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.
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.
Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."
"Intense and painfully sad"
Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.
"Superb Narration of a Fantastic Book!"
“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.” With this startlingly bizarre sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.
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.
"An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
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.
"Best "Karamazov" yet."
A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.
"Feels like Jules Verne"
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.
"Beautiful story, amazing narration"
The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.
"Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
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....
"Timeless Romance, brought to life by Armando Duràn"
The Devil comes to Moscow, but he isn't all bad; Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don't burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly inventive and profoundly moving. In its imaginative freedom and raising of eternal human concerns, it is one of the world's great novels.
"Satisfying Satanic Satire"
He was the father of the occult, the founder of astrology, the discoverer of alchemy. He was Hermes Trismegistus, and as the scribe of the gods of ancient Egypt, he possessed all divine knowledge... which he passed on to humanity, though only those who have been tutored in its wonders can fully understand it.In this extraordinary 1912 book, three secret initiates to his teachings - who remain anonymous to this day - share their insight with all who seek to understand the mysterious underpinnings of the universe and our relationship with it.
"Big bites of ancient (now age?) wisdom to chew on"
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.
"A word painting: gripping, breathtaking & moving"
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.
"Book better than the movie"
Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death.
"Less than I'd hoped for."
In the mystical land of Arabia, there is secreted a magical door that opens with the command, “Open, Sesame!” Inside lays the plunder of a century of robbers and mercenaries. When Ali Baba witnesses 40 thieves open this door with the enchanted words, endless possibilities begin to unwind before him.
"Reliving The Classics"
This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.
"A defense of this "translation""
The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.
"Fagles is best"
The Art of War is the most famous and longest-lasting book on the practice of war. The book does not mince words: war is about winning; it is not a gentleman's game; it is about using every means at one's disposal to tip the odds in one's favor. Of the centuries, this book has been used by military figures, war departments, business people, educators, and politicians, to name a few. This is the original work without additional editorial comment.
"Not bad for the price"
Przyzwyczajeni jestesmy do powiesci, w których opisane sa historie "sprzedanych w malzenstwo" kobiet. Tym razem sprzedany zostal bialy mezczyzna... Mezalians, który staje sie dramatyczna podstawa prawdziwego uczucia. "Bialy Murzyn" doczekal sie ekranizacji w 1939.
Zycie pieknej, ale ubogiej Marii zmienia sie zupelnie na wiesc o odziedziczonym milionowym spadku. Nagle o wzgledy Marii zaczyna starac sie wielu konkurentów.
"Syn marnotrawny" jest powiescia historyczno-obyczajowa z czasów Stanislawa Augusta. To wspaniala historia dwojga mlodych ludzi: Pepity, ukrywanej przed swiatem siostrzenicy Doktora Melliniego oraz Wicka, mlodego arystokraty.
A classical collection of recitations by the master narrator Zia Mohyeddin. Volume 14 includes: 1) "Ghazal" by Mirza Ghali; 2) Shahid Ahmad Dhlavi; 3) Mirza Ghalib; 4) Intizar Hussain; 5) Khawaja Hasan Nizamii; 6) Angrezi Mazahia; 7) Alama Iqbal; 8) Ibn e Insha; 9) Ayub Khawer; 10) Mustaq Ahmed Yusufi; 11) Nazm Noon Meem Rashid.
"Profesor Wilczur" to kontynuacja "Znachora". Po dramatycznych przejsciach profesor Wilczur wraca do swojej dawnej pracy w klinice. Powrót czlowieka uznanego za zmarlego nie podoba sie jego dotychczasowemu zastepcy Dobranieckiemu, który swoimi intrygami doprowadza chirurga do powrotu na wies. Wraz z profesorem osiedla sie zakochana w nim mloda lekarka. Tam tez ponownie splataja sie losy profesora i jego córki Marysi.
Glównym bohaterem powiesci jest Genezyp, zdrowy, przystojny i dobrze sytuowany mlodzieniec. Poznajemy go u progu uzyskania dojrzalosci w kazdej sferze zycia. Doswiadcza milosci w najrozmaitszych odmianach: cyniczno-zmyslowej (ksiezna), homoseksualnej (Tengier), masochistycznej (Persy), sentymentalnej (Eliza). Kiedy umiera ojciec Gezypa staje sie on glowa rodziny.
16 povestiri în lectura lui Victor Rebengiuc.
Marius Chivu a tradus, pentru acest audiobook, trei dintre cele mai frumoase și mai triste povești ale lui Oscar Wilde: Prinșul fericit, Privighetoarea și trandafirul, Uriașul egoist. În lectura lui Marius Manole, cu traducerea lui Marius Chivu, audiobookul acesta nu mai este unul doar pentru copii.
