10 Best Full Cast Audiobooks

10 Best Full Cast Audiobooks

February 6, 2020
As any audiobook fan knows, the perfect narration can take a listen from good to great. Full cast ensembles in particular are the perfect choice for those times you really want to dive headfirst into a story. A cast of narrators, sometimes accompanied by music or sound effects, craft a unique and immersive listening experience. If you’re looking to liven up a long road trip or day of chores, look no further than our list of the top 10 full cast audiobooks.
    • By: Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
    • Series: American Gods, Book 1
    • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
    • Release date: 06-21-11
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 51,175 ratings
    • The 10th anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is an immersive experience commonly referred to as Gaiman’s director’s cut of the novel. This version is based on his unedited manuscript and includes elements he omitted from the original publication. The story follows ex-convict and recent widower Shadow as his life becomes increasingly treacherous and exciting when he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and is hired as his bodyguard, driver, and errand boy. The full cast performance brings the complex mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery to life. In particular, acclaimed audiobook narrator Ron McLarty perfectly captures Wednesday’s smug demeanor while Daniel Oreskes’s performance of Shadow gives listeners a relatable hero who brings them along for the ride.
    • A Novel
    • By: George Saunders
    • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, Carrie Brownstein, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, full cast
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 02-14-17
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 8,819 ratings
    • Lincoln in the Bardo features a myriad of characters—dead and alive, historical and imaginary— who offer perspective and input on the story as it unfolds. So we’re lucky to have a full cast, totaling 166 narrators (including stars like Ben Stiller, Keegan-Michael Key, Julianne Moore, and Don Cheadle), lending their talents to this paranormal historical tale. This listen explores themes of death, grief, and love with splashes of humor against a backdrop of the American Civil War. In February 1862, we find President Abraham Lincoln mourning the untimely death of his 11-year-old son, Willie. George Saunders explores the possible untold supernatural connections with this father and son through this work of historical fiction. In this interpretation, Willie finds himself in the bardo—a purgatory of some sort—in a large community of ghosts who fight, complain, mingle, and more as they traverse this strange stage of non-life.
    • A Memoir in Conversations
    • By: Mira Jacob
    • Narrated by: Mira Jacob, Kivlighan de Montebello, full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Release date: 03-26-19
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 83 ratings
    • Good Talk explores the challenges of finding answers to difficult questions, both for yourself and to explain to your child. Mira Jacob’s hilarious and poignant memoir centers on her attempts to navigate tough topics (like American identity and interracial families) with her insanely inquisitive six-year-old son, Z. Jacob’s narration affectionately captures the range of emotions involved in everyday conversations between a mother and child. We get to experience her exasperation as she tries to convince Z that being Indian is cool; we feel her dejected demeanor as she tries to explain the shooting of Michael Brown to him. The full cast rounds out Jacob’s world as we hear her husband’s attempts to help navigate Z’s many questions and we listen in on the news that sparks some of these queries.
    • An Oral History of the Zombie War
    • By: Max Brooks
    • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, Rob Reiner, Mark Hamill, Alfred Molina, Simon Pegg, Henry Rollins, Martin Scorsese
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 05-14-13
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 14,956 ratings
    • World War Z: The Complete Edition, winner of the Audie for Multi-Voiced Performance in 2014, brings together new unabridged recordings with the original abridged audiobook for an entirely new performance. This oral history-style retelling of the fictional Zombie War examines the impact of the war on individuals from various walks of life. Brooks himself portrays a reporter who interviews people to shed light on the aftermath of the war and how humankind reacted to this disastrous event. The ensemble cast, including superstars like Mark Hamill, Simon Pegg, and Martin Scorsese, places listeners in this post-apocalyptic world to learn about each character’s experiences through detailed eyewitness accounts.
    • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Claire Benedict, full cast
    • Series: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, BBC Dramatisations, Book 1
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 07-13-17
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 80 ratings
    • No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency follows the ventures of Precious Ramotswe as the leader of Botswana’s only female private detective agency. These first eight episodes find Precious as she takes on a colorful array of cases that involve beauty contests, questionable husbands, and a missing American. Lead Claire Benedict portrays Ramotswe and delivers her strong and assured demeanor during each case in this mix of mystery and suspense. The story is spliced with authentic musical interludes and offers listeners a peek into Botswana's heart and culture.
    • By: Kenneth Johnson
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 07-01-17
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008 ratings
    • The Man of Legends encompasses multiple genres, with themes of romance, drama, and adventure immersed in supernatural elements. The story begins with New Yorker Jillian, who uncovers an entrancing mystery involving the same, unaging man found in pictures with historical figures ranging from Ulysses S. Grant to Gandhi. Her path soon clashes with 33-year-old Will, who has a secret past, and former UN envoy and Vatican emissary Hanna. Finding themselves at the center of an old, global conspiracy, the trio must uncover an ancient curse that threatens thousands of lives, including their own. Each member of the ensemble cast tells their character’s first-person perspective of the unfolding events as we slowly learn more and more about the mysterious Man of Legends himself. Notable performers include actor and masterful narrator Stephen Mendel and Hall of Fame Narrator Cassandra Campbell.
    • Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Full Cast, John Moffat
    • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 10-16-14
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207 ratings
    • A great introduction to Agatha Christie’s most well-known detective, Poirot's Finest Cases is a compilation of mysteries exploring the different cases Hercule Poirot navigated throughout his career. The collection of suspenseful mysteries includes old favorites like Murder on the Orient Express, The ABC Murders, and The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Musical interludes and careful sound effects accompany these dramatizations, capturing the essence of the time period and perfecting the story’s pace. John Moffat plays Hercule Poirot, a performance that has won him tremendous praise.
    • A Novel
    • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
    • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, Joe Barrett, Will Damron, Luke Daniels
    • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 06-13-17
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 7,877 ratings
    • Melisande Stokes is an expert in linguistics and languages who serendipitously meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a Harvard University hallway. They strike a deal that rewards Mel with a large sum of money in exchange for translating a handful of documents and a signed non-disclosure agreement. Mel and Tristan’s work confirms the existence of magic, which was practiced for centuries until advances in science and industry weakened its power. It also reveals the ultimate goal of the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.): to bring magic back. Listeners get to explore a series of events that illustrate the rise and fall of the D.O.D.O. with the help of multiple narrators who keep the story moving with quipped dialogue sprinkled throughout. Any history buff would appreciate this whimsical take with Neal Stephenson’s great attention to historic detail.
    • By: Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, Lauren Fortgang, Roger Clark, Elizabeth Evans, Tristan Morris
    • Series: Six of Crows, Book 1
    • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 09-29-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 10,572 ratings
    • This teen mystery thriller takes place in Ketterdam, where almost anything can be had for the right price. Here is where criminal virtuoso Kaz Brekker is offered the opportunity to pull off a heist that could line his pockets for years to come. Kaz puts together a dangerous and unlikely crew of misfits to pull off the inconceivable heist. The New York Times best seller, which alternates between flashbacks and current events to build upon the mystical setting, features a narrator for each member of Kaz’s party who each gets their own chapter. This unique performance lets listeners intimately experience each character’s personality and their interpretations of other characters as the story progresses.

Inclusion in Audible’s “best audiobooks” series is based on a number of factors, including presence on Audible best seller lists,
listener ratings and reviews, Goodreads ratings, and input from the Audible Editors. All audiobooks featured here have a minimum
of 500 reviews averaging at least 4.5 stars, with some exceptions made for outstanding stories and performances.

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