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 October 9

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Experience these books again with narration by well-known celebrities!

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Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda

What it’s about: Aristotle and Dante is narrated by the phenomenal Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also narrates the sequel coming this month. This coming-of-age story set in the 1980s follows a young man named Aristotle, angry at the world, and Dante, who sees the world quite differently. 

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Narrated by: Meryl Streep

What it’s about: This contemporary story centers around Rachel, who has just discovered her husband Mark is in love with another woman. Rachel doesn’t give up easily though, spending her time writing cookbooks for a living and attempting to win him back.

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Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne and Morgan Freeman

What it’s about: Ishmael is an important, beloved story that won the ecological-minded Turner Tomorrow Award. We follow a man’s intellectual narrative with a gorilla and what he learns about humankind because of it. 

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Narrated by: Rachel McAdams

What it’s about: This infamous classic story tells the tale of Anne, an orphan who comes to Green Gables when a family there decides they need a boy to help out with chores around the farm, only to find a one-of-a-kind girl has been sent to them. McAdams delivers a stunning performance to this beloved story.

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Narrated by: Tom Hanks

What it’s about: This New York Times bestselling novel is set at the end of WWII and follows Cyril Conroy, who takes his family from poverty to wealth. His first order of business is to purchase the Dutch House, a decision that sets into motion the undoing of everyone he loves. 

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Narrated by: Rosamund Pike

What it’s about: One of Austen’s most popular classic novels follows the spirited and quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters, who are introduced to the prideful Mr. Darcy.

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Narrated by: Laura Dern (and more) 

What it’s about: This popular classic, set during the Civil War, follows four sisters — Jo, Beth, Amy, and Meg — who find themselves and support one another while their father is away. You’ve read it once, most likely, but it’s worth listening to Dern’s version on audio! 

Start listening here.

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Narrated by: Jesse Eisenberg

What it’s about: Holly Black’s White Cat series, which came out over a decade ago, follows Cassel who comes from a family of curse workers. Curse workers are those who possess the power to change your emotions, memories, and luck by the slightest touch of their hands, but this work in particular has been deemed illegal. Cassel doesn’t possess this power, but people believe he killed his best friend Lila years ago. But Cassel begins having terrifying dreams, which leads him to suspect he might be part of a huge con game…

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Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, Pablo Schreiber, and more.

What it’s about: This full, brilliant cast brings Reid’s story to life. Daisy Jones & the Six tells a story of the rise of a fictional iconic rock band in the 1970s and is formatted almost documentary-style with character dialogue at the forefront, as if you’re watching an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. It’s sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll with the kind of drama and tension between characters that is utterly addicting and beautifully complex.

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Narrated by: Claire Danes

What it’s about: This widely popular dystopian classic is a grim and dark tale about the oppressive and all-controlling Republic of Gilead and centers a woman named Offred, a Handmaid. 

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Narrated by: Chad Burris

What it’s about: Producer, actor, and writer Chad Burris brings Murphy’s third Dumplin’-universe novel to life. Waylon Russell Brewer is fat, openly gay, and stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. But he has a plan: escape to Austin with his twin sister and live his dream life after graduation. When those plans derail, Waylon decides to send an audition tape to his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. But when Waylon’s tape is leaked, he’s nominated for prom king as a joke alongside Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez. Instead of giving his bullies power, Waylon decides to lean into the nomination, preparing to leave high school with a bang.

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Narrated by: Wil Wheaton

What it’s about: Wade Watts escapes reality by playing an immersive game set in the Oasis, a virtual utopia. But everything changes when it’s announced that creator James Halliday has created puzzles throughout the game that yield massive fortune and incredible power.

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Narrated by: Christian Coulson

What it’s about: Known for playing young Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Coulson, a 2018 Audie Award® nominee for Best Male Narrator, brilliantly narrates this young adult historical fantasy novel. Set in the 18th century, this historical YA follows a bisexual scoundrel named Henry (Monty) Montague as he and his best friend Percy. The two embark on a grand tour of Europe, but things take a surprising turn when one of Monty’s impulse decisions turns their trip into dangerous manhunt. Lee’s knowledge of history is expansive and impressive, and Coulson’s delivery is perfect.

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Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch

What it’s about: Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist who is one of the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory. In this audiobook read by Benedict Cumberbatch, he asks questions that both physicists and philosophers strive to answer: Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to “flow”? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? 

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Narrated by: David Tennant

What it’s about: For those who love stories full of magic and adventure, this audiobook is for you. Read by David Tennant, this story introduces Xar, who is the son of the King of Wizards. The problem is he can’t cast a single spell. Then there is Wish, the daughter of the Warrior Queen, who possessed a banned magical object. When the two cross paths, they embark on a grand adventure. 

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Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, and Steven Crossley.

What it’s about: The title of this 1897 classic is well-known to many, but this cast brings the original story of an evil Transylvanian count to life. And since it’s spooky season, what better time to read then now? 

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Narrated by: Kate Winslet

What it’s about: Dahl’s heartwarming story is about a young girl with a passion for reading — but who also possesses a peculiar magic about her. Kate Winslet is the perfect narrator for this one. 

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Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal

What it’s about: Most people are familiar with this 1920s-set classic, but in case you aren’t, we follow a man named Nick Carraway, a New York bond salesperson and the cousin to the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, who’s married to her wealthy husband. Nick lives next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby — a man who pines for Daisy even though he cannot have her. Jake Gyllenhaal narrates, proving he’s a phenomenal choice.

Start listening here.

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Narrated by: Megan Hilty

What it’s about: Actor and Broadway star Megan Hilty tells the story of Dannie Kohan, a woman who has it all, the perfect life, who wakes up five years in the future in a different home, with a different man. This is a glimpse into a life she did not plan for, and it’s one she cannot seem to let go of when she awakens and returns back to her normal life. 

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Narrated by: Meryl Streep (and more)

What it’s about: A tender, beautiful classic story that centers a spider named Charlotte, a pig named Wilbur, and a little girl named Fern. 

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Narrated by: Bebe Wood

What it’s about: Kate is a junior in high school, a theater nerd, and someone who’s constantly landed background rolls in school musicals and plays. That changes when she’s cast with not only a speaking role but a singing role in her school’s fall musical. Not only that, but she gets to play a romantic lead with her crush. But problems begin to arise when Kate’s fear of past embarrassment seeps into her now. Plus, her best friend also shares the same crush as her. Surely nothing can go wrong, right?

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Narrated by: Cate Blanchett and Lauren Hough

What it’s about: This essay collection read by Cate Blanchett tells Lauren Hough’s story about growing up within a cult called the Children of God and her journey after deciding to leave.

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Narrated by: Michael C. Hall

What it’s about: Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall reads the story that centers Dr. Louis Creed, who has just moved to a new town in Maine. There he finds danger near graveyard in the woods where generations of children have laid to rest their beloved pets.

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