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Animal Farm Audiobook by George Orwell
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Animal Farm Audiobook by George Orwell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Animal Farm Author: George Orwell Narrator: Ralph Cosham Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 7180 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words. It is an account of the bold struggle that transforms Mr. Jones' Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that bears an insidious familiarity. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. To supplement the full text version of George Orwell's Animal Farm, listen to the . ©1946 Harcourt Brace and Jovanich, Inc.; (P)1991 Blackstone Audiobooks Critic Reviews: "A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable of our times....The steadiness and lucidity of Orwell's merciless wit are reminiscent of Anatole France and even of Swift." (The New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last. Animal Farm is great, as is the narrator. I'd give this audio book 5 stars, however, the intro chapter summarizes, analyzes, and basically spoils the entire book. It's as if they assume everyone has already read this book. I hate spoilers and was infuriated when the narrator began talking about characters and the plot. I turned it off as fast as I could. Get this audio book, but skip the introduction chapter and come back to it at the end. Never trust a pig! Okay, that is not the message of George Orwell's Animal Farm. This classic story was released 72 years ago and remains relevant today. I purchased this audio book to listen to Ralph Cosham narrate one of my favorite books. Cosham, who died in 2014, never disappoints. What I expected, nothing more This is obviously a classic and if you are reading it, you probably know what you are getting into. I did not like the prologue though. As someone who has never read the book, I did not want to hear analysis of the book BEFORE I read the book. The social, political, and historical context provided in the prologue, however, was useful. When you apply the satire to today’s politics, the correlations are scary. Just great! I am sixty years old now and haven't read Animal Farm since I was a teen. Visiting this old treasure had much more of an impact than reading it long ago. It is even more relevant in this day and age. The narrator is wonderful and you can't not admire Orwell's knack for making you think deeply while at the same time entertaining you to the fullest. This was one of my favorite purchases from audible. Required Reading One of my summer reading projects was to re-read Animal Farm and 1984, having read them many years ago while in high school. Animal Farm should be required reading. It wraps so many truths in such a small package. It is an absolute classic for many good reasons. What stands out about the story is how it, or parts of it, keep repeating themselves. The sheep bleating "four legs good, two legs bad" when shouting down any dissent can't help but remind one of "debates" on cable news channels.

Till We Have Faces Audiobook by C. S. Lewis
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Till We Have Faces Audiobook by C. S. Lewis

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Till We Have Faces Subtitle: A Myth Retold Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Nadia May Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 06-08-09 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1804 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery. Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics. Critic Reviews: "In Mr. Lewis's sensitive hands the ancient myth retains its fascination while being endowed with new meanings, new depths, new terrors." ( Saturday Review)"Whenever Nadia May reads, a sensation of comfort creeps into the atmosphere. Her vocal clarity and understanding of the author's meaning bring pleasure and even security to the listening of each work." ( AudioFile)"The most significant and triumphant work that Lewis has...produced." ( New York Herald Tribune) Members Reviews: Gripping, emotionally jarring, and elegant! Would you consider the audio edition of Till We Have Faces to be better than the print version? Yes. Contrary to my normal opinion, I was able to become more intrigued by and absorbed in the story as I heard it as if from the lips of an old traveling bard, spinning a web of a story for me in vivid detail and yet piercing opaqueness. What about Nadia Mays performance did you like? Her depiction of Orual is unmatched. She is able to embody the hollow desperation of Orual's life, and the intensity of her love for Psyche, without making it overdramatic or cliche. Her distant and almost stern tones accurately convey the fear and pain Orual's endures, and her voice sounds sometimes harsh and human, sometimes fiercely metaphysical. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? The scene in the forest when Orual finds Psyche for the first time after Psyche's sacrifice is particularly moving to me. The eeriness of the surreal situation sent shivers through my mind, and almost made me begin to question what was awake and what was dream, what was delusional imagination and what was hard reality. Orual's fearsome almost possessively protective love of Psyche was well portrayed in this scene as well. Any additional comments? I love this story, and the performance was superb! One of a kind. I could not rate this author, book, and narrator more highly. I own a hardback copy of 'Till We Have Faces' but I purchased this audio edition too! Adults who enjoyed C.S. Lewis' 'Chronicles of Narnia' or his 'Space Trilogy' will be carried away by this book. The story follows three sisters-- one ugly, one beautiful as a goddess, and one somewhere between the two. As their lives and fates unfold the author unveils human nature with a depth of perception that takes my breath away. One word of advice, if you prefer 'lite' reading this may not be for you. It is well beyond 'Twilight' and things of that nature.

Dracula [Audible Edition] Audiobook by Bram Stoker
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Dracula [Audible Edition] Audiobook by Bram Stoker

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Dracula [Audible Edition] Author: Bram Stoker Narrator: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 02-20-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 9892 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Audie Award, Distinguished Achievement in Production, 2013 Audie Award, Multi-voiced Performance, 2013 Audie Award Nominee, Classic, 2013 Because of the widespread awareness of the story of the evil Transylvanian count and the success of numerous film adaptations that have been created over the years, the modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power. This production of Dracula is presented by what is possibly the best assemblage of narrating talent ever for one audiobook: Emmy Award nominees Alan Cumming and Tim Curry plus an all-star cast of Audie award-winners Simon Vance (The Millenium Trilogy), Katherine Kellgren (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Susan Duerden (The Tigers Wife), John Lee (Supergods) and customer favorites Graeme Malcolm (Skippy Dies), Steven Crossley (The Oxford Time Travel series), Simon Prebble (The Baroque Cycle), James Adams (Letters to a Young Contrarian), Nicola Barber (The Rose Garden), Victor Villar-Hauser (Fun Inc.), and Marc Vietor (1Q84). These stellar narrators have been cast as follows: Alan Cumming as Dr. Seward Simon Vance as Jonathan Harker Katy Kellgren as Mina Murray/Harker Susan Duerden as Lucy Westenra Tim Curry as Van Helsing Graeme Malcolm as Dailygraph correspondent Steven Crossley as Zookeepers account and reporter Simon Prebble as Varna James Adams as Patrick Hennessey Nicola Barber as Sister Agatha Victor Villar-Hauser as Arthur Holmwood Marc Vietor as Quincey Morris John Lee as Introductory paragraph, various letters Editorial Reviews: Followers of the popular vampire literary and film interpretations of recent years might be blasé about another performance of the exquisitely written novel that started it all. But listening to this full-cast performance turns out to be remarkably suspenseful and chilling. The superlative cast lends this powerful production the diversity that is required by the structure of the novel, which includes journal entries and letters. Each actor employs various accents, infusing into the characters vibrant emphasis, urgency, and dread. The famed vampire Count Dracula leaves a swath of exsanguinated bodies in his wake as he attempts to relocate from Transylvania to England in 1897, stalked by the brave Van Helsing. Critic Reviews: "Listening to this full-cast performance turns out to be remarkably suspenseful and chillingThe superlative cast lends this powerful production the diversity that is required by the structure of the novelEach actor employs various accents, infusing into the characters vibrant emphasis, urgency, and dread." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: IS THAT NOT SO? THAT'S SO Let me start with the performance. All of the narrators are professionals, not a amateur in that batch. The add very much to the book.

The Screwtape Letters Audiobook by C. S. Lewis
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The Screwtape Letters Audiobook by C. S. Lewis

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Screwtape Letters Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Joss Ackland Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 08-21-12 Publisher: HarperAudio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2573 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written. Members Reviews: This is the Best Audio Screwtape, a Masterpiece Any additional comments? I've got the wonderful (no longer available) John Cleese recording of The Screwtape Letters, as well as the Ralph Cosham version, also very good. But this performance is the best; it's beyond expectation and it might now be my favorite audio book. Ackland's voice is calmer and less cheeky than Cleese, but with much more gravitas. Now, the case could be made that Cleese's less dignifiied Screwtape gives us a better laugh at the devil and thereby gives us a truer picture of the Underworld's ultimate loss of dignity. But for listening pleasure, which is an aid to absorption, this heavier reading is perfect. Very highly recommended. Deep! Very intriuguing!!! Wonderful Listen! What did you love best about The Screwtape Letters? It really made me think about my life and reflect... I love the dark perspective that it has because it makes you think of things in a completely different way... Who was your favorite character and why? Well, Screwtape... Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? It changed my whole way of thinking about sin... A Classic Improved With Great Narration This has always been one of my favorite books, and possibly, my favorite C.S. Lewis book. It is both amusing and deep. This is a fictional collection of letters from a senior demon to a junior demon about how to tempt humans. It is a study in human psychology and sin the likes of which I don't believe I have ever encountered. Somehow, C.S. Lewis created a book about sin and temptation without ever being judgmental or condescending about the topic. It is actually one of the funniest books I have ever heard on any topic. It could easily be converted into a stand-up comedy routine. The narration was perfect. Joss Ackland has become one of my new, favorite narrators. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a good laugh or a good understanding of how the spiritual realm interacts with the human psyche. Memoirs of a Devil If you could sum up The Screwtape Letters in three words, what would they be? Real - As a Christian, my beliefs incorporate the subjects of CS Lewis's masterpiece and while I honestly haven't given "that side" much thought, I couldn't help but be impressed by the feeling of realness it gave me. When I first began reading I felt it a bit silly, but as I continued some of the letters really resonated with my life and the gravity of its implications grew very heavy. Frightening - This was my first word as I was indeed frightened by the whole thought of it. Surprising - I came into this book almost completely ignorant to the subject matter.

Wuthering Heights [Trout Lake Media Edition] Audiobook by Emily Brontë
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Wuthering Heights [Trout Lake Media Edition] Audiobook by Emily Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Wuthering Heights [Trout Lake Media Edition] Author: Emily Brontë Narrator: Emma Messenger Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 09-12-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 994 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Famous, all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them. Today considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights was met with mixed reviews when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty. Wuthering Heights has also given rise to many adaptations and inspired works, including films, radio, television dramatisations, a musical by Bernard J. Taylor, a ballet, three operas (respectively by Bernard Herrmann, Carlisle Floyd, and Frédéric Chaslin), a role-playing game, and the 1979 chart topping song by Kate Bush. Members Reviews: Twisted Tale, Amazing Narrator Wuthering Heights is a classic because of its beautiful language and spellbinding story-telling, not because the story itself is very wonderful. It's primarily about really, really warped characters, most of whom I could hardly even care what happened to them. It was so well-written, though, that I became completely absorbed nonetheless. Not only was it well-written but I just LOVED the narrator. She was almost whiny when voicing the Catherine characters, and yet it fit them so well that it was just perfect. She was half the reason why I was so drawn into the book; I would highly recommend any book read by Emma Messenger. In the end, the book had a much happier ending than I had hoped for so I was pretty satisfied. Enjoyed it much better than I thought I would. Five stars for the wonderful Emma Messenger I have waited to read this book for years now, but never found the time or patience to do so, as my native language is German, and even though I do read in English every once in a while, it is just more demanding and time consuming for me. I therefore often go with a German translation. This classic though needs to be read in the original, I thought. To now have a talent like Emma Messenger's read it to me is simply wonderful. Her voice is most pleasant and has the range and variety of an entire orchestra, she's extremely good with rhythm, her emotional skills and delivery are excellent, plus she never lacks to let humor show through where it is appropriate. I highly recommend having Emma Messenger read to you and I'm excited to hear more of her. I can very well picture her doing something like Truman Capote's "The Grass Harp". I doubt there's much she couldn't do. I hate that I love it What about Emma Messengers performance did you like? Her voice held all the ranges that were appropriate for a novel with so many characters, and she made it clear at all times who was speaking even if their name wasn't mentioned in the dialogue. Any additional comments? I love classics, they have a certain charm to them. However, being in my early twenties, I am several generations removed from the ideals, and general philosophies of many characters, so I find it difficult to relate and engross myself in the story completely. I remember somewhere near the middle of the book, I grew so frustrated that I seriously considered turning the audio off completely.

The End of the Affair Audiobook by Graham Greene
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The End of the Affair Audiobook by Graham Greene

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The End of the Affair Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Colin Firth Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 05-07-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 6417 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine) Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013 Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013 Graham Greenes evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release. The End of the Affair, set in London during and just after World War II, is the story of a flourishing love affair between Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles. After a violent episode at Maurice's apartment, Sarah suddenly and without explanation breaks off the affair. This very intimate story about what actually constitutes love is enhanced by Mr. Firth's narration, who said "this book struck me very, very particularly at the time when I read it and I thought my familiarity with it would give the journey a personal slant." "I'm grateful for this honor," Firth said when this production was recognized by the Audie Awards as Audiobook of the Year for 2013, "and grateful for the opportunity to narrate one of my favorite stories. A great novel told in the first person makes for the best script an actor could imagine. None better than The End of the Affair.... Theater and film each offer their own challenges and rewards, but narration is a new practice for me and the audiobook performance provides exhilarating possibilities for both actors and listeners. I'm thrilled to be involved in bringing this remarkable work of fiction to a wider audience, and thankful to Audible for offering me the opportunity to perform it and to engage with so many who share my passion for storytelling." Critic Reviews: "The smooth and convincing intimacy of Colin Firth's narration brings listeners quickly into dreary, cold post-war London. One of Greene's famous Catholic novels focuses on three charactersBrendrix, a novelist; his former lover; and her husband, a civil servant. Firth makes an emotional commitment to the story, and listeners do as well. The powerful introspection, the force of emotion, and even the melodrama are made real. Firth's full understanding of the text and ability to render the balance and meaning of each sentence allow listeners to admire Greene's elegant writing. The keen-eyed observations of realistic detailsweather, war-damaged buildings, household effectsare contrasted with the theology and clash of emotions. Firth never misses a beat. Firth's celebrity may draw new listeners, and none will be disappointed by this powerful audiobook." ( AudioFile) Members Reviews: Excellent performance of Graham Greene classic I bought this book quite a while ago but was moved to listen by a great customer review. Colin Firth, one of my favorite actors is truly an outstanding reader. He made this book a real listening experience. I can't say enough about his excellent expression and ability to bring the narrator's character and his emotions to life. This is a difficult book, it is full of strong emotions and demanding questions and it could easily be misread. I was drawn into the book immediately and captured entirely by the narration. This is a terrific example of a good book enhanced even further by a great reading.

Middlemarch Audiobook by George Eliot
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Middlemarch Audiobook by George Eliot

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Middlemarch Author: George Eliot Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 35 hrs and 40 mins Language: English Release date: 03-17-11 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2582 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: 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 Casaubons 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. Dorothea Brooke is an outstanding heroine; Middlemarch is filled with characters that are vivid and true, comic and moving. It is one of the greatest novels in the English language. Members Reviews: Best Audible book ever I have been an audible listener for close to five years now and this is the best book I have ever listened to. I hated this book in college and,if it hadn't been for a friend who suggested I try it again,I would have continued to hate it. I now say pish on my earlier self, this is a fantastic story and George Eliot is an insightful woman whose perspective on life is timeless. But the very best part of this listen is Juliet Stevenson. Oh my, what a narrator: I may be forever spoiled by her mastery. My favorite characterizations were the stuffy Englishmen whose voices were so perfectly captured that I was in awe each time I heard them. This is a must read. Loved Middlemarch and Juliet Stevenson! This book has been on my to-read list for years. This year, I read a a very positive review of Juliet Stevenson's narration in Booklist and decided that the time was right...and I loved it! Without a doubt, she is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to - ranking up there with Jim Dale, George Guidall and Scott Brick. Plus, Middlemarch, which had been highly recommended to me by friends who knew I was a fan of Jane Austen, was wonderful. It's a big, big novel, but it really is a timeless classic, full of observations about people that still ring true today. Give it a go...you won't regret it. I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads I have purchased Middlemarch read by a different narrator before and simply could not listen to it. It was boring, and very long. Well, when I have learned that Juliet Stevenson has produced this book, I have purchased it right away and was not sorry. Amazing skill of the narrator brought all the characters alive and made this 19th century piece of literature very relevant in our modern life. George Elliot was one sharp woman and knew how to develop her characters. Brilliant! Perfect in every way This is a remarkable book. Listening to it being read -- so very beautifully by Stevenson -- allows the listener to absorb the many dimensions of this classic. There is the subtle humor and the witty and insightful political and social commentary. Then there are the calls for the liberation of women, not only on a social level, but urging women to recognise their own position in the society of the 1830s and respond even if it only within the confines of their family. The main heroine, Dorothea, is remarkably portrayed: she could be a woman of 2012: she is ruled by a confused idealism, wanting to contribute positively to an unequal and unfair society and work towards higher philosophical understanding of the nature of existence. At the same time, she has tragically unrealistic expectations of a marriage where she believes she can help achieve her partner's fulfillment rather than her own.

Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Shelley
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Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Shelley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Frankenstein Author: Mary Shelley Narrator: Dan Stevens Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 10-29-13 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3208 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2013 Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2013 Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror. Members Reviews: Not what I expected I purchased this book expecting a great story about a giant monster and the struggle to kill it. What I found was one of the greatest, and most emotionally complex stories I've ever read. By the end, I came to the inescapable conclusion that the villain/monster of the story is Frankenstein, not his creature. The creature is the victim. The victim of a creator so consumed with selfishness he abandoned his creation because of how the creation made him feel. Taken in proper context, the actions of the creature are understandable, but not excusable. There is always personal responsibility. But there is a modicum of understanding for the creature, abandoned to his fate by a cruel and selfish creator, who seeks vengeance on his creator for denying to the creature what he enjoys. Amazing! I've never liked to read and am new to audio books, so I don't have much of a basis for comparison, but this was incredible. The voices and feeling of the reader brought to the story a life that I would have never experienced had I tried to read it myself. I understand why this is a classic. It's an exquisite, deep tale of love, pain, and regret. Everyone should hear it. A great listen What made the experience of listening to Frankenstein the most enjoyable? I think Dan Stevens is one of the best audiobook performers I have ever heard. He brought this story to life. It was so easy to just get into the story and actually have sympathy for both Frankenstein and the monster he created. I did not expect that as I have always thought of this book as a horror story. Who was your favorite character and why? The monster. I felt sorry for him and was surprised by that. When he told his story, the reader could understand how alone he felt . He enjoyed the beauty of the earth was eager to learn about the world and the people he encountered. He just wanted to be loved like everyone else, but that would never happen so he did indeed become a monster. Which scene was your favorite? The ending. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? No, I enjoyed listening to it a bit each night or in my car on the way to work. Any additional comments? You will come away with a new appreciation for this beautifully written work. ARE WE ALWAYS TO BE UNHAPPY? HE IS SO GENTLE, YET SO WISE All my reviews are aimed at people like me. I would like to be a top reviewer and have lots of followers, but I can not whore myself out and talk about how great this is. I am a blue collar worker who drinks beer, watches football and likes books with violence and sex. This is a great story because of it's history. Re-animation is a great subject and Shelly started it all. That is where it ends. This is a tragedy, full of TEARS.

Pride And Prejudice Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Pride And Prejudice Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Pride And Prejudice Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Emma Messenger Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 01-30-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1303 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Austens heroine Elizabeth Bennet deals with the issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Austen at her wittiest. Members Reviews: High pitched mother voice I really enjoyed the story, but the narrators version of the mother's voice gave me a headache. Very high pitched louder than the others and gave me a headache. Took me a few different sitting to get through this just because I couldn't stand the mother voice. The voice work is too enthusiastic The narrator starts out enthusiastically, delivering an excited Mrs. Bennet at the prospect of an aristocrat moving to her town and maybe some day marrying one of her daughters. But then all of the characters' lines are delivered with almost the same enthusiasm throughout the book. You'd think that Jane Austen ended every other sentence with an exclamation mark. I'm not a huge fan. Favorite narrator, of three! Love this story! I come back to it when I want to take a break from new material or a different book. I bought it from Audible three different times with different narrators, and this version is the best. Great Book Made Better by the Perfect Narrator Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Not to be reductive of a very important book, but this provides the storylines for every single romantic comedy and high school drama ever made. The characters are very compelling. Which scene was your favorite? There are far too many great scenes to say there was one best, but one of the most memorable was Mr. Collins' proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. Her refusal and his mental contortions to make himself believe that she really wasn't saying no was hilarious. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? No tears yet, but plenty of laughter. Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins are both perfect comic relief. Any additional comments? Audiobooks aren't a replacement for reading obviously, but at their best they can bring those books to life in interesting ways. Emma Messenger manages to do that with Pride and Prejudice beautifully. The depth and timbre of her voice make the listen a true pleasure. Even more than her voice, however, is her voice acting which makes the fascinating characters of the novel truly come to life. Her shrill, loud Mrs. Bennet helps bring out all the comic awfulness of her personality. Even better, in my mind, was the self-important harrumphing of Mr. Collins. The deep, dramatic breaths she would give him before every mention of Lady Catherine de Bourgh truly brought to life the ridiculousness of his character. Emma Messenger is quickly becoming one of my favorite readers and I hope she continues to read titles for Audible.com. Fantastic story; subpar narration That Pride and Prejudice is wonderful is not news. Anyone who appreciates novels of wit, intelligence, and manners has probably encountered it already. I'm writing this review to comment upon the narration which unfortunately was not up to the standards of the novel. It was often difficult to tell minor characters apart. For example the two Bingley sisters sounded almost the same and in rapid-fire dialog it was impossible to discern who was talking. Although the narrator was quite good conveying enthusiasm and animation, she fell into an unfortunate pattern when reading straight descriptions.

Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Frankenstein Subtitle: The Modern Prometheus Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Narrator: Jim Donaldson Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 09-27-11 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 544 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Includes introduction and commentary by Mary Shelley. Required reading for any fan of science fiction and horror genres. A classic. Members Reviews: Great performance of a timeless classic Jim Donaldson does a great job with the narration of "Frankenstein." Every character has its own distinctive voice (with the exception of the namesake doctor, whose voice changes when the point of view shifts from third- to first-person and back). My only wish would have been that they had hired a female to read Mary Shelley's introduction. Please note that there are four "doubled-up" lines in this performance that should have been caught during editing, which gives the impression that the Audible player "skipped." No skipping...just a couple of line re-reads. Almost all of them are near the beginning, and one is about three-quarters of the way through, so they're needle-in-a-haystack things at best. A Monster of Fiction Love the complexity of Shelley's narrative and the poetry of her prose. Jim does a good job of narrating this monster. A Very Good Performance of a Classic Novel This audiobook was actually my first complete experience of this novel. I'd started it a couple of times, but it's very hard for me to read printed text, listening to prose is so much easier for me. So anyway, the novel is very, very perfect. This edition, I think, is very well done. The narrator does a great job with all of the characters. Sometimes, especially in older novels, some of the female characters done by male narrators seem kind of put on, as do almost any character with any type of an accent. But this narrator does a very, very good job. The different accents are bold and authentic and done with an air of meaning and authority that I really, really liked. Jim Donaldson's speech patterns are also very clear and easy to understand. I think he does a great job reading this classic novel, making it very enjoyable and very accessible. Now I know why this is a "classic" What did you love best about Frankenstein? The battle of wills between creator and his creation. Just like any fantasy you need to give the author permission to take you on a ride. This was surprisingly quite a strong story, even if the science behind its premise is dubious, particularly well over a century after its writing. Who was your favorite character and why? The "monster". I did not realise he was a creature of such humanity and need. The story was still in my thoughts a week or so after finishing it. Have you listened to any of Jim Donaldsons other performances before? How does this one compare? No.

The Pilgrim's Progress Audiobook by John Bunyan
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The Pilgrim's Progress Audiobook by John Bunyan

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pilgrim's Progress Subtitle: From This World to That Which Is to Come Author: John Bunyan Narrator: David Shaw-Parker Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 08-01-13 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 690 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: 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." Members Reviews: Two books in one! Terrific narration! Very pleased with this Purchase. I cannot imagine a narrator doing a better job. Buy this book and audiobook. I think the kindle book was free. Loved every minute of both of these stories. Great way to read this classic This narrator will keep you lost in the drama of the story. Takes about 13 hours of listening. Syncs well between my phone, iPad, and laptop. The Journey To Salvation Personified Any additional comments? This book is definitely Spirit lead, characterizing all of the forces we face each and every day as persons and with their own dialogue. You have to appreciate the Old English, and in a short while you adjust to it and come to admire the way it flows. The performance is one of the best I've heard (David Shaw-Parker). Both book and performance are at that top level quality that is just not possible of every book. Thank you Jesus for it. Success! JB Beautiful! What a beautiful allegory. I loved the narrator. He made what could have been a hard to listen to story (because of the old style English) exciting. My 4 children 11, 10, 8, and 6 have all enjoyed listening to this story. But I prepped them for it. I read them a children's version called Dangerous Journey and explained it to them. The children's version also had some beautiful pictures with it. Having had this introduction they had no problem listening to this unabridged version. The symbolism is rich and powerful. Highly recommended to all. Classic An encouraging book to read, although I think I would need to read it many more times to really grasp it well. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Man Who Knew Too Much Audiobook by G. K. Chesterton
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The Man Who Knew Too Much Audiobook by G. K. Chesterton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Man Who Knew Too Much Author: G. K. Chesterton Narrator: Harold Wiederman Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 02-06-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 230 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English literary and social critic, historian, playwright, poet, Catholic theologian, debater, mystery writer, and foremost, a novelist. Among the primary achievements of Chesterton's extensive writing career are the wide range of subjects written about, the large number of genres employed, and the sheer volume of publications produced. He wrote several plays, around 80 books, several hundred poems, some 200 short stories and 4,000 essays. Chesterton's writings without fail displayed wit and a sense of humor by incorporating paradox, yet still making serious comments on the world, government, politics, economics, theology, philosophy and many other topics. His talent as a mystery writer is displayed in his collection of detective stories, The Man Who Knew Too Much. In each story, the star detective, Horne Fisher, deals with another strange mystery: the vanishing of a priceless coin, the framing of an Irish "prince" freedom fighter, an eccentric rich man dies during an obsessive fishing trip, another vanishing during an ice skate, a statue crushing his own uncle, and a few more. Includes "The Face in the Targe", "The Vanishing Prince", "The Soul of the Schoolboy", "The Bottomless Well", "The Fad of the Fisherman", "The Hole in the Wall", "The Temple of Silence", and "The Vengeance of the Statue". Editorial Reviews: The eponymous "man" of this collection of short detective fiction is G.K. Chestertons protagonist Horne Fisher. Throughout these mysteries and investigations Fisher finds himself in the paradoxical spot of holding the key to the query while being immobilized by some privileged, often dangerous, information or connection. Harold Wiederman performs this collection with the tone of an experienced British orator who, although speaking loudly, seems constantly to be relating a secret. Perhaps this reflects the paradoxes that Chesterton was so fond of - and it certainly heightens the listening enjoyment of these enigmatic puzzling episodes. The collection includes 8 stories about Fisher and his friend the journalist Harold March, who meet in the first episode. Members Reviews: The Prince who Knows Paradox Too Well A collection of Chesterton detective stories revolving around Horne Fisher and his companion, political journalist Harold March. These stories have a lot of the same late Victorian/Edwardian flavor of Sherlock Holmes and Chesterton's own Father Brown stories. The reluctant, and moral protagonist of The Man Who Knew Too Much, however, is often forced by greater-good circumstance or a need to protect the best interests of England from revealing the killer or the culprit. The strengths of these stories revolves around the clever paradoxes that the Chesterton (the dark prince of paradox) knows too well.

A Clockwork Orange Audiobook by Anthony Burgess
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A Clockwork Orange Audiobook by Anthony Burgess

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Clockwork Orange Author: Anthony Burgess Narrator: Tom Hollander Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 06-08-07 Publisher: HarperAudio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1834 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to "redeem" him, the novel asks, "At what cost?" This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition, as well as Burgess' introduction, "A Clockwork Orange Resucked". Critic Reviews: "I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done here - the fact that this is also a very funny book may pass unnoticed." (William S. Burroughs) Members Reviews: Great book, great narration, but not for everyone On the surface, A Clockwork Orange is a depiction of an apalling young man who commits a variety of violent acts and the government's attempts to redeem him. On a deeper level, it is also a social commentary on youth violence, psychiatry, morality, and other social issues (this is much more apparent in the book than it is in the film). It alternates between being humorous, shocking, and thought-provoking. Overall it is an amazing book, and the narration is phenomenal. However, this book employs some rather extreme violence, (e.g., the raping of young girls, the beating of an old man) to convey its messages. If you think this might be a problem for you, then you should probably not purchase this audiobook. Also, the book employs a great deal of slang, called Nadsat. It makes the story a bit difficult to comprehend at first, but you get used to it before long. The narrator also does a wonderful job with it (pausing in all the right places, etc.), and makes it much more comprehensible. I thought it added humor to the story and made it more enjoyable, but other listeners may find it to be overwhelming. This audio book beats written and even the movie No matter whether you've seen the Stanley Kubrick movie, or read the book - "Clockwork Orange" demands the spoken word, especially all the bits of British accents but also a made-up language and a very neat "voice" for "little Alex" (the Malcolm McDowell character in the iconic picture, bowler hat, eye makeup and stiletto). This audio book adds-back the last chapter, deleted from the US book and the film. Burgess explains his logic, while admitting the reasons why we may agree with the US editor (I agree with Burgess, myself, but then I'd been utterly unaware of the question). Burgess personally speaks an introduction, and at the end, reads aloud 3 critical chapters, adding surprising depth to the minor characters even as you can feel his identification with little Alex. There is substance here, though it works neatly just as "ultra-violence" with minimal human depth. With the added arc of character, and Burgess reading key bits of little Alex narrating, and even adding some of the capital-R Romantic classical music that's interwoven with ultra-violence in little Alex's soul, "voice" seems the best word for the way Burgess uses linguistic razzle-dazzle to get us all inside little Alex. A note on "ultra-violence," especially the graphic rapes clearly motivated more by violent hatred than anything like merely erotic desire. The plot and Alex's arc are about free will, good and evil, and may even work as an odd Christian apologetic.

Riki-Tiki-Tavi Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling
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Riki-Tiki-Tavi Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Riki-Tiki-Tavi Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Walter Zimmerman, Cindy Hardin Killavey Format: Unabridged Length: 35 mins Language: English Release date: 05-16-07 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 59 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is a selection from the The Jungle Book, in which a mongoose saves the day. © and (P)1980 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Rudyard Kippling's irresistible language is brought to a new level with Cindy Hardin Killavey's performance of Riki Tiki-Tavi. This famous excerpt from The Jungle Book centers on the adventures of a heroic mongoose with pink eyes. There is nothing like listening to Kippling's delightful world of animals in action. Killavey's lyric narration and Walter Zimmerman's virtuosic rendition of characters makes this audiobook a wonderful companion for anyone who wishes to travel the world without moving an inch. Members Reviews: superb I can picture this story in my mind like it was the film. Excellent narration . India, a dangerous place Both the story and the narrator were excellent. Riki-Tiki is indeed a brave, and swift, mongoose. Awesome! I loved this book!I recommend this book to people who like intense storys. haaaaaaaaaa, yay. classic always a classic piece of work. I used to watch the cartoon as a kid Childhood. Favorite Great old story, one of my childhood v favorites. I like it better than the jungle book Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

I, Claudius Audiobook by Robert Graves
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I, Claudius Audiobook by Robert Graves

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: I, Claudius Author: Robert Graves Narrator: Nelson Runger Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 07-31-07 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 2320 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself and his wife, Messalina. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction. ©1934, 1961 Robert Graves; (P)1987 Recorded Books Members Reviews: Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance Put aside all thought of stuffy classics. Think well-spun tale, full of twists and turns, subterfuges and bloody tyranny. Bear in mind that the BBC at the peak of its tour de force of TV drama production in the '70s and '80s made these two books into a masterpiece surpassed only (perhaps) by Brideshead Revisited. You can't do that with dull material. As the title siggests, the books are written in the first person, as the autobiography of the partly disabled, sickly survivor of the Claudian wing of the Roman aristocracy who became emperor by flying below the radar and outliving all the other candidates. The choice of reader is critical, as we are listening to an elderly man tell his long and convoluted life story. Nelson Runger's voice rumbles along with just the right timbre and clarity for the character of the wily and learned Claudius. More importantly he has such a fine actor's grasp of text and meaning that we never, for one moment, feel that we are being read to. We are simply being told the bloody, scheming, erotic and shocking tale of Rome's ruling dynasty at the peak of its imperial power, spun out as an captivating yarn. While never claiming officially to be an historian Graves was a close descendant of German historian Leopold von Ranke and prized historical accuracy. So much, if not all of the two books is historically accurate, a perspective which serves as the binding sauce to Graves' words and Runger's delivery. One of my very best Audible purchases, which I will listen to again and again. Excellent This book is a superb read if you enjoy historical fiction. It's also excellent if you enjoy biography/autobiography so long as you don't take the subject matter as entirely accurate. It's written as "autobiography" of Claudius, fourth emperor of the Roman Empire. Though the book (and it's sequel, Claudius the God) finds it's foundation in the Roman biographies of Suetonius and Tacitus, much effort has been made by Graves to cast Claudius in as favorable a light as possible. To this end, Claudius is a sympathetic and intelligent character whose base neglect by the earlier Caesars is only to the detriment of the empire. This book carries the life of Claudius from the political intrigues before his birth up until his comical accession as emperor. Graves' second book, Claudius the God, carries the story practically up to Claudius' death. The reader is excellent and his voice along with the text allows you to lapse into thinking that you are listening to Claudius himself. Illuminating This book is an excellent way to acquaint yourself with the character of Rome at the dawn of the first century.

Lot No. 249 Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Lot No. 249 Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lot No. 249 Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 05-13-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 214 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Unexplained events are happening at Oxford these days. Several students have been attacked at night by some strange form of wild animal. It can scale walls with cat-like agility. Its arms are as thin and as strong as steel bands. And there is one student who conducts midnight studies in his room with certain Egyptian artifacts. The most significant of which is a 6'7" tall mummy. Members Reviews: YOUR AS WHITE AS A CHEESE SHAKING LIKE AN ASPEN LEAF The Mummy might have been seen up and moving around, but we are not 100% sure. Like a lot of old, so called horror books, this is about what might or could happen. Very little actually happens and this is not really worth your time. Harrison is an excellent narrator. What Sir Arthur Actually Wanted You to Read Imagine having a sensationally successful literary creationa figure that even today remains the most famous of all fictional detectivesand yet wanting to be rid of the fellow. Its like trying to imagine P. G. Wodehouse bumping off Jeeves. But when, as you probably already know, Conan Doyle threw Holmes and Moriarty into the Reichenbach Falls a despondent reading public demanded that Holmes return. And so he did. Not having dipped to any extent into Conan Doyles other worksthe stuff he was probably referring to when he said that Holmes, takes my mind from better thingsI was curious to hear what those better things were like. Not wanting to jump feet first into a larger time commitment (say, The White Company, a historical novel that clocks in at some 15 hours) I was glad to find Lot No. 249 at 1 hour 18 minutes (and $0.73). Its a nice little spine-tingler. Old hat now, of course; reanimated mummies are the stuff of a thousand B-movies. But I always get a kick out of seeing how a genre began (listening to the full cycle of the Holmes/Watson stories, Stoker's Dracula or Shelly's Frankenstein gave the same pleasure). I was curious to see how Conan Doyle would play this particular hand. I was prepared to be indulgent, to sit back and enjoy. And I did. Thoroughly. Ive read other reviews calling J. B. Harrisons performances adequate; Id rate this one a few rungs higher. Hes no Patrick Tull or Simon Vance, but he gives each character in the all-male cast a distinctive voice that accords with the personality Conan Doyle assigns him. And he puts the tale across with vim. And vim is what it requires. The usual Holmesian-Victorian atmosphere prevails; good men who live by an unspoken but universally accepted code are repulsed by the nefarious doings of men less upright than themselves. The East is mysterious, exotic and suggestively dangerous. The West is, especially as this story takes place at a fictional Oxford college, a mix of solid, ivy-covered Gothic (with an understated patina of Christianity) and keen scientific rationalism (again, much like the Holmes/Watson sagas). Though misguided, the assumed divide between faith and reason was a common piece of mental furniture in Victorian/Edwardian England (the young Winston Churchill reconciled the supposed breach by simply accepting the claims of each within their respective spheres). And its a noxious weed that thrives even more luxuriantly today. But I digress. At $0.73 you really cant go wrong. I used Lot No.

A Christmas Carol Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Christmas Carol Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Christmas Carol Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Peter Batchelor Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins Language: English Release date: 01-17-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 451 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge has an emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media. Members Reviews: Lovely classic Christmas story, interestingly read What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol the most enjoyable? I love the narrator's interesting reading, for the first minute or two, I was just listening to his voice, and then very quickly I forgot the narrator entirely and simply enjoyed his story! I think that is the mark of an excellent story-teller. I could see all the scenes in my head. I think I'll be listening to this version every Christmas! Thank you so much! What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol? I must admit, I love the part about Tiny Tim the best, and can't ever hear, "God bless us, every one!" without blinking a few tears. Very dear. What about Peter Bachelors performance did you like? He seems to be a born story-teller, he makes the story interesting, with slightly different voices for characters, and reads with enough expression to be interesting but not so much as to be distracting. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes, it is 2 hrs and 44 minutes, so it is a long story, but perfect if you're in bed with the flu and don't feel like keeping your eyes open long enough watch TV. You can just close your eyes and enjoy the story. Sound quality I felt the sound quality was poor. I had a hard time hearing throughout the story with the volume on all the way. A classic, and well read. The story is well known by most of us and it comes alive in this complete reading. Truly enjoyable This was perhaps my favorite audiobook experience. A Christmas Carol is Dickens at his best in showing the evils of woshiping money. Hard to understand the speaker. Hard to understand the speaker, not good at changing his voice for each person subject. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Picture of Dorian Gray Audiobook by Oscar Wilde
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The Picture of Dorian Gray Audiobook by Oscar Wilde

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Peter Batchelor Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 04-27-16 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 361 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A young man commits all types of sins, but only his portrait shows the ravages of his life. Oscar Wilde's Faustian classic. Gothic horror at its best. Members Reviews: Way more bearable in audio than in print It's a classic so... it's as good as a classic ever is. For its era it must have been pretty edgy and dark, and, even in our modern cynical world, it is still kinda dark and surprising. Though I think by now the story "twist" is part of our popular culture so nobody is going to be very shocked. This book is very difficult to get through in its print form as it has multiple descriptive tangents which drove me crazy, but as an audio, it was much less boring (guess I phased out during the boring bits)... That all being said, I read this for a research project and, as such, it was one of the more bearable books I had to read. Though I would not read it again, nor would I read anything else by Wilde... I just don't care about wealthy gay men and their trials and tribulations as they screw their way across the city. The narration is very good - and certainly made the story readable. It's a classic, so there is nothing adult or graphic in it, though there are lots of subtle suggestions of various types of debauchery. Loved This One! This book depicts much of what life is like today with the average narcissistic personality type. It's scary how current and ahead of his time the writer, Oscar Wilde was. I enjoyed this book and I'm certain it will be very good reading for others as well. Keep up the great work Audible! As awesome as the classic movie, & then some! The old gothic movie of the same name has always been one of my favorites...a creepy dark tale that was made from the book with a strange & unique plot. Both the movie & the book are unforgetable classics, & Oscar Wilde is a genius as an author of the macabre. BB & MM...Jade Dragon monotone The narration is a bit monotone, so it's easy to zone out, especially if you've already read the book previously. It's not a bad narration, though, and especially for the price. Human Truths Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes, its a must read. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Picture of Dorian Gray? When Dorian expresses his wish to never grow old. What does Peter Batchelor bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Life, he was a great storyteller Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes and no. there were moments that I felt more interested in other tasks rather than listening to the story. Any additional comments? n/a Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Audiobook by James Joyce
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Audiobook by James Joyce

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Author: James Joyce Narrator: Michael Orenstein Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 08-10-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 154 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus as he begins to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions with which he has been raised. He finally leaves for abroad to pursue his ambitions as an artist. The work is an early example of some of Joyce's modernist techniques that would later be represented in a more developed manner by Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. The novel, which has had a "huge influence on novelists across the world", was ranked by Modern Library as the third greatest English-language novel of the 20th century. Members Reviews: I don't understand the hate... It seems that there are a number of people listening to this book that don't understand the nature of James Joyce. He is dense and complex; one does not simply listen while commuting or you would crash your car. You could easily keep hitting the rewind button and hearing a new thought each time. The narrator might go a bit fast, but he is incredibly rewarding and conveys the nuance of the language well. Currently $1.00 on audible, this is a tremendously valuable work for very cheap. Magnificence and Grandeur; Poetic Communiqués A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, written by: James Joyce and narrated by: Michael Orenstein, tells the tale of the metamorphosis of boy to man; catholic to agnostic, and then confirmed as an all-out atheist on family, religion and finally the structures of life. From an admiring child to a skeptic son. This is the story of growing up in 20th century impressionistic society. The story is not just told and heard but rather permeates your sole and moves your understanding of human existence. If you have a hankering to read this magnificent work of art; dont unless you have a good understanding of catholic literature, mythic literature and western literature because Stephen Dedalus has, and he will rely on those learnings to guide you through the novel. The title tells it all; life made Joyce into a artist. Just a small hint, Dedalus, or rather Daedalus was a skillful craftsman and artist in Greek mythology and his importance in myth is a key to Stephan Dedalus maturation as a man. James Joyce,is not an easy read. His writing style is a stream of conciousness put down on the page and as such, will jump rather than transition from one concept to the next. You must sit and listen carefully to each litany of words he throws at you. You are not only being told a story in prose but enchanted into a state of thinking akin to the realm of poetry. In fact, the story is not very enthralling. Yet, every sentence speaks to you in words that enable your mind to drift in contemplation. Yes, it is a magnificent study, but no it is not light reading. Do not take it up unless you are ready to yield to a serious study into the concept of child to man. Believer to one who sees it all; or at least thinks he does. We start with Stephen Dedalus as a boy, in an Irish household, then onto boarding school, where other personalities become dominant factors in ones life, then university and its ability to open windows, and then to men in mens company. Of course, we also get glimpses of what effect womanhood and its elegant frequencies have upon a man. Most of all though, without ever taking the subject up directly, we see Stephen develop into a literary artist.

Maurice Audiobook by E.M. Forster
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Maurice Audiobook by E.M. Forster

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Maurice Author: E.M. Forster Narrator: Peter Firth Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 07-02-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 669 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible 'Ah for darkness...not the darkness of a house which coops up a man among furniture, but the darkness where he can be free!' Maurice Hall knows he must choose between living life in the shadows or denying himself a chance at love and fulfilment. Aware of his attraction to the same sex, in a time where it was considered unlawful and immoral to have homosexual desires, Maurice must decide whether to battle or submit to a prejudiced 20th-century English society. A passionate and poignant tale, E.M. Forster's Maurice was a masterpiece ahead of its time. Incapable of believing that his contemporaries would accept its content, Forster refused to publish it, fearing that it would expose his sexuality along with his hero's. Having witnessed, at 16, the very public trial and chastisement of Oscar Wilde, Forster grew up with an acute awareness of the kind of society he inhabited. This affected him immensely and, as such, he refused to publish any further fiction during the last 37 years of his life. Despite being one of the most celebrated authors of British history, Forster's talents were as constrained as his love life. Realising that he could never publically talk or write about the issues he held close to his heart, Forster made A Passage to India his last work. He wasn't mistaken about his society, and when Maurice was published, posthumously, many were scandalised by the controversial content. Unfortunately, Forster never experienced the freedom which his protagonist seeks, but Maurice has far outlived an age of bigotry and is now widely celebrated and critically acclaimed. Narrator Biography Having started his career as a leading child actor, Peter Firth received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Peter Shaffer's play Equus (1973) at only 21. He later starred with Richard Burton in its film adaption, earning him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. His other film work has included roles in Pearl Harbor (2001) and The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005). He is best known for his role as Sir Harry Pearce in the BBC show Spooks (2002-2011), appearing in every episode of the show's 10 series. Recent roles have included Jacob Marley in the BBC's Dickensian series (2015) and Ernest Augustus in ITV's drama series Victoria (2016). He has narrated several audiobooks such as Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Birdsong and Witness. In 2015, Peter starred in Audible's multicast drama Amok. Members Reviews: Finally!!! It's past time! I had an old recording of Maurice on cassette many years ago and adored it. Finally, this intelligent and moving novel is available again at Audible, and I couldn't be more satisfied with this new recording. Maurice is a very literate and thoroughly enjoyable novel concerning same-sex love among an intolerant and hypocritical society. The rather poetic descriptions of Maurice's inner life as he stumbles about in self-discovery are just as accurate and appropriate today as ever. The scathing humor in Forster's more famous novels is properly not as apparent in Maurice, as its subject matter was obviously a more personal one for the author. The fact that the book wasn't published until after Forster's death lends a definite eloquence to the story.

