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    • A Literary Christmas

    • By: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 371
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 329

    Read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow, A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology that collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new - from John Donne’s Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Rudyard Kipling’s "Christmas in India", from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to Laurie Lee’s "Cider with Rosie".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Marvelous, with one very avoidable flaw

    • By Conguirk on 12-03-14

    Regular price: $7.22

    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

    Tess Durbeyfield has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature. Betrayed by the two men in her life - Alec D’Urberville, her seducer/rapist and father of her fated child; and Angel, her intellectual and pious husband - Tess takes justice, and her own destiny, into her delicate hands. In telling her desperate and passionate story, Hardy brings Tess to life with an extraordinary vividness that makes her live in the heart of the reader long after the novel is concluded.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Davina Porter Does It Again!

    • By misaki on 06-15-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Return of the Native

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 850
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 776
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 754

    Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Always Hardy

    • By Wallen on 04-20-11

    Regular price: $24.51

    • The World's Best Classic Short Stories

    • By: O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    A glittering collection of some of the world's finest short stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful group of short stories

    • By Ken Larsen on 02-04-15

    Regular price: $54.54

    • The 12 Days of Christmas

    • A Collection of Poetry
    • By: Louise May Alcott, Henry Vaughan, Robert Herrick, and others
    • Narrated by: Simon Cliffe
    • Length: 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Simon Cliffe reads some of the greatest Christmas poems for the 12 days of Christmas. Day 1 - Merry Christmas by Louise May Alcott. Day 2 - Christ's Nativity by Henry Vaughan. Day 3 - Ceremonies for Christmas by Robert Herrick. Day 4 - New Prince, New Pomp by Robert Southwell. Day 5 - Christmas Cheer by Thomas Tusser. Day 6 - Ring Out, Wild Bells by Lor Alfred Tennyson. Day 7 - The Oxen by Thomas Hardy. Day 8 - Nativity by John Donne. Day 9 - A Christmas Carol by G.K. Chesterton.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well-narrated Christmas poetry

    • By EmilyK on 02-16-16

    Regular price: $2.07

    • Far From the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

    In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Country tales and voices.

    • By Judyth on 01-07-15

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Short Stories: The Vintage Collection

    • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saki, Thomas Hardy, and others
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Hugh Laurie, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 68

    The fifth volume in CSA Word's massively popular complete and unabridged ‘Short Stories’ collection is bound to please. With something for everyone this collection of classic stories read by only the best-suited and most established readers will delight the ears as a vintage wine excites the gullet; The Vintage Collection is audible gold. Features eye-catching typographical series design.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb Collection and Production

    • By andrew on 07-14-12

    Regular price: $13.42

    • Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to redeem himself. In time, he becomes a respected merchant and eventually the mayor of the town. But Fate is not to be so easily appeased, and Henchard finds his past actions resonate through and destroy his plans for the future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Tad Davis on 12-17-10

    Regular price: $44.09

    • Jude the Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Brian Hall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    One of Jude Fawley's ambitions in life is a university education, but his dreams come crashing down around him when he is forced into marriage with Arabella. The marriage doesn't last long before his new bride abandons him for a different life. Left with nothing more than his broken dreams, Jude moves to the city of Christminster, where he finds work as a stonemason.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Don't read this.

    • By Anonymous User on 08-30-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

    Regular price: $0.94

    • A Group of Noble Dames

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Nigel Graham
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    A Group of Noble Dames is an 1891 collection of short stories by great English novelist Thomas Hardy. The ten stories focus on "store of ladies, whose bright eyes rain influence". Hardy delves into the hidden depths of country families to reveal what went on behind the scenes.

    Regular price: $8.25

    • The Richard Burton Poetry Collection

    • By: Samuel Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, John Donne
    • Narrated by: Richard Burton
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    Richard Burton reads from Hardy and Donne, and performs a wonderful unabridged version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (along with Robert Hardy and John Neville).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A truly great voice reading some excellent poems

    • By Jamie Milton Freestone on 02-11-12

    Regular price: $9.69

    • Jude The Obscure

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 74

    This is the story of a young country workman obsessed by his ambition to become an Oxford student, interwoven with his fraught relationships with two women.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Staggering

    • By Tad Davis on 02-16-10

    Regular price: $21.68

    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 270
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 236

    Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family's fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d'Urbervilles. But Alec d'Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable. When Tess meets Angel Clare, she is offered true love and happiness, but her past catches up with her and she faces an agonizing moral choice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful and Heartbreaking

    • By Ilana on 11-04-12

    Regular price: $25.19

    • Winter

    • A Season In Verse
    • By: Thomas Hardy, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, and others
    • Narrated by: Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    At this time of the year, as the nights close in and the temperature drops, winter seems like a season that nobody really enjoys, and we look forward all the more to spring. For many children, however, it is the bounty of Christmas that steals their attention, and for others the renewal of the New Year. But for Nature it is a pause for breath, to take stock of what has gone by in the year to date and ready herself for the energies and dramatic development to the landscape that spring will bring.

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Under the Greenwood Tree

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Margaret Hilton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Structured to mirror the seasons of the year, this bright, cheerful story recounts the adventures of the Mellstock rustics - Dick Dewy and Fancy Day, Leaf the simpleton, Penney the shoemaker, the lovers, and others - with an Arcadian, tranquil, timelessness. This was the author's second novel, and is the only Hardy novel whose story is not touched by tragedy.

    Regular price: $23.07

    • A Literary Love Affair

    • By: William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, and others
    • Narrated by: Natalie Thomas, Benjamin O’Mahony
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    This anthology looks back over some of the great love affairs of literary history. It includes readings of poetry, letters and scenes from fiction written by British poets and authors from Shakespearian times to the twentieth century. Here are real-life romantic couples, such as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats and Fanny Brawne, Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb, Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply Amazing!

    • By Ijeoma on 01-23-17

    Regular price: $7.22

    • The Classical Poetry Collection, Volume 3

    • By: John Keats, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, and others
    • Narrated by: Ralph Richardson, Richard Burton, Dylan Thomas, and others
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    The finest voices reading a wonderful selection of poetry accompanied by selected classical music.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • excellent in every way except for background music

    • By Oakleafhydrangea on 04-05-16

    Regular price: $9.39

    • The Well-Beloved

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Set on the Isle of Slingers, this novel follows the exploits of Jocelyn Pierston, a sculptor who falls in love successively with three generations of island women, seeking female perfection, just as he strives to realise the ideal woman in stone.

    Regular price: $15.17

    • Richard Burton Poetry Collection : Volume 2

    • By: William Shakespeare, John Donne, Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Richard Burton
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Distinguished actor and six-time Academy Award nominee Richard Burton reads a selection of his favourite poetry. Volume 2 in this dramatic audiobook series includes selections from William Shakespeare, John Donne, and Thomas Hardy....

    Regular price: $9.69

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