Si, fiindca tot am ajuns aici, despre ce poate vorbi cu maxime satisfactii un om cumsecade? Raspuns: despre dânsul. Ei, atunci despre mine voi vorbi si eu.
Hagiul se rostogoleste în pat. Prea e fericit. Nu poate dormi. Râde si ofteaza. E destept si viseaza. Ce vis! De nu s-ar sfârsi! Daca aci, în zaduf si întuneric, ar sta în picioare, si banii ar creste, ca o revarsare de apa, de la talpi în sus pâna peste crestetul capului... Oh! ce fericit ar fi Hagiul! Înainte sa-si dea sufletul, ar vedea fata si vecinicia lui Dumnezeu. Moartea sa aiba coasa de aur, el si-ar înfige amândoua mânele în taisul ei!
Razvan Vasilescu citind povestirile lui Cehov, sensibile si pline de umor, despre oameni simpli si intamplarile lor complicate, pare ca vine chiar din secolul XIX. Si nu vine singur, aduce cu sine un arhivar devenit celebru cu ocazia unui accident provocat de betie, o guvernanta mototoala care este supusa unui test cinic, un functionar care, impins de aburii betiei, ii cere socoteala fostului sau sef, un batran demn si important nevoit sa solicite ajutor pentru nepotul sau neispravit, un functionar sfrijit care se ploconeste in fata fostului sau coleg, ajuns om mare, o actrita ingenua care asteapta declaratia unui comic sacait insa de lipsa unui pahar de vodca, un contraamiral care este invitat la o nunta doar datorita rangului sau, un croitor care traieste din hazul amintirilor, acceptandu-si resemnat umilinta de dragul lor, un raufacator inocent care nu intelege ce fatalitate l-a adus in sala de judecata.
Viata omului este fragila. Fiecare fapta a noastra, buna sau rea, se revarsa in lume in valuri concentrice, atingand iremediabil vietile altora. Un act necugetat - falsificarea unui cupon de catre doi scolari - atrage dupa sine o serie de evenimente dezastruoase, care se inlantuie inexorabil potrivit legii cauzei si efectului: coruptie, ruina si moarte. Exista vreo solutie in fata puterii distructive a raului? Doar intoarcerea la adevarata dragoste crestina dintre oameni, la compasiune si bunatate fata de semenii nostri.
Doua idei fixe nu pot sta concomitent laolalta în mintea omului, asa dupa cum doua corpuri nu pot ocupa acelas loc în spatiu, în acelas timp. Trei, sapte si asul alungara repede chipul batrânei moarte din închipuirea lui Hermann. Trei, sapte si asul nu-i ieseau din minte si-i reveneau mereu pe buze. Când vedea o fata tânara, spunea: Cât e de zvelta!... Un adevarat trei de cupa. Daca era întrebat cât e ceasul, raspundea: Sapte fara cinci minute. Toti barbatii burduhanosi îi reaminteau de as. Trei, sapte si asul îl însoteau în somn, luând diferite înfatisari.
W "Starym sludze" sluchacze audiobooka znajda takie utwory pisarza, jak tytulowy "Stary sluga", "Hania" oraz "Selim Mirza". Wszystkie skladaja sie na tak zwana "mala trylogie", skierowana do wszystkich wielbicieli romansu, powiesci batalistyczno-sensacyjno-przygodowych oraz talentu Sienkieiwcza.
Wykwintny dramat historyczny z watkiem milosnym w tle, przedstawia skromny swiat chrzescijan w kontrze do topiacego sie w przepychu i rozpuscie Rzymu. Za sprawa milosci i wiary bohaterowie przechodza przemiany osobowosci.
Co kilka pokolen w rodzinie Ezofowiczów rodzi sie czlowiek sprawiedliwy. Meir Ezofowicz podejmuje próby zreformowania spolecznosci zydowskiej. Walczy z zacofaniem oraz fanatyzmem religijnym. Nieustannie naraza sie i sprzeciwia. W efekcie zostaje wygnany.
W "Nowelach wybranych" sluchacze audiobooka znajda tak znane nowele pisarza, jak "Nikt nie jest proRokiem miedzy swymi", "Dwie drogi", "Szkice weglem", "Janko Muzykant", "Bartek zwyciezca", "Za chlebem", "Latarnik", "Wspomnienia z Maripozy", "Z pamietnika poznanskiego nauczyciela".
Sluchacze "Syzyfowych prac" w wersji audio poznaja historie Marcina Borowicza oraz jego kolegów, którego losy pisarz oparl na wlasnych doswiadczeniach z mlodzienczych lat. Tytul powiesci odnosi sie do bezcelowych wysilków zaborców rosyjskich majacych na celu zrusyfikowanie mlodziezy polskiej.
