12 Audiobooks to Listen to if You're Obsessed with Victorian Dramas

Posted by Marie on April 25, 2018


This post is brought to you by Audible.

From the Bronte sisters to Oscar Wilde, the deeply passionate spirit of the Victorian era was embodied in its most iconic writers. It's why we see these beloved classics adapted again and again—for the screen, for the stage, and of course, for "the ears" in radio and audiobook format.

For this roundup, we focused on titles that were published during Queen Victoria's reign from 1837 to 1901. This is why we've excluded the work of Jane Austen, an author whose books largely take place during the Regency era. To put this in historical context, Jane Austen is 37 years older than the prolific Victorian legend, Charles Dickens.

From there, we narrowed down our list to include highly rated titles with at least a minimum of 3.7 stars on Goodreads and 4 stars on Audible. Make sure to add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and don't forget to tell us what your favorite Victorian listens are in the comments.

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What's your favorite Victorian classic audiobook? Let us know in the comments!

For more inspiration, check out the Goodreads' audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

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(Top image credit: BBC's Jane Eyre Mini-Series)

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message 1: by Jana (new)

Jana The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection (found on Audible) is a great audio experience. It includes six full cast dramatizations: Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, & Persuasion.


message 2: by Thesincouch (new)

Thesincouch Jana wrote: "The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection (found on Audible) is a great audio experience. It includes six full cast dramatizations: Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride a..."

You made my day!


message 3: by Dana Al-Basha (new)

Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا I bookmarked this post! These are amazing!


message 4: by Aenea (new)

Aenea Jones To be honest, I'm very picky when it comes to audio books. I generally prefer to read the text myself, with my own pace and intonation, but when I don't like the voice of the reader, it's all over for me... ^^;


message 5: by Liz (new)

Liz I'd rather do classics in audiobook. I'd have to speed it up a bit though.


message 6: by Homefrontgirl (new)

Homefrontgirl My 6th grade son and I loved the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde audiobook. We listened to it the week of Halloween. Now it's Dracula!


message 7: by Debra Petersen (new)

Debra Petersen (Queen of Historical Fiction) Love this list. Lately, I've been listening to quite a few classic audiobooks and I have seen quite a few of them listed on here. The ones I have read on this list are Jane Eyre and the Picture of Dorian Gray. Another great Victorian read to listen to is Frankenstein and it is narrated by Dan Stevens (you might know him from Downton Abbey and the recent Disney live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Plus he's narrated a few Agatha Christie murder mysteries as well). Next on my list to listen to and read along with is The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, and Wuthering Heights. Russell Tovey (Being Human, Doctor Who, Sherlock) also does an amazing narration of Dorian Gray so that is definitely one to check out!


message 8: by Av (new)

Av Does anyone know what book the photo portrays? It looks so familiar.
Thanks.


message 9: by Dawn Michelle (new)

Dawn Michelle The Audible version of Dracula with Tim Curry and Alan Cumming is one of the best things I listened to last year. SO. FREAKING. AMAZING.


message 10: by Richard (new)

Richard Thandie Newton's reading of Jane Eyre is amazing .


message 11: by Debra Petersen (new)

Debra Petersen (Queen of Historical Fiction) Av wrote: "Does anyone know what book the photo portrays? It looks so familiar.
Thanks."


it is the Jane Eyre mini BBC series adaptation from 2006 with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. It is in my opinion, the best adaption of Jane Eyre!


message 12: by Av (last edited Apr 25, 2018 03:12PM) (new)

Av Debra wrote: "Av wrote: "Does anyone know what book the photo portrays? It looks so familiar.
Thanks."

it is the Jane Eyre mini BBC series adaptation from 2006 with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. It is in my o..."


Thank you! That's what I thought it was because it looked like Toby Stephens but I didn't recognize the actress. I also like the one with Michael Fassbender in it, even though it isn't a very good adaptation the acting is superb.


TheBohemianBookworm Debra wrote: "Love this list. Lately, I've been listening to quite a few classic audiobooks and I have seen quite a few of them listed on here. The ones I have read on this list are Jane Eyre and the Picture of ..."

