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  • A Group of Noble Dames | Thomas Hardy

    A Group of Noble Dames

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Nigel Graham
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    A Group of Noble Dames is an 1891 collection of short stories by great English novelist Thomas Hardy. The ten stories focus on "store of ladies, whose bright eyes rain influence". Hardy delves into the hidden depths of country families to reveal what went on behind the scenes.

  • Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe

    Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Duncan Carse
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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"
  • 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 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"
  • The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens

    The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
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    First Serialised under the title The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club between April 1836 and November 1837 when Dickens was in his mid-twenties. Mr Samuel Pickwick is the founder and chairman of the absurd Pickwick Club which consists Tupman, Snodgrass and Winkle who go through various highly amusing and often quite ridiculous adventures. Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced.

  • 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"
  • Bleak House | Charles Dickens

    Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Maurice Turner
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    Published in twenty monthly installments between March 1852 and September 1853. It is held to be one of Dickens's finest novels. A complex plot, it challenges the reader to make connections--between the fashionable and the outcast, the beautiful and the ugly, the powerful and the victims.

    Peda says: "Too hard to listen to"
  • Romola | George Eliot

    Romola

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
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    Romola is the fourth novel from the great Victorian novelist George Eliot and her first historical novel. Published in 1862 - 63, it is set in Florence at the end of the fifteenth century and events during the Italian Renaissance, and includes in its plot several notable figures from Florentine history. The story is of a girl's devotion to her blind father, her marriage to and betrayal by a young Greek and ultimate life of self-sacrifice.

    Joseph R says: "Passion, Intrigue and Betrayal"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • A Pair of Blue Eyes | Thomas Hardy

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
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    Written in 1873 it was autobiographical and the heroine Elfride Swancourt is based on Hardy's first wife Emma Gifford. The novel tells the tail of a the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds.

  • Silas Marner | George Eliot

    Silas Marner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
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    First published in 1861 it tells the tale of the lonely weaver Silas Marner who, after suffering betrayal and rejection, leaves his community to become a recluse obsessed only with accumulating money. One day Silas's money is stolen by Dunstan Cass, a dissolute son of Squire Cass, the town's leading landowner. The loss of his gold drives Silas into a deep gloom, until one day a little golden-haired orphan girl wanders into his home to change his life forever.

    Tamarack says: "If you like classic literature..."
  • 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"
  • Emma | Jane Austen

    Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Richard Baker
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    A comic novel, first published in December 1815, Emma tells of the perils of misconstrued romance. The main character Emma Woodhouse is a well-to-do young woman in a small English town who is a self-appointed matchmaker. The story explores the nature of these orchestrated matches coming to life through the hilarious characters including arguably Austen's two greatest comic creations - the eccentric Mr. Woodhouse and the quintessential bore, Miss Bates.

    Amazon Customer says: "Classic reading!"
  • The Portrait of a Lady | Henry James

    The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Marvin Kane
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    The novel tells the story of beautiful, intelligent, and headstrong Isabel Archer, as she leaves her native America and embarks on a journey of self discovery in Europe. Published as a book in 1881, it explores his familiar themes including the conflict between American individualism and European social custom and the situation of Americans in Europe. It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal freedom, responsibility, betrayal, and sexuality.

    judy wiley says: "The worst listen in over 280 audio books!"
  • Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens

    Oliver Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
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    The young orphan Oliver Twist flees a cruel workhouse for the dirty streets of London, where he falls in with a nefarious gang. As the shrewd Artful Dodger, the menacing Fagin and the vicious Bill Sikes lead Oliver deeper into a criminal life, a dark conspiracy is revealed around him.

    Krzysztof says: "bad audio quality"
  • Around the World in 80 Days | Jules Verne

    Around the World in 80 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Corbett Woodall
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    Set in 1872, Around the World in 80 Days tells the extraordinary and wonderful adventures of Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout, who set out to win a £20,000 bet to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

  • 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.

  • Far from the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By George Hagan
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    Published in 1874, it tells the tale of Gabriel Oak, one of three suitors for the hand of the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene. He must compete with the dashing young soldier Sergeant Troy and the respectable, middle-aged Farmer Boldwood. And while their fates depend upon the choice Bathsheba makes, she discovers the terrible consequences of an inconstant heart.

    Kenneth says: "Took a while to get going but worth it."
  • Roderick Hudson | Henry James

    Roderick Hudson

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
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    Roderick Hudson is one of Henry James's first novels.

    Originally published in 1875 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, it traces the development of the title character, a sculptor. Funded by the wealthy Rowland Mallet, Roderick Hudson travels from America to Rome, where he becomes the talk of the city. He soon finds that Europe tests him in ways he had not anticipated, both as an artist and as a man.

    Laurel says: "Great starting point for Henry James"
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