Simon Jones is the British actor most famous for his portrayal of Lord Brideshead in Brideshead Revisited and of Arthur Dent in the BBC version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
A veteran of dozens of radio dramas, television shows, and big screen movies, his talents make him the perfect choice as a narrator for audiobooks.
Fans and critics of digital books agree with this assessment, as illustrated by the many awards Jones has won for his work in this area.
AudioFile Magazine has awarded him the rank of “Golden Voice.” Publisher’s Weekly named Jones their “Narrator of the Year” in 2005. In 2006, Mr. Jones was nominated for an impressive nine Audie Awards. Two of his entries won their categories, including Best Unabridged Fiction for A Slight Trick of the Mind, and Audio Book of the Year for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase.
Simon Jones has lent his voice talents to the productions of at least 70 recorded books. Science fiction has always been a favorite genre for him. The eight titles in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series make this fact evident.
Others in this category include Star Trek: Cacophony and The Fifth Sorceress. Folks who enjoy mysteries and thrillers will appreciate Jones’ skill at narrating selections such as The Return of Merlin by Deepak Chopra, and The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester.
The award winner, A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, examines the life of super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes during his retirement years. Children and teens can enjoy Jones’ skill along with their parents. He narrated all three titles in the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, which is recommended for listeners between 8 and 10 years old.
The Lionboy series by Zizou Corder appeals to the same age group. The Dragon’s Eye and other tales by Kaza Kingsley will captivate teens.
“No matter which genre or style Jones reads, his vocal talents shine through”
Jones is gifted in narrating non-fiction as well. French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle is a travel volume that is highly rated by audiobook listeners. He also read the history title, The Last Voyage of Columbus by Martin Dugard and Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely, which falls into the psychology/self-help category.
No matter which genre or style Jones reads, his vocal talents shine through. Dramas come to life, suspense reaches a head, facts are disbursed, and listeners are thoroughly entertained when they hear a Simon Jones talking book.
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