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Darwin8u

Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States Member Since 2011

A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    Les Misérables is one of those defining social/protest novels that deserves to be read (and listened to) in its entirety. It is easily on par with the great social novels of the 19th century: Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina, Uncle Tom's Cabin and Hard Times.

    I remember the first time I read the unabridged version in high school, I was stunned that Hugo could engage me with such force. I practically read it straight through. Listening to Rose's relatively new translation and Guidall's audio version, I was transported back to the emotions and engagement I felt 20 years ago. All those memories and I was again anchored to my pro-unabridged novel bias. If you are going to attempt this work, please go the unabridged route, you will NOT regret it. There are few books I've read twice, but Les Misérables defintely makes the cut.

    When you begin this novel it DOES looks like a beast (1376 pgs or 60.5 hours), but when you finish it you realize you have sat down to a feast with a master novelist and social gospel writer. Dollar per page or dollar per minute, you can't get much better for its price, unless you steal it.

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    Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

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    Wow, Proust kills it with this last book in his masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. He pulls it all together. I loved Proust's reflections on literary and artistic creation, reality, memory, pain, death and time -- and how in 'Time Regained' he draws all his themes together.

    About 2/3 into 'Time Regained' the book started to swarm with emotional, intellectual, and experiential energy. You can feel Proust near a climax. IT is like the last movement of a great classical piece. The book feels like all his themes and fugues are twisting together, increasing in tempo, and taking a firmer shape: page by page, word after word.

    I'm almost sad that it is over. There are few books I've ever wanted to start reading/listening to again immediately after finishing. Today as I was setting down 'Time Regained', I almost reached for 'Swann's Way'. I feel like there was so much I missed, whole sections that I just didn't get in the beginning. Gems that dropped between the pages of my cognition.

    At the same time, I think that is the essence of Proust: the recognition that in the end, his novel is just us. My same need or desire to go back and read 'In Search of Lost Time' again is similar to my desire to go back into my own past and re-experience my youth with the knowledge I have now. It is a futile, but a very human desire. It is an impulse created by recognizing the expanse and limitations of time and memory. The genius of Proust is his ability to transport the reader to that point where we recognize the art within our own lives at the intersection of our memory and experience.

    I'm glad I had the audiobook version to help me pace through this masterpiece.

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    Time Regained: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermates, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last.

    Darwin8u says: "Full of emotional/intellectual/experiential joules"
  • "Wish I could have read it in the or..."

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    Dostoevsky's 'The Double' is one of those novellas/novels where I REALLY wish I could have read it in the original Russian. His Gogol-inspired novella plays with language, poetry, puns and double entendres are hard to translate adequately (go with Pevear and Volokhonsky for the poetry and avoid Constance Garnett). While patterns still do emerge in translations, they are fragmented and seem often like poor reflections of what the original must be.

    After reading this short, early piece of Dostoevsky it is nice to start recognizing its influence on other authors and their work. I finished reading 'the Double' and immediately started seeing how Dostoevsky fits and flips right into the whole bizarre family tree of madness literature. Dostoevsky's double/doppelgänger/unreliable narrator idea inspired a whole fugue of Nabokov novels ('Despair', 'Pale Fire', etc), entire Kafkaesque worlds, Solaris, the Riplad, etc.

    Anyway, if you love Russian novels and love Dostoevsky, this is a must (especially if you also love Nabokov). If you haven't read Dostoevsky yet, I'd probably start with 'Crime & Punishment', 'Brothers Karamazov', and/or 'the Idiot' first

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    The Double

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
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    First published in 1846, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella The Double is a classic doppelganger story and the second major work published by the author. It is the story of Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, a government clerk who believes that a fellow clerk has taken over his identity and is determined to bring about his ruin. Considered the most Gogolesque of Dostoyevsky's works, the novella brilliantly depicts Golyadkin's descent into madness in a way that is hauntingly poetic. The Double illustrates Dostoyevsky's uncanny ability at capturing the complexity of human emotion.

    Darwin8u says: "Wish I could have read it in the original Russian"
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Die Falknerin's greatest hits:
  • Joseph Conrad: The Short Stories

    "Sailors and anarchists"

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    There is no list of stories on the description, so I hope this helps. Here we have:

    THE BRUTE (1906) "Strange are the instruments of providence," Conrad says, as he relates the story of a very odd ship.