Alexander Vlahos also does a version of Picture of Dorian Gray.


TheBohemianBookworm Av wrote: "Debra wrote: "Av wrote: "Does anyone know what book the photo portrays? It looks so familiar.
Thanks."

it is the Jane Eyre mini BBC series adaptation from 2006 with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens...."


Oh I love the 2011 Michael Fassbender one. It was so well done.


message 15: by Debra Petersen (new)

Debra Petersen (Queen of Historical Fiction) Av wrote: "Debra wrote: "Av wrote: "Does anyone know what book the photo portrays? It looks so familiar.
Thanks."

it is the Jane Eyre mini BBC series adaptation from 2006 with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens...."


Your welcome! The 2011 adaption is pretty good too!


message 16: by Hoolia (last edited Apr 25, 2018 06:12PM) (new)

Hoolia This post made my day! I'm really hoping they do an Audible adaptation of The Moonstone next!


message 17: by Terris (new)

Terris I've read all of these. I know I listened to "Middlemarch" last year and I liked it fine. I listened to "Far from the Madding Crowd" a couple of years ago and enjoyed it more than I expected. It made me want to read (listen to) more Hardy. I did "North and South" last month and liked it a lot. And I'm listening to "Vanity Fair" right now and am Loving it!!
I thought I might not like to listen to the classics but I have enjoyed them more than I thought. I usually like to have the physical book around so that I can look up a word or name that I missed. And I like to see the bookmark move in the actual book as I read along :)


message 18: by Carl (new)

Carl No Trollope? The Chronicles of Barsetshire are absolutely great reading. No author had a better sense of money and its impact on lives than Trollope. If you want to read just one Trollope to get a feel for how great he is, then give the Eustace Diamonds a shot. It is far better than almost all the books on this list.


message 19: by Abigayle (new)

Abigayle Claire Too bad Richard Armitage doesn't do an audiobook of North and South since he played in the adaptation. He's got a great voice and Joannae Froggatt appeals as well, so I'll be looking into some of these!


message 20: by Nicole D. (new)

Nicole D. Carl wrote: "No Trollope? The Chronicles of Barsetshire are absolutely great reading. No author had a better sense of money and its impact on lives than Trollope. If you want to read just one Trollope to get a ..."

I read The Eustace Diamonds in under 5 days. It was so great.


message 21: by Emily (last edited Apr 25, 2018 09:09PM) (new)

Emily I listened to an older audiobook version of Dracula narrated by Simon Vance only, but he did wonderfully! Every single voice was distinguishable from the rest, which is saying something when the book contains 3 Englishmen with the same accent! I haven't found that version on Audible, but I borrowed a digital version from my library.
I also borrowed a digital audiobook version of Jane Eyre narrated by Nadia May from my library. While I thought her voice a bit too old for Jane, I loved the style she used for Mr. Rochester.
I bought a different version of The Woman In White on audible than the one listed above. https://www.audible.com/pd/Classics/T...
This version has multiple narrators, which is nice! I was very impressed with Count Fosco's narrator. And each narrative was bookend-ed by music.


message 22: by Debra Petersen (new)

Debra Petersen (Queen of Historical Fiction) Abigayle wrote: "Too bad Richard Armitage doesn't do an audiobook of North and South since he played in the adaptation. He's got a great voice and Joannae Froggatt appeals as well, so I'll be looking into some of t..."

I know, that would be amazing! But he has done a few narrations for Audible. The one's that I know of are Love Poems, Romeo and Juliet, and I also really want to listen to The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. It's narrated by him and Emilia Fox. I loved her in Merlin!


message 23: by Antonio (new)

Antonio Heras Tus palabras sin sentido

Siempre me gustó el género victoriano, y mi novela intenta recrear esas obras de Jane Austen, las Brönte... con una vuelta de tuerca.


message 24: by Leni (new)

Leni Iversen Av wrote: "Debra wrote: "Av wrote: "Does anyone know what book the photo portrays? It looks so familiar.
Thanks."

it is the Jane Eyre mini BBC series adaptation from 2006 with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. It is in my o..."

