Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is widely considered one of the greatest of American novels. This new guide gives you an in-depth analysis of this important work, unlocking its confusing aspects, making the book accessible and enjoyable, and helping you uncover all the details that make up the story.
The author comes to an attic room where a mysterious man used to live, and weird and horrifying events keep happening even after his death. The man showing the room warns not to touch anything, but the author disobeys and contacts the world of spirits. He sees what happened to the person who lived in that room, but then it appears the clergyman wants to get him. This is a wonderful sample of Lovecraftian horror with unforgettable atmosphere and a terrifying ending.
Ragged Dick is Horatio Alger's most notorious short story that helped shaped American identity and shed light on the number and severity of boys living on the street in New York. Listen about how Ragged Dick starts out as a street boy and bootblack and eventually pulls himself up by his bootstraps.
This is a story of three robbers planning to obtain the treasure of a weird and lonely old, but rich man. What remains unknown to them is that the man inspires the whole town with awe. And it's not his oddly set and colored stones in the yard and talking to glass bottles, what something invisible but perceptible behind this. The three friends hatch out a plan and begin to fulfill it. The story lets its listeners dive into the atmosphere of a classic Lovecraftian horror and gives them creeps.
It happened with Mr. Raikes, who was passing through the street, which was inhabited by poor and ignorant people in London. Mr. Raikes, while he walked along the street, saw many things that made him sad, for there were so many sins and wretchedness on all sides, hopeless of doing any good; he would have endeavored to forget the whole scene as soon as possible. There were many sick people who suffered for food.
The continuation of mystical stories by Ambrose Bierce will introduce you to an unknown empty house. Onlookers saw how strange shapes were entering and coming out of that strange house. No one could see the moment of their appearing on the front lawn and then disappearing somewhere.
One day I stood at the corner of a street and had a chat with my friend. It was a cold day, flakes of snow fell down from the sky, and vision was indistinct. We talked about the weather, and I said: "I don't know - I have not yet spoken to the clerk of the weather." Suddenly a little old woman appeared. She came to me, touched my hand, and said that she knew the clerk of the weather. She also said that she knew the way to his place. I said: "On, fool!"
I loved to watch the gradual beginning of the storm through the frosted window. The snowdrops were not the big flakes, heavy with moisture, which melted as they touched the ground. These little snow particles, which the storm-spirit flings by handfuls through the air, will bury the great earth under their accumulated mass and not permit her to behold her sister sky again for dreary months. I was a South man. Often at that time, I loved to sit near the fireplace, and the muse always came to visit me....
Mrs. Forder is a loyal wife who loves her husband dearly. This morning is a typical one for her. She attends her morning duties as usual while her husband is working in the garden. She has no premonition that there will be trouble. Suddenly she hears the click of the front gate and immediately hastens to the door. Outside she sees two things. First, her husband is unconscious on the grass. Second, a man with a smoking pistol in his hand is trying to undo the lock on the front gate.
Returning to England from a year's tour of Germany and France, Irving wrote "Tales of a Traveller". "The Money Diggers" section of this collection contains five connected stories about pirates and buried treasure.
"Kidd the Pirate" is a short story based on legends of Captain William Kidd, from Washington Irving's Tales of a Traveller collection. The story begins with the words, "In old times, just after the territory of the New Netherlands had been wrested from the hands of their High Mightinesses, the Lords State-General of Holland by Charles the Second". This "unquiet state" is said to have led to an increase in adventurers, buccaneers, pirates, and privateers.
This is a story about a strong aunt with a powerful mind. The uncle was a thin, puny little man and no match for the aunt.
In this story the author described an eccentric lover of literature who lived in a London bookstore. According to him, the literary world in England was made up of many small fraternities, just as the sky is composed of many stars, comets, and meteorites.
Herbert George Wells known as H. G. Wells was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games.
In "A Literary Dinner", the author describes a brief conversation between people who thought about themselves as a truly magnificent masters in the literature world, but unfortunately the author experienced a strong disappointing issue in the conversation between them. What kind of feelings the author had you will find out in the end of this story.