    THE LAGOON (1897) While traveling through a rainforest, a man must stop for the night. There he hears a story of filial deception and betrayal.

    YOUTH (1898) Veteran sailors sit drinking as Marlow looks back to a time a couple of decades earlier when he was a second mate on a ship called the Judea.

    THE INFORMER (1906) Our narrator is introduced to "Mr X" through a friend in Paris. While Mr. X espouses anarchist ideals, he is nonetheless steeped to the bone in self-indulgent luxury. He shows his host how the two seemingly contradictory things can dovetail quite neatly when the circumstances are right.

    Richard Mitchley is a pleasant narrator of British stories. (He's very good on the trio of Bram Stoker stories, too).

    As ever, one wonders at Conrad's skill both at telling a compelling tale and in writing in what was his third language (after Polish and French).

  • Count Luna

    "An almost forgotten gem"

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    "Der Graf Luna," published in 1955, is an almost forgotten gem. In this production, Charlton Griffin not only dusts it off but polishes it until it gleams.

    The book opens with the protagonist, Alexander Jessiersky, an Austrian national visiting Rome, announcing he is going into the catacombs to search for two missing (and presumed dead) French priests. Why is he there, and what is he really looking for?

    The protagonist is a man of his times in many ways. After the Anschluss and consequent invasion, Jessiersky is encouraged to buy the property of Count Luna. The count refuses to cooperate. This is not because he has any evident political opposition, but he is suspicious of the instability and value of the new currency. For his failure to submit, officials denounce Luna as a "monarchist sympathizer," brand him an enemy of the state, and send him to Mauthausen concentration camp.

    Jessiersky, "though he himself had not done anything, had out of his inactivity failed to do what should have been done" and "allowed his subordinates to do as they chose." Deeply depressed over the realization that "the world is apparently ruled by misunderstanding," he attempts to find Luna and ease his misery by visiting his surviving relatives. Jessiersky's search for truth leads him into extraordinary situations and places, including the Roman catacombs.

    Taken for itself, the story is a creative mystery with unusual characters. For that it's worth a listen. But looking deeper, one finds word play, metaphors, philosophy, poetic turns of phrase, and magical realism. Questions about personal responsibility and complicity, as well as the nature of reality itself, abound. The final scenes manage to be haunting, philosophical, chilling, and beautiful all at once.

    I'd love to see English-language audible editions of the works by the many talented writers of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire: Lernet-Holenia, Stefan Zweig, Sándor Márai, Arthur Schnitzler, Joseph Roth, and more. All deserve a wider audience.


  • Classic French Dramas starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 2

    "A trio of nostalgic radio plays"

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    Olivier plays Comte de Merret in Balzac's "La Grande Bretêche," a dark story of a man who takes a practical step toward putting an end to his wife's adultery.

    In the second play, he is Renardet, 'Monsieur le Maire,' in de Maupassant's "Little Louise." When a young girl is found murdered, the citizens of Carvelin demand revenge.

    Finally, Robert Morley plays the eponymous "Dr Knock" to comic effect in Jules Romains' satire of medicine.

    Once again, the uneven sound quality is my only complaint.


  • Classic French Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 1

    "Remastered, but still needs a little work"

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    Laurence Olivier plays the protagonist in both of these mini-plays adapted from French stories. Both are old-fashioned, even quaint, tales of their times.

    In Balzac's "The Purse," he is successful painter Hyppolyte Schinner. When the artist suffers an accident, he is helped by a lovely young girl and her mother who seem ideal in every way. But as time goes on, he becomes suspicious of both.

    The subject of Dumas' "Zodmirsky's Duel" is self-evident, although the outcome isn't.

    The sound levels in the Theatre Royal series leave something to be desired. The spoken parts are fine and then, all of a sudden, dramatic ear-splitting brass or shrieking string music breaks the spell. Yes, that is the dramatic style of the old radio dramas, but what I have a problem with is the intensity of the extreme contrast in volume between the spoken and the musical.

    If you can bear with the above, you'll not find better actors in the classic radio archive. But I wouldn't suggest listening to these plays with earphones if you value your hearing.

  • 4.8 (22 ratings)
    Time Regained: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7 (






UNABRIDGED) by Marcel Proust Narrated by Neville Jason

    Time Regained: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermates, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last.

