At 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.
Jerusalem, by Alan Moore, read by Simon Vance
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Shogun, by James Clavell, read by Ralph Lister
World Without End, by Ken Follett, read by John Lee
Written in my Own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter
Andersonville, by Mackinlay Kantor, read by Grover Gardner
Middlemarch, by George Elliot, read by Juliet Stevenson
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, read by David Pittu
The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens, read by David Timson
Mary Called Magdalene, by Margaret George, read by Kate Reading