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Jefferson

Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan Member Since 2010

I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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  • "A Stark Tower on a Bare Rock, or a ..."

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    On the surface not much happens in Virginia Woolf's semi-autobiographical modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse (1929). In Part I: The Window, Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay (based on Woolf's own parents), their eight children, and several guests are vacationing at the Ramsays' summer house on the Isle of Skye in the early 20th century. Mrs. Ramsay, a meddling and kind fifty-year-old Greek-goddess, goes to town on errands, reads a fairy tale to her youngest child James, knits a stocking, presides over a dinner, communes without words with her husband, and holds the different people in the house together with the gravity of her charisma. Mr. Ramsay, an eccentric philosopher-academic, carries on with egotism, insecurity, and emotional tyranny. James' desire to visit the local lighthouse is thwarted by his father and the weather. Mr. Charles Tansley, an uptight disciple of Mr. Ramsay, asserts himself charmlessly. The somnolent and cat-eyed poet Mr. Carmichael reclines on the lawn. And independent, Chinese-eyed and pucker-faced Lily Briscoe works on a painting of Mrs. Ramsay and James and critically contemplates the family. In Part II: Time Passes, the forces of entropy besiege the house as it stands empty of people for ten years. And in Part III: The Lighthouse, Mr. Ramsay coerces his two youngest children--now moody teenagers—to accompany him to the lighthouse while Lily Briscoe--who partly represents Woolf herself as a writer--comes to terms with her feelings for Mrs. Ramsay as she tries to capture her vision in the painting she'd attempted ten years earlier.

    Woolf is so good at sympathetically and honestly exposing people's minds and so good at revealing the beautiful and awful world we live in, and her writing is so beautiful, flowing, controlled, and poetic, that spending only a couple days with her characters is an indelibly rich experience. She employs a modernist stream of consciousness narration, and fluidly moves from one character to another. Her technique in the novel has been likened to that of the lighthouse beam moving across the benighted island world, briefly illuminating one mind and then another as it goes round, but Woolf's narration feels more organic than that. I relish her long, elegant sentences comprised of multiple clauses attached by semi-colons, her original and vivid metaphors, and her insights into human nature in a variety of vessels (male, female, old, young, educated, simple, etc.). I expected To the Lighthouse to be beautiful, philosophical, and sad, and it was, but I was surprised by its constant humor. At least as often as a poignant pang, I felt a flush of pleasure, similar to what Cam feels while sailing towards the lighthouse:

    "From her hand, ice cold, held deep in the sea, there spurted up a fountain of joy at the change, at the escape, at the adventure (that she should be alive, that she should be there). And the drops falling from this sudden and unthinking fountain of joy fell here and there on the dark, the slumbrous shapes in her mind; shapes of a world not realised but turning in their darkness, catching here and there, a spark of light; Greece, Rome, Constantinople."

    The dense novel explores the miraculous fragility and meaning (or lack thereof) of life; the varied and complex nature of love; the losses and gains involved in making families or living alone; the fraught relationships between children and parents; the confining roles of men and women; the surprising vividness and poignancy of memory; the complex nature of perception; the doomed but necessary attempt to understand other people; and the doomed but noble attempt through art to capture truth and to avoid entropy.

    Juliet Stevenson was born to read Virginia Woolf! Her voice is lovely to listen to and full of understanding, irony, and sympathy, a perfect accompaniment to the text. With skillful subtlety, she modifies her voice for the thoughts of men and women and children and adults (and for the local Scottish workers who help the Ramsays). She carried me off To the Lighthouse. The only thing, perhaps, that is lost in the audiobook is Woolf's use of parentheses and brackets and semi-colons, which visually shape the reading of the text.

    To the Lighthouse, like Mrs. Dalloway and Orlando, should be read by anyone interested in gender, art, love, life, modernism, beautiful prose, and early 20th century British culture.

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    To the Lighthouse

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    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    To the Lighthouse is a landmark work of English fiction. Virginia Woolf explores perception and meaning in some of the most beautiful prose ever written, minutely detailing the characters thoughts and impressions. This unabridged version is read by Juliet Stevenson.

    Jefferson says: "A Stark Tower on a Bare Rock, or a Hanging Garden?"
  • "Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderf..."

