The following audiobooks were nominated in the Solo Narration – Female Category. This category is being reviewed by Susie from Miss Susie’s Reading & Observations and Flannery, Tatiana, and Catie from The Readadventurer. Would you like to join the crowd? Sign up here.
The Boy in the Suitcase by by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis and narrated by Katherine Kellgren
I just love the timbre of her voice. She also does all the different eastern European accents very well. A job well done!
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth and narrated by Nicola Barber
Nicola Barber narration is very well done, going from British to Irish to Cockney accents all seamlessly.
Juliet in August by Dianne Warren and narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Cassandra Campbell’s narration is very good with softness when needed, she was able evoke the emotion I believe the author was trying to convey.
The Unseen Guest: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood and narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Katherine Kellgren’s range is so unbelievable that at times you wonder if there is more than one voice narrating, but no it is all Katherine.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and narrated by Anne Hathaway
It’s still a very interesting story, it just isn’t completely the same story as that of the movie. And if you’re going to read this book – or particularly if you’re planning on reading it to a child – think about using this version. Anne Hathaway shines in this audiobook. I’m not usually one for dramatic readings of books, but the characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz definitely deserve that treatment to bring themselves and the story to light, and Hathaway does great justice to it all. The range of her voice and the many unique characterizations that she has created for this book were a large part of why I was so enthralled with it and wanted to read it all at once. She made the story and the characters spring off the page and come to life, in a fun and whimsical, yet ultimately respectful, way.
I can see why this book was nominated; as much as I am not a fan of Audible’s celebrity A-list (because the real A-List is all the great narrators who do this for a living), but Anne does bring many voices to the mix maybe at times too many because some of them don’t seem to belong in the land of Oz but what do I know I’ve never been there!