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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


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

 

 

53 hours


Shogun
,
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
 Andersonville,
by Mackinlay Kantor, read by Grover Gardner

 

 

35 hours


 Middlemarch,
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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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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