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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Classics on Audio - Part 5

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 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 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 fifth set of audiobooks, presented in random order:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Franke

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Visit our previous classics on audio lists:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

1 comment:

  1. Hi Alana,

    The product you saw in the airplane magazine is called the Library of Classics. It actually costs only $99 and contains 100 unabridged classics preloaded on an MP3 player. the complete list of titles can be found here:

    More information about the product can be found at