Eighteen-year-old Henry Fleming is a private in the Union Army's 304th New York Regiment. Having enlisted despite his mother's protest, Henry internally questions if his bravery will hold true in the face of battle. Determining that all hope is lost during his regiment's first skirmish, Henry flees in the midst of a bleak and bloody situation. However, as he reaches the rear of the army, he learns that the Union has actually won the battle.
Melville Hardlock stood in the center of the room. His friend lay upon at the floor. Melville looked at the body in a mood of helplessness. He was thinking about the subject of murder. It was so easy to kill: He felt no pride in having been able to accomplish that much. But there wasn't anyone who could escape the consequences of his crime. It required an acute brain to plan events that would leave shrewd detectives baffled.
One day one man who was a purser came to me and told me a story which would be fit for a magazine article. The purser had a room on a steamship. When the steamship arrived at a port of Queenstown there was a huge queue of people who wanted to board the ship. Two officers stood at each side of the gangway and checked the tickets of the passengers. The purser stood on the board of the steamship and watched everyone step aboard. But suddenly there was a fuss and a jam.
On Atlantic steamships there were a lot of gamblers. It was well known that that men made trips to and fro merely for the purpose of fleecing their fellow passengers, but I never had any experience with this sort of thing. Well, there was one time.
In 1917, young Edward Estlin Cummings went to France as a volunteer with a Red Cross ambulance unit on the western front. But his free-spirited, insubordinate ways soon got him tagged as a possible enemy of La Patrie, and he was summarily tossed into a French concentration camp at La Ferte-Mace in Normandy. Under the vilest conditions, Cummings found fulfillment of his ever elusive quest for freedom.
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....
"Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.
"Hurt version decidedly superior"
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."
"I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You"
A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.
"Worthy "signature" premiere"
Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.
"I felt totally swept up in this world"
At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.
"Wonderful Tale Punctuated with Loud Harmonic Licks"
In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.
"Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....
"not to miss audible experience"
While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.
"The reader alone is worth it"
One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.
"Great for family car ride"
This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
"American classic, not to be missed."
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.
"Truly a Classic"
In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.
"The Mountains of Spain"
All of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection.
"A rare treat."
Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".
"My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.
"This is not unabridged"
This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....
The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.
During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit of God. He wrote all night, and when the train arrived at his destination, the rough draft was done. The depth of this book has made it an enduring favorite.
"Great classic book to include in your library!"
A Signature Performance: Oscar nominee and passionate vegan Casey Affleck highlights the more-relevant-than-ever issues of business ethics and food production in Upton Sinclair’s meatpacking industry bombshell.
"Caveat emptor: Powerful book, subpar narration"
A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery.
"It's so creepy"
Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
"Even Better than the Movie"
Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character - lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.
American writer Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain has given us some literary gems with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and his travel adventures in 19th-century Europe and to Australia and New Zealand. In How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, Twain discusses the telling of stories, rather than providing more stories.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love....
"Just the right reading style"
This complete collection includes all of the published stories of Eudora Welty. There are 41 stories in all, including those in the earlier collections A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, The Golden Apples, and The Bride of the Innisfallen, as well as previously uncollected stories.
"Too Good For Audio"
The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.
"It's a Classic People"
Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson's awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe - but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah.
"Read it again as a grownup"
Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.
Letters of a Woman Homesteader is a frontier classic by Elinore Pruitt Stewart, a widowed young mother who accepted an offer to assist with a ranch in Wyoming. In Stewart's delightful collection of letters, she describes her homesteading experiences to her former employer, Mrs. Coney.
"Every woman in the US should read this book."
Mark Twain composed this short essay on the "art of lying" in 1885 for a meeting of the Historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford, Connecticut. In the essay, Twain laments the four ways in which men of America's Gilded Age employ man's "most faithful friend". The essay, Twain notes, was "offered for the thirty-dollar prize," but it "did not take the prize."
"As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know," is how Reynolds Price (The New York Times) described this classic that has been a favorite of readers, both here and in Europe, for almost forty years. Set in provincial France in the 1960s, it is the intensely carnal story - part shocking reality, part feverish dream - of a love affair between a footloose Yale dropout and a young French girl. There is the seen and the unseen - and pages that burn with a rare intensity.
"Grace, lust and melancholy"