As an avid lover of audiobooks, I typically fall in love with sure narrators to the purpose I’ll take heed to absolutely anything they carry out. And I’ve discovered that rule typically applies to sure actors as properly. Meryl Streep performs Charlotte’s Net? Positive, I’ll re-listen to it! Viola Davis reads Corduroy? After all, I’m going so as to add that audiobook to my library. There’s one thing distinctive that happens when a widely known display screen or stage actor picks up a e-book and begins to learn it to you, so listed below are just a few of my favorites.
To All of the Boys I’ve Beloved Earlier than by Jenny Han
After a movie adaptation of To All of the Boys I’ve Beloved Earlier than premiered on Netflix, we received an entire re-creation of the audiobook, this time carried out by Asian American actress Ali Ahn (Billions, Supernatural). To All of the Boys I’ve Beloved Earlier than follows a biracial, Asian American lady who writes letters to all of her previous crushes, however by no means plans on sending them. However when somebody sends the letters with out her consent, she finds herself pressured to reconnect with previous crushes to take care of the aftermath.
Narrated by Ali Ahn
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
The miniseries of The Eye of the World positively ranks as one of the vital anticipated fantasy novel diversifications of the yr. I couldn’t have been extra delighted to see Rosamund Pike (Gone Woman, Pleasure and Prejudice), who performs one of many fundamental characters within the miniseries, narrate a brand new version of the audio model of The Eye of the World. Her efficiency is phenomenal. I felt somewhat apprehensive choosing up a 30-hour audiobook, however earlier than I knew it, I used to be over midway by way of it.
Narrated by Rosamund Pike
World-Ending Fireplace: The Important Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry
Wendall Berry, a pillar of Appalachian literature, has held a high-priority place on my TBR for over a yr now. So once I noticed that Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) narrated the audiobook, I used to be like, “Sure, please!” Berry writes quite a bit about land stewardship, which is fairly on model for Offerman’s basic aesthetic. The mix of Berry’s writing and Offerman’s efficiency is the right combo.
Narrated by Nick Offerman
The Shade Purple by Alice Walker
Thought of Alice Walker’s masterwork, The Shade Purple follows Celie, a younger Black lady rising up in rural Georgia. Her sister leaves Georgia to change into a missionary whereas Celie is married off to an older man. We stick with Celie by way of her life as she tries to make the most effective of what she has, remaining hopeful and discovering love within the face of the hardships that come her approach. Samira Wiley, of Orange Is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Story, performs the latest version of the audiobook. Wiley’s efficiency is a masterful instance of audiobook narration and enthralls listeners as they grasp on each phrase.
Narrated by Samira Wiley
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Meryl Streep. Wait, do I would like to jot down extra? Okay, positive. Meryl Streep AND Nora Ephron’s fiction. Okay, okay, let’s go into just a few extra particulars. Heartburn is Ephron’s most well-known novel, and it’s filled with her attribute humor and witty dialogue. It options the breakup of the “excellent” marriage and all the awkward aftermath that follows go well with. Oh, and did I point out that our protagonist is seven months pregnant?
Narrated by Meryl Streep
Aristotle and Dante Uncover the Secrets and techniques of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Earlier than I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack for the primary time, I fell in love with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s efficiency of Aristotle and Dante Uncover the Secrets and techniques of the Universe. This younger grownup novel follows two teenage boys as they fall in love. The e-book is so heartfelt, with two cinnamon roll-worthy characters.
Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
Look, I learn this novel again within the day, and was wonderful. A traditional, British novel a few man who leaves his dwelling city in Essex, returning after a few years. It holds as a lot angst because the Victorian interval would permit. However let’s be trustworthy: I picked this novel again up as a result of Alan Rickman performs it. There’s simply one thing particular about listening to Rickman’s acquainted voice narrate this story that provides a depth of emotion and creates an entire new type of temper for the e-book.
Narrated by Alan Rickman