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Jan 06

Audio All-Stars, Volume 2

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 11:24 AM by Craig Jacobson

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Welcome back to round two of audio all-stars! From your daily commute, to household chores or the gym, audiobooks are a great option for people on the go. At the Frank L. Weyenberg library, you have to access to audiobooks in CD format, or as digital audiobooks through OverDrive and Hoopla. Earlier in 2016, I highlighted the talents of Jim Dale, Jayne Entwistle, George Guidall, and Julia Whelan. The following are four more recommended narrators, all with audiobooks available on CD, OverDrive, and Hoopla. If you need additional information on how to access digital audiobooks, reference staff can help you access OverDrive or Hoopla on various devices.

  • Rebecca Lowman has narrated for several best-selling authors including Jodi Picoult, Lisa Gardner, Nicholas Sparks, and Lisa Scottoline. I would suggest giving some of the lesser-known titles in Lowman’s library a try: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, City of Savages by Lee Kelly, and Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer.
  • Sunil Malhotra is a narrator who is skilled at both fiction and non-fiction works alike Readers of non-fiction should consider listening to Malhotra’s narration of Katherine Boo’s National Book Award Winner Behind the Beautiful Forevers or When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. For adult fiction, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese are great book club selections. Additionally, Malhotra jointly narrated the young adult novel Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell with Rebecca Lowman, our first featured narrator.?
  • Before he was on Downton Abbey, the actor Dan Stevens was building up a library of accomplished narration work on works such as Fall of Giants by Ken Follett and two historical fiction titles by Louisa Young: My Dear I Wanted to Tell You and The Heroes’ Welcome. In recent years, he has tackled the likes of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.
  • Often one voice among many, Steve West is a talented narrator who frequently collaborates on audiobook productions. He contributes to both installments of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, as well as the fantasy novel The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, and the thriller The Widow by Fiona Barton. Individually, West has also narrated the Richard Jury mysteries by Martha Grimes, The Rocks by Peter Nichols, and several romance novels by Stephanie Laurens.


If you do find a narrator you like, the online card catalog,, allows you to search by the narrator name, just as you would for an author. Please be sure to stop by the reference desk if you have any questions, or are looking for additional recommendations!