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  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

No one fictional or factual embodies the Jazz Age as completely as F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby. First published in 1925, this legendary novel continues to enthrall generations as it serves as a lens to view our not so distant past. Many of our notions about that period are taken from the pages of this book. Bathtub gin, flappers, and house parties that last all week enliven Fitzgerald's classic tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent work and even better reader

  • By Kevin on 10-14-08

Familiar story.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I’ve seen the movies and loved them both. I decided to listen to the book. It was very similar to the movies. Sometimes the stories get changed a lot but didn’t in this case. The narrator was great.

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Bronte
  • Narrated by: Janet McTeer, David Timson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 876

When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By Stephanie on 12-05-07

A morosely intriguing story.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I have been hesitant to read or listen to Wuthering Heights because I prefer happier books. I decided to try this because it is on the Great American Read Book list as one of the top 100. I can not comprehend how the imagination of Emily Bronte could have conceived such a story. It is a depressing story, yet I could not stop listening to it until it was ended. I can see why it is rated in the top 100 books.

  • The Marriage Game

  • A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Only 25 and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing - though married - Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth's heart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's lisp is maddening

  • By Elizabeth on 09-07-16

Interesting life!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I have read and listened to several books about Elizabeth I. I never tire of hearing about her interesting life and reign.

  • The Marriage of Opposites

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko, Santino Fontana, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths and her deep, lifelong friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical!

  • By TV on 09-27-15

Thought provoking story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This book captured your interest from the beginning and held it all the way through! You know an author is good when you get so drawn in that you are feeling the emotions of the characters. I also enjoy fictions that are based on a true story. It opens up their world to you.

  • The Early Middle Ages

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022

The Early Middle Ages-the years from A.D. 650 to 1000-were crucial to Europe's future social and political development. These 24 lectures trace a journey from Scandinavia across northern and central Europe to the farthest reaches of the Byzantine and Islamic empires, providing an exciting new look an era often simply called the "Dark Ages."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Look at the Transition to the Middle Ages!

  • By Mike on 07-03-14

Very informative!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This course covered a lot of material that I was unaware of. It tied the western world together in a way that I have been looking for. It will be a good reference to refer back to.

  • The Medieval World

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prof. Armstrong is an rockstar. Loved her class.

  • By Rocco on 10-04-13

Interesting and informative!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Medieval World. I learned a lot while some information was a nice review. Prof. Dorsey Armstrong kept it interesting. Her voice is easy to listen to.

  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998

With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life

  • By Joshua on 07-10-13

Very informative.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-18

She has very thorough, detailed information. This is what I was looking for. She presents in in a way that keeps your interest.

  • French Leave

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Forced by bankruptcy and scandal into exile in France, Lord Waverly expects never to return to his homeland until, staggering home from a gaming hell in the wee hours of the morning, he encounters a young novice escaping from a convent. When she asks him to take her to England, promising him that her English grandfather will reward him handsomely for her safe conveyance, Waverly reluctantly agrees. Alas, Waverly soon realizes the enormity of his task.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord Waverly redeemed

  • By Felicia J on 03-01-18

Enjoyable and interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I always enjoy a good romance without all the descriptive bed scenes. The narrator took a little while to adjust to only because most of the romances I’ve listened to so far are read by women. He did a good job.

  • To Dream of Love

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Must one sister suffer in poverty while the other lives in the lap of luxury? This question plagued Harriet Clifton incessantly. Inviting herself to her widowed sister Cordelia's posh London townhouse for the season was surely the only way to meet a suitable partner - as well as escape drafty old Pringle House forever. The vain Cordelia was meanwhile casting her net for the notorious Marquess of Arden, a man who would rather court a mistress than wed a wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ending ever!

  • By Kat's mom on 07-02-18

Another light and enjoyable romance!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I always enjoy M C Beaton books because they are full of interesting characters and twists and turns in the story line that you wouldn’t expect. She keeps her books moving along. The narrator is also very good.

  • The French Affair

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

It was true. The lovely young widow Lady Charteris - Delphine to her friends - had agreed to abide by her parents' wishes and marry the Comte Saint-Pierre. Delphine's parents had long since died in the Terror, but when she learned of their wishes for her, she believed it her duty to respect their wishes. Delphine would marry, but it would be a marriage in name only. But when Delphine saw Jules Saint-Pierre, she got the shock of her life: he was the same man she had seen juggling in the streets at a local fair.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bait and switch

  • By Laurie S on 03-07-18

Very enjoyable romance!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-18

This was a very enjoyable romance. It had some historical references to the French Revolution. What I appreciated the most was that it didn’t get smutty like most of the romances do. A suggestion of what is happening is sufficient. I don’t need all the details. It detracts from the story. I would highly recommend this book and author! I have listened to several of her other books and they’re always light and fun. The narrator is great. I love her accent! She helps make the listen!

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