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  • The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life | Francis Parkman

    The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Francis Parkman
    • Narrated By Robert Morris
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    This is the classic account of Francis Parkman’s rugged trip over the eastern part of the Oregon Trail with his cousin Quincy Adams Shaw in the spring and summer of 1846. They left St. Louis by steamboat and traveled on horseback, in company with guides and occasionally other travelers. They encountered storms and buffalo hunts, meeting Indians, soldiers, sportsmen, and emigrants.

  • The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Sketches by Boz | David Timson

    The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Sketches by Boz

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By David Timson
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature.

  • The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon | Washington Irving

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
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    In The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1820-21), Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. In two sketches, he experiments with tales transplanted from Europe, thereby creating the first classic American short stories: "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

  • Sketch of a Murder: The Special Crimes Team, Book 1 | Aya Walksfar

    Sketch of a Murder: The Special Crimes Team, Book 1

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    • By Aya Walksfar
    • Narrated By Kathlyn Miles
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    The Avenger targets prominent, wealthy men accused of sexual crimes, for a gruesome death. The Special Crimes Team is formed to catch a killer who has eluded three police departments.

  • A Sketch of the Life and Labors of George Whitefield | J.C. Ryle

    A Sketch of the Life and Labors of George Whitefield

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By J.C. Ryle
    • Narrated By Ulf Bjorklund
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    There are some men in the pages of history, whose greatness no person of common sense thinks of disputing. They tower above the herd of mankind, like the Pyramids, the Parthenon, and the Colosseum, among buildings. Such men were Luther and Augustine, Gustavus Adolphus and George Washington, Columbus and Sir Isaac Newton. He who questions greatness must be content to be thought very ignorant, very prejudiced, or very eccentric. Public opinion has come to a conclusion about them - they were great men.

  • Sketches by Boz Part 1 | Charles Dickens

    Sketches by Boz Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Charles Dickens started his literary career as a journalist reporting for ‘The Morning Chronicle,’ a profession which encouraged his observing eye. This collection of essays and short stories was first published in that journal and anticipates, and frequently demonstrates, the genius that was to come.

    Virginia says: "Simply Fascinating"
  • Celebrated Jumping Frog & Other Sketches | Mark Twain

    Celebrated Jumping Frog & Other Sketches

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is a wild yarn involving a case of mistaken identity, a gambler who’d bet on anything, and a very unusual frog named Daniel Webster. First published in The Saturday Press in 1865, the tale was immensely popular, and in 1867 an expanded version was published with 26 additional short stories, told as only Mark Twain could tell them.

  • American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane | Walter Isaacson

    American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
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    In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.

    DAVID says: "Not Really Sketches"
  • Sketches by Boz Vol 2 | Charles Dickens

    Sketches by Boz Vol 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The ‘sketches’ in this... volume are more the substance and length of short stories illustrating the development of the tools of the Masters trade: farce, parody, irony, black humour and wonderful one liners which unerringly hit the mark. The ensuing narrative, however, brings the listener bumpily back to earth with a reminder of the mean and often tragic lives that were being endured in the busy, uncaring metropolis.

    Linda says: "Early stories"
  • Sketches by Boz Vol 3 | Charles Dickens

    Sketches by Boz Vol 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Queen Victoria... and Prince Albert were married in 1840. Dickens uses this event as an ingenious ploy to salute and promote domestic felicity, advising young ladies upon several examples of the different types of male available as partners. There follows a section describing various married couples from whom the young ladies could possibly learn a lesson. The author then entertains with a tale of Nicholas Tulrumble, newly appointed Mayor of Mudfog, with ideas above his station.

    Virginia says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: Dead Parrot Sketch | John Cleese,Michael Palin,Eric Idle

    Monty Python's Flying Circus: Dead Parrot Sketch

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    • By John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle
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    Perhaps the ultimate in TV comedy madness and absurdity, this cult series, which began in 1969, has inspired many of today's writers and performers. Its sketches, songs, and catchphrases are legendary: the dead parrot, the Ministry of Silly Walks, The Lumberjack Song, And Now for Something Completely Different, and many more. Sketches are now available as individual downloads.

