On the way to work the other morning, I popped in a CD audiobook of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It was a standard midwestern American accent. Boo! That book is supposed to take us back to early Victorian England, and anything but a British accent just doesn't cut it.
As far as male/female, it should be based on the main character. Normally, authors write main characters with the same sex as themselves, but not always. I would expect Jane Austen novels to be narrated by a British female. But Charles Dickens novels might be a British male or female, depending on the book. And I certainly don't want to hear Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt stories narrated by anyone but a tough sounding American male.
Are you with me? Good.
So anyway, what are you guys doing tonight? I'm up for anything.