Continuing the celebration of audiobook month, here is a short sampling of male audiobook narrators who consistently offer wonderful listening experiences. From the accents and intonations to the tone in which each line is read to the way they create vivid characterizations, each can be counted on to deliver a great performance. Check out last week’s Wyatt’s World highlighting female narrators.
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers; narrated by Dion Graham (Recorded Bks.). With an adaptive, deep, and smoothly fluid voice, Graham is as talented at producing original rhythm stresses as he is in establishing the perfect tone for each scene. He inhabits Eggers’s memoir and reads with a vivid sense of emotion and an astounding management of pacing.
- Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing; narrated by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio). Prebble’s voice is extraordinarily adaptive, and he uses it to great ends to create rich characterizations. His talent is best displayed by the way he infuses tone into every line. Here, he creates the killing cold and stunning bravery of Shackleton’s quest for survival.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling; narrated by Jim Dale (Listening Library). Demonstrating his amazing ability to craft a huge range of voices—and keep track of them over seven books—Dale delights listeners with his remarkable accents and superb sense of pacing, guiding listeners deep into the magical world of wizards.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; narrated by Stephen Fry (Books on Tape). Fry is a gleeful reader, smart, wry, and fluid. In Adams’s classic, he blends a pitch-perfect tone and sense of pace with injections of fun and appreciation, an addictive listening experience.
- The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens; narrated by David Timson (Naxos Audiobooks). Timson is known for being the voice of Sherlock Holmes as well as a gifted reader of Dickens. His talent is for characterization and intonation—he can be serious or irrepressible at the turn of a hat and merrily guides listeners into Dickens’s slapstick adventures.