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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.

Heart of Darkness

By Joseph Conrad & Another Time...Another Place
Narrated by David Case /  3 hours 58 minutes

Compelling, exotic, and suspenseful, Heart of Darkness is far more than just an adventure story. The novel explores deep into the dark regions of the hearts and souls of its characters and into the conflicts prevalent in more "primitive" cultures. It is also a striking picture of the moral deterioration that can result from prolonged isolation.... Read More »

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The Help

By Kathryn Stockett
Narrated by Jenna Lamia /  18 hours 3 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award–winning film.
 
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her... Read More »

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$38.50 USD

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams
Narrated by Stephen Fry /  5 hours 51 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

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

Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect,... Read More »

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$21.00 USD

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The Intuitionist

A Novel
By Colson Whitehead
Narrated by Peter Jay Fernandez /  9 hours 39 minutes

In a marvelous debut novel that has been compared to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Joseph Heller's Catch-22, Colson Whitehead has created a strangely skewed world of elevators and the people who control their ups and downs. Lila Mae Watson-the first black female inspector in the world's tallest city-has the highest performance rating of... Read More »

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$22.99 USD

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Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Bronte
Narrated by Nadia May /  18 hours 52 minutes

Jane Eyre, the plain yet spirited governess, introduced a new kind of heroine in literature-one whose virtuous integrity, sharp intellect, and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she loved. Orphaned and subjected to cruelty at Lowood charity school, Jane nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and... Read More »

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$36.74 USD

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Jurassic Park

A Novel
By Michael Crichton
Narrated by Scott Brick /  15 hours 10 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Timeline, Sphere, and Congo, this is the classic thriller of science run amok that took the world by storm.

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

“[Michael] Crichton’s dinosaurs are genuinely frightening.”—Chicago Sun-Times

An astonishing technique for... Read More »

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$25.99 USD

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Little Women

The Little Women Series: Book #1
By Louisa May Alcott
Narrated by Lorelei King /  8 hours 5 minutes

Little Women begins the much-loved story of the March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. The girls grow up amidst the turmoils, adventures, and hardships of the American Civil War.There is Meg, the eldest, plump and fair; Jo, the tomboy who longs to be a writer and fights against the constraints of her sex; Beth, shy, timid, and delicate, who... Read More »

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The Lovely Bones

Booktrack Edition
By Alice Sebold
Narrated by Alice Sebold /  10 hours 53 minutes

Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. THE LOVELY BONES is such a book -- a #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its artistry, for its luminous clarity of emotion, and for its astonishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.... Read More »

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Memoirs of A Geisha

By Arthur Golden
Narrated by Bernadette Dunne /  18 hours 6 minutes

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. Sayuri's story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. It concludes with... Read More »

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$31.47 USD

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Moby-Dick

By Herman Melville
Narrated by Anthony Heald /  23 hours 51 minutes

One of the great works of American literature, Moby-Dick is the epic tale of one man's fight against a force of nature. The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a... Read More »

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The Notebook

Booktrack Edition
By Nicholas Sparks
Narrated by Barry Bostwick /  6 hours 3 minutes

Experience the unforgettable, heartbreaking love story set in post-World War II North Carolina about a young socialite and the boy who once stole her heart -- one of PBS's "Great American Reads".

Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story-it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such... Read More »

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$19.53 USD

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

By Gabriel Garcia Marquez & Gregory Rabassa
Narrated by John Lee /  14 hours 2 minutes

Includes a bonus PDF with a character chart!

One of the twentieth century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the... Read More »

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$28.69 USD

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The Outsiders

By S. E. Hinton
Narrated by Jim Fyfe /  5 hours 8 minutes

50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.

No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his... Read More »

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$19.60 USD

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter (US): Book #1
By J.K. Rowling
Narrated by Jim Dale /  8 hours 33 minutes

"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a... Read More »

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$35.99 USD

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Hatchet

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by Peter Coyote /  3 hours 41 minutes

13-year-old Brian Robeson learns to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed with his hatchet and resourcefulness. Read More »

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Left Behind

A Novel of the Earth's Last Days
Left Behind: Book #1
By Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
Narrated by Richard Ferrone /  11 hours 50 minutes

What would happen if millions of people around the world suddenly disappeared one day? In this fascinating apocalyptic thriller, best-selling Christian inspirational authors LaHaye and Jenkins pool their considerable talents to answer that question. Narrator Richard Ferrone's unusually deep and hypnotic voice will keep you right in the middle of... Read More »

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$28.74 USD

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The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: Book #1
By J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrated by Ensemble Cast /  3 hours 24 minutes

The original American dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio. Read More »

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde
Narrated by Simon Vance /  7 hours 44 minutes

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure-an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.... Read More »

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The Pilgrim's Progress

By John Bunyan
Narrated by Robert Whitfield /  9 hours 21 minutes

Next to the Bible, The Pilgrim's Progress has probably been more widely read than any other book in the English language, and rightfully so. It is considered by many critics to be the greatest allegory in any language. And to think that it was written by a jailed tinker who received very little formal education! This classic allegory tells of a... Read More »

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$22.94 USD

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The Pillars of the Earth

Kingsbridge: Book #1
By Ken Follett
Narrated by John Lee /  40 hours 55 minutes

If you liked the Century Trilogy, you’ll love the “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece.”—Booklist, that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career. 

“Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the... Read More »

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$56.00 USD

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