Travel Companions: Celebrity Narrated Audio Books for Summer Travel

It seems like there’s been a major uptick in the amount of audio books being narrated by celebrities. Personally, I think its great. I’m very picky about my audio book narrators and I think celebrities add a lot more flavor and personality into the readings. They do more voices, more impersonations. Having a toddler in tow, I’m definitely looking at audio books for his entertainment as well. Particularly for those long car rides to Southern California. These a few of the titles on my list.

For Families 

  • Kate Winslet narrates Matilda by Roald Dahl & The Mr. Gum Collection by Andy Stanton
  • Anne Hathaway narrates the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  • Jeremy Irons narrates James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Neil Patrick Harris narrates the Ribsy and Henry and the Paper Route by Beverly Cleary
  • Tim Curry narrates the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • David Tennant narrates from the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell

Ensemble Casts

  • Wreck-It Ralph: Read-Along storybook and CD; performed by: Nolan North; voices, John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling
  • The Bipplo Seed & Other Lost Stories; performed by: Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, Jason Lee, Joan Cusack, Edward Herrmann, William H. Macy, and Peter Dinklage

For Teens

  • Ian McKellen narrates Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
  • Wil Wheaton narrates Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Jesse Eisenberg narrates the Curse Workers series by Holly Black
  • Sissy Spacek narrates To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

For Adults

  • Martin Freeman narrates from the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Alan Rickman narrates The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  • Claire Danes narrates The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
  • Benedict Cumberbatch narrates the Thrilling Stories of the Railway by Victor Whitechurch
  • Tom Hiddleston narrates Octopussy & the Living Daylights by Ian Fleming

Autobiographies

    • Bossypants
  • Billy Crystal narrates his book Still Foolin’ Em
  • Johnny Depp narrates Life by Keith Richards

Are there any that I missed? There are so many European versions that we don’t access to in the US, sadly. If someone knows of an international audio book exchange, please let me know!

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