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  • A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf

    A Room of One's Own

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Required reading for literary critics, feminists,"
  • On the Origin of Species | Charles Darwin

    On the Origin of Species

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins
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    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    M says: "A Perfect Abridgement"
  • Short Stories: The Vintage Collection | F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saki,Thomas Hardy,Kate Chopin,James Thurber,P. G. Wodehouse

    Short Stories: The Vintage Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saki, Thomas Hardy, and others
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Martin Jarvis, Hugh Laurie, and others
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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    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.

    andrew says: "Superb Collection and Production"
  • Our Man in Havana | Graham Greene

    Our Man in Havana

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
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    In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

    Boston Harbor says: "Kill the music"
  • Candide |  Voltaire

    Candide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
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    Story
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    Candide and his tutor Pangloss travel the globe trying to follow the philosophy "All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds". However, they are stung and let down at every turn, being robbed, tortured, and ridiculed, amongst other trials. On hearing about their often disasterous travels, a listener feels unfortunately less than empathetic, and can't help themselves laughing out loud at this very funny account of the trail our optimistic travellers take.

    Kaui says: "WONDERFUL"
  • Carry On, Jeeves | P. G. Wodehouse

    Carry On, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
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    Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever-popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: "Jeeves Takes Charge", "Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest", "The Artistic Career of Corky", "The Aunt and the Sluggard", "Clustering Round Young Bingo", "Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg", and "The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy".

    Eunique says: "A great introduction to Jeeves"
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (Unabridged) | P. G. Wodehouse

    The Inimitable Jeeves (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
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    The first volume of Wodehouse's brilliant complete and unabridged short stories. Originally a semi-novel, this version contains self-contained stories which are nonetheless linked, often by Bingo Little, an endearingly hopeless chap and a serial romancer.

    Stephen T. Hamner says: "Best Jeeves audio book I've read!"
  • Dante's Inferno (Dramatised) | Dante Alighieri

    Dante's Inferno (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (49 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Corin Redgrave
    Overall
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    This original and refreshingly different dramatisation follows Dante, "lost in a dark wood", who is met by Virgil, who takes him on a tour of the underworld: a place he could end up if he decides to take his own life. Corin Redgrave is the voice of Dante.

    Kathleen says: "Gripping, intriguing - I wanted more!"
  • A High Wind in Jamaica | Richard Hughes

    A High Wind in Jamaica

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Hughes
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Set in the 19th century against a backdrop of island life and the vast surrounding seas, A High Wind in Jamaica is the gripping story of the Bas-Thornton children, whose parents send them back to England following a hurricane in the postcolonial Caribbean they call home. Having set sail, the children quickly fall into the hands of pirates. As their voyage continues, things take an awful turn

    Dan Harlow says: "One of my favorite novels"
  • Casanova | Giacomo Casanova

    Casanova

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Giacomo Casanova
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
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    The first part of the Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova, a special film tie-in version. The film, starring Heath Ledger as Casanova with Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, will be released in UK February 2006.

    Siobhan says: "Abridged?! No!"
  • Goodbye to All That | Robert Graves

    Goodbye to All That

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
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    A famous autobiographical account of life as a young soldier in the first World War trenches. Robert Graves, who went on to write I, Claudius, has given to posterity here one of the all-time great insights into the experience of war.

    Jean says: "Moving"
  • The Third Man | Graham Greene

    The Third Man

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    The Third Man is one of the truly great post-war films. It's a thrilling story of black-marketeering set against a backdrop of Vienna in the immediate post-war era, when the city was divided into four zones amongst the major powers: Russia, Britain, France, and America.

    Gurth W. says: "excellent narration"
  • The Count of Monte Cristo [Abridged] | Alexandre Dumas

    The Count of Monte Cristo [Abridged]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
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    An epic literary adventure considered a classic around the world. The story centers around Edmond Dantes, a young sailor who finds himself arrested, accused of treason, and relegated to the bowls of the island fortress of Chateau d'If, all on his wedding day. The ensuing drama of his escape, revenge, and quest for the treasure of Monte Cristo is one reread by thousands every year.

    kathy says: "Entertaining performance"
  • A Passage To India | E M Forster

    A Passage To India

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E M Forster
    • Narrated By Meera Syal
    Overall
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    Adela Quested travels to India with her chaperone Mrs Moore, on the premise of deciding whether to marry Mrs Moore's son Ronny Heaslop, the city magistrate. Finding her India very disappointingly English, Adela jumps at the chance the two women are given to travel to the distant Marabar caves with Aziz, a charismatic young Indian Doctor. When Adela is subjected to an attempted assault in one of the caves, Dr. Aziz is arrested and tried in court.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good listen!"
  • Animal Farm | George Orwell

    Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

    Matthew says: "Essential"
  • Flush | Virginia Woolf

    Flush

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    Overall
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    One of the most famous of all literary dogs, Flush was the golden cocker spaniel belonging to Elizabeth Barrett. In this charming and heartfelt biography, Viginia Woolf tells his story: his early days as Miss Mitford's puppy running across the fields in wild abandon and fathering another, then the years spent in his invalid mistress' bedroom in Wimpole Street.

    Aaron Elliott says: "More of Woman's Best Friend"
  • Goodbye Mr Chips | James Hilton

    Goodbye Mr Chips

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By James Hilton
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    Mr Chipping, classics master at Brookfield school since 1870 - an old man - is reflecting upon his life in education. This cleverly and touchingly woven story intertwines a heart-wrenching and joyful romance with Mr Chipping's life as a teacher and the highs and lows that he has experienced in that capacity.

    Andrea says: "A Sweet Old Story"
  • Vile Bodies | Evelyn Waugh

    Vile Bodies

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox, Tobias Menzies, Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
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    (25)
    Story
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    A unique three-person reading. Vile Bodies is both a celebration of the hedonism of the young and a warning to those who believe that their licence to indulge is infinite and unquestionable.

    A whole host of characters are introduced throughout Waugh's thought-provoking and often highly satirical story, which follows protagonist Adam through the perils and pitfalls of securing his marriage to Nina Blount, his fiancée.

    Nicola says: "oops"
  • I, Claudius | Robert Graves

    I, Claudius

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
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    (105)
    Story
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    The politics of empire-building and the hypocrisies, back-stabbings, and corruptions of Rome's first family come to light. First published in 1934, the book retains a marvelously modern and often comic tone, and is written in the form of Claudius' autobiography. This is gripping stuff, read by one of our finest actors, who also starred as Claudius in the classic television series.

    Mark says: "C"
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Ian Holm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ranks alongside Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dracula as one of the top horror stories to emerge from the late 19th Century. Film and stage adaptations have never been able to fully relate the agony and conflict that permeates the mind of Dr Jekyll, but the audio version read by Ian Holm adds an extra spine-chilling dimension to the original text by Robert Louis Stevenson.

    Tad Davis says: "Chilling (and complete)"
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