10 Fabulous Audiobooks With Celebrity Narrators

There are some really awesome audiobooks available in OverDrive right with great celebrity narrators.  You are going to find famous people such as Dan Stevens from Downton AbbeyLin Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame,  Betty White from tv’s Golden Girlsand even Reese Witherspoon.

Famous people tend to lend a touch of familiarity to listening to a great book and we are presenting you with 15 different ones for both teens and adults.  We’ve included a link to the audio in OverDrive and some background information about each book.

As always, if you have questions for us don’t hesitate to email us at readingadvised@gmail.com.  Now, put on those headphones and be prepared to be swept away.

 

About Tim Curry:

Tim Curry is versatile stage and screen actor best known for his role in the screen adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  He also appeared in the movies Clue and Scary Movie 2.  He is known for lending his voice to dozens of audiobooks.

Summary:

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket  — Goodreads.com

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About Dan Stevens:

Stevens is a British actor probably best known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the BBC series, Downton Abbey.  He also recently starred as David Haller on the tv series Legion.  He is good friends with actor Benedict Cumberbatch and also known for his starring roles in a variety of Agatha Christie television mysteries.

Summary:

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again — Goodreads.com

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About Aziz Ansari:

The versatile actor is probably best known for his roles in the much-loved tv series Parks and Recreation and the 2010 movie, Get Him to the Greek.  

 

Summary:

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.  — Goodreads.com

 

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About Leah Remini:

Remini is a famous actress, tv talk show host, and former member of the Scientology church (which she details her escape from in the above book).  She is known far and wide for her role as Carrie Heffernan in The King of Queens tv series.  She also had a role as Stacey Carosi in the long-running teen sitcom, Saved By the Bell.

Summary:

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.

That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.

Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.

But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.

Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.  — Goodreads.com

 

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About Reese Witherspoon:

Witherspoon is probably one of the busiest actresses out there. She is a wife, mother, book club leader, actress, and activist.  She rocketed to fame with her breakout role as Elle Woods in the 2001 movie, Legally Blonde.  The next year she followed that up with hit, Sweet Home Alabama.  One of Witherspoon’s more recent roles is hosting a book club called Hello, Sunshine

 

Summary:

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—”Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her.

Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a MockingbirdGo Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.  — Goodreads.com

 

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About Lin-Manuel Miranda:

Miranda is best known for his 2016 Pulitzer Prize win for the incredible Hamilton: An American Musical.  He is also known for starring in the 2018 Mary Poppins Returns.  He is a versatile actor both on stage and screen and has won many awards.

Summary:

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.  — Goodreads.com

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About Kathleen Wilhoite:

Kathleen Wilhoite is known for her roles as Liz Danes on the much-beloved tv series, The Gilmore Girls.  She also played the troubled Chloe Lewis on the long-lived series, ER.   Wilhoite is also known as the voice of the cartoon character Pepper Ann that aired on ABC on Saturday mornings from 1997-2000.

Summary:

Bernadette Fox has vanished.

When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades.

Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother. — Goodreads.com

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About Ann Dowd:

Dowd is known for starring as Aunt Lydia in 2017-2019 tv series, The Handmaids Tale (on which the above audiobook is based).  She also won an Emmy nomination for this role.  She also played Bonnie Newton in the 2014 tv mini-series Olive Kitteridge (based on the award-winning book).

Summary:

When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her–freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.  — Goodreads.com

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About Wil Wheaton:

Wheaton is known far and wide for his role as Wesley Crusher on the tv series, Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He is known as the nemesis of Sheldon Cooper on the tv series, The Big Bang Theory.  Wheaton first gained international acclaim in the 1986 movie, Stand by Me.  

Summary:

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.  — Goodreads.com

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About Betty White:

Betty White is probably the world’s most famous senior citizen.  She is known for her roles as Sue Ann on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Elka on Hot in Cleveland.  However, she is known the world over for her role as the ditzy Rose Nylund on the much loved tv show The Golden Girls. Ironically, the actress was originally considered to play the role of Blanche Deveraux on the latter.   She is member of the Television Hall of Fame.

Summary:

It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between.

Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White’s wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty’s candid take on everything from her rumored crush on Robert Redford (true) to her beauty regimen (“I have no idea what color my hair is and I never intend to find out”) to the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host Saturday Night Live despite her having declined the hosting job three times already.

Featuring all-new material, with a focus on the past fifteen years of her life, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and to the point-just like Betty White. — Goodreads.com

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