Meet Kyle Riley: Cross Scott Brick with Will Patton, and you've got an idea of Kyle Riley's voice as Sid, the African American jazz protagonist narrating this Booker finalist. Riley's drawling Southern baritone and steady pacing make for a deceptively smooth and subtly revealing listen, as the author unfolds the truth about Sid's role in the disappearance of a jazz legend during WWII.
Meet Sarah Drew: Fans of Grey’s Anatomy may already know Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner, but she’s also been quietly gaining an Audible fan base for her YA narration. As the voice behind Lauren Oliver’s best-selling books, she somehow magically captures the paradoxical duality of the teenage girl psyche: She gives us total naiveté, paired with an utter savviness of social politics. She also knows how deliver subtle, and cutting, contempt - lending her voice the side-eyed, judgmental quality that hits you when you walk into a cafeteria full of teenagers. She’s Jenna Lamia with snark. But it’s not all Mean Girls here - Sarah Drew can also express the hopefulness, the longing, the dreamy-eyed enthusiasm that comes with adolescence, ..
Meet Kate Rudd: She might have you in tears, but you'll definitely want to listen to more from the extraordinary Kate Rudd. In John Green's most excellent The Fault in Our Stars, Rudd gives distinctive voice to two teens in love - one with terminal cancer - and an impressive assortment of other characters (male and female, young and old, American and Dutch). We can't wait to listen to more from her!
Meet Christopher Kipniak: It's no mistake that newcomer Christopher Kipniak is up for an Audie for Best Business Audiobook this year. And not just for any book, but for this his first, which he reads with just the right emphasis and pacing for easy and persuasive nonfiction listening.
Meet Luke Daniels: He was one of the highest-rated narrators of 2011 and has quickly shot up listeners' lists for his "phenomenal" performance of Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. "Superb", "awesome," and "perfection" are just a few of the other adjectives used to describe his characterizations (which include a talking dog!).
Meet Tim Gerard Reynolds: Tim Gerard Reynolds is as perfect a narrator as you can get for Tana French's fiery-yet-plagued-by-regrets Dublin detective Frank Mackey. A Dublin native himself, with just the right Irish brogue to boot, Reynolds brings his own hometown nostalgia - and shock at Dublin's changing streets - to Faithful Place. In this sample clip, Reynolds evokes the whirlwind passion and shock Mackey faces after a longtime love suddenly disappears.
Meet Rebecca Lowman: With book performances that have ranged from literary fiction to tear-jerking romance and dystopian thrillers, Rebecca Lowman brings her talent for different voices to Nora Roberts' Chasing Fire. Fierce female firefighter? Check. Macho counterpart? Check. From sassy flirtation to drawling swagger, Lowman gets the fire going in this supenseful romance.
Meet Robin Sachs: Robin Sachs is an ideal narrator for Jo Nesbo’s evocative and, at times, creepy prose. Some narrators fail to achieve the right delivery in such terrain, but Sachs' gravelly voice strikes the perfect balance—bringing out Nesbo’s eloquence without sacrificing any of the suspense that keeps diehards coming back. Bravo!
Meet Xe Sands: As Paula from McCall, Idaho says about Xe Sands, "It's the narration that makes Jacob pure gold to hear. The voices given - the personalities imbued and the interactions among the cast - make this such a great listen, they're amazing." And luckily listeners can catch Sands in five more Nightwalkers books...
Meet Edoardo Ballerini: You may already know Edoardo Ballerini (The Sopranos, Romeo Must Die) from his roles in TV and film, but have you heard his narration of Stephen Greenblatt's National Book Award winner, The Swerve? Commanding yet graceful, Ballerini's performance is a fitting match for this illuminating listen on one powerful lost-then-found ancient manuscript.
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