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Reading Aloud

One of the highlights of going to a literary festival is hearing authors read from their own works. What author, living or dead, would you most like to hear read?

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  • Pretty much anything that grabs my interest, so it is hard to name a specific one.

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    I'd like to hear the author who penned The Ten Commandments read His own words.

    I wonder if it would sound anything like this (copy and paste)...  http://bit.ly/e0su3n

    God said to Moses, 'Come up to Me... I will give you the stone tablets that I have written for instruction.'" Ex 24:12

  • Edgar Allan Poe- I used to wish that he was still alive so that I could meet him, or get to know more about him.

    Or Robert Frost. I honestly love his poetry, it has such a contemplative, musing air about it, with that tinge of depression...I truly sympatize with it.
  • Christopher Isherwood reading "The World in the Evening" Armistead Maupin reading everything he's written. Sean Connery reading anything anyone's ever written.
  • Hands down Alexandre Dumas. Provided that I could also magically understand French ;-)
  • Hmmmm.... Lewis Carroll =D or William Wordsworth. Andersen's too much of a crabby bitch to read properly (I'm sorry; I love you) Garcia-Marquez aka GABO would be awesome to hear, too, though he's old now =P Any one of the Brontes is fair game...aw, fuck it. You choose for me.
  • I have a tape somewhere, or I used to, with Astrid Lindgren reading one of her books. It's absolutely the best audiobook EVER, with the Tove Jansson books (the old ones, with the Finnish-Swedish female narrator, thank you) coming in a close second. She just had this very... Retelling-a-story type tone to her reading. Possibly reading-from-a-storybook. But either way it was very different from most modern audio books, because nowadays they lack that familiar, grandmotherly feeling. Or maybe I've gotten disillusioned as I've gotten older. -Alexandra
  • Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Poe, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Ginsburg, and many others. I've heard Sherman Alexie, Steve Almond, David Baker, Charles Baxter, Adam Braver, David Anthony Durham, Amy Tan, Steve Yarbrough, Jennifer Haigh, David Young, and many other writers read. I guess I'm spoiled that way.
  • I would LOVE to have Chaucer read his Canterbury Tales. They are soooo amazing and hilarious! The man is a genius. Nuff said! :D
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