Ways to Listen_Full Cast Audio Production
Total Narrative Immersion, Audio-Style

Pop quiz for audio fans: have you ever listened to an audiobook read by three or more narrators? How about over 100 narrators? Full cast audio productions can range from an intimate trio to an epic orchestra of voices, and are carefully produced to reflect the unique texture of multiple points of view and character perspectives. The result is an immersive listening experience, perfect for a summer of trying new things and listening to new narrative forms. As part of our continuing Audiobook Summer: Ways to Listen series, we’re thrilled to offer this remarkable list of full cast recommendations for adults, kids, and teens.

For Adults

Winner of the 2018 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us.

“An auditory experience unlike any other, where the awareness of individual voices disappears while the carefully calibrated soundscape summons a metaphysical masterpiece. This is a tour de force of audiobook production, and a dazzling realization of Saunders’ unique authorial structure.”—Booklist, starred audio review

A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick. Listen to this electrifying full cast audiobook about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise–to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies–and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.

Discover more about the narrators of A Burning here: Meet the Cast: A Burning by Megha Majumdar.

An instant New York Times bestseller, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is the bold and brilliant follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It is a fast-paced adventure that is also a biting social commentary, asking hard, urgent questions about the way we live, our freedoms, our future, and how we handle the unknown.

Spanning more than 150 years, and set in multiple locations in colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss, imperialism, and war. A breathtaking meditation on suppressed histories and the relationship between history, memory, and storytelling, Inheritors stands in the company of Lisa Ko, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Min Jin Lee.

Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra, rogue archaeologist, is in trouble again. A pioneer in the field of criminal xenoarchaeology, Aphra recognizes no law, has no fear, and possesses no impulse control. To her, the true worth of the galactic relics she discovers isn’t found in a museum, but in an arsenal. This viewpoint has led to a lot of misunderstandings. After her latest plan goes horribly wrong, her roguish ways are on the verge of catching up to her, when suddenly Darth Vader, terror of the galaxy, swoops in with his lightsaber ignited, and…saves her life?

Full Cast Audio Productions for Kids and Teens

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.

“The audiobook edition of Omar Mohamed’s autobiography, originally a graphic novel account co-authored with Victoria Jamieson, offers listeners an experience of perfection in its storytelling, format shifting, and performance. The full cast includes many audiobook-narrating stars: Bahni Turpin, Robin Miles, JD Jackson, and Dion Graham. It also features fine performances by Somalian American actors—including Faysal Ahmed as Omar—that make this truly an #OwnVoices experience. A lush soundbed of environmental noises, as well as the realization of spatial dimension through characters speaking at slightly varied distances from their mics allows the audio to hold true to its sequential-art text.”—Booklist, starred audio review

Discover more in Meet the Cast: When Stars are Scattered.

Thirty award-winning authors and illustrators—including Renee Watson (Piecing Me Together), Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon), Meg Medina (Merci Suarez Changes Gears), and Adam Gidwitz (The Inquisitor’s Tale)—engage young people in frank discussions about racism, identity, and self-esteem. The Talk is an inspiring anthology and must-have resource published in partnership with Just Us Books, a Black-owned children’s publishing company that’s been in operation for over 30 years.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch…

“From accents to sarcastic witticism, the narration brings an entirely new and exciting layer to this superb novel. The interludes by the sassy talking computer, Magellan, are especially enjoyable and provide additional brilliance to the multifaceted world-building. While the entire novel has a serious tone, the narrators convey the wit and dry humor of each individual character as it is injected into the fast-paced plot. Kaufman and Kristoff, best-selling authors of Illuminae, have hit another home run with this space odyssey.”—Booklist, starred audio review

Brought to life by Meryl Streep and a full cast, this beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children’s literature that is “just about perfect”(New York Times).

“A top-notch recording of a beloved book and a must for all audio collections.”Booklist, starred audio review

Magic and (mis)adventures abound in this hilarious novel from the New York Times bestselling creator of the Big Nate series, performed by a full cast. This dramatization transforms the illustrated novel into a truly original audio performance and includes music and special effects.

“A full cast brings a ton of energy to this audiobook. The recording booth must be an exciting place for narrators who are portraying a medieval troubadour turned into a goose, a bumbling magician, a dastardly younger brother to the king, the king himself, a sorceress, and a band of young knights. Will these enthusiastic newbies to knightdom be able to return the kingdom of Byjovia to order? Kudos to the cast for making a hybrid work (part traditional novel/part graphic novel) into a seamless audio production.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

For more recommendations, check out our Full Cast and Multi-Reader Productions Collection.