Since 1992, AudioFile has bestowed the Golden Voice prize on only 24 voice artists, including Frank Muller, George Guidall, Barbara Rosenblat, Simon Vance, Jim Dale, Martin Jarvis, Katherine Kellgren and Scott Brick. The award celebrates an artist’s iconic role in the field of narration and honors those who have made significant contributions to the audiobook art form. Golden Voice winners are stars of the narrating universe. Find the complete list of AudioFile Golden Voices including videos, interviews, and samples of their audiobooks at here.

AudioFile Magazine’s new Golden Voices have won numerous awards, including Earphones, Audies and Best Audiobook of the Year. Individually, they narrate everything from Biography to Mystery to Science Fiction to Young Adult.

 Julia Whelan

Narrator Julia Whelan brought home the 2019 Audie Awards for Best Female Narrator and Autobiography/Memoir for her narration of Tara Westover’s Educated, which has spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. Whether she’s narrating a memoir or a novel, such as Linda Holmes’s Eevie Drake Starts Over, Julia sweeps listeners up in the characters’ emotional journeys. As an author herself (My Oxford Year), she feels empathy for all authors and thus an emotional connection to every book she narrates.

Essential Listening

Educated by Tara Westover | Read by Julia Whelan

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway | Read by Julia Whelan

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft [trans.] | Read by Julia Whelan

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | Read by Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh | Read by Julia Whelan

 Ramón de Ocampo

As the voice of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid audiobooks, Los Angeles-based actor Ramón de Ocampo has an army of young fans. He brings authenticity to children’s and young adult audiobooks, connecting with coming-of-age stories and taking the listener on an emotional journey. The winner of multiple Earphones Awards and an Audie Award, Ramón is also a stage and screen actor.

Essential Listening

Free Lunch by Rex Ogle | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly | Read by Ramón de Ocampo, Amielynn Abellera

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

 JD Jackson

JD Jackson narrated the audiobook versions of two 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners — Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys (Fiction) and Jericho Brown’s The Tradition (Poetry). Narrating everything from biography to gritty detective novels, Jackson brings strong characterizations to the table — and wins awards as well as listener admiration.

Essential Listening

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead | Read by JD Jackson

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke | Read by JD Jackson

Cemetery Road by Gar Anthony Haywood | Read by JD Jackson

Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke | Read by JD Jackson

What it Was by George Pelecanos | Read by JD Jackson

 Arthur Morey

Award-winning audiobook narrator Arthur Morey is an accomplished actor, writer, writing teacher and singer. He is known for giving attentive and well-researched narrations to nonfiction audiobooks, as in his eloquent delivery of E.B. White’s essay collection, On Democracy. His performances consistently rank among AudioFile’s “Best of the Year” audiobooks.

Essential Listening

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides | Read by Arthur Morey

On Democracy by E.B. White, Jon Meacham [Intro.] | Read by Arthur Morey

Reporter by Seymour M. Hersh | Read by Arthur Morey

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo | Read by Arthur Morey

The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker | Read by Arthur Morey

 Emily Woo Zeller

“Humanity is colorful,” narrator Emily Woo Zeller says, “and I hope to always celebrate that.” Whether she’s narrating Asian American fiction and nonfiction, or fantasy or young adult audiobooks, Zeller offers absorbing and multilayered portrayals of a wide range of characters and subjects. This Earphones and Audie Award-winning narrator is also a fan favorite.

Essential Listening

Gulp by Mary Roach | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang | Read by Emily Woo Zeller