About Karen White, narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.  Honored to be included in Audiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, Too Good to be True by Erin Arvedlund, and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor) and she has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards, recently for and You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz.  Publishers Weekly says of  Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience.”  Speaking of Audiobooks says of her, “Karen is one of my auto-buy narrators – if I think a book may interest me, her narration will sway me to give it a try.”


  1. Dear Karen,
    Thank you very much for narrating “Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm”. You did a wonderful job, and can’t wait to check other narrations from you.

    • Thank you, Emma! That was an easy book for me to record – the author’s voice is so clearly written that I was able to slip right into it. You might want to check out FARM CITY by Novella Carpenter; it’s in the same vein.

  2. […] narrators and a few other bloggers. It was one of the highlights of my BEA experience. I met Karen White, Robert Fass, Anne Flosnik, Patrick Lawler, Amy Rubinate, Simon Vance, Xe Sands, and Lauren […]

  3. […] overwhelmingly supportive of the idea,” said Sands. “Shortly after we came together, Karen White suggested that it would be wonderful if the project could also act as a philanthropic effort, […]

  4. […] Coleen Marlo Kathe Mazur Amy Rubinate Kate Rudd Sean Runnette Robin Sachs Xe Sands Simon Vance Karen White Oliver […]

    • Karen, thank you so much for your beautiful reading of my latest book MARMEE & LOUISA: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother.
      You made the story come alive, even for its author! I hope we’ll work together again —
      Eve LaPlante

  5. It might be old to you, but I just listened to “Nothing to Envy”. I have read or been privy to many articles & books about North Korea, since I live and work in South Korea, for the U.S. Govt, and i throughly enjoy’ed your reading and it brought the reason so much to light of why the Koreans and US are trying to do here — It’s for the North Korean people in the end — they need all our help — Great job and thank you

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Jay. Though I recorded NOTHING TO ENVY several years ago, it has stayed with me. I felt so ignorant about the plight of regular people living in North Korea when reading this book. Barbara Demick is a wonderful writer, who continues to report from various locations in Asia for the Los Angeles Times, and I continue to look for her articles in the paper, as I know they will combine the facts with the POVs of the citizens she’s reporting about.

  6. Karen
    I visited your website today and looked through all of my audio title to see if you were the narrator in any of them. Unfortunately, I did not find you. :-( That kind of surprised me when I read that you have been doing audio books for longer than I have been listening to them. But, I look forward to hearing you in the future. :-)

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    • I did my first romance a year ago (JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE by Julie James), so maybe that’s the reason. I hope you’ll try a listen one way or the other!

  7. Karen…I just finished The Day the Falls Stood Still and really enjoyed it. Thank you so much again for the opportunity to “win” it!

    • Wow, that was quick Shelli! So glad you liked it.

  8. […] class led by Robin Miles. It was wonderful to get the opportunity and I’m very grateful to Karen White for selecting me, and to my angels, who got my hand up in the air when they asked for volunteers. I […]

  9. Nice to “Meet” you Karen. Lovely website. I wanted to thank you for reading my book, Imperfect Endings (Simon & Schuster). You did a fantastic job! Thank you and all the best. Zoe

  10. karen, you sound amazing! and what a website… too too long since our paths have crossed, so it was great to hear your voice!
    best of luck!!

  11. It’s fun to hear your voice while we’re driving down the highway. Like the website. Mom

  12. Wow! You have such a rich voice. It’s a pleasure to hear you read!

  13. Great website Karen! How have I known you so long without realizing all your accomplishments?! No wonder you did such a fantastic job on our school video narration.
    My mom is a huge fan of audiobooks and I see you do a lot of the types of books she enjoys — now I know what to get her for Christmas! ;-)

  14. First thing that came to mind when I heard one of the audio examples: Radio announcer/commentator for NPR. Ever thought of that arena? Your voice is perfect for it. Thanks for sharing.

  15. KEW–
    so great to hear you from so far away. What a wonderful chance to learn so much about the world, and give it all back! Do I hear ‘Frontline’?

  16. I’ve heard that voice somewhere! It sounds mellifluous and easy to listen to. I’ll check out Ms. Piggle-Wiggle for my school.

  17. How fun to hear your voice piped in while we sit 3,000 some odd miles away from you! I like the site. I will pass it on.

  18. When I first met you I suggested you should be in voice overs. Little did I know! So fun to listen to your melodic and calming voice!

  19. Karen — Fabulous! What a treat to hear your “lugubrious” tones.

    • Yes, I’m just hoping “lugubrious” is a good thing :)

  20. Hey Karen! Best of luck with the website. It’s been too long since we’ve seen you! Wishing you success at your upcoming trade show. Caren!

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