I think there are some narrators who can elevate even the best stories into something “more”.
Gary Furlong in Dal Maclean’s Bitter Legacy trilogy
Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux in too many books/series to mention – Squared Away and Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert; Jenn Burke’s Not Dead Yet series come immediately to mind.
Kate Reading in Loretta Chase
Nicholas Boulton in Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm (and all her books, actually!) and in Alexis Hall’s Glitterland.
I’m sure I could find some more, but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.