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    Which is more impressive in this audiobook, the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde or the readings of them by the assembled famous British actors? At their best, Wilde's stories are exquisitely beautiful and painful and reveal deep understanding of the tragedy of the human condition (mortality, inequality, prejudice, selfishness, and hatred), as well as its transcendence through generosity, self-sacrifice, beauty, faith, and love. The readers are perfect, with wise, compassionate, and flexible voices and deep understanding of each word they say and of each scene they depict.

    Special highlights are Dame Judi Dench reading "The Nightingale and the Rose" so full of wit and emotion, Jeremy Irons reading "The Devoted Friend" with a surprisingly wide range of voices for different characters, Joanna Lumley reading "The Star Child" and moving me to tears, and Robert Harris reading "The Happy Prince" and moving me to tears, too, especially whenever he says, "Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow." Sir Derek Jacobi reading "The Fisherman and His Soul," Sinead Cusack reading "The Birthday of the Infanta," and Sir Donald Sinden reading "The Selfish Giant" all do fine jobs with fine tales.

    The only dud (forgive the pun) is "The Remarkable Rocket," which, despite Geoffrey Palmer's excellent reading and despite the interesting concept (sentient fireworks talking about their upcoming royal display) is finally a mediocre joke that long overstays its welcome. The only disappointment is that the cover art says that there is a bonus track of "The Actress" read by Elaine Stritch, but it's absent from the audiobook.

    Anyway, I highly recommend this excellent audiobook.

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    Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund

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    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, and others
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    Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

    Jefferson says: "Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderfully Read"
  • "A Perfect Canterbury Tales from Man..."

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    The fourteen readers of The Canterbury Tales are excellent in changing their inflection, tone, and register to suit whatever is happening in their tales. Thus the ribald tales and insulting exchanges between pilgrims are funny, the tragic tales moving, and the virtuous tales uplifting. Nicholson's translation into modern English seems accurate enough; he maintains much of Chaucer's language and rhymes. At the same time, it is easy to follow the tales because of the fine readers, the clear translation, and Chaucer's natural storytelling.

    The tales and their prologues and epilogues (in which the pilgrims comment on the tales and each other) are fascinating and enjoyable and depict the full range of human folly (sanctimonious con men friars, corrupt judges, cuckolded husbands, lickerish wives, drunken cooks, and crooked millers) and goodness (noble courtly lovers, wise wives, faithful husbands, self-sacrificing virgins, and pure saints). The variety of tales is also impressive: beast fables, ribald jokes, sermons, parables, romances, and so on. They give a priceless glimpse into various Medieval English occupations, lifestyles, and philosophies.

    In short, if you're interested in Chaucer's tales, the Middle Ages, fine readings of good poetry, and life, or if you're studying the original Middle English version, I recommend this audiobook.

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    The Canterbury Tales

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    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
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    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    Tad Davis says: "Many voices, at times enthralling"
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  • The Moonstone

    "Worth a listen, just for the WONDERFUL narration!"

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    Wilkie Collins' writing and the late, beloved Patrick Tull's narration are an unbeatable combination, not to be missed! I read The Moonstone years ago, but had forgotten what a wonderful window into the origins of the genre of mysteries it is. Arguably the first, or among the first, of mysteries to incorporate many elements we now take for granted in mysteries (the country house, the use of a detective, suspicion falling in various places, etc) it is still a great read a century and a half after it was written.

    Briefly, Rachel Verinder is given a huge and priceless diamond for her 18th birthday. She is unaware that the diamond, referred to as "the moonstone" was obtained in India under reprehensible circumstances by her uncle during the wars. Throughout the story there are three Indian men who lurk about, hoping to get it back, but the inhabitants of the house don't exactly understand that that is who they are. The story is played out in marvelous fashion, as the diamond is quickly stolen, and suspicion falls everywhere among the various characters as they try to discover who took it. They even call in Sgt. Cuff, of Scotland Yard, who attempts to solve the mystery.

    There are a couple of narrators, the precious butler Betteridge, with his priceless self-serving asides, and Drusilla Clack, a religious relative. But without question, an already excellent book is thoroughly brought to life by the incomparable narration of the extraordinarily talented Patrick Tull. He had the ability to breathe more life and personality into each separate character then many other narrators are ever able to do. This book would be worth the listen just to get to hear him perform. I very highly recommend this book for every reason. It was just such a wonderful listening experience!

