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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 5,101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,443
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,495

    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: $29.95

    • 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 13,991
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,935
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,947

    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

    • Robinson Crusoe

    • By: Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

    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
    • Adrift

    • By David S. Mathew on 01-29-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Oliver Twist

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 883
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 705
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 707

    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: $29.95

    • Paradise Lost

    • By: John Milton
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 377
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375

    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: $24.95

    • 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 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    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

    • 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 487
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 428
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 423

    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: $14.95

    • The Brothers Karamazov

    • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    The book probes the possible roles of four brothers in the unresolved murder of their father, Fyodor Karamazov. At the same time, it carefully explores the personalities and inclinations of the brothers themselves. Their psyches together represent the full spectrum of human nature, the continuum of faith and doubt. Ultimately, this novel seeks to understand the real meaning of faith and existence and includes much beneficial philosophical and spiritual discussion that moves the reader towards faith.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No other narrator is greater for this one

    • By Gary on 09-19-09

    Regular price: $21.58

    • David Copperfield

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679

    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: $39.95

    • The Three Musketeers

    • By: Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 836
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 845

    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: $39.95

    • 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 553
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 452

    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: $39.95

    • 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 522
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 371
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 375

    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: $39.95

    • Narcissus and Goldmund

    • By: Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 441
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 356
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358

    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

    • Great Expectations

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 800
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 614
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 607

    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
    • Wonderful narration

    • By Sassy on 09-05-12

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Man Who Was Thursday

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    The story begins when two poets meet. Gabriel Syme is a poet of law. Lucian Gregory is a poetic anarchist. As the poets protest their respective philosophies, they strike a challenge. In the ruckus that ensues, the Central European Council of Anarchists elects Syme to the post of Thursday, one of their seven chief council positions. Undercover. On the run, Syme meets with Sunday, the head of the council, a man so outrageously mysterious that his antics confound both the law-abiding and the anarchist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Indescribably good

    • By Erez on 06-11-10

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    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

    • Louise de La Vallière

    • By: Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186

    As part of the d'Artagnan Romances following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After, and devoted in large part to romantic events at the court of France's King Louis XIV, Louise de La Valliere is the second part of Alexandre Dumas's 268 chapter novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later, which first appeared in serial form between 1847 and 1850.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Soap Opera with Musketeers

    • By Mr on 08-28-09

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Time Machine (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    A scientist and gentleman inventor in industrialized Victorian England claims to have irrefutable proof that time is not simply a concept - it's a whole other dimension. When he reveals the prototype of a time-traveling machine to his peers, he's met with skepticism at first...until he returns one week later, disheveled, bloody, and with a fantastic story to tell.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome!!

    • By Corrie Ameigh on 12-21-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Barnaby Rudge

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150

    In a case of mistaken identification, Barnaby Rudge, a pale half-wit with long red hair who dresses all in green and carries a large raven on his back, is arrested as the leader of a mob of anti-Catholic rioters. He is condemned to death on the gallows, but an upright locksmith named Gabriel Varden comes to his aid.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Overlong but under-rated Dickens

    • By David on 08-14-09

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Little Dorrit

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 31 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 372
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 341

    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

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