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  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,465

Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing

  • By Em on 04-15-12

I love a story where the righteous win and the

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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: 05-09-19

disengenuous go home. When artifice gets stamped out, the world is a better place. Beauty remains in virtue and a steadfast heart.

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,604

When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Johnny on 08-01-09

I would have liked the ending to have been sweeter

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

The ending was abrupt and Henry's father was a big disappointment. I am so happy, however, that his children and our heroine are the paragons of virtue.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,754

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

The marsh is a beautiful character itself.

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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: 04-26-19

What this little girl goes through is quite the ordeal. I found myself crying every time something kind and was done for Kya. Jumping, Mabel, Tate, Tom are my heroes.

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  • Unstrung

  • An Unwind Story
  • By: Neal Shusterman, Michelle Knowlden
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

How did Lev Calder move from an unwillingly escaped Tithe to a clapper? In this revealing short story, Neal Shusterman opens a window on Lev’s adventures between the time he left CyFi and showed up at the Graveyard. Pulling elements from Neal Shusterman’s critically acclaimed Unwind and giving hints about what is to come in the riveting sequel, UnWholly, this short story is not to be missed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wondered what happened to Lev now I know

  • By pondo on 04-25-18

A heart-wrenching, beautiful story of love. It's

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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: 03-07-19

the kind of thing you wish people would do for one another but not have to.

  • Villette

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Mandy Weston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Long overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette is widely admired as one of Charlotte Bronte's finest works. This story of a young teacher at a girl's school in the city of Villette is a particular challenge for the young reader, for it requires maturity of vision, a fine narrative sense - and a command of French! Mandy Weston, a newcomer to Naxos AudioBooks, tells the story magnificently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classical heart

  • By Chloe on 01-14-08

Lucy Snow is as pure as her name .

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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: 01-24-19

She is as enlightened as she is as pure as snow. The reader personifies her perfectly.

  • The Professor

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: James Wilby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

The Professor is Charlotte Brontë's first novel albeit the last to have been published. Edited and distributed by Arthur Bell Nicholls, two years after Brontë's death, it is based on her experiences of living as a language student in Brussels. The Professor follows the career and love affairs of William Crimsworth, a reserved but compassionate aristocrat who has been ostracised by his family and left penniless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By ilene on 12-26-16

Virtuous, steady living brings blossoming love.

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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: 12-19-18

The reading was supurb! The professor and Frances are an ideal happily ever after. I wish I knew Victor's life. It would have been a nice sequel.

  • Tom Jones

  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • By: Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 37 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Tom Jones, a foundling, is brought up by the kindly Mr. Allworthy as if he were his own son. Forced to leave the house as a young man after tales of his disgraceful behavior reach his benefactor's ears, he sets out in utter despair, not only because of his banishment but because he has now lost all hope of gaining the hand of the beautiful Sophia. But she too is forced to flee her parental home to escape an undesirable marriage and their stories and adventures intertwine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • terrific story BUT

  • By tom on 01-28-14

All is well that ends well

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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: 12-11-18

I found myself laughing, or identifying people with the various characters. Great lessons on virtue.

  • Joseph Andrews

  • By: Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In one of the first novels in the English language, we follow the picaresque adventures of Joseph Andrews, a virtuous young man who is keen to maintain his innocence despite being coerced by nearly every woman he encounters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight

  • By Tad Davis on 01-15-16

Lve doesn't run smoothly but it's worth the wait

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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: 10-17-18

Hilarious story filled with every unimaginable adventure possible. I laughed out loud and wondered how it could end well.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Russell Tovey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

A disturbing tale of a young man's uncanny ability to remain both young and beautiful while descending into a life of heartless debauchery, The Picture of Dorian Gray was considered proof of both Wilde's genius and his perversion. Oscar Wilde's scandalous best seller of 1891 was one of the most damning pieces of evidence used against him in the trial that brought about his downfall.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Censored Version W/ Good Narration

  • By Seabass on 02-01-18

The revelation of one's soul through art: telling!

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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: 08-24-18

This story makes me wonder what my portrait would reveal. I haven't murdered anyone, but thoughts and words would count. A soul encompasses everything that we are. Very scary story.

  • The Queen of the Damned

  • The Vampire Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148

In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a 6,000-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to "save" mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simon Vance is Perfect for This

  • By Sephethus on 06-26-12

I am more in love with each character than before.

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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: 04-11-18

Each character has a beautiful soul because they want to live. Ironic that it takes killing to keep them alive but that they love mankind- not just for their blood. They are the essence of humanity, though they are supernatural. Each with their flaws, fallibilities, and vices they are dynamic, complex, and alluring. Simon Vance is the perfect voice. I am thrilled to hear Rice's series with his rich tones. A great experience!