Narrator Spotlight: Rebecca Lowman

by Danielle

You may not recognize the name Rebecca Lowman, but if you’ve listened to an audiobook in the past five years you’ll certainly recognize her distinctive voice. Lowman has narrated many bestsellers, reissues of classics, and young adult novels. Some of her more prominent roles include Eleanor in Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and ParkKatie, a woman with a mysterious past, in Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, and the troubled Libby Day in Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. Anyone who can pull off both Rainbow Rowell (she’s also narrated Fangirl and Landline) and Gillian Flynn, has serious range. It’s no wonder she’s won an Audie Award and the books she’s narrated have been listed as AudioFile Best books. Lowman has also narrated books by Debbie Macomber, Jennifer Close, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Andrea Cremer. She described her approach to narrating recently in an AudioFile Magazine interview:

One of Lowman’s great strengths is the way she reveals a character’s vulnerability. “No matter who I’m playing, how tough they are–vulnerability is a part of them. Everyone who’s a human being is afraid, killable, and in some place feels very small.”

I’ve read a surprising number of her narrated books, more so than any other narrator I’ve spotlighted. I loved her in Aimee Bender’s The Color Master: Stories (a perfect collection to read during the Reading Resolutions short story challenge in November) and in the haunting drama The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth Silver. But my absolute favorite book she’s narrated this year is another short story collection. I’m positively evangelical for American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis and Lowman as a narrator is part of the reason why. The stories are snarky and funny and Lowman captures the brittle humor of struggling writers, bored housewives, and nasty neighbors and turns bitterness into something sweeter.

Have you read anything narrated by Rebecca Lowman? What do you recommend?

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3 responses to “Narrator Spotlight: Rebecca Lowman”

  1. Julie says:

    Thank you for highlighting one of my favorite narrators! Lowman is so expressive and creates amazing, distinct characters. I’ll listen to anything she reads 🙂

  2. Brina says:

    Rebecca’s definitely one of my favorites, too. So many narrators are plagued by a kind of erudite prissiness I find off-putting, but Lowman has a natural style and flow. So engaging.

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