View Poll Results: Best Narrators for Audiobooks

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  • Male Narrators

    25 43.10%
  • Female Narrators

    7 12.07%
  • Narrated By The Author

    13 22.41%
  • Full Cast Narration

    27 46.55%
  • Graphic Audio / Big Finish

    9 15.52%
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Thread: Poll: Audiobooks - Male Vs Female Vs Full Cast Narration

  1. #1 Poll: Audiobooks - Male Vs Female Vs Full Cast Narration 
    VIP Member spike157's Avatar New-Zealand
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    Multiple Choice is available, for those who have two choices

    My Favorite is books narrated by the author like Neil Gaiman's, "The Graveyard Book"

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    I love it when the author narrates, they give the book exactly the tone they intended from the start, especially in biographies.
    And then listening to a book by a full cast is the ultimate listening experience, almost like theater, how can you not like that.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by monika65 Click here to enlarge
    I love it when the author narrates, they give the book exactly the tone they intended from the start, especially in biographies.
    And then listening to a book by a full cast is the ultimate listening experience, almost like theater, how can you not like that.
    Fully agreed Monika. But by that stage the only thing missing is the visuals.

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    As long as it's a British accent reading a book by a British author, I don't mind. What really peed me off was listening to an
    awful American woman's crow-like voice reading a version of a book by the Titanic's radio operator.
    Her pronunciation was terrible,
    Cunn-erd for Cunard
    Car-Path-eye-un for Carpathian
    South-hayump-ton for Southampton

    are three of the ones I remember.
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    None of the above, although if I had to choose -- which I didn't -- I'd go with the author as narrator. I think my preferred choice of narrators would be thespians; after all, they generally have the most trained voices. I really enjoyed Roy Dotrice's readings of GRR Martin's GoT series, although his reading of the last book, so far, in the series was sub-par; he had switched voices between characters, from earlier books, which I assume has to do with his loss of faculties in his older age. And Richard Burton's narration in Jeff Wayne's production of "War of the Worlds" was superb; I only hope that within my lifetime his voice will be digitized, and with advancements in computer speech, be able to read any text.

    I've listened to books narrated well by both men and women. I tend to read books that might be classified as more male-centric, in that the majority of characters are males (doing manly things, of course), and accordingly the narrators are generally male, and this makes sense. But I've also read books where the main character is a female, and some narrator of the same gender generally best fits that bill.

    Besides monotonic and sonorous narrators, the worst are those who can't pronounce words correctly -- which isn't just a case of Yanks reading books by Brits. The most grating and jarring case was some American narrator reading Niven/Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer; the guy pronounced "Tujunga" with a hard "j", i.e. as in "jungle", whereas the word is of Spanish origin and should be pronounced "Tuhunga". This would be a case of not wanting (US) east coast or midwestern narrators reading west coast literature.

    Also not into the full-cast thang. I don't mind radio adaptations of this sort, but giving this treatment to an entire unabridged novel just doesn't work for me. In part because the juxtaposition of very different voices is jarring, and in part because it sounds like TV actors reading dialog -- and no, TV actors are not thespians.
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    I love the way GraphicAudio does it's books. If I had to choose a favorite male or female narrator it would be Holter Graham.
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    I must admit to preferring male to female narrators.
    While a good male narrator can make you believe that its a woman talking, I find very few women can.
    Kim Stanley Robinson's books the Mars Trilogy is an example of a great narrator.
    Richard Ferrone has to voice over twenty plus different characters male and female throughout the series.
    When a character returns unannounced midway through the book you know exactly who it is!
    Now that's a great narrator.
    Does anyone know of a good female narrator that can pull off a believable male voice?
    Please let me know.
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    A full cast naration would be my preference... sometimes when slightly distracted and there is a lot of conversation between many it is difficult to keep up with who is saying what. A full cast naration of Harry Potter would probably be played all the time around here! Click here to enlarge Althought it might put dear husband out of work for nightly stories, lol. It would save his voice though!
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    Full cast, if done right, as in this centennial Irish radioplay of James Joyce's Ulysses:

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    really depends on the quality of the narrator, one person can easily beat out a full cast if they have the correct type of voice and pronunciation
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    While I am not a huge audio book fan, I am partial to an author's own reading. He or she knows best how to interpret the work, where to put accent or inflection - how best to bring their own words to life. I do appreciate that not every author wants or is able to do so, however, so a skilled voice actor would be my second choice. Probably not an entire cast as that can get too busy and confusing.
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    It depends on the point of view of the storyteller. If a woman is telling her story, I want a female reader - i.e., Mary Stewart novels. As a rule, I think male readers seem to be more versatile and do women's voices better than women do men. If a story is in the third person, I prefer a male. And I agree that the accent is very important. British story - British accent. Not a fan of full cast - it does seem distracting to me. I love audio books done well. Stephen Fry's Harry Potter readings get a lot of airtime!
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    Completely depends on the book and the reader. I've heard wonderful and terrible combinations of them all.
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    Also depends on the quality of the audio. I've had a few that had bad quality audio and I gave up listening to them.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by spike157 Click here to enlarge
    Multiple Choice is available, for those who have two choices

    My Favorite is books narrated by the author like Neil Gaiman's, "The Graveyard Book"

    Ciao
    I agree,great book
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    My experience is that I have never been able to successfully download an audiobook for free using a link from Bolt. I would pay for a subscription to one of these services if I knew which one to use. I don't want to buy subscriptions to all of them. If anyone happens upon this post, please send me a PM with your personal recommendation.
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