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  • Journey to the West | Wu Cheng'en,Christine Sun

    Journey to the West

    • ABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Wu Cheng'en, Christine Sun
    • Narrated By Michelle Tate
    Overall
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    Journey to the West is one of the Chinese Noble Classics.

    In ancient China a magical monkey appears, creating chaos everywhere he goes. The only way to put his tricks and talents to good use is to make him protector of Xuanzang, a young and handsome monk determined to travel from China to India in search of precious scriptures. Monkey and his fellow disciples, Piggy and Sandy, have to protect Xuanzang from monsters and demons who think they can live forever just by taking bites out of the monk.

    Joshua Ostrewich says: "mediocre"
  • Inferno | Dante Alighieri,Isabel Coe

    Inferno

    • ABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Isabel Coe
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
    Overall
    (34)
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    (31)
    Story
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    "Abandon hope all ye who enter here." Dante, our young, naive hero, has woken from a deep sleep to find himself in a cold, dark wood. Before he can begin to work out where he is, his path is blocked by a leopard, a lion, and a she-wolf. Things get worse from there, and our pilgrim finds himself on a journey through the very depths of hell. Why is he there, and will he ever make it out alive?

    Jason Zimmerman says: "Great Story, Great Narrator. Too short."
  • The Three Kingdoms | Luo Guanzhong,Christine Sun

    The Three Kingdoms

    • ABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Luo Guanzhong, Christine Sun
    • Narrated By Michelle Tate
    Overall
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    The Three Kingdoms is one of the Chinese Noble Classics. The great empire of China is in turmoil. As the government becomes increasingly incompetent, warlords and nobles battle for power. In the north is the Kingdom of Wei, headed by cunning and manipulative Cao Cao. In the southeast is the Kingdom of Wu, ruled by masterful and charismatic Sun Quan. In the west is the Kingdom of Shu, commanded by kindhearted and humble Liu Bei.

    Steven Shaw says: "Too short"
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (Adaptation) | Erich Maria Remarque,Tony Evans

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
    Overall
    (5)
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    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    "There is a whistling sound behind us. Shells pass overhead and explode in a sheet of flame a hundred meters away." When Paul Büumer and his classmates join the army, nothing has prepared them for the death and destruction they witness. Machine guns, huge artillery shells, and poison gas create a nightmare world for these young men and their older comrades. For months and years, attack is followed by counterattack.

  • Dream of the Red Chamber | Cao Xuiqin,Christine Sun

    Dream of the Red Chamber

    • ABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Cao Xuiqin, Christine Sun
    • Narrated By Michelle Tate
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the Chinese Noble Classics.

    Baoyu has always believed that he will marry his childhood sweetheart, Daiyu. Daiyu is beautiful and talented, very sensitive, and physically fragile. It is a huge shock to him when he learns that his parents instead want him to marry Baochai, a healthy and considerate girl. Baoyu’s family is fast losing its fame and fortune.

    Gloria Chunn says: "A lot left out."
  • The Water Margin | Shi Naian,Christine Sun

    The Water Margin

    • ABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Shi Naian, Christine Sun
    • Narrated By Michelle Tate
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    (12)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    Although Song Jiang is only a lowly local government official, he is loyal to the emperor and kind to all the citizens in his care. But Song is in trouble. A series of unfortunate incidents have led to him being arrested, and his political enemies are keen to see him sentenced to death. There is still hope, however. One hundred and eight brave bandits from Mount Liang have heard of Song’s good name and are willing to rescue him as long as Song will lead them in rebelling against the corrupt government.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare's Plays Accessible to Children | William Shakespeare,Helen Street (adaptation)

    A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare's Plays Accessible to Children

    • ABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Helen Street (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Helen Street
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    A retelling of Shakespeare's most famous comedy, made accessible to younger listeners but still true to the Bard's verse and vocabulary. Mischief is in the air when the King and Queen of the Fairies quarrel, and Puck is left in charge of the love potion. Four young people are lost in the woods on midsummer's night. Will they find each other and true love, or will Puck's meddling leave them broken hearted and alone?

