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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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  • "Philosopher, Soldier, Historian and..."

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    I love Xenophon. He is a rare breed: philosopher, soldier, historian and mercenary. I imagine him as a 4th century BC combination of Teddy Roosevelt and William T. Vollmann. Memorabilia is a nice piece to read along with Plato's dialogues. While Plato's remembrances of Socrates are more philosophic and cerebral, Xenophon presents a slightly different and more down to earth picture of the great ethical philosopher.

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    The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Xenophon, Edward Bysshe (translator)
    • Narrated By Nicholas Tecosky
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    Xenophon was a Greek who admired and studied with Socrates. He marched with the Spartans and later was exiled from Athens. He wrote about the history of his times, the sayings of Socrates and about life in Greece. Edward Bysshe translated Xenophone's work in 1702. This translation has continued to have an excellent reputation. In this work Xenophon discusses the views of life taught by Socrates.

    Darwin8u says: "Philosopher, Soldier, Historian and Mercenary"
  • "Nabokov's Strange Violin Playing in..."

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    Nabokov's violin playing in the void of a totalitarian nightmare. Invitation to a Beheading belongs in those 20th Century novels by Orwell, Huxley, Kafka and Koestler that explore the individual revolting against an absurd totalitarianism. Cincinnatus C is an opaque prisoner being punished by a translucent society for his gnostical turpitude. With a Gogol-like playfulness and a Kafkaesque absurdity and a linqusitic inventiveness that belongs solely to Nabokov,

    'Invitation to a Beheading' explores the many ways the state (and society) acts to destroy or force conformity on those whose vision is different. Beware those who transgress social norms, your days are both numbered ... and infinite

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    Invitation to a Beheading

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude", an imaginary crime that defies definition.

    Darwin8u says: "Nabokov's Strange Violin Playing in the Void"
  • "Russian emigre candy dandy murderer..."

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    While this isn't my favorite Nabokov novel and I have to leave room and stars for its better, it is stil bold and amazing. Nabokov is one of those writers I will never tire of. He is imaginative, funny, tight and always just a little naughty. Despair is a false double novel that at once mocks, parodies and honors Crime & Punishment. It was like Nabokov set out to write a fanciful doppelgänger novel of Crime and Punishment, but felt like he would prefer to dress Raskolnikov up a bit; bend the mirror and make him fancy, turn him into a Russian emigre candy dandy.

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    Despair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    Extensively revised by Nabokov in 1965 - 30 years after its original publication - Despair is the wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime: his own murder. One of the 20th century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator.

    Darwin8u says: "Russian emigre candy dandy murderers R my weakness"
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  • The Idiot [Blackstone]

    "Intense and painfully sad"

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    I avoided this book for a long time: who wants to read a book about a person who's so good everyone around him thinks he's an idiot?

    Boy, was I wrong. This is an intense and brooding novel, filled with Dostoevsky's usual array of deeply conflicted characters and blistering monologues. The idiot himself, Prince Myshkin, is no pushover: maybe he's a bit naive at times, but he insists on treating people as equals and assuming their good intentions until contrary evidence is overwhelming. He suffers from epilepsy, and in the course of the novel has a couple of seizures that dramatically alter the direction of the story.

    Superficially, the novel is about Myshkin's conflicted relationships with two women: Aglaya, the youngest daughter of a distant relative, with whom he is in love; and Anastassya Filippovna, a "fallen woman" who's been fobbed off by her former lover and who seems to be drifting from one self-destructive relationship to another. Myshkin may have loved her once, but now he mainly pities her. Aglaya, who at one point seems willing to marry Myshkin, ultimately breaks off because of his obsession with Anastassya.

    But that's only one small facet of this complex, teeming book. The characters are captivating, the scenes at times almost hypnotic in their intensity. I've only read a few of Dostoevsky's novels, but so far I'm inclined to say this is probably my favorite.

    Robert Whitfield (=Simon Vance) gives a stellar reading. Of particular note is his ability to distinguish the voices of the many women in the book: sometimes the shading is subtle, but I always knew instantly who was talking. Well done, highly recommended.

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  • "A Ripping Good Yarn"

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    The History of Tom Jones remains a delightful romp through the adventures and travails confronted by the young male.This book can still make me laugh out loud with its dry commentary on the absurdities of human nature. Some listeners may find the author's "philosophizing" at the beginning of each book a bit tedious (though these sections really are hilarious)-- for those listeners I can only echo the author's own suggestion that they skip these sections and go directly to the action in the next chapter.

    A wonderful narration, complete with colorful accents and intonations, helps make this classic sparkle once again!

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    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Kenneth Danzinger
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    A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity.

