Audiobook lovers, Apple Books wants you! This week, they are offering up a collection of six free audiobooks called Great First Listens. The books are all classics in the public domain and all have celebrity narrators
The six titles are: .
- The Secret Garden bu Frances Hodgson Burnett, narrated by Karen Gillan
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, narrated by Aaron Mahnke (the Lore podcast)
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, narrated by Kelsey Grammer
- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, narrated by Kate Beckinsale
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.by L. Frank Baum, narrated by Tituss Burgess
- Winnie the Pooh by Disney Book Group, narrated by Disney Book Group
I have to confess that I downloaded all of these! While I enjoy audiobooks in general, I particularly love hearing beloved classics turned into audiobooks. Language constantly grows and evolves and many of the books we consider classics have a much more formal feel than today’s writing styles offer. I think classics thrive as audiobooks because the narration tends to make the stories even more accessible to the modern listener.
Any of these strike your fancy?