Can’t find time to read the classics? How ’bout listening to them?

When was the last time you read a classic?  If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a list of classics you’ve been meaning to read.  Maybe you read the Cliff Notes in high school or skimmed Proust in college or maybe you’ve just been meaning to get around to WAR AND PEACE one of these days.

I’ve got a list longer than my arm of books I plan to read… yet somehow I can’t quite get to the classics.  Alas, as it turns out, I have plenty of time in the car.  So I finally decided to tackle a classic audio style – and I’m glad I did!  At the moment I’m about 1/5th of the way through Ayn Rand’s ATLAS SHRUGGED and I’m totally into it.  Kind of don’t want to get out of the car when I get to my destination.

If the idea of listening doesn’t seem as pure to as reading, well, I totally understand that… but if you weren’t going to get around to it for another 10 years anyway, audio is a great alternative.

Here are a couple you may not have realized you could get your hands on:

And check it out… TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is read by Sissy Space and LOLITA is read by Jeremy Irons, so you’ll be in for a pretty great experience!  Are you an audiobook fan?  Ever tried a classic on audio? Did it work for you?


  1. I listened to Sissy Spacek’s performance of To Kill A Mockingbird a few years ago and it definitely remains a favorite! Her voice and accent are absolutely perfect for this book. Listening to it really brought out the nuances of the dialogue.

    Another favorite classic I have enjoyed on audio is Charlotte Bronte’s Villette. In fact, once I had listened to it, I had to get a print copy to revisit specific scenes and sentences!

  2. Very cool! Audio books are a great way to get in those “reads”. It’s a different experience, but a good audio book can sometimes turn us into better readers.
    Did you know that BWB offers audio books, often by the box, on eBay? Yep. Come visit our store: Better World ARC.
    Right now we have youth audio books and a lot of fiction (mixed titles) up for grabs. Happy bidding, and happy listening! -Your friendly neighborhood Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible person, Tara

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