To the Lighthouse Audiobook by Virginia Woolf
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To the Lighthouse Audiobook by Virginia Woolf

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To the Lighthouse Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Nicole Kidman Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 06-13-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 324 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolfs arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunninghams Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life. Split into three parts, the story observes Mrs. Ramsay, Mr. Ramsey, and their children at their vacation house on the Isle of Skye. While the novel follows seemingly trivial events between the family members, the plot takes a backseat to philosophical introspection, which gave the novel its fame as an icon of modernist literature. The Ramseys' quest to recapture meaning creates a powerful allegory of mans impermanent battle with the tangible world. Members Reviews: Nicole Kidman does a fantastic reading If you could sum up To the Lighthouse in three words, what would they be? Absolutely crazy wonderful Who was your favorite character and why? Each of the characters were important in their own way, but I think that William Banks was my favorite. Which character as performed by Nicole Kidman was your favorite? Nicole performed the Omnipotent narrator in such a way that she made me believe that she sould actually see into the minds of the characters. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? It would have been impossible to sit and listen to this in just one sitting. It is a story that I could take in the information for about forty-five minutes, then sit quietly and process all that had happened. Wonderful combination of text and narrator To the Lighthouse is one of Virginia Wolf's best novels, which is to say it is one of the great novels of the 20th Century. Nicole Kidman's narration catches the complexity and intelligence of Wolf's novel, without showy excesses. This is a remarkable audio book. Lovely book. Very sad Virginia woolfs ability with words and poetics is incredible. So sad she ended her life so early for she was truly a flicker of genius in the sea of literary history. Classic Virginia Woolf stream of consciousness This is beautifully read by Nicole Kidman. Wolfe is not always easy to follow so you have to pay sharp attention to figure out the story. Nothing too dramatic happens as the story traces the summer home of a large family over the years and watches the developments and losses. Almost everything is from the view of women and the daily household happenings. Men and affairs of the outter world revolve around them almost without touching them except for big issues like deaths, marriages, wars. It is really lovely. I had a hard time with this Any additional comments? Nicole Kidman does a fantastic job, but boy oh boy that stream of consciousness style is HARD to listen to! I was exhausted. I had to put this aside. I didn't finish. Maybe for another time or possibly listened to in short bursts. Good luck out there. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Shelley
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Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Shelley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Frankenstein Author: Mary Shelley Narrator: Kenneth Branagh Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 08-24-17 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Kenneth Branagh, director and star of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, provides one of the most spectacular spoken audio performances ever recorded in this electrifying audio adaptation of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. One of the greatest horror stories ever written, Frankenstein comes to spellbinding life once again in this tour-de-force performance by the acclaimed director and star of Henry V, Dead Again, and Much Ado About Nothing. The definitive recording of one of the most haunting tales of all time, Kenneth Branagh's performance of Frankenstein is a true audio classic. Members Reviews: and one of the best, and best-written horror stories in literature If you're reading this review, you only have one question. You're not looking for a book review, you already know it's a classic. You already know this is the most original, and one of the best, and best-written horror stories in literature. You may or may not like the story, but that's a matter of personal taste. A lot of people don't like Shakespeare, but no one questions whether he was a good writer or not. If you don't like the writing style, it's because you aren't familiar with the English of this period. Nearly eighty years before Stoker's "Dracula" ( an idea stolen from Polidori's "The Vampyre", which was an idea stolen from LeFanu's "Carmilla"), this most-original horror masterpiece was born. So, your only question is, "Is this really the uncensored 1818 version? Because I've only seen one other verified version, and it's over twenty dollars in paperback. All the others claiming to be the 1818 version have been disproved." YES, as far as I can tell, it is. The only preface is Shelley's own original. There is no introduction, no commentary or editorial credits whatsoever. There are no illustrations, and the spelling and language have not been edited. Have a good thesaurus handy. So, here it is, the author's original script, no frills, for a bargain price. Which is exactly what I was looking for. Not what the movies would have you believe... I never saw an entire Frankenstein film, only fragments here and there, but those left me with an impression that is far from the essence of Mary Shelley's book, Frankenstein. For one, Frankenstein is not even the name of the monster; it is the name of the man, Victor Frankenstein, who created the monster. But that is minor. The true surprise was how many issues relevant to today this book brings up--obligation to family; personal responsibility; fate; how far can science ethically go; does man have a right to create life; what is our responsibility for life we've created--these are a few intriguing questions raised. I enjoyed the book, but better than the book was the discussion I participated in with a group of friends; it was definitely one of the best I've ever been involved in. This is a great book to read with a friend or two who will discuss it with you. I think society would be well served if this novel were required reading, especially in every medical school and science and ethics class. We need to think deeply about these issues, and Frankenstein helps us to do so. Another classic worth your time Early into Frankenstein, I might have given it 3 stars because of its old-fashioned language and letter-writing format.

Mrs. Dalloway Audiobook by Virginia Woolf
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Mrs. Dalloway Audiobook by Virginia Woolf

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mrs. Dalloway Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Annette Bening Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 09-04-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 377 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolfs greatest novel, follows English socialite Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party in post-World War I London. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right) performs Woolfs stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling brilliantly, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a womans life. When we first meet Clarissa Dalloway, she is preoccupied with the last-minute minutiae of party-planning while being flooded with memories of long ago. Clarissa then examines the realities of the present as the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of different characters minds. Mrs. Dalloway is daring not only in its stream-of-consciousness form, but also in its content. Woolfs depiction of Septimus Warren Smith brings to light the ugly and often ignored truth of how the brutality of war can drive men mad. We also get to see in depth how our main protagonist, Clarissa Dalloway, suffers from her own form of psychological damage: the more subtle, everyday oppression of English society. Critic Reviews: Bening's work here is fineher tone offers its characteristic graceboth this narrator and this novelist offer tremendous gifts. ( AudioFile) Members Reviews: Surprisingly enjoyable Haha! Am I the only one who liked Annette Benning? I thought her dead pan tone fit this book perfectly. Especially when speaking for Septimus. A friend of mine is discovering classics that he's never read, and keeps suggesting books to me. He gave me an assignment to read this book, and then use Sparknotes to better understand the underlying ideas. I must say, I think I got more out of this book because of it. If I hadn't read the spark notes, I probably would have thought it was boring and dull, just as the other reviewers did. Something that I find very interesting about this book is the way Virginia Woolf talks about mental illness. Not many people who are mentally ill themselves can describe the thoughts and feelings they have as precisely and eloquently as she does in this book. She rationalizes Septimus' feelings in such a profound way because she had those feelings (or some very much like them) all her life. I felt like I could see very clearly why she and Septimus both had to do what they did, and how it was the only way. Ugh. That got very dark all of a sudden. Overall, I thought this book was very much like Seinfeld. A lot about nothing. The plot...well, there isn't one. It is more a study on human character and death. It clearly captures the stream of consciousness movement that was happening when this book was written. I am a visual artist, so I was more familiar with works by Dali and Breton than I was of Woolf. I enjoyed this book as much as I would have enjoyed sitting in front of a Dali. It made me think harder than I wanted to, or than I am required to on a daily basis. If I could give this 6 stars I would I was turned off by Virginia Woolf when I was young - maybe she was pressed on me too insistently as a 'woman writer,' definitely I was turned off by some essays I had to read as an undergrad and which I found to be disturbingly elitist. But I had heard from several people that Mrs Dalloway was quite good, and they were right. I really had no idea that Woolf was this brilliant. And Bening absolutely nails the narration.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Audiobook by Muriel Spark
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Audiobook by Muriel Spark

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Author: Muriel Spark Narrator: Miriam Margolyes Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 01-12-12 Publisher: Canongate Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 208 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: "You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime." So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty, the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games and intrigues, and as boundaries are crossed so the difficulties start to unfold. Miriam Margolyes, one of Britain's finest character actors, gives a highly accomplished performance; rediscover this classic on the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark's birth. Members Reviews: Primed for Classics "I shall remain at this education factory where my duty lies. There needs must be a leaven in the lump. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life. The gang who oppose me shall not succeed." - Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Published in 1961 and set in a Scottish girl's school in the pre-World War II period (1930s) when Fascism was favorable (among those in their Prime) and on the rise, 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' tells the story of an unconventional teacher and her influence on a group or six girls (more probably, but the story focuses on six). It isn't original to say this, but it does read a bit like a female version of Dead Poet's Society, or perhaps A Separate Peace, but no not quite Lord of the Flies. Emotionally, the book resonates like Madame Bovary. Perhaps, one of the reasons the book vibrated so strongly with me is one of the pupils of Miss Brodie in her Prime reminds me of how I imagine my wife was in her tweens (Sandy). A couple things sold me on this book. I loved its style and prose, and was enraptured by Miss Brodie with her unconventional, romantic, and desperate need to matter, to influence, to be something. As fallible as she is, and as amoral as methods (both in love and politics) become, there is something VERY human about her. The other character I loved was Sandy. Influenced by Miss Brodie, in her Prime, but just not in the way Miss Brodie intended, Sandy's romantic view of life mirrors in some ways Miss Brodie. But I loved the 10-year old Sandy with her wild fantasies about Alan Breck (see Kidnapped) or Mr. Rochester (see Jane EyreJane Eyre). Later her fantasy turns its full attention on Miss Brodie and her lovers. It is perfect. Anyway, I read this because my natural man tends to gravitate more towards books written by men (just the statistics of classical books would do this), so when I think about it, I try and read a book I would normally pass over. I'm glad I found the radical Miss Jean Brodie while I was in my prime. SUPERB A wonderfully written, intellectually complex, and insightful book. 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' is a cautionary tale about what it is to teach and what it is to learn.

The Time Machine Audiobook by H.G. Wells
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The Time Machine Audiobook by H.G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Time Machine Author: H.G. Wells Narrator: John Banks Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 02-06-17 Publisher: Ladbroke Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 129 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. But they have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity - the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels, if he is ever to return to his own era. About the Narrator: John Banks is one of the UK's most prolific audiobook narrators, working for the likes of Big Finish, Audible, Random House and Games Workshop. He is a true multi-voice, creating everything from monsters to marauding aliens. He is also an accomplished stage and TV actor. About the Author: Herbert George Wells was a novelist, teacher, historian and journalist, who has become known as the "father of science fiction." His works have been adapted countless times, and provided the basis for many literary and theatrical productions. Members Reviews: Top 10 A wonderful book, in the same class as Gullivers Travels. It is one of the books I would like to take with me to Purgatory. - Sir Winston S. Churchill I liked it enough To me the ending was believable, but not very satisfying. I prefer the movie's ending in comparison. I know, sacrilegious, right? great and grand.

One of my favorite subjects in the science fiction. I only wish H.G.Wells have wrote more of it. Excellent story, excellent acting Wonderfully written, much better than the film. The voice actor did an excellent job with his reading. actually sounded like a movie At first I was not very interested when I was just reading it so instead I got the audio version and it literally felt like a movie Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Magic Shop Audiobook by H. G. Wells
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The Magic Shop Audiobook by H. G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Magic Shop Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 25 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 319 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Simple magic tricks are what a little boy is looking for when he drags his father into a quaint, old shop. The proprietor seems to be a master of illusion - a genius at slight of hand. But, as the son becomes mesmerized, the father feels an icy hand grip his heart. Members Reviews: A GLASS BALL GIP This is a very entertaining and fun story, involving a father and son and a Magic Shop. B.J. does a great job Magical This is an amazing little story that has more to tell than its beguiling prose. It's a powerful reminder aimed directly at us adults who have allowed ourselves to lose that magic we used to have when we were kids and which makes everything around us come to life. There could not be a narrator more fit than the great B.J. Harrison for this treasure tale. suprising What did you love best about The Magic Shop? The story was a refreshing short story. I stumbled upon it by looking for my other 2 favorites by H.G. Wells. I went into the story not really expecting much since the story was very short compared to his other works but I was pleasantly surprised. The story drops you into the mind of a father and an experience with his son. The ending was not what I expected, but then after all I did not expect anything. This is a good story and expresses the mind of H.G. Wells a little bit more. What about B. J. Harrisons performance did you like? The narrator was very good. His expression in his voice are great and he does a very good job in separating out the characters. I will definitely be subscribing to his free story podcast from his website. Well read performance of a classic. This is a short story from an audio series of classic short stories from well known writers such as this one from H. G. Wells and others from writers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Great performance of a great story. Hard to believe the story is so old. It felt modern. Great performance! I'm going to check out the podcast. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Animal Farm Audiobook by George Orwell
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Animal Farm Audiobook by George Orwell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Animal Farm Author: George Orwell Narrator: Simon Callow Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 12-07-09 Publisher: CSA Word Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 243 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: 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. They decide that working for humans is doing them no favours, so under the leadership of Napoleon, the only Berkshire Boar on the farm, and the other pigs, they drive out the farmer and his cohorts and set about structuring their own society. With direct allusions to political figures such as Lenin, Marx, Trotsky, Stalin, and Molitov, to name but a few, Animal Farm is one of the greatest socio-political works of all time, and this UNABRIDGED audio does it absolute justice. Members Reviews: Essential Everyone should buy this audiobook, whether youve read Animal Farm previously, or not. For those familiar with the story, there is so much joy to be had from Simon Callows fantastic and fantastical reading. From the first sentence, I was mesmerized. His interpretation of Stalin sorry I mean Napoleon is a delight. And at just over 3h, why not revisit the material? For those who havent read the book before, what a great introduction. Im not an expert on the Soviet revolution and the subsequent Stalin cult of personality, so Animal Farm for me remains the best and simplest allegory of this strange period of human history. Because the symbols have been boiled down to their most basic elements, I wouldnt describe anything here as dazzling. But its this very simplicity that will keep you engaged. Strip away all the metaphor and dystopia, and youll see that Animal Farm is also a touching and charming story. Great narrative I loved the narrative. Mr Simon had me captivated with every voice tone to the characters The perfect combination of story and reading! I can only second the title here. The story itself is great, funny and yet about serious things. The reading performance is top notch, it would probably be impossible to do it better! Combining these two, it's hard to find a better way to spend your Audible credit! Thought Provoking It's one of those stories I can't honestly say I liked due to the subject matter but am glad I listened to. Read excellently by Simon Cowell so much do I put off listening to certain portions of the book. I don't think George was a fan of Stalin Classic that is a good fable. We all know it is Communist Russia and Napoleon the pig is actually Stalin, sorry did I just do a spoiler alert? Well, it isn't as great as '1984' but Mr Orwell is a great author, just don't expect any 'OMG' moments or twists in the tale. Never trusted pigs anyway, but you have to give it to them, without opposable thumbs they certainly do run an efficient farm. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Scott Brick Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 11-08-06 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 2061 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A respected lawyer, Utterson, hears this story and begins to unravel the seemingly manic behavior of his best friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his connection with Hyde. Several months earlier, Utterson had drawn up an inexplicable will for the doctor, naming Hyde as his heir in the event that he disappears. Fearing his friend has been blackmailed into this arrangement, Utterson probes deeper into both Jekyll and his unlikely protégé. He is increasingly unnerved at each new revelation. In a forerunner of psychological dramas to come, Stevenson uses Hyde to show that we are both repulsed by and attracted to the darker side of life, particularly when we can experience it in anonymity. Editorial Reviews: Stevenson's most often dramatized and distorted novella gets its umpteenth audiobook narration from the talented Scott Brick. Although his British accent is a wee bit shaky, he doesn't disappoint. He narrates in his wonted American voice with particular attention to atmosphere and delivers his British characters with personality and a reserve that lends appropriate gravity to the tale and plays effectively against its melodrama. Members Reviews: I SAW WHAT I SAW I HEARD WHAT I HEARD It was hard to keep my mind focused on this. This does not stand up to modern day horror. The many movies that have been made from this, some turning Mr. Hyde into Jack the Ripper, are good movies. If you listen to the last twenty minutes of this, you have the whole book in a nutshell. This book also hits two of my pet peeves. !. Evil people look evil, usually having a deformity and good people are pretty, handsome, tall, petite, etc... 2. Something is so terrible, the writer can't describe it. This was common practice of the time. I thought Brick was good. excellent story superb reader this is a story that I have always enjoyed, and Scott brick is incapable of a bad performance. this is a copy that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in this classic. A Beautiful Tale of Human Depravity A beautifuly monstrous tale of human nature. of our desires taking command of our senses. Worst yet, of our lauded logic betraying us for said desires. We are what we repeatedly choose to do; Dr. Jekyll found that out the hard way... An Unchanging Classic Dracula, Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde--these are the great triumvirate of 1800s horror novels. Even though this book is relatively short, it is a masterpiece of literature and a perfect novel for Halloween. The best part of this book is what the author does not write--the author is great about giving just enough information to let the reader's imagination help paint the story. The story is enduring in its quality and cultural impact. The narrator does a fantastic job bringing the story to life. Well done and enjoyable . Very well narrated classic done with excellent rhythm and accent. Alteration of voices works well. I recommend it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Shelley
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Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Shelley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Frankenstein Author: Mary Shelley Narrator: Derek Jacobi Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 11-16-15 Publisher: silksoundbooks Limited Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 115 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The tale of Dr. Frankenstein and the horrendous monster he unleashes on the world when he tinkers with the laws of nature had almost as strange a birth as the monster itself. It was the product of one of the most famous ghost story telling sessions in history. Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and several others were stranded on the shores of Lake Geneva during a particularly sodden summer. They challenged each other to come up with the most ghastly and soul-rending story their sizable literary talents could muster, and the hands-down winner came from Shelley's wife - Mary Shelley. The novel that emerged several years later has been recognised as one of the most chilling and gruesome horror stories ever written, and it is certainly one of the most famous. It's a moving account of a battle for independence, it's a warning against man's pride in his ability to change the world with his blind pursuit of science, it's a story of revolt and revenge and, most intriguingly, it was one of the first novels to be written where the narrator is not necessarily a reliable witness, and we are left to carve the truth of the matter out for ourselves. This is an alarming book - in several very enjoyable ways. Author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1797-1851) was a novelist, dramatist, essayist, biographer and travel writer. She is, however, best known for her Gothic horror novel Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus, published 1818. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Members Reviews: A beautiful work What did you love best about Frankenstein? The prose, the excellent story telling, and the simplicity of the story - It is more powerful considering what is left out, rather than included - for example, no messy laboratory scenes, or questionable science, and no religious pontificating. Who was your favorite character and why? The monster of course. He is the personification of Loneliness. All his actions stem from the inability to interact with another being. Not 'evil', not the absence of a soul, just loneliness. What about Derek Jacobis performance did you like? Excellent! just perfect in every way. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? Obviously, many have tried, but the book is un-filmable as it stands. Any additional comments? An enjoyable read- and the perfect audio-book as all is related in epistolary form. Frankenstein Drinking Game Drink every time the word "countenance" is spoken. Good luck. Also it's a brilliant story with a lovely voice actor. absolutely loved it. One of my favorite classics with a fantastic voice for each character. Brought my love of the story back to life! A Great Performance for a very Boring Story I wasn't really sure what I was getting into when I picked up this story. It was clearly written in a different time and for a different audience. First off, Derek Jacobi does an impressive job trying to bring life to a very old story written in flowery and overly elaborate language. He holds Frankenstein's German accent excellently for most of the book, and doesn't miss a step when he switches over to other voices. The story itself actually startled me, in that it had virtually nothing in common with the old 1930's movie. The moral was more or less the same, warning of the dangers of working with science that we do not understand.

The Yellow Wallpaper Audiobook by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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The Yellow Wallpaper Audiobook by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Yellow Wallpaper Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Narrator: Jo Myddleton Format: Unabridged Length: 35 mins Language: English Release date: 03-25-08 Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 318 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Instructed to abandon her intellectual life and avoid stimulating company, she sinks into a still-deeper depression invisible to her husband, who believes he knows what is best for her. Alone in the yellow-wallpapered nursery of a rented house, she descends into madness. Members Reviews: Unnerving and disturbing When I first listened to the story a year ago, I was deeply moved and shaken. It took me so much time to listen to it again. I must say it's not just a spooky story of a woman showing signs of incipient madness, as it might seem. It's a protest against quack psychiatrists of the 19th century, who instead of curing patients ended up complicating their mental illness. The story is autobiographical. Being unstable, C.P. Gilman suffered from nervous breakdowns herself. She turned to a physician, whose treatment methods proved to be ineffective. C.P. Gilman was subdued to the domestic sphere, was allowed to have only two hours' intellectual stimulation, and was prevented from working. Deprived from normal life, she nearly slipped into insanity. Only when Gilman returned to work, did she manage to recover. As Charlotte Perkins Gilman put it, the story "was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy". A Visceral Reaction Charlotte Perkins Gilmans novella is one of those stories that reminds me to be thankful that I live when I do. It's about a woman who is suffering from postpartum depression before postpartum depression existed. Instead, women suffered from exhaustion, a case of nerves, or (the best gender-specific illness of all time) hysteria. She submits to the forced regime of rest prescribed by her doctor husband, and the inactivity and removal from her child throws her headfirst into a depressive spiral. Especially strong in audio - the narration here is gentle, real, and creepy all at once. Jo Myddletons voice begins calm and rises in desperation as the protagonist descends into madness. The panic and claustrophobia is tangible. Youll get angry. Youll want to protest something. Your inner-feminist (guys too - you know shes in there) will awaken. Its awesome. A story understood best when an adult This is one of those short stories some high school literature teachers have students read as a "classic". Yes, it is a classic, but can only be fully understood and appreciated when one is an adult. Psychologically speaking, anyone can go mad if presented with the right circumstances. Some escape those circumstances; others do not. This is the case of the main character of this short story. Post-partem depression linked with a controlling husband linked with separation from the outside world force this young bride and mother into a world that only she can see and comprehend. And while the outside world sees her as having gone mad, from her perspective she has only tried to free herself, and does so. The listener sees it step-by-step and it makes sense. The other characters, practically ignoring her throughout the story see her at Step A and then again at Step Z and to them it makes no sense at all, adding to the tragedy. It is a well written, well read tale. Excellent reading A really excellent reading of this iconic short story - the reader gives a very polished performance in which she gradually builds in intensity to match the increasingly hallucinatory nature of the prose.

