Best long audiobooks to listen in 2021
I can’t tell you how many times I have been able to enjoy classic audiobooks despite the length.
Years ago, when I wasn’t able to afford a paid audiobook subscription, I enjoyed listening to classic audiobooks on a website called-Lit2Go. I am pretty sure if it wasn’t for someone narrating I wouldn’t be able to read them by myself.
The longest audiobooks I‘ve ever listened to comes under 20 hours.
However, this time I may have taken it too far by writing this list of extra-loooong audiobooks.
If you ever feel like immersing yourself in an epic classic audiobook, this is the post to refer to!
26 extra-long audiobooks with an audio length between 21 hours to 65 hours.
Narrated by: Frank Muller
Listening Length: 21 hours and 19 minutes
Publisher’s description- Its famous opening line, “Call me Ishmael”, dramatic in its stark simplicity, begins an epic that is widely regarded as the greatest novel ever written by an American. Labelled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humour and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey. Read more
Narrated by: John Lee
Listening Length: 23 hours and 32 minutes
Publisher’s description-Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D’Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures—including the seductively beautiful but deadly femme fatale, Milady, and D’Artagnan’s equally beautiful love, Madame Bonacieux— The Three Musketeers continues, after a century and a half of continuous publication, to define the genre of swashbuckling romance and historical adventure.
Narrated by: Dylan Baker
Listening Length: 25 hours and 18 minutes
Publisher’s description-Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years – as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues – Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Read more
Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
Listening Length: 25 hours and 5 minutes
Publisher’s description-With the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Pevear and Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky’s classic novel that presents a clear insight into this astounding psychological thriller.
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Listening Length: 30 hours and 11 minutes
Publisher’s description-Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point… Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter – until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Listening Length: 31 hours and 22 minutes
Publisher’s description–Underworld is a story of men and women together and apart, seen in deep clear detail and in stadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of the Cold War. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinary times – Don DeLillo’s greatest and most powerful work of fiction. Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence. Read More
Narrated by: David Pittu
Listening Length: 32 hours and 24 minutes
Publisher’s description-Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antique store where he works. He is alienated and in love – and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Listening Length: 32 hours and 51 minutes
Publisher’s description-In 2015, the Audible Editors named A Little Life Best Fiction Audiobook, and it is one of our Audible Essentials. The transcendent story follows four college friends who move to New York City, buoyed by ambition: Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, an artist; Malcolm, an architect; and, at the centre, Jude, a withdrawn, brilliant attorney haunted by an unspeakable past. Through decades of shared and separate lives, Jude’s suffering – and its impact on those who love him – raises questions about the limits of human endurance, the possibility for redemption, and the meaning of friendship. Read more
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Moira Quirk, James Langton, Rendah Heywood
Listening Length: 33 hours and 58 minutes
Publisher’s description-For a decade, Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt colour-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?
Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.
But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Listening Length: 36 hours and 30 minutes
Publisher’s description-Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens’ classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens’ most famous characters. Read More
Narrated by: David Timson
Listening Length: 38 hours and 7 minutes
Publisher’s description-John Galsworthy’s magnificent trilogy of power and passion chronicles the wealthy Forsyte family. As the disintegrating values of the Victorian era progress to World War I and the political uncertainty of the 1930s, the family’s material and emotional struggles are set within the dwindling status of the affluent middle-classes. Infused with warmth, compassion and engaging characters, the complete chronicles are divided into three volumes, containing nine books and four interludes in total. In Volume One, The Forsyte Saga, Soames Forsyte – the “man of property” – is desperate to uphold values and conventions that are becoming out of step with the time. His most prized possession is his strikingly beautiful wife, Irene, but she is profoundly unhappy; the bitterness only builds, and the events that follow are set to ripple through the next generation of Forsytes.
Narrated by: John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, Scott Brick, Grover Gardner
Listening Length: 39 hours and 15 minutes
Publisher’s description-Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.
