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    • Pride and Prejudice

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Libby Stephenson, Elizabeth Chambers, Ben Lindsey-Clark, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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      4 out of 5 stars 44
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      5 out of 5 stars 42

    Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's classic comic romance, in which the five Bennet sisters try to find that most elusive creature: a single man in possession of a large fortune. Sparks fly when sweet, pretty Jane meets their new neighbor, Mr. Bingley, but her sister Elizabeth is offended by his haughty friend, Mr. Darcy. This is Jane Austen at the height of her powers, complete with ironic narration, hilariously drawn supporting characters, and romantic suspense.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely Enjoyable

    • By Erica Ferguson on 04-13-18

    Regular price: $22.84

    • Persuasion

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Linda Barrans, P. J. Morgan, David Prickett, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Persuasion has certain similarities with Emma, another late novel by Jane Austen. In both stories, the heroine is a young woman who lives with her widowed father, and who has an enduring attachment to her eventual spouse from the opening of the action. Persuasion also incorporates certain elements common to Austen's earlier novels, such as characters from the military, visits to Bath and calculating and cynical suitors. In the end, Anne Elliot successfully combats the destructive vanity of her father and the machinations of her villainous cousin William.

    Regular price: $18.56

    • Hippolytus

    • By: Bob Gonzalez - translator, Euripides
    • Narrated by: P. J. Morgan, Linda Barrans, Russell Gold, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Euripides (c. 480-406 B.C.E.) is the author of eighteen extant plays and many more only surviving in fragments. He is the youngest of the three great Athenian tragedians with Aeschylus and Sophocles. Hippolytus, bastard son of Theseus and the Amazon Hippolyta, has sworn chaste allegiance to the goddess Artemis, thus severely offending the goddess Aphrodite by failing to revere her. Aphrodite swears revenge and promises that he will die before the day is done, taking with him Queen Phaedra, wife of Theseus.

    Regular price: $8.55

    • A Book of Nonsense

    • By: Edward Lear
    • Narrated by: Linda Barrans
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is probably no surprise that Edward Lear felt the need to make children laugh. He was born in 1812 in North London, youngest-but-one of 21 children. Money problems led to his leaving home at the age of four with an older sister, who looked after him as a mother until she died.

    Regular price: $7.13

    • The Cherry Orchard

    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett, Amanda Friday, Elizabeth Chambers, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    The Cherry Orchard is Chekhov's final play, first performed in 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre and directed by Konstantin Stanislavski. It takes place on the Ranevsky family's country estate, which boasts a large cherry orchard that is in bloom as the play opens. The family is gathering at the estate for a reunion but also to decide how to handle their debts, which have reached a crisis point.

    Regular price: $9.99

    • Uncle Vanya

    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Ron Altman, Elizabeth Klett, Elizabeth Chambers, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Uncle Vanya is Anton Chekhov's 1902 tragicomedy focusing on the romantic entanglements of the residents of a declining country estate. Vanya loves Helena, the unhappily married wife of aged professor Serebrakoff. Sonia loves Dr. Astroff, but he's more interested in Helena. Serebrakoff loves only himself and is idealized by Vanya's mother, who believes him to be a genius.

    Regular price: $8.55

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Linda Barrans
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    "In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses above a certain rent are women." This is how our guide and narrator, Mary Smith, introduces us to the small English country town of Cranford. Young, modern Mary gives us her Austen-like view of small-town customs, Victorian values, decorum, and etiquette. Mary gives us a charming, sometimes gently mocking comedy of manners.

    Regular price: $17.13

    • Lady Windermere's Fan

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Noel Badrian, Linda Barrans, Tiffany Halla Colonna, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Passion and intrigue among the upper classes form the basis of Lady Windermere's Fan, Oscar Wilde's first successful play, which displays his trademark wit and wisdom. Beautiful and innocent Lady Windermere finds out that her husband has been keeping company with the scandalous and mysterious Mrs. Erlynne. Her discovery unleashes a host of tensions at her 21st birthday party, where London's elite have gathered to gossip.

    Regular price: $8.55

    • Cautionary Tales for Children

    • By: Hilaire Belloc
    • Narrated by: Linda Barrans
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The Victorians had a fondness for scaring their offspring straight with cautionary tales - moral stories featuring children who misbehaved and suffered the consequences. Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales are a parody of the Victorian moral fables: irresistible, irreverent and downright jolly.

    Regular price: $7.13

    • Four One-Act Plays

    • By: Louis Esson
    • Narrated by: Linda Barrans, David Prickett, Peter Tucker, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Louis Esson is considered to be the first great Australian dramatist. As with most of his work, these four plays depict life from the view of the common man and provide vivid presentations of life, both urban and rural, in Australia before the First World War.

