We have to admit that before this year, we knew Bronson Pinchot best as Balki Bartokomous from Perfect Strangers. Sure he won an Audie Award in 2008 (for The Learners), but 2010 was really his year to shine in the world of audiobooks. So many of the books we were excited about this year had one thing in common: Bronson as narrator.

Whether he played an ambitious Vietnam War lieutenant, a loving father writing his estranged daughter, or even Mark Twain recounting his own Mississippi River childhood, Bronson's wide range and mastery of voices made him a clear choice for our Narrator of the Year. (We can't wait to hear what's next.)

Top Performances from 2010
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Narrator Bronson Pinchot should get a medal for his extraordinary portrayal of Lieutenant Waino Mellas in Marlantes's debut novel," says AudioFile of our Audiobook of the Year.
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (264)

    This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment.

    Ryan says: "Pride goeth before the fall"
    Pinchot teams up with Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and Lorna Raver to bring to life some of Flannery O'Connor's most celebrated short stories, in audio for the first time from the master of Southern gothic.
  • What Is Left the Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Howard Norman
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is suddenly orphaned when his parents, within hours of each other, jump off two different bridges—the result of their separate involvements with the same compelling neighbor, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress. The suicides cause Wyatt to move to small-town Middle Economy to live with his uncle, aunt, and ravishing cousin Tilda.

    Elizabeth says: "Quiet, Yet Powerful"
    With a measured tone and a knack for accents (Irish, German, and Canadian) in Howard Norman's latest novel, Pinchot lends more depth and beauty to an already stirring World War II story in What Is Left of the Daughter.
  • Blood Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Farnsworth
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (568)

    The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire. Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant.

    colleen says: "Buy It"
    Pinchot shows his versatility as a narrator in Christopher Farnsworth's action-packed debut, Blood Oath—an Underworld-meets-Tom Clancy thriller introducing the president's vampire.
  • Chapters from My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    This book is part memoir, part philosophical text, part study in human behavior, from one of America's greatest literary treasures. Narrated masterfully by Bronson Pinchot, this audiobook also includes Twain’s popular short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Good stuff!"
    Douglas from Colorado Springs says it best about these selections from Mark Twain's memoir in Chapters from My Autobiography: "This is probably as close as currently possible to actually sit down in Samuel Clemens' presence and hear him humorously relate [the] unknown details of his life. Pinchot is that good in his reading. Remarkable feat."