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Performances Our Narrators Love

We all have our favorite books, but what about the narrators who perform them? We asked John Keating, Barbara Rosenblat, Jonathan Davis, Amanda Ronconi, and more to reveal the books they just can't get enough of.

  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
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    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Peter Deane says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"

    John Keating on Ulysses: The language in this book is famously demanding, with sentences at times longer and more winding than the River Shannon. But Jim Norton somehow makes the narration seem easy, the story of Leopold Bloom's journey deceptively conversational, and gives the tone of Ulysses an intimacy which Joyce himself would no doubt have enjoyed. An amazing performance.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
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    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Valerie says: "Sound level a small problem"

    Eva Kaminsky on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The first audiobook I ever listened to was Michael York reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I would take long walks just to listen to his lilting British voice. He seemed to have a ball with all the characterizations, and it really translated well into a fun, engaging story to get wrapped up in. It was a great introduction - I wound up getting the whole series.
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Pat says: "magnificient!"

    Barbara Rosenblat on Fall of Giants: For someone like me, the broader the canvas, the richer the result. I have just finished listening to Part 1 of Ken Follett's new Century trilogy, Fall of Giants. For pleasure, mind you. It's a long tale of the intersection between different families, rich and poor, Welsh, German, Russian, English, American...all on the eve of World War I and beyond. Subsequent books will tell the tale of these character's progeny and how they deal with their world.

    Follett's writing is like potato chips and you just cannot put him down. Having recorded two of his works, Jackdaws and Whiteout, I am always ..

  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Paula A Ford says: "Delightful!"

    Jonathan Davis on The Graveyard Book: I recently heard Neil Gaiman narrate his story The Graveyard Book—loved it. Such a naturalistic and genuine reading of a supernatural tale, really stellar.
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
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    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"

    Jennifer Van Dyck on The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Jeff Woodman accomplishes an impossible task, which is to make a wonderful story that is half told through illustrations, completely compelling, suspenseful, scary and delightful. I love this book by Brian Selznick and thought it couldn't be an audiobook since so much of the experience of reading it is visual - but Jeff Woodman paints pictures with his voice. That is a skill I greatly admire.
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    M.W. says: "Surprised at the negative reviews..."

    Khristine Hvam on The Da Vinci Code: So, my favorite audiobook was the very first one I ever listened to: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and narrated by Paul Michael. It has it all, drama, suspense, and fantastic narration that brings it all to life. Most of all it sparked my interest in becoming an audiobook narrator myself.
  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Charming mystery, romance and epic"

    Erin Moon on American Gods: My favorite recording of a book is George Guidall's performance of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. George is one of the most talented voices in the narration of books. His characters and turn of a sentence are unparallelled. His pacing changes as required by the story, as do the rhythms of his character voices. This is a fabulous book, and George does such a detailed and thoughtful performance.
  • Bridget Jones's Diary

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Tracie Bennett

    Here is the laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of a hilarious year in the life of the devastatingly self-aware Bridget Jones.- the basis for the film starring Renee Zellweger. And don't miss the sequel: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

    A J says: "Better heard than read."

    Amanda Ronconi on Bridget Jones's Diary: I absolutely love Tracie Bennett's narration of Bridget Jones's Diary. I listen to it a lot just for narrator inspiration. She does really fun, fully-developed characters. And her Bridget Jones is totally present and real, funny and believable.
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
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    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"

    Natalie Gold on the Game of Thrones series: I am completely addicted to the Game of Thrones series. The books are amazing, but Roy Dotrice is a genius. Each character - and there are more characters than I ever thought possible - is so crystal clear. He makes each person, each story, each land so specific and come to life so vividly. A truly great narrator who allows the listener to completely enter the world of the book - he draws you in - never overwhelms. It is brilliant and a true master class.