Best audiobook narrators you should listen
Having listened to hundreds of audiobooks through Scribd and Audible, I can honestly say that listening to novels has helped me devour more books. I don’t think a day goes by without listening to at least one chapter of an audiobook. However, I have to say that choosing the RIGHT narrator for the audiobook is one hell of a task.
Most of the audiobooks are narrated by professional voice actors, but occasionally you come across voices that just don’t fit the tone of the book. Some audiobook narrators read the novel way too fast, while others taking their time to immersive into the characters. Thankfully, most audiobook apps allow you to control the speed of the narration, at times, I hate to do it.
That’s why I’ve decided to create a list of the best audiobook narrators for my fellow audiophiles. Top audiobook narrators who not only have great voices but also incredible narrating skills! Best voice actors that you will want to listen to, over and over again.
And for those who are on a listening sprint, I have added the must-listen list of audiobooks narrated by each of these brilliant narrators!
Let’s get started with these epic audiobook narrator list and their audiobooks!
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Legendary actor, writer and comedian, Stephen Fry is the most beloved audiobook narrator. Just like any other audiobook listener, I have been his fan ever since I listen to his narration of the Harry Potter series! In 2020, Fry has written a modern retelling of Greek mythology- The Mythos Trilogy.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Stephen Fry:
- “Harry Potter series” by J. K. Rowling
- “Winnie the Pooh” by A. A. Milne
- “Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle
- “Mythos” by Stephen Fry
- “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
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The BAFTA nominee actress is known for her impeccable narration of mystery novels. Recently, I have listened to her narration of Flappy Entertains, although I wasn’t impressed with the book itself, I kept on listening to Stevenson’s exceptional narration.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Juliet Stevenson:
- “Belgravia” by Julian Fellowes
- “Once Upon A River” by Diane Setterfield
- “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert
The American actress and author is known for bringing an intense depth of emotion to her narration. Whelan’s soothing voice captures the characters subtle emotions perfectly. Kristin Hannah’s Four Winds is my favourite narration of hers!
I really enjoyed listening to the conversation between the author Adrienne Brodeur and Julian Whelan on the Art of Memoir.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Julia Whelan:
- “The Four Winds” Kristin Hannah
- “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah
- “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The Welsh actress Perdita Weeks’ narration of “Circe” is something that’s on my audiobook bucket list! In a modulated and rhythmic tone, she narrates the dazzling tale.
Must-listen audiobook narrated by Perdita Weeks:
“Circe“ By Madeline Miller
The New York Times bestselling author is not only a master storyteller but also a brilliant audiobook narrator. Probably one of the few authors, whose novel I can listen to without having to worry about the narrator.
Best book of Neil Gaiman worth listening to in his voice:
I can’t recall what’s the first audiobook I listened to, but I clearly remember the very first narrator I loved so much, which is Rachel Atkins! The British actress’ narration of “The Temptations of Gracie”, a book set in beautiful Tuscany, was so phenomenal that, I went ahead and created a whole list of books to listen to.
Audiobooks narrated by Rachel Atkins:
- “The Temptation of Gracie” by Santa Montefiore
- “White Lies” by Lucy Dawson
- “The Olive Branch” by Jo Thomas
Marin Ireland is an award-winning actress, known for her roles in Homeland, The following and others. She has also won the 2020 Audie award for the best female narrator. It’s through Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson that I fell in love with Ireland’s narration. But I was mind blown by her flawless narration of Fedrick Backman’s “Anxious People”.
Must-listen Audiobooks narrated by Marin Ireland:
- “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman
- “Nothing to See Here” here by Kevin Wilson
- “The Push” by Ashley Audrain
Madeleine Maby is an award-winning narrator with over 250 titles in her credit. Maby’s thoughtful narration of Book of lost things was nothing short of amazing. She has a knack for narrating memorable characters.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Madeleine Maby:
The American actor is well-known for the DC Comics villain Darkshield and has narrated over 400 audiobooks! Porter voices the characters in Andy Weir’s scientific mystery novel Project Hail Mary. His astounding narration is going to take you on a unique adventure beyond Earth. Watch the Crew Reviews interview of Ray Porter, discussing his career as an actor and narrator.
