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    • Letters to a Young Poet

    • By: Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell)
    • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
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      4 out of 5 stars 122
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    Ranier Maria Rilke challenges you, "...to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers." Rilke's ability to combine the sensual and the spiritual into an inspired vision of the art of living is brought to vivid life in his letters. Through his eyes, the everyday difficulties of love, sex, solitude, sadness, and doubt are seen as the archetypal elements of the drama called life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Priceless Recordings of Intense Feeling

    • By David on 10-08-04

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Book of Psalms

    • By: Phoenix Audio
    • Narrated by: Michael York
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    The Psalms express the heart and essence of humanity, covering a wide range of emotions, and the lessons derived from them have had a far-reaching effect through the ages. They are a unique portion of the Old Testament - 150 songs and poems that include hymns of praise, thanksgiving, lament, wisdom, and liturgy. Written over a long period of time by multiple authors, the Psalms illustrate the theology and worship of the Israelites over the centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Find

    • By smill on 06-29-14

    Regular price: $13.97

    • Main Street

    • By: Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 102

    Widely hailed as a milestone in American literature, Sinclair Lewis' Main Street vividly describes a country on the verge of massive change, with traditional values being threatened by progress. The novel's heroine, Carol Milford, is a highly educated, ambitious woman who plans to join a newly enlightened society. But after marrying a small-town doctor, she finds herself trapped in the role of a dutiful wife. Carol's desires for social change conflict with the security of her comfortable married life, as she struggles to understand the cost of conformity...and rebellion. As relevant today as it was upon its 1920 publication, Main Street is both a masterful piece of writing and a fascinating microcosm of America's social evolution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful reading of an excellent book

    • By Steve Bird on 06-14-05

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The Red and the Black

    • By: Stendhal
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 105

    So what would Al Gore choose if he had a book club? Gore named Stendhal's The Red and the Black, a 19th century classic chock full of adultery, betrayal, and moral vacuity, as his favorite book on a recent broadcast of Oprah. It's a bit shocking of a choice, given his wife and running mate's position on clean, wholesome literature. Listen and decide for yourself the merit of this presidential pick.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thanks, Audible.com!

    • By IPod junkie on 02-25-08

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Howards End

    • By: E.M. Forster
    • Narrated by: John Franklyn-Robbins
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    E.M. Forster's Howards End is a vivid portrait of London's golden age, before World War I forever changed its values and culture. Forster brings the great city's upper classes to life, detailing their grandiose spending habits, popular fads, Monet and Debussy, the rise of feminism, and the beginnings of urbanization. More than a mere idealization of pre-war London, Howards End provides insightful commentary on the rapid societal changes that occurred at the onset of the 20th century. Masterfully blending the stories of three vastly different groups of people - the independently wealthy, educated Schlegels; the nouveau riche Wilcoxes; and the ambitious but struggling Leonard Bast - Forster weaves a wonderfully rich, unforgettably poignant novel.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • very poor recording

    • By carolyn benaroya on 01-14-06

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The House of Mirth

    • By: Edith Wharton
    • Narrated by: Barbarra Caruso
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 90

    Lily Bart, a beautiful, intelligent, but penniless young woman, lives on the outskirts of New York's high society, craving the luxurious lifestyle of her wealthy contacts. But while Lily possesses the grace, taste, and morality of the ideal turn-of-the-century lady, her delicate innocence threatens her survival in that very world. As she fights to maintain her newfound place among the aristocracy, Lily struggles mightily against what lurks beneath all the glitter and gold - greed, vulgarity, and ruthless competition. In her brilliantly perceptive novel, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, the peerless, Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of Old New York, provides yet another heartbreaking glimpse into the world of manners, privilege, betrayal, and shocking falls from grace.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pride and prejudice can bring a girl down.

    • By Anna on 03-30-10

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Kim

    • By: Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated by: Margaret Hilton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure story, Kim, tells the tale of an Irish soldier's orphan son, who roams the back alleys and bazaars of British-ruled India. The young urchin learns the rules and language of the dirty streets, until he discovers his father's old army regiment. Suddenly, Kim abandons his former life and native customs, buys expensive European clothing, and begins a new career as a secret agent. Both an exciting adventure and a detailed look at a spy's inner conflicts, Kim is one of Kipling's most important and popular novels.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Transported by smells, vistas & atmosphere of Hind

    • By Darwin8u on 09-13-13

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    • By: Victor Hugo
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 295
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 240

    Quasimodo was born disfigured, hunchbacked and lame, and years spent ringing the bells of the Cathedral of Notre Dame have left him deaf, but also spared him the taunts of the cruel mobs of Paris. Now Quasimodo has fallen in love with the lovely Gypsy girl Esmeralda, the only person who ever showed pity on him - but she faces a death sentence, and only Quasimodo's pure spirit can save her. Or can he?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Overwhelmingly sad

