Narrator Spotlight: Sunil Malhorta

The first audiobook I fell in love with was Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Not only did the epic story and its characters captivate me, but Sunil Malhotra's narration, for which he received an Earphones Award, made it one of my all-time favorites. No small feat as the project required him to voice over 70 different characters spanning four continents.

An actor and voice artist, Malhotra maintains an extensive resume with film credits including American Desi, Fair GameHappy Feet Two, and the indie comedy Dude, Where's the Party? and multiple well-known TV series: House, M.D., 24, ER, Cold Case, and The West Wing, as well as providing the voice for Prince Wu in the fourth of the Legend of Korra series. If you have not had the pleasure of listening to the books he's narrated, be sure to check out at least one of these titles.

Eleanor & Park

This coming-of-age romance about two high school misfits who meet and fall in love on the school bus explores much more than just first love. A top teen pick enjoyed by adults as well.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi's poignant account of his experience facing mortality as a patient and a doctor left me a little breathless. Diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at age 36 while at Stanford University for residency training in Neurological Surgery, Kalanithi seeks to answer the question, "What makes life worth living?" in his posthumous memoir.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo takes readers into the undercity world of Annawadi, the slum created on the outskirts of the Mumbai international airport, in this unforgettable work of narrative nonfiction. Boo tells the story of Annawadi through the lives of several of its inhabitants, delving into their daily life and struggles as she grew to know them over the course of three years. This one left a lasting, if not forever, impression on me.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

If you find you enjoy this narrator as much as I do, you can find a full list of available titles narrated by Sunil Malhotra for further listening.