I have narrated around 80 audiobooks across many different genres and have won several awards for my work in this field, including an “Audie” award (the “Oscar” of the audiobook industry) for Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, as well as four “Earphones” awards from industry magazine Audiofile

I also use my voice coaching skills to provide training for other narrators and audio performers. 

Please get in touch if you or your organisation would like to chat about working with me.


Natural Scottish accent, contemporary thriller, first person narrative:

Natural Scottish accent, literary fiction, third person narrative:

Hybrid Scottish/English accent, contemporary fiction, first person narrative, character-driven:

Natural Scottish accent, non-fiction, travel writing/memoir:


Mina’s latest thriller is a spellbinding listen featuring a superbly talented narrator. Cathleen McCarron expertly portrays numerous characters spanning several ages, accents, genders, and emotions…McCarron is a narrative force. 

Audiofile Magazine

Review of “Conviction” by Denise Mina

In this marvellous collection of essays, Kathleen Jamie meditates on time, nature, and family with lyrical prose full of wicked wit. Narrator Cathleen McCarron’s performance is a perfect match. Her Scottish accent is appealing, and her timing is akin to musical phrasing that enhances a composer’s intent.

Audiofile Magazine

Review of “Surfacing” by Kathleen Jamie

Narrator McCarron gives an award-worthy performance: her Eleanor is by turns comical in her obliviousness to basic things and utterly heartbreaking in discussing her past. Her narration is nuanced, conveying both Eleanor’s surface façade of “everything’s fine” and all the subtle layers of repressed pain and trauma underneath. It’s a performance that will stay in listeners’ minds long after the story is over.

Publisher’s Weekly

Review of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman

Narrator Cathleen McCarron’s articulated British accent and studied pacing lend weight to Eleanor’s apparent alienation from the world – and her immediate charm to listeners. Whether considered internally or voiced aloud, Eleanor’s observations of human behavior are astute, though often misguided, and McCarron’s earnest portrayal captures her contradictions wonderfully…While supporting characters are well defined with distinct voices and accents, McCarron especially shines in setting the story’s emotional tone.

Audiofile Magazine

Review of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman, April 2017

Cathleen McCarron’s wonderful native Scottish accent coupled with her storyteller’s delivery makes this complex mystery come to life…McCarron uses a simple narrative voice throughout but with such verve and appropriate passion and inflection that it produces a stunning result. Her power is especially evident in strained situations like carrying on a conversation in an upper story of a demolition site, a scene in which she makes the reader feel the buffeting winds.

Audiofile Magazine

Review of “The Red Road” by Denise Mina

Cathleen McCarron narrates the book in an intoxicating Scottish accent that adds yet another engaging dimension to an exceedingly clever and absorbing tale.

Washington Post

Review of “Broken Ground” by Val McDermid

McCarron excels with virtuoso storytelling, description, and character portrayals, and her re-creation of a hypnosis scene is memorable.

Audiofile Magazine

Review of “Standing Still” by Caro Ramsay

Cathleen McCarron, one of Scotland’s best audiobook narrators, is the ideal voice.

Christina Hardyment, The Times

Review of “Out of Bounds” by Val McDermid

Awards & Nominations

Audiofile Earphones Award Winner, Contemporary Culture, Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie (2019)

Audiofile Earphones Award Winner, Mystery & Suspense, Broken Ground, Karen Pirie, Book 5 by Val McDermid (2018)

Audie Award for Fiction, Fiction, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2018)

British Book Award  (“Nibbie”) nominee for Best Audiobook, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2018)

American Library Association “Listen List” winner: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adults for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2018)

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner, Fiction, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2017)

Audible Best of the Year, runner up, Fiction, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2017)

Audiofile Earphones Award Winner, Mystery & Suspense, Standing Still, Anderson and Costello, Book 8 by Caro Ramsay (2017)

Audio UK Audio Production Award: Silver Award for Audiobook Narrator of the Year (2017)

A small sample of audiobooks on Audible UK