List of 35 Audiobooks Read by Actors
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|A Rage in Harlem||Chester Himes||Samuel L. Jackson||Mystery, Thriller & Suspense||Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson delivers a swaggering, darkly humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel. Himes, described by The Sunday Times as “the greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler,” delivers the tale of his hopelessly naïve hero suddenly finding himself on the run from a hypocritical police force with brutal humor. There is no voice better than Jackson’s to narrate this story of love and crime, set in mid-20th-century Harlem.|
|Angels in America||Tony Kushner||Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco||Drama||In this production, adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National Theatre revival of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. With narration by Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco, and a musical score by Adrian Sutton, this audiobook is a compelling and immersive theatrical listening experience.|
|Brother & Sister||Diane Keaton||Diane Keaton||Biography||This is a heartfelt memoir about Diane Keaton's relationship with her younger brother, and a poignant exploration of the divergent paths siblings' lives can take. When they were children in the suburbs of Los Angeles in the 1950s, Diane and her younger brother, Randy, were best friends. But as they grew up, Randy became troubled, then reclusive. By the time he reached adulthood, his life was a world away from his sister's, and from the rest of their family.|
|Charlotte’s Web||E.B. White||Meryl Streep||Fantasy||Brought to life by Meryl Streep and a full cast, this beloved book by E.B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect" (New York Times).|
|Crazy Rich Asians||Kevin Kwan||Lynn Chen||Romance/Comedy||Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occur when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.|
|Daisy Jones & The Six||Taylor Jenkins Reid||Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer and Pablo Schreiber||Novel, Historical Fiction||Daisy Jones & The Six revolves around the meteoric rise of an iconic 1970s rock band and its lead singers, Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, whose connection is as electric as the music they make together. The story explores the reasons behind their split.|
|Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem||Daniel R. Day||Daniel R. Day||Biography||With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own innovative, glamorous designs. But before he reinvented haute couture, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books. In this remarkable memoir, he tells his full story for the first time.|
|Dear Girls||Ali Wong||Ali Wong||Humour, Biography, Satire||Ali Wong's heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) covering everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander||Eddie Redmayne||Fantasy, Adventure||A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail... others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.|
|Fledgling||Octavia E. Butler||Tracey Leigh||Fantasy||Fledgling, the late Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, fifty-three-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted – and still wants – to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.|
|Heartburn||Nora Ephron||Meryl Streep||Literary fiction||Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.|
|Hex||Rebecca Dinerstein Knight||Jenny Slate||Humorous Fiction||Nell Barber, an expelled PhD candidate in biological science, is exploring the fine line between poison and antidote, working alone to set a speed record for the detoxification of poisonous plants. Her mentor, Dr. Joan Kallas, is the hero of Nell's heart. Nell frequently finds herself standing in the doorway to Joan's office despite herself, mesmerized by Joan's elegance, success, and spiritual force.|
|Invisible Man||Ralph Ellison||Joe Morton||Fiction||Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching – yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.|
|Lagoon||Nnedi Okorafor||Adjoa Andoh and Ben Onwukwe||Mystery, Thriller & Suspense||Three strangers, each isolated by his or her own problems: Adaora, the marine biologist; Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa; and Agu, the troubled soldier. Wandering Bar Beach in Lagos, Nigeria's legendary mega-city, they're more alone than they've ever been before. But when something like a meteorite plunges into the ocean and a tidal wave overcomes them, these three people will find themselves bound together in ways they could never imagine.|
|Life Will Be the Death of Me||Chelsea Handler||Chelsea Handler||Biography||The funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery features a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles.
|Matilda||Roald Dahl||Kate Winslet||Science Fiction & Fantasy||"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!|
|Memoirs and Misinformation||Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon||Jeff Daniels||Fiction||Memoirs and Misinformation is a fearless semi-autobiographical novel, a deconstruction of persona. In it, Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon have fashioned a story about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, our "one big soul," Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world – apocalypses within and without.|
|My Name Is Lucy Barton||Elizabeth Strout and Rona Munro||Laura Linney||Fiction||
Presenting an original audiobook performance of the stage production of My Name Is Lucy Barton, starring Academy Award and Tony nominee Laura Linney. Praised as "deeply affecting" and "heartbreaking" by The Guardian (UK), this is a faithful adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout's best-selling novel of the same name.
