A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines, read by Jay Long.
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh, brilliantly read by Jeremy Irons
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, Books on Tape
Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens, read by Robert Whitfield (incredible reading, he switches back and forth among so many voices!)
Paula Spencer, by Roddy Doyle, read by Ger Ryan
My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout, read by Kimberly Farr
Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok, read by Angela Lin
Dubliners by James Joyce, read by Connor Sheridan
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, several readers (see below for details)
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, read by Lisette Lecat
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, read by Lorna Raver
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, read by Sam Waterson.
This Is Happiness by Niall Williams, read by Dermot Crowley
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann, read by Darrell Dennis
Audiobooks vs. Print Books
It’s a commonplace notion that movies of great books never quite equal the texts they're based on. Maybe that’s because the author’s voice is such a crucial part of an excellent work of literature. The dialogue doesn’t really make up for losing the poetry of the narrative. How would you make a movie of To the Lighthouse, for instance, that could approach the wainscoted interior worlds of Virginia Woolf's characters?
|Ernest J. Gaines|
Zack’s most recent book of poems, Irreverent Litanies
Zack’s most recent translation, Bérénice 1934–44: An Actress in Occupied Paris by Isabelle Stibbe
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How to Get Published
Getting the Most from Your Writing Workshop
How Not to Become a Literary Dropout
Putting Together a Book Manuscript
Working with a Writing Mentor
How to Deliver Your Message
Does the Muse Have a Cell Phone?
Why Write Poetry?
Poetic Forms: Introduction; The Sonnet, The Sestina, The Ghazal, The Tanka, The Villanelle
Praise and Lament
How to Be an American Writer
Writers and Collaboration
Types of Closure in Poetry