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    • The Hobbit

    • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40,939
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36,972
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 37,180

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finally! Thank you Audible!

    • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Fellowship of the Ring

    • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
    • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35,561
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32,543
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32,628

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • At last - The Definitive Recording!

    • By L. N. on 10-10-12

    Regular price: $38.49

    • 1984

    • New Classic Edition
    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23,804
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,692
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,719

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Come one, Come all into 1984!

    • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08
    • New Classic Edition
    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Release date: 12-31-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 23,804 ratings

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Two Towers

    • Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25,759
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23,411
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 23,474

    The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thank goodness - finally

    • By John on 11-05-12

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Return of the King

    • Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
    • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15,783
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14,536
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14,638

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Audio book chapters are in the wrong order!!!!

    • By LJ on 11-04-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Brave New World

    • By: Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated by: Michael York
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15,722
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13,792
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13,843

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

    • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Lord of the Flies

    • By: William Golding
    • Narrated by: William Golding
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,381
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,467
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,460

    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    • out of 5 stars
    • classic

    • By Randall on 04-25-09

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Pride and Prejudice

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13,665
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12,477
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12,419

    One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Truth Universally Acknowledged

    • By Gretchen SLP on 12-10-15

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    • Animal Farm

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,668
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,673

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last.

    • By Dusty on 02-18-11

    Regular price: $10.46

    • The Screwtape Letters

    • By: C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,968
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,599
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,616

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One to Read Again and Again

    • By E. Pearson on 12-31-11

    Regular price: $12.57

    • Emma

    • An Audible Original Drama
    • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
    • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,082
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,079
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,000

    This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

    • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

    Regular price: $9.95

    • 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 14,015
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,957
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,969

    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

    • Frankenstein

    • By: Mary Shelley
    • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,080
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,699
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,683

    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

    • Watership Down

    • By: Richard Adams
    • Narrated by: Peter Capaldi
    • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 139

    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

    • 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 5,114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,456
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,508

    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

    • Treasure Island

    • An Audible Original Drama
    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
    • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,351
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,335

    Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A reflective adventure

    • By Tad Davis on 09-12-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Screwtape Letters

    • By: C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated by: Joss Ackland
    • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,709
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,347
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,346

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deep! Very intriuguing!!! Wonderful Listen!

    • By Goose on 09-30-13

    Regular price: $20.52

    • Rebecca

    • By: Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated by: Anna Massey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,161
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,843
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,831

    The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How have I lived 52 years without reading this?

    • By jjjjordan on 09-26-17

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Wuthering Heights

    • An Audible Exclusive Performance
    • By: Emily Brontë, Ann Dinsdale - introduction
    • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt, Rachel Atkins - introduction
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 639
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 598
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 598

    The unapologetic intensity with which Emily Brontë wrote this story ensures that it will forever be considered one of the greatest works of English literature. A passionate tale of a chaotic and often violent love, Wuthering Heights transcends your average romance and, with its Gothic undertones, takes the listener on a journey through one man's lustful hunt for revenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Almost Peerless

    • By Brad Simkulet on 02-04-18

    Regular price: $26.64

    • Sense and Sensibility

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,047
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035

    In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility. In this timeless tale of misguided romance and heartbreak, two teenage heroines must overcome the pitfalls of Georgian England’s high society in order to achieve the love and happiness they seek. The admiration that Pike has for Austen’s work is shown clearly through this passionate delivery of Austen’s first published novel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stellar Performance Elevates Austen’s Work

    • By Gretchen SLP on 10-09-18

    Regular price: $24.95

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