Audiobook Week is hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books.
What I look for in a good narrator are three things, intonation, clarity, and age of the narrator.
First, I want the narrator to have good intonation. They need to produce the sounds in a manner that is acceptable to the book. On occasion you will come across a reader who will be monotone, or in one instance I listened to a reader who sounded like he was reading a bedtime story. Since I often drive when I listen, I don't need a narrator who is going to put me to sleep.
The second thing I look for is clarity. Does the narrator speak clearly. It is difficult to listen to a narrator you can't understand. Therefore clarity is necessary for a good narrator.
The third thing I look for may have some of you scratching your heads, but believe me it is an important factor when you listen primarily to young adult audiobooks. If you get a narrator that can't adequately voice a teenager, you can have a hard time getting into the story. I'll admit sounding like a teen isn't the easiest thing to do--many narrators come across either to old or in one unusual case too young.
So those are three things I look for in a narrator. What do you look for?