Dracula (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Bram Stoker
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Dracula (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Bram Stoker

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Dracula (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Bram Stoker Narrator: Nick Sandys Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 09-25-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 13 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Young lawyer Jonathan Harker journeys to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula only to discover that his nobleman client is a vampire who is thirsty for new blood. After imprisoning Harker in his castle, Dracula travels to England to seduce Jonathan's fiancée, Mina, and the battle against an ineffable evil begins. Led by philosopher and metaphysician Professor Van Helsing - Dracula's most indomitable adversary - Harker, Mina, and a band of allies unite, determined to confront and destroy the Count before he can escape. Bram Stoker ingeniously modernized gothic folklore by moving his vampire from traditional castle ruins to modern England. With Dracula, which has been interpreted and dissected by scholars for generations, Stoker changed the vampire novel forever. Revised edition: Previously published as Dracula, this edition of Dracula (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Good narration, but a little speedy I won't go over the story because we all know it. Instead, I'm going to take this time to discuss the narrator. Nick is a great narrator. Each character is well defined and clear. A personal favorite was Quincy Morris. His female voices with a little high pitched, but they were okay. However, his reading speed is a little fast in some parts. If you are looking for a good single narrator, give this one a shot. For four dollars, you definitely aren't being cheated. I know they say you get what you pay for, but in this case this is the exception to that rule. A wonderful story from various perspectives The entire story of Dracula is told through the letters and journals of the main characters, giving many perspectives and points of view that are important for adding emotion to the characters. Nick Sandys gives each character their own voice, making it easy to understand who is talking or speaking their mind as the book transitions from one person to the next. Overall, this was a wonderful story to listen to, especially during Halloween time~ :) Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Lieutenant Hornblower Audiobook by C. S. Forester
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Lieutenant Hornblower Audiobook by C. S. Forester

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lieutenant Hornblower Author: C. S. Forester Narrator: Christian Rodska Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 08-16-11 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 753 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible: Having now paid his dues as midshipman, Horatio Hornblower returns as a newly promoted Lieutenant, in the second instalment of C.S. Forester's beloved naval series. In this new adventure, Hornblower is overjoyed to discover his next task is to serve aboard the mighty HMS Renown. After witnessing some unsettling scenes however, he soon finds himself struggling to serve under the captain, James Sawyer, whose unsound mind leads him to treat his crew with extreme suspicion and contempt. As talk of mutiny is abound, the tension rises and Hornblower is forced to make impossible decisions in an effort to unite the crew and avert further disaster by defeating the Spanish. Introducing a much-desired element of romance to the series, Horatio encounters the beautiful and seductive Maria, who sends him on an altogether different but equally enticing escapade. Hailed by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Sir Winston Churchill for being 'admirable and vastly entertaining,' C.S. Forester became a hugely influential 20th Century author. Born in Cairo, raised in London and buried in California, the metropolitan writer experienced huge success with his Horatio Hornblower series as well as with his later works, The African Queen and The Good Shepherd. His literary genius is perfectly encapsulated within this endlessly entertaining narrative, and his heroic protagonist draws us in to another titillating journey through the Napoleonic wars. Narrator Biography Christian Rodska is an English television and voice actor best known for his role in the 1970's series Follyfoot. From the The Monuments Men and The Eagle of the Ninth to The Likely Lads, Z Cars, The Tomorrow People, Coronation Street, Bergerac and Casualty, his extensive and diverse acting career has led him to become a highly solicited radio and audiobook narrator. He has now voiced over 150 unabridged audiobooks including Winston Churchill's biographies, Evelyn Waugh's Men at Arms and Sebastian Faulks' A Possible Life. He has been praised for his ability to vary in vocal pace and style and as such, Christian boasts 12 Earphone Awards from Audiofile Magazine. Members Reviews: Hornblower off to the Caribbean This book was written in 1952 and is different from the prior books in that the story is told from the view point of Lt William Bush rather than from Hornblower's. The story begins with Lt Bush coming aboard the ship as a new officer and is meet greeted aboard by Lt Hornblower. There are determining which Lieutenant is senior by date of rank when Captain Sawyer comes aboard and accuses Bush of deliberately boarding the ship ahead of him. Turns out that Hornblower is the most junior (5) Lt and Bush is the number 3. So begins a voyage to the Caribbean with a paranoid schizophrenic Captain. The trip shows what power of life and death the Captains had in those days. There is lots of action both ship and land fighting as well as seaman skills. The book also goes to demonstrate what leadership skills and ability are needed to lead men. Christian Rodska does a great job narrating the book. This is a great story and has a bit more meat to the story than prior ones. Looking forward to reading the next in line. Great story; great narrator My title says it all. This is Hornblower at his most swashbuckling.

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 Audiobook by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 Audiobook by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 10-15-09 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3794 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Doyle ended up writing four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson. All but four are told in the first person by Watson, two by Holmes, and two are written in the third person. Together, this series of beautifully written Victorian literature has sold more copies than any other books in the English language, with the exceptions of the Bible and Shakespeare. Volume 1 in this series consists of two novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, followed by a collection of short stories entitled The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Members Reviews: mouth watering The only problem I have with this series is that I am awaiting the next episode with impatience! I bought this after much comparing, I wanted a voice I could enjoy, one who could do a variety of voices, and a series that didn't end up costing a lot, as I intend to own every story. This is value for money, and worth the wait. The only improvement possible is a multiple cast, but I chose cost over that. Well done! and thanks for getting back to me - there will be three volumes when finished, and the second is ready and due to be offered for download any time now. a list of what you'll find in Volume 1 A Study in Scarlet (novel; 1887) The Sign of the Four (novel; 1890) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (short stories, published in The Strand between July, 1891 and December, 1892): A Scandal in Bohemia The Red-Headed League A Case of Identity The Boscombe Valley Mystery The Five Orange Pips The Man with the Twisted Lip The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle The Adventure of the Speckled Band The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet The Adventure of the Copper Beeches From what I can tell from a quick internet search, Volume 1 of this audiobook covers the Holmes cannon faithfully from the first. I'm eager to start Volume 2 to see if the coverage will be as comprehensive. I liked Charlton Griffin's Sherlock and Dr. Watson, but I didn't like his portrayal of any of the female characters (they sounded so wimpy and foolish, even when they were written otherwise). I read several of the short stories, out of order, years ago. Listening to this audiobook to "read" the cannon from start to finish is great because I can follow the character development of Homles and Watson, and their relationship. Wish there was a list of titles I really enjoyed listening to this collection of Sherlock Holes stories. I just wish there was an easy to find list of the stories for reference The narration was fantastic. The short stories were a nice length; I often listened to them on the way to work. Each story contained an individual plot/case yet there were many times references to previous cases, providing a connection between stories. It was interesting to see the Holmes and Watson characters develop throughout the collection. I started listening to this collection because of the Sherlock TV show produced by BBC.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Markheim Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Markheim Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Markheim Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Ralph Cosham Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Findaway World Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 70 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Here are 2 classic thrillers by a master of suspense. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores the split nature of man. Dr. Jekyll, a respectable man, transforms into an alter ego named Mr. Hyde who carries out all the wickedness Dr. Jekyll represses. In the body of Mr. Hyde, Jekyll finds freedom from the bonds of social convention but soon finds himself lured deeper into violence, and ultimately murder. The second tale, Markheim, tells of a robber named Markheim who murders a shopkeeper on Christmas day. Award-winning British narrator Ralph Cosham does justice to these 2 bone-chilling tales. (P) and ©1996 Commuter's Library Critic Reviews: "This production is first rate Horror Audio." (Audio World) "The subject is endlessly interesting, and rich in all sorts of provocation, and Mr. Stevenson is to be congratulated on having touched the core of it...a masterpiece of concision." (Henry James) Members Reviews: Simply fantastic! I have gotten infinite pleasure out of this recording. It is outstanding! Must reads essays on the nature man These classics are that for a reason. I found the thought provoking content behind the plot substantial; must listens when you get a chance. Misinterpreted and misunderstood Where does The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Markheim rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? Once again, I take Hollywood to task. Just as they did with FRANKENSTEIN, they have turned DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE into a horror story and missed the whole point of Robert Lewis Stevenson's classic of good vs. evil. There is so much more to this story, so much psychology and so much humanity. The only possible way to appreciate this classic is to approach it the way it was intended: to be read. Which character as performed by Ralph Cosham was your favorite? Ralph Cosham did a superb job portraying both characters and making the transition from one to the other so seemingly effortlessly. I will be anxious to hear more of his work in the future. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? My most compelling reaction to this book was sadness for the plight of Dr. Jekyll and the misuse of this story by the media...mainly Hollywood. Any additional comments? I do hope more people will read and appreciate this study in mental instability and one man's plight at being caught between the forces of good and evil. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Captain of the Pole Star Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Captain of the Pole Star Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Captain of the Pole Star Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 145 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Word goes among the crew of the Pole Star that the captain is haunted by demons. And after the days turn into weeks in the frigid Arctic Ocean, stories begin to circulate of ghosts and midnight hauntings. Members Reviews: Conan Doyle wrote more than Mr. Holmes. The story of ghostly happenings on a whaling ship is eerie and atmospheric. The mysterious Captain of the Pole Star is a hypnotic character. The Doctor narrator, ( Hmmm, another Doctor narrator?) is in an excellent position to tell the story from all perspectives. The story is first rate, the narration by BJ Harrison is better than some of his books and his dialects were very good. All in all a great listen! good story good story and narrator. didn't know author did other books besides sherlock. I would recommend Old School but Good Any additional comments? Old school horror done right. It was creepy but not really scary, basically a ghost story. A Love Story Of A Most Peculiar Kind From the decks of the Pole Star, a Scottish whaler and crew, a Captain with a torn soul whose agony stirs fear and terror in all around him yet has radiant bursts of delight and comradeship. Surrounded in the ice cap of the arctic circle ,strange imaginings appear in sight and sound and BJ's mastery of voices keeps you on deck in the blinding snow and cold wondering - can this truly be a love story? Ok but not great. Short and easy to get into but thought the ending was to quick and simple. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Very Good Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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Very Good Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Very Good Jeeves Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 01-17-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 561 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jonathan Cecil, described as having one of the best-loved voices in audiobooks by the P. G. Wodehouse Society, narrates this collection of brilliantly entertaining stories featuring Jeeves and Wooster, including: "Jeeves and the Impending Doom", "Jeeves and the Kid Clementina", "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy", "The Love That Purifies", "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit", "Jeeves and the Old School Chum", "Jeeves and the Song of Songs", "Indian Summer of an Uncle", "Episode of the Dog McIntosh", "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", and "The Spot of Art." Members Reviews: Very, Very Good Jeeves P.G. Wodehouse is not for every mood. But, when you're in need of something truly, truly silly, funny, witty and outrageous, this author can't be beat. And this narrator does a wonderful job bringing Bertie, Jeeves, the Aunts, and all the twits to hilarious life. Good for a smile or a belly laugh, "Very Good, Jeeves" is good enough for me! The very best Wodehouse narrator Any additional comments? I have listened to 2 other Wodehouse narrators and Jonathon Cecil is the absolute best. He captures the humor somehow differently than the others and I, honestly, laughed out loud many times during "Very Good Jeeves." The others read it with the proper stuffiness, but he "gets" the humor. I am now searching for Cecil readings of Wodehouse rather than Wodehouse readings. Inside: Some of the Very Best Bertie/Jeeves Tales My candidates for Very Best: The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy, Jeeves and the Yuletide Spirit, Jeeves and the Song of Songs, The Spot of Art, The Love that Purifies, and Jeeves and the Old School Chum. Let's see...that's six out of a total of eleven stories. And the remaining five are almost as good. The only downside is that I first heard Frederick Davidson read this collection. As good as Jonathan Cecil can be--see his rendition of Uncle Fred in the Springtime, Uncle Dynamite or The Code of the Woosters--he doesn't come up to the mark set (at least in my mind) by Davidson on this set of stories. I bought this version because 1) it was on sale and 2) I have Davidson's version on cassette tape and needed something more portable. Cecil's performance is good but too rushed. As a rule, his versions of the same book are always an hour shorter than Davidson's, the reason being that Davidson uses that hour to squeeze every nuance of humor or irony out of very line. While I enjoyed the listen--it is, after all, Wodehouse--I was constantly being reminded of how much better a version I had on cassette tapes in the basement. If only that old Walkman still worked... Spot on narration Having always loved the Wooster and Jeeves BBC television adaptation, I thought, "Ho!" Why not give the audio book a try? It is even funnier because you get inside Wooster's rather addled head. The narration of this one was hysterical. My husband and I were listening on an airplane and pretty much had to stuff our fists in our mouths to avoid guffawing out loud repeatedly. I just downloaded an earlier Wooster and Jeeves (My Man, Jeeves) and am not so far impressed with the narration.

The Golden Notebook Audiobook by Doris Lessing
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The Golden Notebook Audiobook by Doris Lessing

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Golden Notebook Author: Doris Lessing Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 07-09-10 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 268 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the most important books of the growing feminist movement of the 1950s, The Golden Notebook was brought to the attention of a wider public by the Nobel Prize award to Doris Lessing in 2007. Author Anna Wulf attempts to overcome writers block by writing a comprehensive "golden notebook" that draws together the preoccupations of her life, each of which is examined in a different notebook: sources of her creative inspiration in a black book, communism in a red book, the breakdown of her marriage in a yellow book, and day-to-day emotions and dreams in a blue book. Annas struggle to unify the various strands of her life emotional, political, and professional amasses into a fascinating encyclopaedia of female experience in the 50s. In this authentic, taboo-breaking novel, Lessing brings the plight of womens lives from obscurity behind closed doors into broad daylight. The Golden Notebook resonates with the concerns and experiences of a great many women and is a true modern classic, thoroughly deserving of its reputation as a feminist bible. A notoriously long and complex work, it is given a new life by this its first unabridged recording. Critic Reviews: " The Golden Notebook is Doris Lessings most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women." (Elizabeth Hardwick, New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: Transcendent narration of a masterpiece. Juliet Stevenson's narration of this classic (which I'd not read since college) is so extraordinary, I have found myself listening to this recording repeatedly, replaying favorite passages, etc. In narrating various characters' dialogue, she maintains consistency of voice and pitch, so the listener (even if somewhat distracted by chores or what have you) is generally able to keep all these lines of narrative straight - no small feat, considering the book's complexity. I will not only return to this recording again, but I will also seek out additional recordings by the same narrator. Finally, I will add that the recording is quite well-produced; glitches are nearly non-existent, which seems fantastic given the length of this work. Even Months Later, I Keep Thinking About It... It took some time for me to make my way through this incredible book. It's the sort of work, deeply intelligent in its design and execution, that deserves a lot of thought and percolation. It was months ago that I finished it, yet even now when I think of the story told here, flawlessly delivered by Juliet Stevenson, I remember the excitement of knowing I was wrapped up in truly great storytelling. I had to acquire more Stevenson after falling in love with her voice and the skill of her execution, and went on to her readings of Woolf (also great). I will definitely come back to this again in the future when I once again have the time to savor it. Failed Experiment One has to admire a writer with the courage to break with convention in both form and content. Lessing takes on the subject of women's sexuality, creativity and Communism in the 1050s. But sometimes one can bite off more originality than one can chew. Anna Wulf is a disaffected Communist novelist who has written one well received book but suffers writer's block, unable to manage a second one. She experiments with various scenarios, each one drafted in a different colored notebook.

The Citadel Audiobook by A J Cronin
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The Citadel Audiobook by A J Cronin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Citadel Author: A J Cronin Narrator: Franklin Engelmann Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 09-08-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 39 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: New doctor Andrew Manson looks forward to his post in a Welsh mining community, but he finds practicing medicine in such primitive conditions very different from his training. He makes friends, but also enemies. First published in 1937, this book was groundbreaking in its treatment of the contentious theme of medical ethics. It is credited with laying the foundation in Great Britain for the introduction of the Nation Health Service a decade later. Members Reviews: Incredibly bad recording I first read this book more than 50 years ago and, perhaps, i wanted to "recapture" my youth, However, this recording sounds like it was made in 1937 - when the book was first published - and the reader sounds like a BBC announcer from that period. Not only that but his mistakes have not been edited out. Unless you need the nostalgia - give this a miss. A must-read for physicians This story highlights ethics in Medicine and is as true and valid now as it was in 1937. Many reviewers have criticised the recording and it is certainly dated both from a technical as well as a linguistics viewpoint. The narrator can be heard to cough, shuffel papers and make mistakes, which he corrects openly. However, in his defence, I would say that Mr. Engleman speaks the Standard English spoken widely (especially on the BBC) in the mid twentieth century and at the time the book came out. He masters the accents of the Welsh miners, the Scottish hero, Andrew, his Yorkshire wife, an American scientist and his West End coleagues. The only accent that grates somewhat is his own. Modern UK English has changed considerably and his would seem archaic to most British listeners not to mention those on this side of the pond. However, these considerations should not prevent anyone from listening to one of the best novels on health care delivery for the past 100 years. great book, great author Where does The Citadel rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? very near the top. i wish audibles would get more a.j. cronin. particularly The Green Years. What did you like best about this story? all of his stories are tight, well written stories. the characters are so real, so down to earth, with big dreams and very human hearts. i adored the main characters here. i also like the way cronin introduces new characters. very seamless writing. you never know you are listening. What about Franklin Engelmanns performance did you like? it wasn't the best recording...but then i'm one who takes my old, impossible to find cassettes, and puts them on my computer. anything for a great story! i was so caught up in this story that the reader did not bother me at all. unless you are VERY bothered by the reader, don't let that put you off. i thought he did a great job reading it. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? yes, i did cry. it broke my heart because i loved the characters so much. if you know what it means to grow and pay a price for it, you will feel the same. Any additional comments? no, just that i would recommend this recording. wonderful book terrible recording really is below your usual standards for recording - scratchy as if off an old record with lots of page turnings and coughs. This is a book worth doing well. Love and Respect for the Profession Dr. Manson started his career as an assistant in a poor Walsh mining town.

The Mortal Immortal Audiobook by Mary Shelley
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The Mortal Immortal Audiobook by Mary Shelley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mortal Immortal Author: Mary Shelley Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 39 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 145 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: An ancient alchemist drags out his weary life in search of the elixir of immortality. But, when his vengeful assistant quaffs the mixture, he discovers that the effects of the draft of immortality may never wear off. Mary Shelley explores the concept of immortality, following a character that never ages through a ponderous and thought provoking life. Members Reviews: A CURE FOR LOVE Being immortal is not all it is cracked up to be. This is an entertaining story of how an apprentice became immortal. It is also the story of this life. I liked it from beginning to end. As far as narrators, you can't lose with Harrison Be entertained by a Master Writer B.J.'s performance is compelling and holds you in the grip of a story so devilish between two lovers you will not soon forget, not for immortality, but for thirty-nine minutes I loved it. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? The story was wonderful and moving. B.J. Harrison's narration was top notch as always. What does B.J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? His many great voices and accents really make make the story come alive. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales Audiobook by Arthur Machen
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The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales Audiobook by Arthur Machen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Peter Wickham Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 01-01-18 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Dubbed the greatest horror story in English by Stephen King, The Great God Pan is an eerie and otherworldly mystery about a diabolical operation and its terrifying repercussions. After rescuing a young woman from the streets of London, Dr. Raymond uses her as a test subject for brain surgery aimed at "lifting the veil" of reality, to see the supernatural and the "great god Pan". The operation is a disaster and leaves the subject lobotomized. Years later, London becomes afflicted with a strange series of male suicides connected to a beautiful but sinister woman named Helen. Just who is she, and what is her connection to Dr. Raymond's failed experiment? First published in 1890, The Great God Pan influenced many writers of the genre, including the unrivalled master H.P. Lovecraft. It makes perfect listening for a dark and rainy evening. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Sprig Muslin Audiobook by Georgette Heyer
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Sprig Muslin Audiobook by Georgette Heyer

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sprig Muslin Author: Georgette Heyer Narrator: Sian Phillips Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 09-08-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1063 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination... Members Reviews: Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last! I have loved Georgette Heyer's Regency romances since I was in junior high and now I am in 7th heaven that she is finally on Audible. If you want steamy love scenes in your romance novels, you are in the wrong place; GH novel are all formula -- handsome romantic hero, feisty but demur heroine all wrapped in the manners and mannerisms of early 19th century England. Lord gets his lady and they live happily ever after. These are stories you can give a 10 year old and not worry about the vocabulary or even the slight hint of explicit sex (or even implicit). I love her story telling; there is lots of detail so that you really get a feel for what life was like 200 years ago. She creates the whole Regency world for you--well at least the world of the rich and titled. Her language and choice of words really makes you think you are in Regency England and unlike so many of the historical romances of today, GH really sticks to the mores and mindset of the era. As for Sprig Muslin, the narrator is a delight and I look forward to listening to the story over and over again. Delightful narration offsets weaker story line This isn't one of my favorite Heyer books in print form, but it is without question my favorite of Heyer's books in audio. The narrator nails the characterization of these people *perfectly*. If you have, or have had, a teenage daughter, this is a must listen. You will laugh out loud! Very enjoyable listen! This was never one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books but after listening to Sian Phillips excellent characterization it finally made sense and I find myself listening again and laughing out loud. I truly have enjoyed the reading and now the story! As charming and delightful as ever Reading Georgette Heyer's Regency novels is like eating dark chocolate--a guilty pleasure that turns out to be good for you. They are formula novels only because so many writers have tried to imitate them, and none, with the possible exception of Jane Aitken, has managed to come close to the combination of intelligence, humour, and excellent writing that is Georgette Heyer. More please. Fabulous narrator I love all of Georgette Heyer's books. Listening to them adds a great deal. This narrator is the best! She adds small laughs or sighs perfectly. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Northanger Abbey Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Northanger Abbey Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Northanger Abbey Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Mary Sarah Agliotta Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 06-22-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 341 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In Northanger Abbey, a young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. Austen's first, this is considered by many to be among her most charming novels. Members Reviews: Couldn't listen to the end! Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Mary Sarah Agliotta? No! What did you like best about this story? Jane Austen is great! How did the narrator detract from the book? The narrator has no idea about the right pronunciation of places in England. She had no emotional involvment with the story. Very poor rendering. I couldn't even get through this .... I was looking forward to an engaging rendition of the story, but the narration was AWFUL. The narrator spoke quickly, but extremely softly, as if she were trying to hurry through the narration as quickly as possible without waking someone sleeping in the other room. Raising the volume didn't help because she would occasionally punctuate with a loud word - this was not a good rendition. I clearly see why it is the least expensive one on here. Austen seems to require a British narrator Any additional comments? Ultimately, though I love Austen, and have not yet read Northanger Abbey, I had to abandon this audiobook because the narrator just wasn't doing it for me. My primary complaint is that she is not British (shouldn't that be required?). But also, this narrator was delivering an Austen with no sparkle, no tongue in cheek wit. Narrator fail. A Monotonous Reading - No Characterization This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? Jane Austen's novel is as good as ever, but Ms. Agliotta's vocal interpretation is nearly impossible to listen to. Would you recommend Northanger Abbey to your friends? Why or why not? The story is quintessential Austen and though not her best work, will please Austen fans. How could the performance have been better? This reading cannot be called a "performance" in any sense of the word. Ms. Agliotta simply reads, and reads, and reads -- rapidly and with no character voices or even pauses. Most of Austen's dialogue (and there is an abundance) does not use he/she said tags, but relies on quotation marks and line spacing to identify changes in speakers. So an audible experience requires the reader to skillfully depict each character's voice. There is no such skill in Ms. Agliotta's reading. Even with close listening it was difficult to discern who was speaking, and there was no differentiation between male or female. The best parts of this audible book were the chapter announcements - at least then she took a breath and I knew who was speaking. Austen's Cold Bath or Austen's City Limits This was an early, minor work of a literary giant. Northanger Abbey was a pleasant parody, but didn't have much narrative momentum. Certain devices were executed well enough (direct address, discussion of novels, etc) and Austen's ability for dialogue, social maneuverings, social criticism and gothic intricacies must have been womb-developed since they already seem mature with this her first competed (although it was also her last published) novel. Northanger Abbey was, along with Persuasion, published posthumously. Both novels centered on society in Bath, but NA just didn't have the chops of Austen's final novel (Persuasion).

