I promise, I am not trying to find all of “the end of the year lists” to re-post on my blog. My dear mother is a big, big, big fan of audiobooks and I thought she’d get a kick out of this list. A narrator_does_ make or break or book, no?
Audiofile (an online magazine for audiobook fans) did a list of the “best voices of 2008.” The list is broken down by genre(s). I glanced over the list just to see if any of the narrators for the audiobooks I bought my mother were on the list. No such luck (but I can’t recall any complaints either).
I came across the list from reading Neil Gaiman’s blog because he is recognized on the list as one of the best “author-reader” narrators for his YA novel, “The Graveyard Book” (of which I graded a B). Gaiman is quite proud of this accomplishment (as well he should be) because not everyone is blessed with “the golden voice.”
I’ve never been a fan of audiobooks myself but for some people, like my mother, audiobooks have been a life saver for those long commutes. Anyway, enjoy the list and if you care to share some of your favorite audiobooks, please do so in the comments.