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    Best narrators of all time

    In the ongoing series of Best threads....a great voice adds so much.

    Sir David Attenborough was the first that came to mind.
    John Facenda should be familiar to fans of NFL Films.
    Morgan Freeman, Tom Selleck, and Sigourney Weaver get honorable mentions.

    Yes, they're mostly from nature programs. What can I say? I love them.
    Who jumps out for you?

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    I agree with Attenborough.

    For sports play-by-play (does that qualify?) I would nominate Rick Jeanneret. Growing up near Buffalo, NY, I heard him call the Sabres games. Total insanity...that guy needs a seatbelt.

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    Vincent Price /thread
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    ^Yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rat fink View Post
    Vincent Price /thread
    My favorite work of his:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKA3tsSYeKo

    It's seriously good. Listen when you have time.
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    I also like Orson Welles. The timing of his speech is very easy to follow and has a a way of making you pay attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rat fink View Post
    My favorite work of his:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKA3tsSYeKo

    It's seriously good. Listen when you have time.
    What's a "radio"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by locolobo13 View Post
    William Conrad
    I think he did Matt Dillon on the radio, and the intros for Rocky and Bullwinkle. He was Canon, and the fat man from Jake + the fat man. I remember him most, though, as a guest on Carol Burnett which was one of my favorite shows as a kid.



    He's o.k, but as a narrator, I vote for the other guy from Rocky and Bullwinkle (Edward Everett Horton):

    Campione Del Mondo Immaginario

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    David McCollough, he is a historian and author in his own right but did the narration for The Civil War series on PBS. I read a lot of history and now, when I read his books, I hear his voice.
    Flying a jet is no different than riding a bicycle. It's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

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    Liev Schreiber, in handsome manner, reads aloud Calvino's The Distance of The Moon. An especially must-hear if your bent runs to sun and/or moon fictional finery.

    Kenneth Branagh is notably good.

    All time "bests?" Well, I may say....

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    My favorite narration is Mako in Conan the Barbarian

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    Don Pardo has the velvet voice too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    In the ongoing series of Best threads....a great voice adds so much.

    Sir David Attenborough was the first that came to mind.
    John Facenda should be familiar to fans of NFL Films.
    Morgan Freeman, Tom Selleck, and Sigourney Weaver get honorable mentions.

    Yes, they're mostly from nature programs. What can I say? I love them.
    Who jumps out for you?
    John Facenda was the Voice of God long before he worked for the NFL. He was the Walter Cronkite equivalent on CBS' affiliate in Philadelphia on TV Channel 10. I was raised on his broadcasts of the news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locolobo13 View Post
    William Conrad
    The great voice of Marshall Dillon on radio Gunsmoke, unfortunately for him he couldn't match up to James Arness' stature to get the TV role.
    I've got some pictures somewhere of Conrad auditioning in costume for the TV role and if I can find them later I will edit this post with them.

    Edit: more info about Gunsmoke/William Conrad on the radio:
    http://www.otrsite.com/gunsmoke.html
    http://www.otrcat.com/best-of-gunsmoke-p-49360.html
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