Narrated by: John Lee
Listening Length: 40 hours and 56 minutes
Publisher’s description-The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.
Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
Listening Length: 42 hours and 59 minutes
Publisher’s description-It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.”
So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.
Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere. Read more
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Listening Length: 42 hours and 55 minutes
Publisher’s description–Day two: the wise man’s fear
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentleman.”
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.
So begins a tale told from his own point of view – a story unequalled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
Listening Length: 43 hours and 12 minutes
Publisher’s description-Bleak House opens in the twilight of foggy London, where fog grips the city most densely in the Court of Chancery. The obscure case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, in which an inheritance is gradually devoured by legal costs, the romance of Esther Summerson and the secrets of her origin, the sleuthing of Detective Inspector Bucket and the fate of Jo the crossing-sweeper, these are some of the lives Dickens invokes to portray London society, rich and poor, as no other novelist has done. Bleak House, in its atmosphere, symbolism and magnificent bleak comedy, is often regarded as the best of Dickens. A ‘great Victorian novel’, it is so inventive in its competing plots and styles that it eludes interpretation.
Narrated by: Steven Weber
Listening Length: 44 hours and 55 minutes
Publisher’s description-Stephen King’s terrifying, classic number-one New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times) – about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry, the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again, and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
Narrated by: John Lee
Listening Length: 45 hours and 33 minutes
Publisher’s description-In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in 12th-century England that centered on the building of a cathedral and the men, women, and children whose lives it changed forever. Critics were overwhelmed, and readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel.
At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the centre of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge. Three years in the writing, World Without End once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.
Narrated by: Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
Listening Length: 46 hours and 45 minutes
Publisher’s description-The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 – “Q” is for “question mark”. A world that bears a question.
Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unravelled. Read more
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Listening Length: 47 hours and 47 minutes
Publisher’s description-This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
And here is the bleak new world of the day after a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 per cent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides – or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail – and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man. Read more.
Narrated by: Linda Stephens
Listening Length: 49 hours and 2 minutes
Publisher’s description-Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell’s great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold.
Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire: darkly handsome Rhett Butler and flirtatious Scarlett O’Hara. Behind them stand their gentler counterparts: Ashley Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton. As the lives and affairs of these.
Narrated by: Bill Homewood
Listening Length: 52 hours and 41 minutes
Publisher’s description-On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d’If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.
Of all the “masked avengers” and “caped crusaders” in literature, The Count of Monte Cristo is at once the most daring and the most vulnerable. Alexandre Dumas (père), master storyteller, takes us on a journey of adventure, romance, intrigue, and ultimately, redemption.
Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
Listening Length: 55 hours and 5 minutes
Publisher’s description-In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times best-selling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.
Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Listening Length: 56 hours and 12 minutes
Publisher’s description-A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Read more
Narrated by: Lee Howard
Listening Length: 58 hours and 33 minutes
Publisher’s description-Here you will find the complete novels of Mark Twain:
Here you will find the complete novels of Mark Twain in the chronological order of their original publication:
– The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today
– The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
– The Prince and the Pauper
– The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
– A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
– The American Claimant . Read more
Narrated by: Adeel Akhtar, Natalie Simpson, Adrian Scarborough, Emma Fielding, John Owen-Jones
Listening Length: 65 hours and 41 minutes
Publisher’s description– This Penguin Classic is performed by an ensemble cast which includes the BAFTA award-winning actor Adeel Akhtar (Killing Eve, The Night Manager, Les Miserables), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, The King’s Speech), Natalie Simpson (Outlander, Les Miserables), Emma Fielding (Unforgotten, Les Miserables) and John Owen-Jones, who was the youngest actor ever to play the part of Jean Valjean in the stage show of Les Miserables, and who has appeared as Jean Valjean on Broadway and in the West End. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Robert Tombs. Read more
There you have the list of best long audiobooks
What’s the longest book you’ve ever read or listen to?
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