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The Great Gatsby

  • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
  • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(8138)
Performance
(7358)
Story
(7364)

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
The Great Gatsby
4.3 ( 8138 )

To Kill a Mockingbird

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
  • By Harper Lee
  • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(18595)
Performance
(16745)
Story
(16714)

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

Alan says: "Stunning"
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.8 ( 18595 )

The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
  • By Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated By Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, full cast
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(5805)
Performance
(5369)
Story
(5345)

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

Brian says: "An enjoyable dystopian with a lot of truth"
The Handmaid's Tale: S...
4.5 ( 5805 )

11-22-63: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
  • By Stephen King
  • Narrated By Craig Wasson
Overall
(39241)
Performance
(35493)
Story
(35406)

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
11-22-63
4.6 ( 39241 )

The Help

  • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
  • By Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(34080)
Performance
(20221)
Story
(20248)

Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
The Help
4.8 ( 34080 )

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
  • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(5588)
Performance
(3608)
Story
(3604)

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
The Guernsey Literary ...
4.5 ( 5588 )

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
  • By Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated By Zach Appelman
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(36921)
Performance
(32898)
Story
(32919)

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

Elizabeth says: "Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review"
All the Light We Canno...
4.5 ( 36921 )

The Invention of Wings: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
  • By Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(13318)
Performance
(12004)
Story
(12007)

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
The Invention of Wings
4.6 ( 13318 )