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  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe

    Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Duncan Carse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Robinson Crusoe is Daniel Defoe's classic novel of shipwreck and survival, now nearly 300 years old.

    The story is a fictional autobiography of the title character, an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island, encountering Native Americans, captives, and mutineers. This is the tale of an ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances. Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God.

    Richard says: "A Classic"
  • 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 Riddle of the Sands | Eskine Childers

    The Riddle of the Sands

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Eskine Childers
    • Narrated By George Hagan
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    The plot involves the uncovering of secret German preparations for an invasion of the United Kingdom and is sited by Winston Churchill as one of the major reasons the Admiralty decided to establish naval bases at Invergordon, the Firth of Forth and Scapa Flow.

    Nancy says: "Excellent including narration"
  • 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
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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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Moby Dick | Herman Melville

    Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Duncan Carse
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    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a classic of American and world literature. Written in 1851, this is the incredible story of the crazed captain Ahab who, consumed by his desire for revenge, drives his crew to scour the oceans of the world for the fearsome white whale, Moby Dick. It soon becomes clear that Ahab will stop at nothing and is prepared to risk everything, his ship, his crew members, and his own life. Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) was an American novelist short story writer, essayist and poet.

    JAY says: "THANK YOU..."
  • Dracula | Bram Stoker

    Dracula

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Christopher Saul
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    Dracula is the seminal gothic horror novel of its time as Bram Stoker introduced the world to the legendary vampire Count Dracula. Published in 1897 and told through a series of diary entries and letters, the story journeys into the dark world of Count Dracula through the eyes of several different narrators. The novel explores many themes, the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and conservative sexuality, immigration, colonialism, post colonialism and folklore.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's a man's world?"
  • 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 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"
  • The Woman in White | Wilkie Collins

    The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
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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"
  • 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"
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Little Women | Louisa May Alcott

    Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
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    Little Women or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott. Written and published in two parts in 1868 and 1869, the novel tells the story of a year in the life of the March family. We hear of their troubles and joys and come to sympathise with each character: maturing Meg, gifted Jo, gentle Beth and lively Amy, as they extend their kindness to all around them. Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) was an American novelist.

    Katie says: "Only the first half of the book!"
  • Martin Chuzzlewit | Charles Dickens

    Martin Chuzzlewit

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By George Hagan
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    Originally serialized between 1843-1844 the story tells of Martin, the grandson of old Martin Chuzzlewit who is rich but has become bittter due to the greed of his kin. Young Martin is initially selfish but through hard labour and the positive and cheerful influence of his servant, Tapley, becomes decent. The novel is broken up into segments by young Martin's voyage to seek his fortune in America.

    Karrie says: "Simply Excellent!"
  • The Old Curiosity Shop | Charles Dickens

    The Old Curiosity Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By George Hagan
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    The Old Curiosity Shop is a novel by Charles Dickens.

    The plot follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.

    Charles Dickens 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.

    Michele says: "Impressive reading"
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