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.)
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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."