Sigh. I am in love. The whole world seems brighter, birds sing more sweetly, and going to the gym — which mere months ago was *ahem* not my favourite thing to do — is now something I cherish. For three hours a week as I sweat and curse my lack of core strength, Mark Bramhall and I are together. Well, his voice and I are together anyway. For those of you who haven’t met my beloved, he is an audiobook narrator. Our love began with The Magicians Trilogy (a firm favourite of mine made better by Bramhall’s narration which ably captures Quentin Coldwater’s continuing angst as he comes of age in the fantastical world of Fillory).
We continued to meet discretely in Charles Belfoure’s The Paris Architect, which Malcolm Gladwell described as “a beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man’s unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war.”
And now I’ve hit paydirt with Edward Rutherfurd’s sweeping novel New York – a whopping 37 hours and 17 minutes that Mark (he said I could call him Mark) and I can spend together.
All silliness aside, it was challenging for me to find an audiobook whose narrator I liked. Some people’s voices sound affected in a way that can be off-putting; I just want to listen to an audiobook that makes listening easy.
I can’t be the only one who chooses their audiobooks by narrator, can I? Have you got a favourite audiobook narrator to share? Share away in the comments below.