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The Best Black Audiobook Narrators to Listen to Right Now

A skilled performer has the ability to take the written word to new heights, infusing an author’s work with empathy, warmth, and excitement. And representation matters just as much for audio as it does for any visual medium: listeners should feel and hear themselves in art driven by powerful performers and authentic deliveries. We’ve gathered a few of the best Black audiobook narrators in the business and their can't-miss performances.

10 Best Full Cast Audiobooks

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.

The Best Celebrity Narrated Audiobooks

It’s likely you have a favorite actor, someone you can’t wait to see in a new movie or television series. But many of your favorite performers are also audiobook narrators. It’s always a delight to pick up a familiar story and find an unexpected famous friend in the narrator’s booth, especially when that celebrity has a talent for narration. Discover some of literature’s greatest stories brought to life by some of Hollywood’s greatest talents.

20 Best Audiobooks Read by the Author

There’s an undeniable authenticity in hearing a story told by its original creator. From iconic memoirs to far-out fantasies, these immersive audio performances are uniquely genuine, all performed in the author’s own voice. If you want to experience how special it can be to listen to a narrative exactly the way it was intended to be conveyed, check out our list of the 20 best audiobooks read by their author.

10 Best Shakespeare Audiobooks

If there’s one writer whose work translates spectacularly to audio format, it’s the Bard. Hearing Shakespeare’s dialog masterfully performed by professionals with the correct emphasis and tone can mean the difference in catching the jokes and innuendos, picking up on subtle foreshadowing, and even sometimes understanding the plot itself. Here are our choices for the top 10 best Shakespeare audiobooks in our catalog.

The Best British Narrators

If you're looking for an audiobook in an accent, check out these listens from our favorite British narrators. Authenticity is something many listeners value in their audiobook experiences, and that often boils down to narration style and accents. Although so many audiobooks are narrated by many talented actors with wide ranges, sometimes it's just nice to listen to an audiobook performed by someone in their native accent.

The Best Women Narrators to Listen to Right Now

When considering a new audiobook, one of the biggest questions listeners have is whether they'll enjoy the narration style. Luckily, there are so many wonderful voice actors performing audiobooks that you might just find yourself gravitating to certain books solely on the strength of the narrator. It was difficult, but we rounded up 10 of the best women narrators with an extensive and diverse list of audiobooks to their credit.

The Best Scripted Audio Comedies to Listen to Right Now

If you’re a comedy fan looking for your next listen, you might want to give scripted comedy a try. Scripted comedies are a bit like sitcoms for your ears, with hilarious storylines matched only by all-star, laugh-out-loud performances. They can take risks and go in directions totally unique to audio, resulting in an entertainment experience wildly different from their television and film counterparts. You never know what to expect with scripted audio.