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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.

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The Days of Anna Madrigal

A Novel
Tales of the City

By Armistead Maupin
Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
Length: 7 hours 13 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.

The Days of Anna Madrigal, the suspenseful, comic, and touching novel, follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary... Read more »

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New Spring

The Novel
Wheel of Time: Book #15

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 12 hours 36 minutes

Soon to be an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.


The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even... Read more »

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The Eye of the World

Book One of The Wheel of Time
Wheel of Time: Book #1

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
Length: 29 hours 56 minutes

"These veteran narrators keep the plot moving and the narration fresh" — AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by Audie Award-winning narrators Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, and includes a bonus interview with the author.

Soon to be an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

The first novel in Robert Jordan's #1 New York Times...
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The Great Hunt

Book Two of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #2

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 26 hours 33 minutes

Soon to be an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, continues as Rand al’Thor and his companions set out to retrieve a powerful magical artifact from The Dark One’s Shadowspawn in The Great Hunt.


For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The... Read more »

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The Dragon Reborn

Book Three of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #3

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 24 hours 47 minutes

Soon to be an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

In The Dragon Reborn, the third novel in Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al’Thor undertakes a journey to prove himself worthy of being the Champion of Light.


Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out... Read more »

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The Shadow Rising

Book Four of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #4

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 41 hours 13 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.


The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become... Read more »

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The Fires of Heaven

Book Five of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #5

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 36 hours 26 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become... Read more »

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Lord of Chaos

Book Six of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #6

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 41 hours 29 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become... Read more »

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A Crown of Swords

Book Seven of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #7

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 30 hours 23 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become... Read more »

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The Path of Daggers

Book Eight of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #8

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
Length: 23 hours 22 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.


The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become... Read more »

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Winter's Heart

Book Nine of The Wheel of Time
Wheel of Time: Book #9

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 24 hours 17 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that... Read more »

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Crossroads of Twilight

Book Ten of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #10

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 26 hours 4 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that... Read more »

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Knife of Dreams

Book Eleven of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #11

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 32 hours 18 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that... Read more »

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The Gathering Storm

Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time
Wheel of Time: Book #12

By Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
Length: 32 hours 56 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.


The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that... Read more »

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Towers of Midnight

Book Thirteen of The Wheel of Time
Wheel of Time: Book #13

By Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 38 hours 20 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

In Towers of Midnight, the Last Battle has started. The seals on the... Read more »

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A Memory of Light

Book Fourteen of The Wheel of Time
Wheel of Time: Book #14

By Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
Length: 41 hours 47 minutes

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty...
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Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison
Narrated by: Joe Morton
Length: 18 hours 38 minutes

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of modern American Negro life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching--yet always with... Read more »

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