    • By Tad Davis on 09-02-13

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    Meet Mr. Samuel Pickwick, luminous presence, general chairman and member of the Pickwick Club, an organization devoted to meeting good friends, sharing good stories and spreading good cheer. Join Mr. Pickwick and his friends Mr. Snodgrass, Mr. Jingle and all the rest in Part One of their adventures, which include: the first day's journey, an old-fashioned card party, the action of Bardell against Pickwick, and Christmas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pickwick Papers

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-29-03

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The House of Seven Gables

    • By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated by: Roslyn Alexander
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 35
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 20

    The House of the Seven Gables is a fixture in Salem - and seemingly fixed in time. As the ancestral home of the Pyncheon family, its current mistress is Hepzibah Pyncheon, who has retreated behind a wall of false gentility. But into these dreary surroundings comes Phoebe, a country cousin whose youthful energy and sense of romance bring renewed life to the family.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not for Me

    • By Rush2112 on 10-01-07

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Pickwick Papers, Volume 2

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    Enjoy the further adventures of the delightful Samuel Pickwick, bon vivant and chairman of the Pickwick Club, as he faces confinement in Fleet prison. Finally, learn how the Pickwick Club is disbanded and everything is settled, amazingly, to the satisfaction of everyone involved. Charles Dickens considered this classic novel to be his greatest work.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read the way it was meant to be

    • By Smelly Ian on 07-22-12

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Oliver Twist

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Richly complex, darkly comical, and irresistibly charming. Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist is one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, from one of literature's most esteemed craftsmen. Published serially between 1837 and 1839, it secured Dickens' reputation as a writer of exceptional skill and talent.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to understand

    • By Shannon on 06-15-05

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Jane Eyre

    • By: Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Jane Eyre, a young orphan, leads a lonely life at a boarding school until she's old enough to take a job as a governess for the wealthy and mysterious Mr. Rochester. Over time, she falls in love with her stern employer, but happiness still eludes her - even on her wedding day. What is the mad secret Rochester is hiding?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Jane Eyre

    • By Connie on 02-20-06

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Last of the Mohicans

    • By: James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 444
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 336
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 335

    The Last of the Mohicans has all the elements of a classic frontier adventure: massacres and raids, innocent settlers, hardened soldiers, renegade Indians, and a doomed love affair. It is a memorable portrait of fierce individualism and moral courage. But what draws readers and listeners again and again to this panoramic novel is its deep insight into the symbols of American consciousness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Poor sound

    • By Margaret on 01-20-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Madame Bovary

    • By: Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Emma Bovary is not content to be the mere dutiful wife of a French country doctor. She yearns for excitement and a sense of romance that pulls at her so strongly she is powerless to resist, even though pursuing her dreams will exact a terrible price. Learn why Gustave Flaubert's compelling heroine has enchanted and puzzled readers for centuries.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good narrator, terrible recording

    • By Cynthia K on 08-11-06

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Life on the Mississippi

    • By: Mark Twain
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 99

    When Mark Twain was growing up, all he wanted to be was a steamboat man. And so Twain ran away in pursuit of his dream. Life on the mighty river for Twain consisted of paddleboats and history, poker games and gamblers, larger-than-life characters and outlandish festivals like Mardi Gras. Twain recorded it all with his keen eye for detail and biting wit.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Humorous, poignant, informative, adventurous

    • By Doug on 08-10-07

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Riders of the Purple Sage

    • By: Zane Grey
    • Narrated by: Donald Buka
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 18

    It's 1871 in the contented Mormon town of Cottonwoods, Utah, and Elder Tull wants to marry wealthy rancher Jane Withersteen so desperately that he's willing to use the water supply - the precious lifeblood of the land - to force her hand. But that was before a mysterious, lone gunman called Lassiter showed up...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Father of the Genre

    • By Ellen on 06-07-05

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Hard Times

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In the spare, no-nonsense Gradgrind household, Tom and Louisa are raised according to their father's unyielding guiding philosophy: facts - nothing but facts. But while a ban on imagination is mere policy for the Gradgrind children, lack of whimsy is a necessary survival skill in Coketown, the grimy and grim working-class burg devoted to nothing but the relentless advance of industry...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Samaritan was indeed a bad economist

    • By Darwin8u on 03-04-13

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Mansfield Park

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    One of Jane Austen's most complex and mature works, Mansfield Park shows the writer at the top of her form, tackling the manners and customs of early 19th-century society with wit and irony that still resonate with readers two centuries after the book's initial publication. Flo Gibson's compelling narration gives perfect voice to the trials and tribulations of Fanny Price, sent at a young age to live with her rich relations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story !

    • By Michael on 06-02-03

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Rhetoric, Poetics and Logic

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    All effective debaters, whether they know it or not, employ Aristotle's 3 basic principles of effective argument that form the spine of Rhetoric. In Poetics, Aristotle draws a dramatic distinction between poetry and history. This collection also includes Aristotle's body of work that has come to be identified as Logic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unique Selection

    • By Paul on 01-03-15

    Regular price: $23.07

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