Spotify on Monday started testing the attraction of audiobooks by including 9 traditional public area titles recorded by skilled narrators and celebrities. In case you open Spotify in your telephone or laptop, you can discover the titles underneath a piece known as Audiobooks: Hear the Classics. The books can be found at no cost and premium customers.
This is an inventory of the titles and narrators you’ll be able to hearken to solely on Spotify:
- Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley and narrated by David Dobrik
- Narrative of the Lifetime of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, written by Frederick Douglass and narrated by Forest Whitaker
- The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin and narrated by Hilary Swank
- Cane, written by Jean Toomer and narrated by Audra McDonald
- Persuasion, written by Jane Austen and narrated by Cynthia Erivo
- Nice Expectations, written by Charles Dickens and narrated by James Langton
- Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Brontë and narrated by Sarah Coombs
- Passing, written by Nella Larsen and narrated by Bahni Turpin
- Crimson Badge of Braveness, written by Stephen Crane and narrated by Santino Fontana
The brand new audiobooks function can even embody an authentic chapter deep-dive session in regards to the e book’s historical past and themes recorded by Harvard professor Glenda Carpio. You will find out about narratives and the way they nonetheless endure in immediately’s world. Caprio may also be present in a feed known as Sitting with the Classics on Spotify which has bonus literary materials.
Spotify has plans to launch the audiobooks globally, however for now, they’re solely being promoted as a pilot undertaking in English-speaking markets together with the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and Denmark. It is unclear how lengthy this pilot will final.
Spotify is not new to audiobooks. Customers would possibly’ve come throughout Word on Spotify previous to the discharge of the 9 classics on Monday. Phrase on Spotify housed radio crime dramas, language studying playlists, Emily Dickinson’s poems, civil rights speeches, mythology, beat poetry, quick tales, Shakespeare, Sylvia Path and extra.