough of.


1The first is Amanda Ronconi. She’s the narrator for all of Molly Harper’s books. I had to check to make sure and unless I missed something, she’s narrated all of Harper’s books from her quirky Jane Jameson and Half Moon Hollow books to her (also quirky) Naked Werewolf and contemporary Bluegrass books. Molly Harper is one of those authors whose books just make me happy when I’m reading. She’s got such a unique, funny voice that you can’t help but fall in love with her worlds and characters. I rarely read straight contemporary romance but Harper is an author I make an exception for, specifically with her Bluegrass books and ‘And One Last Thing’ one of my all-time favorite stand-alone books. Comedy is really hard to write (I can’t even imagine doing it) because it’s one of those ‘you know it when you read it’ type of things and Amanda Ronconi brings Harper’s books to life in a way that has had me laughing out loud so many times it’s embarrassing. There’s been more than one instance (oh so many) where I’ve been out walking or jogging while listening to my iPod and gotten strange looks from people because I’ve been unable to stop myself from literally laughing out loud to Ronconi’s narration.

2 The next narrator I’m a huge fan of is Susan Ericksen. She’s narrated so many books and after checking, it looks as if she’s been doing it since the 1980s but the series that I fell in love with because of her is In Death by JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts). It’s a sci-fi/fantasy/romance series that takes place in the future with a large cast of characters that revolve around Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke. There are so many characters in each book (40 so far in the series) yet I know who is speaking without a doubt because of Ericksen’s gift for narration. Robb writes in third person and often shifts POV from one paragraph to the next and again, because of Ericksen’s skill, I have no doubt who is thinking/speaking regardless of if there’s a dialogue tag, etc. or not. Since January of this year I’ve listened to almost the entire series (3 to go) on audible and every time I listen to another book or novella, it’s like visiting with old friends. Obviously JD Robb is an incredibly talented writer and Susan Ericksen does such justice to her In Death series that I always prefer listening to reading it because of her.



3I fell in love with the Elder Race series by Thea Harrison pretty much by page two of Dragon Bound. Then on a road trip I went old school and bought the CD set for Storm’s Heart and absolutely fell in love with Sophie Eastlake’s narration. Tricks is one of my favorite Harrison characters and the way Eastlake brought her and the whole Elder Race cast to life was brilliant. (So much so, that I reached out to her years later about narrating my own books and now she narrates two of my series.) As with Ericksen, Eastlake has got such a gift with larger casts of characters so that I never feel lost when I’m listening to her books.



4Lastly, Lorelei King is the reason I discovered Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series and I have only good things to say about the series. I think it’s probably categorized as urban fantasy or mystery/thriller (or a combo of both) but it’s also paranormal romance. (Written in first person) Charley is the grim reaper and one of the funniest female characters I’ve ever read. She has so many layers and King really brings out her strong personality in a way that this series deserves.


There are more narrators that are pretty much auto-buy for me, but these are the top four. I’ve always got my iPod attached to me; in the mornings when I jog, when driving pretty much anywhere, when cooking (heh, when I cook) or doing pretty much anything around the house if I’m alone and don’t have a 3 year old attached to me. I love to read and audiobooks have allowed me to ‘read’ when I don’t have time to actually sit down and kick my feet up with an ebook. This year alone I’ve listened to more books than I’ve been able to read on my kindle and I’m so thankful to have that option.

What about you guys? Who is one of your favorite narrators? Or what’s your favorite series/book in audio format?

Shattered Duty by Katie ReusShattered Duty by Katie Reus
Series: Deadly Ops #3
Published by Signet on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
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When his wife was murdered two years ago, Special Agent Levi Lazaro turned his back on everything he cared about. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. Now he’s finally uncovered the identities of those who killed his wife—and he’s ready to destroy them at any cost. He won’t let anything stand in his way—not even a beautiful NSA agent on a mission of her own.

Special Agent Selene Wolfe prides herself on being the best. Her fearlessness and quick-thinking make her the perfect person to take down a deadly terrorist cell. But she needs Levi’s help, and the moment he shows up, Selene knows her objectivity—and her heart—are in trouble.

As the two strike an uneasy alliance, Levi finds himself tormented by his desire for Selene—a feeling he thought long dead. But when their mission takes an unexpected turn, he finds himself faced with an impossible choice: either put aside his need for revenge, or save the woman who’s reawakened his soul…

About Katie Reus

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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15 responses to “Katie Reus Shares Her Top 4 Narrators

  1. I’ve been looking up for some good audiobooks to listen on my tablet, and I’ll look up for more from Susan Ericksen and Lorelei King, after finding your introduction here. Good share!

  2. Texas Book Lover

    I can’t think of his name right now but the guy who does all of KMM books is so good!

  3. Anne

    Susan Erickson is my #1, when I read paper J.D. Robb books I hear her voices in my head. Also a long time Lorelei King fan from The Mercy Thompson series, The Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse) series and the Stephanie Plum series as well as the Charley Daniels series. Favorite male is Luke Daniels, especially his work on the Iron Druid books. Love his voice for Oberon, the Irish wolfhound.

  4. I’d have to give it some thought but I think these would all easily make my top 10, if not my top 5. I know Amana Ronconi I’d definitely in my top 3 – I actually discovered Molly Harper because I loved Amana Ronconi and now I’m in love with the duo!.

  5. Sophie Eastlake is one of my favorites too. I love her work on Chicagoland Vampires and picked up Thea Harrison’s Elder Races because she was the narrator. Susan Erikson is simply awesome. Then of course, there is Alexandra Harris from The Others series by Anne Bishop. Thérèse Plummer from the Virgin River series has been great and Keili Lefkovitz hit my radar from The Redhead series by Alice Clayton.

  6. Nikki H

    My very favorite is the late Anna Fields, who narrated several of the Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago Stars books. I also really appreciate Susan Ericksen and her marvelous narration of the In Death series. One more reader I love is C.J. Critt, who narrated several of the Stephanie Plum novels.

  7. Diane S

    Any of the narrators you’ve mentioned!!! I love audiobooks and listen every day!

  8. My top 5 are:
    1. Rosalyn Landor: She makes all Historical romances come to life (especially Lisa Kleypas novels)
    2. Robert Petkoff: He is the perfect narrator for Immortals after Dark (Lothaire is absolutely amazing work)
    3. Johanna Parker did a great job with Sookie Stackhouse and some others.
    4. Kaleo Griffith was brilliant in I-team by Pamela Clare and Monica McCarty’s Highlander books
    5. Rene Raudman as great in Kate Daniels and the Demonica series by Larissa Ione
    I didn’t mention Amanda Ronconi, Lauren Fortgang and Sophie Eastlake because you already mentioned them but they are favorites as well.

  9. Karin Anderson

    I love Lauren Fortgang. She narrates Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series and the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Both are very heavy on character voice and she is very good at creating a consistent sound for each person.

  10. Anita S.

    I am new to audible books. I received my first opportunity to have an audible book Cold Light of Day by Toni Anderson through a Facebook party. The narrator is Eric Dove.

  11. Laurie

    The beautiful bastard series and basically everything Christina Lauren writes! Love Sebastian York!