Playlisted Pianist Jonathan Biss Recommends a Concert of Audiobook Masterpieces Artful and engaging, the world-famous pianist’s favorite listens are music to our ears. By Staff Jan 27, 2021 Jonathan Biss is known as one of the world's foremost expert on Beethoven—his audio memoir on the subject, Unquiet, is one of the most haunting and beautiful studies of obsession we've ever encountered. But as it turns out, Biss has an expert command of audiobooks as well, because the listens in his library are nothing short of masterpieces. From Toni Morrison to David Foster Wallace and the exquisite sounds of Stephen Fry performing A.A. Milne, Biss's playlist is a little slice of heaven for the ears. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay stop The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay By Michael Chabon Narrated by David Colacci 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. ''Dazzling yet deep, this novel is about many things at once: fascism and families, magic and Jewish history, the American psyche in all its peculiarity. At first, it is Chabon’s linguistic virtuosity that enthralls you, but it is the characters he creates and the lives they live that stay with you long after you’ve finished listening.'' Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) stop Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition) By Bryan Stevenson Narrated by Bryan Stevenson 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. ''One of the few books that has fundamentally changed my view of our society. It is enraging and important, a document of how unequally justice is doled out in the United States. And yet, it is also a hopeful book, offering a model for how we can be more empathetic, as individuals and as a country.'' Consider the Lobster stop Consider the Lobster By David Foster Wallace Narrated by David Foster Wallace, Robert Petkoff 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. ''How is it possible that Wallace has been gone for 12 years? Each time I return to this beautiful collection of essays, I miss him anew. His observations are sharp and humane, and no subject is too big or too small to command his eagle-eyed attention.'' The Bluest Eye stop The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison Narrated by Toni Morrison, Ruby Dee 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. ''This book was my introduction both to Morrison and to some of the most insidious aspects of racism. Her language is searing in a near-literal sense: I feel there ought to be burn marks on my body left by some of this devastating book’s most wrenching sentences.'' The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh stop The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh By A. A. Milne Narrated by Stephen Fry 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. ''These are the first books I loved, and I love them no less now than I did three and a half decades ago; they are totally pure and uproariously funny. An embarrassment-of-riches voice cast, led by Stephen Fry and Judi Dench, only makes the experience more delightful.'' Tags Arts & Culture Authorrators Music Recommendations Guest Editor Recommended Bahni Turpin's Listening Picks Richard Armitage's Listening Picks John Scalzi's Listening Picks Up Next Rufus Wainwright Heals Our Malaise in 'Road Trip Elegies' Grammy-nominated songwriter, vocalist, and composer Rufus Wainwright uses music, humor, and a forthright manner to tell his story in 'Road Trip Elegies.'