Hello, 2014! We are so excited for new titles, new voices, and more in 2014, but for now, let’s take a look at some of our favorites from 2013! We asked our narrators, editors, engineers, directors and Qcers to tell us their favorite titles of the past year. Some of them you’ve probably seen on other best-of lists and some you may not have even heard of.
Suehyla El-Attar told us that she loved narrating In the Shadow of Revenge, The Book of Dahlia, and The Goodluck Girls of Shipwreck Lane ,which she narrated with Reay Kaplan We also loved Reay’s narration of I Want to Show You More, and The Year of Luminous Love. Suehyla also recommends The Woman who Married a Cloud, which she narrated with Robin Bloodworth. Robin’s favorite title of the past year was The Terror Courts.
“Of the ones I narrated, I’m partial to The Maid’s Version”. You may have seen Daniel Woodrell’s The Maid’s Version on a few “Best of” lists this year. Make sure to add it to your to-listen list, if you haven’t already. Brian also recommends Brewster “because it was a bit of a stretch for me, and a lot of the Manly Wade Wellman short stories were just fun old-fashioned horror.” Brian also recommends The Book of Why and we loved his narration of Hounded: The Lowdown on Life from Three Dachshunds, and a Commodore of Errors: A Novel.
“I’m kind of all about the bios and history stuff this year,” says Lacee, “Everything from learning about the NFL draft and a look back into the first murders via poison to bios of DiMaggio’s 56 run streak and a woman who chose to have her parents find her a husband. Lots of good political historical stuff too – one man escaping the Middle East to a couple escaping Russia to JFK, RFK, Reagan…” A few of the titles she referenced haven’t come out yet, but right now, check out Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, by Nicholas Dawidoff, narrated by David deVries, We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963, by Allen Childs, narrated by Robin Bloodworth, and Marrying Anita, by Anita Jain, narrated by Teresa DeBerry.
“I came on late in the year and only narrated a couple of titles”, says Jo Howarth, “but I fell in love with The Last First Day, by Carrie Brown. We had to take a break as I came to the end because I was choked up.”
Robert’s favorites of 2013 were Trancehack and Blythewood. Angele Master’s favorite books to narrate the Baskerville Affair series. Check out the first one – A Study in Silks. Make sure to add the Last Herald Mage series to your to-listen list, Gregory St. John’s narration is wonderful!