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Arthur Morey

Arthur Morey

Listen to Arthur in Earphones & Audie winner KINGDOM OF ICE by Hampton Sides

"He treats titles as stories that follow characters through their individual journeys."

Arthur Morey
Arthur Morey

Arthur's Recent News

On Democracy   AudioFile Best of 2019 Nonfiction & Culture 
Reporter   AudioFile Best of 2018 Memoir 
Five-Carat Soul   AudioFile Best of 2017 Fiction 
Trajectory   AudioFile Best of 2017 Fiction
Lost Sound     AudioFile Best of 2016 Nonfiction & Culture
The Hero With A Thousand Faces   AudioFile Best of 2016 Nonfiction & Culture
Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love​   AudioFile Best of 2015 Philosophy & Religion 
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Book 1​   AudioFile Best of 2014 Children
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette​   AudioFile Best of 2014 History
The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence​  AudioFile Best of 2014 Contemporary Culture




More Accolades for Arthur Morey

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories  AudioFile Best of 2013 Fiction
Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love  AudioFile Best of 2012 History
Abundance:  The Future Is Better Than You Think​  AudioFile Best of 2012 Contemporary Culture 
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined​  AudioFile Best of 2012 Contemporary Culture
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty & Rebellion, 1914-1918  AudioFile Best of 2011 History
Munich, 1938: Appeasement and World War II  AudioFile Best of 2010 History 
Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright and a Spy Saved the American Revolution​  AudioFile Best of 2010 History 
Renegade: The Making of a President​  AudioFile Best of 2009 Biography & Memoir  
That Old Cape Magic  AudioFile Best of 2009 Fiction 
Rabbit is Rich  AudioFile Best of 2009 Fiction 

Talking with Arthur Morey

Award-winning audiobook narrator Arthur Morey is an accomplished actor, writer, writing teacher, and singer. He's written movie scripts, plays and is currently working on a play about actor Edward Lear and a translation of a book written in the 1600s. Morey credits his success as a "translator" of written text into audiobooks with his education in how narrative works. "I got very lucky and got to go to very good schools. I was taught about taking texts apart.

I was at the University of Chicago, and I got to study with some very interesting people, including Saul Bellow. And we would take a book or a novel or classical literature or philosophy, and we'd sit with it for 10 weeks and talk it through. And I think now that helps me take a book apart."

Morey makes a point of treating both fiction and nonfiction titles as stories that follow characters through their individual journeys. But there are times when original source material can help create the overall sound of an audiobook. "I did a book on President McKinley, and there are a very small number of recordings of his voice. So I listened to them. I try to get a sense of a character by listening to him or her. It helps me work all that out."

There are times when the author gets a chance to help in the production of an audiobook. Morey says he's committed to making sure an audiobook serves the author's original vision. While working with novelist E.L. Doctorow, Morey says, he was directed not to "act" but to "make sure that Doctorow came through and not me. Actually, Danielle Steele asked for the same thing. That's a funny pair of people, isn't it? You might get a flatter performance that way, but it's my job to serve the material. I try to get out of the way."

Morey has recorded the works of literary giants like John Updike, John Irving, Richard Russo, and Anne Tyler. He says he knows his performance is working if the people in the recording booth are reacting. "If I can get the director to weep, than I feel like I'm doing a good job. In the book MINISTRY OF SPECIAL CASES, there's a tremendous scene between a father and son that just knocked me out. I have a son, and it's not always easy. Those things get to me." And it's not just fictional works than can bring a tear to Morey's eye. "I did a book on Hiroshima that was so appalling and so moving that I would have to stop and take a deep breath before I could go on."--Randy O'Brien


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