Znakomite dzielo znakomitego autora. "Faraon" to powiesc o straconych zludzeniach, zawilej walce o wladze, tragizmie jednostki. Boleslaw Prus przedstawil nam fascynujacy opis starozytnego Egiptu pograzonego w kryzysie.
"Dzieje grzechu" juz sam tytul wskazuje droge, po której zmuszona jest kroczyc zakochana kobieta. Jej historia jest historia zdrady i zbrodni, milosci i upadku. Powiesc stala sie skandalem literackim epoki. Zeromski byl krytykowany za odwazne ukazanie tematyki seksualnej, ale czytelnicy zaczytywali sie burzliwymi dziejami grzechu.
Here are 22 charming Japanese Fairy Tales, translated by Yei Theodora Ozaki, including "My Lord Bag of Rice", "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow", "The Story of Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad", "The Farmer and the Badger", "The Shinansha, or the South Pointing Carriage", "The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy", "The Story of Princess Hase", "The Story of the Man Who Did Not Wish to Die", "The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moonchild", "The Mirror of Matsuyama", and more.
"An excellent anthology of Japanese folk stories"
The Ramayana is one of the best-known epics in the world. It is the tale of Rama, the Prince of Ayodhya, who exiles himself to the forest for 14 years to honor his father's Word. In the forest, Rama, his wife, Sita, and his brother, Lakshmana, meet new friends and unusual foes, and each day brings new adventures. But Ravana of Lanka, the King of Demons, ruins it all by abducting Sita. To rescue her, Rama enlists the help of Hanuman and his monkey army.
"Better versions exist"
The most captivating part of perhaps the greatest epic poem ever written, Dante's Inferno still holds the power to thrill and inspire. The medieval equivalent of a thriller, Inferno follows Dante and his faithful guide, Virgil, as they traverse the complex geography of hell, confronting its many threats, macabre punishments, and historical figures before reaching the deep chamber where Satan himself resides.
These classic fables use simple allegories to convey universal truths. Though it is unkown if Aesop ever actually existed, dating back to the sixth century, BC, these fables are known in cultures throughout the world and have been translated into many languages.
"Thoroughly enjoyed it"
In the six volumes of the Library of the World’s Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this 1907 collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript. In the first volume, we find stories written by American authors.
"Reader should have learned French."
India is often reputed to be the home of the fairy tale. Here are some of the best from the sub-continent, from the Jatakas to the folktales of Kashmir. You'll hear stories about the evil magician Punchkin, the magic fiddle, and more.
Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Scheherazade, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Scheherazade always withheld the ending: A thousand and one nights later, her life was spared forever.
"Not unabridged Burton--this is Lang"
This is George Dasent's classic collection of Scandinavian folklore. This is not about Norse mythology per se; so if you are looking for tales of Odin, Loki, and Freya etc., you will have to look elsewhere. Rather, this is an anthology of folk tales, similar to the Grimm Brothers', or Campbell's Popular Tales of the West Highlands. All of the usual suspects are in place, including giants, trolls, witches, evil step-siblings, magical boons and tasks, and anthropomorphic animals.
The story of the doomed love affair of a wealthy sophisticate, Shimamura, and the geisha Komako, at a mountain hotspring resort in western Japan, one of the snowiest regions on earth.
This is a sensitive exploration of the joys and pleasures of physical consummation. The Kama Sutra has often been described as "the first sexual manual", but the original Hindu script has a strong religious basis, and highlights love in all its forms.
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.
"Nabokov's Strange Violin Playing in the Void"
Here is a minor classic of the Orient. It is perhaps the most entertaining, most charming explanation and interpretation of traditional Japanese culture in terms of the tea ceremony. First published in 1906, it traces the custom from its roots in Taoism to its role as a Zen meditative discipline.
"From a fan of drinking TEA; and exploring authenti"
Returning to Kyoto, where temple bells announce the New Year, a grave and penitent Oki is drawn to a haunting obsession from his past. Gently lyrical, yet fierce with the stark intensity of passion, Kawabata's last novel tells the story of the lasting consequences of a brief love affair.
"nostalgic literature from Japan"
Promoting virtues such as filial devotion, compassion, loyalty, and propriety, these dialogues between the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius and his disciples comprise the crux of Confucianism.
"For those who prize courtesy and civility, ..."
In this second of a planned five-volume series, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous Chin P'ing Mei, an anonymous sixteenth-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of His-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of narrative art--not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context.
"A Real Plum of a Book"
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.
"Philosopher, Soldier, Historian and Mercenary"
This Very Short Introduction to classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture - from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur.
"The Cultural Importance of Classics"