Originally Posted by anamardoll
Audiobooks I've heard lately where the reader really nailed the book:
1. Tim Curry in A Series of Unfortunate Events
Curry also did a very good job in the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.
Some of my other favorite readers
-Simon Vance - he's done a ton of books.
-Oliver Wyman - (I'm not sure why Weber's Freehold series switched from him after the first two books, but I like him better than Jason Culp)
Of course, even the best of readers can't help a boring book. I generally look for books that I'm interested in and listen to the sample. If I'm in doubt, I look to see how many other books the reader has to their credit. Most of the good ones have credits into the hundreds.
There are a couple of authors who I think do a good job reading their own books - Simon Winchester, for example, but most do better with professional voice talent.