One of the most beloved and talented narrators to ever record a book, Frank Muller narrated over 200 audiobooks in his lifetime, from classics to contemporary best sellers, and won several awards in the process. Muller's jaw-dropping versatility is in full display here as he fully embodies characters, from George Smiley's weary and enigmatic demeanor to the crafty shrewdness of a Dickensian villain. After listening to this montage of Muller's best performances, listeners will find themselves agreeing with Stephen King's declaration that when Muller reads, "the blind will see, the lame will walk, and the deaf will hear."
Enjoy this montage of selections from some of Frank's recordings.
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"The Laurence Olivier of the medium." (The Chicago Tribune)
"[He is] the best reader I have ever heard." (The Los Angeles Times)
"The first true superstar reader in the world of spoken word audio." (Library Journal)
"A man who can successfully recreate both Captain Ahab and George Smiley is some kind of genius." (The New York Times Book Review)
1. A Tale of Two Cities 2. The Brethren, Grisham 3. Moby Dick 4. The Testament, Grisham 5. Hamlet 6. The Talisman, King 7. The Cassandra Compact, Ludlum 8. The Gift of the Magi, from The World of O'Henry 9. The Tribulation Force, Jenkins, LaHaye 10. Great Expectations 11. Black House, King 12. The Green Mile, King
Simply put, Muller got me into audiobooks.
A friend gave me Stephen King's The Dark Tower series - which I tried to get through in print when it first came out. It just didn't click for me. King is hit and miss for me, personally... but Muller's reading made it magic. I work at home as an illustrator so watching TV is distracting. Audiobooks are the perfect medium. Sadly, I assumed all books were read this well and I spent time and money going through book after book looking for that special magic that only Muller had. Finally I broke down and purchased books that Frank read - even if the content wasn't to my liking. Sure enough he made it accessible and brilliant. I will miss Muller's work and his dedication to the craft and the medium.
Rest in Peace Frank Muller.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
Frank Muller was one of the most versatile narrators of all time. I am convinced he could read the phone book and make it interesting enough that I would have been compelled to listen. What a shame that his life was cut short, but how grateful we should all be that he left such a legacy of narrated books. RIP, Frank. We miss you.
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Thanks for the free content, Audible! I had never heard of Frank Muller or his untimely demise before, and now am curious to investigate the many books he narrated. But grateful as I am for the introduction to this obviously multitalented performer, I was frustrated by the absence of announced titles (or even a table of contents in the description) for these excerpts. If not for helpful reviewer Dan from Fairfield, Iowa (see above), I would have been completely lost. Thank you, Dan!!
Thank you Audiobook for this wonderful tribute to Frank Muller, one of the best narrators of our time. His narration is unparalleled and he brought Dickens's novels to life for me. The audiobook community has lost 2 giants recently: Frank Muller and Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields). In their loss, I feel I lost friends as they had been regular companions on my daily commute. When you start searching for audiobooks by narrators versus authors, you know you are dealing with someone special, a unique voice, a captivating delivery and a captivating narration. RIP Frank Muller. You will be missed dearly.
I remember first listening to The Gunslinger and thinking that the narration was absolutely superb. Then I noticed George was replaced on book two and I was hugely disappointed - only to find that Frank was (in this case, for me) even better. I frequently target books read by Frank (and George as well) - but for me the Dark Tower will always be a story sprung forth from Steven King's mind via Frank Muller's mouth.
Selfishly I am sad Frank will no longer be converting any more written words directly into images and sound in my head. My heart also goes out to his family and those who knew him. What a loss.
I listened to Frank Muller night after night as I worked at the Post Office sorting mail. He transported me to so many worlds, as has no other reader before or since. I love this tribute & hope it will introduce new listeners to him. Thank you Audible for continuing to make his books available.
He became each one of the characters.
This is a very nice montage of audio. What better way to pay tribute a person than presenting their great work? I am actually going to start looking for books narrated by him. I've heard him in the Gunslinger series from Stephen King but will venture out a bit now.
The first book I ever listened to was Frank's reading of The Great Gatsby. That was the beginning of more than a quarter of a century of listening to books. Soon after that first book, I began to choose books that were read by Frank and was introduced to many brilliant authors I would not have otherwise picked up. Long commutes, days of yard work and vacations spent doing major projects became times I looked forward to because while doing them, I got to listen to Frank's story telling. I was delighted to find this, but was crying by the end.
I too thoroughly enjoy books read by Frank. Like one of the other reviewers I would love to know the names of books that these excerpts were taken from. Can anyone help?
"What an absolute treat for the ears. What a loss."
Unique. Talented. Missed.
Nothing can ever compare to Frank.
He's got to have been one, if not the, best narrators ever.
Yes, and this easily done due to it being only 15 minutes long.
Sadly Frank passed away in 2008, after being very unwell since a motorbike accident in 2001, and not only left behind a heartbroken family, but droves of saddened fans, and a huge talent that can never be equalled. Listen to this and you will be convinced you are listening to numerous narrators. A nice gesture from audible to make this available free, so thanks for that.
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