Cozy Up with Your Favourite Celebrity-Narrated Audiobook
Grand adventure awaits with these exciting audiobooks narrated by some of your favourite celebs
Have you ever recognized an actor purely because of the sound of his or her voice? Have you ever thought I know that person just from their off-screen dialogue? We don’t just love our favourite celebrities because of their looks; we love their speech, personalities and quirks. It’s one of the reasons audiobooks with celebrity narrators are so popular.
Listening to your favourite celebrities narrate is personal and intimate, almost like hanging out with a friend. Combine that with exciting and action filled audiobooks and you have everything you need for a cozy night in.
You can spice up any night when you have your celebrity BFFs over for the evening.
Adventure stories give us a much-needed break and the right title can feel like comfort food, familiar fare to help you relax and feel better at the end of a stressful day. And when celebrity narrators bring their characteristic charm and personality to these classic stories, it’s even better. Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy these four incredible audiobook titles narrated by some of the most notable talent in Hollywood.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Narrated by Scarlett Johansson
Go down the rabbit hole with one of literature’s most memorable adventure stories. Follow Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and re-connect with beloved characters such as the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts.
This title, along with its sequel Through the Looking Glass, has influenced a who’s-who of artists and pop culture creators over the years, including surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, musician John Lennon and filmmaker Tim Burton. The story has charmed yet another artist — Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson, who brings a playful energy to her narration of Lewis Carroll’s classic.
You’ve seen Johansson on screen in acclaimed films like Lost in Translation, Marriage Story, and the Marvel films, but she’ll really knock your socks off with her incredible narration of Carroll’s absurdist classic. Johansson breathes life into every character with a voice and personality all their own.
This unique tale of a young girl who must use her wits and bravery to navigate an ever “curiouser and curiouser” world before she can find her way home again is brought to life through Johansson’s energetic and whimsical performance.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Narrated by Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman may be best known for playing Ron Swanson, the hilarious, hard-drinking, woodworking, meat-eating character on TV’s Parks & Recreation, who could easily have been a Mark Twain character himself. So, we can think of none better than Offerman to narrate this classic story of boyhood mischief and adventure.
Offerman has made no secret of diving deeply into any projects he undertakes — like the hand-carved canoes he produces out of his personal woodworking shop (notice the one called Huckleberry!) — and he brings that same kind of gravitas to the narration of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Grounded and jovial in equal measure, Offerman’s voice helps paint a portrait of the fictional 1840s town of St. Petersburg, inspired by the town of Hannibal Missouri where Twain grew up.
We follow the adventures of Tom Sawyer, the charming and enterprising youth who has since become a literary icon. The story goes that Mark Twain could never make up his mind whether this work should be for children or grownups making the experience all the better for listeners of any age.
Whether you’re listening to recall a time in your own childhood, or introducing your own children to this story for the first time, you’ll be mesmerized from the moment you press play thanks to Twain’s fantastic storytelling and Offerman’s charismatic narration.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Narrated by Elijah Wood
It’s impossible to discuss Tom Sawyer without acknowledging his best friend and fellow adventurer Huckleberry Finn. These two titles go hand in hand and there’s something uniquely satisfying about finishing Tom’s part of the story and then queuing up the next adventure with Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Ernest Hemingway famously said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn," and while Huck’s trip down the Mississippi with his pal Jim is a more serious and thoughtful story than Tom’s, it’s nevertheless extremely entertaining. If Tom’s story is about leaving childhood behind, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about the realities of adult life and the struggles that come with them.
No one is more familiar with this coming-of-age tale of action and adventure than actor Elijah Wood, who played Huck on the big screen in 1993’s The Adventures of Huck Finn. He re-unites with the character to provide narration for the Audible Signature Classics audiobook version of this much-loved story.
Wood’s refreshing, naturalistic narration of the beloved story even won the Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine.
The Odyssey Narrated by Claire Danes
Being at home doesn’t have to be boring when you can climb under the blankets with a hot cup of tea (or a frothy mug of ale!) and discover a world of gods, monsters, heroes and epic battles with The Odyssey.
The story of Odysseus’ journey home to Ithaca after the Trojan War to reunite with his wife and son could be hailed as the first true adventure story in Western literature — and you can hear the epic poem come to life on Audible thanks to fiery narration from acclaimed actress Claire Danes. Known for her work on the big and small screen including playing CIA agent Carrie Mathison on the heart-pounding series “Homeland”, Danes brings this listen to life with an energetic and outgoing performance.
For those who are new to Homer, you’ll be dazzled by Odysseus and his crew as they escape the song of the sirens, outwit the great Cyclops and battle Poseidon’s fury on the high tides. If you love this classic, what better way to introduce your teenager to this great pillar of literature than with a riveting audiobook you can listen to together.
Let Claire Danes be your guide as you set sail on this epic adventure!
Explore these and other great listens at Audible Canada — our massive library of titles is guaranteed to have something you’ll love. And with so many of our titles narrated by talented celebrities, it’ll never feel like you’re listening alone.
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