1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- read by Jim Dale.
Jim Dale is an amazing narrator and I could listen to him all day.
At first I wasn't happy about the narrator change. I hate that. But Simon Jones is a great reader and so I didn't mind.
This is another series that had a narrator change. Books 3-5 are read by the author Daniel Handler took over narrator duties. While he is just alright, Tim Curry is the better narrator. He has the perfect voice for this gothic, dark-humored series. And that leads to ...
Garth Nix is one of my favorite authors and so far I have had good luck with his books. Tim Curry is once again the perfect narrator for this dark series filled with zombies, magic, and supernatural creatures. His voice for the cat Mogget is dead on.
I really love this whole series even if it gets a bit formulaic in the middle. Allan Corduner does a great job of bringing Arthur and the denizens of the House to life.
Jones is the absolute best voice for Bartimaeus. I could not imagine a better voice. In much the same way that Jim Dale is cemented in my mind as the voice of Harry Potter, Simon Jones is Bartimaeus. He does a great job with the djinni's sarcastic voice and footnotes.
Admittedly I have not gotten very far in this series (I'm only on book 2) but I am loving Kellgren's voice for Mary "Bloody" Jack Faber. Kellgren also does a fine job on The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.
I spent all of last reading all 56 original Nancy Drew books and I tried to listen to all the audios. All the narrators do a great job. My favorite is Laura Linney. She does a very nice job of brining Nancy to life and striking the right tone. The music is great and really adds to the overly dramatic tone of the story.
With the increase of POVs in the book, the amount of narrators increases. I find that (Grace) has the slowest voice and sometimes it can be grating but overall they are beautiful books and the narrators do a great job. This is one series that I can honestly say that I don't know if I would have made it reading it, but the audio is just that great.
Stephanie Plum is one of the best book characters and I love all the books. King does a great voice for her. This is another series that changed narrators and I liked C.J. Critt (she narrated the first set of books) too. I've notice lately that most of Janet Evanovich books are read by one or the other of these narrators. I guess they just fit her books.
cross posted from Annie, I Think