Listen List

About the Listen List The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration seeks to highlight outstanding audiobook titles that merit special attention by general adult listeners and the librarians who work with them.

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2014 Winner(s)

The Warden

by Anthony Trollope. Narrated by David Shaw-Parker. NAXOS AudioBooks. (ISBN 9781843796862)

Shaw-Parker inhabits the role of Trollope’s amiable narrator in this social drama of English village life as he companionably guides readers through the often-amusing perils of ecclesiastical politics. With a splendid mix of gleeful pomposity and heartfelt sympathy, he portrays the whimsical cast and their stories just as Trollope must have imagined them.


  • “Cranford” by Elizabeth Gaskell. Narrated by Nadia May. Blackstone Audio.
  • “My Man Jeeves” by P. G. Wodehouse. Narrated by Jonathan Cecil. Blackstone Audio.
  • “Pickwick Papers” by Charles Dickens. Read by David Timson. Naxos AudioBooks.

World War Z

by Max Brooks. Narrated by a full cast. Books on Tape/Random House Audio. (ISBN 9780449807897)

Melancholy in tone and rich in social insights rather than action-packed disaster, this futuristic apocalyptic “mockumentary” of life after the zombie wars features vivid characterizations and smart, provocative commentary. The well-staged interviews performed by an all-star cast of 40 skilled narrators project a you-are-there feel.


  • “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. Narrated by a full cast. Recorded Books.
  • “Earth Unaware” by Orson Scott Card. Narrated by a full cast. Macmillan Audio.
  • “Zone One” by Colson Whitehead. Narrated by Beresford Bennett. Books on Tape.