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    • Madame Bovary

    • By: Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (translator)
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 279
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth-century bourgeois France, Madame Bovary is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman’s gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the man of science, escapes the author’s searing castigation, and it is the book’s final profound irony that only Charles, Emma’s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ironic, humorous, and restrained

    • By Esther on 05-13-13

    Regular price: $31.95

    • Pride and Prejudice

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Narrator

    • By C. A. Likely on 03-12-07

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Fairy Tales

    • By: Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Richard Matthews
    • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    A gawky, dreamy boy, Hans Christian Andersen grew up to become a profoundly imaginative writer and storyteller who revolutionized literature for children. Andersen gave us the now standard versions of some traditional folk tales, but many of his most famous tales sprang directly from his imagination and continue to resonate with today's readers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dreamland Awaits - Bedtime Stories for All

    • By Book and Movie Lover on 05-31-06

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Painted Veil

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,947
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480

    First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What An Unexpected Delight!

    • By Mimi on 10-22-08

    Regular price: $17.47

    • O Pioneers!

    • By: Willa Cather
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    The country is America; the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father's farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father's patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable business. A gripping saga of love, murder, greed, failure, and triumph, O Pioneers! vividly portrays the hardships of prairie life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • not the right performance for Cather

    • By Gretchen Gordon on 04-01-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Country Doctor

    • By: Sarah Orne Jewett
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Published in 1884, Sarah Orne Jewet's first novel, A Country Doctor, is a luminous portrayal of rural Maine and a semiautobiographical look at her world. In it, Nan's struggle to choose between marriage and a career as a doctor, between the confining life of a small town and a self-directed one as a professional, mirrors Jewett's own conflicts as well as eloquently giving voice to the leading women's issues of her time.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Middlemarch

    • By: George Eliot
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 31 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 713
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350

    Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions, heroism, egotism, love, and lust, interrelate within this society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engrossing, non-stuffy entertainment!

    • By Jennifer on 06-21-06

    Regular price: $39.95

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    • Collected Stories

    • By: Saul Bellow, Janis Bellow - editor and preface, James Wood - introduction
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner, Richard Poe, Kate Reading, and others
    • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here, collected in one volume and chosen by the author himself, are favorites such as "What Kind of Day Did You Have?", "Leaving the Yellow House", and a previously uncollected piece, "By the St. Lawrence". With his larger-than-life characters, irony, wisdom, and unique humor, Bellow presents a sharp, rich, and funny world that is infinitely surprising. With a preface by Janice Bellow and an introduction by James Wood, this is a collection to treasure for longtime Saul Bellow fans and an excellent introduction for new listeners.

    Regular price: $27.26