Whether you have more spare time than ever to dedicate to audiobooks you haven’t quite gotten around to yet, or are looking for a story to keep you company to while you work on your newly acquired hobbies (knitting, anyone?), these lengthy listens are for you. Hunker down with your best pair of headphones and plenty of snacks, you’re making headway on that to-listen-list.
(43 Hours!) A popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great thrillers of all time. Alexandre Dumas recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond DantĂ¨s, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his imprisonment, escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal.
(Almost 41 Hours!) The start of the bestselling Kingsbridge series, this spellbinding epic of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power is set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, regarded as Ken Follettâ€™s historical masterpiece.
(34 Hours!)The first volume in George R. R. Martinâ€™s magnificent cycle of novels. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced.
(48 Hours!)Here is the bleak new world of the day after the end: it is stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides–or are chosen. Now Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety.
Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity’s Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce’s Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.
(66 hours!)Acknowledged as a modern classic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest books of the twentieth century, The Power Broker is a huge and galvanizing biography of Robert Moses, the single most powerful man of his time in the City and in the State of New York.
(47 hours!)Arguably no other character in history has been so enduringly popular as Sherlock Holmes. From his first appearance, in Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 novella A Study in Scarlet, readers have loved reading about himâ€”and writers have loved writing about him. Here, Otto Penzler collects 75 wonderful stories about Holmes and Dr. John Watson, the majority of which will be new to listeners.
(50 hours!)Anne Rice makes real a great dynasty of four centuries of witchesâ€”a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women. Moving from today’s New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and the France of Louis XIV, from the coffee plantations of Port-au-Prince and back to today, this is a mesmerizing tale.