I just said yesterday that I had never listened to audiobooks BUT I’ve listened to narrators!
Amy Harmon organized a contest between three potential narrators for her latest book The Queen and The Cure. Her readers got to listen to the contestants and vote for their favorite.
For once in my life my favorite won! Usually when I watch The Great British Bake Off or The Voice or… my favorite never wins!
So I was happy when I learned that Steve West was the winner!
He has a deep, smooth, smoky and very articulate voice. It was the perfect choice for this fantasy book.
I looked into him to write this post and I discovered that he’s been the narrator of dozens of audio books. Among others: The Queen and The Cure by Amy Harmon, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor; Ad Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and many, many others.
I’ll just speak of The Queen and The Cure by Amy Harmon
Here is some of what I wrote about this book:
“Amy did it again. Take me hostage in her world and kept me captive till the very last word.
I think Amy could write the telephone book (or is it repertory?) and it would still be gracious and beautiful!
This woman knows how to weave a tale. I suspect Amy’s Gift is telling wonderful and fascinating stories. Maybe Sasha is Amy’s imaginary twin?
Anyway it all began like this:
“Once upon a time a castle was asleep waiting someone to awaken her inhabitants. “Does it remind you of a Sleeping Beauty?
Well the original opening was:
“Light glanced off of the empty throne and streaked across the wide room, peeking around corners and climbing the walls. Silence was the only occupant. Something fluttered overhead, breaking the stillness. Vines with leaves so emerald they appeared black in the shadows, wrapped their way around the rocks and past the windows, filtering the light and casting the interior in a wash of green. The castle was holding her breath. She’s been holding her breath for so long”.
So much more beautiful than what I wrote but it’s been a long time since I realized I would never reach Amy’s ankle with my writing. »
If you want to hear Steve’s smooth voice just follow the link on Amazon LOL
And you who is your favorite narrator?
Thanks for reading!