Narrator Spotlight: Bahni Turpin

My number one absolute favorite audiobook narrator is Bahni Turpin. Ms. Turpin narrates books for all ages in all genres. As a voice actor she is amazingly versatile and talented. But you don't have to take my word for it. She's won multiple awards including the Audie and the Odyssey. She is in the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame, people!

Here she is reading from The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead:

It's hard to choose just a few audiobooks narrated by Bahni Turpin to highlight. To limit myself, I'll share one children's book, one teen book, and one for grown-ups. 

The True Meaning of Smekday

This is a funny science fiction adventure novel for ages 9 to 14. There is an alien character in this book named J.Lo with a very goofy voice. If I were talking to you in person instead of writing on a blog, I would definitely be able to imitate J.Lo's alien voice and I listened to this book eight years ago. It's so memorable! This would be a great pick for a family road trip. 

The Sun Is Also A Star

Looking for an excellent YA love story? Daniel is a Korean-American boy on his way to a college interview he doesn't really care about. Natasha, voiced by Bahni Turpin, is a Jamaican-American girl on the edge of being deported.  As with the audiobook for Eleanor and Park (one of my all-time favorites), we switch between the boy's voice and the girl's as they fall hard for each other. Recommended for fans of author John Green.

Bad Feminist

This is a collection of essays by Roxane Gay. It's almost like listening to a one-woman podcast with episodes about feminism, racism, rape culture, 50 Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games, The Help, reality TV, and Scrabble. Bahni Turpin as the voice of Roxane Gay captures both her humor and her anger. 

Next time you're looking for a great listen, consider trying one of the many books narrated by Ms. Turpin

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