Voices

On a usual morning of a working day, herds of music players move alongside on crowded pavements, climb on trains, cross streets recklessly but unconcerned, and finally reach their final destination securely attached to their faithful owners.

My music player is one of them. However, whereas most of its peers endeavour to diffuse various tunes, often with exceeding zeal, into their carriers ears, my music player is barely acquainted with any piece of music. In this respect, the term “music player” fits scarcely.

Voices and narrations are the everyday tunes for me. Anything that can be told, read, narrated or acted is likely to be on my playlist. Many outstanding actors, and their cracking voices, have become my friends, my teachers and companions whether I’m flying on a plane or waiting for a bus. So little acknowledgement though they get, that here is a list of my favourite voices.

  • Jonathan Cecil, the very inimitable Jeeves and Wooster.
  • Rob Inglis
  • Martin Jarvis (on wiki)
  • Simon Prebble (on wiki)
  • Stephen Fry (on wiki)
  • Jim Dale (on wiki)
  • George Guidall
  • David Rintoul (on wiki)
  • Simon Vance
  • David Attenborough
  • Peter Kenny
  • Michael York
  • Stephen Crossley
  • James Wilby
  • Emilia Fox
  • Paul Shelley
  • Lucy Scott
  • Tony Britton
  • Donald Donnelly
  • Antony Niegel
  • Samuel West
  • Patrick Tull
  • Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt (I can’t miss their “now show” on BBC radio 4)
Reviews on Audible:
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray  “Inimitable Lord Henry”
    By Andrea (BirminghamUnited Kingdom) Mar 21, 2009
    No one but Prebble could interpret so well the languid tones and phlegm of Lord Henry. In the narrator’s voice I could visualise the character’s affected smile and slow gestures. Dorian also, from a youthful voice at first, becomes more detached, sophisticated, and Lord Henry-like in tones as the book develops. I cannot think of a more appropriate narrator. This is a priceless interpretation of the The Picture of Dorian Gray.