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32 Brilliant Audiobook Narrators You Won’t be Able to Stop Listening To
Find the list of best audiobooks narrators that will make you addicted to listening to audiobooks.
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 take their time to immersive into the characters. Thankfully, most audiobook apps allow you to control the speed of the narration, yet, I hate to do it.
That’s why I’ve decided to create a list of the popular 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 the list of great audiobook narrators and their best narrated 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.
Listen to this 2-hour podcast episode by The Origins Podcast, where Fry talks about his new book along with topics such as Language, technology, and mental health. If you’re a fan of one of the best male audiobook narrators, listen to some of the audiobooks.
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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Listen to Stephen Fry’s narration on Audible
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
Listen to Juliet Stevenson‘s narration on Audible
Next, in the list famous book narrators comes the American actress and author is known for bringing an intense depth of emotion to her narration. Julia Whelan’s soothing voice captures the characters subtle emotions perfectly. Kristin Hannah’s Four Winds is Julia Whealan’s one of the best audiobook performances!
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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Listen to Julia Whelan‘s narration on Audible
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. Listen to the audiobook narrated by another great audible book narrators.
Must-listen audiobook narrated by Perdita Weeks:
“Circe“ By Madeline Miller
Listen to Perdita Weeks‘ narration on Audible
The New York Times bestselling author is not only a master storyteller but also one of the best audiobook narrators. 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:
- “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman
- “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman
Listen to Neil Gaiman‘ narration on Audible
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’ audible 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 narrated by Atkins. If you’re looking for best audible book narrators, don’t forget to add Rachel Atkins in the list.
Audiobooks narrated by Rachel Atkins:
- “The Temptation of Gracie” by Santa Montefiore
- “White Lies” by Lucy Dawson
- “The Olive Branch” by Jo Thomas
Listen to Rachel Atkins‘ narration on Audible
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”. Marin Ireland is undoubtedly one of the best female audiobook narrators.
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
Listen to Marin Ireland‘s narration on Audible
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 Book of Lost Names” by Kristin Harmel
- “The Forest of Vanishing” Stars by Kristin Harmel
Listen to Madeleine Maby‘s narration on Audible
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. If you ask me the name of the top audiobook narrator on Audible, Ray Porter definitely deserves the spot.
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
Listen to Ray Porter‘s narration on Audible
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 being one of popular audiobook narrators, 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
Listen to Joan Walker‘s narration on Audible
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! If there was an award for the best romance audiobook narrators, Olivia Song surely deserves it.
Audiobooks by Olivia Song
- “It Ends with Us” by Colleen Hoover
- “Until Friday Night” by Abbi Glines
Listen to Olivia Song‘s narration on Audible
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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
Listen to Robin Miles‘ narration on Audible
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:
- “The Bell” by Iris Murdoch
- “Dirty Beasts” by Roald Dahl
Listen to Miriam Margolyes‘ narration on Audible
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
Listen to Nathaniel Parker‘s narration on Audible
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. Another must-listen female audiobook narrator.
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
Listen to Sneha Mathan‘s narration on Audible
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 Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris
- “The Jane Austen Society” by Natalie Jenner
Listen to Richard Armitage‘s narration on Audible
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:
- “Mary Jane” by Jessica Anya Blau
- “Girl Crushed” by Katie Heaney
Listen to Caitlin Kinnunen‘s narration on Audible
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
Listen to Saskia Maarlevel‘s narration on Audible
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
Listen to Cynthia Farrell‘s narration on Audible
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.
Listen to Soneela Nankanil‘s narration on Audible
More audiobook narrators you’ll love!
Here are a few more famous book narrators that I am looking forward to listening to. Make sure to check out their prolific narrations as soon as you can.
- Thandie Newton
- Tim Gerard Reynolds
- Steven Pacey
- Barbara Caruso
- Carey Mulligan
- Emilia Fox
- Amy Landon
- Frazer Douglas
- George Guidall
- Kate Reading
- R.C. Bray
- Molly Pope
- Dan Stevens
- Scott Brick
- January LaVoy
- Imogen Church
- Kevin Pierce
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.
Thank you for the suggestion Dan, just added the name to the list:)
I would think Kevin Pierce deserves to be on the list of best Audible narrators. I would happily listen to him read the telephone book!
Thank you for your recommendations Sharon!
I’m a big fan of Kristin Atherton and of Mary Jane Wells. (Both are English).
Thank you for your suggestion, Heidi! I will definitely add January LaVoy to the list !
Love, love, love Julia Whalen, Marin Ireland, and Richard Armitage. I feel like January LaVoy has to be on a list of best narrators as well. I’ll check out some of the others you recommended!
Awesome. Thanks for sharing
Not o e of the famous faces you have chosen for your list but Scott Brick is superb. I look for him as a narrator- and have ‘found’ other authors on the basis of Scott’s wonderful voice
I didn’t see Tim Gerard Reynolds who is my absolute favorite and gets accolades on his narration in every review
Thank you for suggestion. I haven’t listened to any of his audiobooks yet. Going to include in the list soon!
I cannot believe u have missed Hugh Fraser who for many of us is no 1.