Hear Kurt Vonnegut Read Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle & Other Novels

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Many of us grade the books we read, but Kurt Vonnegut graded the books he wrote. Letters of Note once tweeted out a list of the thirteen grades he applied to thirteen of his novels, prefaced with his disclaimer that “the grades I hand out to myself do not place me in literary history. I am comparing myself with myself.

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Hear Dramatizations of H.P. Lovecraft’s Stories On His Birthday: “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Dunwich Horror,” & More

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Horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a man who lived his life in fear—of people of other races and nationalities, of women, of reality itself.

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18 Stories & Novels by Neil Gaiman Online: Free Texts & Readings by Neil Himself

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Neil Gaiman might just be the most beloved fantasy author out there. He writes weird, twisted, exhilarating tales about hidden realities and the bizarre, fanciful creatures that live in them. His works, like Sandman, Fragile Things and American Gods, are pure escapism and a blast to read.

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Arthur C. Clarke Reads His Classic Sci-Fi Works: Childhood’s End and “The Star”

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Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the science fiction author best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey, started writing at the end of World War II and the beginning of the nuclear age, a time when technology promised to bring untold benefit to humanity and had the potential to utterly destroy it.

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5 Hours of Edgar Allan Poe Stories Read by Vincent Price & Basil Rathbone

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Record label Caedmon Audio specialized in spoken-word recordings, pairing great literary works with great actors. They got James Mason to read the poetry of Robert Browning, multi-Oscar winner Walter Brennan to read the works of Mark Twain and Sir Laurence Olivier to read Winston Churchill.

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Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy: Hear the 1973 Radio Dramatization

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Last year Jonathan Nolan–screenwriter of Memento and Interstellar and not coincidentally director Christopher Nolan’s brother–announced that he would be developing Isaac Asimov’s legendary Foundation trilogy for HBO as a series. And we assume he’s still doing that, because there’s been nary a peep from the channel since.

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Download The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss as a Free Audio Book

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On the off chance that this kind of thing interests you, Boing Boing is making available a free audio download of Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Chef. The book pitches itself as follows:
You’ll train inside the kitchen for everything outside the kitchen.

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Read the First Chapter of Harper Lee’s New Book, Then Hear It Read by Reese Witherspoon

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After much press and debate, Harper Lee’s new novel — a sequel of sorts to her beloved book, To Kill a Mockingbird — will be released on July 14th. You can pre-order Go Set a Watchman: A Novel (already #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list).

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Neil Gaiman & Famous Friends Read Aloud the Entirety of Coraline (and The Graveyard Book Too)

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One of the many pleasures of hearing a children’s author reading his or her own work is their overwhelming lack of vocal sentiment. When my children were young, I always opted for the horse’s mouth, over the more histrionic characterizations of a hired narrator, regardless of what sitcom or Broadway play he or she may have starred in.

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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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