Shannon McManus







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Ovation Recommended! Stage Raw Recommended and LA Times Critic's Pick

"The cast, which includes Ryan P. Shrime, Shannon McManus, Spencer Rowe and Kimberly Alexander, handles Wells’ deft dialectics with virtuosic comic timing. Politically astute and sophisticated, “Ruin” will level you with laughter." - LA Times


Now in development as a tv series from E! Entertainment. 

Starred review from School Library Journal..."beautiful but diffident Addy is read by Shannon McManus; All do wonderful jobs immersing themselves into the roles, showing their characters' remorse, confusion, anxiety, and terror while tension builds and their secrets are revealed."


2017 Audie Awards Finalist for "The Obsession" by Nora Roberts.

She gives Naomi, Xander, and Mason, Naomi’s brother, strong voices as the plot moves from the backwoods of West Virginia to Seattle, where the story picks up both speed and sizzle. McManus gives a moving performance of Naomi’s struggles to overcome her horrific past in a psychological thriller listeners won’t want to miss. - Audiofile Magazine

You can't wait for inspiration, You have to go after it with a club.     - Jack London

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Audiofile Magazine Best Voices in Mystery and Suspense

Publisher's Weekly Listen Up! Award Children's and Young Adult Audio

Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award "A Killing in the Hills" by Julia Keller

Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award "The Obsession" by Nora Roberts

Audie Nomination "The Obsession" by Nora Roberts



McManus gives a moving performance of Naomi’s struggles to overcome her horrific past in a psychological thriller listeners won’t want to miss. - Audiofile Magazine, The Obsession by Nora Roberts

With a 17-year-old narrator, snappy dialogue, and more than a dozen main characters, narrator Shannon McManus has a daunting task on her hands; however, she is up to the challenge and her reading proves truly exceptional.  - Publisher's Weekly, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Shannon McManus does a terrific job narrating Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller’s debut novel. - Audiofile Magazine, A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

Listening to this audiobook is like hearing your teenage sister tell you all about her romantic escapades. - Audiofile Magazine, The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West


Curiosity is the cure for boredom. There is no cure for curiosity.     - Dorothy Parker


i read all these out loud...


You have to be yourself otherwise people won't know who you are. - Doc Watson



I'm all about telling stories. I love it. I began my acting career at Hickory Community Theatre while still in high school. (Sliding down a fireman's pole will always be my preferred way to the dressing room.) I earned a degree in Communications and the Performance of Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Yep, I'm a Tarheel. My next adventure took me around the world as a flight attendant for World Airways. The years I spent traveling broadened my perspective, brought me lifelong friends and some crazy stories. My passion for acting grounded me in Washington D.C. where I attended the esteemed conservatory program at The Studio Theatre. That's where it all came together for me.

My craft is founded in theatre, in realism, in the words.

After working in regional theatre and off-Broadway, my journey brought me to LA where I continued my professional training at Stan Kirsch Studios, UCB, Larry Moss Studio and with Jack Stehlin and Alfred Molina at New American Theatre.

Now I'm an Angeleno working on stage, in voiceover and, of course, audiobooks. I'm a total lit geek so it really is the perfect fit. Clients include Penguin Random House, MacMillan, Harper, Scholastic Audio, Brilliance, Recorded Books/Tantor and Audible. So far I've recorded over 150 audiobooks in genres ranging from literary fiction to memoir, mystery, young adult and romance. 

When I'm not recording, I'm on stage or writing or chasing down the best cocktails in LA.

Contact me here or feel free to reach out on social media. I'm always ready for a good story!




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