A skillful single narrator can accomplish this, but multiple narrators lend another layer to the content. Both are interesting and entertaining…
The Rivalry by Norman Corwin
The Rivalry by Norman Corwin is voiced by Paul Giamatti, James Gleason, Tony Palermo, Lily Rabe, David Strathairn, and Shannon Cochran. This is from L.A. Theatre Works and presents the debates between Abraham Lincoln (Strathairn) and Stephen Douglas (Giamatti) over slavery and other issues.
I listened to samples of the content and was very impressed. With an Emmy winner and an Oscar winner voicing the main characters, how could this possibly be anything but great?
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales was edited by Nelson Mandela and is narrated by Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker, and Alfre Woodard.
Talk about an all-star cast! I wonder who matched the narrators to the tales, because they certainly did an amazing job! I listened to samples of several of the folk tales and am hard pressed to name one that wasn’t fantastic.
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Canterbury Tales was written by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated by J.U.Nicolson and read by Martin Jarvis, Jay Karnes, Ray Porter, John Lee, Malcolm Hillgartner, Ralph Cosham, Amelia White, Mathew Wolf, Simon Vance, Kenneth Danziger, W. Morgan Sheppard, Carolyn Seymour, Rosalyn Ayres, and Mark Bramhall. This is a well read version of the classic, which was originally written in Middle English. I hate to say it, but I had to read it in school and will never read it again.
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer V2
The Canterbury Tales was written by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated by Burton Raffel and narrated by Ric Jerrom, Bill Wallis, Cameron Stewart, Mark Meadows, Kim Hicks, and Maggie Ollerenshaw. Isn’t it interesting that two versions of Chaucer are competing in this category?
The Word of Promise Audio Bible
The Word of Promise Audio Bible edited by Thomas Nelson and read by Jim Caviezel (Jesus), Richard Dreyfus (Moses), Gary Sinise (David), Jason Alexander (Joseph), Marisa Tomei, Louis Gossett Jr., and over 600 more actors. I’m not sure anyone can beat an all-star cast reading the Bible. The drawback seems to be the overuse of music.
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