Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Drama Starring Derek Jacobi & Hayley Atwell (Free Audio Book)

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For your weekend listening pleasure, we present a 70 minute radio dramatization of The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury’s “timeless fable of doomed Martian colonisation.” Aired by the BBC, this production stars Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell. Read this little blurb, which helps set the stage.

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Free Audio: Hear Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, Margaret Atwood & Authors

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Fyi: Penguin Random House and Crown Publishing Group recently produced “Season of Stories,” an eleven-week “serialized reading experience.” It features serialized stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, Margaret Atwood, and other authors. You can stream the episodes, right here. Or you can listen to them through this 60db iPhone app.

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Listen to a Marathon Reading of Elie Wiesel’s Night

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A couple of weeks ago on January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a diverse group gathered for a marathon reading of Night, Nobel Prize winner, Elie Wiesel’s memoir of his youthful experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

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Hear “Twas The Night Before Christmas” Read by Stephen Fry & John Cleese

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You have to hand it to the English: they know how to do Christmas right. Maybe it has to do with their respect for tradition, maybe with their sense of occasion, maybe with their aptitude for pageantry, and maybe with their compulsion, for all that, not to take anything too seriously.

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A Complete Reading of George Orwell’s 1984: Aired on Pacifica Radio, 1975

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“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

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Horror Legend Boris Karloff Reads Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

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Premiering in 1966, the How the Grinch Stole Christmas TV special is a perfect (snow?) storm of creative folks working at the top of their game, with Theodor Geisel aka Dr.

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Bruce Springsteen Narrates Audiobook Version of His New Memoir (and How to Download It for Free)

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In September, Bruce Springsteen published his new autobiography, Born to Run. Patiently I’ve been awaiting the audiobook version, which came out today. And, to my surprise, I discovered that it’s narrated by Springsteen himself. All 18 hours of it.
You can hear him read Chapter 41 (called “Hitsville”) above. Plus Chapter 53 below.

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Hear 20 Hours of Romantic & Victorian Poetry Read by Ralph Fiennes, Dylan Thomas, James Mason & Many More

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By the time William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge published their Lyrical Ballads in 1798, poets in England had long been celebrities and arbiters of taste in matters political and literary. The seventeenth century, for example, became known as the “Age of Dryden,” for poet and literary critic John Dryden’s tremendous influence.

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Great 19 Century Poems Read in French: Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine & More

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Here’s how Smithsonian Folkways describes this 1961 album now made available by Spotify. (If you need their free software, download it here):
Paul A. Mankin recites the most famous French poetry from the 19th Century.

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Download Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as a Free Audiobook (Available for a Limited Time)

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When Ralph Ellison published his first novel, Invisible Man, in 1952, it took the literary world by storm. Orville Prescott, a literary critic at The New York Times, wrote in April of ’52:
Ralph Ellison’s first novel, “The Invisible Man,” is the most impressive work of fiction by an American Negro which I have ever read.

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