Mid-Week Meme – Audiobook Week Discussion

For today, Jen prepared a surprise, and it is a meme! We are all supposed to answer the following questions:

Current audiobook:

Narrated by Stephen Hoye


I hesitated to get to this book, as some readers were saying this was too focused on the ambassador’s daughter. I actually enjoy it very much, it’s fantastic about the historical context.

The narrator though, could be a bit more engaging. He reads with a very neutral and unchanging tone of voice, according to me, and it might be boring for some people.


Most recent favorite audiobook:

Narrated by Simon Vance

This is what I said about the narration in my review:

“A word first on the narration.

I had enjoyed a lot the voice of the narrator Simon Slater in Wolf Hall, so I was a bit hesitating, seeing that they had chosen a different narrator for the sequel Bring Up The Bodies. If you have experience with audiobooks for a series, you may have your ear accustomed to associate one character with one voice.

After my first dislike on the change, I realized how excellent Simon Vance. He’s so stunning at changing his voice for each character. There are lots of dialogs in this book, with several characters involved, and it is really incredible how the narrator can so quickly switch from one to the other, with a different voice, different tone, different accent sometimes – though I have to say I preferred how Simon Slater had represented the voice of Anne Boleyn and the French ambassador, but these are strictly personal preferences.”


Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently:

Simon Vance, of course

Before listening to Bring Up The Bodies, I had no idea why all this hype about Simon Vance, and I am always very careful when people sound crazy about a book or a narrator.
Well, now I understand, see above comment. I saw he narrated also The Return of The Native, and I am curious to see what he did with this classic.


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

Hmm, so far, I was putting together everything in a TBR list, but thanks Jen, I have now to separate, as I know for instance that I want to listen to, and not read this one, because of the unanimous comments of my co-bloggers:

Narrated by Wil Wheaton


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

Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy

Give me this pair, and I will listen AGAIN to The Forgotten Garden!
Caroline Lee was an excellent narrator, but I would love that pair!



17 thoughts on “Mid-Week Meme – Audiobook Week Discussion

  1. I’m just now listening to my first Orlagh Cassidy narration – Before I Go to Sleep. She’s really good. I’ll be on the lookout for more of her, to be sure. Ready Player One is amazing! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. And I’m going to have to get on the Simon Vance bandwagon, too. I’ve been hearing Jennifer from Literate Housewife swoon over him for so long!


  2. Welcome to my world! I so love Simon Vance. He’s responsible for my entry into the audiobook community. I read Wolf Hall in print, so I had no comparison from that vantage point. I will be posting my review tomorrow, but my favorite scene was when Henry’s son came in and was confused about which marriage Henry was all up in arms about. It made me laugh. He was the only one safe enough to ask – and I don’t think he realized it, either.


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