The best audiobook narrators of all time (so far)

Posted by Kobo September  19, 2017
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A narrator can make or break an audiobook. We can be listening to some of our favourite stories, but not be able to get through the audiobook because the narrator just isn't doing it for us. A really fantastic narrator can breathe life into the characters and bring the listening experience of an audiobook to new heights. Of course, we all have our own personal preferences, but here are the top 10 audiobook narrators we came up with:

1. Jim Dale

Jim helped us launch audiobooks but his greater claim to fame is being the voice of the Harry Potter books. Or should we say voices? Jim created 134 different voices for the series! If that doesn't deserve a spot on this list, we don't know what does.

Portfolio: Harry Potter series, Peter Pan, The Night Circus, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Christmas Carol

2. Jeremy Irons

Best known for his film roles and being the voice of Scar in The Lion King, Jeremy Irons has also lent his voice to an array of audio works throughout his career.

Portfolio: Lolita, The Alchemist, Brideshead Revisited

3. Julia Whelan

Julia has narrated a number of audiobooks, and her sultry voice is so soothing, so engaging, we had to include her. 

Portfolio: Since We Fell, Gone Girl, Sleeping Beauty and Other Classic Stories, The Conspiracy of Us, Forgotten

4. Neil Gaiman

When it comes to authors who narrate their own work, Neil Gaiman is one of the best. Listen to how he intended his books to he heard.

Portfolio: The Graveyard Book, Neverwhere, Norse Mythology

5. Finty Wiliams

Finty probably had a good teacher – her mom is Dame Judy Dench and trained in speech and drama.

Portfolio: The Girl With All the Gifts, Fellside, The Years

6. Wil Wheaton

Wil has done a ton of voice acting in animation and video games, and when it comes to audiobooks, he's narrated some of bestsellers in the science-fiction and fantasy genres.

Portfolio: Ready Player One, Armada, What If?

7. Stephen Fry

Outside of audiobooks, Stephen has also done the narration for video games, animated series, and animation.

Portfolio: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyThe Liar

8. David Sedaris

If you're looking for some laughs when it comes to audiobooks, David is your guy. David's narration of his own book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 2004.

Portfolio: Me Talk Pretty One DayLet's Explore Diabetes with OwlsNaked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

9. Toni Morrison

Looking for an audiook to help you sleep or relax? Toni's narration is enthralling yet simultaneouasly pleasant and soothing.

Portfolio: Song of SolomonSulaThe Bluest Eyes

10. Frank Muller

A deliciously hypnotic, utterly compelling narrator, Muller was a classically trained actor before turning to books.

Portfolio: All the Pretty HorsesThe Red PonyThe TalismanAssassinsDark Tower II

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