32 Brilliant Audiobook Narrators You Won’t be Able to Stop Listening To


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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 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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Stephen Fry

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:

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Listen toStephen Fry’s narration on Audible

Juliet Stevenson

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:

Listen toJuliet Stevenson‘s narration on Audible

Julia Whelan

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:

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Listen toJulia Whelan‘s narration on Audible

Perdita Weeks 

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 toPerdita Weeks‘ narration on Audible

Neil Gaiman

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:

Listen toNeil Gaiman‘ narration on Audible

Rachel Atkins 

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:

Listen toRachel Atkins‘ narration on Audible

Marin Ireland

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:

Listen toMarin Ireland‘s narration on Audible

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Madeleine Maby

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:

Listen toMadeleine Maby‘s narration on Audible

Ray Porter 

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:

Listen toRay Porter‘s narration on Audible

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Joan Walker 

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:

Listen toJoan Walker‘s narration on Audible

Olivia Song

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

Listen toOlivia Song‘s narration on Audible

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Robin Miles

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:

Listen toRobin Miles‘ narration on Audible

Miriam Margolyes

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:

Listen toMiriam Margolyes‘ narration on Audible

Nathaniel Parker 

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:

Listen toNathaniel Parker‘s narration on Audible

Sneha Mathan

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:

Listen toSneha Mathan‘s narration on Audible

Richard Armitage

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:

Listen toRichard Armitage‘s narration on Audible

Caitlin Kinnunen

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:

Listen toCaitlin Kinnunen‘s narration on Audible

Saskia Maarlevel

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 bySaskia Maarlevel:

Listen toSaskia Maarlevel‘s narration on Audible

Cynthia Farrell

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:

Listen toCynthia Farrell‘s narration on Audible

Soneela Nankani

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:

Listen toSoneela 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.

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.

Stephy

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5 thoughts on “32 Brilliant Audiobook Narrators You Won’t be Able to Stop Listening To”

  1. 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

  2. I didn’t see Tim Gerard Reynolds who is my absolute favorite and gets accolades on his narration in every review

  3. I cannot believe u have missed Hugh Fraser who for many of us is no 1.

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