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A list of the audio books narrated by some of your favorite actors

Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicole Kidman and more

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Summer is here and that means beach reading season is also upon us. We know it can be awkward to hold a hardcover while basking in the sun (hello, bad tan lines), so we’ve put together a list of audiobooks narrated by some of the best actors out there who also happen to have the most dulcet of tones.

Take a listen to these Audible excerpts below and decide which you want to download to talk you through the summer sun.

Rosamund Pike, Pride & Prejudice 

Colin Firth, The End of the Affair

Rachel McAdams, Anne of Green Gables

Claire Danes, The Handmaid’s Tale

Jennifer Connelly, The Sheltering Sky

Diane Keaton, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Samuel L. Jackson, A Rage in Harlem

Nicole Kidman, To the Lighthouse

Annette Bening, Mrs. Dalloway

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anna Karenina

Susan Sarandon, A Member of the Wedding

 Anne Hathaway, The Wizard of Oz