What’s the Best Audio Book You’ve Ever “Read”?

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We were look­ing for a good audio­book. So we asked our friends on Twit­ter for their audio­book rec­om­men­da­tions, and recom­men­da­tions we got. Good ones, and more than a few.  So we thought we would share the twit­ter thread/recommendations with you.

I, Claudius nar­rat­ed by Nel­son Runger; Loli­ta read by Jere­my Irons; Last Chance Tex­a­co by Rick­ie Lee Jones; The Ili­ad as read by Alfred Moli­na; The Odyssey read by Ian McK­ellen; Anna Karen­i­na nar­rat­ed by Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal, and the list goes on.

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Please feel free to add any of your own favorites to the com­ments sec­tion below. Enjoy…

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  • Raghu says:

    Ready Play­er One read by Wil Wheaton
    Har­ry Pot­ter series read by Jim Dale
    Project Hail Mary
    The Hob­bit read by Andy Serkis

  • Anon says:

    The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage espe­cial­ly but the Secret Com­mon­wealth was also good, both read by Michael Sheen. The Jun­gle read by Grover Gard­ner. Lots of BBC adap­ta­tions like Fahren­heit 451, 1984, Anna Karen­i­na etc.

  • P says:

    The Cen­tu­ry Tril­o­gy,
    The Last Sup­per by Charles McCar­ry
    The Con­pa­ny
    The Pow­er of the Dog

  • af says:

    Sut­tree by Cor­mac McCarthy, nar­rat­ed by Richard Poe
    Black Pan­ther, Red Wolf by Mar­lon James, nar­rat­ed by Dion Gra­ham
    The Book of Night Women by Mar­lon James, nar­rat­ed by Robin Miles
    The Book of Dust series by Phillip Pull­man, nar­rat­ed by Michael Sheen
    The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, nar­rat­ed by Joe Mor­ton
    A Can­ti­cle for Lei­bowitz by Wal­ter M. Miller Jr., nar­rat­ed by Tom Wein­er

  • John Davies says:

    David Cop­per­field by Charles Dick­ens, nar­rat­ed by Patrick Tull
    First Law (tril­o­gy) by Joe Aber­crom­bie, nar­rat­ed by Steven Pacey
    Crypto­nom­i­con; Anath­em, both by Neal Stephen­son, both nar­rat­ed by William Dufris
    Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi, nar­rat­ed by Wil Wheaton
    Braid­ing Sweet­grass, writ­ten and nar­rat­ed by Robin Wall Kim­mer­er

  • Neil McKay says:

    Please note that you don’t have to sign up for Audi­ble to lis­ten to audio­books. Check them out at your local library! And if they don’t have the one you want, ask them to order it! Pub­lic libraries belong to all of us!

    Also, real­ly loved Water­ship Down nar­rat­ed by Peter Capal­di

  • KYLE says:


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