I apparently went to a school with a poor literary program because when discussing with others assigned reading in school, I read very few. I’ve spent my adult years chipping away at that backlist and finally getting those standard books read… better late than never right?
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
If someone were to ask me my favorite classic ever, I’d likely say this one. It was such a powerful and emotional tale that it left my heart in tatters.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
This would be the runner-up for all-time favorite classic even though this one is a very hard read. Reading the physical copy, I can’t say that I would have had the same experience as I did from listening to this on audio because of the fictional language that Burgess created. It was still hard to follow the meanings of these words, but it was far easier by listening.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
I KNOW. Who didn’t read Animal Farm in high school? This guy. I did read 1984 in school at least, which is another one of my favorites.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
For the most part, listening to classics is the key to being able to really connect with these stories. Fahrenheit is the exception. I listened to the audio version narrated by Stephen Hoye back in 2011 and I was left unimpressed. I reread this in a physical copy last year and it left me with a completely different impression.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
I listened to this one on BBC Radio 4 Extra because it was narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and while it was a performance vs. the actual book it was still incredible.