About Frank Muller


Stephen King once said that when Frank Muller reads, "the blind will see, the lame will walk, and the deaf will hear." And, according to Library Journal, he was "the first true superstar reader in the world of spoken word audio". Muller was indeed pivotal in establishing the early audiobook landscape. Sadly, Muller passed away in 2008 at the age of 57 from complications due to a devastating 2001 motorcycle accident that ended his acting career.

When Henry Trentman founded Recorded Books in 1979, he hired Muller as the first narrator to record their first book, The Sea Wolf by Jack London. As the company expanded into copyrighted works by best-selling contemporary authors, Muller became the voice of choice for Stephen King, John le Carre, John Grisham, Elmore Leonard, and many others. From Shakespeare to Anne Rice, he brought classic characters to life for a modern audience and made listeners believe in even the most bizarre characters. As Pat Conroy put it, "he is the best. A prince of language."

Muller embraced his role as a public advocate for audiobooks and was instrumental in helping put them on the national radar. In 1998, Entertainment Weekly named him one of the "100 Most Creative People in Hollywood" and called him "the Leonardo DiCaprio of literature." He also took the time to mentor other audiobook narrators and offered voice coaching seminars from his LA studio.

Muller was born in the Netherlands and his family immigrated to the US when he was 5 years old. He was a classically trained actor who portrayed many of Shakespeare’s leading men on the best regional stages in the country, and he also appeared on well-loved TV series like Law and Order and All My Children. Muller also loved to sail.

Listener Favorites

Performance Highlights

Listening to:

  • The Testament
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • All the Pretty Horses