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The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The series will engage audiences with this list of 100 diverse books.

1984

By George Orwell
Narrated by Simon Prebble /  11 hours 23 minutes

Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this immensely popular book. George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, the hero... Read More »

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A Confederacy of Dunces

By John Kennedy Toole & Walker Percy
Narrated by Barrett Whitener /  13 hours 32 minutes

A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank... Read More »

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A Separate Peace

By John Knowles
Narrated by Scott Snively /  6 hours 8 minutes

Devon School, an exclusive prep school for boys in New Hampshire, is a world unto itself. But it's the summer of 1942, and the massive thundercloud of World War II threatens the school's peaceful environment. Paralleling the war, where enemies real and imagined are sometimes collaborated with and sometimes destroyed, is the friendship between... Read More »

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By Betty Smith
Narrated by Kate Burton /  15 hours 1 minute

The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century.

From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her... Read More »

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain
Narrated by Grover Gardner /  6 hours 50 minutes

Just what did boys do in a small town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated down rivers, traded marbles, formed secret societies, smoked pipes, and, on occasion, managed to attend their own funerals. Yes, they may have been a bit mischievous, but as Aunt Polly... Read More »

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The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho
Narrated by Jeremy Irons /  4 hours

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a... Read More »

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Alice in Wonderland

By Lewis Carroll, Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre & Diane Vanden Hoven
Narrated by Georgia Lee Schultz, Barbara Rosenblat & a full cast /  59 minutes

Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland comes to life again in this dramatized version of the timeless classic, with stellar performances by Georgia Lee Schultz as Alice, and multi-award-winning Barbara Rosenblat as the Mouse, Duchess, Cheshire Cat, and the Queen. This version features a full cast of characters, music, and sound effects and... Read More »

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Americanah

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh /  17 hours 29 minutes

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military... Read More »

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And Then There Were None

By Agatha Christie
Narrated by Hugh Fraser /  5 hours 36 minutes

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

One of the most famous and beloved mysteries from The Queen of Suspense—Agatha Christie—now a Lifetime TV movie.

"Ten . . ."
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U. N. Owen."

"Nine . . ."
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a... Read More »

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Anne of Green Gables

The Anne of Green Gables Series: Book #1
By L. M. Montgomery
Narrated by Susan O'Malley /  10 hours 41 minutes

Anne Shirley, the orphan child who brings happiness and love into the lives of her foster family, is one of the most beloved heroines in all literature. This wildly imaginative, red-headed chatterbox tries to fit into the narrow confines of Victorian expectations, but her exuberant spirit keeps leaping delightfully beyond the bounds. When... Read More »

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Another Country

By James Baldwin
Narrated by Dion Graham /  16 hours 13 minutes

Published in 1962, this is an emotionally intense novel of love, hatred, race, and America in the 1950s. Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable... Read More »

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Atlas Shrugged

By Ayn Rand
Narrated by Christopher Hurt /  52 hours 20 minutes

Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey of five thousand people conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club in 1991.

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why... Read More »

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Beloved

By Toni Morrison
Narrated by Toni Morrison /  12 hours 2 minutes

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not... Read More »

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Bless Me, Ultima

By Rudolfo Anaya
Narrated by Robert Ramirez /  11 hours 12 minutes

Exquisite prose and wondrous storytelling have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English. Indeed, Anaya's tales fairly shimmer with the haunting beauty and richness of his culture. The winner of the Pen Center West Award for Fiction for his unforgettable novel Alburquerque, Anaya is perhaps best loved for his classic... Read More »

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The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak
Narrated by Allan Corduner /  13 hours 55 minutes

DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.
 
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.
 
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a...
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Junot Díaz
Narrated by Jonathan Davis /  15 hours 58 minutes

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following... Read More »

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The Call of the Wild

By Jack London
Narrated by John Lee /  3 hours 26 minutes

Buck, half St. Bernard and half Scotch shepherd, is a bold-spirited dog living the good life in the Santa Clara Valley. But when a treacherous act of betrayal results in his kidnapping, he is stripped from his comfortable life on the California estate and thrust into the rugged terrain of the Yukon, where he is made a sled dog. Strong dogs are... Read More »

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$13.74 USD

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Charlotte's Web

By E. B. White
Narrated by E. B. White /  3 hours 34 minutes

This Newbery Honor Book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."
 
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply... Read More »

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$18.20 USD

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The Clan of the Cave Bear

Earth's Children® Series: Book #1
By Jean M. Auel
Narrated by Sandra Burr / 

Featured title on PBS's The Great American Read in 2018

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world... Read More »

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The Count of Monte Cristo

By Alexandre Dumas
Narrated by John Lee /  46 hours 56 minutes

Dashing young Edmond Dantes has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantes is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there... Read More »

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