I’ve been an audiobook addict ever since my first listen back in 2013 (Bossypants read, in all its hilarity, by Tina Fey herself). And while I felt it was important to tackle some of The 100 Greatest Books Challenge on paper (War and Peace, for example, and In Search of Lost Time), audiobooks have been a great sidekick on my classics crusade.
The audio format isn’t well-adapted to every narrative style, but in some cases I’m convinced I got more out of the experience by listening instead of reading. When it came time to confront Ulysses, I listened to the audiobook while reading the paperback—a strategy I’d recommend to anyone.
I’m sure there are dozens of great audio classics I didn’t happen to take advantage of. But these were my favorites among those I did (a total of 15/100):
- A Clockwork Orange, read by Tom Hollander
- The Iliad, read by Dan Stevens
- The Count of Monte Cristo, read by John Lee
- Tom Jones, read by Kenneth Danzinger
- Charlotte’s Web, read by E. B. White
- Ulysses, read by Jim Norton
- Pride and Prejudice, read by Rosamund Pike
If you have audiobook recommendations, classic or otherwise, I’m all ears. Happy reading—and happy listening!