Hear All of Finnegans Wake Read Aloud: A 35 Hour Reading

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After the publication and eventual triumph of Ulysses, James Joyce spent the remainder of his life working secretively on a “Work in Progress” that he would publish in 1939 as Finnegans Wake, a novel that largely abandons the trappings of the novel and should better be called, as Anthony Burgess called it, a prose-poem—a beast that strikes t

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A Terrifying Reading of the Sweet Children’s Story Goodnight Moon

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Is this wrong? Benjamin Percy (author of the werewolf thriller Red Moon) takes the sweet children’s bedtime story, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, and turns it into a story that will keep kids (and maybe adults) awake for days on end — perhaps leaving parents no choice but to have the real Werner Herzog read Go the F**k to

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Free Audio: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Star, Reads First Chapter of The Things They Carried

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If you’re going through Breaking Bad withdrawal, here’s a small way to fill the void. Audible.

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The Complete Wizard of Oz Series, Available as Free eBooks and Free Audio Books

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The classic Wizard of Oz series was written by L. Frank Baum between 1900 and 1920. There are 14 volumes in total, starting with the most well-known book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Below we’ve gathered every volume in the series, in both text and audio formats.

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Free Audio: 46 Minute Reading from Dave Eggers’ New Novel, The Circle

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Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, has a new book coming out in early October, The Circle, a novel about “a young woman who goes to work at an omnipotent technology company and gets sucked into a corporate culture that knows no distinction between work and life, public and private.

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Hear Vladimir Nabakov Read From the Penultimate Chapter of Lolita

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There may be no more a despicable yet ridiculous narrator in twentieth century fiction than the sleazy, condescending Humbert Humbert. And there may be no better name in twentieth century fiction than Dolores Haze, Humbert’s 12-year-old stepdaughter and love interest, whom he calls, among other things, his “nymphette,” Lolita.

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Download a Free Course from “The Great Courses” Through Audible.com’s Free Trial Program

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Hardly a day goes by where I’m not doing one of two things — listening to an audio book from Audible.com, or listening to a lecture from The Great Courses (formerly known as The Teaching Company). So, I was naturally pleased when the two companies announced a partnership yesterday.

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Listening to Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, (Maybe) the Longest Audio Book Ever Made

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I’m impressed by the undertaking. Neville Jason and Naxos Audio Books have completed an unabridged audio version of Proust’s epic, seven-part novel, Remembrance of Things Past.

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Stephen Fry Reads Oscar Wilde’s Children’s Story “The Happy Prince”

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I first encountered Oscar Wilde’s story “The Happy Prince” while working part-time as a tutor on New York’s Upper East Side. Looking for suitable reading material, I came across Wilde’s children’s stories, which I had not known existed. They were perfect—vivid, charming, literary fairy tales with something more besides.

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James Gandolfini Reads from Maurice Sendak’s Children’s Story “In The Night Kitchen”

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Two weeks ago, we gave a brief, passing mention to a gem of a clip — James Gandolfini reading from Maurice Sendak’s controversial children’s book In The Night Kitchen (1970). Given the unfortunate and untimely demise of the actor, it seems worth putting this video directly into the spotlight for a moment.

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