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    • The Old Man and the Sea

    • By: Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated by: Donald Sutherland
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,049
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,910
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truly a Classic

    • By Dave on 07-01-08

    Regular price: $15.93

    • Jane Eyre

    • By: Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
    • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6,374
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,933
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,919

    Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect!!

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The Manual

    • A Philosopher's Guide to Life
    • By: Epictetus, Ancient Renewal, Sam Torode
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 399
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 340
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338

    Epictetus (c. AD 50-135) was a former Roman slave (he was also lame in one leg, and walked with a crutch) who went on to become a great teacher. His philosophy, Stoicism, was practical, not theoretical - aimed at relieving human suffering here and now. The Manual is a collection of Epictetus' essential teachings and pithy sayings, compiled by one of his students.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best book to live by.

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-05-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Of Mice and Men

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,807
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,127

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My First Steinbeck... I've Missed So Much!

    • By Jonathan Love on 08-31-16

    Regular price: $16.80

    • Atlas Shrugged

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,527
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,918
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,989

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A long listen but worth the effort and patience

    • By Emily on 05-04-13

    Regular price: $41.97

    • The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

    • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
    • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
    • Length: 37 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Spiritual and Philosophical Tour-de-Force

    • By Rich on 02-27-16

    Regular price: $58.80

    • The Outsiders

    • By: S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated by: Jim Fyfe
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,665
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,915
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,935

    Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Outsiders

    • By Carol H. on 01-25-06

    Regular price: $19.60

    • War and Peace

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 61 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,829
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,138
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,092

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Work of genius

    • By James on 02-13-06

    Regular price: $41.97

    • Autobiography of a Yogi

    • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910

    When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!

    • By D on 12-27-04

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Meditations

    • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
    • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,940
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,360
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,308

    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is a masterpiece. Most enriching. So thankful for it.

    • By Viviana on 02-05-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 5,102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,444
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,496

    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

    • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • By: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,609
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,248
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,255

    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Audiobook!

    • By Greg on 02-26-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Anna Karenina

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,537
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,221
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,197

    Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not to be rushed but to be savored

    • By J. Stirling on 08-02-16

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The Phantom Tollbooth

    • By: Norton Juster
    • Narrated by: Rainn Wilson, Norton Juster
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 325
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 292

    For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Favorite

    • By J. T. Dimino on 03-20-19

    Regular price: $17.50

    • 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 13,997
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,941
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,953

    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

    • The Odyssey

    • By: Homer, Emily Wilson - translator
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 975
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 969

    The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version - the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman - this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unsatisfying

    • By Tad Davis on 01-28-19

    Regular price: $44.95

    • Frankenstein

    • By: Mary Shelley
    • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,064
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,683
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,667

    Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Modern Prometheus

    • By Anon on 07-23-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Moby-Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,366
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,789
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,805

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Had No Idea Melville Was So Funny

    • By Dave on 05-09-12

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Gone with the Wind

    • By: Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
    • Length: 49 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,880
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8,257
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8,278

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • not to miss audible experience

    • By dallas on 12-08-09

    Regular price: $48.99

    • Watership Down

    • By: Richard Adams
    • Narrated by: Peter Capaldi
    • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 132

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos. Fiver’s vision finally leads them to Watership Down, an upland meadow. But here they face their most difficult challenges of all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Capaldi is FANTASTIC; tech editing, not as much

    • By Becca on 05-19-19

    Regular price: $22.71

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