  • The P.G. Wodehouse Collection

    "Great narration of PG Wodehouse!"

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    It is hard to think of the tradition of British Manners without imagining the delightful fun of Bertie Wooster and his man Jeeves. I think I've read or heard them all (as well as enjoyed Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie doing their hilarious TV rendition) but like most classic comedy, they don't ever get old. This offering of a collection of their stories is very well read by BJ Harrison, and I like that it could be listened to here and there, without necessarily having to hear each story in order. They are each funny alone, or if you go from start to finish.

    If you somehow don't know the author and the characters, Wodehouse is having a bit of fun at the expense of the aristocracy during the time when British social rules directed every action, sometimes to the point of absurdity. Wodehouse must have loved creating Bertie Wooster, a young man with too much money and almost no common sense, who lives (with all his friends) within this system, and is such a social nitwit, that he cannot rely on his own resources to see him through any escapade he gets himself into. So it is Jeeves, his valet, who is the intelligent, wise and ultimately clever enough person to extricate him from his pickles (from behind the scenes).

    To me all these stories are laugh out loud funny (I mean in general) and BJ Harrison does the two main characters beautifully. He reads Jeeves with subtle, drole restraint and does Wooster with just enough inflection to portray him as perpetually muddle-minded, though by no means stupid. It can be easy to overdo either of them, but Harrison is pitch-perfect. If you are seeking the silly side of "Downton Abbey," give Wodehouse a try. This particular collection opens with their America visit, but includes a variety of the classic characters and situations. Highly recommend.

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge

    "Hardy--consummate teller of stories!"

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    Thomas Hardy considered himself primarily to be a poet. Which is partly why his novels are so beautiful to read. Another reason is because he had the gift of writing stories that depicted the deepest desires and struggles of people pitted against nature, society and their own inner conflicts. Told with Victorian pathos, showing some of the changing times as England moves into the industrialized era, they also reflect the Greek notions of fate and destiny.

    Michael Henchard is undoubtedly one of Hardy's most complex characters. He is a man who is deeply flawed, but who is always willing to accept the consequences of his actions (indeed, it might even be thought that he has a self-destructive personality, so creates his own opportunities for suffering). It is this quality about him that defines a life in which he is often guided by his passions, and does things that lead him to live with enormous guilt and remorse. Beginning with selling his wife and daughter while in a drunken state, the book picks up many years later, as he has made a respectful position for himself in Casterbridge. We see him showing hints of his ultimate downfall as the townspeople are upset with the quality of wheat he has sold them. His wife Susan and her daughter Elizabeth-Jane have found him, and considering how to make contact with him. The daughter has no idea who he is. The remainder of the book depicts the emotional events that ensue as Henchard comes to terms with his own actions. He struggles to do what is right, but his own nature leads him often to actions that defeat him instead.

    This is one of my admired authors and definitely one of my all-time most favorite books. It is for this reason that I would have wished for the narration to have been a little better. However, with only that caveat, I highly recommend this book (indeed, anything written by Thomas Hardy)!


  • The Woodlanders

    "A Masterpiece of writing and narration!"

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    In my opinion, everything written by Thomas Hardy is as close to perfect as any author ever comes. This book, "The Woodlanders," is simply outstanding! Stephen Thorne's beautifully read narration brings to life the lovely poetic-sounding words that evoke so much emotion in the listener.

    This is a typical Hardy tragedy, where he creates exquisitely-drawn characters who will stay with the reader/listener for quite some time after finishing the book, as will the deep sense of place he describes for the background. Grace Melbury has had the fortune (or misfortune) to have been so loved by her father that he sacrifices to give her a fine education. But the father's crucial error is in believing that that education elevated his daughter to a social status necessitating that she marry someone of a higher class than Giles Winterborne, the woodsman whom she was originally intended to marry. This is the innocent belief of a father that puts into motion all the tragedy to come.