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Audiobook by Anne Brontë
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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Audiobook by Anne Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Author: Anne Brontë Narrator: Mary Sarah Agliotta Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 10-04-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 265 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Probably the most shocking of the Brontës' novels, this novel had an instant and phenomenal success and is widely considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels. A mysterious widow, Mrs. Helen Graham, arrives at Wildfell Hall, a nearby old mansion. A source of curiosity for the small community, the reticent Helen and her young son Arthur are slowly drawn into the social circles of the village. Members Reviews: A good story ruined by the narrator The narration of this classic made the entire experience PAINFUL. Although capable of reading, the narrator was not capable of dialogue -- something experienced Audible listeners have come to rely upon. So what happens is this: is it a man? is it a woman? which character is it, pray tell? Only those who have read the book in the past and are familiar with the plot line are able to tell. I hope Audible will avoid these disasters -- I am wondering how it was selected. A classic story deserves a more adept reader How did the narrator detract from the book? With material that is so well known the reader should check the material. There were so many mispronounced words that I could hardly follow the story in places. Ms. Agliotta needs to get a dictionary and learn how to use it. Interesting plot, beautiful language, blah reader This was Anne Brontë's only novel, and it's very well written, and makes some very surprising and interesting statements regarding marriage and women's rights, and lack thereof. Her protagonist is not perfect, and of course that makes the book even better. The flashback within the plot by means of the reading of a journal was also interesting. I was frustrated by the fact that a plot summary here included things that happen very late in the book. Basically was a spoiler. If you're thinking about listening to this book, choose one by another reader. I had listened to an Anne of Green Gables book read by Mary Sarah, and was so not pleased, that I remember her name! But this version was I sale, so I chose it. Never again! I don't care if they offer a book for a penny, I will NOT get it if it's being read by this reader. She has an odd accent, and reads very quickly, so that voice inflection and emotion are lost to efficiency. I got the impression that she didn't understand what the characters were feeling sometimes. She also mispronounced several words... really odd. This novel ideally should be performed by 2 readers. A man for the narrative of Gilbert, and a woman for the narrative of Helen's journal. I was very confused as to why a woman was reading a first person account written by a man, and it really took away from several passages. Overall, this is a well-written, interesting view into 19th century perspectives on marriage and morality, with some lovely turns of the English language, but, choose another narrator. Good novel with poor production It's a solid, though occasionally depressing, story. However, the production or audio quality is poor with frequent changes in sound and voice modulation. It does not seem professionally produced as most Audible titles. BRONTE CLASSIC Any additional comments? I am glad that I listened to this book, it was more than I expected. Bronte wrote like she thought. You can't do anything while you read this or you don't get the wonderful mental pictures she writes for you.

The Mark of the Beast Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling
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The Mark of the Beast Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mark of the Beast Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 33 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 111 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When a carousing Englishman disgraces the consecrated effigy of Hanuman, a leprous "Silver Man" marks him with a hideous curse. The ensuing night brings new terrors to the house of the doomed man. Members Reviews: Must listen again I fear I was not paying close enough attention so I will endeavor to listen again. The reader was so very good that I'm afraid I got caught up in the telling, more than the story. Creepy A genuinely creepy story that compares well with the work of other masters of weird fiction, such as HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. A white farmer in India is punished for his crass disrespect of a monkey god. A battle ensues between the mysterious powers of a deformed leper and the brute force of their English colonists. Rudyard Kipling is cited by horror writer Nail Gaiman as a major influence, and you can see why from this terrific little spine chiller. A crisp and well paced reading by B.J. Harrison. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Monkey's Paw Audiobook by W. W. Jacobs
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The Monkey's Paw Audiobook by W. W. Jacobs

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Monkey's Paw Author: W. W. Jacobs Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 27 mins Language: English Release date: 05-13-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 130 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When Sergeant Major Morris brings a mummified monkeys paw to the White family, they embrace it as a morbid curiosity. When they learn that an old Fakir has enchanted the paw, they continue to treat the thing lightly. But the workings of the paw, once set in motion, cannot be undone, no matter what they try. Members Reviews: A story to tell around the campfire a short story that reminds me of sitting around the campfire with a bunch of Boy Scouts and telling scary stories. this story is not too scary but scary enough to get the imagination going for a young teenage boy. Every good Loved it Every good Awesome Wonderful I loved the story because the story haves wonders and some thinking about the story. Quick Spook I love little horror stories and this one takes the cake. Great story, great narrator, and short. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Leave It to Psmith Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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Leave It to Psmith Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Leave It to Psmith Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs Language: English Release date: 10-06-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 98 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all. Members Reviews: Just Fun What was one of the most memorable moments of Leave it to Psmith? It wasn't a single moment, just a few hours of enjoyable fluff. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Half and half. It was one I wanted to go on longer. It isn't a page turner, like some mysteries, but a pleasant escape, like a picnic on a perfect Spring day. Can I give this a 10 stars? So funny, the narration is a superb performance. I finished the book and went right back to re-listen. Did I say very funny? Pure Joy If you're a fan of this sort of thing, the beautiful language, absurd situations, wonderful caricatures, and extremely mild plot line, then you can't find better than Wodehouse. I wish there were a thousand of these stories. The Problem with Audio Books Is... ...that when you've heard one performance of a work, that becomes "the" performance for you. And when you've heard a book read by the incomparable Frederick Davidson (a.k.a. David Case) that reading becomes "THE" reading. No other performance will do. Such is the case with this particular recording of Leave It To Psmith. As I listen, I am constantly reminded of how much more juice Davidson got out of that line. And that line, too. And the next one. Golden moments of irony or innuendo are passed up. Sentences seemed rushed through. The character of Psmith--a Wodehouse creation of the first rank, standing with Ukeridge as among his most engaging and unique--simply sits there. His lofty unconcern for his circumstances, his unconquerable gift for persiflage in the face of every challenge, are simply not expressed in Jonathan Cecil's vocal portrayal. Then there is his diction. Simply put, the ends of words seem to be missing. Final s's are nonexistent. Ending syllables evaporate. There's a fault with Cecil's enunciation or the recording is faulty. Either way, it's annoying and distracting. It's sad because Leave It To Psmith, though often overlooked or underrated, is really one of Wodehouse's very best efforts. What to do? The cry goes round the clubs: shall this Psmith be returned to store? Yes indeed. I'm only in the middle of chapter 2 but I give up...and patiently await the day when Audible will be able to give us a wider selection of Frederick Davidson's performances from the Wodehouse shelf. The Perfect Mix of Classic Wodehouse Tropes? I almost feel as if I have read this book before. :) The number of Wodehouse books that feature people trying to pinch and pawn a necklace is astounding. This one has all the classic Wodehouse hallmarks, remixed in a very satisfying manner. It's almost a perfection of the form, though ultimately it doesn't quite hit the heights of the best Jeeves and Wooster tales.

Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized) Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized) Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Kate Burton, Miriam Margolyes, Kevin Theis, Joao de Sousa, Melanie Dix, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Frances Limoncelli Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 03-16-09 Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 79 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jane Austen's classic romantic comedy is the sparkling tale of the Bennets, a family blessed with five daughters and a mother desperate to marry them off. The tempestuous pairing of the witty, independent Elizabeth and her arrogant but honorable suitor Mr. Darcy sets the standard for all great couples of stage and screen. Although many have tried, few literary romances have matched the wit and gentile satire of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. ©2009 L.A. Theatre Works; (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works Members Reviews: A Cliff's Notes P & P This is a kind of Cliff's Notes version of Pride and Prejudice. Accept it for what it is. It doesn't have grand aspirations; it only wants to be fun. I think it is. In any case, the performers had fun and their audience had fun also. If you are like me, then it only takes a sentence or two in any Austen novel and you know exactly where you are in the story and can easily bring to mind the rest of the chapter so we can fill in the blanks and enjoy. In this time of a man shortage, there were two women for every man, it was a brave woman who turned down an offer of marriage, any offer. One toothed men, fat men, ugly men, stupid men or drunkards, even a Mr. Collins could have a wife for the asking. So Mrs. Bennet, silly as she was, was not at all unreasonable in her anxiety to get her daughters married to anybody as soon as possible. With no means to earn her own living, a single woman's prospects was not pleasant to contemplate. Mr. Wickham to our modern selves was not all that bad, just a little bad. In that time period, he perpetrated a catastrophic evil upon the Bennet family. By his seduction of Lydia, the marriage prospects of the remaining sisters was reduced to nil. A meager existence awaits. In this light, Miss Elizabeth Bennet was a very brave, principled woman, Mr. Wickham was as an evil wretch as can be imagined and Mr. Darcy was as noble a creature that ever existed. Maybe this story is a once upon a time, a Prince Charming, a fairy tale. Something gives it enduring power. I can't put my finger on the why, but I am constantly drawn back to this story, to a woman worth risking all. PS, did I say this audio book was fun? I couldn''t bear listening to the whole thing. First let me say that I am a huge Austen fan; to me the characters in her books are like good friends I look forward to revisiting at any opportunity. I am not however, an Austen purist, and while I certainly have my favorites, I have found something to like in nearly every Austen adaptation I have watched or listened to. Thus I was pleased to find this dramatization, by the respected L.A. Theatre Company, and couldn't wait to listen to it. I couldn't have been more disappointed. Indeed I couldn't even get through the whole thing. With few exceptions, the acting was simply terrible, like what you might expect from say a bad highschool production, worst of all being the wooden performance of the actress who plays Elizabeth. Anytime she has more than a couple words to say, she sounds as if she is reading her lines... and for the first time, with stress in odd places. The whole production feels very rushed too, and overly comic. Yes, Pride and Prejudice certainly is comedic, but it is also dramatic and sentimental.

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus Audiobook by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus Audiobook by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 03-12-08 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 762 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: SPECIAL OFFER: Get the full text of this classic novel as an eBook when you purchase the audio. You'll receive an e-mail with a link to download the eBook after your purchase is confirmed. Having the novel in convenient Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format will allow you to read along with the audio, perform a "cover to cover" search for your favorite passages, and more. Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only 18. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter", Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Frankenstein, an instant best seller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science-fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? And how far can we go in tampering with Nature? Editorial Reviews: Simon Vance narrates this no-frills production of what is widely regarded as the first science-fiction novel ever published. This classic horror story may be one of the most oft-recorded novels of all time, but this version is certainly a fine one. In fact, it's hard to imagine one better. Simon Vance's regal English accent provides the perfect tone for this early-nineteenth-century moral exploration of mankind's use of knowledge. Mary Shelley wrote this novel which may surprise those whose experience with the story is only from movies. Nearly two hundred years later, it is still thoughtful and completely worthwhile. Critic Reviews: "A novel which excites new reflections and untried sources of emotion." (Walter Scott, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine) Members Reviews: Great reading This is yet another excellent reading of "Frankenstein." There are actually several really good performances of this book on Audible. Simon Vance tends to emphasize the lyrical Romanticism of the prose. Others have other strengths: George Guidall emphasizes the brooding tragedy; the three-reader version from Blackstone highlights the unusual structure of the narrative; and Flo Gibson gives what I think is the only available recording of the shorter 1818 version of the text. (Most use the 1831 revision.) I seem to be collecting versions of this book without realizing it. Vance's reading is lively and clearly differentiates the three major voices in the book (Walton, Frankenstein, and the Creature). Frankenstein The book is so much more than the movies or the stage productions. Isn't that true 99% of the time? Simon Vance brings Dr. Frankenstein and his monster to life. Great reading of a great book. Frankenstein Wow. Wished I would have read this much earlier in my life. Excellent over all in the writing and the narrator. No complaints and really enjoyed it. Great read of a great book: This being the first time I have read/listen to this book I was amazed. This is not the modern day Frankenstein I was brought up with. This was a lot more then I expected.

The Well of Loneliness Audiobook by Radclyffe Hall
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The Well of Loneliness Audiobook by Radclyffe Hall

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Well of Loneliness Author: Radclyffe Hall Narrator: Cecilia Fage Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 120 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Stephen Gordon (named by a father desperate for a son) is not like other girls: she hunts, she fences, she reads books, wears trousers, and longs to cut her hair. As she grows up amidst the stifling grandeur of Morton Hall, the locals begin to draw away from her, aware of some indefinable thing that sets her apart. And when Stephen Gordon reaches maturity, she falls passionately in love - with another woman. ©1928 Radclyffe Hall; (P)2009 Audible Ltd Editorial Reviews: Stephen Gordon has led quite a life and yet also has hardly any life at all. Born into the very best a loving but rather average family can provide, she is fraught with a sense of her innate differences from the other girls. This classic late Victorian novel charts the developmental course of a sexual invert, from her childish crush on the housemaid, to her dangerous infatuation with the neighbors wife, to her efforts at settling down into whatever small happiness society would begrudgingly permit. Narrating the deeply delicate sensibilities of Stephens painful coming of age is Audible newcomer Cecilia Fage, a London actress and back-up vocalist who lends all her many talents to this very weighty and pioneering piece of literature. Stephens own background permits Fage the use of her lovely and strong natural voice for the majority of the text, but when the main character ventures into literary Paris after being booted from the familys countryside home by an unforgiving mother, Fages command of the French language and accent is entirely persuasive. There are also Irish ladies and lower-class British servants with quite convincing dialogue. Fages only weakness is the Southern belle next door, a loathsome and self-pitying creature who tortures the helplessly devoted Stephen but missteps in voice work here are much more forgivable than the evil deeds of the character they represent. As Radclyffe Halls most important work, and indeed one of the most important early calls for homosexual equality in general, The Well of Loneliness is here preserved successfully thanks to the formidable talents of Cecilia Fage. Whether you are looking to delve into this controversial book for the first time, or rediscover why so many people consider this heart-wrenching book a touchstone, the audiobook really loses nothing in the translation from page to Fage. Members Reviews: Loved it! Great book. Didn't love the narrator, but I didn't notice too much after a bit because I was so into the story. Hall's writing is beautifully rich. Well worth a listen! The Endlessly Dreary Well of Loneliness Deserved This is a book where the message matters more to the author then the tale. Minor characters are interesting and the heroine is a bore. The reader's breathy feminine pronunciation of Stephan's (Gertrude's) impossibly naive, overly dramatic text doesn't ring true. All other personages and accents are very well done and lively. It is a cold story without humour and sufficient depth of characterization. Lust, ignorance and anger melodramatically travel with the wealthy self absorbed world famous Stephan of London and end in the arms of self sacrifice on the dismal streets of Gay Paris. As a message, the unfair historically cruel treatment of homosexuals and the absolute necessity for change, it is an important one, and vital for humane understanding of people and nature.

The Mill on the Floss Audiobook by George Eliot
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The Mill on the Floss Audiobook by George Eliot

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mill on the Floss Author: George Eliot Narrator: Laura Paton Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins Language: English Release date: 10-05-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 149 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her fathers enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggies struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy. Members Reviews: Great compassion Would you listen to The Mill on the Floss again? Why? Eliot looks deeply with great compassion into the lives of simple people, especially the troubled heroine, Maggie. The language is beautiful and witty, the performance is golden. What did you like best about this story? Eliot mixes compassion with wit and satire...AND tells a great story. It's quite a sprawling narrative, not as carefully conceived as Middlemarch, but it has the same great range of characters and emotions. What does Laura Paton bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Her English pronunciation is golden and gorgeous, and she does brilliant work acting out the different voices of the characters. Her interpretation of Eliot's satirical voice is spot on, and she also reads the gentle, philosophical passages with great sincerity. I wish, I hope, that she will read more books! Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? No...it took me a few weeks. I didn't want it to end. Any additional comments? This book has the power to open your heart, to break it and heal it. And you'll learn a lot about England in the 1800s! I loved it Excellent narration. A joy to listen to. Of course George Elliot is simply marvelous, as always. Loved it, but it did not have to end so tragically The story is totally engaging, the writing superb, the characters are mostly well-developed. The family dynamics are great - if you ever think you have a dysfunctional family, or a grandmother or aunt (or parent) that is too critical of everything you wear, or your hair style, your life choices - read this. The depiction of the choices of women is what we find in literature of this era, and much has been written from the feminist angle, from the angle of the sibling relationship, and other aspects. The book is definitely deserving of such analyses and that is testament to its caliber. However, I was troubled by the depiction of different types of love. Stephen Guest's love does not show any depth. What is it that he loves about Maggie? It really isn't clear. Is it just that she represents what his parents would never have chosen for him, and she is pretty, too? There is not intelllectual connection that we can see. A bit of singing? Philip, on the other hand, appreciated Maggie on an intellectual level, and would be someone with whom she could have achieved the intellectual promise she showed from such a young age, if not at the professional level, at least at the personal level.

Howards End Audiobook by E. M. Forster
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Howards End Audiobook by E. M. Forster

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Howards End Author: E. M. Forster Narrator: Steven Crossley Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins Language: English Release date: 09-22-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 61 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Considered by many to be E. M. Forster's greatest novel, Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger". When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home - Howards End - to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve. Written in 1910, Howards End is a symbolic exploration of the social, economic, and intellectual forces at work in England in the years preceding World War I, a time when vast social changes were occurring. In the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes, Forster perfectly embodies the competing idealism and materialism of the upper classes, while the conflict over the ownership of Howards End represents the struggle for possession of the country's future. Forster refuses to take sides in this conflict. Instead he poses one of the book's central questions: In a changing modern society, what should be the relation between the inner and outer life, between the world of the intellect and the world of business? Can they ever, as Forster urges, "only connect"? Members Reviews: I love this book This is a timeless book ,could have been written about life today. It is rather sad, but life hasn't changed all that much. Many people who are wealthy feel it is their right to gain more wealth at the expense of other. Maybe life is predetermined. It was rough starting, but the sisters won me over in the end. Loved it. Good story. Poor production. Where does Howards End rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? Top half. Any additional comments? The reader has a tendency to trail off at the end of a sentence. I had to raise the volume on many occasions to understand what he was saying. I thought maybe my earphones were going but I am listening to another book now and it is fine. It is a good novel. I recommend another recording. Audible has several. Full of humour, unusual characters,sexual tension Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes, i would recommend this audiobook for its excellent narration which brings the characters to life. What did you like best about this story? This story is character-led. The basic plot of Lucy Honeychurch trying to come to terms with her emotions and growing sexual awareness, is complicated by the interventions of a host of other very different characters. Have you listened to any of Steven Crossleys other performances? How does this one compare? No, but I intend to do so in future. Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I found much of the dialogue amusing and I felt a sense of contentment with the ending. Any additional comments? One of my all-time favourite books. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The War of the Worlds Audiobook by H.G. Wells
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The War of the Worlds Audiobook by H.G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The War of the Worlds Author: H.G. Wells Narrator: John Banks Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 02-06-17 Publisher: Ladbroke Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 26 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A meteor-like alien object lands on Earth, spearheading an apocalyptic chain of events. Earth has been watched, and now the aliens have landed and their intent is conquest and war...H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, the first story to speculate about the consequences of aliens (from Mars) with superior technology landing on earth, is one of the most influential science fiction books ever written. The novel is both a thrilling narrative and an elaboration of Wells's socio-political thought on the subjects of imperialism, humankind's treatment of other animals, and unquestioning faith in military technology and the continuation of the human species. About the Narrator: John Banks is one of the UK's most prolific audiobook narrators, working for the likes of Big Finish, Audible, Random House and Games Workshop. He is a true multi-voice, creating everything from monsters to marauding aliens. He is also an accomplished stage and TV actor. About the Author: Herbert George Wells was a novelist, teacher, historian and journalist, who has become known as the "father of science fiction." His works have been adapted countless times, and provided the basis for many literary and theatrical productions. Members Reviews: Excellent book It was brilliant. I can see where the movies got their scenes from! Very Entertaining! Wells and Banks do it again. I've loved this book since I was 15, when first I read it. I've l9ved H.G. Wells since I read The Time Machine at 13. Now, to hear John Banks read his recount of the failed Martian attack on our earth, I've fallen again in love. If you purchase any audio book recording of Wells' tale of this horrible war, make it this one. Enjoyable I was prompted to get some H.G. Wells books after the Time After Time TV series began. After listening to this book I am now looking to get the movie, and am looking forward to seeing three diffetence between the book & the movie. great loved it H.G Wells is one of my favorites and with John Banks best book sort of depressing but good wait till the end and it gets better Superb Loved it, well read and drags you in, just the thing to listen to driving down to Woking and back for a trip to the fighting machine Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 27 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 04-02-10 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1786 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous. They are reproduced here (and in all volumes) in the order in which they were first published. First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques. Doyle ended up writing four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and his companion, Dr. Watson. All but four are told in the first person by Watson, two by Holmes, and two are written in the third person. Together, this series of beautifully written Victorian literature has sold more copies than any other books in the English language, with the exceptions of the Bible and Shakespeare. Members Reviews: a list of what you'll find in Volume 2 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (short stories, published in The Strand as additional episodes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, between December, 1892 and November, 1893): The Adventure of Silver Blaze (The Adventure of The Cardboard Box) *(see below) The Adventure of The Yellow Face The Adventure of The Stockbroker's Clerk The Adventure of The "Gloria Scott" The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual The Adventure of The Reigate Squires The Adventure of The Crooked Man The Adventure of The Resident Patient *(see below) The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter The Adventure of The Naval Treaty The Adventure of The Final Problem *(I almost titled this review: "The Curious Case of The Switched Introductions" because The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, which is listed in the order it appears above in my physical book of Holmes stories, is absent from this audiobook, but the introduction to Cardboard Box suddenly pops up in the middle of the introduction to The Adventure of The Resident Patient. Very curious! I assume that, for whatever reason, it was decided that Cardboard Box wouldn't appear on this audiobook, but that the part of the introduction that shows how Holmes can deduce someone's thoughts from observing their facial expressions shouldn't be left out, so that section of the Cardboard box introduction was added to the Resident Patient introduction.

