What Audio books would you recommend in which the narrator is outstanding? Historical fiction, Thrillers, And psychological thrillers

What Audio books would you recommend in which the narrator is outstanding?

Historical fiction,


And psychological thrillers

Thank you in advance:)

61 Answers

  • Not an audiobook as such but i highly reccomend dark histories podcast, the authors voice is like no other.

  • I loved Girl on the Train and the BA Paris books. Also, The Silent Child. The Girl in the Red Coat… suspense novels that are just fun to listen to.

  • Oh and Outlander was an awesome listen, too! I have too many favorites to name! 😊😊

  • Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, narrated by Dan Stevens

  • I also really liked Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer books on audio

  • Also John Sandford’s Prey novels (& Vigil Flowers novels)

  • Louise Penny’s. Inspector Gamache series. The narrator is fantastic. I could listen to him read a cookbook! 😊

  • Anything by Clive Cussler, Steve Berry or Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child that is narrated by Scott Brick!

  • Anything narrated by Dick Hill, such as Connelly’s Harry Bosch series.

    • Ditto this comment on Dick Hill, especially Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher series!

  • My auto buy audiobooks are JD Robb’s In Death series. I love the narrator. I can’t read the physical books without hearing her voice. She does a great job with distinguishing voices for all of the characters.

  • The James Lee Burke audio books read by Will Patton have fantastic narration.

  • The Outlander Series(historical fiction)

    The Woman in the Window, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Wife Between Us, The Last Mrs Parrish (all psychological thrillers)

    I’m currently listening to The Magpie Murders! It’s pretty good.

    • Ditto on the Outlander series! Davina Porter is amazing!

  • I’ll second the Inpector Gamache series by Louise Penny. (1st book is ‘Still Life’) I’ll only consume these books in audio format.

    Also the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow. It’s set in Alaska. Marguerite Gavin narrates.

    Some favorite narrators: Simon Vance, George Guidall, Barbara Rosenblatt, Steve Weeks, Simon Prebble.

    • Book sisters! Those are some of my favorite narrators too. First audiobook I listened to was Tony Hillerman read by George Guidall, I was hooked! Will have to try Kate Shugak, I looked at her books…

    • Carolyn Newsome they’re great. Read them in order. Marguerite Gavin is another narrator who I seek out. Bonus! Sadly…I’m all caught up in this series.

  • Lonesome Dove read by Will Patton…I love listening to John Sandford’s Prey series ( not for the faint of heart!) and Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer series too. Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlings and James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux books are great mysteries to listen to…

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Nix by Nathan Hill. Both are excellent books with top notch narration.

  • Anything Jim Dale narrates! So far I’ve listened to him on all 7 Harry Potter books and The Night Circus.

  • James Lee Burke’s “In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead” read by Mark Hammer. Burke’s lyrical prose combined with Hammer’s beautiful voice makes this mystery truly an outstanding audible experience.

  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King has beautiful narration and a story the kept me wanting to stay in my car to finish.

  • Love the Gamache series and the narrator. The original narrator passed away several years ago. Jennifer Ikeda‘s narration of the All Souls Trilogy is outstanding.

  • Has Benedict Cumberbatch ever done any audiobooks because I would listen to him read the yellow pages!!!!

    • My library has two audiobooks featuring him narrating. Sherlock Holmes: the rediscovered railway mysteries by John Taylor
      Thrilling Stories of the Railway by Victor L Whitechurch


  • Alafair Burke’s The Ex and The Wife are well narrated
    The Broken Girls by Simone St James
    Karina Halle Experiment in Terror the first three have good a narrator—but I suggest listening to a sample. The voice may not be for everyone.
    The Ghostwriter

  • Gerard Doyle aka
    Michael Deehey narrates 2 great mystery series – Deborah Crombies’ Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series and Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy series. He’s my favorite narrator. Really good books made great by Doyle’s narration.

  • Davina Porter. Outlander series.
    Donada Peters. Clan of Cave Bear series.

  • All books by Kate Morton have an excellent story and narrator, Letters to the Lost was also excellent . Just finished Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.. I recommend all of them for the narrator and story.

  • I’m currently listening to Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Orphan Train). The story is based on history and the two narrators are fantastic. I don’t want this book to end.

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — the narrator helped immensely with the Swedish pronunciations.

  • Behind Her Eyes- mystery I’m in the middle of and can’t turn off. Multiple narrators.

  • I just finished And Then There Were None by A. Christie, narrated by Dan Stevens. I was really impressed with his management of all the different voices. When I googled him I realized he played wonderful “Matthew” on Downton Abbey. He’s quite talented, besides being so easy on the eyes. I guess you’d say he was easy on my ears too. 😍

  • I’ve started The Book of Night Women and enjoying the narrator quite a lot (story too but I’m not in quite far enough to tell).

    • Best audio book I heard last year. But the novel itself is best done as if it is a play… heard rather than read.

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  • Artemis by Andy Weir, read by Rosario Dawson. She did an excellent job of narrating the story and was able to capture the grit and attitude of the main character!

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