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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Classics on Audio: Part 2

Recently, I was in a 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 colleges 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 its 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 NovelsGoodreads 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 second set of audiobooks, presented in random order:

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
The Odyssey by Homer
A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Utopia by Thomas More
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Aeneid by Virgil

To see the first set of books, visit this post.

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