For years, it has always been my particular joy to find an audio book that had been narrated by Frank Muller. I love the work of many narrators of books, but even after all this time, I still think, Frank Muller is my all-time favorite narrator.
I have been passionate about books and reading since I was old enough to read on my own, but truth be told, it really started earlier than that, while being read to before I could read books.
I have read quite a few books over my lifetime, and I still read quite a bit, but, honestly, my eyesight isn’t what it once was. For this reason, where I can, I have naturally gravitated toward audio books to give my eyes a much needed rest while still being able to continue my passion of reading.
Over the years, I have read, or rather listened to, various books narrated by Frank Muller by such writers as Stephen King, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, and Tim LaHaye. Every single book was a joy to read, or in this case to listen to.
Frank Muller added depth and dimension to each book. He seemed to really understand the writers and what they wanted in the reading. Frank Muller took great pains with detail, the voices and style of the characters, even across sets of books, such as Stephen King's Dark Tower series.
His tragic motorcycle accident robbed him from continuing his career as one of the all-time best narrators of audio books, robbed his family of husband and father, and robbed us, too, as listeners of any new narrations by this great narrator.
I was surprised by all the books and the number of years that Frank Muller had been narrating books by so many authors — from the Classics to modern authors. I found so many while I was searching Amazon and Google to find his Audio CD versions of books he had narrated. If you still have a audio cassette player/compact cassette player, there are even more to choose from.
When listening to Frank Muller narrate a book, I am of two minds about the reading; I vacillate between hating for the book to end and at the same time wanting to know how it ends! Quite a paradox! Yes, a lot of that is the writer's work, but it is also in a large part, I believe to the love, dedication and talent put into the narration of the various books.
Frank Muller, originally from the Netherlands, was a classically trained actor. His family emigrated to the United States when he was five years old. He was the eldest of five children in the family.
In New York, Frank worked on the stage, where he became a company member of the Riverside Shakespeare Company. He played the title role in King Henry V, Edmund the Bastard in The History of King Lear, and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as performing with the Roundabout Theater Company and the New York Shakespeare Festival among others according to Wikipedia. Quite impressive in itself, however, he was actually most famous for his narration of audio books.
Frank's beginnings in narrating books started back in 1979, when a man named Henry Trentman, founder of "Recorded Books," hired Frank Muller to narrate public domain books such as The Call of the Wild and A Tale of Two Cities and later moved on to copyrighted works. Frank Muller soon became the narrator of choice for such authors as Stephen King, John le Carré, John Grisham, Elmore Leonard, and many others.
Frank Muller actually won the 2003 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator for his reading of Elmore Leonard's Tishomingo Blues. I am amazed it took that long to get it actually.
I am sure, like me, many others miss getting to hear Frank Muller narrate any of the new books written by our favored authors. However, I can happily report that I have found a lot of existing ones to savor. Some are reasonably priced while others are way out of line. There are various places to find them. And the places below are just a jumping point.
Some of Frank Muller’s narrated audio books can be found on CD and cassette at Amazon.com. Also, here is a list of various retail book outlets that have even more of them.
There is also a somewhat limited, but reasonably priced list of Frank Muller narrated audio books at BooksOnBoard.com. Some are even in MP3 format (if you have a good broadband connection) so you can download them directly, and not have to worry about DRM (Digital Rights Management). You can read them on your computers, on CD players, MP3 players, from different operating systems, and on other digital devices, or simply not be limited to the number of devices you own where you can make personal use of your audio treasures.
Rest in peace, Frank Muller. I know your family misses you, but we do too! At least we never have to forget the wonderful way you read to us.