    In some ways, this book reminds me of "The Mayor of Castorbridge," and "Jude The Obscure," both of which touch our deepest longings and fears of failure and self-exposure and show clearly that humans are the author of our own misery most of the time. This is a truly wonderful book, beautifully narrated. Highly recommend!

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Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2006

Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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  • "This Dickens guy has promise"

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    This was a book I was supposed to read 45 years ago as a freshman in high school. Back then I read very little of it. Forty-five years later and it was worth waiting for. I honestly believe this book is beyond the comprehension of an average ninth grader. It should have been reserved for upperclassmen. The story and characters were absolutely fascinating. I didn't want the book to end after nearly 18 hours. Yes, there were 10-20 minute pockets of indecipherable babbling (one very near the end of the book when Pumblechook got to rambling). But the story was otherwise pretty easy to follow and kept me interested. Who knows what's next? Maybe A Tale of Two Cities?

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    Great Expectations

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    As Pip unravels the truth behind his own "great expectations" in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him toward maturity and his most important discovery of all - the truth about himself.

    Ed says: "This Dickens guy has promise"

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1: The Treason of Isengard (






UNABRIDGED) by J.R.R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1: The Treason of Isengard

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    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
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    Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    Catherine says: "third book of the series"
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    Tom Jones: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

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    Tom Jones, a foundling, is brought up by the kindly Mr. Allworthy as if he were his own son. Forced to leave the house as a young man after tales of his disgraceful behavior reach his benefactor's ears, he sets out in utter despair, not only because of his banishment but because he has now lost all hope of gaining the hand of the beautiful Sophia. But she too is forced to flee her parental home to escape an undesirable marriage and their stories and adventures intertwine.

    Lawrence says: "Fantastic narration"
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    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3 (






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    Complete Short Stories, Volume 3

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    In 1938 Maugham wrote, "Fact and fiction are so intermingled in my work that now, looking back on it, I can hardly distinguish one from the other." Maugham also wrote that most of his short stories were inspired by accounts he heard firsthand during his travels to the lonely outposts of the British Empire. In volume three of this series, we present all of the remaining short stories which Maugham published after World War I and which he subsequently caused to be republished in various collections.

    Die Falknerin says: "What a treat!"
  • 4.5 (8759 ratings)
    The Hobbit (






UNABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Hobbit

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    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
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    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
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    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (






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    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
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    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
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    A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

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    • By Charles Dickens
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    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
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    1984: New Classic Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by George Orwell Narrated by Simon Prebble

    1984: New Classic Edition

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    • By George Orwell
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    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) says: "Come one, Come all into 1984!"
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    The Count of Monte Cristo (






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    The Count of Monte Cristo

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    • By Alexandre Dumas
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    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
  • The Hobbit (






UNABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Hobbit

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    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
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    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
  • The Screwtape Letters (






UNABRIDGED) by C.S. Lewis Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    The Screwtape Letters

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    • By C.S. Lewis
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    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    Amazon Customer says: "So much truth, much of it scary."
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    Brave New World

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    • By Aldous Huxley
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    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
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UNABRIDGED) by Jane Austen Narrated by Juliet Stevenson

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    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
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  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Swift Narrated by David Hyde Pierce

    Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

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    • By Jonathan Swift
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    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
  • Animal Farm [Dramatised]  by George Orwell Narrated by Tamsin Greig

    Animal Farm [Dramatised]

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Tamsin Greig
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    Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges....

    Leslie says: "Are you sure this is Animal Farm?"
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (






UNABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (4118)
    Story
    (4202)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
  • The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (






UNABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3118)
    Performance
    (2816)
    Story
    (2872)

    The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

    Anna says: "Thank you, Audible! Tolkien at long last!"
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  • 1984: New Classic Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by George Orwell Narrated by Simon Prebble

    1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3875)
    Performance
    (2436)
    Story
    (2468)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) says: "Come one, Come all into 1984!"
  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (






UNABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2824)
    Performance
    (2543)
    Story
    (2594)

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
  • Dracula [Audible Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Bram Stoker Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley

    Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2315)
    Performance
    (2110)
    Story
    (2136)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Dickens Narrated by Simon Vance

    A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (692)

    A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

    Teddy says: "Truly a Classic"
  • The Murder of the Countess Görlitz (






UNABRIDGED) by Sabine Baring-Gould Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Murder of the Countess Görlitz

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Sabine Baring-Gould
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    The bizarre death of the Countess Görlitz at Darmstadt in Germany, in 1847, was one of the greatest mysteries of the age. For several years it was widely believed that the Countess had spontaneously combusted at her writing desk. Another popular theory was that her husband, Count Görlitz, a Privy Councillor and Chamberlain to the Grand-Duke of Hesse had murdered her - a charge which he vigorously denied.

