Hear John Malkovich Read From Breakfast of Champions, Then Hear Kurt Vonnegut Do the Same

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In high school when I was trying to write surrealistic short stories in the vein of Richard Brautigan, despite not really understanding 90 percent of Richard Brautigan, my English teacher recommended I start reading Kurt Vonnegut, so later that day I went down to our city’s sci-fi book/comic book store and bought on her recommendation Breakfast

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Christopher Lee Reads “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe’s 1843 Classic

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Last Friday, after we marked the passing of Christopher Lee by featuring his reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1845 narrative poem “The Raven,” we stumbled, by chance, upon Lee’s reading of another Poe classic–“The Tell-Tale Heart.

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Isaac Asimov’s Favorite Story “The Last Question” Read by Isaac Asimov— and by Leonard Nimoy

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Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific creators in science-fiction history, wrote or edited more than 500 books in his lifetime, including the high-profile ones we all recognize like I, Robot and the Foundation series (hear a version dramatized here).

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Hear Jack Nicholson Read Rudyard Kipling’s “The Elephant’s Child,” With Music by Bobby McFerrin

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In the months before my daughter was born, I built up reserves of enthusiasm for her introduction to stories—in book form, movie form, and in the form of famous actors reading them.

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Download the Major Works of Jane Austen as Free eBooks & Audio Books

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Why does Jane Austen feel so much like our contemporary? Is it the way she has been appropriated by popular culture, turned into a vampish, modern consumer icon in adaptations like From Prada to Nada, Clueless, and Bridget Jones’ Diary? Do these candy-colored updates of Austen truly represent the spirit of the late 18th/early 19th century noveli

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Download The Newly-Discovered Sherlock Holmes Story as a Free Audio Book

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Quick fyi: A couple weeks ago, the literary world gasped when a lost Sherlock Holmes story was apparently discovered in an attic in Scotland. Read it online here. It hasn’t been completely confirmed that the story came from the pen of Arthur Conan Doyle. Some experts still have their doubts.

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Hear Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth Rocker, Read From Her New Memoir, Girl in a Band

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I’ll admit it. I have a thing for listening to rock biographies and autobiographies on Audible, particularly memoirs narrated by the author him or herself. Look in my personal Audible library and you’ll find Patti Smith reading Just Kids. Keith Richards reading sections of his bestseller Life.

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Leonard Nimoy Reads Ray Bradbury Stories From The Martian Chronicles & The Illustrated Man (1975-76)

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Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, contributed to science fiction a highly distinctive voice; the now departed Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, also contributed to science fiction a highly distinctive voice.

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Listen to 60+ Free, High-Quality AudioBooks of Classic Literature on Spotify: Austen, Dickens, Tolstoy & More

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Where music goes, technologically speaking, audio books soon follow. We’ve had audio books on vinyl LP, on cassette tape, on CD, and on MP3, just like we’ve had music. Now that so many of us pull up our daily jams on Spotify, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we can do a fair bit of our “reading” there as well.

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Stream Classic Poetry Readings from Harvard’s Rich Audio Archive: From W.H. Auden to Dylan Thomas

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Founded in 1931, the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University features (among other things) 6,000 recordings of poetry from the 20th and 21st centuries. There you can find some of the earliest recordings of W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, T. S.

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