It can be intimidating to read for an audiobook, especially when you’re not formally trained for it. There are some authors, though, that just have the knack for bringing their works to life in audio format. Below are some of the very best of those author/narrators that you can find through our digital audiobook collection.
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You may have heard of Gaiman’s work. His books have been made into movies, TV shows, and radio plays. He’s written for kids, teens, and adults in every medium from comics and TV scripts, to picture books, short stories, and massive novels. His style tends toward lyrical prose, with most hove his work incorporating fantastic elements into tales about everyday people.
His reading style is similarly rich and varied, with a wide variety of accents and tones that he uses for his huge casts of characters. There’s something earnest in his narration–a friendly, almost librarian-like quality that makes you just want to sit and listen to him tell each tale.
Maya Angelou is known for her autobiographies, essays, and poetry, but people forget that she was experienced performer and public speaker. Her oratory skills, polished in varied locations from night clubs to operas, come through vibrantly in her narration. There’s something beautiful about listening to her tell her own story, told in the lovely, lilting tones of a singer and poet.
Obviously we have books available at our library. But what if you are snowed in? What if we’re closed and you desperately need something to read? Or maybe you’re traveling and don’t want to have to carry a huge hardcover?
All Russell Memorial Library card holders have access to free e-books and audiobooks through the Green Mountain Library Consortium’s Overdrive System. To access them, all you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone and your ONLINE library card number. Continue reading
Narrators either make or break an audiobook. If you’ve only ever had bad luck with audio, try some of these readers to get you out of that rut:
Listening to Miles is like listening to a full cast recording – every character has a different accent, a different tone of voice. Her reading is so rich that it can be hard to turn her audiobooks off.
Some of the books she narrates:
Not every guy can read female characters in a way that sounds realistic, but Patton can definitely pull it off, even for characters singing nonsense songs. He’s got a surprisingly varied catalog of works, too, so there’s something for anyone trying to get into the genre.
The man best known for bringing the Harry Potter books to audio, Jim Dale is one of the titans of YA audiobooks. While he might not be as versitile as the above readers, he has a lovely voice, and his style feels very much like story hour at your local library or school If you’re a YA addict, or are just looking for some lighter, more action-packed books to add to your day, give his work a try.
All of the books listed are available through the Green Mountain Library Consortium. Each book cover above is linked to its download page. Just sign in under the Russell Memorial Library with your FULL card number to borrow the audiobooks, (if they haven’t already been checked out by someone else):
Russell Library Number: XXX
FULL Library Card Number (for use online): 2v6td000000XXX
For more details on why you have two different library card numbers, see our Audio and E-Books tab.