About Karen White, narrator

Karen White has been narrating audio books since 1999, with more than 350 to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included in AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices for 2010, 2011 and 2015 as well as Speaking of Audio’s Best Romance Audio 2012, 2013 and 2014, she’s also a three-time Audie Finalist and has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards and Library Journal starred reviews. She currently lives with her family in coastal NC.

Library Journal says of Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin, “Zevin (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry) gleefully exposes the media, male privilege, hypocrisy, and more, finding her ideal collaborator in narrator Karen White, who wheedles, weeps, snaps, cajoles, questions, and demands Zevin’s unforgettable characters into life.”

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, “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.”


Email: karen@karenwhiteaudiobooks.com

Blog: karenwhiteaudiobooks.com

Twitter: @KarenWhitereads

Facebook: facebook.com/karenwhitenarrator



  1. you did an amazing job on Young Jane Young – thank you!!!!!

    • Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it. That book was full of fun challenges.

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  4. […] Elijah Alexander as Kris, Karen White as Robin, and Rachel Fulginiti as Cecelia give excellent performances. There couldn’t be a […]

  5. […] Guys! In May I will be going to RT17. This year I will also be on a panel with  Karen White (Home Cooked Books, Audiobook Narrator) , Michele Cobb (Insatiable Press, Publisher) , and Viviana Izzo (Enchantress Design & Promo, […]

  6. Karen,

    I have totally enjoyed your narration on several books. Is there any way to get a list of books you narrated?

    • Thanks, Julie! Yes, you can just look at the Audiography tab here on my website. You can do a search at Audible or Downpour with my name, but the list does get mixed up with the author Karen White’s books.

  7. […] Learn more about Karen and explore her audiography at her website, Home Cooked Books. […]

  8. […] forever buy anything by Julie James and Molly Harper is largely due to their respective performers. Karen White, who read James’ FBI/US Attorney series, and Amanda Ronconi, who reads (I think) whatever Molly […]

  9. 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.

  10. […] 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 […]

  11. […] 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, […]

  12. […] 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. […] 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 […]

  17. 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

  18. 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!!

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

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

  21. 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! 😉

  22. 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.

  23. 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’?

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

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

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

  28. 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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