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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Classics On Audio: Part 1

Posted by Alana T.

Recently, I was in an airplane flipping through Skymall, a catalog of items compiled from multiple companies.  One entry caught my eye, a preloaded MP3 player with an entire library of classics. The description indicated that the purchaser would get 100 of the greatest literary works of all time - all for $169!  One of my colleagues at the circulation desk opined the books were probably all in the public domain, and this could be true. Unfortunately, a list was not provided, so it's impossible to know what books a purchaser would get.

The idea is a great one, however. Of course, a list featuring the best 100 of anything is subjective.  To compile an equivalent list, I searched for books on the Modern Library's List of 100 Best Novels, Goodreads Best of Classics and The Harvard Classics.  Sadly, quite a few things are not available in audio, but there is still a lot to fill your brain with great stuff.  Our first set of audiobooks, presented in random order:

Fables by Aesop
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dosteovsky
Light in August by William Faulkner
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Utopia by Thomas More
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

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