In case you’ve missed it, June is Audiobook month! And here at Under the Covers we love to listen to audios. So we decided to count down our top ten narrators. If you’re not listening to them, you are truly missing out. So check them out, and be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to listen to one.
For all your historical romance audiobook needs look no further than Rosalyn Landor. She captures everything that I love about the genre and manages to transport me to another time and place every time I hear her narrating a story. And what stories they are. Some of the best historical romance around like Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean, Courtney Milan, Eloisa James and Julia Quinn.
About Rosalyn Landor
Rosalyn Landor has worked as an actress since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater, miniseries on all major networks, films, theater, and audio productions. She is an Audie Award nominee and winner, and she has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including forMadame Tussaud by Michelle Moran. Rosalyn has also been chosen by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice of 2009 and 2010.
Narrating some of the most lyrical books in urban fantasy, Justine Eyre has a long list of amazing audiobooks to choose from and I know everytime I pick one up, I’ll enjoy both the story and the narration.
About Justine Eyre
Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage in leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.
I first fell in love with Johanna’s narration when I listened to the Sookie Stackhouse series. She has a very distinct voice and I always lose myself into the story. I was then very excited to hear her narrate Savannah’s books in the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong and the Agent of Hel series by Jacqueline Carey. She did a great job with the Lords of the Darkyn series by Lynn Viehl and the Shadow Force series by Stephanie Tyler. She’s one of the narrators I always get excited to see narrating my favorite books.
About Johanna Parker
Johanna Parker is an Audie Award Winning, Earphone Award Winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook for Recorded Books in 2002, Johanna has received high praise for her work in all genres, including the young adult Mediator series by Meg Cabot, Earlene Fowler’s Bennie Harper Mysteries, and her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire books of which Audiofile has said, “Parker personifies Harris’s perky Southern heroine, Sookie Stackhouse. Her splendid pacing allows listeners time to absorb the action and emotions…listeners will be enthralled.
Johanna received her BFA in Acting from Boston University and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. She has performed on stages in London, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York and has numerous film and television credits. Now a sought after voiceover actress, Johanna has voiced commercials, video games, documentaries and web sites.
Johanna writes: “I love books. I loved them long before I could read them myself and I will love them long past the time I can only listen to them. Telling stories, in whatever way, has always been my passion, and audiobook narration has become the unexpected niche where my love of books and my love of storytelling come together in an incredible, inevitable fusion. I get to play all the parts. I get to truly utilize my training. And my hair can look like #@$%&!”
Talk about narrating some awesome books! Lorelei King does an amazing job at narrating he Charley Davidson series, the Mercy Thompson series and even of those oldies but near and dear to my heart, the Stephanie Plum series. She’s brought a lot of laughs to my audiobook listening hours.
About Lorelei King
Lorelei King is one of the most successful and accomplished American actresses working in the UK today, appearing in numerous films from Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘The Saint,’ to British independent films, such as ‘House of Mirth,’ ’24 Hours in London,’ and ‘Suzie Gold.’
Lorelei is a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.
Her work in animation is extensive, and in America she provides the voices for ‘Wendy’ and ‘Packer’ (among others) in Bob the Builder.
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.
The narrator of the wonderful Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole, who brought to life Lothaire and had women across the world drooling when he made that vampire growl or speak in that sexy accent of his.
About Robert Petkoff
Robert Petkoff is an award-winning American stage actor known for his work in Shakespearean productions and more recently on the New York City musical theater stage. Petkoff has performed on Broadway, the West End, regional theatre, and done work in film and television. Petkoff was featured as “Perchik” in the Tony award-nominated 1994 revival cast of Fiddler on the Roof but is perhaps best known for his role as “Tateh” in the 2009 revival of “Ragtime” on Broadway. Petkoff has also provided the voices for over two dozen audiobooks, winning awards for his reading of Michael Koryta‘s So Cold the River. Married to actress Susan Wands, Petkoff has lived in New York City for the last twenty years, and often performs in benefit concerts for theater-district-related charities.
One of my favorite female voices. She can be tough and kick ass, but also vulnerable and sexy. I love all the kick ass girls she represents. From Rachel (The Hollows by Kim Harrison) to Kitty (Kitty Norville by Carrie Vaughn), Maxine (Iron Hunt by Marjorie Liu) and Alissa (Truth by Dawn Cook). And then can switch gears into contemporary like the Wildfire series by Ella Grace. I have to admit that I can recognize her voice anywhere and I’ve also found her narrating under another name and I love that as well!
