Best Audiobooks

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June 2024 List of the Month: Best Audiobooks
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June is Audiobook Appreciation Month, and in honor of the occasion our List of the Month this time around is devoted to the Best Audiobooks. Each participant may vote on ten titles. When adding your titles, please specify the audiobook edition, including narrator, in the comment field. Please only downvote titles if no audiobook edition exists for the book listed.
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6,323 members
363 reviews
½ 4.4
12 Members
eceleste, prtchek, wdwilson3, mdexter, souloftherose, cammykitty, vwinsloe, klandring, KMAnder1, Peregrinations, jcscwc, StoweBarbara
Explanations
vwinsloe: Read by author
klandring: Noah's narration - including the dialects and accents of his characters - makes the audio book so much more impactful than reading off the page (where these characters would naturally all sound like the person reading). One of Noah's major points is that it isn't what someone looks like but how they sound that creates our impressions others; and it is so much more clearly demonstrated by the audio version of this book.
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79,520 members
1,437 reviews
½ 4.4
10 Members
erinclark, missylc, HeathMochaFrost, shearon, dancesports, traceylkb, belmarchris, caeshea, ManWithAnAgenda, Thelamon1
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erinclark: Classic coming of age.
missylc: I can't imagine anyone besides Sissy Spacek narrating this novel after listening to her reading of the book. For anyone who hasn't listened to it yet -- try and find it. It is well worth a listen, even if you've already read the novel.
3
9 Members
wdwilson3, norabelle414, terran, almin, KMAnder1, jcscwc, jpahl, StoweBarbara, Ddonata
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norabelle414: English edition narrated by the author
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6,600 members
334 reviews
½ 4.3
9 Members
erinclark, mdexter, Kadia, ahef1963, OphelieDepoortere, kristilabrie, ManWithAnAgenda, Bookbee1, Tosta,
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erinclark: This story is super sweet and it made me happy.
kristilabrie: Narrated by: Daniel Henning
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5,749 members
352 reviews
4.1
8 Members
gilroy, tardis, mcmikedermott, wdwilson3, terran, 2wonderY, ManWithAnAgenda, Tosta
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tardis: Read by Kevin R. Free. This can be a placemarker for all the Murderbot series. Free does a brilliant job of catching Murderbot's sardonic tone.
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18,556 members
1,246 reviews
½ 4.3
8 Members
MajorRakal, GwenH, 2wonderY, traceylkb, OphelieDepoortere, KMAnder1, Thelamon1, bumble_bee_
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MajorRakal: The R.C. Bray version
GwenH: The reader, R.C. Bray does one of the best jobs ever of voicing the characters which includes several nationalities. For the science and adventure minded and space exploration enthusiast.
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135,747 members
2,063 reviews
½ 4.3
10 Members
tardis, MajorRakal, missylc, amanda4242, birder4106, MaskedMumbler, traceylkb, kristilabrie, Thelamon1, Ddonata,caeshea ,GrimFiend1977 ,
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tardis: Stephen Fry saved my kids' lives on a cross-Canada road trip. They were quiet as mice whenever the HP audiobooks were playing. The rest of the time it was all "MOM, HE'S LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW!" which drove us nuts.
amanda4242: Read by Stephen Fry
MaskedMumbler: Read by Stephen Fry
kristilabrie: Narrated by: Jim Dale
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19,540 members
1,250 reviews
4.2
8 Members
turtle64, shearon, lizzy50usa, dancesports, traceylkb, msjudy, sbb1zz, Dances_with_Words
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msjudy: Audio Performance by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills
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20,290 members
466 reviews
3.9
7 Members
hipdeep, Kadia, klandring, KMAnder1, Charon07, jpahl, Dances_with_Words
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hipdeep: Read by Lenny Henry. (2005)
klandring: I heard Neil Gaiman tell an interviewer that Lenny Henry did such a good job of realizing what was in his head when he wrote the book, he regularly recommends that readers listen to it rather than read it off the page. So I did. And I loved it.
Charon07: Lenny Henry does a terrific job with a variety accents.
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7,830 members
659 reviews
3.8
8 Members
missylc, LDVoorberg, dancesports, bookcookie1920, gypsysmom, jpahl, sbb1zz, Ddonata,Peregrinations
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bookcookie1920: Narrated by Jayne Entwistle
gypsysmom: As fun as these books are to read, Jayne Entwistle does such a great job that I listened to many in the series.
