Audiobooks with Amazing Casts

Posted by Cybil on February 1, 2017

For those who love a great audiobook cast, George Saunders's new novel Lincoln in the Bardo seems especially appealing: The audiobook will feature a cast of 166 narrators including the voices of Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, Julianne Moore, Mary Karr, Don Cheadle, and the author himself.

"I love the way that the variety of contemporary American voices mimics and underscores the feeling I tried to evoke in the book: a sort of American chorale," Saunders told TIME, adding that there is one voice for every character in his book. The Lincoln in the Bardo audiobook goes on sale on February 14.

With Saunders's new audiobook possibly becoming a new Guinness World Record holder for most individuals' voices on an audiobook (his publisher is applying for the distinction), it made us think of more great casts to add to our playlists.

And if you want even more audiobook inspiration, check out Goodreads' audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

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American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
This full-cast performance was completed for the 10th anniversary edition of American Gods with the author's updated and expanded text. Listen to this one before it comes to television later this year.

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Assassination Vacation
by Sarah Vowell
Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Dave Eggers, Catherine Keener, Stephen King, and Tony Kushner lend their voices to Vowell's witty road trip through American history.

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World War Z
by Max Brooks
This cast includes director Martin Scorsese, The Walking Dead show creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, actor Simon Pegg, along with the author himself as The Interviewer.

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Ender's Game Alive
by Orson Scott Card
Card reimagines his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic, and with a talented cast he takes you into Battle School with young Andrew "Ender" Wiggin as he trains to become a general.

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Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
In the audiobook version of this adored young adult fantasy, each of the seven narrators takes a turn providing their point of view as part of a rugged group attempting to pull off a deadly heist with a potentially huge payday.

Tell us your favorite audiobook cast in the comments! Then check out Goodreads' new audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

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message 1: by berthamason (new)

berthamason Are there any audiobooks out there narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch?

message 2: by Cybil, Goodreads employee (new)

Cybil Poliana wrote: "Are there any audiobooks out there narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch?" Funny you should ask! The answer, it turns out, is yes:

message 3: by berthamason (new)

berthamason Cybil wrote: "Poliana wrote: "Are there any audiobooks out there narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch?" Funny you should ask! The answer, it turns out, is yes:"

Thanks! :)

message 4: by Rachel (new)

Rachel England-Brassy The BBC Good Omens by Pratchett & Gaiman is brilliant too - as is the Beeb's Bleak Expectations series.

message 5: by Rachel (new)

Rachel England-Brassy Also all of the Ben Aaronovitch 'PC Peter Grant' series are brilliantly read too.

message 6: by Tal (new)

Tal Don't forget Graphic Audio!!!

message 7: by Katherine (last edited Feb 02, 2017 03:46AM) (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Any Cathy Glass audiobook- They are all narrated by Denica Fairman and are brilliant in themselves but her portrayal of the different characters is amazing. I also like any Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager or Deep Space 9 book that is narrated by one of the actors from the series. This, along with the sound effects and music on the recording, makes the books even better to listen to: I do feel that the only downside is that Audible abridges many of them, so you are not getting the full story like you would with the print book. I have print versions of my favourite books in these series to fall back on, but the print (for me) is sometimes too small. Many of the earlier books were released decades ago so complete and updated versions of the audiobooks would be great. I have found some on Amazon and in second hand stores but they are harder to come by than they used to be. The book The Help is also really well narrated. A great narrator makes for a great audiobook! Bad narrators are a real turnoff.
I have got into the habit of checking the reviews on audible before buying. If the general consensus from readers/ buyers is that the book is ruined by bad narration I won't buy it or, if I really want the book, I buy the ebook or search NetGalley.

message 8: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Kehoe The audiobooks for Illuminae and Gemina had a full cast. I swear it was like listening to a movie, with sound effects and everything.

message 9: by Tal (new)

Tal Deborah wrote: "The audiobooks for Illuminae and Gemina had a full cast. I swear it was like listening to a movie, with sound effects and everything."

Thanks, been looking for those!

message 10: by Gigiabob (new)

Gigiabob I found narration by Stefan Rudnicki in the Empire of Man (John RIngo and David Weber) and narration by LJ Ganser in Ringo's "Looking Glass" series to have added another dimension to the tale that simple reading missed.

message 11: by Jess (new)

Jess The drama theatre of The Chronicles of Narnia is my favorite. 19 discs of all seven books with sound effects, multiple readers, and endless magic.

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