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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.

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin /  12 hours 2 minutes

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, moral rightness, education and marriage in her aristocratic society of early 19th century England. Elizabeth is the second eldest of five daughters of a country gentleman living in the fictional town... Read More »

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Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline
Narrated by Wil Wheaton /  15 hours 39 minutes

Ready Player One

“When it comes to listening to an audio book, I have to be drawn to the narrator’s voice almost if not more than the actual story. The way a narrator speaks really makes or breaks a story for me. Wil Wheaton made this story for me! He brought new life to a story I was already in love with. Wheaton made Wade Watts come to life, and was able to bring out the obsessiveness in Wade’s voice when it came to Halliday and 80’s pop-culture. Wheaton is the only person that could ever be Wade Watts for me. This is one audio book that I know I will go back to again and again.”

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Rebecca

By Daphne du Maurier
Narrated by Anna Massey /  14 hours 48 minutes

"Rebecca is a work of immense intelligence and wit, elegantly written, thematically solid, suspenseful.." --Washington Post
"Daphne du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings." --Stephen King

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is... Read More »

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The Shack

By William P. Young
Narrated by Roger Mueller /  9 hours 14 minutes

Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation. Evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note--apparently from God--inviting him back to that shack... Read More »

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Siddhartha

An Indic Poem
By Hermann Hesse & Hilda Rosner
Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi /  2 hours 59 minutes

This compelling spiritual quest by Hermann Hesse, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is considered one of the most important works of twentieth century fiction.

Siddhartha's search for enlightenment leads him to the river of life itself. On his journey he learns from many teachers: the ascetic Samanas, the all-knowing Gotama, the... Read More »

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The Stand

By Stephen King
Narrated by Grover Gardner /  47 hours 43 minutes

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky... Read More »

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The Sun Also Rises

By Ernest Hemingway
Narrated by William Hurt /  7 hours 48 minutes

2007 Audie Award Finalist for Classics

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

This new edition of The Sun Also Rises celebrates the art and craft of Hemingway’s quintessential story of the Lost Generation—presented by the Hemingway family with illuminating supplementary material from the Hemingway... Read More »

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston
Narrated by Ruby Dee /  6 hours 44 minutes

“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love... Read More »

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This Present Darkness

By Frank Peretti
Narrated by Jack Sondericker /  17 hours 26 minutes

Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The battle rages in the spirit world between Rafar, leading his legions from the world of darkness,... Read More »

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To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee
Narrated by Sissy Spacek /  12 hours 17 minutes

Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read

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

One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold... Read More »

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War and Peace

By Leo Tolstoy & Constance Garnett
Narrated by Frederick Davidson /  61 hours 3 minutes

Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once a historical war epic, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Noted for its mastery of realistic detail and psychological analysis, it follows the metamorphosis of five aristocratic families against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Individual... Read More »

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Where the Red Fern Grows

By Wilson Rawls
Narrated by Anthony Heald /  6 hours 54 minutes

A beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend.
 
Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the... Read More »

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Wuthering Heights

By Emily Bronte
Narrated by Carolyn Seymour /  11 hours 34 minutes

The sole novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication at the age of thirty, Wuthering Heights is one of the most original classics in the canon of English literature. Set amid the wild and stormy Yorkshire moors, it is the tale of childhood playmates who grow into soul mates, and whose tempestuous natures and obsessive love... Read More »

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Tales of the City

By Armistead Maupin
Narrated by Frances McDormand /  7 hours 38 minutes

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga, soon to return to television as a Netflix original series once again starring Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.

For almost four decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail... Read More »

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More Tales of the City

By Armistead Maupin
Narrated by Cynthia Nixon /  8 hours 22 minutes

Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City

The second novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga.

The tenants of 28 Barbary Lane have fled their cozy nest for adventures far afield. Mary Ann Singleton finds love at sea with a forgetful stranger, Mona Ramsey discovers her... Read More »

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Further Tales of the City

By Armistead Maupin
Narrated by Frances McDormand /  8 hours 9 minutes

Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City

The third novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga.

The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her... Read More »

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Babycakes

By Armistead Maupin
Narrated by Alan Cumming /  8 hours 42 minutes

Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City

The fourth novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga.

When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there’s more to making a baby than meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a... Read More »

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Significant Others

By Armistead Maupin
Narrated by Cynthia Nixon /  8 hours 37 minutes

Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City

The fifth novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga.

Tranquillity reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in... Read More »

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Michael Tolliver Lives

By Armistead Maupin
Narrated by Armistead Maupin /  6 hours 40 minutes

Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City

The seventh novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga.

Nearly two decades after ending his groundbreaking Tales of the City saga of San Francisco life, Armistead Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero Michael Tolliver—the... Read More »

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Mary Ann in Autumn

A Tales of the City Novel
By Armistead Maupin
Narrated by Armistead Maupin /  7 hours 51 minutes

Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City

The eighth novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin’s best-selling San Francisco saga.

Following the success of his New York Times bestseller Michael Tolliver Lives, Armistead Maupin’s Mary Ann in Autumn is a touching portrait of friendship, family, and fresh... Read More »

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