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I’m taking a long flight (12+ hours) soon, recommend an old book
As the thread title states, I’m looking for recommendations of an old book (18th and 19th centuries or earlier) that I can listen to while in flight. I will most likely pull any through LibriVox but am open to other suggestions.

For reference, please disregard any books that you would have read in high school, e.g. Shakespeare, Dumas, etc.

I’ve got The Brothers Karamazov queued, but am considering other options.


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For reference, please disregard any books that you would have read in high school, e.g. Shakespeare, Dumas, etc.


So, I assume that would also include Twain, Tolstoy, Cooper and Dickens?

How about McTeague by Frank Norris or Flatland by Edward Abbott, then?


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So, I assume that would also include Twain, Tolstoy, Cooper and Dickens?


We didn’t read any Cooper or Tolstoy, though I have contemplated War and Peace as a book to listen to.

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How about McTeague by Frank Norris or Flatland by Edward Abbott, then?


Just looked them up and will give them a shot. Thanks!


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We didn’t read any Cooper


Well, then, definitely read Last of the Mohicans when you get a chance.


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Les Miserables (YT) -- listen online

Les Miserables (Internet Archive) -- free download

This isn't an audiobook. It's a radio dramatization done by Orson Welles in 1937.

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Les Misérables is a seven-part radio series broadcast July 23 – September 3, 1937 (Fridays at 10 p.m. ET), on the Mutual Network. Orson Welles adapted Victor Hugo's novel, directed the series and starred as Jean Valjean. The 22-year-old Welles developed the idea of telling stories with first-person narration on the series, which was his first job as a writer-director for radio.

Marking the radio debut of the Mercury Theatre, Welles's Les Misérables was described by biographer Simon Callow as "one of his earliest, finest and most serious achievements on radio".

The production costarred Martin Gabel as Javert, Alice Frost as Fantine, and Virginia Nicolson, Welles's first wife, as the adult Cosette. The supporting cast included Ray Collins*, Agnes Moorehead*, Everett Sloane*, Betty Garde, Hiram Sherman, Frank Readick, Richard Widmark, Richard Wilson* and William Alland*.
*Later worked with Welles on Citizen Kane

22 year old Orson Welles at the time of Les Miserables.

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That actually sounds pretty neat. Thanks.


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re: I’m taking a long flight (12+ hours) soon, recommend an old book
The Moonstone-Wilkie Collins.


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Don Quixote - Cervantes

Often called the "first novel" it is also one of the greatest. Has comedy, adventure, has it all and it was written in the early 17th century.


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re: I’m taking a long flight (12+ hours) soon, recommend an old book
The Firm by John Grisham


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re: I’m taking a long flight (12+ hours) soon, recommend an old book
Everyone reads call of the wild and white fang.

Get one of the collected works of jack London and read his other stuff.


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re: I’m taking a long flight (12+ hours) soon, recommend an old book
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The Moonstone


Very interesting title.

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Don Quixote


I’ve held out on this one for a long time.

Thanks for the suggestions.


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Jyrdis
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Everyone reads call of the wild and white fang


Seeing as how I’ve read those, I’d be inclined to agree.

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Get one of the collected works of jack London and read his other stuff.


I will put this on the list.


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re: I’m taking a long flight (12+ hours) soon, recommend an old book
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn--great book. I read it several years ago and reread a month ago--still great.


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re: I’m taking a long flight (12+ hours) soon, recommend an old book
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18th and 19th centuries or earlier


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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn



Copyright 1943.


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The Brothers Karamazov

Edit: Sorry, just read you already have it. Give it a shot. Greatest novel ever written imo.
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re: I’m taking a long flight (12+ hours) soon, recommend an old book
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old book

The bible
the quran
Iliad
Odyssey
The tale of Genji
Pilgrim's Progress


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Hemingway..The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls


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Anna Karina


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re: I’m taking a long flight (12+ hours) soon, recommend an old book
The Collected Works of Rudyard Kipling.

Joseph Conrad's short stories are great as well.



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Death in the nile


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