My Current Audiobook is The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Read by Tony Chiroldes, it's pretty good so far but it hasn't hooked me in as much as other audiobooks have. However I'm still listening, so there must be something there because I haven't completely stopped and moved on to my long list of audios to listen to...
My most recently finished audiobook is The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, The Unseen Guest Book 3 by Maryrose Wood, Read by Katherine Kellgren. This lived up to the other books in the series and was just such a great listen. There was a bit more drama and action, but so many things are still unanswered, waiting impatiently for the next one (out early 2013!).
My most recent favorite audiobooks HAVE to be the Incorrigible Children series read by Katherine Kellgren. They books are just in themselves so sharp, quick witted, funny, smart and a throwback to the Victorian and Gothic; and Kellgren just does an amazing job of bringing everything together. From the howls, to the calm and intellectual Miss Lumley, to Lady Constance and her constant nagging and high pitched voice and Mrs. Clarke the caring head housekeeper, Kellgren just really brings them each to life with their own voice, intonation and spark. THESE ARE JUST AMAZING!
So other than Katherine Kellgren, a favorite narrator I've recently discovered is Michael Maloney who read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. He really did a great job of adding life to the narrative and of bringing an innocence and rawness to his reading.
Your audio dream team (What book or author would you LOVE to see paired with a certain narrator, can already exist or not):
So back early this year I read Eugene Yelchin's Breaking Stalin's Nose. I just loved that book! Partly I'm sure because I have a slight obsession with Russian-ness and for the past few years have been really interested in how that manifests itself in the Soviet Period. However this is the first book I've read where as I was reading the physical book I was hearing sound effects, music and also a specific voice of a narrator, and I don't mean that the character was so real that he had a voice of his own, that's happened to me a lot as I'm sure it has for all of you, but I actually imagined a specific person/actor narrating it in my head. So when the audio finally came out a few months ago, first of all I think that the narrator they picked really doesn't fit well with the story, and of course I was even more disappointed because it wasn't the exact thing that I had imagined! (so shocking, right? I mean shouldn't the publishers just guess my thoughts? haha) So anyways, I'll let all of you in on my dream for what this audiobook could have been. So I imagined them utilizing sound effects but tastefully, I imagined the beginning music being played perhaps by the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra or perhaps John Zorn. But MOST IMPORTANTLY I specifically imagined the actor Liev Schreiber from films like Defiance and Kate & Leopold. I just think he would have been perfect! And I was at least hoping for someone similar, but it fell far short, so much so that I didn't even listen to it, especially since I'd already read it and could just tell I would be disappointed.