Will Oldham narrating an audiobook? Here's 10 more musicians we'd like to see narrate classic books

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Audio books are all about finding the perfect actor with the perfect voice to read to you while you drive across the country. So, when we heard Will Oldham had taken on the narration of Rudolph Wurlitzer's Slow Fade, we started thinking about what other artists should venture into the same business. After all, records have been struggling to sell, but audio books seem to be doing pretty well still. Click through to see what we came up with.

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10. Tom Waits - Alice in Wonderland
This makes enough sense that we probably don't really need to explain it, but in case you've been living in a Tom Waits-free cocoon for the last decade: Waits is really into Alice in Wonderland. He talks about it all the time, even made an album about it. Oh, and he's got what we consider one of the most awesome voices of all time (next to Liam Neeson).

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9. Colin Meloy - Moby Dick
While the entirety of the Decemberists catalog isn't always our cup of tea, there is no denying "The Mariner's Revenge Song," is a fabulous yarn-strung fiction. Because of this fact, combined with several other nautical themed Decemberists tracks, it would seem like a perfect fit to hear lead singer Colin Meloy reading Moby Dick. Maybe the abridged version though.

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8. Slim Cessna - Winnie The Pooh
Slim Cessna is kind of scary -- which is why it would be an awesome for him to read the tales of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and Eeyore. It probably wouldn't be the best children's hour in the state, but it would certainly provide some great adult entertainment.

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7. Bruce Springsteen - Grapes of Wrath
This one is pretty obvious, but we still can't help but wonder how it would sound. On the surface, it seems like it would be a great idea, but there's a reasonable chance things could go horribly awry. Still, ever since we heard "The Ghost of Tom Joad," we've always wanted to hear Springsteen's take on the whole novel.

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6. Bob Dylan - Gravity's Rainbow
Look, we can't understand a damn word coming out of Bob Dylan's mouth these days, which is why we decided to pair it up with a book that we can barely understand. Might as well turn it into a crazy, rambling story about World War II that involves Watergate, V-2 rockets and Charlie Parker. Actually, that kind of sounds like a Bob Dylan song already.


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