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June Is Audiobook Month (JIAM): Favorite Female Narrators

Posted June 29, 2015 by Jennifer in JIAM | | 18 Comments

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I started Audiobook Month off with my favorite male narrators now it’s time to close the month with my favorite female narrators. This list will be longer because I’ve listened to more female narrators than males. These ladies can bring it!

Fun and Sassy

These ladies will have you laughing your butt off!

  • Amanda Ronconi – Amanda is the reason I listen to all of Molly Harper books instead of reading them. Ronconi is the voice of Molly Harper. They two are a great team wither it’s PNR or Contemporary Romance. If you want to laugh while a couple falls in love you should list to a Harper/Ronconi book. “They’re back…. The team of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi never fails to entertain me. Between Harper’s witty writing and Ronconi’s spot on narration,  A Witch’s Handbook to Kisses and Curses is full of flirty fun between an out-of-town witch, Nola Leary and a sexy handyman, Jed Trudeau.
  • Lorelei King –   Lorelei is want keeps me coming back to theCharley Davidson series on audio. “I have to start off with saying how much I love the narration of this series. After listening to all the other books in the series I can’t bring myself to read the new releases even when I have a chance at an ARC. Lorelei King just brings Charley to life in such a great way that I now have her voice in my head and cannot enjoy reading the books.” – (from my review of Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones) (Interview from 2014)
  • Allison McLemore – “Angel is on my auto-buy audio book list and it’s all due to Allison McLemore. I LOVE Allison’s narration of this series. It is one of the best southern accents I’ve heard. And being from the south I’m very peaky about the “fake” ones. I was surprised when I looked up Allison to find that her NOLA accent might be put on it’s not that far of a stretch for her because she is a native of my very home state, Arkansas.  I enjoy Allison’s narration so much that I plan to check out other books she narrates.”  – (from my review of White Trash Zombies Apocalypse by Diana Rowland)
  • Grace Grant – “She did a great job with Chloe and a pretty good job with the male voices. She truly performed the stories, not just read them. She made me feel the emotions of the characters while I listened.” – (from my review of Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren) Grace does a great job in the Contemporary Romance genre. “She pulls off the female leads perfectly and the sassier they are the more Grace makes them shine. I love Grace’s work on the Beautiful Bastard series and she’s the reason I requested Manwhore on audio. I wasn’t even going to read it but when I saw Grace was the narrator I knew I had to give it a try. Grace Grant is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators.” – (from Manwhore review)

 

Contemporary Romance Queen

  • Karen White  Karen White continues to work her narration magic with the people of Sunshine, Idaho. Karen really does have the right voice, timing and sass to bring these fun heroines and heroes to audio book lovers.” (from my review of Rumor Has it by Jill Shalvis)

Smoking Hot

These ladies have the best voices for those steamy scenes. They can melt your ear buds. And they’re really good at delivering the male voices to make you swoon.

  • Jill Redfield – “Jill Redfield is a great narrator. She is the main reason I keep coming back to The Phoenix Pack series. Redfield can deliver both the female and male characters in an enjoyable way.  Not many female narrators can pull off the male voices so well and still make the female voices sound feminine. And she really gets into those sex scenes.” – (from my review of Dark Instincts by Suzanne Wright)

 

  • Jo Raylan – “Jo Raylan brought C.D. Reiss’s words and characters to life perfectly! Jo’s voice and Reiss’s writing totally sucked me in within the first 20 minutes of the audio. Jo Raylan is a new name but she’s not new to the narration game. She narrates under another name (don’t ask because if I told you, I’d have to kill you. LOL) but even though she’s a pro under another name I’ve got to tell ya it was like listening to another person.” – (from my review Sequence One by C.D. Reiss)

  • Justine Eyre“I don’t know what else I can say about Justin Eyre. She totally nails this series and the characters. She does a wide range of accents (very well). She makes me feel like I’m listening to more than one narrator. Her voices for previous characters are exactly as they were in their own book and yet she manages to make the “new” character distinct from older characters.” – (from my review of Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter)

Jack (or should I say Jane) of all trades

These ladies can narrate anything!

  • Lauren Fortgang – I started my love affair with Fortgang by listening to Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series and it grew even more with her work on Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series. Lauren is great at both Urban Fantasy and Contemporary Romance. I plan to find out if I love her just as much in the Young Adult genre soon. (Interview from 2013)

  • Khristine Hvam – Khristine is much like Fortgang in that she does a great job in different genres. She does fantastic work on Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series.  She can bring Jane and Beast to life-like no one else and I adore her child voices for the kids in the series. I’ve also listened to Hvam narrate the YA series, Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. Hvam does a great teenage Scotsman that made me feel like a cougar. LOL (Interview from 2014)

  • Renée Raudman – Renée is the reason that all Ilona Andrews’ books are a must listen for me. Her voice is the prefect match for Andrews’ writing. She’s another female narrator that can deliver male voices just as well as her female voices. I also enjoyed her performance of Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas. (Interview from 2014)

  • Marguerite Gavin – Marguerite is Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. She delivers all the voices to perfection. And because I loved her performance I’ve picked up a couple of audios in the KittyNorville series by Carrie Vaughn.

