There is no denying the rising popularity of audiobooks. Seems like everyone’s listening. Sno-Isle libraries offer free digital downloads through Overdrive, Hoopla and 3M. Overdrive alone offers over 13,000 titles.
A gifted narrator brings the story to life. The right voice for the right book is essential. I particularly enjoy listening to books where the characters have an accent.
Angela’s Ashes: a memoir is read by author Frank McCourt. McCourt tells the story of his Irish childhood in a lilting Irish brogue.
The Help written by Kathryn Stockett is the story of a young woman who writes a book from the view point of several black maids. Spoken by several narrators with varying southern dialects.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is written in letters between London and the people of Guernsey Island in 1946. The five narrators capture the essence of the residents of Guernsey Island.