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20 Best Classic Audiobooks to Listen to Again and Again

Classics are known for their timeless quality, their ability to endure through generations and still hold something significant for the modern listener—whether it’s commentary on a long-gone era or an ageless tale of adventure. In this roundup, each story is paired with an exceptional, show-stopping narrator who takes the tale to new heights. While you may have read some of the stories below, you’ve certainly never heard them quite like this.

20 Best Short Story Audiobooks

Although brief in length, short stories have had a huge impact on the canon of great literature. In fact, some of the most historically revered novelists wrote short stories, which make excellent introductions to their work. Plus, these bite-size listens are the perfect way to get a big dose of literary inspiration even when you’re short on time. Here, we’ve compiled the greatest small-but-mighty short stories to get you started.

The Best Poetry Audiobooks to Listen to for National Poetry Month

It’s a common turn of phrase that poetry is meant to be heard. Tone, pauses, cadence, and vocal inflections all serve to further the emotional pull of modern and historical poetic masterpieces. In audio, poems can be heard and enjoyed just as the poet meant them to be. Our list takes into account not only the words themselves, but the way they are spoken.

10 Best Shakespeare Audiobooks

If there’s one writer whose work translates spectacularly to audio format, it’s the Bard. Hearing Shakespeare’s dialog masterfully performed by professionals with the correct emphasis and tone can mean the difference in catching the jokes and innuendos, picking up on subtle foreshadowing, and even sometimes understanding the plot itself. Here are our choices for the top 10 best Shakespeare audiobooks in our catalog.

20 Best Philosophy Audiobooks for Getting Lost in Thought

Philosophy asks and analyzes the questions that have pressed on humankind for millennia: What does it mean to be human? Why are we here? How should we relate to each other? From ancient to contemporary times, these questions have been answered with varying, and sometimes contradictory, schools of thought. Our picks span centuries and subjects, and draw parallels across time to embolden listeners to dive deeper.

Your Listening Guide to 19th-Century British Authors

From Gothic chillers to clever whodunits to trailblazing Romantic fiction, Britain in the 1800s was teeming with literary movements, milestones, and masterpieces. Here’s a guide to the best of the best Brit-lit listening gems. The 19th century was an incredible time period for British literature. This era gave us the Romantic literary movement, serialized novels, Victorian Gothic literature, the rise of detective fiction as we know it, and so much more.

I Think, Therefore I Am: Philosophy for Beginners

Philosophy, the study of knowledge, reality, and so much more, is everything and everywhere. It's thinking, both big and small, about existence and the human experience. Learn about the concepts and insights behind the wide-ranging, mystical subject that is philosophy. Feast your ears on these timeless, brilliant audiobooks by and about famous philosophers, from ancient Rome to modern-day thinkers.