6 Fantastic Audio Books Narrated By Celebrities

I recently shared my list of my favorite audio book narrators. Those are folks who have turned reading books out loud into a way to make a living.

Here are a few books I thoroughly enjoyed on audio thanks to the fact that their narrator is a unique voice in this medium. These are celebrities all known for their acting skills, which carry over to reading and bring these stories alive!

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale read by Claire Daines

I listened to this book in two “sittings.” It was so compelling I didn’t want to pause at all! Daines gives our narrator Offred the exact amount of urgency with a little bit of snark.


2. Ready Player One read by Will Weaton

This is such a fun novel, I’d like to think a narrator wouldn’t be able to ruin it, but I know better! Wheaton brings our hero Wade Watts alive with emotion and authenticity.


3. To Kill A Mockingbird read by Sissy Spacek

I first read this book when I was in high school so when I decided to re-read it a few years ago, I wanted a different reading experience. I found it much more enjoyable on audio, as Spacek represents Scout’s curiosity and good intentions with a sweetness without losing her rough edges.


4. The Snows of Kilamanjaro read by Charleston Heston

I much prefer listening to Hemingway than physically reading, mostly because of his lack of quotation marks and attributives. Heston’s narration for this short story is appropriately intense, his tone changing to indicate dialogue exchanges. He made for a truly enjoyable reading experience with some material I may not have felt the same way about others. 


5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe read by Lin-Manuel Miranda

This Young Adult novel is a beautiful coming of age story about two young men coming to terms with who they are and who they love. Miranda’s narration gives their stories a mellow tones which is fitting and makes it even more lovely. 


6. Lincoln in the Bardo read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and many other celebrities in a cast of 166 different narrators

I have said before that  I consider this to be an “advanced” audio book. This historical fiction ghost story is truly unique on its own, then when you add the narration it really comes alive!

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