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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 (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early ...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 ( (listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, ...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

Chloe Anthony Wofford "Toni" Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019) was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at ...more
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Logic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 29

Books Narrated: Supermarket

Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet ...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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David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 6 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 (; born December 26, 1956) is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his ...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 ( (listen); born August 4, 1961) is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the ...more
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Barbara Kingsolver is listed (or ranked) 8 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 (born April 8, 1955) 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 ...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 (Persian: خالد حسینی‎ [ˈxɒled hoˈsejni]; ; born March 4, 1965) is an Afghan-American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, a ...more
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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 10 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 (; born Neil Richard Gaiman, 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His ...more
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Douglas Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 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 (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, screenwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. Adams was author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which ...more
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Elizabeth Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 12 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 (born July 18, 1969) is an American author. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 had spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best ...more
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Elan Mastai is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Jacqueline Woodson is listed (or ranked) 14 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 (born February 12, 1963) is an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for Miracle's Boys, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl ...more
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Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 15 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 (; August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter. He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery ...more
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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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Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Lowe (; born March 17, 1964) is an American actor, producer, and director. He is the recipient of two Screen Actors Guild Awards and has been nominated for six Golden Globes Awards ...more
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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

William Thomas Harris III (born September 22, 1940) is an American writer, best known for a series of suspense novels about his most famous character, Hannibal Lecter. The majority of his works ...more
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Rachel Kushner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Authors Who Narrate Their Own Audiobooks
age 51

Books Narrated: The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner (born 1968) is an American writer, known for her novels Telex from Cuba (2008), The Flamethrowers (2013), and The Mars Room (2018). She lives in Los Angeles.
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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 (born July 23, 1978) is an American novelist and short story writer. She has written three novels and two short story collections.