Michael Kramer & Kate Reading: Potential King and Queen of Audio Book reading?

Discussion in 'Wheel of Time Discussion - Books 1-14' started by Relli Kaross, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. Relli Kaross

    Relli Kaross

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    (Contains scenes/spoilers from ToM)
    So I am currently re-listening through the series. I have read all the books, but I also love to listen, it adds another dimension to the experience (for me at least). And as I am reading, I have made the official decision that Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are quite possibly the best audiobook readers I have yet to encounter. I would say a close second would have to be Tim Curry. (I only bump him back because sometimes he can be a bit shrill and it is less than fun through headphones).
    I am constantly amazed by how expressive and yet so deliberate their voices can be. (Michael and Kate)
    I really believe that if anyone else had been chosen to read, the audiobooks would not have been anywhere near as enchanting.

    I am currently in the library at school listening to the power-forging of Perrin's hammer scene in ToM, an Michael Kramer's voice adds this amazing air of mystery and magic, without losing any of the clarity that a good reader has. It is probably one of my favorite scenes to read, and to isten to. I always thought, while reading, that the power-forging really helps to signify the ending of the age, since power-forging was such a long lost entity among channelers. It always felt like it was a coming-together-of-the-ages, old, current, and new all at once. Michael Kramer has just the PERFECT (gush :$ ) voice for the scene. He sounds ..... timeless. ( And as someone with a strong Bostonian accent, I commend him on his marked LACK of accent)

    This scene, along with the scene read by Kate Reading (also, her name is Reading, for goodness' sake. It was meant to be) wherein Egwene is battling the Black and Messaana in the World of Dreams, the narration is so elegant and so forceful at the same time, it is absolutely amazing. As Egwnene is defying Messaana, her force of will and determination are really conveyed through Kate Reading's speaking. I can almost FEEL the mental shift into utter solidarity. Kate's voice has this beautiful musical quality that is so ideal to the WoT reading. It sounds faintly ethereal at times, which is appropriate to the not-so-utterly-real nature of some of the scenes (like the World of Dreams)

    Anybody agree? Disagree? If anyone has any audiobook reader suggestions, feel free to recommend. I love to experiment.
     
  2. Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak

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    I agree 100% with what you said. :joy The changes in pronunciation of certain names between the earlier books and later books and between the narrators are the the only complaints I have.

    I also enjoy the narration talents of Davina Porter and George Guidall. They are amazing as well. I sometimes pick up books solely because they are the narrators.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum I refuse to listen to anything narrated by Frederick Davison. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
     
  3. Relli Kaross

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    I will definitely have to look out for the two you mentioned. Thank you for the recommendation, Maibella Sedai :)
    I don't think I have heard anything by Frederick Davison. I'll be sure to stay away from him though, if his name pops up !