Need to take a break from your summer jams playlist and podcast but too lazy to actually read a book? Audiobooks are the answer. The deliver books straight to ears and now you can often find your favorite celebrities and voice actors performing some of the greats of classic literature. From The Odyssey with Ian McKellan to all 42 books of the Bible performed by an ensemble cast, there are plenty of ways to enlist celebrities to do your reading for you.
If you haven’t been forced to read The Odyssey as part of a class syllabus, there’s probably little chance you’ll want to pick it up as a light beach read. But what if Gandalf was reading the story to you? Ian McKellen's reading highlights how Homer's tale was the original Lord Of The Rings.
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In this sci-fi novel based in 2045, geek culture rules all in the the virtual reality of the Oasis, especially trivia regarding pop culture from the 1980's. In fact, the protagonist Wade Watts' tells us that he recently voted for Cory Doctorow and Wil Wheaton as elected officials in the Oasis elections. Which makes Wheaton the perfect choice to the performance.
No, these aren't original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but neither are the ones portrayed BBC's Sherlock, where Benedict Cumberpatch became perhaps the most famous version of the great detective. So it all works out, technically?
Max Brooks’ oral history of the zombie apocalypse made for a terrible film adaptation. But maybe that’s because Mel Brooks’ son wasn’t able to tap into his far-reaching contact list for casting purposes. Oh, and they changed everything about the book for the much-troubled production of World War Z, so sit back and enjoy a presentation of this novel in the way it was meant to be told, this time performed by Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, Rob Reiner, mark Hamill, Henry Rollins and others.
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