You can take in a great literary classic without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. The next time you find yourself with a big stretch of highway in front of you, break out one of these audiobooks.
Don't forget to sign up for the Audible free trial using your Amazon account before you go. Some are recorded with huge casts full of stars and comedians, others are just the author in the room; some are brand-new, others are classic literary texts given new life by a different narrator.
But the one thing they have in common is that all of them are truly captivating. Gutted that Game of Thrones is over? So, you didn't snag a ticket to the National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-winning play. If you need some extra incentive to read James Joyce, Colin Farrell as narrator might be just the push you need.
British actor Jim Dale is now probably more well known for narrating the seven books in this series than he is for any of his film, Broadway, or music roles. His whimsical take on each of the characters' voices give the story a renewed sense of wonder.
And you can see why: A cast of people come together to perform the novel about Abraham Lincoln and his relationship with his son. Atwood herself narrates the last one. And, honestly, the things we hear always have more power to scare us than the things we see.
Michelle Obama narrates her memoir herself, so you can hear in her own voice about her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House. Actress Sissy Spacek narrates this all-time great novel, and she's confident enough in her own voice — or Scout's, rather — that she doesn't need to rely on a roster of different accents for different characters.
Her unfussy approach reveals why Harper Lee's words are classic. Bookmark this for a family listen around Halloween. Michael Giacchino, a film composer who's worked on many of the Pixar movies, provides music. For that, most every English teacher of my acquaintance will be more than happy to take the shot to the ego the Captain provides.
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