It is true that all narrators are not created equal; a bad one can seriously turn you off from audiobooks but a good one can make you forgo reading an entire author’s series in favour of listening to it instead. Lately, I haven’t been devouring as many audiobooks as I would like; it takes me a lot longer to listen to a novel than it does to read one so I try to cherry pick my audiobooks. There are a few series that I’ve experienced exclusively in audio and I seriously doubt whether I’d have rated the books as high as I did if it hadn’t been for the narrators. Eventually, I decided to put my theory to the test so I tried reading a few installments in my favourite audio series just to see whether the voice inside my head delivered the story as good as the narrator. Well, it came as no real surprise to me when I concluded that yes, in fact, some books are just better in audio.
I consider myself to be a fairly sarcastic person but even I can’t compete with Amanda Ronconi’s snarky tone when she narrates Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow and Jane Jameson series’. Her voice is perfectly suited for Harper’s side-slitting humour and together they usually have me giggling uncontrollably in no time. Renée Raudman is another favourite of mine, her narration of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels books is beyond memorable. Her tone manages to portray the heroine’s kick ass-edness while still being sarcastic and entertaining at the same time. After listening to all five audiobooks back-to-back, it just felt wrong reading Gunmetal Magic. Also, being French Canadian, my inner voice’s Southern twang is severely lacking so I didn’t even try to compete with Lauren Fortgang’s narration. It was love at first listen when I started Spider’s Bite and I haven’t been able to read one of Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin novels since.