|NOS4A2||Joe Hill||Kate Mulgrew||Horror fiction||
This is a spine-tingling, bone-chilling novel of supernatural suspense from the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman and Horns. NOS4A2 is a story about Victoria McQueen, who has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be.
|On Such a Full Sea||Chang-rae Lee||BD Wong||Fiction||
On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-rae Lee's elegance of prose, his masterly storytelling, and his long-standing interests in identity, culture, work, and love to a new plane. Stepping from the realistic and historical territories of his previous work, Lee brings us into a world created from scratch. Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way listeners think about the world they live in.
|Peter Pan||J.M. Barrie||Christopher Cazenove||Fantasy Fiction||As a baby, Peter Pan fell out of his carriage and was taken by fairies to Neverland. There, he can fly and is the champion of the Lost Boys and a friend to the fairy Tinker Bell. Revisiting England, Peter becomes involved with Wendy Darling and her younger brothers, all of whom accompany Peter to Neverland. The children have many adventures and vanquish the pirate Captain Hook.|
|Pride and Prejudice||Jane Austen||Rosamund Pike||Romance||
One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennet, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.
|The Adventures of Tom Sawyer||Mark Twain||Nick Offerman||Fiction||"Being paid to perform such a gratifying activity as reading Mark Twain aloud felt powerfully akin to Tom Sawyer hoodwinking other boys into paying him for the privilege of whitewashing a fence. Let's keep that between us." – Narrator Nick Offerman|
|The Baby-Sitters Club Books||Ann M. Martin||Elle Fanning||Fiction||In the most exciting news since we first learned of Kristy Thomas' great idea to start the Baby-Sitters Club, the book series is now available only from Audible as an audio experience with special guest narrator Elle Fanning, the multi-talented actress and fan of BSC.|
|The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao||Junot Diaz||Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo||Fiction||Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award-winning creator and star of the musical Hamilton, and Tony Award-winning actress, Karen Olivo, this brilliant narration adds another layer of lyricism and depth to this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel.|
|The Dharma Bums||Jack Kerouac||Ethan Hawke||Fiction||The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac's most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient young Americans – mountaineer, poet, and Zen Buddhist Japhy Ryder, and Ray Smith, a zestful, innocent writer – whose quest for Truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco's Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in the High Sierras.|
|The Handmaid’s Tale||Margaret Atwood||Claire Danes||Science Fiction||"Are there any questions?" The final line in Margaret Atwood's modern classic, The Handmaid's Tale, has teased and perplexed fans since the book's original release more than 30 years ago. Now, in this Audible Original production, listeners get some of the answers they've waited so long to hear.|
|The Odyssey||Homer||Ian McKellen||Fiction||The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, the energy and poetry of Homer's original is captured in a bold, contemporary idiom, giving us an edition of The Odyssey that is a joy to listen to, worth savoring and treasuring for its sheer lyrical mastery.|
|The Order of Time||Carlo Rovelli||Benedict Cumberbatch||Non-fiction||
From the best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, comes a concise, elegant exploration of time. Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.
|The Serious Goose||Jimmy Kimmel||Jimmy Kimmel||Fiction, Humour||Written and narrated by Jimmy Kimmel, this audiobook challenges young listeners to bring the silly out of a very Serious Goose. Inspired by Jimmy's nickname for his kids, The Serious Goose reminds us to be silly in a serious way. Put your little comedians in front of a mylar mirror and challenge them to make this no-nonsense goose smile. This delightful audiobook is guaranteed to create gaggles of giggles time and time again!|
|The Wonderful Wizard of Oz||L. Frank Baum||Anne Hathaway||Fantasy Fiction||
One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice in Wonderland, The Dark Knight Rises) lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.
|Uncommon Type||Tom Hanks||Tom Hanks||Fiction||An Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game, and then another, and then many more until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down-and-out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales in Tom Hanks' first collection of short stories.|
|Why Not Me?||Mindy Kaling||Mindy Kaling||Biography||
In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or, most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
|Year of the Monkey||Patti Smith||Patti Smith||Biography||Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Then, in February 2016, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. For Smith, this becomes a year of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.|
|Yes Please||Amy Poehler||Amy Poehler||Biography||Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Poehler's parents. Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.|