Oliver Twist Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Oliver Twist Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Oliver Twist Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Alex Jennings Format: Abridged Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 11-11-11 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Charles Dicken's timeless tale, Oliver Twist, read by the actor Alex Jennings. The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery. Part of a series of abridged, vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening. Members Reviews: Classic Charles Dickens Would you consider the audio edition of Oliver Twist to be better than the print version? I believe that the audio versions of Charles Dickens work to be much easier to follow than the written version simply because the diction and verbal tenses are easier to follow. What was one of the most memorable moments of Oliver Twist? The inevitable arrest of the jew. Have you listened to any of Alex Jenningss other performances before? How does this one compare? Alex Jennings does very well with these types of classic novels Any additional comments? Oliver Twist is a very good book but (in my opinion) does not compare to David Copperfield! Superbly read What about Alex Jenningss performance did you like? I couldn't fault either the drama of his performance or his accents and characters, which were outstanding! Any additional comments? It's a very well known film, but the book takes you to quite a few extra places and happenings. Being a Charles Dickens, you do need to be in the right mood or frame of mind to properly appreciate it as it's pretty tough going of course. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Hobbit Audiobook by J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Hobbit Audiobook by J. R. R. Tolkien

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Hobbit Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Narrator: Rob Inglis Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 10-09-12 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 27835 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizards band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all - a treasure-troving dragon named Smaug. In this fantasy classic, master storyteller J.R.R. Tolkein creates a bewitching world filled with delightful creatures and thrilling dangers. Narrator Rob Inglis will hold listeners of all ages spellbound with his skillful portrayal of hobbits, dwarves, and enchanted beasts. Members Reviews: Classic I read this as a child and wanted to revisit it now as an adult and I'm so glad I did. I had forgotten a lot of the details and the depth of the story. It was nice to listen to it this time because it gave it a different perspective. What a classic what a treasure. Everything is great...except the songs!! Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? The Hobbit is an all time favorite. Great narrating too...except for the singing!! Dear God, I've never heard such tone-deaf, tuneless singing. Tolkien's songs have such beautiful lyrics, and can be read as poetry. I wish the narrator would have taken that approach. Quite a journey I read this book the first time many years ago. I was hooked instantly, and went on to read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I have loved these books ever since. It was great this time 'round to have it read to me by a fabulous narrator. As I have read other reviews, I was struck by how many people were lucky enough to have a parent read this to them as children, or to read it along with a parent. I did not have that experience and am envious of it. So having Mr. Inglis read it to me is second best. That is not to say his reading is anything but amazing! and I also loved his singing of the songs. I want to believe he made the melodies up himself. All in all, I was charmed again by this book, by the characters, the journey, the deep meaning, and the flow of Tolkein's writing. I rarely reread fiction, but this one is, and will be in the future, and exception to my rule. Finally! Thank you Audible! Being a fan of the world of Middle-Earth since I was about ten or so, I was delighted when in Middle School I discovered the unabridged audiobook recordings produced by Recorded Books. As with most of what RB does, they picked the perfect narrator. British stage actor Rob Inglis does an excellent job of bringing the many characters to life, in this case Bilbo and Thorin and Company, not to mention the many characters they meet o their quest to recover the Dwarves' treasure. And unlike most narrators, Mr. Inglis actually sings the many songs sprinkled throughout the story and, while he doesn't always choose what I would consider the right tune for all the given songs, he does have a good tenor. His regular narration style is also extremely pleasant on the ears, and his pronunciation of the names of characters and places is also excellent.

Brave New World Audiobook by Aldous Huxley
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Brave New World Audiobook by Aldous Huxley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Brave New World Author: Aldous Huxley Narrator: Michael York Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 01-16-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 10396 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity. Critic Reviews: "British actor Michael York's refined and dramatic reading captures both the tone and the spirit of Huxley's masterpiece." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma! Brave New World is a bitterly funny and humorously tragic dystopian novel in which Aldous Huxley satirizes modern civilizations obsession with consumerism, sensual pleasure, popular culture entertainment, mass production, and eugenics. His far future world limits individual freedom in exchange for communal happiness via mass culture arts like feelies (movies with sensual immersion), the state-produced feel-good drug soma, sex-hormone gum, popular sports like obstacle golf, and the assembly line chemical manipulation of ova and fetuses so as to decant from their bottles babies perfectly suited for their destined castes and jobs, babies who are then mentally conditioned to become satisfied workers and consumers who believe that everyone belongs to everyone. In a way its more horrible than the more obviously brutal and violent repression of individuals by totalitarian systems in dystopias like George Orwells 1984, because Huxleys novel implies that people are happy being mindless cogs in the wheels of economic production as long as they get their entertainments and new goods. Michael York does a great job reading the novel, his voice oozing satire for the long opening tour of the Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, and then modifying in timbre and dialect for the various characters, among them the self-centered brooder Bernard Marx, the budding intellectual poet Helmholtz Howard, the sexy, sensitive, and increasingly confused Lenina Crowne, the spookily understanding Resident World Controller of Western Europe Mustapha Mond, and especially the good-natured, sad, and conflicted Shakespearean quoting savage John. I had never read this classic of dystopian science fiction, so Im glad to have listened to this excellent audiobook, because it is entertaining and devastating in its depiction of human nature and modern civilization, especially timely in our own brave new Facebook world. Nightmare-Inducing (in a Good Way) When I first read Brave New World it gave me nightmares. I was hooked. It might be strange to say that a book that gave me bad dreams is a good thing, but I was intrigued that a story could worm its way so powerfully into my psyche. It was really my first encounter with dystopian speculative fiction and I ultimately credit Huxley with sending me on my recent nosedive into YA lit.

Julius Caesar Audiobook by William Shakespeare
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Julius Caesar Audiobook by William Shakespeare

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Julius Caesar Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Kelsey Grammer, full cast Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs Language: English Release date: 07-12-02 Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 91 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The skies over ancient Rome blaze with terrifying portents, and soothsayers warn Julius Caesar of approaching doom. As conspiracy swirls through the city, Shakespeare explores the deep repercussions of political murder on the human heart. A classic tale of duplicity, betrayal and murder, masterfully performed by an all-star, all-American cast in this BBC co-production. ©, (P)1995 L.A. Theatre Works Critic Reviews: "This is pure and compelling radio drama." (Los Angeles Times) Members Reviews: Hard to understand using #4 Audio I think I should have downloaded the enhanced audio version, because it was pretty hard for me to understand most of the lines. I had to keep the audio up all of the way just to try and understand it, and even that didn't help during the whispering scenes. Devious John de Lancie as Cassius is pure gold. I knew I recognized the voice, such a compelling performance. I had to look the credits up on the L.A. Theatre Works web site afterward to be sure. He really stole the show. The audio is definitely on the quiet side and hard to make out at times, what with all the scheming at all. But the great ensemble cast really brings this great play to life. Thank you! I loved listening to this audible as I read through the play for my high school class. Beware the Idea of March.. A classic.. And still relevant.. Because the crisis of leadership is still what makes or breaks efforts to lead.. The doors to peace, which remain open, are still the ones that anyone can enter upon .. Julius Caesar - the full story Any additional comments? This audio book came in handy because I attended a performance of Julius Caesar at the end of a long long twelve hour day. Most of us went back to the hotel at intermission out of sheer exhaustion. I regretted missing the ending - all my life I thought it ended when they killed Caesar. But there was a whole lot more! All the conspirators are killed. I wanted to hear the ending, so I bought this audio book soon after ducking out on the performance. The performance is great, but to get used to the language, I looked up the script online - this is in the public domain after five hundred years - and followed along with the dialogue until I felt I could follow it just by listening. Thank you Shakespeare for modernizing the English language and giving us so many great stories. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Child's Christmas in Wales Audiobook by Dylan Thomas
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A Child's Christmas in Wales Audiobook by Dylan Thomas

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Child's Christmas in Wales Author: Dylan Thomas Narrator: Dylan Thomas Format: Unabridged Length: 48 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Caedmon Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 162 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The sights, smells and sounds of a long-ago Christmas come to life in Dylan Thomas's reading of his classic tale. His wonderful recollection of a holiday in the seaside town of his youth is captured in a vivid performance; you'll want to make it part of your family's holiday tradition. This now-remastered collection also includes some of Thomas's most celebrated poems, including "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night." ©1952, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1992 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Caedmon, An Imprint of Harper Audio, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers Critic Reviews: "Hearing Dylan Thomas read 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' is a listening experience of unadulterated pleasure." (Mass Media Newsletter) "Thomas' deep, thunderous voice belies his sense of humor, which is amply evident." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: A Christmas Classic This reading by Thomas himself has become a Christmas classic in our house. All at once, one is transported to Wales, hearing the cats, picturing the aunts and uncles, and recalling the wonder of Christmas as experienced by a child. Absolute perfection This is what an audio book should be. Read with zest, relish and love of the story, Thomas's words are rhymthic and poetic even in the prose portion. Very moving. An index of contents Any additional comments? There is a barely perceptible pause between the various pieces on this recording, so I'm providing an index for those who are looking for a particular one. 00:01 -- 20:48 A Child's Christmas in Wales 20:50 -- 25:53 Fern Hill 25:55 -- 26:28 Do Not Go Gentle 26:30 -- 44:21 In the White Giant's Thigh 44:23 -- 48:21 Ceremony After a Fire Raid The sound quality of the recording is not as excellent as we have become used to with contemporary recordings, but the benefit of hearing Thomas's own rich voice is worth a little background fuzziness, in my opinion. Masterly The words and voice of a Master. What more could one want? Christmas Tradition This poem captures the magic of Christmas, and the quirkiness of the adults. To hear Dylan Thomas read it, is an absolute joy. I'm so happy to replace my old, worn cassette with this to continue the tradition of hearing about Mrs. Prothero, the cats, firemen, Useful Presents, and the wonderful list of Useless Presents. The other poems thrown in is simply a wonderful bonus. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Pilgrim's Progress Audiobook by John Bunyan
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Pilgrim's Progress Audiobook by John Bunyan

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Pilgrim's Progress Subtitle: Retold for the Modern Reader Author: John Bunyan Narrator: Paul Michael Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs Language: English Release date: 03-05-10 Publisher: christianaudio.com Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 92 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is an updated version for all ages retold in wonderful storytelling fashion. John Bunyan was a simple maker and mender of pots and pans who received very little education. In spite of that, he penned the most successful allegory ever written. Embark on a perilous journey with Christian, the lead character, from the City of Destruction to the luminous safe haven of the Celestial City. The journey will encourage you to set your hope fully on the grace to be given you amidst the obstacles of life. Members Reviews: Not for the modern Christian reader I understand what they were trying to do here, but the removal the quotations from the bible and references to God has soured this experience for me. Audible, please let the buyer know beforehand that important features have been omitted. I bought this version because I thought it would have been in modern english, which would be of course far easier to understand than the original. I am very disappointed. My suggestion to other serious listeners - do not buy this version because it isn't the Pilgrim's Progress at all. It is a compromise to please a world which is no longer interested in God or the things of God. Thoroughly Enjoyable! I've tried to read this a number of times, but this abridged version finally did the trick. I enjoyed the whole story. And the performance. This Modern Version is terrible To change all the Christian parts is offensive, not just to me...to God. It turns out to be a good book for children, but to take a classic book and take out the expressly Christian parts is to go against all that John Bunyan was trying to do. He was in prison for sharing the gospel of Christ! refreshing, a real treat for my 5.5 year old son after listening to little women and not understand the Pilgrims Progress references with my son I found this and he asks for it over and over now. Absolutely a must for everybody. A real blessing. This is a Holy Spirit filled message, calling us to run the race with with the aim of winning. It warns us of the obstacles in our race in a simple but effective analogy. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Hornblower and the "Atropos" Audiobook by C. S. Forester
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Hornblower and the "Atropos" Audiobook by C. S. Forester

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Hornblower and the "Atropos" Author: C. S. Forester Narrator: Nicolas Coster Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 02-04-09 Publisher: Phoenix Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 538 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size. At the center of each adventure is Hornblower, Forester's most inspired creation, whose blend of cautious preparation and spirited execution dazzles friend and foe alike. Critic Reviews: "A rousing tale of history, character, and adventure...For once Hornblower is the mouse Instead of the cat, but he makes that role fully as dramatic as the other." ( Chicago Tribune) Members Reviews: Great book. Poor narrator. All of the Hornblower books are excellent and this one is no exception. Forrester is a master of his craft and his detailed knowledge of how the British navy worked and how ships were sailed make the action believable and convincing. Unfortunately this audio book is spoiled for me by the narrator who has a slow and mournful delivery that sounds like a vicar on Valium preaching a long and boring sermon. The other books in this series are read by Christian Rodska who does a much better job. Horrible reader! Would you try another book from C. S. Forester and/or Nicolas Coster? I will read anything C.S. Forester writes. I will never listen to Nicolas Coster again. If he is the only choice - I will read the book in print. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicolas Coster? Christian Rodska! You didnt love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? I do love the book - the overall performance was so awful that it ruined it for me. I was angry most of the time I listened because of the narrator. The book is another great story in the Hornblower series. Any additional comments? I have listened to other books in the Hornblower series read by Christian Rodska and loved them. The reader of this book is so absolutely awful I may not finish it. I will never buy another audiobook read by him and will read the book in print instead. I am having to listen at a 1.5 speed because the reader sounds so slow and drunk. If you enjoy Rodska's reading - you will be greatly disappointed. Play at 1 1/2 speed Any additional comments? I have really enjoyed the Hornblower series, some have been taken aback that this title has a different narrator. I find the pace of this reader the issue and felt much better about the listen after setting the narration at 1 1/2 speed thus matchin the pace of the other books. Hornblower, a 11-book series... After hearing my first Hornblower auido book narrated by Nicolas Coster, I knew that I had to hear more. I discovered the C. S. Forester wrote 11 books in the series. I tried the first after hearing that Gene Roddenberry modeled his Captain Kirk on Hornblower. I've been able to get three unabridged Hornblowers by Coster, and I'm on the search for more. Meanwhile I bought all the paperback versions so read when I can't listen.

The Painted Veil Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham
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The Painted Veil Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Painted Veil Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Sophie Ward Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 08-20-07 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 269 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is the story of Kitty Fane, the adulterous wife of a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. When her husband discovers her deception, he exacts a terrible vengeance: Kitty must accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic in China. ©2006 W. Somerset Maugham (P)2014 Audible, Inc. Critic Reviews: "[Maugham is] the modern writer who has influenced me the most." (George Orwell) "An expert craftsman....His style is sharp, quick, subdued, casual."(The New York Times) "The Painted Veil, with its sadness, its moral tension, its irony and compassion, its building evocations of lust and terror and remorse, is a work of art." (Spectator) Members Reviews: A novel about personal growth STORY - (British Classic) Occasionally I'll hear a classic when I'm in the mood for a beautifully descriptive, simple story with deep character development. The Painted Veil is simple, well told and enjoyable, but I wish there had been more descriptions of this area of China and its people. The main thrust of the book is Kitty's transformation after she and Walter (husband) move to a cholera-stricken region and she volunteers in a convent/hospital. Lots of character development. There are some sad undertones, but the book is not dark. PERFORMANCE - Well done, nice French accents for the nuns. OVERALL - This book is probably more for women, as it's mostly about Kitty's thoughts, feelings and her personal growth. Classics aren't my favorite genre, so it takes a great one to get 4 or 5 stars from this reviewer. This one was just okay. Better than the movie I was very taken with the movie of "The Painted Veil." While I still think the film very fine, this novella proves itself better precisely in those places where the film-makers altered the story. Kitty never becomes perfect, and the ending is hopeful, not triumphant. The reading, too, is very well done. Good male voices, as well as the female. Amazing story This story really took me by surprise. I thought it might be a dated and quaint journey into another time. While parts of it are quaint, its substance is timeless. It has all the major ingredients of a great story: lust, love, betrayal, adventure, pathos, and an anti-hero(ine) central character who transforms in a plausible way. The woman reading it is a little wooden, but her posh accent is actually quite enjoyable and works well with the story. WONDERFUL NARRATOR! After watching the movie, I wanted to read the book. It was obviously a better book. Much more human ending. The narrator brought the book to life in such a way that it truly moved me. Thank you! Great buy! Early Imperialism and the flapper I can't tell you why I love this glimpse into the twenties and early 20th century china. The romance belies romance and kicks the gooey love stuff to the curb. But I came to love the doctor in this book, even if his wife was too shallow to manage that herself. And she in her own way learns to be kind. It's a very interesting book about imperfect lives. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Burmese Days Audiobook by George Orwell
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Burmese Days Audiobook by George Orwell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Burmese Days Subtitle: A Novel Author: George Orwell Narrator: Frederick Davidson Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 01-11-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 119 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Colonial politics in Kyauktada, India, in the 1920s, come to a head when the European Club, previously for whites only, is ordered to elect one token native member. The deeply racist members do their best to manipulate the situation, resulting in the loss not only of reputations but of lives. Amid this cynical setting, timber merchant James Flory, a Brit with a genuine appreciation for the native people and culture, stands as a bridge between the warring factions. But he has trouble acting on his feelings, and the significance of his vote, both social and political, weighs on him. When Elizabeth Lackersteen arrives - blonde, eligible, and anti-intellectual - Flory finds himself the hapless suitor. Orwell alternates between grand-scale political intrigue and nuanced social interaction, mining his own Colonial Indian heritage to create a monument of historical fiction. George Orwell (19031950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. He was born in India and educated at Eton. After service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living by writing and became notable for his simplicity of style and his journalistic or documentary approach to fiction. Critic Reviews: A well integrated, fast-moving story of what life was like in a remote backcountry Asiatic station. ( Chicago Tribune) Members Reviews: A Sad, Fierce and Ambitious Colonial Novel A sad, fierce and ambitious novel about the emptiness and loneliness of the waning days of the British Empire. It shows the ugliness and corruption of British class-based social structure, cultural bigotry and the harsh individual fantasies that are needed to keep the whole system afloat. It shows the future potential of Orwell, but lacks the restrained grace of his later novels. There are, however, definite glitters and shadows of both E.M. Forster and Joseph Conrad throughout. It is worth the listen for those interested in early Orwell or the decline of the post-WWI British Empire. it's..... different the narrator changes his voice for all the characters. Even the dry stuff sounded interesting. An impressive first novel Orwell is a better artist than he is given credit for. For a first novel this is very impressive. The one obvious problem with it is the unrelentingly negative portrayal of people that dominates. He despises the British colonialists; and he has a jaundiced view of the native Burmese. The narrator, Frederick Davidson, has the right kind of voice for snobby colonialists, but I get tired of that voice sometimes. Orwell is so much more than 1984 ! Narrator is perfect -- great reading w/o straying into performance. Reader is immersed in the details of British-occupied Burma. No elephant in the room in this book I loved Orwell's autobiographical work "Down and Out in Paris." "Burmese Days" draws on his civil service in colonial South East Asia, but is a novel. I'd read the short story "The Shooting of an Elephant" and wrongly supposed that it had been extracted from this work. The central character makes an oblique reference to an elephant shooting in his past but alas no elephants here. Always a critic of Britain's imperial domination, Orwell sets out to expose the seedy side of life at the fringes of empire.

