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  • The Winter's Tale: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    The Winter's Tale: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sinead Cusack, Ciaran Hinda, Eileen Atkins, and others
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    King Leontes of Sicilia is seized by sudden and terrible jealousy of his wife Hermione, whom he accuses of adultery. He believes the child Hermione is bearing was fathered by his friend Polixenes, and when the baby girl is born he orders her to be taken to some wild place and left to die. Though Hermione's child escapes death, Leontes' cruelty has terrible consequences. Loss paves the way for reunion, and life and hope are born out of desolation and despair.

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

    Teddy says: "Truly a Classic"
  • The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood

    The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
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    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
  • The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition | Jacob Grimm,Wilhelm Grimm,Jack Zipes (translator and editor)

    The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Jack Zipes (translator and editor)
    • Narrated By Joel Richards, Cassandra Campbell
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    When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel", "Hansel and Gretel", and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style.

  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride | Cary Elwes,Joe Layden,Rob Reiner (foreword)

    As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
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    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield

    The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
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    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
  • Winter's Tale | Mark Helprin

    Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
  • Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori, Book Three | Lian Hearn

    Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
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    In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

    William T. Katz says: "Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest."
  • A Tale for the Time Being | Ruth Ozeki

    A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
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    In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

    Karen says: "Engaging story beautifully read"
  • A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Tony says: "Great Literature and Great Narration"
  • Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know | Hamilton Wright Mabie

    Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Hamilton Wright Mabie
    • Narrated By Samantha Worthen
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    This volume contains a collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works. These immortal tales include "The Enchanted Stag", "Twelve Brothers", "Puss in Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Light Princess", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", and "The Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp".

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyed it"
  • The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to A Tale of Two Cities | David Timson

    The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to A Tale of Two Cities

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By David Timson
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    David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature.

    Kindle Customer says: "Disappointing"
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing | Judy Blume

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Judy Blume
    • Narrated By Judy Blume
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or scribbling all over Peter's homework, he's never far from trouble. He's a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had enough.

    Jean-Luc says: "Terrible narration"
  • The Tale of Despereaux | Kate DiCamillo

    The Tale of Despereaux

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

    Ann says: "Flawless!"
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales | Jacob Grimm,Wilhelm Grimm

    Grimm's Fairy Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Since their first publication in 1812, Grimm's Fairy Tales have proven to be an enduring feature of Western literature. The stories have been translated into over 100 languages worldwide, and their influence has cast its spell on many film makers, as well. The stories were collected from traditional storytellers from around Germany, usually women, and the motivation to collect them grew out of the wave of romantic nationalism of the early 19th century.

  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"; "It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"; so the novel begins and ends with some of Dicken's best-known words, and between the two is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

    K. Hicks says: "A Rediscovery of an Old Friend"
  • Japanese Fairy Tales | Yei Theodora Ozaki

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Yei Theodora Ozaki
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
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    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.

  • The Tale of the Body Thief | Anne Rice

    The Tale of the Body Thief

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
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    Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals; for centuries Lestat has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. But now his covens are scattered. Lestat is alone. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, he embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has ever undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence.

    stacey says: "Book fans will be disappointed"
  • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone] | Geoffrey Chaucer

    The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
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    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    Tad Davis says: "Many voices, at times enthralling"
  • The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery | Sam Kean

    The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
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    Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: Wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents - and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways.

    Kenn says: "Facinating and engaging"
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