June is Audiobook Month (JIAM): When the Narrator IS the Character!

Posted June 13, 2016 by Jonetta in JIAM | | 12 Comments



I love listening to stories and am so thrilled my library has such a robust inventory of my favorite authors and narrators. Most of us know the importance of a good narrator to a story. But it’s just an added bonus when that narrator becomes the character he or she is portraying.


Here are some great examples.

1. Drew Evans in Tangled by Emma Chase – performed by Sebastian York
Sebastian just nailed Drew and made a good book great to listen to.

2. Joe Goldberg in You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes – performed by Santino Fontana
This unique character had the potential of being a complete turnoff except Fontana made him leap from the pages and accept him.

3. Harry Bosch in the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly – performed by Dick Hill
Even though there is a narrator change after the fifth book, Hill will always be my Harry. After one hour of listening, I just knew he was Harry.

4. Myron Bolitar in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben – performed by Jonathan Marosz
Marosz retired once the series went on hiatus after the seventh book and I still miss him. He was Myron, capturing his sarcasm and humor.

5. Kate Daniels in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – performed by Renée Raudman
Raudman’s distinct voice will always be my Kate. She wears her like a tailored suit. Love her.

What narrators can you name who are the characters they perform?

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12 responses to “June is Audiobook Month (JIAM): When the Narrator IS the Character!

  1. Chiara (Chandramas)

    While Renée Raudman is so far my favorite narrator, I wanted to add also Mary Robinette Kowal’s narrating Seanan Mcguire’s October Day’s just because she’s fantastic.

  2. Karin Anderson

    I agree with Jennifer about Lauren Fortgang! She is Gin. Amanda Ronconi is Jane Jameson.

  3. I think a lot of it depends on what series you start with on narrators. After listening to Lorelei King do Charley Davidson I can’t listen to her narrate another character. LOL She will always be Charley for me.

    I agree about Bahni Turpin for Chess from Downside Ghost. She is Chess and Terrible. Even when I read ARCs I heard her voice in my head.

    Marguerite Gavin for Rachel Morgan.

    Robert Petkoff owns every character he voices!

    Luke Daniels is great no matter what he voices but he is first and foremost Atticus from Kevin Hearne’s books.

    Lauren Fortgang for Gin Blanco. Although Lauren does a great job with other books, I love her voice for Gin and Finn.

    I’m sure I’m forgetting a few others but these are the ones that come to mind right now.

    • Thanks Miss Susie! I’m not familiar with Rosenblatt or Kellgren but am happy to know Lorelei King nails Stephanie Plum.

  4. Oh yes, there are a ton of them just like this for me. I agree with you about Renee Raudman. I haven’t read any of the others you mentioned, though I have You on my phone ready to listen very soon. I would add Lauren Fortgang for Gin Blanco, Lorelei King for Mercy Thompson and Charley Davidson. Marguerite Gavin for Rachel Morgan. Tavia Gilbert for Cat from the Night Huntress series. James Marsters for Harry Dresden. Bahni Turpin for Chess from Downside Ghost. I could keep going, but I’ll stop there. 🙂 Great post. I’ll have to check out some of the audios that I’m not familiar with.

    • You’ve named some great ones, Melanie! I was trying to think of some more female narrators and completely forgot Bahni Turpin who is both Chessie & Terrible for me.