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  • Far From the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

    Far From the Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    Thomas Hardy brings us an England that once existed but no more. It is rural, traditional, pastoral - a society of mannered conduct that flows like a deep river where powerful currents eddy and swirl. In this powerful novel of love and disillusion, Hardy's heroine is torn between the three men in her life. Passionate but capricious, her romantic involvements have fascinated generations of readers.

    Connie says: "respite from the madding crowd"
  • Thomas Hardy: Selected Short Stories | Thomas Hardy

    Thomas Hardy: Selected Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Jill Masters
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    Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 near Dorchester in that part of England he called Wessex. With stories sometimes from his own imagination and sometimes from local tradition, Hardy's work, like Dickens and Trollope, creates a strong sense of mood and location. Hardy hoped to be remembered for his poetry, but ours is not a poetic age. Thus his claim to a new generation of readers rests on his prose. There are great similarities between his era, a time of challenge, and our own.

  • Kept in the Dark | Anthony Trollope

    Kept in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    Kept in the Dark is a probing psychological portrait of the near destruction of a marriage - a novel that combines keen insights with vigorous emotional strength. Jealousy, guilt, excessive pride, and compulsion all sweep across its surface.

    Grace says: "interesting psychological profile"
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    Thomas Hardy, never one to be conventional, took a very unconventional moral stance in this novel, which shocked readers of the time. In doing so, he created one of the great romantic novels of all time, the story of a striking and tragic heroine who came to life for the reader as she did for the author.

    Eddie says: "excellent novel and reading"
  • Persuasion | Jane Austen

    Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    This book is often thought to be the story of Jane Austen's own lost love. In it, she seems mellowed and more philosophical, touched perhaps by the sentiment of a story in which she saw herself as the heroine but in whose happy outcome she has a premonition that she would never play a part.

    A. Thompson says: "Not the best narrator, but certainly not the worst"
  • The Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy

    The Return of the Native

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    Eustacia Vye is a beautiful, commanding presence on England's Egdon Heath. Her longing for the glamour of city life leaves her dissatisfied with her traditionalist husband, Clym Yeobright, and leads her to take Damon Wildeve as her lover. In a mixing of fate, chance, and human error, Eustacia's marriage smolders and explodes in violent tragedy. Set against the looming presence of the Heath, Hardy's work vividly depicts characters cruelly manipulated by the forces around them, unable to dictate their own fates. This classic story, a forerunner to the 20th-century psychological novel, is presented in unabridged form, revealing all of its poetic compassion and universal themes.

    Frank says: "Life on the Heath"
  • Jonathan Wild | Henry Fielding

    Jonathan Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    The real Jonathan Wild, born about 1682 and executed at Tyburn in 1725, was one of the most notorious criminals of his age. His resemblance to the hero in Fielding's satire of the same name is general rather than particular. The real Jonathan (whose legitimate business was that of a buckle-maker) like Fielding, won his fame, not as a robber himself, but as an informer, and a receiver of stolen goods.

    Benedict says: "Such excellent writing"
  • Dick Whittington and His Cat |  Jimcin Recordings

    Dick Whittington and His Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Jimcin Recordings
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    Dick Whittington is a character in a British folklore, very loosely based on Richard Whittington, a medieval merchant as well as Lord Mayor of London and a Member of Parliament. In this traditional story, Dick, a boy from a poor family, sets out for London to make his fortune, accompanied by his cat. They have a number of remarkable adventures along the way.

    James says: "Good listening"
  • Weird Stories | J.H. Riddell

    Weird Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J.H. Riddell
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    First appearing in 1882, this collection by Mrs. J.H. Riddell established her as a leading Victorian author of supernatural fiction. She achieved her effect by using commonplace settings into which the horrors crept.

  • Eve's Ransom | George Gissing

    Eve's Ransom

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Gissing
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    Eve's Ransom, written in 1895, is the story of a bizarre triangle of love. An educated but unsuccessful man, Hilliard, is trapped in grimy Birmingham until he receives a totally unexpected windfall. He goes in search of a woman whose picture he had seen in his landlady's photo album. Typical of most of Gissings books the setting is autobiographically faithful and the theme is freedom. The writing is crisp, the narrative swift in this, as H. G. Wells said, "the best and least appreciated of his novels".

    Joseph R says: "Boy Meets Girl Who Meets His Best Friend"
  • Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen

    Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    Rule by head or rule by heart? Elinor Dashwood is a great believer in "sense," while her exuberant younger sister Marianne feels keenly that only "sensibility" (what today we'd call passion) serves to guide the heart. Through vicissitudes and, in the case of Marianne, outright betrayal by her lover, these two women learn the value in the other's outlook, and thereby prepare themselves for later domestic bliss that is the hallmark resolution of Jane Austen's novels.

    Glenn says: "Nicely Done"
  • Emma | Jane Austen

    Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    Full of irony, this comedy of manners satirizes the self-deception of vanity. Emma presents a picture of mixed family and social life as did Pride and Prejudice, though mellowed by a riper humor. Emma equals Pride and Prejudice in its rich humor and vivid portraiture of character. It is a never ending delight in human absurdities, which the fascinated listener shares from chapter to chapter.

    Empowerment says: "Surprisingly good"
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread | E.M. Forster

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    When Lilia, an English widow, marries a penniless Italian while on vacation, her dead husband's relatives are not amused. That the marriage should fail and Lilia die tragically are to be expected. But that she should have a baby, and that the baby should be raised Italian, of all things, are matters requiring immediate correction. E.M. Forster's first novel addresses cultural collisions and English middle-class sterility.

    Steve says: "Very Bad Audio"
  • The Well of the World's End | Joseph Jacobs

    The Well of the World's End

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Joseph Jacobs
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
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    The Well of the World's End is a Scottish fairy tale, from the Lowlands, collected by Joseph Jacobs in English Fairy Tales. In the story, a girl's mother died, and her father remarried. Her stepmother abused her, made her do all the housework, and finally decided to be rid of her. How the girl, with the help of a magic frog, outwitted the stepmother is the gist of the story.

    James says: "Great story"
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