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Any great audiobooks of "the classics"?

Asked by Rarebear (21085 points ) December 11th, 2012

I put “the classics” in quotes because it means different things to different people. Currently I’m listening to Moby Dick The Big Read and it’s fabulous. Any others that you’ve particularly enjoyed?

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Crashsequence2012's avatar

Jeremy Irons reads “Lolita” in it’s entirety.

gailcalled's avatar

I have recently listened to “A Tale of Two Cities,” on CDs, with a walkman. I really enjoyed it.

“Things Fall Apart, ” Chinua Achebe

I have plans for “Moby Dick” when the winter starts to close in.

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Seek's avatar

I completely forgive any eyerolls, but I utterly adore Patrick Stewart’s audiobook performance of A Christmas Carol

tranquilsea's avatar

We listened to and loved The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn read by Annie Coleman over at Librivox.org (a site I love for classic audio books all read by volunteers).

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gailcalled's avatar

@Rarebear: The classic Sony D-EJ011 model is a true piece of crap. It stops working in less than three months. I bought my latest on July 10, 2012 and junked it in mid-Nov. I tried talking to Sony support and found someone who could not even transcribe my phone number correctly. What is your wife using?

Other suggestions would be more Dicken’s.

I would consider “Nicholas Nickelby,” “Bleak House,” and “Great Expectations”

Rarebear's avatar

@gailcalled It’s just some old Sony. I have no idea as to the model, but I can check for you. I don’t think they’re even making them any more.

gailcalled's avatar

Sony isn’t. I buy mine from “secondary markets” on Amazon.

Rarebear's avatar

@gailcalled You should stock up. They’re going to get rare.

Kardamom's avatar

Return of The Native read by Alan Rickman.

Although I would even listen to Alan Rickman read the phone book or a take out menu from the local Mexican restaurant. Enchilaaaaaaaaaadas!

El_Cadejo's avatar

I dont know if you consider it a classic but it certainly is to me, The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. They’re all narrated by Douglas Adams and the last one by Stephen Fry. They’re all great, they both do voices for each character and sound effects throughout so it gives a full experience IMO.

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Rarebear's avatar

@uberbatman I’m more a fan of the original radio drama series. If you haven’t listened to it, it’s great. They remastered it and it’s now available on Amazon.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Rarebear I’ve listened to all of them, even the Quandary and Quintessential phases. I like the books a bit more though just because it gives more story and I find the audiobooks to be much like the radio series with the sound effects and all. The old TV series was great too. Honestly I like pretty much any rendition of Hitch Hikers with the exception of that god awful movie.

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Seek's avatar

@Kardamom That should be in the Adult Only section. Alan Rickman audiobooks should come with an eargasm warning label.

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