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The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels  

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List Rules Vote up the audiobooks that do the source material (classic novels, story collections, and other notable works) the most justice and are worth listening to.

There is so much great classic literature, from modern classics to the most foundational genre works, to read it can be difficult to keep up with canon. The best classic audiobooks make it easier to catch up with your literary to-read list, all you have to do is put on your headphones while you commute, are at work, or just doing tasks around the house.

Many of the best classic books are the sort of thing you were assigned in an English Lit class, such as Farenheit 451, Pride and Prejudice, and A Tale of Two Cities. Many great classic audiobooks are also more familiar from the children's literature canon, including The Phantom Tollbooth, Charlotte's Web, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. There are even versions of classic books only available on Audible, such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as performed by Elijah Wood

Which of these classic audiobooks will you download? Try Audible and get two free audiobooks - which makes it even easier to start reading the classics. Vote for the classic audiobooks you would recommend to other lit lovers and add any must-listen books we might have missed.

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The Screwtape Letters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
C. S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetic novel written by C. S. Lewis. It is written in a satirical, epistolary style and while it is fictional in format, the plot and characters are used ...more
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, ...more
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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
E.B. White
Charlotte's Web is a children's novel by American author E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams; it was published in 1952 by Harper & Brothers. The novel tells the story of a pig ...more
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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Mary Shelley
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley about the young student of science Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature ...more
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Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Joseph Heller
Catch-22 is a satirical, historical fiction, theatre production by the American author Joseph Heller, first produced in 1971 and based on his novel of the same name.
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The Collected Stories of Arthu... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Arthur C. Clarke
The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 2001, is a collection of almost all science fiction stories written by Arthur C. Clarke: it includes 114 in all arranged in order of ...more
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Richest Man In Babylon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
George S. Clason
The Richest Man in Babylon is a book by George Samuel Clason which dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. Through their experiences in business and ...more
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Joan Didion
Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a 1968 collection of essays by Joan Didion and mainly describes her experiences in California during the 1960s. It takes its title from the poem "The Second ...more
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Their Eyes Were Watching God is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel and the best known work by African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston. The novel narrates main character Janie Crawford's "ripening from a ...more
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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize–winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, ...more
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Pilgrim's Progress: Updated, M... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Aldous Huxley
Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540, the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, ...more
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The Phantom Tollbooth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Norton Juster
The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's adventure novel and modern fairy tale by Norton Juster. It was published in 1961 with illustrations by Jules Feiffer. It tells the story of a bored young ...more
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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
S. E. Hinton
The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967 by Viking Press. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel, but did most of the work when she was 16 and a ...more
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The Winds of War is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Herman Wouk
The Winds of War is Herman Wouk's second book about World War II, the first being The Caine Mutiny. Published in 1971, it was followed up seven years later by War and Remembrance; originally ...more
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The Song of Achilles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles is a book written by Madeline Miller.
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Meditations of Marcus Aurelius is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950. It was the first published of seven novels in The Chronicles of ...more
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American ...more
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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and ...more
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The Art of War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Sun Tzu
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is ...more
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Anne of Green Gables is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the ...more
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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the ...more
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Betty Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a 1943 novel written by Betty Smith. The story focuses on an impoverished but aspirational third-generation Irish-American adolescent girl and her family in ...more
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Foundation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Audiobook Versions of Classic Novels
Isaac Asimov
Foundation is the first novel in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. Foundation is a collection of five short stories, which were first published together as a book by Gnome Press in 1951 which, ...more