Now that school is back in session, I’ve got more time for listening to audiobooks. Since it’s fall, I’m in the mood for gothic classics. I started with “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James, which I wanted to re-read because of an upcoming TV series based on the book. Then I decided to re-read “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier, because there is a new film adaptation coming out.
Both of these audiobooks were wonderful. Next I decided to re-read “Northanger Abbey,” which I have not read since college. It’s fun to revisit it, especially since it mentions “The Mysteries of Udolpho” several times, and I read that last year. Next I’m thinking about another re-read – maybe a favorite such as “Wuthering Heights” or “Jane Eyre”? “Frankenstein”? Another book by Daphne du Maurier? Maybe all of the above?
If you’re looking for a good audiobook for fall, here are some favorites that I have listened to in years past. Warning: some of these are rather long.
“The Woman in White,” Wilkie Collins
“The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice,” Wilkie Collins
“The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” Anne Bronte
“The Mysteries of Udolpho,” Ann Radcliffe
“The Haunting of Hill House,” Shirley Jackson
“We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” Shirley Jackson
Audiobooks are a great way to read classics, especially longer ones. I like audiobooks for re-reading as well, because my brain doesn’t have to do quite as much work when it’s a story I’m already familiar with.
Until next time, happy reading!