Over on Twitter, a few of my fellow Carina authors are celebrating that their books are about to released as audiobooks through Audible.com. One of the authors was contacted by one of the people who was going to read their book, asking about a pronunciation. (I think that’s such a great thing to do–can you imagine writing a book and a name or something being pronounced wrong all the way through it?)

Now, I’m not a big fan of audiobooks — my attention drifts and I start tuning it out the way I would a radio playing in the background. Next thing I know, the disk is done. However, one of my writing buddies loves listening to audiobooks in her truck as she delivers the mail. Her favorite is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series narrated by Davina Porter. (If you click on the link, there’s an option to preview/hear Davina’s narration.)

But the Carina authors were talking about what guys they’d love to hear reading their books. So they’ve started up a Twitter hashtag #SexyVoices discussing what actor or celebrity you’d want to hear reading an ebook. (Feel free to play along.)

So far the nominees are Sean Connery, Sean Bean, Alan Rickman, Clive Owen and Henry Cavill. (What is it about Brits/Scots men that is sooo attractive?)  Oh, the Yanks have been appearing on the list too — Jeff Bridges, John Goodman (yeah, he’s got a sexy voice), Michael Douglas, James Earle Jones, Michael Dorn (Worf from Star Trek: TNG and Deep Space Nine as well as many of the movies), Jeffrey Dean Morgan. And the Aussies and Canucks are represented as well with Hugh Jackman, Donald Sutherland and his son Keifer (did anyone miss the Vancouver Olympics? That was Donald narrating the opening of the games. Rawr!)

Then we started branching out to not only actors but musicians. Inez Kelley suggested Trace Adkins in this video (embedded has been disabled so you’ll have to go listen to it on YouTube.) O.M.G. Yes, that man has one sexy voice. Even if you don’t like country music, listen to the first few lines when Trace is speaking…

Then Inez pointed us to this video. Don’t watch it without tissues handy.

Anyway, that got me thinking: are there any voices that stick with you, that you’d love to listen to narrate an audiobook? (And is it weird to you when you hear a love scene narrated? Or is that just me who gets a fit of the giggles?)

I could listen to him all day
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7 thoughts on “I could listen to him all day

  • September 30, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Yeah, Brit accents are great. Deep, rumbly voices can make me quiver. Sigh.

  • September 30, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Brooks and Dunn (mega country music duo) were interviewed once and they referred to Trace Adkins as "the voice of God" and I have to agree. He can give me a shiver any time.

    And he ain't too hard on the eyes either.

  • September 30, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Oh, yeah! Keifer Sutherland! I love listening to the car commercials (Ford? I can't remember. How's THAT for marketing?!?) he does. He could definitely read something well!

  • September 30, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I based my character on Sean Bean and it'll be a shift to hear someone else narrate the story. But I'm game. I have a real thing for voices. My hubby is a mix of Irish/Scots and I'm pretty sure that's what first attracted me 🙂 Sigh.

  • September 30, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Keeping up with the Brit/Scots theme…Gerard Butler….yum!!!

    in Germany

  • September 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Yummy! I'd love any one of them to do me! (Since Healing Hearts is a Regency, though, maybe it should be a Brit. Clive, you available, hon? How 'bout you, Sean? Bean, that is.)

    I've only listened to two audio books ever. They are great on long trips in the car. The first was The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, by Stephen King (not much of a Stephen King fan but a friend insisted I'd love it and I did)read by Anne Heche. Really good.

    Then there was Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke, a Dave Robicheaux novel set in Nawlins after Katrina. Read by Will Patton. OMG. Voice like bourbon over molasses. Maybe a little burnt praline. Add layers of richness to an already lyrically rich tale.

  • September 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    So many sexy voices I can't pick an absolute favourite. But I can definitely remember one of my favorite TV hero phrases, the way the Canadian mountie in Due South used to say "Thank you, kindly". Ah heaven. Courtesy, strength, kindness — a man in uniform with a dog. What more could a girl ask for?

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