I know you’ve probably been wondering the same thing that I have. “That Peter Dinklage has a fine voice, why doesn’t he do more voice acting?” Well it turns out that he’s done a bit of voice over work, thank you very much!
Peter Dinklage has narrated at least two documentaries, a miniseries titled The Real Family of Jesus and Freedom Machines from POV, a PBS documentary series. We announced a few weeks back that he also voices one of the stories in The Bippolo Seed, a collection of “lost” tales from Dr. Seuss.
Finding voice actor credits for book narration is rather difficult, as not all narrators are listed on the audiobook. I’ve compiled a pretty solid list of his works, so when I stumbled upon a reference to Peter Dinklage narrating in The Wordy Shipmates by author Sarah Vowell, I was skeptical. But it’s legit! He reads the part of Roger Williams, an English-born Puritan with heretical notions of freedom of religion and the separation of church and state. He also was one of the founders of Rhode Island; he helped buy the island from a local tribe.
The book has gotten pretty good reviews, but I did gather that although it has a historical bent, it’s got many of the author’s personal anecdotes and memoirs from the present sprinkled throughout the novel. Some people complained about her speaking voice being nasally or whiny, but I don’t find it a problem. I might change my mind after 7 hours though.
Take a listen and see what you think!