    Elizabeth says: "Well read, many accents, older recording"

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  • 4.9 (21 ratings)
    Master i Margarita [The Master and Margarita] (






UNABRIDGED) by Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov Narrated by Vladimir Ivanovich Samoylov

    Master i Margarita [The Master and Margarita]

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov
    • Narrated By Vladimir Ivanovich Samoylov
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    Master i Margarita - "posledniy zakatnyy" roman M.A. Bulgakova, roman zaveshchanie, voskresshiy iz pepla unichtozhennoy avtorom pervoy redaktsii. V Mastere i Margarite fantastika natalkivaetsya na realizm, mif na istoricheskuyu dostovernost, teosofiya na demonizm, romantika na klounadu.

  • 4.3 (610 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
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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • 4.3 (508 ratings)
    Anna Karenina (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by David Horovitch

    Anna Karenina

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    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
  • 4.5 (460 ratings)
    Anne of Green Gables (






UNABRIDGED) by Lucy Maud Montgomery Narrated by Shelly Frasier

    Anne of Green Gables

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    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
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    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
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  • 4.3 (120 ratings)
    Collected Fictions  by Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator) Narrated by George Guidall

    Collected Fictions

    • HIGHLIGHTS (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

    Darwin8u says: "Highlights of Collected Fictions = Uncollected"
  • 4.3 (115 ratings)
    The Prophet (






UNABRIDGED) by Kahlil Gibran Narrated by Paul Sparer

    The Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Kahlil Gibran
    • Narrated By Paul Sparer
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    Writer, artist and philosopher Kahlil Gibran considered The Prophet to be his greatest achievement. First published in 1923, this collection of poetic essays on life and the human condition has been translated into more than 20 languages, and has become one of the beloved classics of our time. Cherished by millions, the universally inspiring words of The Prophet are here magnificently read aloud.

    Nolan P. Clark says: "Beautiful"
  • 4.4 (113 ratings)
    Les Miserables (






ABRIDGED) by Victor Hugo Narrated by Walter Covell

    Les Miserables

    • ABRIDGED (33 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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    Les Miserables is set in the Parisian underworld. The protagonist, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, Valjean plans to rob monseigneur Myriel, a saint-like bishop, but cancels his plan. However, he forfeits his parole by committing a minor crime, and for this crime Valjean is haunted by the police inspector Javert. Valjean eventually reforms and becomes a successful businessman, benefactor, and mayor of a northern town.

    Leslie says: "astounding"
  • 4.3 (90 ratings)
    Molloy (






UNABRIDGED) by Samuel Beckett Narrated by Sean Barrett, Dermot Crowley

    Molloy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Dermot Crowley
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    Written initially in French, later translated by the author into English, Molloy is the first book in Dublin-born Samuel Beckett's trilogy. It was published shortly after WWII and marked a new, mature writing style, which was to dominate the remainder of his working life. Molloy is less a novel than a set of two monologues narrated by Molloy and his pursuer, Moran.

    Gene says: "Nauseating, boring, hilarious, and magnificent"
  • Lolita (






UNABRIDGED) by Vladimir Nabokov Narrated by Jeremy Irons

    Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude (






UNABRIDGED) by Gabriel García Márquez Narrated by John Lee

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Melinda says: "What in the heck happened?????"
  • 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
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    (436)
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    (431)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • Love in the Time of Cholera (






UNABRIDGED) by Gabriel García Márquez Narrated by Armando Durán

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

    Darryl says: "Marquez is great, awaiting 100 Years"
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  • Anna Karenina (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by David Horovitch

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
  • The Brothers Karamazov (






UNABRIDGED) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Narrated by Constantine Gregory

    The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Constantine Gregory
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

    Robert says: "Best "Karamazov" yet."
  • Peony: A Novel of China (






UNABRIDGED) by Pearl S. Buck Narrated by Kirsten Potter

    Peony: A Novel of China

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid - an awkward role in which she is more a servant, but less a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. However, tradition forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive family unfolds in this profound tale, based on true events in China over a century ago.

    Amazon Customer says: "This was as good as "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck"
  • Cry, the Beloved Country (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Paton Narrated by Michael York

    Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
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    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
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  • The Divine Comedy (






UNABRIDGED) by Clive James (translator), Dante Alighieri Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive James (translator), Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    Renowned poet and critic Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation into English verse of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and this translation - decades in the making - gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent and compulsively listenable lyric poem. Written in the early 14th century and completed in 1321, the year of Dante’s death, The Divine Comedy is perhaps the greatest work of epic poetry ever composed.

    Tad Davis says: "Brilliant!"
  • Swann's Way (






UNABRIDGED) by Marcel Proust Narrated by Neville Jason

    Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    Swann’s Way is the first of seven volumes in Remembrance of Things Past. It sets the scene with the narrator’s memories being famously provoked by the taste of that little cake, the madeleine, accompanied by a cup of lime-flowered tea. It is an unmatched portrait of fin-de-siècle France.

