Here are some of the most prolific Latinx audiobook narrators you should be listening to, from award-winners to up-and-comers.
Actress and voice-over artist Frankie Corzo has taken the audiobook world by a storm with a voice that “captures the raw emotions that percolate… and excels in moments of drama.”. You are sure to experience that with her AudioFile Best of 2020 narration of Mexican Gothic, or her reading of The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez.
Ramón de Ocampo
Actor Ramón de Ocampo’s accolades stretch back to 2011 with his reading of Storm Runners; in June 2020, Ramón was inducted as a Golden Voice, AudioFile’s lifetime achievement honor for audiobooks. He fosters an emotional connection to his narrations: “It can take a lot out of you, emotionally and physically, but I think that kind of human heart is what can make the experience of audiobooks so thrilling.”
Between voicing Evelyn in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or her “warm, even-keeled performance” in Afterlife, you’ve definitely heard Alma Cuervo. Alma is also an American stage actress (she was Madame Morrible in Wicked) and singer, and holds an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama—she graduated alongside Meryl Streep!
According to AudioFile, Almarie Guerra is highly skilled at “creating a range of believable characters.” She particularly loves narrating bilingual children’s books, but her track record is stellar for adults, too.
Inés del Castillo
Inés del Castillo’s spirited voice breathes live into whichever audiobook she narrates, as well as every character within the audiobook’s world. Her narration of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From “gives 15-year-old Lilliana an authentic-sounding voice as she speaks directly to the listener” (AudioFile).
Performer, educator, and creator Maria Liatis lends her skills to the art of narration, too. She recorded her first audiobook in 2016, and has since narrated over 42 audiobooks spanning multiple genres.
Anthony Rey Perez
“Perez has an authentic, natural-sounding charm,” says AudioFile, and his narration for Sal and Gabi Break the Universe was one of AudioFile’s Best Children & Family Listening audiobooks in 2019.
Sol Madariaga is a trillingual actress, singer and dancer originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her performance of Lobizona, she “beautifully blends Spanish and English . . . [creating] a powerful sense of immersion, transporting listeners to a world of magic based on Argentine folklore” (AudioFile).
While many narrators tend to be actors, Joana Garcia is a retired military officer with 20 years of active duty. She started narrating audiobooks after her military retirement, attending “countless coaching sessions, audio engineering tutorials, and setting up a professional studio, she is fulfilling her lifelong dream of being a professional actor.”
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Harlem, you might recognize actress Coral Peña from her role as Nancy in the movie The Post. Her upbringing makes her the perfect fit for Angie Cruz’s Dominicana—“[Peña’s] depiction of Ana blends confidence and naïveté as the protagonist makes her way from her home in the Dominican Republic to New York, from a simple life to a complicated one” (AudioFile).
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