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  • Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town | Stephen Leacock

    Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Leacock
    • Narrated By Cate Barratt
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    One of Canada's most cherished writers, British-born Stephen Leacock was probably best known and loved for his works of light humor. First published in 1912, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is one of his most popular and enduring pieces of fiction. This collection of short stories describes the people that comprise a typical but fictional small town in Ontario - Mariposa. The book's appeal lies in the universality of the characters Leacock describes so eloquently, they live out their 'large' lives in the little town.

  • Macbeth | William Shakespeare

    Macbeth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Phil Benson, Jeff Moon, Bob Neufeld, and others
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    At the center of each of the four great Shakespearean tragedies - Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello - is a powerful figure who is led to destruction by a fatal character flaw. In the case of Macbeth it is ambition. Initially a valiant warrior, and staunch servant of his regal overlord Duncan, Macbeth succumbs to the lure of absolute political domination, which leads to murder, revolt, and comprehensive defeat.

  • The Kill (La Curee) | Émile Zola

    The Kill (La Curee)

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    • By Émile Zola
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    Émile Zola's The Kill is one part of the French author's 20-volume series about the fictitious Rougon-Macquart family during the Second French Empire, and it is rich with symbolism. Paris is awakening to unprecedented expansion, the future intoxicating, and in keeping with its penchant for excess, the aristocracy is caught up in the mad dash to devour as much of it as it can.

  • Original Short Stories, Volume II | Guy de Maupassant

    Original Short Stories, Volume II

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    • By Guy de Maupassant
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    Guy de Maupassant is widely regarded as the father of the modern short story. As his 13 volumes of short stories attest, he was a prolific writer of this form. He had a simple, efficient style of writing and, like Anton Chekhov, found inspiration for his stories in the daily lives of humans, which often reveal our darker nature. His years of service in the Franco-Prussian War provided him with rich material for his work.

  • Complete Original Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, Volume I | Guy de Maupassant

    Complete Original Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Guy de Maupassant
    • Narrated By Cate Barratt
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    Guy de Maupassant is widely regarded as the father of the modern short story. As his 13 volumes of short stories attest, he was a prolific writer of this form. He had a simple, efficient style of writing and, like Anton Chekhov, found inspiration for his stories in the day-to-day lives of characters, in which their hidden natures are often revealed. Many of his works also centerd on the Franco-Prussian War, in which he served.

  • The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 | Friedrich Engels

    The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844

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    • By Friedrich Engels
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    Friedrich Engels spent two years (from 1842 to 1844) in Manchester, England, working at his father's factory. During that period he observed and recorded the effect of the industrial revolution on the labor market and the subsequent condition of what became the working class of England.

  • Literary Lapses | Stephen Leacock

    Literary Lapses

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    • By Stephen Leacock
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    Born in England in 1869, Stephen Leacock would immigrate to Canada and become a teacher, political scientist, and writer. He would ultimately come to be best known and loved as a humourist. Literary Lapses was first published as a collection of sketches in 1910, although many of the individual stories were first printed in various newspapers and periodicals, such as Punch, New York Life, and the Detroit Free Press.

  • Winsome Winnie | Stephen Leacock

    Winsome Winnie

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    • By Stephen Leacock
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    Stephen Leacock was a prolific and brilliant writer, whose tongue-in-cheek writings have been amusing Canadian fans for decades. He first published Winsome Winnie in 1920 as part of a compendium of short stories entitled Winsome Winnie and Other New Nonsense Novels. It relates the trials and tribulations of the recently orphaned and penniless Winnifred Clair.

  • Five Children and It | Edith Nesbit

    Five Children and It

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    • By Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated By Cate Barratt, Charlotte Duckett, Libby Stephenson, and others
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    While exploring the beach, four adventurous children make the acquaintance of a very odd creature: a sand fairy. When they have adapted to the brusque and forthright demeanor of the fairy, they discover that he has unusual powers, which he can be persuaded to demonstrate. As a result, the children enjoy many bizarre adventures, some of which are dangerous, but all of which are entertaining. Five Children and It is the first volume of a trilogy.

  • 813 | Maurice Leblanc

    813

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maurice Leblanc
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    Over a 25-year period, author Maurice Leblanc wrote of the exploits of gentleman thief and master of disguise Arsène Lupin, to the delight of readers on the continent and elsewhere. Often referred to as France's version of Sherlock Holmes, Lupin in this early appearance is wrongfully accused of the death of a prominent German millionaire with nefarious plans. The thief and the mysterious killer find themselves in a race to find an incriminating bundle of letters that, in the wrong hands, could change the political map of the world.

  • Nonsense Novels | Stephen Leacock

    Nonsense Novels

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    • By Stephen Leacock
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    Nonsense Novels was first published in 1920 yet a century later remains a huge favorite among Stephen Leacock fans. The British-born Canadian writer was renowned for his humor, and Nonsense Novels epitomizes both this skill and his mastery of the ridiculous. From an ill-fated Middle Ages romance to the dubious skills of a pitiful private eye and the happy outcome of a generations-old Scottish feud, Nonsense Novels is a tremendous listen.

  • Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich | Stephen Leacock

    Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen Leacock
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    Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) may be considered the Canadian counterpart to Mark Twain. For many years he was professor of economics at Magill University and published a number of well-regarded texts on economics and political science. However, he is best known today for his many volumes of humorous fiction. During the 1920s he was one of the most widely read authors in the English-speaking world and was considered by Jack Benny and Groucho Marx to be one of the greatest comic writers of all time.

  • The Invisible Man | H. G. Wells

    The Invisible Man

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    • By H. G. Wells
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    The invisible man of the title is Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body's refractive index to that of air so that it neither absorbs nor reflects light and thus becomes invisible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but fails in his attempt to reverse it.

  • A Protégée of the Mistress | Alexander Ostrovsky

    A Protégée of the Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Alexander Ostrovsky
    • Narrated By Cate Barratt, David Prickett, Michele Eaton, and others
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    The premier Russian dramatist before Chekov, Alexander Ostrovsky was one of the first masters of realistic theatre. A typical example of his approach to drama, A Protégée of the Mistress is almost cinematic in its presentation. The action is represented by a series of vivid snapshots, in which Ostrovsky quickly and subtly illustrates the foibles and weaknesses of each character, and shows how they are forced into a hostile dependence on each other.

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