10 Engrossing Audiobooks Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch

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It's not uncommon to hear someone say they'd gladly listen to Benedict Cumberbatch reading the phone book – but the good news is that you don't have to. He's narrated a number of audiobooks that prove far more interesting. And besides, where does one even find a phonebook these days?

10 Engrossing Audiobooks Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch

Death in a White Tie

Death in a White Tie

Author: Ngaio Marsh
This golden age mystery begins with a body in the back of a taxi. The social season has begun, and as singles and their chaperones are busy planning teas and balls, a blackmailer is hard at work stalking new victims.

Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knows something's afoot, but unfortunately, someone else is one step ahead of him.

Get it: Audiobook

 

Artists in Crime

Artists in Crime

Author: Ngaio Marsh

What began as a student exercise quickly turns into murder in this golden age detective novel. When an artist and instructor returns to her classroom, the model's pose has been re-enacted…except the model is dead.

It proves challenging for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn to see the woman he loves as a murderess, but he can't rule out any suspects without proof.

Get it: Audiobook

 

Scales of Justice

Scales of Justice

Author: Ngaio Marsh

In this golden age mystery, Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn is busy with the investigation of a murder in a community where everyone is trying to catch a local monster trout. Someone managed to catch it – but the trout was left next to a freshly-murdered body.

Get it: Audiobook

 

Thrilling Stores of the Railway

Thrilling Stories of the Railway

Author: Victor Whitechurch

Famed vegetarian railway detective Thorpe Hazell stars in five mysteries read by Benedict Cumberbatch:

  • The Affair of the German Dispatch-Box
  • Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture
  • The Affair of the Corridor Express
  • The Stolen Necklace
  • The Affair of the Birmingham Bank

Get it: Audiobook

 

The Order of Time

The Order of Time

Author:Carlo Rovelli

If you enjoy creative non-fiction about physics, time, and the nature of existence, this one will surely capture your attention. Considered by some to be “the next Stephen Hawking”, Carlo Rovelli shares this beautiful and captivating exploration of the nature of time.

Get it: Audiobook

 

Double Blind

Double Blind

Author: Edward St. Aubyn

Set between London, Big Sur, Sussex, and Cap d'Antibes, this novel follows a group of close friends through a year of personal and professional transformation. Exploring themes of inheritance, freedom, determinism, and consciousness, it's an intelligent novel about the human experience.

Get it: Audiobook

 

The Spire

The Spire

Author: William Golding

In spite of professional advice to the contrary, Dean Jocelin believes his god has called him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. With unwavering belief in his goal (nevermind the insufficient foundation of the cathedral), he proceeds to build the spire, leading to trouble in every area of his life.

William Golding's classic tale of man's will vs. god's will was inspired by the spire on Salisbury Cathedral. When he taught at Bishop Wordsworth's SChool, his classroom window had a view of it, leading him to wonder how he'd go about constructing the spire.

Get it: Audiobook

 

Ian Kelly's Casanova

Ian Kelly's Casanova

Author: Ian Kelly

Author Ian Kelly has written one of the most compelling biographies of one of history's most beguiling men. It draws on source documents and accounts of friends and lovers to shed new light on the man known worldwide for his amorous activities.

Get it: Audiobook

 

CASANOVA

Casanova

Author: Giacomo Casanova

This film tie-in audiobook is essentially just a reading of the first part of the Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova – but with Benedict Cumberbatch doing the reading, it becomes something special.

Get it: Audiobook

 

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

Author: Franz Kafka

This BBC 4 Radio production features Benedict Cumberbatch narrating the classic Kafka tale of Gregor Samsa, a man who wakes from a night of troubled dreams to learn he's turned into a human-sized cockroach-like creature. Though he eventually comes to terms with the change, those around him are horrified and disgusted…and then painfully indifferent to his existence.

Get it: Audiobook

 

Will There Be More Audiobooks Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch?

Ever since Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch has been a pretty hot commodity – so it's hard to say how much time he has for audiobook narration. With any luck, though, he'll find a way to fit one in every now and then. We'd love to hear him narrating an ongoing mystery series…or historical fiction…or non-fiction. Really, pretty much anything except a book about penguins.

Or maybe ESPECIALLY a book about penguins.

 

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