As I’ve said before, a narrator can make or break an audiobook. One narrator whose work is always amazing is Lorelei King. An actress in movies and television, King has also voiced animated characters, radio shows, and of course, audio books.
More Than Just a Narrator
It is always interesting to read the list of work an author has created. In King’s case, it includes ten films including the hit Notting Hill, twenty-eight television shows (many on BBC TV), and ten theatre productions. In addition to voicing beloved characters from the children’s series Bob the Builder, she has performed in many radio broadcasts.
Audio Book Narration Examples
Of course, many of us associate the name Lorelei King with audiobook narration. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, and has won multiple awards for narration from Audiofile and APA.
More Titles and More Awards!
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood earned King the Audiofile Golden Earphones Award in 2008. This novel explores the relationships between women, men, society, and food. Marian McAlpin gives up food in her search for herself and her true role in life.
This is an amazingly intricate novel – highly recommended. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series has yielded multiple awards for King. It’s no secret that I really enjoy reading the hilarious bounty hunter stories. These are perfect for summer reading – light, funny, and easy to read.
A Gold 2003 APA Award
Narration of Unless by Carol Shields resulted in the Gold 2003 APA Award for King. This story of an intelligent woman with a near idyllic life takes on some angst as a formerly stable daughter quits college and chooses to spend her days on a street corner with a cardboard sign that reads “Goodness”. The daughter’s story is key, but not central, as readers are treated to following Reta through her days. Again, highly recommended.
If King narrated it, I bet it’s a great listen
The 2008 Audies Solo Narration award for Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas was another winner for King. I haven’t read this one, but it sounds pretty compelling. It takes place during WWII, when a Japanese internment camp is opened in a small town in Colorado. A murder in the town turns attention to the newcomers. If King narrated it, I bet it’s a great listen.
Lorelei King has also narrated books from Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, and Tess Gerritsen.
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