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  • Meditations | Marcus Aurelius

    Meditations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
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    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    John J. says: "SO BRILLIANT, I BOUGHT THE HARD COPY...!!"
  • The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
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    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    james says: "This is the one to spend 50 hours listening to!"
  • The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition] | Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Constance Garnett - translator

    The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
    • Narrated By Constantine Gregory
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

    Robert says: "Best "Karamazov" yet."
  • Ulysses | James Joyce

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
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    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Peter Deane says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
  • Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Constantine Gregory
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    A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.

    Timothy says: "A masterpiece"
  • Emma [Naxos] | Jane Austen

    Emma [Naxos]

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
  • The Once and Future King | T. H. White

    The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "People Who Say They are No Good are Always the"
  • War and Peace, Volume 1 | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    A Midwesterner in Jersey says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
  • Middlemarch | George Eliot

    Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    Molly-o says: "Best Audible book ever"
  • A History of Western Philosophy | Bertrand Russell

    A History of Western Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

    Collin says: "The Summary of My Bachelor's Degree"
  • The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come | John Bunyan

    The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Bunyan
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    For 300 years, The Pilgrim's Progress has remained perhaps the best-loved and most read of devotional fictions. In plain yet powerful and moving language, Bunyan tells the story of Christian's struggle to attain salvation and the Gates of Heaven. He must pass through the Slough of Despond, ward off the temptations of Vanity Fair, and fight the monstrous Apollyon. In Part II, his wife and children follow the same path, helped and protected by Great-heart, until for them, too, "the trumpets sound on the other side."

    Adam says: "Two books in one! Terrific narration!"
  • The Lost World | Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Lost World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
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    Here is the precursor to Jurassic Park. Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive, and a group set outs on a dangerous mission to find out more about it.

    Simon Fraser says: "Wit and Drama"
  • Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen

    Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

    Jo says: "Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson"
  • War and Peace, Volume 2 | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Tad Davis says: "A long book, but at least the chapters are short"
  • Persuasion | Jane Austen

    Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
  • Bleak House | Charles Dickens

    Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
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    A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

    Wendy Lohse says: "Ordinary Lives; Extraordinary Circumstances"
  • Far From the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

    Far From the Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jamie Parker
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    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.

    Judyth says: "Country tales and voices."
  • Christmas Stories | Charles Dickens

    Christmas Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    Charles Dickens was a major contributor to the romantic revival of Christmas traditions that occurred in the Victorian era. With their heart, humor and good morals, Dickens' Christmas stories have made the author's name synonymous with the season. Here we present four charming novellas to complete his series that began with "A Christmas Carol", with echoes of sleigh bells throughout. The stories include "The Chimes", "The Cricket on the Hearth", "The Battle of Life", and "The Haunted Man" - the perfect companion for the yearly celebrations.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightful"
  • The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Hope
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    Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

    Ian C Robertson says: "The Very Good Gatsby"
  • The Idiot | Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    The Idiot

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Constantine Gregory
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    Prince Lyov Nikolayevitch Myshkin is one of the great characters in Russian literature. Is he a saint or just naïve? Is he an idealist or, as many in General Epanchin's society feel, an "idiot"? Certainly his return to St. Petersburg after years in a Swiss clinic has a dramatic effect on the beautiful Aglaia, youngest of the Epanchin daughters, and on the charismatic but willful Nastasya Filippovna. As he paints a vivid picture of Russian society, Dostoyevsky shows how principles conflict with emotions - with tragic results.

    David says: "Perplexing, but thought provoking"
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