Hear a Complete 24-Hour Reading of Moby-Dick, Recorded at the Southbank Centre in London (2015)

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Last week, Ted Mills told you how Plymouth University orchestrated a wonderful project called Moby-Dick The Big Read, which resulted in celebrities–like Benedict Cumberbatch, John Waters, Mary Oliver, Stephen Fry, and Tilda Swinton–reading the entirety of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and making the recording free to download.


Hear Moby Dick Read in Its Entirety by Benedict Cumberbatch, John Waters, Stephen Fry, Tilda Swinton & More

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Image of Moby Dick by David Austen.
Three years ago, Plymouth University kicked off Moby Dick The Big Read, promising a full audio book of Herman Melville’s influential novel, with famous (and not so famous) voices taking on a chapter each.


Download Two Harry Potter Audio Books for Free (and Get the Rest of the Series for Cheap)

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FYI: If you’re looking to download the Harry Potter series as audio books, here’s a way to get two books in the series for free, and the rest at a steep discount.
In recent months, Audible (the audio books company owned by Amazon) began making Harry Potter books available for download.


William S. Burroughs Reads Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death”

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The label “American original” gets slapped onto a lot of different people, but it seems to me that, especially in the realm of letters, we could find no two luminaries who merit it more in the 19th century than psychological horror pioneer Edgar Allan Poe, and in the 20th century William S.


Hear Jeremy Irons Read T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Naming of Cats’ (For a Limited Time)

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Briefly noted: For a limited time (for the next 23 days, to be precise), you can hear Jeremy Irons reading “The Naming of Cats,” a poem from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939). The poem will certainly sound familiar to anyone who has ever seen Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Cats.


Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

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Santa left a new Kindle, iPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we’ll do ours. We’ll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media — great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest. And if you didn’t get a new gadget, fear not.


Hear Ray Bradbury’s Classic Sci-Fi Story Fahrenheit 451 as a Radio Drama

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Last week we featured a list of 100 novels all kids should read before graduating from high school. Chosen by 500 English teachers from all over Britain, the list happens to have a lot of overlap with many others like it.


Hear All of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia Novels as Free Audio Books

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I have not seen the second two of a promised seven films based on the novels in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series.


Hear Sylvia Plath Read 50+ of Her Dark, Compelling Poems

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No matter how casual a relationship you’ve had with 20th-century American poetry, you’ve heard the name Sylvia Plath.


Watch All 18,225 Lines of The Iliad Read by 66 Actors in a Marathon Event For an Audience of 50,000

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Despite its ancient origins, The Odyssey is an epic for modernity.


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