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The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks  

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In this fast-paced world we live in, it seems not everyone has time to actually sit down and read a book. Though audiobooks were once viewed as little more than multi-part cassettes filled with motivational wisdom, in the last decade or so they've enjoyed a renaissance. Along with an increase in audiobooks is an increase in authors who narrate their own books. As there's often no one better to capture the tone of a book than the person who wrote it, finding the best audiobooks can come down to finding an one that's read by the author themselves. From fiction to memoir, Stephen King to Elizabeth Gilbert, you can listen to an author read their book to you.

These days a great audiobook can be a form of entertainment all on its own, as the best stories come to life complete with emotion and a vibrancy that can be missed in the written word. In many cases, audiobooks have even eclipsed their written counterparts, partially because they bring stories to life in a new way and partially because it's so easy now to carry a whole audio library around with you. The best audiobooks narrated by the author are filled with passion and enthusiasm, and you can be sure you're hearing the book the way it was meant to be heard. With every pause, emphasis, or breath, the author-narrated audiobooks on this list are captivating and authentic from start to finish. Try Audible and get two free audiobooks - allowing you to easily indulge in the voice of your favorite author-narrator.

It's time to put away your paperback, stop licking your thumb, or worrying about papercuts - pop in your headphones, and vote up the authors who've done the best narrating their books.

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 47

Books Narrated: Yes Please

Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved ...more
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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)

Books Narrated: 

Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, And Still I Rise: A Selection of Poems Read by the Author, A Song Flung Up To Heaven, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Hallelujah! the Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer, Letter to My Daughter, Mom & Me & Mom

Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of ...more
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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 88

Books Narrated: Song of Solomon, Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Sula, A Mercy, Who's Got Game?, Jazz, God Help the Child, Paradise, Home, Love

Toni Morrison (February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019) was an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. ...more
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David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 62

Books Narrated: Me Talk Pretty One Day, Calypso, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Theft by Finding,  Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Barrel Fever and Other Stories, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall, David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure

David Raymond Sedaris is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand ...more
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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 71

Books Narrated: Salem's Lot, On Writing, Needful Things, Skeleton Crew, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Elevation, The Wind Through The Keyhole, Bag of Bones, Desperation

Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which ...more
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Logic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 29

Books Narrated: Supermarket

Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet following and is a member of ...more
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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 57

Books Narrated: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Dreams from My Father

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The first African American to assume the ...more
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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 58

Books Narrated: Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book, Stardust, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Coraline, Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, Trigger Warning, The View from the Cheap Seats, Fortunately, the Milk, M is for Magic, Odd and the Frost Giants, A Study in Emerald, American Gods, The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, Art Matters, Instructions, The Monarch of the Glen

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and ...more
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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 53

Books Narrated: The Kite Runner, And the Mountains Echoed

Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, an occupation that he likened to "an arranged ...more
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Barbara Kingsolver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 63

Books Narrated: Unsheltered, Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, Small Wonder: Essays, Prodigal Summer

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in biology at ...more
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Elizabeth Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 49

Books Narrated: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth M. Gilbert is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist and memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 ...more
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Douglas Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
Dec. at 49 (1952-2001)

Books Narrated: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Life, the Universe and Everything, Mostly Harmless, Dirk Gently, Restaurant at the End of the Universe, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 6: Hexagonal Phase

Douglas Noel Adams was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy ...more
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Jacqueline Woodson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 56

Books Narrated: Brown Girl Dreaming, Harbor Me, If You Come Softly, The Day You Begin, Show Way, Visiting Day

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for Miracle's Boys, which won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001 and her Newbery Honor-winning ...more
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Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)

Books Narrated: Farenheight 451, Ray Bradbury Himself Reads 19 Complete Stories: The Grand Master of Inner Space and Outer Space

Ray Douglas Bradbury was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories ...more
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Elan Mastai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks

Books narrated: All Our Wrong Todays

Elan Mastai is a screenwriter.
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Lisa Genova is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 49

Books Narrated: Still Alice

Lisa Genova is an American neuroscientist and author. She self-published her debut novel Still Alice, about a Harvard professor who suffers early onset Alzheimer's disease. The book gained ...more
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Moshin Hamid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks

Books Narrated: Exit West, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Discontent and Its Civilizations

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Rachel Kushner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 51

Books Narrated: The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner is an American writer, known for her novels Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers.
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Thomas Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 78

Books Narrated: Cari Mora

Thomas Harris is an American author and screenwriter, best known for a series of suspense novels about his most famous character, Hannibal Lecter. All of his works have been made into films, the ...more
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Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 54

Books Narrated: Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Love Life

Robert Hepler "Rob" Lowe is an American film and television actor. He garnered fame after appearing in such films as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night..., St. Elmo's Fire, ...more
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Lauren Groff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 40

Books Narrated: Florida

Lauren Groff is an American novelist and short story writer.