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1,958 members
105 reviews
4.1
7 Members
shearon, Kadia, traceylkb, Kathiroo, msjudy, BeckiMarsh, jcscwc
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msjudy: Audio performance by Meryl Streep
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14,774 members
611 reviews
3.8
7 Members
gilroy, tardis, amanda4242, 2wonderY, traceylkb, al.vick, Kalira
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gilroy: James Marsters does a brilliant Harry Dresden. Better than Paul Blackthorne did for the TV series
tardis: James Marsters does Harry perfectly, and slips between other accents and voices so well.
amanda4242: Read by James Marsters
2wonderY: Marsters wasn’t available for one of the later books; so someone else stepped in. The publisher had to re-record it, on demand of the series fans.
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9,396 members
337 reviews
4
7 Members
mcmikedermott, amanda4242, cammykitty, traceylkb, KMAnder1, Charon07, Thelamon1
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Charon07: Read by the author. Not every author is a great reader, but Neil Gaiman is excellent.
14
5,947 members
340 reviews
3.9
6 Members
mdexter, Kadia, janna_voss, traceylkb, msjudy, Charon07,sbb1zz
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msjudy: One hundred and sixty-six individual narrators
Charon07: 166 narrators sounds like it could be cacophony, but this is truly an amazing production.
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981 members
77 reviews
4
6 Members
erinclark, janna_voss, traceylkb, noveltea, Tosta, Ddonata
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erinclark: Delightful story and great narration.
noveltea: Read by Juliet Stevenson
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8,006 members
91 reviews
4.1
5 Members
cpg, airgid, Kadia, MaskedMumbler, AndreaLP
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cpg: John Cleese as narrator. He was born for this role.
MaskedMumbler: Read by John Cleese
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4,708 members
275 reviews
4.1
6 Members
shearon, traceylkb, Charon07, sbb1zz, Lauren-at-LT, CynCom
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Charon07: And Tom Hanks does a fantastic job!
Lauren-at-LT: Narrated by Tom Hanks
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9,442 members
524 reviews
½ 4.4
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6,147 members
376 reviews
3.9
5 Members
tardis, wdwilson3, souloftherose, 2wonderY, klandring
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tardis: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a brilliant job of narrating this, catching the humour and Peter's tone just right.
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18,838 members
1,283 reviews
4.1
5 Members
mcmikedermott, erinclark, missylc, LibraryCin, KMAnder1
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erinclark: Really fun to read.
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142 members
4 reviews
½ 4.7
4 Members
Porua, cammykitty, AChandrashekhar, bumble_bee_
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Porua: Narrated by Stephen Fry, Audible Studios (2017). Only a narrator such as the inimitable Stephen Fry can make stories I have read dozens of times feel as though they were brand new.
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6,791 members
218 reviews
4.2
4 Members
hipdeep, wdwilson3, cammykitty, AChandrashekhar
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hipdeep: Read by Wil Wheaton. Includes good work to describe some of Munroe's stick-figure illustrations for the listener. (Honorable mention to What If? 2, also read by Wheaton.)
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12,256 members
181 reviews
4.2
4 Members
tardis, Kadia, cammykitty, ManWithAnAgenda
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tardis: New version read by Andy Serkis (text), Bill Nighy (footnotes), Peter Serafinowicz (Death). This was the audiobook that hooked my hubby on Discworld.
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5,371 members
186 reviews
½ 4.5
4 Members
Kadia, vwinsloe, ahef1963, jpahl
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vwinsloe: Read by Robin Miles
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17,254 members
911 reviews
4
4 Members
erinclark, knerd.knitter, wdwilson3, shearon
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erinclark: Kept me guessing till the very end.
knerd.knitter: read by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner
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5,937 members
461 reviews
4
3 Members
janoorani24, caeshea, sbb1zz
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janoorani24: Narrator: Peter Altschuler
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1,744 members
117 reviews
3.9
3 Members
airgid, bookcookie1920, GrimFiend1977
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bookcookie1920: Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
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15,690 members
715 reviews
4
3 Members
vwinsloe, earvia, slimikin
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slimikin: Read by various people, including Mark Hamill, Alan Alda, and Rob Reiner; perhaps partly because it's abridged from the original, I loved listening to this even after I'd read the book
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24,074 members
991 reviews
4.2
3 Members
missylc, Kathiroo, Kalira
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missylc: Davina Porter rivals Jim Dale as one of the best narrators out there. Even if you've already read this series, I highly recommend seeking out the audiobooks too.
