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In their Own Voice

Audiobooks narrated by their authors

When books are recorded as audiobooks, a voice actor is usually hired to bring it to life. Sometimes, though, the best person to narrate an audiobook is the author themselves. Most often this happens with memoirs but it can also happen in other genres as well. Here are some audiobooks across multiple genres narrated with particular skill by their authors.

Illuminae

Many Voices

Audiobooks with a full cast of narrators

When books are recorded as audiobooks they generally only have one narrator, occasionally two if there are two main characters, but some books lend themselves well to having many more narrators giving voice to the book's characters. These full cast productions that often also include music and sound effects can provide a rich immersive listening experience. Here are a few that the library has available.

The Catcher in the Rye

We Didn't Start the Fire

Literature Mentioned in Billy Joel's Song

In 1989, musician Billy Joel released, "We Didn't Start the Fire," a song listing some of the most important headlines from his forty years of life up to that point, creating a snapshot of a large portion of the twentieth century.

Master the Grill

Things to Do When There is Nothing to Do

Looking for ways to keep busy and learn more as we all stay home together? Read on! Mastering the Grill by Andrew Schloss, David, Joachim, & Alison Miksch

Americanah

The Future is Female

Contemporary fiction with strong female characters

Women are amazing. Their is no limit to their abilities. One needs not to be afraid of the future so long as women will be there. Read these novels to find out how these female protagonists reflect, react and sometimes even rebuild in the wake of numerous challenges.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Bite-Size Classics

Classics with 200 pages or fewer

There are many classics that we are often told we must read in order to be considered “well-read” but it can be difficult to fit them all into our reading life. However, there are many that are much shorter than we may realize and can be read relatively quickly. Here are a few of those classics that come in at around 200 pages or fewer that can be crossed off our to-be-read lists much sooner than others.

World War Z

The End of the World As We Know It

Different ways the world could end

Whether with a bang or a whimper, people have been speculating about how the world will end since it began. Literature is no stranger to this speculation and offers up many scenarios for how our society as we know it will come to an end -- and how what’s left of humanity will deal with the aftermath. Here are a few of the possibilities. 

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