  • Masterpieces of Murder: Intriguing and Unusual Crime Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by G. K. Chesterton, Edgar Allan Poe, A. J. Allan, Stacy Aumonier, Sabine Baring-Gould, Nathaniel Hawthorne, E. W. Hornung Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Masterpieces of Murder: Intriguing and Unusual Crime Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton, Edgar Allan Poe, A. J. Allan, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A fascinating collection of intriguing and unusual classic murder stories by some of the masters of mystery and crime writing.

  • The Moonstone (






ABRIDGED) by Wilkie Collins, J. A. Mears (adapted by) Narrated by AudioscapePlayers

    The Moonstone

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins, J. A. Mears (adapted by)
    • Narrated By AudioscapePlayers
    Overall
    (0)
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    John Herncastle, an English officer, kills three guards, and steals a precious jewel from the head of a Hindu moon-god, during the battle of Seringapatam. It passes into the hands of Miss Verinder, on the celebration of her 18th birthday. The Brahmins then come to regain it. That night the moonstone disappears; but who has it? The mystery is tackled by the resourceful detective, Sergeant Cuff.

  • The Seventh Man (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Quiller-Couch Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Seventh Man

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Arthur Quiller-Couch
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Six men, shipwrecked on the ice and trapped in their shack by the bitter Arctic winter, might be excused for beginning to "see" things. But how was it that they all saw the same thing - the mysterious stranger?

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  • Major Barbara (






UNABRIDGED) by George Bernard Shaw Narrated by Flo Gibson

    Major Barbara

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    Barbara, the granddaughter of an earl, is busy saving souls in the Salvation Army while her father, maintaining that poverty is the worst of crimes, runs a munitions factory.

  • The Wonderful Visit (






UNABRIDGED) by H. G. Wells Narrated by Flo Gibson

    The Wonderful Visit

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    When the Vicar of a small village accidentally shoots down a "strange bird" it turns out to be an angel, who finds the customs and manners of Earth very strange indeed!

  • Fagre nye verden [Brave New World] (






UNABRIDGED) by Aldous Huxley Narrated by Dan Schlosser

    Fagre nye verden [Brave New World]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Dan Schlosser
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    Fagre nye verden handler om bagsiden af vore drømmes mål: romanen skildrer med bidende ironi fremskridtstankens endestation. Romanen foregår i London, 632 år efter Ford. Det er et rationelt og tilsyneladende humant samfund. Genmanipulation og mental kontrol sikrer borgerne og samfundet mod overraskelser.

  • Of All Things! (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert C. Benchley Narrated by Flo Gibson

    Of All Things!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert C. Benchley
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The titles in this delightful collection of essays include: "The Social Life of the Newt", "Coffee, Megg and Ilk, Please", "When Genius Remained Your Humble Servant", "The Tortures of Week-End Visiting", "Gardening Notes", "Lesson Number One", "Thoughts on Fuel Saving", "Not According To Hoyle", "From Nine To Five", "Turning Over A New Ledger Leaf", "A Piece of Roast Beef", "The Community Masque As A Substitute For War" and "Call For Mr. Kenworthy".

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  • The Return of the Soldier (






UNABRIDGED) by Rebecca West Narrated by Flo Gibson

    The Return of the Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rebecca West
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    Chris' "shell shock" blocks out fifteen years of his life as he returns home to his wife, only to remember and revisit Margaret, the earlier love of his life. The plot of this book takes place during World War I, but the consequences of battle are just as devastating today.

  • Mr. Pim Passes By (






UNABRIDGED) by A. A. Milne Narrated by Flo Gibson

    Mr. Pim Passes By

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    When this dear old gentleman passes by, he causes quite a stir! Is the marriage between an elderly respectable couple really a case of bigamy? A delightful play!