If you asked me, I would probably say that I’m not really much of an audiobook person: too often the narrator doesn’t get the voices right, or something else is off, and besides I’m a visual learner rather than an auditory one anyway. Given my choice between print and any other format and I’ll choose print 90% of the time. (And I know that just by virtue of being able to make that choice I’m pretty privileged.)
And yet, in the past few years I’ve ended up listening to several audiobooks, most of which I’ve enjoyed and one or two of which I’ve really loved. So I’m starting a new feature here to occasionally highlight an audiobook I’ve listened to. If you have any suggestions for excellently narrated audiobooks, feel free to let me know!
Review of All Creatures Great and Small
Book by James Herriot
Audiobook produced by Audio Renaissance, 2002; read by Christopher Timothy
This is the audiobook that really started me on my current trend. You see, I grew up reading James Herriot’s memoirs of his Yorkshire vet years and also watching the marvelous BBC adaptation (Peter Davison as Tristan! Robert Hardy as Siegfried!). And in the adaptation, James is played by Christopher Timothy, a wonderful and under-rated Welsh actor, who also did all the narration for the Herriot audiobooks. This combination turned out to be perfect for me! Timothy’s voice is already established in my head as “How James Herriot should sound,” besides which he’s a talented voice actor who can do the other characters quite well. It’s also a book I’ve read a number of times–since I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively while driving, this means I can not give the story my full attention without becoming completely lost. I absolutely recommend this one, especially if you’re a fellow Herriot fan!