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3,475 members
184 reviews
3.9
3 Members
Bookmarque, wdwilson3, amanda4242
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Bookmarque: OMG Euan Morton is the bomb with this series.
amanda4242: Read by Euan Morton
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1,776 members
73 reviews
4.1
3 Members
JohnChic, GrimFiend1977, CynCom
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GrimFiend1977: Read by author, includes clips of his songs and really immerses you in the story of his life.
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43,399 members
686 reviews
½ 4.3
3 Members
MaskedMumbler, GrimFiend1977, Thelamon1
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GrimFiend1977: Listening as you read really helps to make sense of this gigantic space opera. The unabridged McMillan edition is superb.
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2,257 members
78 reviews
½ 4.4
3 Members
GrimFiend1977, jcscwc, Charon07
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GrimFiend1977: Read by the author, this collection of very personal essays about the human condition is truly enhanced by Green's sweet and sincere tone.
Charon07: Read by the author, John Green, whose YouTube channels I also like
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4,441 members
212 reviews
4
3 Members
terran, Tosta, CynCom
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7,652 members
548 reviews
3.9
3 Members
Bookmarque, missylc, Kathiroo
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Bookmarque: I think the narrator needs to be noted - Kathleen Wilhoite - she is brilliant with this material.
missylc: The number of times I laughed out loud listening to this earns it a spot on my list. It's also a very challenging read for a narrator, I imagine, given the formats that make up the narrative -- emails, etc.
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256 members
4 reviews
4.1
4 Members
Kadia, 2wonderY, AChandrashekhar, Ddonata,Thelamon1
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2wonderY: This is an ensemble cast. It is genius! Go listen.
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4,367 members
212 reviews
4.1
3 Members
shearon, airgid, Lauren-at-LT
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Lauren-at-LT: Narrated by Donna Tartt
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5,835 members
228 reviews
4
3 Members
janoorani24, AndreaLP, CynCom
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janoorani24: Narrator: Pearl Mackie
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1,000 members
50 reviews
4.2
3 Members
erinclark, msjudy, jcscwc
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erinclark: Excellent Literary Fiction. Beautifully written.
msjudy: Audio performance by: Mark Bramhall, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp, Mark Deakins, Jayne Entwistle, Billie Fulford-Brown, Arthur Morey, George Newbern, Kirsten Potter, Simon Vance
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35,238 members
794 reviews
½ 4.3
4 Members
tardis, Kadia, cammykitty, bumble_bee_,
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tardis: There are several good versions but my favourite is the full cast recording with David Tennant and Martin Sheen.
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4,194 members
162 reviews
3.8
2 Members
amanda4242, bumble_bee_
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amanda4242: Read by David Tennant
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2,404 members
115 reviews
3.9
3 Members
Flowercreek, jcscwc, Charon07
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Charon07: Read by the author, Sy Montgomery. I don’t know if I’d have found this as moving as I did if someone else had read it.
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2,116 members
151 reviews
3.8
3 Members
MajorRakal, amanda4242, Ddonata,caeshea
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amanda4242: Read by Zara Ramm
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45,542 members
2,137 reviews
½ 4.4
2 Members
HeathMochaFrost, CynCom
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HeathMochaFrost: Read by Allan Corduner. The first time I listened to this book, I had one of those book hangovers, and didn't want to move on to anything else. After several days, I started listening to it again. The story's narrator is Death, and Zusak's version of Death is of a guy who is just doing his job, collecting souls as gently as he can, even as he has way too much work during WWII. Corduner inhabits the character perfectly.
