By: Philip Wilkinson
Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
Length: 13 hours 35 minutes
Discover the world's greatest myths and legends - from Greek mythology to Norse mythology - in this comprehensive guide.
What did Japanese mythology say about the beginning of the Universe? How did Oedipus become the classic tragic hero in Greek mythology? Who brought about the origin of death in Maori mythology? With vivid retellings of famous... Read more »
By: Robert Kanigel
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Length: 10 hours
From the acclaimed biographer of Jane Jacobs and Srinivasa Ramanujan comes the first full life and work of arguably the most influential classical scholar of the twentieth century, who overturned long-entrenched notions of ancient epic poetry and enlarged the very idea of literature.
In this literary detective story, Robert Kanigel gives us a... Read more »
By: Julio Cortázar
Narrated by: Leandro Schintman
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes
En la cima de su carrera, Cortázar brindó esta serie de clases en los Estados Unidos, en las que enseña sobre literatura pero, a la vez, ofrece claves valiosas para entender mejor su obra.
«A lo largo de mi camino de escritor he pasado por tres etapas bastante bien definidas: una primera etapa que llamaría estética, una segunda etapa que... Read more »Learn more
By: Olivia Laing
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 10 hours 34 minutes
OLIVIA LAING'S WIDELY ACCLAIMED ACCOUNT OF WHY SOME OF THE BEST LITERATURE HAS BEEN CREATED BY WRITERS IN THE GRIP OF ALCOHOLISM
In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six of America's finest writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John... Read more »Learn more
By: The INSTANT-Series
Narrated by: The INSTANT-Series
Length: 48 minutes
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How to Study Instantly!
It's late at night. You're staring at the vast amount of texts that you're trying to wrap your head around for 10 different... Read more »
By: Edwidge Danticat
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes
From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying, a collection of vividly imagined stories about community, family, and love. Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, Everything Inside is at once wide in scope and... Read more »Learn more
By: Leslie Jamison
Narrated by: Leslie Jamison
Length: 16 hours 6 minutes
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams comes this transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction.
With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction... Read more »
By: David Foster Wallace
Narrated by: David Foster Wallace & Robert Petkoff
Length: 15 hours 8 minutes
Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person?
David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of John McCain's 2000... Read more »
By: Cecelia Watson
Narrated by: Pam Ward
Length: 3 hours 47 minutes
A page-turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world’s most polarizing punctuation mark
The semicolon. Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it. Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it. But why? When is it effective? Have we been misusing it? Should we even care?
In Semicolon, Cecelia Watson... Read more »Learn more
By: Leah Price
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 5 hours 35 minutes
Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated Do you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so, you're not alone. Digital-age pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles, so too do the virtues in which printed, bound objects once trained us: the willpower to focus on a sustained argument, the... Read more »Learn more
By: Juda Bennett & Winnifred Brown-Glaude
Narrated by: Daniel Henning & Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes
In this startling group memoir, four friends—black and white, gay and straight, immigrant and American-born—use Toni Morrison’s novels as a springboard for intimate and revealing conversations about the problems of everyday racism and living whole in times of uncertainty. Tackling everything from first love and Soul Train to police brutality and... Read more »Learn more
By: Vivian Gornick
Length: 4 hours 27 minutes
One of our most beloved writers reassess the electrifying works of literature that have shaped her life.
“I sometimes think I was born reading…I can’t remember the time when I didn’t have a book in my hands, my head lost to the world around me.”
Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader is Vivian Gornick’s celebration of passionate... Read more »Learn more
By: Hannah Pittard
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes
From a writer who "deserves the attention of anyone in search of today's best fiction"* comes an epic novel-based on true events-of wealth, race, grief, and love, charting one sweltering summer in Atlanta that left no one unchanged (*Washington Post) It's a humid summer day when the phones begin to ring: disaster has struck. Air France Flight... Read more »Learn more
By: Patti Smith
Narrated by: Patti Smith
Length: 2 hours 8 minutes
From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, an inspired exploration of the nature of creative invention.A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic-its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of... Read more »Learn more
By: Will Schwalbe
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 7 hours 3 minutes
From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.
Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain... Read more »
By: Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager
Narrated by: Nancy Pearl, Jeff Schwager, Xe Sands, Dominic Hoffman, Eileen Stevens, Piper Goodeve, Andrew Eiden, Lameece Issaq, Rick Adamson, JD Jackson, Ryan Do, Tim Andres Pabon, Emily Woo Zeller, Richard Ford, Luis A. Urrea, Vendela Vida, Laurie Frankel & Siri Hustvedt
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes
Performed by Nancy Pearl, Jeff Schwager and a multi-cast that includes book contributors Luis Alberto Urrea, Siri Hustvedt, Laurie Frankel, Vendela Vida, and Richard Ford. The Writer’s Library audiobook also features real conversations with Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, and Laila Lalami.
With a Foreword by Susan Orlean, twenty-three of today's... Read more »Learn more
By: James Baldwin
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 1 hours 10 minutes
James Baldwin’s critique of American society at the height of the civil rights movement brings his prescient thoughts on social isolation, race, and police brutality to a new generation of readers.
Available for the first time in a stand-alone edition, Nothing Personal is Baldwin’s deep probe into the American condition. Considering the Black... Read more »
By: Gail Crowther
Narrated by: Imani Jade Powers
Length: 8 hours 38 minutes
A vividly rendered and empathetic exploration of how two of the greatest poets of the 20th century—Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton—became bitter rivals and, eventually, friends.
Introduced at a workshop in Boston University led by the acclaimed and famous poet Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton formed a friendship that would soon evolve... Read more »
By: Robert DiYanni
Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes
We are what we read, according to Robert DiYanni. Reading may delight us or move us; we may read for instruction or inspiration. But more than this, in reading we discover ourselves. We gain access to the lives of others, explore the limitless possibilities of human existence, develop our understanding of the world around us, and find respite... Read more »Learn more
By: Vivian Gornick
Narrated by: Theresa Conkin
Length: 4 hours 44 minutes
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the most important leaders of the movement to gain American women the vote. But, as Vivian Gornick argues in this passionate, vivid biographical essay, Stanton is also the greatest feminist thinker of the nineteenth century. Endowed with a philosophical cast of mind large enough to grasp the immensity that... Read more »Learn more
By: Roland Lehoucq, Loïc Mangin & Jean-Sébastien Steyer
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Length: 13 hours 36 minutes
The surprising and illuminating look at how Tolkien's love of science and natural history shaped the creation of his Middle Earth, from its flora and fauna to its landscapes.
The world J.R.R. Tolkien created is one of the most beloved in all of literature, and continues to capture hearts and imaginations around the world. From Oxford to ComiCon,... Read more »
By: E. NESBIT
Narrated by: Lisa Smith
When their father mysteriously goes away, three children and their story-writing mother leave their comfortable life in London and move to a little house, Three Chimneys, in the country. Free to roam the countryside, Peter, Bobbie, and Phil make friends and enjoy adventures in and around the nearby railway station, and wave to the passing train... Read more »Learn more
By: Liv Albert
Narrated by: Liv Albert
Length: 4 hours 56 minutes
Finally sort out who’s who in Greek mythology—from gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and everyone in between!
Greek mythology continues to appear in popular movies and books today but have you ever wondered about where these characters started out? Discover the origins of your favorite characters from Greek mythology with this collection of... Read more »