    Regular price: $8.55

    • Four Plays

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Linda Barrans, Amanda Friday, Elizabeth Klett, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    This collection contains Oscar Wilde's four best-known comedies: The Importance of Being Earnest; Lady Windermere's Fan; An Ideal Husband; and A Woman of No Importance. All of them satirize upper-class English society of the 1890s, dramatizing scandalous secrets, political and marital intrigue, and dandyish bad behavior with Wilde's trademark wit and wisdom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic voice performance!

    • By Kristina Hernandez on 11-05-17

    Regular price: $19.99

    • An Ideal Husband

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Alan Weyman, Amanda Friday, Ben Lindsey-Clark, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      3 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedy by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. The action is set in London, and takes place over the course of 24 hours.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Atrocious voicing of Robert

    • By Anonymous User on 03-01-18

    Regular price: $9.99

    • A Woman of No Importance

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Ben Lindsey-Clark, David Prickett, Erin Louttit, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    A Woman of No Importance takes place in a 24-hour period during a house party hosted by Lady Hunstanton at her country estate. The upper echelons of English society mix, mingle and flirt, including Lady Caroline Pontefract (who is on her fourth husband), the witty and ironic Mrs. Allonby and the dandyish Lord Illingworth. Wilde balances these worldly characters with a visiting young American woman, Hester Worsley.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect performance of a very interesting play.

    • By Elaine on 05-23-17

    Regular price: $9.99

    • Twelve Stories of Christmas

    • By: J. S. Redfield, L. M. Montgomery, Richmal Crompton, and others
    • Narrated by: Michelle Marie Jeanmard, Denis Daly, Linda Barrans, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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    Listeners are invited to sit back and enjoy this collection of classic Yuletide tales....

    Regular price: $14.27

    • The Nose

    • By: Nikolai Gogol, Claud Field
    • Narrated by: Susan Iannucci, Ben Stevens, Linda Barrans, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Gogol's phantasmagorical tale about a man whose nose decides to abscond and begin living a life of its own is one of the earliest and most celebrated examples of absurdist literature. Apart from its recondite humor, it is remarkable for Gogol's skill in characterization and his ability to paint a picture of contemporary life in Russia in a few verbal brushstrokes.

    Regular price: $8.55

    • Macbeth

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Phil Benson, Jeff Moon, Bob Neufeld, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    At the center of each of the four great Shakespearean tragedies - Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello - is a powerful figure who is led to destruction by a fatal character flaw. In the case of Macbeth it is ambition. Initially a valiant warrior, and staunch servant of his regal overlord Duncan, Macbeth succumbs to the lure of absolute political domination, which leads to murder, revolt, and comprehensive defeat.

    Regular price: $9.99

    • The Seagull

    • By: Anton Chekhov, George Calderon - translator
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett, Andy Harrington, Ron Altman, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    The Seagull is Anton Chekhov's first major play, originally produced in 1896. It dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arcadina, and her son, the symbolist playwright Constantine Treplef.

    Regular price: $9.99

    • Incompatibility of Temper

    • By: Alexander Ostrovsky, Ethyl Voynich
    • Narrated by: Marty Kryz, Linda Barrans, Jennifer Fournier, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Despite its patina of humor, the work is a merciless exposé of the commercial middle class dishonesty, and the convenient immorality hiding behind social conventions, which are characteristic of a developing urban society. The most noble character, Serafima, is a compelling mixture of naïveté, whimsicality, sentimentality, and obstinate practicality - one of the finest character portraits in Russian drama.

    Regular price: $8.55

    • Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Leanne Yau, Glenn Hascall, Linda Barrans, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Franz Kafka was one of the first and greatest masters of dystopian literature. In his bleak world view, man is presented as helpless and ineffectual, his destiny determined by distant, obscure and essentially unfriendly agencies. In none of his works is this savage and unreasoning enslavement presented more vividly than in Metamorphosis, a novella in which Gregor Samsa, a respectable employee and dutiful son, wakes to find himself transformed into a gigantic insect.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Metamorphosis

    • By Deedra on 07-11-17

    Regular price: $9.99

    • The Reading Chamber

    • By: Glenn Hascall
    • Narrated by: Richard Andrews, K G Cross, Ben Stevens, and others
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Jack Carlisle is driving through an unnamed town when he spots lights on at the library. Needing a break, Jack stops only to begin a strange journey requiring him to make choices that lead to unexpected consequences.

    Regular price: $7.13

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