The Best Narrated Audio Books

The Best Narrated Audio Books

Chris Perez
Mar 12, 2012

Have you considered using the power of downloadable media to become more cultured through audiobooks? Audiobooks give us a chance to 'read' stories more often and in more places. Coupled with a great narrator, these books can open up another experience completely. We've rounded up some of the best read audio books that do just that.

"Listened to any good books lately?"

That might be your next conversation starter as more and more people are enamored with the portability and convenience of today's audiobooks. There's no longer a need to carry a case full of cassette tapes or compact discs. Just download the books to the smart device you probably already have and you're good to go. Check out some of these greatly narrated suggestions for your next road trip or daily commute. The whole experience could be enjoyable, funny, and most of all enlightening.

Books Read by the Author

For light and humorous books, we enjoy audiobooks read by the authors themselves. Who better to tell the story? When done well, we connect with the author in a way that we can't through standard print. It's like they are there with you — their comedic timing, inflections, and personality bringing each word to life. Here's some of the best audiobooks in this category.

David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day

Tina Fey - Bossypants

Bill Bryson - The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Douglas Adams - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Books Read by Golden Voice Narrators
Books that present a multitude of characters and drama often need a narrator with a gift for theatrics. Each of these narrators does a remarkable job of character portrayal — often switching between dozen's of distinct character voices without a hiccup. These books make you feel as if the book is being acted out right in front of you, on your very own sound stage.

Jim Dale narrates the
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Tim Curry narrates
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Martin Jarvis narrates
My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Frank Muller narrates
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Perhaps one of the best qualities of audiobooks is that they can bring us right back to when we were first introduced to storytelling — a time before we could read ourselves, when our mothers or fathers would read to us in bed as we slowly drifted off to sleep.

What are some of your favorite audiobooks?
Who are some of your favorite narrators?

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