Sure-Bet Female Narrators | Wyatt’s World

In celebration of Audiobook Month, Wyatt’s World is focusing on audiobooks for the month of June. To begin is a sample of sure-bet narrators who get everything right—pacing, tone, characterization—and offer consistently rewarding listening experiences. This week features women narrating the voices of women authors; the spotlight next week will be on males.

  • Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Hachette Audio). Kellgren is known for her ability to create distinct voices for any number of characters as well as her deft use of inflection. She puts these talents to great use here as she navigates Klaussmann’s literary melodrama set at the end of World War II.
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson;  narrated by Robin Miles (Brilliance Audio). Miles’s voice is highly malleable, allowing her to create characters through a wide range of accents, to forge an intimate bond with her listeners. Her skills are perfectly aligned with Pulitzer Prize winner Wilkerson’s brilliant account of America’s Great Migration.
  • The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne; narrated by Kirsten Potter (Penguin Audio). Potter excels in vocally crafting characters that fit perfectly into the story she’s reading. From Bourne’s award-winning historical romance series about two spies battling over secrets, Potter’s deft use of inflection and accents is on full display.
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis; narrated by Kate Reading (Blackstone Audio). Reading’s sense of timing is a wonder—she paces her narration so that readers are enveloped in the story and moving along with it. This talent is showcased in her skillful reading of Willis’s quirky, smart, and lovely blend of sf and romance.
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; narrated by Juliet Stevenson (Naxos Audio). Few perform with wit and humor as well as Stevenson. With perfected pitch and tone and through a charmingly gleeful delivery, Stevenson creates a world of Austen that draws listeners in.


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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at