As Cassandra Campbell has said, “A good audiobook narrator is somebody who can get out of the way and let the story be the primary thing.” And no one embodies this more than Campbell herself, who has hundreds of audiobooks credits to her name and delivers each one with refreshing clarity and honesty. For her efforts, she’s been decorated with multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, the prestigious Odyssey Award, among numerous other honors.
When it comes to her repertoire, no one is a more versatile narrator than Cassandra Campbell. She’s the voice of some of the most interesting thrillers of the past decade, including Everything I Never Told You, Bird Box, and Dark Places, and has also narrated so many inspiring nonfiction stories about strong women, such as The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Girls of Atomic City, and Orange is the New Black. She has also performed in some of the best ensemble casts of all time, as in Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, which set a new bar for audiobook artistry when it was released in 2009.
Campbell has always been an avid reader and has loved reading aloud; she recalls making her siblings listen to her read James and the Giant Peach and Grimm’s Fairy Tales when they were in elementary school. She didn’t officially get into audiobook narration until much later, though, when she was doing commercial voice-overs and a friend connected her with Books on Tape. Cassandra Campbell loves the opportunity to tell stories and to be part of a tradition that goes all the way back to the Homeric epic.
While she’s done some stage acting, audiobooks have become the center of Cassandra Campbell’s performing career. In recent years she’s also ventured into success with audiobook directing, opting for a collaborative style that allows for an organic, intimate performance. She’s even worn the hat of both director and narrator on a single title in Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. “That was a big journey for me,” she says.