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The Best Longest Audiobooks Read by a Single (Likely Exhausted) Narrator

jerusalemAt one million words and 61 hours, Alan Moore’s Jerusalem tops the list of longest audiobooks—but don’t let that dissuade you from listening to it. Narrator Simon Vance’s informed reading makes Moore’s hallucinogenic style and provocative ideas intelligible.

But not every narrator has the skill and energy required to make a lengthy book exceptional listening. These narrators do. Here’s a toast to fine performers able to sustain our interest for over 30 hours with these fabulous books, listed from longest to shortest and linked to their Booklist reviews.


61 Hours

by Alan Moore, read by Simon Vance
Editor’s note: Like, woah!



53 hours

by James Clavell, read by Ralph Lister



46 hours
World Without End
by Ken Follett, read by John Lee



44 hours
Written in my Own Heart’s Blood
by Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter



37 hours
by Mackinlay Kantor, read by Grover Gardner



35 hours

by George Elliot, read by Juliet Stevenson



32 hours

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt, read by David Pittu



32 hours

 The Pickwick Papers,
by Charles Dickens, read by David Timson



31 hours

 Mary Called Magdalene,
by Margaret George, read by Kate Reading





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About the Author:

Joyce Saricks is Booklist's Audio Editor. In addition to overseeing audiobook coverage, she writes the column "At Leisure with Joyce Saricks." While listening to audiobooks, she enjoys her hobbies—cooking, walking, and traveling. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Joyce.

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