Ten Audible Classics Narrated by Celebs
What better way to breathe new life into a vintage text than with a modern reading? And what could be more modern than having a celebrity do the narration? From Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal offering their voices to Tolstoy and Fitzgerald, to Rosamund Pike and James Franco tackling Austen and Vonnegut, there's an almost endless array of A-list actors reading the classics.
As part of our Goodreads Turns Ten celebration, we asked Audible's editors to recommend their favorite classic books read by celebs. See their breakdown below and add your favorites to your Want to Listen list.
Jane Eyre narrated by Thandie Newton
by Charlotte Bronte
The Westworld actress brings her incredible talent and lovely accent to a book she says was "remarkably progressive" for its Victorian time. Charlotte Bronte's heroine is complex, willful, and brave, and we're 100% sure she'd approve of Thandie Newton performing it.
Anna Karenina narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal
by Leo Tolstoy
If the idea of tackling Tolstoy's 1,400-page classic gives you pause, don't worry—Maggie Gyllenhaal feels you. "I didn't have any idea when I took this on how intense it would be," she says. Fortunately, it paid off: Her literary prowess and intelligence go a long way toward bringing this classic to life.
The Great Gatsby narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal narrates F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great American Novel. The gleeful, excessive 1920s of wealthy New York comes alive in his reading, and when he says the book's famous and beautiful last line, it's hard to keep tears from springing to the eyes.
Anne of Green Gables narrated by Rachel McAdams
by L.M. Montgomery
With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice has the same spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for more than a century.
Pride and Prejudice narrated by Rosamund Pike
by Jane Austen
The Gone Girl actress played older sister Jane Bennet in the film, but here she plays all the Bennets—as well as Misters Darcy, Wickham, Bingley, and all the rest—like some spectacular one-woman show. Honestly, you'll wonder why she doesn't just narrate all the books. All of them.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes narrated by Stephen Fry
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Stephen Fry is reason enough to get into this collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, but we can't decide if that's because of his unparalleled voice or his insightful, intimate, and deeply personal introductions to each book. Either way, the choice to listen is…elementary.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland narrated by Scarlett Johansson
by Lewis Carroll
Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson brings a palpable sense of joy and exuberance to her performance of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic. From the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts, she imbues each madcap character with a distinct voice and personality.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer narrated by Nick Offerman
by Mark Twain
Nick Offerman, the beloved Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation, is also a total audiobook aficionado. And a Mark Twain aficionado. So it's only natural that he lends his famously gruff, sarcasm-dripping voice to Tom Sawyer.
Fahrenheit 451 narrated by Tim Robbins
by Ray Bradbury
Academy Award winner Tim Robbins brings to his narration a significance and power that befits Bradbury's iconic novel. Treasure the paper form of this book, and then experience it in this totally different way.
Slaughterhouse-Five narrated by James Franco
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Between acting and writing and adapting classic novels for film, James Franco has established himself as something of an artistic jack-of-all-trades. He reads Vonnegut's classic satire about war with an appropriate world-weariness, refreshing a book that deserves to be appreciated by new generations.
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