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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Classics on Audio - Part 3

Posted by Alana T.

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 colleages 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 third set of audiobooks, presented in random order:

A Passage To India by E.M. Forster
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Ulysses by James Joyce
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

To see the first set of titles, visit this post
The see the second set of titles, visit this post

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