The Birds & Don't Look Now Audiobook by Daphne Du Maurier
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The Birds & Don't Look Now Audiobook by Daphne Du Maurier

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Birds & Don't Look Now Author: Daphne Du Maurier Narrator: Peter Capaldi Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 06-24-08 Publisher: The Copyright Group Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 129 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Du Maurier is of course world famous for many of her novels. These two stories are perhaps even better known as films (The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock and Don't Look Now by Nic Roeg), but here we bring you the full terrifying texts, superbly read by Peter Capaldi, who brings the true dimension of these works to the imagination. (P)2006 Horse's Mouth Members Reviews: Hmmmmmm THE BIRDS This was the very first horror film I ever saw. I had nightmares over the guy in his pajamas with his eyes pecked out. This story in written form is fairly good. Apocalypse fans should love it. I would have liked some explanation for why the birds did what they did and he ending was a little abrupt. DON'T LOOK NOW For paranormal fans only. I did not find it scary and the ending was silly. Five star everything Peter Capaldi is a BRILLIANT actor and the stories are both excellent. Don't Look Now is troubling. The Birds is terrifying. Du Maurier did a great job on both. Buy It!!! Excellent reads of two classic Du Maurier stories Two of the less typical Du Maurier stories -- short stories, not novels. Both are familiar from movies: Hitchcock's "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now" (1973) with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. These original stories are as eerie as the movies. Superbly read here. Images Burnt into My Brain I have listened to The Birds and Don't Look Now once. There will not be a second reading or listening. Before you get the idea that I am panning these works, let me hasten to assure you, that Ms. Du Maurier's talents are unequaled. Peter Capaldi did an amazing performance of the works. Nevertheless, for me, there will not be a second reading ever. My nature could not endure it. To a lesser degree, I feel the same way about Rebecca, another Du Maurier work. She is so vivid, that she burns the images on the brain. Once is enough. I have never watched Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds only films clips and such. From what I remember from glimpses of the movie as I passed the drive in theaters, I just don't think Hitchcock could equal Du Maurier's images. What did Yogi Bera say, I liked the book best because the pictures were better? Well, the book is better but I am not equal to it at least not twice. Oh, I see that I failed to mention "Don't Look Now". It is a shock to one's system. Don't read it unless you have a strong constitution. great but hard to hear The stories and performance were awesome, but it was recorded so low that a had to max out my car radio to even hear it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Justine Audiobook by Lawrence Durrell
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Justine Audiobook by Lawrence Durrell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Justine Subtitle: The Alexandria Quartet Author: Lawrence Durrell Narrator: Jack Klaff Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 10-20-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 46 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural, and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian. Critic Reviews: "[Justine] demands comparison with the very best novels of our century." (The New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: Justine, The Alexandria Quartet Would you consider the audio edition of Justine to be better than the print version? No. Sadly, I didn't care for the reader. I wish for every reader of great literary fiction to revel in his prose. What other book might you compare Justine to and why? Justine is one of four sibling novels in The Alexandria Quartet. All are worth a read, as are his other works. How did the narrator detract from the book? The narrator is an excellent reader of poetry. But for a novel, his eloquence was a distraction. I found it impossible to listen to. I would really like to listen to this novel, but with a straightforward reading. I know that Durrell's work is great literature, but I don't need every other word to be pronounced with deliberate poignance. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Impossible to pick from one sentence more beautiful than another, but here's one: These are the moments which are not calculable, and cannot be assessed in words; they live on in the solution of memory, like wonderful creatures, unique of their own kind, dredged up from the floors of some unexplored ocean. Ruined... ...by the reader. The Alexandria Quartet is a fascinating series of novels, and could have been a delightful listen. But the reader is simply atrocious -- affects such mannered voices for all characters that he spoils the prose. For instance, the voice of beautiful, young Justine sounds like an eighty-year-old woman who has smoked all her life. It would be wonderful if Audible would get these books by another reader. horrible narration Would you try another book from Lawrence Durrell and/or Jack Klaff? I could hardly understand the narrator when he did different characters. It was way over done. Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Klaffs performances? NO! Horrid Narration! The dramatization (i.e. the narrator doing 'voices') is so extremely melodramatic ??and annoying that it distracts from the story. ??This is a great book, I cannot recommend this audio version solely because of the narration. ??I hope Audible obtains a different unabridged version of this book with a different narrator.?? Exellent ! This is a review of the audio book and not the book itself. For a review of the book I recommend 'Amazon' book reviews. Having read the book a couple of times, building an image in my own mind of the voices of the character's, I believe the narrator Jack Klaff does a wonderful job of a very difficult project. It must be remembered that in Justine, Scobie, Mellisa, Balthazar, Pursewarden, and Clea, Mr Kalff is interpreting the voices of some of the 20th century's greatest fictional characters. Expecting one man to get all of them exactly how you think they would have spoken is impossible.

Helena Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh
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Helena Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Helena Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Simon Prebble Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 12-11-12 Publisher: Hachette Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 24 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Helena is the intelligent, horse-mad daughter of a British chieftain who is suddenly betrothed to the warrior who becomes the Roman emperor Constantius. She spends her life seeking truth in the religions, mythologies, and philosophies of the declining ancient world. This she eventually finds in Christianity - and literally in the Cross of Christ. The Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, made the historic pilgrimage to Palestine, found pieces of wood from the true Cross, and built churches at Bethlehem and Olivet. Her life coincided with one of the great turning-points of history: the recognition of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire. The enormous conflicting forces of the age, and the corruption, treachery, and madness of Imperial Rome, combine to give Evelyn Waugh the theme for one of his most arresting and memorable works. Members Reviews: Four Stars Good book....I enjoyed the tung in cheek writing "The enormous conflicting forces of the age, and the corruption, treachery and madness of Imperial Rome", Short novel, in which the author takes what is known about 'Saint' Helena, and weaves the rest from imagination and legend. The novel opens when she is a girl, living in Colchester - the daughter of King Coel. A spirited, horse-mad young woman, she soon catches the eye of visiting emperor-to-be Constantius. Waugh writes imaginatively of a time we know little about; palace life, the violent world of the ruling classes, and various religions, as people seek enlightenment (although the dialogue often makes them sound more like Bright Young Things than characters from antiquity!) Helena discovers Christianity and makes it her mission to go to Jerusalem to find the true Cross, but this is in no sense a preachy book - the aged relic-hunter Helena is a breezy, determined character. Interesting (put me somewhat in mind of Robert Graves' 'I Claudius' trilogy) but with comic moments too The Heroine you need Although I'm Christian, I do believe Waugh's novel has the power to resonate with most. This historical fictions follows Helena in her search for the basis of faith. Waugh implement s the use of religious and historical accounts, at times combining the discrepancies that have not been proven. It is a relatively quick read, and will leave you with great quotes and a new perspective on religion and 4th Century history. Following the image of Helena Of course, this is a classic, and the writing is nothing short of superb. What I am wondering about would be the reaction of feminists. Do they find the attempt to describe the world of the Roman empire from an elite woman's perspective as successful? I am pursuing a hunch about thee figure of Helena in modern literature that is not substantiated enough to present here. Waugh With A Difference- A Prelude To Julian It is always a pleasure when an author shows the reader that he has done his homework. A poorly written historical novel usually is little more than a collection of anachronisms that do little aesthetically and only show that the author has an access to an encyclopedia. This is not history but the author's construct of his own fable. Read it and you will have a taste of how Mr.

A Clockwork Orange Audiobook by Anthony Burgess
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A Clockwork Orange Audiobook by Anthony Burgess

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Clockwork Orange Author: Anthony Burgess Narrator: Tom Hollander Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 05-06-10 Publisher: Random House AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 46 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In this 1962 classic, a novelistic exploration of modern crime and punishment, Alex is the 15-year-old leader of his gang of "droogs" thriving in the ultraviolent future, as prophetically imagined by Burgess. Speaking a bizarre Russian-derived slang, Alex and his friends freely pillage and slash their way across a nightmarish urban landscape until Alex is captured by the judicial arm of the state. He then becomes their prized guinea pig in a scientific program to completely "redeem" him for society. If we had the power of absolute criminal reform, what, the novel asks, would this mean for our ideals of freedom and society? This edition reinstates the final chapter missing from Kubrick's film, in which Alex is on the verge of starting a family as he reflects on - and completely rejects - his adolescent nastiness. It also includes Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked". Members Reviews: Art is dangerous. Would you consider the audio edition of A Clockwork Orange to be better than the print version? The excellent narration and my low attention span made it a more accessible experience and therefore a more enjoyable experience when compared to reading the print version. When I read this book, I struggled to come to terms with the made up words Alex and his Droogs use to the point where they interfered with my comprehension of the narrative. However, the cadence and rhythm of the narrator was pure perfection that permitted the slang terminology to echo the mood as it vanished into the overall atmosphere of the tale. What other book might you compare A Clockwork Orange to and why? American Psycho. Both books explore the hidden world of gratuitous violence that lie beneath the thin veneer of our pseudo-caring attitudes in western culture. An Ecclectic Classic It isn't always easy to listen to a book that predicted the future which such harsh judgment based upon the developing truth of its own times. "Clockwork" is just such a book. But, I am gratified to say that, it is so much easier to listen to than it was for me to read thirty years ago. I feel some empathy for the book because it has resonance with my life. It was published the year I was born and it must have been as startling to readers as my first breath was to me. In fact, it must have been a shock. Burgess' tale of what now we might euphemistically call a "dysfunctional" boy, 15 year old Alex, is immediately recognisable. He is a hooligan amongst the common hooligan's we read of nearly every day, the violence that we see on our screens (fictional and fact) and on the streets of our urban jungles. His story (particularly his political manipulation) remains vividly and shockingly relevant 50 years on. I was intrigued by the Foreword by the author and by the priceless reading by him of three chapters from the original 21 a decade or more ago. Amazing too was the discovery that until this edition was released in the US, only the first 20 chapters had been included in that country (which totally makes for a different book). Still more astounding was it to read that, on his death, he still lamented that he was best know for this dystopian work.

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 02-01-11 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1149 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end. And so it is with this series, as we have now arrived at the end of the Sherlock Holmes tales, Conan Doyle's most magnificent creation. This last volume contains one novel, The Valley of Fear, and two collections of short stories: His Last Bow and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. Members Reviews: a list of what you'll find in Volume 3 His Last Bow (short stories, published 1908-1913, 1917) The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge The Adventure of the Cardboard Box*(see below) The Adventure of the Red Circle The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans The Adventure of the Dying Detective The Adventure of Lady Frances Carfax The Adventure of the Devil's Foot His Last Bow (told in the third person) The Valley of Fear (Serialized novel published 1914-1915) The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (short stories, published 1921-1927) The Adventure of the The Illustrious Client The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (Holmes narrates) The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (told in the third person) The Adventure of the Three Gables The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire The Adventure of the Three Garridebs The Problem of Thor Bridge The Adventure of the Creeping Man The Adventure of the Lion's Man (Holmes narrates) The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place The Adventure of the Retired Colourman *(The Adventure of the Cardboard Box chronologically appears in the canon in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - circa 1892-1893 - but, for some reason, appears in this Volume 3 audiobook.) Complete at last Volume 3 finally finishes the Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes. Included among the 3 volumes are every short story and novel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote starring this illustrious detective. No library is complete without Sherlock Holmes on the (proverbial) shelf. Like a literary dress form stand The last Third of the Arthur Conan Doyle canon was solid, just not his greatest. All in all, I think 'His Last Bow' is probably under appreciated, 'Valley of Fear' was solid, and the 'Case-book of Sherlock Holmes' seemed spotty and almost called-in. Together, however, it was a great bargan and I'm glad I stuck with this series. IT was a very elegant and efficient way to work through Sherlock Holmes. 'His Last Bow' (****): I was surprised at how good 'His Last Bow' was. While not an absolute masterpiece like 'The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes', it is easily on par with 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes'. I think part of the genius of Sherlock Holmes is how easily the primary charcter allows for adaption to the patterns of the time and the age he is read. Sherlock Holmes is like a literary dress form stand, upon which the fashions of every age can and do hang. 'Valley of Fear' (****): ACD's last novel (novella?) isn't as masterful as 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' but it's still classic Doyle.

Right Ho, Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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Right Ho, Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Right Ho, Jeeves Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Martin Jarvis Format: Abridged Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 08-14-09 Publisher: CSA Word Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 47 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Toss into the mixing-bowl hot-headed chef Anatole, perpetually resigning from, returning to and re-resigning from the employ of Bertie's long-suffering Aunt Dahlia; and, shimmering over all, the lateral-thinking genius that is Jeeves. Here is more from the wondrously engaging world of Wodehouse, where laughter and inspired idiocy whirl together in warm-hearted celebration of great comic writing. Enjoy? Right ho! Members Reviews: abridged! this appears to be heavily abridged. very jarring if you're familiar with the material, whole sentences are just missing. I want my money back. Great fun! I downloaded this book after reading an article about the narrator Martin Jarvis. He is brilliant and brings the book alive! All a lot of fun! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Death of the Heart Audiobook by Elizabeth Bowen
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The Death of the Heart Audiobook by Elizabeth Bowen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Death of the Heart Author: Elizabeth Bowen Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 08-20-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 78 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Death of the Heart is perhaps Elizabeth Bowen's best-known book. As she deftly and delicately exposes the cruelty that lurks behind the polished surfaces of conventional society, Bowen reveals herself as a masterful novelist who combines a sense of humor with a devastating gift for divining human motivations. In this piercing story of innocence betrayed set in the '30s, the orphaned Portia is stranded in the sophisticated and politely treacherous world of her wealthy half-brother's home in London. There she encounters the attractive, carefree cad Eddie. To him, Portia is at once child and woman, and he fears her gushing love. To her, Eddie is the only reaason to be alive. But when Eddie follows Portia to a sea-side resort, the flash of a cigarette lighter in a darkened cinema illuminates a stunning romantic betrayal - and sets in motion one of the most moving and desperate flights of the heart in modern literature. Critic Reviews: "A witty, lucid, and beautiful psychological novel.... By far her best book." (The New Yorker) Members Reviews: GROWING UP IS TOUGH--AT ANY AGE! Growing up is tough! It is especially tough for, Portia, an unwanted, sixteen year old orphan growing up in England in the years between two world wars. After the death of her mother, who was not married to her father, she is shipped off to live with her half-brother, Thomas, the legitimate son of her father, and his reluctant wife, Anna and the most stable person in her life, Matchett, her dead mothers governess and caregiver. Portia is painfully alone, personally impoverished, and socially innocent when a young man from her brothers office comes for dinner. Eddie is 23, handsome, lazy, unambitious, in debit to his friends and family and utterly charming to a 16 year-old innocent. Portia is sent to a widowed aunt and her daughter, Daphne, who live in a sea coast town and lease rooms to summer tourists. Portia is scheduled to stay for two weeks while Tom and Anna vacation abroad. This is a repeating pattern in her life. She is not wanted. When Eddie comes to the seashore house to see Portia and gives her a little affection, she falls gushingly in love. Eddie backpedals fast and cruelly. Portia sees him holding hands with the older, more sophisticated Daphne and she is crushed. The emotions are written with sensitivity and empathy that is drawn from the authors own experiences. Bowen was an award winning British novelist who roamed Europe and the world in the the mid-years of the 20th century. She engaged in a thirty year love affair with a Canadian diplomat while she and her lover were both married to other people. She lived an emotional life. It is a universal story told by an accomplished writer with years of experience. It is a good listen. Narration makes the story here I've given this audiobook high marks, when I have doubts I would've been able to get through the print version. At first, I wasn't sure about Kellgren's rather plummy accent, until I realized that she was capable of down-shifting to servants, etc. as necessary. As a matter of fact, the housekeeper Matchett was probably my favorite "voice" of all of them. As far as plot goes, although Thomas and Anna are her brother and sister-in-law it's hard not to think of them more as estranged father and (unwilling) stepmother as they're significantly older than Portia.

The Happy Prince and other Tales Audiobook by Oscar Wilde
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The Happy Prince and other Tales Audiobook by Oscar Wilde

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Happy Prince and other Tales Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 51 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 44 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In "The Model Millionaire", the destiny of a young, ambitious, brilliant pauper changes with an act of his misplaced generosity. "The Happy Prince" is one of Oscar Wildes renowned fairy tales. From his vantage point, high above the city, the statue of The Happy Prince gives of himself in a way most astonishing. In "The Sphinx Without a Secret", we learn of an enigmatic woman who holds a secret so close, no suitor can win her. Members Reviews: "Curiouser & Curiouser" (...to borrow a phrase from another tale). Very curious & interesting tales, indeed! Namaste... Jade Dragon Egyptian Christ Allegory (?) The Happy Prince, conclision, sounds to me like an Egyptian mythological Christ allegory in a dystopian setting. Wonderful Collection of Writings My introduction to the writings of Oscar Wilde. The Model Millionaire, The Happy Prince, and The Sphinx Without a Secret. All three very entertaining and easy to understand. Not too serious or silly and and very witty. Enjoyable to read. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Brideshead Revisited Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh
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Brideshead Revisited Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Brideshead Revisited Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Jeremy Irons Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 11-05-15 Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 39 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece - a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity. Critic Reviews: "Waugh's most deeply felt novel...Brideshead Revisited tells an absorbing story in imaginative terms...Mr. Waugh is very definitely an artist, with something like a genius for precision and clarity not surpassed by any novelist writing in English in his time." (New York Times) Members Reviews: My theme is memory What a coup for the BBC to snare Jeremy Irons, star of the 1981 TV adaptation, to revisit his role as the protagonist and narrator of Waugh's wartime masterpiece. The scenes from that incomparable drama floated through my head as he read, bringing all the magical cast back to life (Olivier, Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Jane Asher, John LeMesurier et al, like some 70s thespian super-group), not to mention the music... I can't possibly be objective about the novel itself, it is inextricably bound up with my adolescence (I first read it when the TV version was being shown) and is one of the main reasons that drew my wife and me together (we named our third son Charles Sebastian). I'd forgotten how funny it was, though, Rex's failed Catholic conversion and Antony Blanche's appearances being the comic highlights. I gave Irons' narration only four stars though because a couple of the accents jarred a bit (mostly Rex's, I'm glad Waugh didn't make him Australian), but overall he handles the large cast with aplomb (he must have picked up a lot from all those knights and dames back in the 80s). It was a treat from first to last though, I look forward to listening again in a few more years, no doubt it will resonate even more with age. Wow! Brideshead has been recommended to me for 37 years. Now I know what all the fuss is about. Absolutely brilliant! I have seen the movie so many times and have always wanted to read the book, but could never find the time. The audio version was a real gift, and just couldn't wait to get opportunities for long periods of listening on the go. The story is completly absorbing, the language so beautiful - like a priceless tapestry, but Jeremy Irons narration was totally GENIUS! A total delight No one reads as beautifully as Jeremy Irons. His voice is mesmerising! You recall the splendour of the BBC production, so long ago! Brideshead revisited I wish there were more read by Jeremy Irons. Such a relaxing voice. The story was a fabulous insight into the life of this family of the upper class during the decades between wars. I thoroughly enjoyed listening. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 2 Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham
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Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 2 Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 2 Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 01-22-04 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 118 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: There are seven stories in Volume 2. In "An Official Position," to improve his lot, a prisoner in a French penalcolony accepts an odious job...and the consequences.In "Home," after a lifetime of living abroad, a penniless old sailor finallycomes home. "Red" is a poignant love story of youth, beauty, and the fleeting moments of ecstasy that pass away only too soon. In "Mayhew," a lawyer decides to make a clean break with his past and moves toCapri. In "In A Strange Land," while traveling in Turkey, a vacationer meets an extraordinary English woman. In "The Alien Corn," a young Jewish man devotes himself to the pursuit of music over the violent objections of his aristocratic family. As the family wrestles with its Jewish identity, the son flings himself headlong into the Bohemian world of performing artists. In "The Verger," when a lowly verger is fired because of his illiteracy, it turns out to be his lucky day. Critic Reviews: " "Charlton Griffin narrates with the ease of an urbane man of the world, but recreates Maugham's strange characters with pleasure and gusto. While his narrative voice is graceful and compelling, his characterizations are acutely individual, even bizarre. Their voices linger in our memory long after the tape is off." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Acute observations of man Maugham's observations of the weakness and strengths of men (and sometimes women) set in every corner of the world are entrancing. The colour and exotic locations are a backdrop for accounts of human universals; death love and ambition. Charlton Griffins mellow voice is ideal for the stories though his almost but not quite British accent at times is annoying. perfection The excellent production qualities of this audio book are perfectly matched to a master story teller. These stories echoed in my head long after hearing. Great narrator and great book, a rarity Charlton Griffin is one of the greater narrators you will find on audible. His vocal range is amazing, and he is pleasant to listen to. It helps that he has great stories to read to the listener. Contemporary writers do not have the wit, skill, patience, and talent of Maugham. Think of Chekhov with an English sensibility. I also enjoy the colonial settings of most of his stories. Not to be missed if you dislike genre fiction as much as I do and enjoy actual literature. Excellent performance It is hard to believe that there is only one narrator in this production. This is more like listening to a play with several actors than just a book being read. It is truly one of the best experiences I've had in audiobooks, and it was not only because of the great prose of Maugham, but also the amazing work of Charlton Griffin. What a treat! Somerset Maugham excels in his short stories and they truly come to life thanks to the excellent narration of Charlton Griffin. The whole series is a must to listen to. What a treat! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

My Man Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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My Man Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: My Man Jeeves Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: David Thorn Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 11-29-10 Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 321 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Wodehouse introduces us once again to the "wonder butler" Jeeves, who, as usual is able to solve any and all of Bertie Wooster's endless problems with ease and finesse. And he also introduces us to a character not dissimilar to Bertie . . . by name of Reggie. Such fun to follow Jeeves in the hijinks! The stories include: 1. Leave it to Jeeves 2. Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest 3. Jeeves and the Hard Boiled Egg 4. Absent Treatment 5. Helping Freddie 6. Rallying Around Old George 7. Doing Clarence a Bit of Good 8. The Aunt and the Sluggard P.G. Wodehouse Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, (18811975) was a British novelist, short story writer, journalist, playwright, poet and lyracist, immensly popular for his sense of humor and mastery of language. Best known for his Jeeves series, Wodehouse created the most resourseful and competent servant in literature, the word "Jeeves" itself has become part of the vernacular. Wodehouse also had great success as a musical theater lyricist, making contributions to "Show Boat" and "Anything Goes". Born in England to a noble family, Wodehouse's writings reflected his background, a truly humourous perspective on the upper class. During a stay in Manhattan, Wodehouse met his wife and settled in New York, with a brief adventure in Hollywood to write screenplays. Living into his nineties, Wodehouse enjoyed the fruits of his labor and acclaim worldwide, a happy, funny man. Members Reviews: not a fan of this narrator Any additional comments? I came this close (thumb and fore finger a half an inch apart) to missing out on Wodehouseian humor due to this narrator. By chapter two, all humor was lost to the annoying rolling of the "r's". I just couldn't take it any more. I switched it off, and removed it from my smart phone. I loaded "Right Ho, Jeeves" narrated by Jonathan Cecil and became a n instant fan of Wodehouse. After finishing "Right Ho, Jeeves", I thought I would give this one a go one more time. Same thing, except now I was spoiled by Jonathan Cecil's narration. By the time I got to the second on third rolling r, I was done or undone, as it were. Unfortunately, Jonathan Cecil did not narrate this book, but I am sure there are others who can bring Bertie and Jeeves to life in a humorous way. Don't let this book turn you away from Wodehouse. Pass this one by, go directly to "Right Ho, Jeeves" narrated by Jonathan Cecil and experience Bertie, Jeeves, and the whole gang as they were meant to be. Brilliantly narrated light reading A lovely comic light reading. The book consists of several independent episodes, ideal for when you want some short "bedtime stories". The narrator is brilliant. I loved the narrator! If you could sum up My Man Jeeves in three words, what would they be? Refreshing, fun, serendipitous What did you like best about this story? Thorn's narration and Bertie's outlook. Which character as performed by David Thorn was your favorite? Bertie If you could take any character from My Man Jeeves out to dinner, who would it be and why? Bertie, he would pay and maybe Jeeves would come along and solve a problem or two. Any additional comments? I found Thorn's narration to be perfect. I keep bookmarking sections to play for my wife. Thorn really brings the characters to life! Couldn't be better in my view. If I was reading the book vs.

