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Posted December 25, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Misc, Top 10 / 12 Comments



These are favorite narrators in 2020

I’ve included many of their audiobooks even if we didn’t listen to them all in 2020.

(On the list in no particular order.)


Luke Daniels

Unwind Dystology series by Neal Shusterman

The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

Krewe of Hunters by Heather Graham

The Palladium Wars series by Marko Kloos




Steve West

Shallow Ground by Andy Maslon

Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery series by Leonard Goldberg

Aurora Cycle series by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalan Turner




Tim Gerard Reynolds

Legends of the First Empire by Michael J. Sullivan

Riyria series by Michael J. Sullivan

Saga of the Forgotten Warrior by Larry Correia

Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown

Red Queen’s War series by Mark Lawrence




Xe Sands

Hammer of Witches series by MK Gibson

The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins

Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell


She Wakes in Water (Hammer of Witches #2) by M. K. Gibson read byXe Sands               


Julia Whelan

You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

Chronicles of the One series by Nora Roberts

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan


        Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts read by Julia Whelan     


Kevin R. Free

The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells




Jeffrey Kafer

The Supervillainy Saga by CT Phipps

Agent G series by CT Phipps

Psycho Killers in Love by CT Phipps

Agents of MORTAL by MK Gibson

K9 Rescue series by DD Ayres


The Future of Supervillainy (The Supervillainy Saga #6) by C. T. Phipps read by Jeffrey Kafer    Agent G Assassin by C.T. Phipps performed by Jeffery Kafer      Audio: Deicide (Agents of MORTAL, #1) by M.K. Gibson read by Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa   


Gildart Jackson

Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka

DC Smith series by Peter Grainger

Servant of the Crown Mystery series by Denise Domning

Deathstalker series by Simon R. Green




Michael Kramer 

Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson

The Licanius Trilogy by James Islington

Shades of Magic series by VE Schwab

Triptych by Karin Slaughter



Will Patton

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Dreamer trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King




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About Gildart Jackson

With acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. Other notable TV roles include Jackson Palmer on Providence and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital, as well as guest appearances on Stargate: Atlantis, Las Vegas, and CSI. Theater roles include Trigorin in The Seagull, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe.

About Jeffrey Kafer

An award-winning, Los Angeles audiobook narrator, Jeffrey Kafer has performed over 375 titles in all genres from indie authors to bestsellers.

About Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is a screenwriter, life-long actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. While in England, her flirtation with tea blossomed into a full-blown love affair, culminating in her eventual certification as a tea master. When not writing her own books, you can find her reading other people’s out loud into a microphone.

About Kevin Free

Kevin R. Free has appeared on national television in commercials and on NBC’s Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. New York audiences have seen Mr. Free Off-Broadway, creating the role of Memphis in From My Hometown both for Amas Musical Theatre and at the Gramercy Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Audelco Award. He was also seen Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in Taking A Chance On Love, and as Bubber Brown in The New Federal Theatre’s acclaimed The Conjure Man Dies. He has been featured in concerts with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and with the education department of Symphony Space.

Mr. Free has performed regionally in many places, including his home state of North Carolina at Charlotte Repertory Theatre (Belize in Angels in America, Paul in Six Degrees of Separation) and at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ariel in The Tempest). Other favorite roles in the musical theatre include Dromio of Ephesus in The Boys From Syracuse at CENTERSTAGE, Nemur in Chasing Nicolette at Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia,Milton in Avenue X at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Gift Guy in Adventures In Love at the Ordway in St. Paul, MN, and Flick in Violet at Stage One in Wichita, KS and at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, for which he was nominated for a Barrymore Award.

About Luke Daniels

Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.

About Michael Kramer

Audiobook veteran Michael Kramer has recorded more than two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers and many more for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and an Audie Award nominee, he earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for his reading of Savages by Don Winslow.

About Steve West

A London native, Steve began his career by winning the Stage & Television Today acting scholarship at the age of 17 (after ironically believing that he had bombed the audition!). What followed took him through one of London’s top drama conservatories, onto the West End stage in ABBA’s musical phenomenon Mamma Mia! and then to working opposite the likes of Chucky the killer doll and Don Draper in TV’s Mad Men.

Having moved to the States in 2009 he earned a place as a highly respected and award winning voice over artist working across commercials, films, documentary, audiobooks and video games. He starred as Galahad in Sony’s epic motion capture release The Order 1886 which took over 2 years to film and employed the most up-to-date filming and audio techniques in the field.

Versatile in a multitude of ways from acting to singing to dancing to dying 100’s of different ways in a sound booth he continues to enjoy work both on stage, screen and behind a mic. Check out his latest news on the home page, join the conversation on Facebook and twitter and even head back to the 1800s and ‘be’ Steve/Galahad on the PS4!

About Tim Gerard Reynolds

Tim Gerard Reynolds trained for the stage at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, and at the Eugene O’Neill Center, Waterford CT. As an actor, he has worked in Ireland, England, France, regional US, and on and off Broadway.

In his early 30s he was accepted into the Fine Arts program at The School of Visual Arts, NYC, to study painting and printmaking. To make ends meet, he got a part-time job writing copy for an audiobook publisher just around the corner from the college… He never completed his degree.

Today, Tim is a full-time audiobook narrator living and working in the Hudson Valley, near New York City, with his wife Abbie, two certifiably insane cats and a couple of fun-lovin’ bunnies.

About Will Patton

William Rankin Patton (born June 14, 1954) is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He starred as Colonel Dan Weaver in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies. He also appeared in the films Remember the Titans, Armageddon, Gone in 60 Seconds and The Punisher. He appeared opposite Kevin Costner in two films: No Way Out (1987) and The Postman (1997). He won two Obie Awards for best actor in Sam Shepard’s play Fool for Love and the Public Theater production of What Did He See?.

About Xe Sands

Award-winning narrator known for credible characterizations and an intimate delivery with more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art. I believe an authentic performance demands authentic connection to the text and subtext.

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Posted December 25, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Misc, Top 10 / 12 Comments

12 responses to “Top 10 Narrators of 2020

  1. Lorna

    Two of these are favorite narrators of mine as well, Julia Whalen and Xe Sands. I discovered Xe Sands this year and listened to as many I could find by her. The only other one I’ve listened to of these is Luke Daniels. I also really enjoy Andi Arndt, Emily Sutton-Smith, Therese Plummer, Rosalyn Landor, Nicole Poole, Sean East, Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber, Joe Arden, Tanya Eby and I could go on and on.

    • There are certainly MANY more I could and have put on my lists. In addition to ones you mentioned like Andi Arndt, Emily Sutton-Smith, Therese Plummer, there’s Gabra Zackman, Emily Woo Zeller, Hillary Huber, Davina Porter, Simon Vance, and I also could go on and on.

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  2. This is such a great list of narrators that you have shared here, I simply love Xe Sands and Luke Daniels…will need to check these other narrators out! Thanks for sharing this wonderful list.