Thank you! That's what I thought it was because it looked like Toby Stephens but I didn't recognize the actress."


That's funny. I looked at the picture and thought, "Hey, that's the woman who plays Alice Morgan in Luther! But who's the dude, and what costume drama is this?"


message 25: by Anam (new)

Anam Zahra I liked the blog as I love "Jane Eyre". But wait, the picture is not good at all!
I am badly missing Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska.


message 26: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Cosign; these are brilliant!

Jana wrote: "The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection (found on Audible) is a great audio experience. It includes six full cast dramatizations: Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride a..."


message 27: by Terri (new)

Terri I like to listen to cds to get the flavor of the country like in #1 Ladies Detective Agency. And I couldn't pronounce those names no matter how hard. It makes me feel like I'm sitting in the office with them. Or wherever the action takes place.


message 28: by Abigayle (new)

Abigayle Claire Ohh that sounds amazing, Debra o.o


message 29: by Nicki (new)

Nicki The Audible full cast version of Northanger Abbey: An Audible Original Drama is absolutely hilarious, I really recommend it.


message 30: by Karen (new)

Karen Av wrote: "Debra wrote: "Av wrote: "Does anyone know what book the photo portrays? It looks so familiar.
Thanks."

it is the Jane Eyre mini BBC series adaptation from 2006 with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens...."


I love both of these versions although I would ask why when Rochester is supposed to be ugly did they cast Toby Stephens and Michael Fassbender, neither of whom could be described as ugly. I am not complaining about the casting, I would watch them in anything, I am just curious about it.

I would love an audiobook version of Jane Eyre narrated by Toby or Michael.


message 31: by Karen (new)

Karen Debra wrote: "Love this list. Lately, I've been listening to quite a few classic audiobooks and I have seen quite a few of them listed on here. The ones I have read on this list are Jane Eyre and the Picture of ..."

Rupert Graves does a brilliant version of Dorian Gray.


message 32: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Nikole Av wrote: "Does anyone know what book the photo portrays? It looks so familiar.
Thanks."


I think it's the 2006 version of Jane Eyre, if memory serves me right.


message 33: by ⚣Michaelle⚣ (new)

⚣Michaelle⚣ GypsyBookworm wrote: "Alexander Vlahos also does a version of Picture of Dorian Gray. "

Oooh, I loved him in Versailles.


message 34: by julie (new)

julie I apologize for my non-audiobook related comment but I had to thank Goodreads for posting this photo! I ADORE this version of Jane Eyre! The casting is brilliant, the acting is sheer perfection. I rarely care for film versions of my favorite books because they almost always fall short. This version would make Charlotte Bronte swoon!


message 35: by Katie (new)

Katie Good list! Though, I've read/listened to them all already. ;) :D


message 36: by Cameron (new)

Cameron Mozee-Baum Richard wrote: "Thandie Newton's reading of Jane Eyre is amazing ."

I am sure it's great, I also loved the reading by Lucy Scott, also available on Audible. One of the finest performances of an audiobook I've ever listened to.


message 37: by Fabo (new)

Fabo I highly recommend David Copperfield narrated by Richard Armitage. In my top 3 favorite Audible audiobooks of all time. Also a favorite, and on my top favorites list is Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde narrated by Richard Armitage. I was familiar with the story from movies and TV versions, but had never read the book. Wasn't at all what I expected, loved it, and wonderful performance/narration by Armitage.


message 38: by Michaela (new)

Michaela Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is great! Not such a fan of Dickens though. Also liked Thomas Hardy´s The Woodlanders, read by Rufus Sewell.


message 39: by SusanInSedalia (new)

SusanInSedalia I love Great Expectations, read by Hugh Laurie.


message 40: by Judith (new)

Judith Flynn I am a very fast (too fast) reader and I’ve always been afraid that I would find audiobooks take too long. I also find, however, that I forget almost as fast as I read (my all-time record, when I had nothing better to do after I first retired, was 19 books in 19 days--books were normal length), so maybe listening instead of reading would make me remember better.


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