Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My 4 Favorite Voice Actors

If you're familiar with my blogging at all you know that I listen to a lot of audio books.  Yesterday afternoon I was talking with a co-worker about authors we're both currently reading (Nelson DeMille) and one that I like and he's going to start (Vince Flynn). That led to the discussion of audio book voice actors which led to this blog post.

A great voice actor can make a mediocre book enjoyable while a poor one can suck all the enjoyment out of the best written words.  One Hollywood actress did such a hatchet job on one audiobook that I returned it to the library after about 1 chapter.  And I already posted about a similarly terrible job Patrick Macnee did on another book.

So, on to the list of my four favorite voice actors.
  1. Frank Muller - Frank's work was excellent but unfortunately he passed away in 2008 due to complications from a motorcycle (?) accident in 2001 that left him unable to work.
  2. George Guidall - Think grandfatherly but with a great range of expression that allows him to bring life to all his characters.
  3. Scott Brick - I think of Scott like a young George Guidall.
  4. Dick Hill - I've only heard Dick read the part of Jack Reacher from Lee Childs' novels but I can't imagine anyone else doing that character.  His diction and annunciation are both unique and perfectly suited for the role.
If you find yourself on the fence deciding whether or not to buy or borrow an audio book, turn over the package and check who's reading it for you.  If you see any of the names above it's a good bet you'll enjoy the book.

1 comment:

Francis Shivone said...

Good suggestions. I'm a fan of voices,too. I always enjoyed listening to Garrison Keillor even if the story wasn't that good. And of course there's baseball's old play by play guy. It's a gift and a skill.