Top Ten Tuesday Audiobook Narrators
I haven’t posted a Top Ten Tuesday since ending my hiatus. So, I’m thrilled to participate in this Top Ten Tuesday. Of course I have a disclaimer because I can never follow the rules. There are twelve narrators in this list. Because, of course, there are! And whittling the list to twelve was hell. Notably, Audiobooks have exploded in popularity. I enjoyed them in the past but fell in love with them during the pandemic. Equally important, I have decided to start profiling Audiobook Narrators through interviews. The completed interviews will be linked in this Top Ten Tuesday post, and the ones that have not yet been completed will include their information. There will be more interviews to come! Finally, I want to throw out a huge thank you to Amber Cortes and Macmillan Audio for their help with the audio samples and for mediating with some of the narrators.
Top Ten Tuesday is run by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, and you should definitely visit her blog.
Over the past few years, Audiobooks have exploded. Good Morning America recently did a segment on how readers are increasingly utilizing them. Karissa Vacker (in the list below) was featured during the segment. I urge you to watch this segment to fully understand how popular Audiobooks have become and learn more about Karissa Vacker.
Audiobook Narrators With Interviews Linked
Listed In Alphabetical Order
Cassandra Campbell (About Is from Penguin Randomhouse Audio)
Cassandra Campbell is a prolific audiobook narrator with more than 700 titles to date. Winner of four Audie Awards and nominated for a dozen more, she was a 2018 inductee in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame. Additionally, she has consistently been an AudioFile Magazine Best Narrator and a Publisher’s Weekly Best Narrator of the Year. As an acting teacher, she spent five years as a faculty member of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and has performed in and directed dozens of plays at theaters across the country.
Me: Most notably, Cassandra Campbell narrated Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Some of my favorites include One of Us is Dead by Jeneva Rose, No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfeld, The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives by Kristin Miller, and The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding.
Contact Cassandra Campbell:
Elizabeth Evans (About From Elizabeth Evans’ Website- Linked Below)
From me: Most notably, Elizabeth Evans has narrated the Throne of Glass & Crescent City series by Sarah J. Mass. Some of my favorite work of Elizabeth Evans (no surprise here) is her work as Nina in the Six of Crows duology and One of Us is Dead by Jeneva Rose.
Contact Elizabeth Evans:
Lauren Fortgang (All Information From Lauren Fortgang’s Website- Linked Below)
From me: Lauren Fortgang has a long list of amazing works, including her work with Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows (one of my favorites, of course) through the most recently released Hellbent (sequel to Ninth House). Other favorites of mine include I Don’t Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson and The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.
Contact Lauren Fortgang:
Barrie Kreinik New Interview Linked!
About Barrie Kreinik
Interview Coming In May!
Acting: Barrie’s performance credits include Off-Broadway and regional theatre, recorded media, concerts, and cabaret. She holds an MFA in Acting from Brown/Trinity Rep and a BA in Theatre and English from Cornell.
Singing: As a singer and songwriter, Barrie has performed at Birdland, 54 Below, The Bitter End, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Her debut EP, Unlearning, was released in 2019 and can be found on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon. She was a semifinalist in the 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition.
Writing: Barrie began writing short stories and poetry as soon as she could read. In the intervening decades, she transitioned to dramatic writing and creative nonfiction, focusing on plays, screenplays, personal essays, and opinion pieces. She also worked for seven years as an editor of academic journal articles.
Audiobook Narrator: Barrie is an award-winning audiobook narrator with titles produced by Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, Harper, Podium, Tantor, Blackstone, Audible, and AudioGO. She specializes in accents and dialects, particularly those of the British Isles. Barrie won a 2022 Audie Award for her co-narration of Heresy by Melissa Lenhardt. She was an Audie Finalist in 2023 for her narration of A House Full of Windsor by Kristin Contino and in 2022 for her narration of Ariadne by Jennifer Saint. Her narration of We Do What We Do in the Dark by Michelle Hart was named one of the New York Times’ Best Audiobooks of 2022. Her narration of Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales was one of YALSA’s 2022 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. Click here for a complete list of Barrie’s audiobook narrations.
Me: My favorite audiobooks narrated by Barrie Kreinik include The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart and The Younger Wife/The Good Sister By Sally Hepworth.
By day, Nick Podehl gives voice to a multitude of characters that heretofore only existed on the page. By night he balances time as a husband, dad, and amateur armchair general. His castle stands proudly in The Mitten State where he hopes for snow each and every day.
Me: Nick Podehl is known for narrating the KingKiller Chronicles and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. However, I found and instantly connected to Nick through his work with Kel Kade, especially The Fate of the Fallen and Destiny of the Dead. Fun fact: there are about five audiobooks I’ve listened to repeatedly. Next to Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, Fate of the Fallen is what I’ve listened to the most.
Contact Nick Podehl:
Brittany Pressley (from Penguin Randomhouse):
About: Brittany Pressley is an AudioFile magazine Earphones Award–winning narrator. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and voice actress. Her voice can be heard on national and international TV and radio commercials, as well as in several animated series and video games.
Me: Some of my favorite Audiobooks featuring Brittany Pressley (I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE VANISHING HOUR By Seraphina Nova Glass, Out May 30th!!!) are The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf, One of Us is Dead by Jeneva Rose, Rule of Three by, E.G., Scott, and The Patient’s Secret by Loreth Anne White.
Contact Brittany Pressley:
Julia Whelan (About- Feature From CBS)
Me: Julia Whelan has narrated Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. My favorite books by Julia Whelan are Band of Sisters By Lauren Willig, It’s One Of Us by J.T. Ellison, I’ll Be You By Janelle Brown, and The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian
Those are my Top Ten Tuesday: Audiobook narrators (ten of them, there are more!). Do you have any favorite Audiobook Narrators and Audiobooks? Maybe some aren’t on this list, or do you agree with me?