    Darwin8u says: "Not a book one reads but inhabits & floats through"
  • The Phantom of the Opera (






UNABRIDGED) by Gaston Leroux Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    The Phantom of the Opera

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gaston Leroux
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    The story begins with an investigation into some strange reports of an "opera ghost", legendary for making the great Paris opera performers ill-at-ease when they sit alone in their dressing rooms. Some allege to have seen the ghost in evening clothes moving about in the shadows. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of Christine during her triumphant performance.

    Miriam says: "Phantom of the Opera"
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry (






UNABRIDGED) by Jules Verne Narrated by Tim Curry

    Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
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    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
  • The Grim Reaper's Bedside Story Book: Tales of Gruesome and Unusual Deaths (






UNABRIDGED) by Edgar Allan Poe, Sherwood Anderson, Alexander Pushkin, Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hardy, Arnold Bennett, Egerton Castle Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Grim Reaper's Bedside Story Book: Tales of Gruesome and Unusual Deaths

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, Sherwood Anderson, Alexander Pushkin, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A highly unsettling collection of macabre stories in which death and the dead are key themes. Moon’s Gibbet by Egerton Castle, A Strange Goldfield by Guy Boothby, The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy, The Pistol Shot by Alexander Pushkin, The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe, The Dead Hand by Wilkie Collins, The Famous Race between the Hearse and the Steamroller by Sidney Keyes, The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, Nine O’Clock by Wilkie Collins, The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin.

  • Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 10 (






UNABRIDGED) by Azeem Baig Chughtai, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Noon M. Rashid, Syed Ahmad, Josh Malih Abadi, Meera Jee, Nasir Kazmi Narrated by Zia Mohyeddin

    Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 10

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Azeem Baig Chughtai, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Noon M. Rashid, and others
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    A classical collection of recitations by the master narrator Zia Mohyeddin. Volume 10 includes: "Angrezi Adab Para"; "Ek Tukra"; "Kuttay", by Sir Syed Ahmad; "Josh Malih Abadi"; "Nazm Noon Meem Rashid"; "Nazm Meera Jee"; "Khat Mohammad Ali Redolvi"; "Baccha Nahin Hota"; "Ghazal Nasir Kazmi"; "Al Shajri", by Azeem Baig Chughtai: "Nazm", by Noon Meem Rashid; "Ghazal", by Faiz; and "Ghazal", by Faiz and Khamooshi.

  • Literary Treasures: Great Short Stories by Acclaimed Writers (






UNABRIDGED) by Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Literary Treasures: Great Short Stories by Acclaimed Writers

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Joseph Conrad, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    An astonishing collection of fifty of the greatest short stories ever written by some of literature's most highly acclaimed writers. 1. "Odour of Chrysanthemums" by D. H. Lawrence; 2. "Miss Harriet" by Guy de Maupassant; 3. "Twenty-six Men and a Girl" by Maxim Gorky; 4. "Hot Potatoes" by Arnold Bennett; 5. "Rats" by M. R. James; 6. "Zodomirsky’s Duel" by Alexandre Dumas; 7. "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin; 8. "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe; 9. "The Encased Man" by Anton Chekhov.

  • The Inferno of Dante (






UNABRIDGED) by Dante Alighieri, Robert Pinsky (translator) Narrated by Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, Robert Pinsky

    The Inferno of Dante

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Robert Pinsky (translator)
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, and others
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    This critically acclaimed translation was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award given by the Academy of American Poets. Well versed, rapid, and various in style, the Inferno is narrated by Pinsky and three other leading poets: Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, and Louise Glück.

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  • The Best French Short Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by Guy de Maupassant, Victor Hugo, Anatole France, Charles Baudelaire, Emile Zolà, Théophile Gautier, Alphonse Daudet Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Best French Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Guy de Maupassant, Victor Hugo, Anatole France, and others
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    An enchanting collection of some of the greatest short stories ever written by notable French authors.

  • An Episode of the Reign of Terror (






UNABRIDGED) by Honoré de Balzac Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    An Episode of the Reign of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) is arguably the greatest European novelist in terms of the range and power of his writing. Most of his short stories predate his long novels and are written in a different style. One of the earliest is An Episode of the Reign of Terror in which two nuns and a priest in hiding from the mob are visited by a stranger with a very peculiar request, and even odder motives behind it.

  • The Book of Tea (






UNABRIDGED) by Okakura Kakuzo Narrated by Alan Munro

    The Book of Tea

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Okakura Kakuzo
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
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    The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo is a long essay linking the role of tea (teaism) to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of Japanese life. Addressed to a western audience, it was originally written in English and is one of the great English tea classics. Okakura had been taught at a young age to speak English and was proficient at communicating his thoughts to the Western mind. In his book, he discusses such topics as Zen and Taoism, but also the secular aspects of tea and Japanese life.