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  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    It was the time of the French Revolution, a time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens’ dramatic story of adventure and courage unfolds.

    Wendy Lohse says: "Best of Listens, Worst of Listens"
  • 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"
  • 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
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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.

    McNaire says: "Great narration for a great old english tale"
  • An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales | Oliver Sacks

    An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
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    To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.

    Jeff says: "SACKS IS AN ABSOLUTE JOY !!"
  • Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World | Rita Golden Gelman

    Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rita Golden Gelman
    • Narrated By Rita Golden Gelman
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    Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of 48, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in Los Angeles to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. In 1986, she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces.

    Jessica says: "Tales of Human Nature"
  • 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"
  • 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
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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 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.

    Jolie says: "A return to the moors..."
  • A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

    A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
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    With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.

    Sab-E says: "Audio Chapters 41 and 42"
  • 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 18 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.

    Jacobus says: "Once upon a time when a stepmom was only a mom..."
  • 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".

    Chris Stringer says: "I love it"
  • The Tale of Despereaux | Kate DiCamillo

    The Tale of Despereaux

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
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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 Thackerq says: "Flawless!"
  • Rookie Privateer: Privateer Tales, Book 1 | Jamie McFarlane

    Rookie Privateer: Privateer Tales, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jamie McFarlane
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
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    When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James' Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he's known forever thinks he's pretty great and now she's leaving for the Mars Naval Academy.

    Striker says: "A Really Good Find"
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales |  The Brothers Grimm

    Grimm's Fairy Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Brothers Grimm
    • Narrated By Jim Dale, Janis Ian, Alfred Molina, and others
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    Read by a cast of award-winning narrators, this collection contains some of the most timeless and enchanting folk and fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers Grimm collected the original fairy tales that Americans are most familiar with today. Lyrically translated and beautifully narrated by an all-star cast, these 21 tales are selected from The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales and presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

    Ruth Bain says: "All-stars of Audio"
  • Zoe's Tale | John Scalzi

    Zoe's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
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    "I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."

    David says: "A fun listen, and some new information, but..."
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic | Sam Quinones

    Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sam Quinones
    • Narrated By Neil Hellegers
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    In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America - addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

    MChow says: "Enlightening and heartbreaking"
  • 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..."
  • Nightshade: Night Tales, Book 3 | Nora Roberts

    Nightshade: Night Tales, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
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    The moment her eyes locked on Colt Nightshade, she knew he was trouble. But Lieutenant Althea Grayson prided herself on being in control, and she wouldn't let her new partner ruin that. The man was a renegade, no respect for rules - and the worst part was he got to her. The way he challenged Althea's thinking, stared right into her eyes...and held her in his arms. What defense could her heart have when Nightshade didn't play fair?

    Connie says: "Each book gets better"
  • The Tale of the Body Thief: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 4 | Anne Rice

    The Tale of the Body Thief: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Lestat speaks. Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals - for centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone. And suddenly, all his vampire rationale - everything he has come to believe and feel safe with - is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence.

    Victoria Evrard says: "Finally!! An Unabridged Version!!"
  • Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales | Beatrix Potter

    Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Beatrix Potter
    • Narrated By Gary Bond, Michael Hordern, Rosemary Leach, and others
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    The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter are now available as a downloadable, digital audiobook, complete and unabridged! The 23 tales in this set have never lost their popularity, and sell in their millions all over the world. Meet again the famous characters that children love and adore: Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, The Flopsy Bunnies, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddle-Duck and many more. These stories are beautifully brought to life by a talented cast of readers.

    William A. Ross says: "Thoroughly Classic"
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