Must-listen Audiobooks narrated by Ray Porter:
- “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir
- “The Terminal List” by Jack Carr
- “The Shadows of London” by Nick Jones
Joan Walker is one of my recent favourites and is extremely talented. She has voiced numerous characters from the book Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland. Apart from the audiobook Walker is also a well-known voice in BBC radio.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Joan Walker:
- “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman
- “Little Wishes” by Michelle Adams
- “Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland” by Lisa Schneidau
Olivia Song takes you on an emotional roller coaster as Lily in Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us. This coming-of-age story is heart-breaking, and Song reads it remarkably!
Audiobooks by Olivia Song
I have to admit that I am a little late to join the fan base of Robin Miles. Her exemplary talent for narrating makes her one of the most sought-after voice actors. From classics to memoirs, she has pretty much every genre under her belt.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Robin Miles:
- “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict
- “Caste The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
- “Just as I Am” by Cicely Tyson
Professor Sprout of Harry Potter is a BAFTA award-winning actress and voice artist. The British-Australian actress has been working as a voice artist for over 50 years!
Must-listen audiobooks of Miriam Margolyes:
Nathaniel Parker is an English actor known for his performances on the stage and screen. He is best known for his role in the BBC crime drama series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. His engrossing narration in Helena Marchmont’s cozy mystery series is a must-listen. I immensely enjoyed listening to this humorous and mystery short series.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Nathaniel Parker:
- “Bunburry-A Cosy Mystery” by Helena Marchmont
- “Mydworth Mysteries” by Neil Richards & Matthew Costello
- “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell
Sneha Mathan’s astounding narration of The Henna Artist is just as beautiful as the book. In a deep and rich voice, Mathan even outshines writing at some point.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Sneha Mathan:
- “The Henna Artist” by Alka Joshi
- “The Bombay Prince” by Sujata Massey
- “The Secrets Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar
One can never forget Armitage’s iconic performance in The Hobbit as Thorin Oakenshield. He is also an acclaimed audiobook narrator with fascinating skill in voice acting. The English actor narrates a mesmerising tale of hope and courage in Heather Morris’ Holocaust novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Must-listen audiobooks of Richard Armitage:
The Prom actress Caitlin Kinnunen’s narration of Mary Jane will instantly transport you to 1970s Baltimore. Her beautiful voice captures the main character’s timid yet mature nature perfectly.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Caitlin Kinnunen:
Saskia Maarlevel is an award-winning audiobook narrator with more than 150 audiobooks in her credit, and when it comes to accents she is the queen! I am always amazed at the effortless narration of characters in different accents.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Saskia Maarlevel:
- “The Last Bookshop in London” by Madeline Martin
- “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn
- “The Home for Unwanted Girls” by Joanna Goodman
Cynthia Farrell is a popular recording artist and commercial voiceover artist. Ever since I listened to Farrell’s narration of Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners, I am addicted to her voice. There’s a certain degree of fun and delightful energy in her voice that make you immersed in characters so quickly.
Must-listen audiobooks narrated by Cynthia Farrell:
- “This Is How You Lose the Time War” by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
- “Eva Luna” by Isabel Allende
- “Constance Verity Saves the World” by A. Lee Martinez
Soneela Nankani is a Brooklyn-based actress and has narrated over 60 audiobooks. I adored her narration in Leah Franqui’s charming novel “ America for Beginners”. She has skillfully voiced the distinct characters in the novel.
Worth-listening audiobooks narrated by Soneela Nankani:
- “America for Beginners” by Leah Franqui
- “The Other Side of Luck” by Ginger Johnson
- “The Empire of Gold” by S. A. Chakraborty
- “The Dating Plan” by Sara Desai.
More audiobook narrators you’ll love!
Here are a few more incredible narrators that I am looking forward to listening to. Make sure to check out their prolific narrations as soon as you can.
- Thandie Newton
- Steven Pacey
- Barbara Caruso
- Carey Mulligan
- Emilia Fox
- Amy Landon
- Frazer Douglas
- George Guidall
- Kate Reading
- R.C. Bray
- Molly Pope
- Dan Stevens
There you have the list of best audiobook narrators!
I am curious to know who is your all-time favouite narrator!
Let me know in the comments.