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789 members
65 reviews
4.2
2 Members
dudes22, Peregrinations
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dudes22: narrated by Dominic Hoffman
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13,699 members
516 reviews
4.2
3 Members
shearon, norabelle414, Thelamon1,
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norabelle414: English edition narrated by Frazer Douglas
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21,337 members
279 reviews
4.1
2 Members
olgakm, belmarchris
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olgakm: Narrated by Richard Armitage
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6,031 members
223 reviews
3.9
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2,889 members
82 reviews
4.1
2 Members
birder4106, Thelamon1
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birder4106: Dirk Bach als Vorleser war einfach Klasse. Mit seiner Stimme vermochte er der Geschichte eine ähnliche "Dimension" hinzuzufügen, wie es ein Film gekonnt hätte. => "Kino im Kopf" eben.
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27,227 members
781 reviews
3.9
2 Members
cammykitty, slimikin
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slimikin: Read by Simon Prebble; I don't think I would've enjoyed this half as much if I hadn't listened to it
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15,496 members
207 reviews
4.1
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18,810 members
1,269 reviews
4.1
3 Members
knerd.knitter, msjudy, Ddonata,Thelamon1
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knerd.knitter: read by Jim Dale
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19,406 members
348 reviews
4
2 Members
mdexter, dudes22
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dudes22: narrated by Ruby Dee
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6,374 members
346 reviews
½ 4.3
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2,864 members
189 reviews
4
2 Members
dudes22, CynCom
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dudes22: narrated by Katie Schorr
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2,012 members
46 reviews
½ 3.7
57
40,728 members
1,591 reviews
4.2
2 Members
dara85, knerd.knitter
Explanations
dara85: Through NLS: June Carter
knerd.knitter: read by Ron Rifkin
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1,241 members
21 reviews
3.8
2 Members
janoorani24, JohnChic
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janoorani24: Narrator: Leonard Nimoy
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5 members
4
2 Members
hipdeep, EMS_24
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hipdeep: A really remarkable exploration of the form. Each chapter is read by a different member of the global educational technology community. The audiobook (or podcast) also introduces interstitial chapters for discussion by different practitioners and scholars.
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745 members
40 reviews
4
2 Members
dudes22, CynCom
Explanations
dudes22: narrated by Katie Schorr
61
2 Members
norabelle414, jcscwc
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norabelle414: English edition narrated by Katherine Kellgren
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25,195 members
527 reviews
4.1
2 Members
hipdeep, CynCom
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hipdeep: Is the one-man show by Patrick Stewart (1991) an audiobook? Since it includes a great deal of the narration and was released on cassette and CD I choose to say it is.
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1,802 members
130 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
lizzy50usa, CynCom
Explanations
lizzy50usa: Narrated by Stephanie Daniel. She has narrated the whole series until the recent books and does a great job.
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631 members
35 reviews
4.1
2 Members
Aquila, bumble_bee_
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Aquila: Narrated by Joel Richards. Kingfisher's books are excellent in any form, but I really enjoy listening to them and giggling uncontrollably in public.
65
5,664 members
362 reviews
4.1
2 Members
2wonderY, Tosta
66
697 members
29 reviews
4.1
2 Members
gypsysmom, jcscwc
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gypsysmom: narrated by author
67
854 members
76 reviews
3.8
2 Members
knerd.knitter, cammykitty
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knerd.knitter: read by Zachary Quinto
68
1,286 members
193 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Tosta, CynCom
69
3,503 members
175 reviews
4
2 Members
knerd.knitter, missylc
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knerd.knitter: read by January LaVoy
70
2,284 members
215 reviews
4
2 Members
Kadia, gypsysmom
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gypsysmom: Atwood's retelling of the Tempest is read by R. H. Thomson, one of my favourite Canadian actors.
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11,381 members
165 reviews
½ 4.4
2 Members
MajorRakal, cammykitty
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MajorRakal: The best of Terry Pratchett's Discworld City Watch books. Narrated by Stephen Briggs.
72
55,574 members
491 reviews
½ 4.4
Member
lizzy50usa
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lizzy50usa: New version narrated by Andy Serkis
73
24,193 members
329 reviews
4.1
Member
Stbalbach
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Stbalbach: Adrian Praetzellis of LibriVox
74
18,975 members
287 reviews
3.8
Member
FelixSH
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4,963 members
111 reviews
4
Member
Bookmarque
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Bookmarque: One of the last books Frank Muller did before he died. Absolutely great. Nails the Tourettes and I almost didn't recognize him.