About Marguerite Gavin
Marguerite Gavin has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in nearly every genre. A nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, she was won both AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards. AudioFile magazine says “Marguerite Gavin is an accomplished storyteller . . . with a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion, she easily delivers wry humor and moves smoothly from accent to accent, recalling multiple characters perfectly.” Marguerite divides her time as an actress between the sound studio and classical theater. She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C., area.
His name is synonym with the Brothers. Jim Frangione brings the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, by J.R. Ward, to life in a way like no other could. I confess that I will not just read these books, I have to listen to Jim Frangione tell me the story. Because he does more than reading it, or even narrating it. He makes you feel it. One of UTC’s dearest!
About Jim Frangione
As an actor Jim has performed in the NY premiere of several of David Mamet’s plays, including The Old Neighborhood, Oleanna and most recently in Romance, at the Atlantic Theater Company. Also with Atlantic: The Night Heron, Hobson’s Choice, Edmond, Sea of Tranquility, and Hellhound on My Trail. Regional credits include: Long Wharf Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival, Alley Theater and Mark Taper Forum. Jim directed Romance at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater and Seriously Funny, An Evening of Mamet, Pinter and Shel Silverstein at the American Repertory Theater.
He founded The Stage Company of Boston, where he directed his plays; Rubber Men and Driving Morality and produced Sketches of War, a benefit for the Vietnam Veteran’s Workshop directed by David Mamet starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy and many others. On TV; Brotherhood, The Unit, Law & Order (original, SVU, & CI). Film appearances include; Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner, Homicide, Suits, Claire Dolan, Maryam, Frozen Impact and The Last Days of May. http://www.berkshireplaywrightslab.org/
Accents can make or break an audiobook and for a series so steeped in history, the narrator is what makes these very, very long books seem like a vacation instead of a voyage. In Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Davina Porter really makes you feel as if you’ve gone back in time to hang around with the Highlanders. And every time Jamie says “Sassenach” …Nothing is better.
About Davina Porter
Davina Porter has over twenty years’ experience narrating books. Her special talent for a variety of dialects and accents has won the praise of critics and listeners alike. A member of Actors’ Equity, Davina has appeared in many stage productions and has won several awards. Her audio work has covered a wide range of the written word, including classics, histories, biographies, romances, how-to books, and children’s literature. Identified as “a narrator against whom all others should be measured” by the Los Angeles Times, she has won several awards for excellence in recording and was one of threeAudioFile Golden Voices in 2002 and 2003. She has also been named one of AudioFile‘s 50 Best Voices of the Last Century. In 2004 Davina was the proud recipient of an Audie Award, and in 2006 her narration of A Breath of Snow and Ashes—the latest title in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, the entirety of which Davina has recorded—earned her a second Audie Award for Best Female Narrator of the Year.
Susan still remains as one of my top favourite narrators. Her ability to bring distinct characteristics to each of the character’s voices makes the audio experience so fun and entertaining. She has narrated books from many well-known authors such as Anne Stuart and Nora Roberts, but it is her work for J.D. Robb’s In Death series that is my favourite. Is there anything better than Roarke’s Irish lilt?
About Susan Ericksen
Susan Ericksen is an actress who performs on stage and television. An Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Susan has recorded many audiobooks, including Naked in Death by J. D. Robb and Savannah Blue by Mary Kay Andrews.
Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross
Gigante and Ross hold a special place on the list for me because they take my all-time favourite books, the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and bring them to life. In a BIG WAY. I love reading the books first but I listen to the audio right after because these narrators bring a whole other experience to the books.
About Natalie Ross
Earphones and Audie award winner Natalie Ross has been a stage actor for over 20 years, and is the author of the children’s play Cat Tales: Thoughts from the Family Feline. She has narrated many audiobooks, including romances, thrillers, science fiction and young adult fiction.
About Phil Gigante
Phil Gigante has narrated over 130 audiobooks, including Audie Award winner The Dark Highlander. An actor, director, and producer with over 20 years experience in theatre, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre. He makes his home in the Midwest.