Audiobook Week – Day 3

Day three of Audiobook Week finds Jen at thowing a quick mid-week meme at us:

Current/most recent audiobook:

Emissaries From the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro, narrated by Kata (Käthe) Mazur


I’m only an hour into this audiobook with a new-to-me narrator but I’m enjoying my return to science fiction as well as the presence of an anti-hero – something I don’t see a lot of in my reading/listening.

Current/most recent favorite audiobook:

My most recent listen that really delivered the whole package of story and narration was John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. It’s true that I have an inexplicable weakness for books that make me cry and my literary Kryptonite will always be those stories that tangle the protagonists up in all the tragic and messy complications of life and seem to leave them to fend for themselves but the combination of humor and pathos in this story about two adolescents fighting cancer was a brilliant mix.  Casting Kate Rudd as the narrator (someone I hadn’t listened to before) was an inspired choice. She seemed to effortlessly embody the youth, vulnerability, crazy humor, and, ultimately, resilience and strength of Hazel and Gus.

Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently:

Hands down, this would be Bianca Amato who also records as Rebecca de Leeuw. In late November (after hearing some Twitter chatter about it) I picked up The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. The audio is a split narration by Jill Tanner and Amato and I was hooked by her style of performance. While I may adore emotional drama in what I read, vocal dramatics don’t work well for me. In addition to nailing all the performance markers I look for, Bianca Amato manages to deliver an emotional payload that seems to seethe under the surface in the tight control of the characters… until is just isn’t any more. This provides a terrific slow-build followed by an explosive resolution to scenes of high drama.

One title from your TBL (to be listened) stack, or your audio wishlist:

Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold has been in my queue since it was released in October of 2010 (Holy cow! 2010? Really?) and I’ve actually listened to the first two hours. I’ve listened to every book in this series and really like both the stories and Grover Gardner’s narration but I know something about the end of the book (thanks a lot, Interwebz!) that is making it impossible for me to pick it back up and finish.

Your audio dream team (what book or author would you LOVE to see paired with a certain narrator, can already exist or not):

You know, I don’t often cast books in my head. I have (more often that I should admit) thought of books I’d try to acquire the audiobook rights for if I ever won the lottery but I rarely assign a narrator to them. I have mad love for the Liaden series of books by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee (I think of them as “if Jane Austen wrote sci-fi”) and just read that they were picked up by Audible and are in production. I’ve been reading them since I was a teenager but as much as I love them, I simply cannot envision the ideal narrator so I’m just going to burn an offering on the altar of the audiobook casting gods and hope I can deal with the outcome like the mature adult I like to think I am.


  1. I must listen to Bianca Amato! The Thirteenth Tale has been on my audio wish list forever.

  2. I think The Thirteenth Tale may have been the book that made me a hardcore audiobook listener. I knew I was going to stick it out after that one. I even began listening to it out of order originally and had to go back, and that was okay. It was so, so good!

    You’ve given me some stuff to look up and explore. I definitely want to give your current listen a try.

  3. Oh THE FAULT IN YOUR STARS was a fabulous audiobook!

  4. The Thirteenth Tale sounds great! Another audiobook added to my wishlist. ;-) I sure have found some great ideas for audiobooks this week. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. I would love to win a big lotto and buy the rights to a few books to produce into great TV. I know what you mean. :)

  6. Haven’t listened to The Fault In Our Stars but I agree that Kate Rudd is a fabulous narrator. I have yet to read anything by Lois McMaster Bujold but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Tough part is trying to figure out where to start.

  7. I am listening to my first Rebecca de Leeuw narration and am glad to know she is also Bianca Amato.

  8. I looked for The Parasol Protectorate books on audio when I started reading them because I thought they would be good that way. They are like if Jane Austen wrote steampunk, I guess.

  9. So glad you’re listening to Emissaries from the Dead! I love this anti-heroine, and I think Adam Troy Castro is fantastic. I recorded the whole trilogy and I loved his writing.

  10. I too loved The Thirteenth Tale! I’ll definitely have to look for more of Amato’s work.

    My new favorite is probably Orlagh Cassidy, because of her narration of the Maisie Dobbs books.

  11. PS I’m including this in my weekend links post that’ll go up tomorrow! It’s all audio links this time. :)

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