Books are a gateway to a land of fantasy we all want to escape. The beauty of the books is their ability to give us just necessary details for us to construct all those scenes in our mind and let them play out as the author wishes. Every now and then we see the books adapted into movies and plays. Sadly, not a lot of avid book readers are fond of these media. But there is a golden mid-point – audio books. Audio books are a perfect blend of the best of books and movies. Dramatic audio books also have sound effects whereas just audio books have fantastic narrators who just transport us to another dimension. Audio books also have the added advantage of not needing enough lighting or interrupted by turbulence (which book readers will agree is a bonus).
There have been many Hollywood actors who have graced books by lending their voices and you have to hear to believe what an enchanting experience it is. If you don't know where to start, we have the perfect list for you.
We already know how powerful this gentleman's voice is. Along with his voice and his acting abilities, he manages to hold everyone's attention while he is on screen. But you will believe us about his voice when you listen to his audio books.
Books you should listen to – Lolita, The Alchemist, King's English.
Just when you though the Harry Potter series couldn't get any more magical, comes an audiobook version narrated by Stephen Fry. This comedian and actor, who was also a radio presenter, read out essays to his listeners. With a variety of ways to emote and inflections up his sleeve, he is a treat to listen to.
Books you should listen to – Harry Potter Series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
If the face seems familiar, you have seen him in movies like GoldenEye and X2. If you are fond of Scottish accents (who isn't?), Alan Cumming is the go-to narrator. His reading of Macbeth: A Novel was widely appreciated.
Books you should listen to – Macbeth: A Novel, About a Boy, Leviathan.
Samuel L. Jackson
This rocking star manages to even make the book bad-ass with his narrative style. He has also lent his voice to The Bible Experience: The New Testament as the voice of God.
Books you should listen to – A Rage in Harlem, The Bible Experience: The New Testament.
This guy is a true gentleman and we already know he makes math sound sexy. But you have to listen to him narrate a novel to believe everything he reads turns to pure gold.
Books you should listen to – The Red Necklace, High Rise, Octopussy.
Wanda is remembered for her movies like Patch Adams and Dopamine but is fondly remembered for her narration of audio books. She has been reading since the 1980s and her credits include a lot of classics, which she enhances with her voice.
Books you should listen to – Lady Macbeth, Jane Eyre, The Proud Tower.
It's time to the hunt audio version for your favorite books but before that, give these books a try and let us know how you find them in the comments below.
– Article images by Utsav Patel.