There’s been a recent surge in the popularity of podcasts and audiobooks, with many of these voiced by famous actors and musicians. Not only does this give the listener a familiar voice to tune into, it pays the bills for artists who’d otherwise be out of work during Covid times.
Often an artist’s voice is so soothing, it can send you to sleep. There’ve been many times I’ve tried to get beyond Chapter 2 in Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique (as read by Parker Posey) but have nodded off.
A recent survey by British firm TheDozyOwl.co.uk discovered the most popular celebrities in the world of audio media.
Survey organisers asked 3,488 people which celebrities have the most soothing voices. A list of the top 20 celebrities was collated and then re-surveyed to see which celebrity has the ultimate voice to send us to sleep.
The top celeb is David Attenborough who won 89% of votes. At number two were the dulcet tones of Snoop Dogg (83% in favour), followed by the voice of god itself, Morgan Freeman, at number three (79%).
Oddly, Seth Rogan scores the number four position, with everyone’s favourite nanny, Julie Andrews, in at number five.
The top 10 is rounded out with Harry Styles at six, Gillian Anderson at seven, Emily Blunt (08), Tom Hardy (09), and Meryl Streep (10).
Further down the list are the voice-friendly likes of Barack Obama, Stephen Fry and Idris Elba. Even Matthew McConaughey’s tawdry southern accent makes it in at number 16.
The rise in popularity of audiobooks and podcasts might have something to do with our desire to take breaks away from video-viewing and doom-scrolling. Or, let’s face it, our laziness in not being bothered to pick up an actual book.
THE 10 MOST POPULAR VOICES IN AUDIOBOOKS & PODCASTS
|Top 10||% of Votes|
|1st||Sir David Attenborough||89%|