  • Nicole Poole – “Nicole Poole is climbing up my list of favorite narrators! Her voice is prefect for the Seven series. She delivers both male and female voices to perfection. She has the kind of voice that makes the heroines strong, sweet and sassy while still making the males swoon-worthy. Another thing I love about Nicole Poole’s narration is that I know when she is smiling, you can hear it in her voice.” –  (from my review of Four Days by Dannika Dark)

  • Amy Landon – “Why I listened instead of reading? Amy Landon. When I saw she was the narrator I wanted to experience BOUND BY NIGHT on audio. I really enjoy Landon’s narration of Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties series on audio so I knew I would enjoy her voice. Amy did another great job with Larissa Ione’s writing and characters. Her voice lends itself well to the male voices as well as the females. The only reason I won’t listen to book 2, CHAINED BY NIGHT is because I have the print copy on my night stand.” – (from my review of Bound by Night by Larissa Ione)

Great YA voice

  • Emma Glavin – “Emma Galvin’s voice really brought Evie to life for me. She has a raspy voice that lends itself to the darker feel of the book.” – (from Poison Princess review) Emma has a great young sounding voice that lends itself to the Young Adult Dystopia genre very well. I’ve listened to her perform Kresley Cole’s YA series, The Arcana Chronicles and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

I have more female narrators I really enjoy so this is just a small list of some of my top favorites. Who are some of your favorites?

 


How Audiobooks Promotes Literacy

How Audiobooks Promotes Literacy

Posted June 27, 2015 by Jennifer in JIAM | 4 Comments

Still not sure about audiobooks? How about experiencing them with your children. After visiting the Harry Potter World in Orlando my 9-year-old son is all about starting the books. I’m thinking about checking out the audio cds from the library for us to listen to while we follow along in the books. And it looks like this could be a great thing.   Think about it. We read aloud to children at a young age so why not introduce them to audiobooks at a young age as well?  


Carolyn from Book Chick City tells us why she loves audiobooks

Carolyn from Book Chick City tells us why she loves audiobooks

Posted June 24, 2015 by Jennifer in Blogger Guest Post, JIAM | 8 Comments

Why I Love Audiobooks A few years ago I didn’t understand why people enjoyed audiobooks. A friend of mine recommended them to me and I was all about the “nah, not for me”. After a while she wore me down and I agreed to try them. I listened while I was doing the housework, driving in the car, and in bed, but to no avail. I just couldn’t get on with them. I either became distracted or fell asleep, either way it ended up with me missing chunks of the story and having to rewind. However, last summer I had a lot going on personally and fell into one of the biggest reading slumps I ever had, which felt like the ultimate betrayal, as reading […]


Audiobooks: 10 Things Geeky Blogger listens for….

Audiobooks: 10 Things Geeky Blogger listens for….

Posted June 17, 2015 by Jennifer in Blogger Guest Post, JIAM | 36 Comments

Audiobooks: 10 Things I listen for….   Hi y’all! Felicia the Geeky Blogger here to talk about the top 10 things I look for when picking narrators to listen too. I have been asked this question several times over the years. When Jennifer asked me to do a guest post–I knew just what topic to tackle!   My top 10 things that land a narrator on my “forever” list:   Pacing: This seems like a strange number one but it is the most obvious when listening to a sample. If the narrator is pausing too much, taking too many breaths, or rushing through sentences it can ruin a book. I like someone who is pretty even with their pacing. It makes listening to them in […]


Listen Up! to What Jen Twimom has to say about Audiobooks

Listen Up! to What Jen Twimom has to say about Audiobooks

Posted June 12, 2015 by Jennifer in Blogger Guest Post, JIAM | 12 Comments

For many, to include myself, listening to audiobooks is a learned pleasure. Figuring out how to listen attentively and appreciate the nuances of the narration can take a newbie some time. Listening to a book you’ve previously read is a great way to break into audiobooks. This is especially true if you loved the book originally, and it is narrated by a top-tier performer. I started my love affair with audiobooks in this manner. Our lovely blog hostess here at The Book Nympho, Jennifer, along with a few other “diehard” listeners, helped me find a solid series/narrator combination to help “ease” me into listening to books. I completed a “re-read” of the Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews, which is narrated by Renee Raudman. This […]


June is Audiobook Month (JIAM): Creating an Audiobook: Behind the Scenes of THE DIAMOND OF JERU by Louis L’Amour

June is Audiobook Month (JIAM): Creating an Audiobook: Behind the Scenes of THE DIAMOND OF JERU by Louis L’Amour

Posted June 8, 2015 by Jennifer in JIAM | 0 Comments

THE DIAMOND OF JERU by Louis L’Amour is now on sale, and I wanted to pass along some videos that show the behind-the-scenes process for this unique audiobook recording: The Diamond of Jeru: The Story Creating the audiobook (below) Directing an audio dramatization THE DIAMOND OF JERU is a full cast audio dramatization of a gritty adventure tale set in the jungles of Borneo during the 1950s. The story (about an American expat hired for a dangerous expedition to track down a rare gem) was discovered after 40 years in storage following L’Amour’s death, and the completed audio project has been a nearly 10-year labor of love for producer Beau L’Amour (Louis’s son). Hundreds of hours were spent collecting and recording authentic sound effects, and with […]


Katie Reus Shares Her Top 4 Narrators

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 […]


June is Audiobook Month (JIAM): Favorite Male Narrators

June is Audiobook Month (JIAM): Favorite Male Narrators

Posted June 1, 2015 by Jennifer in JIAM | 37 Comments

June is Audiobook Month and at The Book Nympho we will be celebrating every Monday in June with audio related posts and giveaways. We will also be bring you a month full of  audio reviews. I’m kicking JIAM 2015 off with a list of my favorite male narrators. I’ve not listened to many audios performed by male narrators but I do have a few that are must listens.   Robert Petkoff – Petkoff brings so much life to the characters that I can’t bring myself to experience the books any other way but on audio. He does the female character justice and his accents for the male characters are just panty dropping good!  (interview from 2014, reviews) Luke Daniels -Daniels does a fabulous job with both romance and […]