76
4,881 members
193 reviews
4
Member
knerd.knitter
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knerd.knitter: read by Robertson Dean
77
4,081 members
106 reviews
3.9
Member
SF_fan_mae
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SF_fan_mae: Read by the author, love how he has voices for every character.
78
2,028 members
115 reviews
½ 3.7
Member
BonnieJune54
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BonnieJune54: Read by author Prince Harry
79
1,797 members
109 reviews
4
Member
janoorani24
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janoorani24: Narrator: Nadia May
80
832 members
29 reviews
½ 3.6
Member
aimee
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aimee: Narrated by Jeff Woodman. There are five books in the series. This is a great fantasy series and Jeff is amazing! He does accents from all around the world, plus hags, ogres, giants, goblins, demons, etc. His range is incredible!
81
558 members
24 reviews
3.8
Member
kristilabrie
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kristilabrie: Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Catherine Taber, MacLeod Andrews, Kirby Heyborne
82
408 members
31 reviews
4.1
Member
Bookbee1
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334 members
8 reviews
½ 4.7
Member
vwinsloe
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vwinsloe: Read by multiple authors, including Ian Holm and Bill Nighy.
84
322 members
4 reviews
4.1
Member
Laura.a
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Laura.a: Good book. And I like it when audiobooks include original interviews, so I can hear both the author and the interviewee in their own voices.
85
263 members
11 reviews
½ 3.7
Member
EMS_24
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EMS_24: Read by the author. The 'Goldberg Variations' of J.S.Bach are beautifully played on piano between the chapters which are based on the structure of the music. The pieces connect, follow the content of the mood of the succesive chapters.
86
257 members
10 reviews
½ 3.6
Member
Kiri
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Kiri: Excellent Narration, great pacing, engaging narrative.
87
143 members
9 reviews
3.9
Member
yoyogod
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yoyogod: Narrated by YouTuber MrCreepyPasta
88
104 members
2 reviews
4.2
Member
dara85
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dara85: Through NLS: Madelyn Buzzard
89
72 members
6 reviews
½ 4.5
Member
Aquila
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Aquila: Narrated By Lori Prince. This was the book that got me into audiobooks, I'd already read it in another form and I have a deep love for it, it's left me fairly imprinted on Lori's narration.
90
47 members
7 reviews
4.1
Member
eo206
91
27 members
2 reviews
½ 3.6
Member
Porua
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Porua: Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Hachette Audio (2008). I generally abhor abridged versions but Cumberbatch as a narrator brings so much to each of the character in the book! I have listened to this version multiple times at this point
92
20 members
2 reviews
½ 3.4
Member
paulmdh
93
9 members
2 reviews
4
94
Member
JamesTateLibrary
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JamesTateLibrary: Read by James Tate and Michael Earl Craig, edited by Dara Barrois/Dixon, Kate Lindroos, Emily Pettit. 'The poems of James Tate will keep speaking to people for a very long time into the future, because they never stop caring and never stop having fun. They are, to my ear, lovely verbal reminders that everything should be regarded as mysterious and dear.' — George Saunders, author of Liberation Day and Lincoln in the Bardo “A brilliant collection of poems from one of the most singular minds ever to have graced the page. Not only does this book exemplify Tate's unmatched imagination, but it also celebrates his intelligence, tenderness, and attention. This book is an absolute must-read for any poetry lover.” — Ada Limón, author of The Carrying and Bright Dead Things 'Quintessential poems by virtuoso of absurdity Tate are woven into a whimsical, rollicking, and utterly jarring retrospective that showcases an unparalleled mind...Tenacious, surreal, impish, and soul mending, these poems invite the reader into a transcendent world.' — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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6 members
Member
hildretha
97
9,311 members
136 reviews
4
Member
Aquila
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Aquila: As read by Jodie Foster. I already had a paperback copy but bought the copy on cassette tape just because, back when.
98
9,127 members
319 reviews
3.9
Member
Charon07
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Charon07: Read by George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and Andy Paris. George Guidall read the sections from the POV of Leo Gursky, and he was remarkable.
99
8,719 members
345 reviews
½ 4.4
Member
hildretha
100
8,174 members
45 reviews
4
Member
cpg
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cpg: Narrated by Lewis himself.