3 Audio Recommendations

I’m a big fan of audiobooks, and recently I had the pleasure of listening to some very good ones.  I thought I’d share some of them with you guys, but instead of limiting myself to recommending single books, I thought I’d share some good multi-books collaborations between authors and narrators that I particularly enjoyed.

Sean Barrett reads Jo Nesbo

The collaboration between narrator Sean Barrett and Norwegian author Jo Nesbo is an auspicious one. Barrett narrates Nesbo’s Harry Hole mystery/thriller series, as well as a number of standalone novels, such as The Son and Headhunters. He does a stellar job with all of them. Scandinavian crime writing doesn’t come much better than Nesbo, so these audiobooks are a treat for all crime fiction lovers.

Scott Thomas reads Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand is an underrated writer of horror novels with a comedic element. But a Strand novel is a much deeper work of art than what comes to most minds when the horror genre is discussed. Strand knows how to write about relationships, friendships, and love. He writes with enormous heart and his books are an emotional ride, not just a bloodfest (which he also does very well).

I’ve listened to three Jeff Strand audiobooks read by Scott Thomas, who seems to have the perfect voice for these novels. Mainly, he knows how to do children and teenagers very well, age groups that feature prominently in Strand novels. The three books — Pressure, Wolf Hunt, and Dweller — are excellent, and Thomas’s reading raises them from their high level in text to even more soaring heights in audio.

Grover Gardner reads Lois McMaster Bujold

Grover Gardner is one of the most beloved audiobook narrators in the world. Lois McMaster Bujold is a masterful science fiction/fantasy writer. It’s no wonder that the joining of their talents has produced such fantastic audiobooks.

Gardner narrates Bujold’s successful Vorkosigan Saga, which includes more than fifteen novels and novellas, so far. He brings to life each of Bujold’s full characters and does justice by Bujold’s riveting plots and luminous prose. Science fictions fans have made Bujold one of the most bestselling authors in the genre, which is entirely deserved. The Vorkosigan Saga audiobooks are a big hit in and of themselves, and Gardner’s spotless narration is one of the reasons.

So, if you’re looking for audiobooks to listen to, check out my recommendations. I’m sure you’ll love them.