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus | John Cleese,Michael Palin,Eric Idle

    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle
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    Perhaps the ultimate in TV comedy madness and absurdity, this cult series, which began in 1969, inspired many of today's writers and performers. This audio programme features many of the legendary sketches, songs, and catchphrases, including "The Dead Parrot", "The Ministry of Silly Walks", "The Lumberjack Song", "And Now for Something Completely Different", and many more.

    MR AJ Moore says: "Classic Monty Python"
  • Tales of the Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards | Washington Irving

    Tales of the Alhambra: A Series of Tales and Sketches of the Moors and Spaniards

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    Written in 1831, Irving's dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the best guidebooks to the region and one of the most entertaining travelogues ever written.

    William says: "Wonderful Stories"
  • Our Nig, or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black in a Two-Story White House | Harriet Wilson

    Our Nig, or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black in a Two-Story White House

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Harriet Wilson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    This is the autobiographical novel by Harriet Wilson, the first African-American to publish a novel in North America. Originally published in 1859, it was rediscovered in 1982.

    Andre says: "Not a great book but an important one"
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: Barber Shop Sketch | John Cleese,Michael Palin,Eric Idle

    Monty Python's Flying Circus: Barber Shop Sketch

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    • By John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle
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    Perhaps the ultimate in TV comedy madness and absurdity, this cult series, which began in 1969, has inspired many of today's writers and performers. Its sketches, songs, and catchphrases are legendary: the dead parrot, the Ministry of Silly Walks, The Lumberjack Song, And Now for Something Completely Different, and many more. Sketches are now available as individual downloads.

  • Sevastopol Sketches (Sevastopolskie rasskazy) | Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy

    Sevastopol Sketches (Sevastopolskie rasskazy)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Oleg Fedoro
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    Eti ocherki, poluchivshie po tradicii nazvanie “Sevastopol'skie rasskazy”, smelo ob'edinili dokument, reportazh i syuzhetnoe povestvovanie; oni proizveli ogromnoe vpechatlenie na russkoe obschestvo. Vojna predstala v nih bezobraznoj krovavoj bojnej, protivnoj chelovecheskoj prirode. Zaklyuchitel'nye slova odnogo iz ocherkov, chto edinstvennym ego geroem yavlyaetsya pravda, stali devizom vsej dal'nejshej literaturnoj deyatel'nosti pisatelya.

  • America's Makeover / The Treatment (Sketch) | Kyle Grooms

    America's Makeover / The Treatment (Sketch)

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    • By Kyle Grooms
    • Narrated By Kyle Grooms
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    Hear comedian Kyle Grooms perform standup comedy from his album, The Legend of The Jersey Devil, recorded at The Stress Factory Comedy Club in 2009.

  • Selections from Sketches by Boz | Charles Dickens

    Selections from Sketches by Boz

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    Dickens’ renowned skill for keen social observation and, more specifically, his incredibly detailed knowledge of London and its theatres, prisons and inns is perfectly released in Sketches by Boz. Many of the themes he goes on to explore in his great novels are foreshadowed in this early collection of short accounts that center on London and its inhabitants.

  • Our First Year: Sketches from an Alpine Village | Allen E. Rizzi

    Our First Year: Sketches from an Alpine Village

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Allen E. Rizzi
    • Narrated By Thomas Holloway
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    Our First Year: Sketches from an Alpine Village is the true story of an American couple's first year living abroad in northern Italy. Told through short, often humorous sketches, this book introduces the reader to life in Italy's South Tirol region through the eyes of newly arrived American residents. Centered in the small alpine village of Tret, the people, language, and customs here come to life through a personal narrative of everyday living.

  • From Hunting Sketches: Loner, Bezhin Lea, Bailiff [Russian Edition] | Ivan Turgenev

    From Hunting Sketches: Loner, Bezhin Lea, Bailiff [Russian Edition]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ivan Turgenev
    • Narrated By Natalya Gracheva
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    This book contains the stories "Loner", "Bezhin Lea", and "Bailiff" from the famous series "Hunting Sketches" by the great Russian writer Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-1883).

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