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Audiobooks with Great Narrators

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It takes more than a good story to have a good audiobook. They are alarmingly dependent on their narrator. If a book ends up with a narrator who doesn’t speak clearly, adds bad character voices, or changes from one bad accent to another, you probably won’t want to finish it. You might even check out the book and read it for yourself! 


Here is a list of well narrated audiobooks: 


Bag of Bones by Stephen King 

Stephen King reads his story about a grieving widower, Mike Noonan. He begins to dream of their summerhouse and decides it’s time to return to the lakeside getaway. Here he finds mysteries, love, and his lost writing ability; but what forces have been unleashed to call him back? 













Beloved by Toni Morrison 

Toni Morrison tells a harsh tale about slavery. Sethe escaped slavery but after eighteen years she is still not free. Memories haunt her as well as the ghost of her child, simply known as Beloved. 









Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 

In 2045, the world is a mess. Wil Wheaton narrates the story of Wade Watts, a boy who spends all his time in the virtual OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a scavenger hunt. The winner gets his fortune and control of the OASIS; and Wade is the first one to crack the first clue. 









1776 by David McCullough 

Hear the story of 1776 told by David McCullough. David gives life to the historical events during the year of the Declaration of Independence.  










The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

Khaled Hosseini reads his beautiful tale of two boys growing up in Kabul. One is wealthy, the other a servant and an ethnic minority, but both boys’ fates are intertwined. 









Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 

Brown Girl Dreaming is a children’s book read by the author that tells what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  










The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 

France, 1939; Vianne and Isabelle are living in Nazi occupied France. Vianne and her daughter are forced to live with a Nazi soldier. Isabelle decides to join the resistance. Polly Stone tells the story of these two sisters and how both find a way to survive.