    DANAandCREW says: "Audible voice acting is superb!"
  • The Heart of Midlothian (Adaptation) | Walter Scott,Margaret Elphinstone

    The Heart of Midlothian (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Walter Scott, Margaret Elphinstone
    • Narrated By Gavin Wilson
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    (1)

    Edinburgh, 1736. In the town’s grim prison, the Heart of Midlothian, two prisoners await execution. Captain Porteous of the Town Guard has been sentenced to death for ordering his soldiers to open fire on Edinburgh citizens. He hopes for reprieve. The people want revenge. Effie Deans, wrongly accused of killing her newborn baby, will die unless her sister, Jeanie, tells a lie. Jeanie, determined to save her sister, makes a terrifying journey as Effie’s life hangs in the balance.

  • The Sign of the Four | Arthur Conan Doyle,Tony Evans

    The Sign of the Four

    • ABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    When Miss Mary Morstan is invited to meet a secretive stranger, she asks Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson to help her.

    Captain Morstan has disappeared from his hotel without a trace. Should Miss Morstan dare to hope that her father is still alive?

    What horrible scene awaits the famous detective and his friend when they break down the door to Bartholomew Sholto’s attic room? Who is the man with the wooden leg, and why is he so full of bitterness and hatred?

  • The Odyssey (Adaptation) |  Homer,Beatrice Sampatakou - adaptation

    The Odyssey (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Homer, Beatrice Sampatakou - adaptation
    • Narrated By Jonathan Vickers
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    (1)
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    After ten long years of war and the fall of Troy, Greek hero Odysseus sets sail for his homeland. His voyage, however, is destined to take much longer than he expects. During his eventful journey, Odysseus comes across all sorts of monsters and mythical creatures and loses his ships and crew. When he finally reaches his beloved island, he finds his queen besieged by suitors who claim his throne. What tricks will Penelope resort to in her effort to avoid them?

  • Emma: An Accurate Retelling of Jane Austen's Timeless Classic | Jane Austen,Gill Tavner

    Emma: An Accurate Retelling of Jane Austen's Timeless Classic

    • ABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Gill Tavner
    • Narrated By Sally Lewis
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    Emma is one of a series of retellings of classic literature by publishers Real Reads. True to the original plot, characters and themes, Real Reads also imitate the original author's style. An intelligent, lively and enjoyable retelling of this classic story."I must warn you that you might guess twenty things without being correct.

  • A Christmas Carol: An Accurate Retelling of Charles Dickens' Timeless Classic | Charles Dickens,Gill Tavner

    A Christmas Carol: An Accurate Retelling of Charles Dickens' Timeless Classic

    • ABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Gill Tavner
    • Narrated By Graham Bill
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    A Christmas Carol is one of a series of retellings of classic literature by publisher Real Reads. True to the original plot, characters and themes, Real Reads also imitate the the original author's style. An intelligent, lively and enjoyable introduction to this classic and much-loved Christmas tale.Miserable old Ebeneezer Scrooge hates Christmas. Can somebody so selfish, so harsh and so horribly lonely ever change his ways? In one terrifying night, poor Scrooge is haunted by four ghosts.

    Kurt says: "Why Change the Story??"
  • The Mill on the Floss | George Eliot,Gill Tavner

    The Mill on the Floss

    • ABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By George Eliot, Gill Tavner
    • Narrated By Sally Lewis
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    Why is this feeling of regret so familiar to her? Why must she always wish she had done something different? Maggie Tulliver and her brother, Tom, grow up in the mill on the River Floss. Although Maggie adores Tom, she often finds him cruel and cold. All she wants is for life to be full and warm.The Tulliver family’s traditional way of living is threatened by changes beyond their control. Will the educated world of lawyers and lawsuits destroy what generations have enjoyed?

  • The Iliad (Adaptation) |  Homer,Beatrice Sampatakou - adaptation

    The Iliad (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Homer, Beatrice Sampatakou - adaptation
    • Narrated By Jonathan Vickers
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    (1)
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    (0)
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    (1)

    It is the ninth year of the Greeks' siege of Troy. Will the fighting go on forever? Achilles, the greatest of Greek heroes, is angered by Agamemnon and decides to withdraw from the battle. What is the reason for his wrath? Is there anything that will make him change his mind and return to the battlefield? Both armies have suffered tremendous losses, and the long war seems to be heading towards a stalemate.

