The Audible Essentials

The Audible Essentials is our list of 100 absolute must-listens. Hours were spent deliberating which books should (and shouldn't) make the cut. Ultimately, the final list was chosen to represent a wide range of genres, compelling stories, and can't-miss performances. Updated just in time for our 20th anniversary in 2017, these are the books that stand the test of time: vetted by our listeners and hand-picked by our editors as examples of excellence.

    • The Graveyard Book

    • By: Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,464
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,873
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,885

    Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful!

    • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09
    • By: Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 09-30-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 11,464 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Neil Gaiman is one of the greats, not only as an author, but as a narrator as well. His charming, sometimes somber, and darkly playful performance of The Graveyard Book immediately transports you to the small, but ever-expanding world of Bod, an orphan boy who is adopted by the spirits of a cemetery. You don’t have to be familiar with the source material that serves as inspiration (Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book) to love this eerie, coming-of-age collection of stories. —Chris, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $22.81

    • Hounded

    • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,775
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,914
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,861

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WINNING UGLY IS STILL WINNING

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-13-16
    • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
    • By: Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Series: Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 04-19-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 20,775 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • The Iron Druid Chronicles is undoubtedly also beloved outside of audio, but I think I speak for its many fans when I wonder why anyone would want to experience it any other way. Luke Daniels is a top-notch vocal chameleon, deftly portraying Hearne’s many, many characters—and making us laugh out loud in the process. —Sam, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $17.99

    • Lolita

    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,313
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,142
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,109

    When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause celebre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A masterpiece

    • By Erez on 05-29-08
    • By: Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 09-26-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 6,313 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Nabokov’s prose is otherworldly beautiful—so beautiful, that it’s a rather ironic experience trying to write about it in my own comparatively mediocre words. Add to that a performance by Jeremy Irons, and you’ve got a listen that’s almost infuriatingly good. I can’t imagine any other way to experience this uncomfortable, yet altogether absorbing classic. —Sam, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Charlotte's Web

    • By: E.B. White
    • Narrated by: E.B. White, George Plimpton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 979
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 991

    Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful From Beginning to End

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 02-09-17
    • By: E.B. White
    • Narrated by: E.B. White, George Plimpton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 10-24-03
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • First published in 1952, this gentle story about a barnyard pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saves his life is a beautifully poignant testament to friendship that still rings true today. The narration by the author in his understated accent adds nuance and charm to this heartwarming childhood classic. —Sonja, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Middlesex

    • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
    • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,670
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,625
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,659

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not exactly what I expected

    • By Ella on 06-04-07
    • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
    • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 04-25-03
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 8,670 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Jeffrey Eugenides’s sweeping epic won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. At the core of its success is Eugenides’s unmatched ability to enter the mind of his protagonist, as he traces Cal’s unique genes through a long ancestry of Greek tragedy and adventure, illuminating each period in splendorous detail and skillful lyricism. Narrator Kristoffer Tabori thrives in Eugenides’s colorful and diverse emotional landscape, adding just the right touch of drama to a story that is as unpredictable as it is probing and poignant. —Michael, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Sapiens

    • A Brief History of Humankind
    • By: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,896
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,182

    From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life changing

    • By Sam A. Havens on 09-09-17
    • A Brief History of Humankind
    • By: Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Series: Sapiens
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 08-15-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,896 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Yuval Noah Harari trained as a medieval and military historian at Oxford . . . then, as an author, took a turn toward “deep history”: the things that happened 50,000 years ago or more. Sapiens is essential, well, for us Homo Sapiens, because Harari looks at our history—and dominance over other hominids—through the lens of our cognition. A subject that could be dense or “meta” feels very understandable thanks to the intelligent and measured performance of Derek Perkins. —Christina, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The End of the Affair

    • By: Graham Greene
    • Narrated by: Colin Firth
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,609
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,103
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6,065

    Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth ( The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent performance of Graham Greene classic

    • By Doggy Bird on 04-14-13
    • By: Graham Greene
    • Narrated by: Colin Firth
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 05-07-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 6,609 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Oh how I love this book. It’s so beautiful, raw, and simmering with rage and love; it’s the story of a great passion that takes a fateful misstep. Colin Firth delivers on this emotional complexity flawlessly, drawing out Bendrix’s pain and longing without ever overacting. This is the most famous of Graham Greene’s “Catholic novels” and I remember being so completely drawn into the story that I was nearly converted. —Emily, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

