Whether you prefer to listen to audiobooks on compact disc, with Playaways or in a downloadable format, finding the right narrator can be as important as finding the right book. AudioFile magazine has a helpful list online of 25 “golden voices”—individuals who are exceptional narrators of audiobooks.
The library has recently added new audio editions by some of these wonderful readers.
Veteran “golden voice” George Guidall has entertained listeners for years with his readings of some of The Cat Who mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun and the Tony Hillerman mysteries (among many other titles). Guidall narrates the nonfiction title The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick and the new political thriller, The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson.
Actor Edward Herrmann, who presented Unbroken: a World War II Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand last year is back this year with David McCullough’s new book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, 1830-1900.
John Partington’s first-hand account, The Mob and Me: Wiseguys and the Witness Protection Program, is read by Dick Hill who also performs the western title, Riders of the Silences by Max Brand.
A true World War II story, Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory, by Ben Macintyre is narrated by John Lee. Lee also performs the near-future thriller, The Bell Ringers by Henry Porter and the newest Charles Cumming suspense novel, The Trinity Six.
Wanda McCaddon follows her narration of Emily Dickinson’s personal life in Lives Like Loaded Guns by Lyndall Gordon with a new historical mystery, Instruments of Darkness, a first novel by Imogen Robertson.
Simon Prebble, who has performed titles from genre fiction to literary titles to nonfiction, presents the latest Ian Rutledge mystery, A Lonely Death, by Charles Todd and the new espionage thriller, Declare, by Tim Powers.
Barbara Rosenblat has done many of the Mrs. Pollifax mysteries by Dorothy Gilman, the mysteries of Elizabeth Peters and Linda Fairstein’s books. She turns to murder investigation once again with Fairstein’s newest, Silent Mercy.
Popular Swedish crime thriller writer, Hakan Nesser’s The Inspector and Silence is performed by Simon Vance as is The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue.
To check the library’s catalog for more readings by these “golden voices” or for more audio titles by your favorite narrator, enter the narrator’s name as the author.