Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
I might not make it to ten this week- but I’ll try. This week’s topic was an Audio freebie. To be honest, I’m a terrible listener. Typically I save audiobooks for nonfiction or short stories. That way if I miss a few things it’s not detracting from my enjoyment. That’s all a very long way of saying: I struggled with this.
Before I figured out what a terrible listener I was, I considered an Audible membership. As I was checking out what they had on offer, I discovered Sean Bean’s name as a narrator for an abridged version of one of the Richard Sharpe novels. I would have been all over that book… if it had been the full version. But it got me to thinking about how enhancing the audiobook experience would be if there was an honest to goodness actor behind the voices. Thus my topic: Actors I wish were readers.
Sean Bean. He narrated that first Richard Sharpe novel because he actually played Richard Sharpe in a miniseries (above). I’ve yet to read or watch either. But I would really, really love if he would narrate Cornwell’s other series- The Saxon Stories.
Roger Clark. If you haven’t played Red Dead Redemption 2 yet: A) go play it! (what’s wrong with you?) and B) the voice acting is phenomenal. Imagine my surprise when the cowboy extraordinaire got up to accept the award for best voice acting and his accent was… Irish. (What?!) I’ve never read Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West, but RDR2 made me want to read it. Even better if it was narrated by Arthur Morgan himself.
Nolan North. Anytime I pop a new game into my PS4, fire it up, and hear North’s voice, it immediately puts a smile on my face. I would recognize his voice pretty much anywhere. To me, he will always, always be Nathan Drake, but I’d love for him to extend his talents elsewhere. I think he’d make a fantastic Jackal of The Grey Bastards, even though it wasn’t my favorite book. Otherwise I’d love him for him to read any book with Drake-esque characters.
Roger Craig Smith. If this name is not familiar, don’t feel too bad. I had to look it up. He is the voice actor for Assassin’s Creed’s Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Revelations wasn’t even a good game, but it still managed to make me ugly cry. If someone could go ahead and hire Smith to read the entire Greatcoats series to me… That’d be great. Thanks.
Claudia Black. She plays both Morrigan in Dragon Age 1 and 3, as well as Chloe Frazer in Uncharted, and her voice is heavenly. It’s soothing and sultry and leant itself to two of my favorite female video game characters of all time. As for books I’d like her to read, really anything, but I think she might be good for Circe by Madeline Miller or The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker.
Joaquin Phoenix. There are too many reasons to list here as to why I adore Joaquin so much. Of course, my favorite performance will forever be: Emperor Commodus from Gladiator. I’d love for him to read The Iliad or The Odyssey, or any of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Hey- I can dream right?
Honorable mentions: Idris Elba (I wanted to add him, but I couldn’t think of a good book to pair him with, something punchy and hard hitting and set in London), Matthew McConaughey (probably any John Grisham novel ever written but I’ve never read Grisham), James Earl Jones because why not?, and Gideon Emery (the voice of Fenrir in Dragon Age 2).
What about you? Do you have the perfect narrator for a book?