The Kingless Land: The Band of Four Series, Book 1 by Nadia May, the new (well, to Audible, it is the 2001 Blackstone Audio production) edition is narrated by
As for me, I’ve recently finished listening to Gun, with Occasional Music by arrated by
Which I don’t intend to review at too much length, other than that while the story was interesting, it had been built up a bit too much perhaps for me as compared to the actuality of the book. And it seemed (again for me) that the narrator here was either a bit miscast or a bit misdirected. There are several tracks along which a noir can proceed, and the narration can emphasize these: campy, dark, classic, gritty, etc. Here the narrator was clear, and some of the characterizations were solid, but the mainline narration was in a voice which just did not suit the opportunity for a more darkly read near future dystopian read such as Lethem’s imagined world of evolved animals, make, inquisitors, etc.
And I am about half-way through Perfume by Patrick Suskind, narrated by Sean Barrett. It’s not available on Audible.com for US customers, and so it came to me via a friend who’d bought the Penguin Audio UK MP3-CD version with the promise that it was an amazing listen:
So far, that’s been very true indeed, giving me a great deal of confidence in checking out Barrett’s other narrations which are available (Kafka on the Shore in particular).
ALSO! I saw the audiobook on the shelves of a local bookstore earlier this week, and today HarperMedia’s tumblr blog gives us First Listen: Wildwood by Colin Meloy. I’ve heard (and keep hearing) very good things about this upper-middle grade book, and hope to find time to sneak it into my more adult reading before too much longer.