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    • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,674
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,060
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,114

    A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • it's the singer not the song*

    • By Maynard on 11-09-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • By: Bram Stoker
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,091
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,089
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,102

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

    • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Great Expectations

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 672
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 490

    As Pip unravels the truth behind his own "great expectations" in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him toward maturity and his most important discovery of all - the truth about himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This Dickens guy has promise

    • By Ed on 06-30-11

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Robinson Crusoe

    • By: Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 944
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 826
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 829

    Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Story and Excellent Narration

    • By William on 03-02-11

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Oliver Twist

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 811
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 641

    After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing narration!

    • By Karen on 12-11-08

    Regular price: $25.19

    • Notes from the Underground

    • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 409
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 353

    A predecessor to such monumental works such as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Notes From Underground represents a turning point in Dostoyevsky's writing towards the more political side.

    In this work, we follow the unnamed narrator of the story, who, disillusioned by the oppression and corruption of the society in which he lives, withdraws from that society into the underground.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awful hero, great narrator

    • By Tad Davis on 10-13-09

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Paradise Lost

    • By: John Milton
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 395
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335

    John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The most accessible reading of Paradise Lost

    • By Tony McClung on 02-21-10

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Three Musketeers

    • By: Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 765
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 772

    This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloak-and-sword story ever, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes who served the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. When the dashing young D'Artagnon arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in three duels with the Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting not against, but with, the Three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More fun than a classic is supposed to be!

    • By M. Faulkner on 06-21-13

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
    • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 506
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 356
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 360

    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Many voices, at times enthralling

    • By Tad Davis on 10-20-08

    Regular price: $26.68

    • The Sea, the Sea

    • By: Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie - introduction
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 21 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pure pleasure

    • By laurel on 06-07-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Lord of the World

    • By: Robert Hugh Benson
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    Secular humanism has triumphed. Everything the late Victorians and Edwardians believed would bring human happiness has been achieved: Technology has made it so no one needs to work for a living, the social sciences ensure a smooth-running social order, and, in the name of tolerance, religious beliefs have been uprooted and eliminated except for a single holdout - a largely discredited and rapidly shrinking Catholic Church. Yet people are unhappy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Supringly prophetic ,

    • By Mary Clare Murphy on 10-17-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Nicholas Nickleby

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 826
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 827

    The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A knockout!

    • By Robert on 03-15-07

    Regular price: $38.47

    • Sons and Lovers

    • By: D. H. Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 217

    Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence's first major novel, was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When the marriage between Walter Morel and his sensitive, high-minded wife begins to break down, the bitterness of their frustration seeps into their children's lives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Momma's Boy (The Dangers of Overbearing Parenting)

    • By W Perry Hall on 02-01-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Little Dorrit

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 31 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313

    Little Dorrit is Amy, born in debtor’s prison, the youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, an inmate of the Marshalsea. The two are befriended by a man whose wife hires Little Dorrit as a seamstress. When William Dorrit inherits a fortune, he escapes the Marshalsea. The family, assuming a station befitting their wealth, travel to Italy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping

    • By eva on 09-17-12

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Bleak House

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 32 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 543
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314

    First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters; Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 30 hours was too short for me

    • By UU Ma on 01-08-03

    Regular price: $28.95

    • David Copperfield

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply Amazing

    • By Justin on 11-05-10

    Regular price: $45.49

    • The Man in the Iron Mask

    • By: Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 503
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 406

    A tale of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue, this conclusion to Dumas’ swashbuckling musketeer saga is based on the true story of a masked prisoner who dwelled in the Bastille during the Louis XIV’s reign and whose identity remains in question to this day.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Musketeers Get Old

    • By Rebecca on 03-31-13

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Narcissus and Goldmund

    • By: Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 409
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 331

    Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a passionate yet uneasy friendship between two men of opposite character. Narcissus, an ascetic instructor at a cloister school, has devoted himself solely to scholarly and spiritual pursuits. One of his students is the sensual, restless Goldmund, who is immediately drawn to his teacher's fierce intellect and sense of discipline.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite of Hesse's novels, wonderfully read.

    • By David on 10-21-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

    • By: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 819
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 697
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 711

    At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter", Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great reading

    • By Tad Davis on 09-03-08

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Hound of the Baskervilles (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Sir Charles Baskerville is dead. His body was discovered on the grounds of his Devonshire estate, face frozen in fright, not far from the footprints of a large beast. The cause of death has been determined to be a heart attack, but family legend tells another tale, and Detective Sherlock Holmes is determined to uncover the truth.

    Regular price: $6.99

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