  • Romeo and Juliet: Shakepeare's Plays Made Accessible for Children | William Shakespeare,Helen Street (adaptation)

    Romeo and Juliet: Shakepeare's Plays Made Accessible for Children

    • ABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Helen Street (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy made accessible as drama for younger listeners whilst remaining true to the Bard's verse and vocabulary. What could be worse than falling in love with your enemy? Romeo Montague thinks he's in love until he meets Juliet Capulet. With her, he discovers what true love really feels like. But their two families are bitter rivals, and no one must know about their secret passion. When Romeo kills Juliet's cousin in a brawl, their hopes of happiness seem doomed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not so child friendly"
  • Frankenstein (Adaptation) | Mary Shelley,Gill Tavner

    Frankenstein (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley, Gill Tavner
    • Narrated By Patrick Howell, Rob Penman
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    "You must hear my tale. You must hear my terrible, terrible tale." Committed to the deadly pursuit of the monster he created, Victor Frankenstein tells his chilling story. It all began with a desire to help mankind, but where will it end? Frankenstein leads us through vast mountainous landscapes and over frozen seas. Can he stop the fiend’s murderous course? Is he prepared to do what the monster demands? The reader will be shocked and surprised. Is the monster as evil as he seems?

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Victor Hugo,Tony Evans

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    • ABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Peter Cluer
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    A frightful horde of men and women, armed with scythes, pikes, billhooks, and rusty swords, advance towards the massive front doors of Notre Dame Cathedral. For many years Quasimodo the bellringer has lived peacefully in the cathedral with his master, Archdeacon Claude Frollo. But the arrival of Esmeralda, the young and dazzlingly beautiful gypsy dancer, changes everything. Esmeralda has fallen in love with the brave and handsome Captain Phoebus.

  • Sense and Sensibility: An Accurate Retelling of Jane Austen's Timeless Classic | Jane Austen,Gill Tavner

    Sense and Sensibility: An Accurate Retelling of Jane Austen's Timeless Classic

    • ABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Gill Tavner
    • Narrated By Melanie Palmer
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    Sense and Sensibility is one of a series of retellings of classic literature by publisher Real Reads. True to the original plot, characters and themes, Real Reads also imitate the original author's style. An intelligent, lively and enjoyable introduction to this classic tale.Mraianne is ablaze with fire and passion.; Elinor keeps her own heat under control.Marianne seeks a man who shares her eager spirit; Elinor is in love with the polite, considerate Edward Ferrars.

  • The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers,Tony Evans

    The Riddle of the Sands

    • ABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Erskine Childers, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
    Overall
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    (2)
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    (2)

    "It seems pretty clear to me that sooner or later we’ll be at war with Germany, whether we like it or not."

    Carruthers is looking forward to a relaxing holiday when he sets off for the Baltic Sea. Instead he finds himself at the centre of a complicated and deadly plot. Will Carruthers and his friend, Arthur Davies, discover why the sinister and mysterious Herr Dollman is so interested in their little yacht, the Dulcibella? What does Clara Dollman know about her father’s plans?

    Katherine Herrin says: "Excellently written and narrated"
  • Mansfield Park: An Accurate Retelling of Jane Austen's Timeless Classic | Jane Austen,Gill Tavner

    Mansfield Park: An Accurate Retelling of Jane Austen's Timeless Classic

    • ABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Gill Tavner
    • Narrated By Sally Lewis
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    Mansfield Park is one of a series ofretellings of classic literature by publisher Real Reads. True to the original plot, characters and themes, Real Reads also imitate the original author's style. An intelligent, lively and enjoyable introduction to this classic tale."Your little cousin cannot help being dull and stupid."At the tender age of ten, Fanny Price moves from her poor family home to live with her wealthy cousins at mansfield park. Settling into this proud family is only the first of many challenges she will have to face.

    Margot says: "BIG Mistake"
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