    Darwin8u says: "Full of emotional/intellectual/experiential joules"
  • 4.3 (901 ratings)
    The Three Musketeers (






UNABRIDGED) by Alexandre Dumas Narrated by John Lee

    The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (663)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
  • 4.3 (811 ratings)
    Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose (






UNABRIDGED) by Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator) Narrated by George Guidall

    Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (696)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
  • 4.3 (538 ratings)
    The Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) Narrated by Ian McKellen

    The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (370)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
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  • 4.3 (534 ratings)
    War and Peace, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by Neville Jason

    War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (256)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
  • 4.3 (491 ratings)
    All Quiet on the Western Front (






UNABRIDGED) by Erich Maria Remarque Narrated by Frank Muller

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (419)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Darwin8u says: "Escapes the Boundaries of Time and Place"
  • 4.4 (422 ratings)
    War and Peace, Volume 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by Neville Jason

    War and Peace, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Mark says: "Definitely worth a listen..."
  • 4.5 (362 ratings)
    The Count of Monte Cristo (






UNABRIDGED) by Alexandre Dumas Narrated by Bill Homewood

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
  • The Three Musketeers (






UNABRIDGED) by Alexandre Dumas Narrated by John Lee

    The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (663)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
  • The Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) Narrated by Ian McKellen

    The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (370)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Alan Charles Kors, Professor Darren Staloff, Professor Dennis Dalton, Professor Douglas Kellner

    Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (43 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alan Charles Kors, Professor Darren Staloff, Professor Dennis Dalton, and others
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (27)

    For 3,000 years, mankind has grappled with fundamental questions about life. What is real? Who or what is God? When is it legitimate for one person to have power over others? What is justice? Beauty? This 84-lecture, 12-professor tour of Western philosophical tradition covers more than 60 of history's greatest minds and brings you a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present.

    James says: "Fantastic overview"
  • The Mysterious Island (






UNABRIDGED) by Jules Verne Narrated by Berny Clark

    The Mysterious Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"
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  • All Quiet on the Western Front (






UNABRIDGED) by Erich Maria Remarque Narrated by Frank Muller

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (419)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Darwin8u says: "Escapes the Boundaries of Time and Place"
  • War and Peace (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by Frederick Davidson

    War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (553)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
  • Don Quixote: Translated by Edith Grossman (






UNABRIDGED) by Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator) Narrated by George Guidall

    Don Quixote: Translated by Edith Grossman

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

    James says: "My Fourth Try at an Audible Quixote"
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (






UNABRIDGED) by Jules Verne Narrated by Peter Husmann

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Husmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

    Tad Davis says: "Great translation, so-so narration"
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  • Ulysses (






UNABRIDGED) by James Joyce Narrated by Jim Norton

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (290)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Peter says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
  • The Stranger (






UNABRIDGED) by Albert Camus Narrated by Jonathan Davis

    The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    S. Allen says: "Classic book, excellent audiobook"
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose (






UNABRIDGED) by Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator) Narrated by George Guidall

    Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (696)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
  • War and Peace, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by Neville Jason

    War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (256)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
  • The Metamorphosis (






UNABRIDGED) by Franz Kafka Narrated by Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan

    The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous vermin. It is never explained in the story why Samsa transforms, nor did Kafka ever give an explanation.

  • Idiot [Russian Language Edition] (






ABRIDGED) by Feodor Dostoyevsky Narrated by Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Evgeny Lebedev, Nina Olkhina, V. Safronov, O. Kaziko, V. Nikolaeva, L. Shuvalova

    Idiot [Russian Language Edition]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Feodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Evgeny Lebedev, Nina Olkhina, and others
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    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
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ABRIDGED) by Romain Rolland Narrated by Valentina Sperantova, Olga Khorkova, Boris Olenin, Yury Averin, Ivan Kudryavtsev, Natalya Efron, Alexey Konsovsky

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    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
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    The Fruits of Enlightenment

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
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UNABRIDGED) by Alredo Panzini Narrated by Silvia Cecchini

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    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alredo Panzini
    • Narrated By Silvia Cecchini
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UNABRIDGED) by The Brothers Grimm Narrated by Kathy Verduin

    The Enchanted Stag

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By The Brothers Grimm
    • Narrated By Kathy Verduin
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