A pick of our favourite books read by the rich and famous
The Audio Publishers Association estimated that audiobook sales totalled almost US$1.5 billion (Dhs5.5 billion) last year. That is more than 13 percent up on the previous year and it is a trend observed for half a decade. A key factor in the boost is the number of A-list celebrity actors lending their voice to Audiobook narration. Just as theatre, television and even video games are turning to Hollywood to attract bankable stars, audiobook producers know that a big name actor reading a classic text could be the recipe for mega download numbers. Check out our pick of some of the best.
The Complete Harry Potter read by Stephen Fry After watching the movies, go back to Hogwarts with the British comic actor. Dhs950. www.pottermore.com.
The Wonderful Wizard of oz read by Anne Hathaway Follow Dorothy’s journey with the Oscar-winning actress. Dhs39. www.audible.com.
Go Set A Watchman read by Reese Witherspoon Harper Lee’s historic sequel finds a perfect narrator in the Louisiana actress. Dhs107. www.audible.com.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer read by Paul Newman Mark Twain’s masterpiece comes to life. Dhs40. iTunes.
A Rage in Harlem read by Samuel L. Jackson Who better to read this tale of love and crime in post-war New York City? Dhs39. www.audible.com.
To the Lighthouse read by Nicole Kidman Having played Virginia Woolf, the Aussie actress narrates her famous text. Dhs86. www.audible.com.
The End of the Affair read by Colin Firth The epitome of English stoicism reads Graham Greene’s love story. Dhs51. www.audible.com.
The Handmaid’s Tale read by Claire Danes The Golden Globe winner reads Margaret Atwood’s dystopian sci-fi. Dhs39. www.audible.com.
Matilda read by Kate Winslet Roald Dahl’s school time story captivatingly read by the Titanic actress. Dhs55. www.audible.com.
Life read by Johnny Depp There may be a coolness overload if you listen to Jack Sparrow read the biography of Keith Richards. Dhs39. www.audible.com.
Gulliver’s Travels read by Hugh Laurie Satirical novel is hilariously brought to life by comic actor Laurie. Dh63. www.audible.com.
The Driver’s Seat read by Judi Dench Dame Judy’s voice is ideally suited to Muriel Spark’s psychological thriller. Dhs23. iTunes.
Valley of Fear read by Ian McKellen Feature length Sherlock Holmes adaptation from the knighted actor. Dhs43. www.audible.com.
Silence of the Lambs read by Kathy Bates The crazy woman from Misery reading about Hannibal Lecter? Perfect. Dhs38. www.audible.com.
Bossypants read by Tina Fey The A-list star reads her own autobiography. Dhs54. www.audible.com.
Heartburn read by Meryl Streep The queen of Hollywood voices Nora Ephron’s marital comedy. Dhs63. www.audible.com.
Casanova read by Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock star reading the story of Italy’s great romantic could be perfection. Dhs22. www.audible.com.
The Great Gatsby read by Jake Gyllenhaal Gyllenhaal enthrals in the audio version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic. Dhs22. www.audible.com.