Audiobooks with multiple narrators

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I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Some are like sitcoms: they’re entertaining while they’re on, but they don’t really stick with you. But then, there are some that are really well done and make a big impression. It struck me recently, during a conversation with a friend about Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, that many of the audiobooks that have really stood out for me have had multiple narrators. Octavia Spencer, one of the 4 narrators of The Help, will also appear as an actress in the upcoming movie version.

I find multiple narrators can really add something to a story. Sometimes it helps the listener keep multiple characters, points of view or time periods from getting confusing. Here’s a list of some of the audiobooks with multiple narrators available in the Minuteman Library Network. Feel free to click the links to be taken to the catalog to check availability or to place a request.

2666 by Roberto Bolano (Fiction) available on CD

The Art of Detection by Laurie King (Mystery) available on CD

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (Fiction) available on CD

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory (Fiction) available on CD

The Collectors by David Baldacci (Fiction) available on CD

Dune by Frank Herbert (Science Fiction) available on CD or downloadable WMA

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Fiction) available on CD

From a Buick 8 by Stephen King (Fiction) available on CD

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (Fiction) available on CD

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Fiction) available on CD or downloadable WMA

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (Fiction) available on CD

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Science Fiction) available on CD

Last Orders by Graham Swift (Fiction) available on CD

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Fiction) available on CD

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornsby (Fiction) available on CD

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Fiction) available on CD or in Spanish on CD

Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (Fiction) available on CD or downloadable WMA or Playaway

Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Fiction) available on CD

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Fiction) available on CD

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Fiction) available on
CD or downloadable WMA or Playaway

Happy Listening!

posted by Deb 8/2/2011

2 Comments »

  1. Comment by audiobooks
    August 4, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    The first audio book I ever listened to was “Lady of Avalon” but that was a long time ago and it only had one narrator.

  2. Comment by Jeanette
    August 17, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer
    was excellent to listen to, all the narrators were great.

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