    • An Autobiography
    • By: Rob Lowe
    • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,301
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,298
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,261

    A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book and Great Story

    • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11
    • An Autobiography
    • By: Rob Lowe
    • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 04-26-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7,301 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • The beauty of the author-narrated memoir is the intimacy of the experience. Here we have one of the best of the genre with Rob Lowe, whose compelling storytelling does in fact make you believe you are one of his friends. And what a treat it is to pal around with the genuinely charming actor, whose wit and insights will no doubt encourage you to revisit his greatest hits: The Outsiders, The West Wing, and, for me, the-cancelled-too-soon The Grinder. —Diana, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry, Full Cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,471
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,468

    Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly miserable

    • By Lindsey on 06-05-05
    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry, Full Cast
    • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 11-10-04
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • The Bad Beginning may be, as Lemony Snicket reveals, a miserable tale, but it is a joy to listen to. This full-cast production is of the highest caliber, filled with orchestral music and chilling sound effects. I loved Tim Curry (yes, Dr. Frank N. Furter) as the infamous villain Count Olaf, and was charmed by the witty Baudelaire siblings, who rely on books to help them avoid the Count's treachery. —Diana, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $14.82

    • American Kingpin

    • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
    • By: Nick Bilton
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6,665
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6,130
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6,108

    In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An honest portrait of DPR

    • By Victor on 05-18-17
    • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
    • By: Nick Bilton
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 05-02-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 6,665 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • I kind of wish every nonfiction book was written like American Kingpin—there was so much action and suspense, I felt as if I was listening to the latest thriller. It's the definition of a nonfiction book that reads like fiction. Will Damron's narration is perfect, allowing the book's content to take center stage. —Laura, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • By: Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,906
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174

    This poetic, graceful love story celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ruby Dee is amazing

    • By Jennifer on 04-20-13
    • By: Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 11-07-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,906 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • It’s pure magic to hear the incomparable Ruby Dee embody the seminal autobiographical work of Harlem Renaissance folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. Dee’s raspy, expressive voice does such justice to the rich imagery and complex inner lives of the Black women of Hurston’s Southern tale, a sort of coming-of-age tale which spoke to me so directly as a young Black woman writer years ago. Dee’s mixture of sultry attitude and playfulness are the verbal equivalence of the hypnotic undulation of a woman’s hips rolling and swaying as she confidently walks off to find herself and live on her own terms. Spellbinding. —Abby, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $23.95

    • Angela's Ashes

    • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,722

    Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, movingly read in his own voice, bears all the marks....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

    • By Karen on 01-30-03
    • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 12-16-99
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 6,247 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • This is a perfect example of an amazingly engaging memoir: one I read in college that made me aspire to someday be so raw and honest in my own writing, elevated to even greater heights by the narration of the author. Frank McCourt’s tale of great struggle and pain in Ireland is enhanced by not only his lilting brogue and bursts of folk songs, but also by a sense of joy, humor, and family that sweetens the salty tears you’re sure to shed. —Abby, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $47.20

    • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • By: Alan Cumming
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,168
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6,691
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,656

    When television producers approached Alan to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, he enthusiastically agreed. He hoped to solve a mystery that had long cast a shadow over his family....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best Part of Saturday

    • By George Knight on 12-16-14
    • By: Alan Cumming
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 10-07-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7,168 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Being a big fan of Alan Cumming’s acting and narration (The Good Wife, Dracula), I was immediately drawn to this book. (When I heard he would talk about his experience on the UK version of the TV show Who Do You Think You Are? I got even more excited.) Simply put, this is a perfectly framed memoir. Cumming does not overreach to try and tell his entire life history, but instead focuses on how his current experiences are tied to the legends and truths of his family’s past. It flows organically, is written beautifully, and is an absolute joy to listen to. —Tricia, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $23.95

    • Still Life

    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,794
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,271
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,254

