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The Bell Jar

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sylvia Plath

Narrated By: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: February 2016

Duration: 7 hours 23 minutes


The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel of a woman falling into the grips of insanity, now available in an Olive Edition—a lower-priced small format edition with a hip and beautiful package design. A haunting American classic, The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time.


  • Kristin V.

    I read this book many moon ago and this is my first audiobook from start to finish. The book itself is a sincere depiction of a young woman as her mind unravels. Esther Greenwood tries to make sense of herself and the world around her. The subject is timeless, yet the book has a strong sense of time and place. Maggie Gyllenhaal's narration is phenomenal. She gives an authentic voice to Esther. She injects feeling and heighten the emotional connection between the reader/listener and the narrator/author.

  • Robin T

    Fantastic work, and Maggie's narration adds so much to the experience.

  • Aimee J

    This was my first audio book from start to end, and it was phenomenal. Maggie does a terrific job narrating and the writing is incredibly poignant. Very sad subject matter, but the way in which she describes some of the emotions the character experiences is very relatable.

  • Chelsea Dixon

    Great book and I love that Maggie read this!! I had to read this for my class and was dreading it but it was actually really good! Lots of thought provoking content. Makes you think!

  • Maria Buck

    Classic book. Maggie Gs narration makes the book even more enjoyable.

  • Danielle Bruce

    I really enjoyed the book. Sometimes I would start stop paying attention due to my own thoughts and it didn't keep my attention. The narrator did a great job expressing the emotions and talked very clearly. Would listen to her again

  • Michael Maxwell

    Maggies voice is beautiful and wonderful for this story.

  • Sarah Latoski

    I couldn't stop listening! Very depressing, but beautifully written and narrated.

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