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  • Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Nigel Graham
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    The story tells of Jim, a young, good-looking, genial, and naive water-clerk on the Patna, a cargo ship plying Asian waters. One night, when the ship collides with an obstacle and begins to sink, acting on impulse, Jim jumps overboard and lands in a lifeboat, which happens to be bearing the unscrupulous captain and his cohorts away from the disaster.

    John says: "Great novel, stunning narration."
  • Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition] | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
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    Jane Eyre remains a classic of 19th-century English literature and is the most famous and influential novel by Charlotte Bronte. Published in 1847, one of the most popular of all English novels, the story tells of the rise of a poor orphan girl against overwhelming odds. It is a work of fiction with memorable characters and vivid scenes exploring themes that have as much relevance today as in the time it was written.

    Tad Davis says: "Magnificent"
  • Dangerous Liaisons | Pierre Choderlos De Laclos

    Dangerous Liaisons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
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    The story, composed entirely of letters written by the various characters to each other, tells of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals who use sex as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others, uncaring of those who face social ruin or whose hearts are broken. It depicts a decadent and corrupt aristocracy exposing the perversions of the so-called Ancien Regime. The relevance of this grew due to the ensuing the French Revolution.

    Amazon Customer says: "Amazing story."
  • The Prince and the Pauper | Mark Twain

    The Prince and the Pauper

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Andrew Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One of the great literary classics of Western literature. Set in 1547, this is the tale of a London beggar boy and the English prince who exchange identities.

    Mark Twain, real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), is one of the Great American Novelists. Friend to presidents, artists, indutrialists and European royalty, Twain is universally renowned for his wit and astute satire.

    Jessica says: "don't waste your money on this production"
  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Judy Franklin
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    It tells of the love affair between Anna and Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia, faith is challenged, bonds are broken, love dies and is reborn.

    Kim says: "Strange recording"
  • The Woman in White | Wilkie Collins

    The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress? Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.

    Joseph R says: "A Book which keeps one guessing --- wrong"
  • The Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky,David Magarshack (translator)

    The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, David Magarshack (translator)
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
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    The Brothers Karamazov is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. Published in November 1880, Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing the novel set in 19th-century Russia. Fydor Karamazov, a mean and disreputable landowner, has three sons, Dmitry, a profligate army officer; Ivan, a writer with revolutionary ideas; and Alexey, a religious novice.

    Julia says: "The Brothers Karamozov"
  • Dombey and Son | Charles Dickens

    Dombey and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By John Richmond
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    First published in monthly parts between October 1846 and April 1848, it tells the story of Paul Dombey a heartless London merchant who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business. In his daily life there is no room for dealing with emotions because emotion has no market value. In his son he sees the future of his firm and the continuation of his name, while he neglects his affectionate daughter, until he decides to get rid of her beloved, a lowly clerk.

    Mary says: "good story, poor recording"
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Stephen Jack
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    Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented was Thomas Hardy's penultimate novel.

    First published in 1891 and now considered a great classic of English literature, the book received mixed reviews when it first appeared, in part because it challenged the sexual mores of Hardy's day.

    Ruth says: "Great Deal"
  • The Ambassadors | Henry James

    The Ambassadors

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Peter Gray
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    Here is Henry James' dark comedic masterpiece, written in the final period of his life. Lambert Strether goes to Paris to bring back Chad, son of the wealthy New England widow he plans to marry. But he gradually comes to feel that life in Paris may hold more for him than in Woollett, Massachusetts.

    Erez says: "A very problematic reading"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alistair Maydon
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    Published in 1854, the story describes class conflict in Victorian England and serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution. Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over.

    Hazel says: "mediocre story brilliantly read"
  • Daisy Miller | Henry James

    Daisy Miller

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
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    Published in 1878, portrays the courtship of the beautiful American girl Daisy Miller by Frederick Winterbourne. Winterbourne's pursuit of her is hampered by her own flirtatiousness, which is frowned upon by the other expatriates they meet in Switzerland and Italy. The the novel coments on the contrast between American and European society that is common to James's work.

    Margaret says: "Great story!"
  • The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Andrew Timothy
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    The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas.

    Published in 1844, it is often considered one of the great thrillers of all time and, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work.

    Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies.

    Barnabas' Daughter says: "Incredible value"
  • The Last of the Mohicans | James Fenimore Cooper

    The Last of the Mohicans

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Jonathan Oliver
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    The Last of the Mohicans is a historical novel by James Fenimore Cooper, first published in January 1826. James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century.

    Charles says: "Great voice. Struggles with dialect."
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Stephen Jack
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    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1894, by Arthur Conan Doyle. The 11 stories of the Memoirs are: Silver Blaze, The Adventure of the Yellow Face, The Stockbroker's Clerk, The Gloria Scott, The Musgrave Ritual, The Adventure of the Reigate Squire, The Adventure of the Crooked Man, The Resident Patient, The Greek Interpreter, The Naval Treaty, The Final Problem.

    A reader says: "Lousy narrator"
  • Pinocchio | Carlo Collodi

    Pinocchio

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Carlo Collodi
    • Narrated By Andrew Timothy
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    Published 1883, the classic tale of the marionette Pinocchio and his poor father, the woodcarver Geppetto takes you to a world of wonder with fairytale adventures of talking crickets, boys who turn into mules and much more.

  • Barnaby Rudge | Charles Dickens

    Barnaby Rudge

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By George Hagan
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    Published between 1840 and 1841, it is Dickens' first attempt at an historical novel, his only other being A Tale of Two Cities. Full of classic Dickensian characters, the plot is based on the "no-popery" or Gordon riots of 1780 seen through the eyes of the good-hearted idiot Barnaby Rudge.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Riots Of '80"
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood | Charles Dickens

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By George Hagan
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    Written in 1890, the story is a murder mystery in which Edwin Drood is supposedly murdered. The novel investigated the characters in a distinctly Dickensian manner from the suspicious and tormented Jasper to the Reverend Crisparkle to Princess Puffer, the enigmatic Datchery and finally the gravedigger and his obnoxious but perceptive boy assistant. But who is the murderer? We will never know.

    w says: "Avoid! Get another narrator."
  • Tristram Shandy | Laurence Sterne

    Tristram Shandy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laurence Sterne
    • Narrated By Peter Barker
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    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a novel by Laurence Sterne considered one of the greatest comic novels in English. It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next 10 years. Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768) was an Irish-born English novelist and an Anglican clergyman.

    Theodore says: "A classic and a hoot"
  • The Stars Look Down | A. J. Cronin

    The Stars Look Down

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By A. J. Cronin
    • Narrated By Arthur Blake
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    Set in the north of England at the turn of the century, this novel focuses on the lives and times of the people who lived there, describing the suffering of the miners and the advent of World War I.

    Cheryl says: "A wonderful historical novel"
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