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A rare find

    • By Alex on 01-16-15
    • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
    • By: Louise Penny
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Series: Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines, Book 1
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 05-06-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,794 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • The real hallmark of a great audio series is when the narrator becomes nearly inseparable from the titular character—and for fans of Louise Penny's beloved series, the late Ralph Cosham was the essence of Chief Inspector Gamache. Cosham impeccably narrated an incredible 10 books in the series before he passed away (the very capable actor Robert Bathurst of Downton Abbey has since taken up the mantle). Now on book 13, the series is as riveting as ever and shows no sign of slowing down. —Tricia, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Homegoing

    • A Novel
    • By: Yaa Gyasi
    • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,387

    Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Novel in Stories

    • By Daryl on 06-19-16
    • A Novel
    • By: Yaa Gyasi
    • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 06-07-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • At the time of writing, Homegoing is one of the newest releases on this list—and that’s a testament to just how powerful an effect this beautifully narrated debut had on us. A sweeping epic with one of the most satisfying and emotional crescendos I’ve ever encountered in a book, Homegoing is required listening and destined to become a modern classic. —Sam, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $31.50

    • You

    • By: Caroline Kepnes
    • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10,424
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,731
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9,719

    How far would you go for the perfect love? A young man’s dark obsession with an enigmatic, gorgeous writer leads to murderous consequences in this erotic psychological thriller....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow. This. Book.

    • By Emily - Audible on 07-17-15
    • By: Caroline Kepnes
    • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
    • Series: You, Book 1
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 09-30-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 10,424 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Was it Santino Fontana’s gruff, emotive, unlike-anything-you’ve-ever-heard-before narration that made this debut an immediate favorite in the Audible offices or author Caroline Kepnes’s totally unique concept and sense of voice? It’s hard to tell, because the combination is so spot on, it’s impossible not to be completely swept away. —Michael, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    • A Novel
    • By: Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,238
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,516
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,520

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Walkabout

    • By FanB14 on 07-01-13
    • A Novel
    • By: Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
    • Series: Harold Fry, Book 1
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 07-24-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7,238 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Rachel Joyce starts with an admittedly quirky premise (Harold goes to the mail box one morning and on a whim decides to keep walking), so it was almost a surprise to realize that Harold’s true odyssey is internal, and that this is an incredibly intelligent and complex story about a family’s tragedy. Layer by layer Joyce peels away at those kind of shameful human truths that all people keep tamped down inside themselves without even realizing it. —Emily, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Sellout

    • A Novel
    • By: Paul Beatty
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,492
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,304

    A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant book, fantastic narrator!

    • By Bonnie B. on 07-27-15
    • A Novel
    • By: Paul Beatty
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 07-07-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2,492 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Narrator Prentice Onayemi captures the manic, unceasing energy of Beatty's brazenly honest and laugh-out-loud dissection of contemporary American society, performing a feat of satiric endurance and moving between characters with the vocal dexterity of a comedian and impressionist rolled into one. And just as Beatty plays with social taboos and preconceived notions, I could hear Onayemi playing around similarly with his characterizations so that, in turn, he’s playing with the listener's expectations. —Doug, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Color Purple

    • By: Alice Walker
    • Narrated by: Alice Walker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,427
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,706
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14, when she is being abused and raped by her father....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a story!

    • By Nothing really matters on 06-12-14
    • By: Alice Walker
    • Narrated by: Alice Walker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 12-11-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,427 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • The Color Purple is an example of an essential Pulitzer Prize-winning book being uniquely impactful in audio. Its characters—especially Celie—are among my favorite in all of literature. Whether, like me, you listen years after having first read the book and then seen the movie, or you come to the audio first, it’s a moving experience to hear Alice Walker’s words in her own voice. —Tricia, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $24.99

    • The Bell Jar

    • By: Sylvia Plath
    • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,985
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,974

    The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must-read for every woman

    • By Julie W. Capell on 05-06-16
    • By: Sylvia Plath
    • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 02-02-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • The Bell Jar is one of those classics I always suspected I'd love, but never quite got around to until the release of this performance. Now I find myself simultaneously regretting not getting to it sooner and thankful I waited for this performance. This is such an important, heartbreaking work, and Maggie Gyllenhaal is nothing short of perfection as the voice of Esther Greenwood. Her tone beautifully conveys all the complicated nuances of the protagonist's mental state—from dark hopelessness to the fleeting moments of almost giddy joy. —Sam, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $27.37

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