Letters Of Note
Want to Write Good Letters? First, Listen to These

Epistolary appreciators everywhere know the power of a good letter, and if you’re looking for a few tips on how to get in the pen-and-ink game (or toner-and-cartridge game, no judgement), it’s wise to read some scribblings from the pros. Or in the case of the Letters of Note series on audio, listen to Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and more golden-voiced narrators read famous letters about love, war, music, and…cats. (Did you really think cats were going to sit this one out? They never do).

Edited by Shaun Usher, Letters of Note started as a website “celebrating the humble letter” and has since become a beloved and bestselling series of books—and now audiobooks—featuring the letters of writers, actors, and other personalities, and centered around big themes: love, war, music, and felines. Listen to audio clips below, and take notes: letter writing is a life skill to hone, and it may be time to take a crack at it.

This paw-sitively meow-velous audiobook compiles 30 letters from the likes of Charles Dickens, Raymond Chandler, and Elizabeth Taylor, and contains reflections on cats. Letters of Note: Cats also includes audio exclusive bonus content drawn from recordings made at performances of Letters Live. Listen to Toby Jones reading John Cheever’s letter to Susie Herbst and an ensemble cast reading a flurry of letters to the Guardian on the hotly contested topic of ‘cats vs dogs.’

Hear the ardors of artists, painters, writers, and more in this touching volume of beautiful missives. Letters of Note: Love also includes audio exclusive bonus content drawn from recordings made at performances of Letters Live. Hear Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey read Chris Barker’s letter to Bessie Moore at the Royal Albert Hall, Tom Hiddleston reading Gerald Durrell’s letter to his wife at the Freemasons’ Hall and Nick Cave perform his song, Love Letter, at the Union Chapel.

From Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to John Lennon Prince and Kim Gordon, tune in to the evocative expressions of treasured composers, musicians, singers, and songwriters in this enchanting audiobook. Letters of Note: Music also includes audio exclusive bonus content drawn from recordings made at performances of Letters Live. Savour Jarvis Cocker reading Iggy Pop’s letter to a fan named Laurence and Matt Berry reading Robert Crumb’s letter to free jazz saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

A powerful new volume of letters about combat by Alexander Hamilton, General Sherman, Evelyn Waugh, Kurt Vonnegut, and more, this poignant audiobook offers a nuanced and moving look at the act of armed conflict. Letters of Note: War also includes audio exclusive bonus content drawn from recordings made at performances of Letters Live. Listen to Ben Kingsley reading Mohandas Gandhi’s letter to Adolf Hitler and Colin Firth and Taron Egerton read letters exchanged between Rudyard Kipling and his son, John.