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    • The Great Gatsby

    • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,146

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

    • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • By: Harper Lee
    • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 26,049
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23,548
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 23,484

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A gift to be treasured

    • By David Shear on 07-09-14

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Call of the Wild

    • By: Jack London
    • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
    • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 739
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 675
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 675

    Rediscover one of literature’s most beloved classics, richly reissued in a pivotal new audio recording. Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange Is the New Black) delivers a stirring performance of Jack London’s fierce yet tender tale of loyalty between man and beast, told from the point of view of a dog.    

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Call of the Wild

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-18-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Fahrenheit 451

    • By: Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,847
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,835

    Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

    • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Haunting of Hill House

    • By: Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,303
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,924
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,931

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well written horror tale

    • By Crystal on 02-11-14

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Moby-Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,074
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,529
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,547

    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: $13.96

    • Catch-22

    • By: Joseph Heller
    • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
    • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 876
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 808
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 811

    Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy - it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch-22.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Anyone who wants to fly combat missions is crazy!

    • By David on 12-19-17

    Regular price: $28.34

    • Atlas Shrugged

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,709
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,229

    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

    • 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 5,106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,515
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,500

    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
    • The reader alone is worth it

    • By Jenny on 10-24-11

    Regular price: $16.80

    • East of Eden

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,703
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6,963
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,977

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why have I avoided this Beautiful Book???

    • By Kelly on 03-25-17

    Regular price: $45.50

    • The Grapes of Wrath

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
    • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,579
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,926
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,919

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

    • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

    Regular price: $42.00

    • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • By: Mark Twain
    • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,863
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,978
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,950

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterful Narration

    • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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 6,233
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,184
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,169

    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

    • Parker: Selected Stories

    • By: Dorothy Parker
    • Narrated by: Elaine Stritch
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Dorothy Parker's quips and light verse have embedded themselves in the American literary landscape, but it was her prose that proved her star and demonstrated her talent as extending far beyond her time. In her fiction, she not only brought to life the urban milieu that was her bailiwick, but lay bare the uncertainties of ordinary people living ordinary lives, all told in her unflinching and deeply personal voice. In these selected stories, read for you by Elaine Stritch, we have the chance to draw upon her insight into the social and emotional realities of human nature.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good/very depressing

    • By Rodney Wines on 11-26-18

    Regular price: $14.00

    • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • By: Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,089
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,053
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,066

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Mountains of Spain

    • By Anonymous User on 01-12-09

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Fountainhead

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,787
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,986
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,013

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Fountainhead

    • By Zachary on 06-04-10

    Regular price: $31.47

    • 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 9,010
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,463
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7,487

    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

    • Invisible Man

    • A Novel
    • By: Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated by: Joe Morton
    • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,548
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5,549

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

    • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Alas, Babylon

    • By: Pat Frank
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,545
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,084
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,078

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Timeless

    • By Celeste Albers on 05-24-17

    Regular price: $24.05

    • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • By: L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,610
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,986
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,959

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Just wonderful.

    • By WhosYourChubby on 08-29-16

    Regular price: $14.95

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