The Mark on the Wall Audiobook by Virginia Woolf
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The Mark on the Wall Audiobook by Virginia Woolf

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mark on the Wall Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Teresa Gallagher Format: Unabridged Length: 21 mins Language: English Release date: 11-21-13 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 21 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is a story from the Classic Women's Short Stories collection.... Five stories from influential women writers of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. New Zealand-born Katherine Mansfield settled in England where she wrote a series of short stories that are widely recognized as among the finest of the 20th century for their economy, clarity, sensitivity and effect. "The Garden Party" is one of her most famous, while "Daughters of the Late Colonel" shows a wonderful sense of wit. Kate Chopin, writing in the last years of the 19th century, broke new ground with her daring view of women as individuals with human needs. "Lilacs" and "Ma'ame Pelagie" are sympathetic portraits of women with differing dilemmas. Woolf's "A Mark on the Wall" shows, in short story form, the turmoil within the stillness which became such a mark of her later novels. Editorial Reviews: That mind-boggling mark on the wall! What could its purpose be? Helped by Virginia Woolf's dexterous language, a mark on the wall sends the narrator into deep contemplations on the meaning of life. Teresa Gallagher tackles Woolf's nimble syntax. In a light and airy voice, Gallagher gently coaxes us through Woolf's stream-of-consciousness narrative. Listening to the work of a gifted writer is a treat, particularly when read by a talented, engaging performer like Gallagher. Literary fiction lovers will particularly enjoy this production, though it ought to have wide appeal as well. Members Reviews: Wolf never outdates Even though her setting is by nature of another time her thoughts are as fresh today as when she penned them Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Pelican at Blandings Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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A Pelican at Blandings Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Pelican at Blandings Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Nigel Lambert Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 08-01-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 36 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, sank back in his chair, looking like the good old man in a Victorian melodrama whose mortgage the villain had just foreclosed. He felt the absence of that gentle glow which customarily accompanied the departure of one of his sisters. Lord Emsworth needed Galahad. There are tricky corners to be rounded, and assorted godsons, impostors, and pretty girls to be paired off. Fortunately, many years membership of the Pelican Club means the Hon. Galahad Threepwood is able to keep cool, stiffen his upper lip, and always think a shade quicker than the next man. Members Reviews: Happy story Great narration with all the different characters voices. I love Wodehouse and his happy stories of old England. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Six Short Stories Audiobook by Joseph Conrad
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Six Short Stories Audiobook by Joseph Conrad

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Six Short Stories Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Greg Wagland Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-13 Publisher: Magpie Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 36 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This wide-ranging collection comprises the following six short stories by Joseph Conrad: Youth: A Narrative is an epic tale of a perilous voyage under sail to Bangkok, with a cargo of coal, narrated by Charles Marlow. An Outpost of Progress, a darkly comic tale, set in an African ivory-trading station, is very much a prelude to Heart of Darkness. Amy Foster is about a Polish man shipwrecked on the English coast and his subsequent alienation, loneliness and love. The Lagoon and Karain: A Memory are gripping tales from the Malay archipelago. The Anarchist charts the journey of a skilled mechanic from Paris to a desolate cattle station in South America, via Devil's Island. Members Reviews: Charting the geography of the soul What a bargain this collection is. It contains a couple of Conrad's often anthologized short stories, but also includes some wonderful ones which are only infrequently recorded. Greg Wagland's performance is admirable. If you're an old fan of Conrad or a new reader, this little selection has much to recommend it. YOUTH finds Marlow yarning again, this time about his youth, when he was on a ship called "The Judea." In age, we find our "weary eyes looking still, looking always, looking anxiously for something out of life, something that while it is expected is already gone" until we have lost the last of our illusions. KARAIN: A MEMORY is often called Conrad's "attempted ghost story," but as ever, the story is far more than its surface appearance. Ambiguous, haunting, and not quite resolved at its finish, KARAIN is, for me, as full of memorable phrases as is HEART OF DARKNESS and almost as interesting. As with the other stories here, there is much regret, loss, and sadness. At one point, Conrad speaks of "...all the exiled and charming shades of loved women; all the beautiful and tender ghosts of ideals, remembered, forgotten, cherished, execrated; all the cast out and reproachful ghosts of friends admired, trusted, traduced, betrayed, left dead by the way..." AN OUTPOST OF PROGRESS is a must-read: Conrad considered this his finest story. It is the story of two ivory traders, Kayerts and Carlier, and what happens to them in their isolation and power struggles. THE LAGOON is another tale in which illusions are laid waste. Unpredictability reigns and what one believes is secure vanishes before one's eyes. "There is no light and no peace in the world, but only death for the many." AMY FOSTER is another of his deceptively simple tales. An emigrant sailing from Hamburg is shipwrecked off the coast of England. He settles with those who rescued him and eventually marries a servant girl, Amy Foster. The story and its tragic ending address familiar Conrad themes, most especially that of the stranger in a strange land, and the meaning of home. THE ANARCHIST is the final tale, and possibly the least interesting, though you may disagree. The late Josephine Hart opened her first novel: "There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul. We search for its outlines all our lives." The reason I return to Conrad again and again is that he attempted to chart this landscape. He is politically incorrect, and a bit of an old curmudgeon, but I love him. He looked at the human condition without flinching and told the truth of his life.

The Code of the Woosters Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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The Code of the Woosters Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Code of the Woosters Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Nicolas Coster Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 02-03-09 Publisher: Phoenix Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 90 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A web of complications grows as Bertie's pal Gussie Fink-Nottle asks for counseling in the matter of his impending marriage to Madeline Bassett. It seems Madeline isn't his only interest; Gussie also wants to study the effects of a full moon on the love life of newts. Added to the cast of eccentrics are Roderick Spode, leader of a fascist organization called the Saviors of Britain, who also wants that cow-creamer, and an unusual man of the cloth known as Rev. H. P. "Stinker" Pinker. As usual, butler Jeeves becomes a focal point for all the plots and cleverness can rescue Bertie from being arrested , lynched, and engaged by mistake! Members Reviews: Women's Underwear, Newts, Weddings; A Creamer What is that quote by Samuel Clements? It was something to the effect that anyone attempting to discover a moral to one of his stories should be shot. I think that is an excellent moral be applied to this and all P.G. Woodhouse stories. There are no life lessons to gleaned, no overarching principles just goofiness and fun. Bertie Wooster is just about the most pathetic bumbler in the most dysfunctional family ever. He stumbles into and out of one mishap into another like the character in the movie "Arthur" with Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. Naturally, it is the butler Jeeves, the only adult, who time after time pulls the bacon from fire. Nicolas Coster gives full scope for that stiff upper class British humor to take over. It was a joy to listen to him. Not the best narration Great classice Wodehouse but Nicolas Coster just misses the right sound. His voice is pleasant but he emphasizes the wrong words so the humor disappears, and he sounds a little elderly for young Bertram Wooster. I prefer the same stories, different voice. The best of all Jeeves novels The language and plotting in this charming book are absolutely perfect. Wodehouse is at his best in this timely novel, with all of the story spinning around a cow creamer, a policeman's helmet, and a cast of characters shooting on and off stage. I have read many Wooster stories, but this is always the one I recommend. Don't miss this! Excellent performance of Bertie & Jeeves at their best! One of P G Wodehouse's finest - kept me in stitches from start to finish! Great book - I wasn't keen on the narrator You know when you have an image of what a character looks and sounds like in your head? Well this narrator just *isn't* Bertie Wooster for me. He's too old for the character and sounds somewhat american. He also mispronounces a few words - for example he doesn't seem to know that olde english hunting cry 'View Halloo!' Pity, because it's a great story but the narration really spoiled it for me. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Baron of Grogswig Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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The Baron of Grogswig Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Baron of Grogswig Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 24 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 54 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Baron of Grogswig abandons his riotous ways of carousal and gaiety, and settles down - only to discover that simple domesticity is not the peaceful life he had envisioned. But, just when the Baron feels he can't take it any more, an unexpected visitor changes everything. Members Reviews: A Pipe and A Beer This was a quick and outstanding story. Harrison was great as always. This is the story of a male midlife crisis. Above average reader. Below average Dickens story. Well read. Understandable and followable narration with a flourish. Yet i feel it could be improved upon by a different narrator. The story however, might be too simple, even for Dickens. A light, and not unenjoyable, quaint little curiosity for the Dickens completist like myself. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Great Detective Collection Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, Ernest Bramah, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Guy Boothby, Charles Dickens
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The Great Detective Collection Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, Ernest Bramah, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Guy Boothby, Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great Detective Collection Subtitle: 24 of the Best Classic Detective Stories Author: Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, Ernest Bramah, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Guy Boothby, Charles Dickens Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 04-27-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 2.5 of 5 out of 21 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: An engrossing collection of detective stories featuring all the great classic sleuths, including Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Max Carrados, J. G. Reeder, and C. Auguste Dupin. Members Reviews: great stories, wrong narrator What did you like best about The Great Detective Collection? What did you like least? Many lovely long stories ruined by the narration. Cathy Dobson seems as though she is constantly trying to sound like a man, and every sentence is painfully drawled out at the end so that it becomes distracting and tortuous to listen to. All the characters sound the same from story to story. I hate leaving a review that is at all negative, and this is just my perspective, but I was really looking forward to listening to this book and it's been difficult. Did the narration match the pace of the story? Not really. Dreadful narration I think I would have enjoyed the stories immensely (some I had previously read) but the narration was so distracting that I couldn't listen to more than a few minutes. Waste of a credit. Cathy Dobson Isn't an acceptable narrator While the stories are good... The narrator is the most annoying reader who ruins the stories. I'll avoid anything buy Cathy Dobson from now on. Narrator's Inflection From the start I was put off by Cathy Dobson's narration style. Her voice is nice enough but her Affect and Inflection are EXTREMELY difficult to tolerate. The book was 22 hrs long. I could barely listen to the first 30 minutes before I returned it. READ REVIEWS FIRST This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? Those who can tolerate this particular narrator. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Detective Collection? There is nothing wrong with these stories. They are well loved, classical jewels. How could the performance have been better? PLEASE, PLEASE do NOT use this narrator! Any additional comments? Believe the reviewers and take their advice. That will be a lesson for me. Wonderful stories! There is nothing wrong with that part. But how can you enjoy the STORY if you cannot even follow it because of the narrator!!!! Whoever is over the recordings... PLEASE do not use her. She is probably a good person, but I cannot follow the story because of the reading. I agree with one reviewer: emphasis on random, not logical words, sentences end with "up" intonation, tone of voice is distracting. All of that distracts from the story. I tried... I tried three times (21 hours of listening... I am not going to waste it). Had to give up. Please listen to the sample SEVERAL times before you buy. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Christmas Stories Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Christmas Stories Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Christmas Stories Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: David Timson Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 08-05-16 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 17 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: 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. David Timson has directed, produced and read a great number of Naxos AudioBooks recordings, and is an authority on Dickens in particular. Members Reviews: Delightful A delightful collection, and the perfect companion to whichever performance of A Christmas Carol you prefer. Two of the stories here - The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth - are readily available elsewhere; but the other two, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man, are harder to come by. And David Timson is the Dickens narrator nonpareil, and even if you have other versions of the stories, his interpretations are always a treat. Tedious Listening to this collection might drain the holiday spirit from your soul. I usually love Dickens; however now I know why these short stories arent his most popular and lauded. Overwritten clunky prose performed earnestly leads to somnolent listener. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Rain and Other Stories Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham
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Rain and Other Stories Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Rain and Other Stories Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Steven Crossley Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 01-08-13 Publisher: Spoken Ink Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 24 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: W. Somerset Maugham is one of the best-loved short story writers of the last 100 years. In this collection of his finest short work Maugham takes the listener to the sun-drenched Pacific islands where the Governor mercilessly abuses the inhabitants; to the story "Rain", in which the Reverend and the prostitute play out one of the most famous finales ever written; to the studies of chauvinistic Colonels, and snide conversations in Edwardian drawing rooms, as well as at the gates of heaven. As an introduction to one of the greatest writers in the English language Stephen Crossley's reading is the perfect place to start. Members Reviews: Rain Down on Me One of the most potent short stories in the Western Lit canon: Rain, by Somerset Maugham. A Pacific island quarantined during the tropical wet season. Two couples in the same building as a prostitute. One husband and wife are missionaries. One a mild-mannered doctor and his wife. The doctor is the narrator of this story best illustrating the powerful struggle between a man's religious beliefs and nature (man's natural desires). If you have not read it, I won't spoil for you one of the most dramatic last few pages in literature. Prayers and faith can fortify the spirit, but they cannot stop the rain. Mr. Crossley does an excellent job narrating Rain and Other Stories, by, in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated writers in Western Literature, W. Somerset Maugham. Wonderful An absolutely delightful set of short stories, each with its own unexpected ending. I loved this audiobook! Steven Crossley reads them brilliantly and brings the characters to life. The only negative is that each story is followed too quickly by the next so there is no time to savour the ending. Apart from this - a wonderful listening experience. Tremendous stories 'Well written' seems a rather weak compliment when applied to Somerset Maugham's shimmering prose. Beautifully evoked portrayals of the frailties of human life in the early 20th century tropics. Includes some of the greatest short stories of all time. Beautifully read too. I immediately downloaded another audio collection of his and am transfixed again. Wonderful! Wonderful tales of another age Maugham is a wonderful story tellers and excellent at creating interesting and original characters. Here is fine selection of them . A wonderful collection of short stories What did you like most about Rain and Other Stories? Stories which explore the human character in all its guises. Excellently narrated, which brought the stories alive. Which character as performed by Steven Crossley was your favourite? Jane Fowler. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes - very much so. Any additional comments? A wonderful read / listen - I highly recommend. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Cat of Bubastes Audiobook by George Alfred Henty
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The Cat of Bubastes Audiobook by George Alfred Henty

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Cat of Bubastes Author: George Alfred Henty Narrator: Jim Hodges Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 05-16-17 Publisher: Jim Hodges Productions Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In this, the Henty novel covering the oldest time period of any, listeners will learn much about the domestic life, customs, religion, and military system of ancient Egypt. Amuba, a prince of the Rebu nation on the shores of the Caspian Sea, with his charioteer Jethro, is carried into slavery after losing a battle with the Egyptians. They become servants of the house of Ameres, an Egyptian high priest, and are quite happy there until the priest's son accidentally kills the sacred cat of Bubastes. The locals rise up in rage and kill Ameres, and Jethro and Amuba must escape with the high priest's son and daughter. After crossing the desert to the Red Sea, they eventually make their way back to freedom. Members Reviews: Henty is an excellent author! My son read every single one of ... G.A. Henty is an excellent author! My son read every single one of his books during our homeschooling years, and I read them alongside him. Even though they were written to appeal to a young man/boy, as an adult woman I loved every moment of the adventure. My son now collects these books. I'm currently beginning a collection for my nephew. History & Mystery - (back in the day) interesting book with references back to ancient Egypt and related religious practices , the development of monotheism in Egypt with many references to the Holy Bible As Well as tribes and varuis populations of that time. but I've enjoyed learning history through a good number of his books Henry's style is a tad difficult to read, but I've enjoyed learning history through a good number of his books. This one I read aloud to my 15 and 12 home as part of our homeschool ancient history studies. They liked the story line and the action scenes. A historical read! I love ancient Egypt and the culture that it was. So beautiful and idyllic in morals and convictions. A wonderful read of the human heart as well as how important it is to treat everyone with respect and kindness. Not bad, but flawed The last third of the novel is rushed, so that a battle to reclaim the hero's throne gets less attention than a hippo hunt Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Other Sense Audiobook by J. S. Fletcher
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The Other Sense Audiobook by J. S. Fletcher

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Other Sense Author: J. S. Fletcher Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 28 mins Language: English Release date: 01-17-18 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Joseph Smith Fletcher (1863-1935) was a British journalist and author. He wrote more than 230 books on a wide variety of subjects, both fiction and nonfiction. He was one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the Victorian golden age of the short story. 'The Other Sense' is the story of a young man, Angus MacIntyre, whose ability to see phenomena - ghosts in particular - which other people cannot has caused his guardian to think he is insane and send him to stay with Dr. Schreiber, who is specialised in mental disorders. While there, Angus begins to see the spectre of a pale young man who appears to be seeking something in the doctor's house and garden. Together with the doctor, Angus sets out to solve the mystery. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and other stories Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and other stories Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and other stories Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 03-31-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 37 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: There is a man that haunts the streets by night. His visage provokes involuntary torrents of hatred. His voice is huskily whispered, and his deformity lies within. This audiobook collection contains some of the finest short fiction from the great Robert Louis Stevenson: "The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde", "The Bottle Imp", "Markheim", "Olalla", and "The Body Snatcher". These files have been remastered since their initial advent through The Classic Tales Podcast, making this a perfect choice for the classic horror fan. Members Reviews: Great stories, great narration I'm glad I spent a credit on this. There's a reason these stories are called "classics". Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

To Refuse Such a Man Audiobook by P. O. Dixon
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To Refuse Such a Man Audiobook by P. O. Dixon

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Refuse Such a Man Subtitle: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Author: P. O. Dixon Narrator: Pearl Hewitt Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 12-02-15 Publisher: P. O. Dixon Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 51 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Miss Elizabeth Bennet must decide whether to accept or refuse a proposal from the last man in the world whom she could be prevailed on to marry. At least two unhappy alternatives are also before her: certain scandal and her mother's disapprobation. Is there a path to happily ever after in wake of an alliance born out of such circumstances? Members Reviews: An Innocent Half Hour in Netherfield Library This Pride & Prejudice novella explores what would have happened if Darcy and Elizabeth had been considered compromised by their silent half hour spent alone in Netherfield library. The story opens during Elizabeth's stay at Netherfield taking care of a sick Jane. Darcy has been struggling to resist her charms and decides it would be wise to ignore her for the rest of her stay. Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves alone in the library. Although they each try to think of a topic to interest the other, they remain silent. Elizabeth returns home, and Darcy is both relieved and saddened to have her stimulating presence gone. Unfortunately, a servant noticed their time in the library together and reports it to a jealous Miss Bingley. She immediately dismisses the servant in an effort to save Darcy's reputation. Her plan backfires as the dismissal makes it appear as if Darcy and Elizabeth have something to hide. Rumors start to circulate about the couple in Meryton. Meanwhile, Elizabeth returns home and meets her odious cousin Mr. Collins. A few days later, Elizabeth attends the Netherfield ball and is shocked when the silent Mr. Darcy asks her to dance. The next morning, Mr. Collins makes his disastrous proposal, with one appalling addition. He threatens that if Elizabeth doesn't accept his proposal, he'll propose to Jane next, and Elizabeth knows that Jane would feel obligated to accept. Elizabeth asks for time to make her decision. While wandering in the garden trying to think of a way out, Elizabeth is approached by a very different gentleman and offered a very different sort of proposal. I really enjoyed this novella, the romance was steamy in spots and sweet the rest of the time. The character's personalities are a little bit different than in canon. Mr. Collins is conniving and almost evil instead of bumbling and foolish. Darcy is quite rude to Miss Bingley, and Elizabeth insults Lady Catherine almost immediately after meeting her. I also think that Darcy would avoid even the appearance of impropriety, and wouldn't invite a single woman to his room alone to change her clothes. But I really enjoyed reading a variation without Wickham, and Mr. Bennett was hilarious as always. Pearl Hewitt has a wonderful speaking voice, and it fits this type of novel naturally. She's the perfect narrator for the time period. I've listened to this book twice since I purchased it, and enjoyed it more each time! A lovely, thoughful variation I like alternative stories that stay true to the characters, wit and restraint of the original. I needed to enjoy the goodness in P&P without a lot of angst and this was just right.

The Good Soldier Audiobook by Ford Madox Ford
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The Good Soldier Audiobook by Ford Madox Ford

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Good Soldier Author: Ford Madox Ford Narrator: Gildart Jackson Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 09-24-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 81 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Handsome, wealthy, and a veteran of service in India, Captain Edward Ashburnham appears to be the ideal "good soldier" and the embodiment of English upper-class virtues. But for his creator, Ford Madox Ford, he also represents the corruption at society's core. Beneath Ashburnham's charming, polished exterior lurks a soul well-versed in the arts of deception, hypocrisy, and betrayal. Throughout the nine years of his friendship with an equally privileged American, John Dowell, Ashburnham has been having an affair with Dowell's wife, Florence. Unlike Dowell, Ashburnham's own wife, Leonora, is well aware of it. When The Good Soldier was first published in 1915, its pitiless portrait of an amoral society dedicated to its own pleasure and convinced of its own superiority outraged many readers. Stylistically daring, The Good Soldier is narrated, unreliably, by Dowell, through whom Ford provides a level of bitter irony. Dowell's disjointed, stumbling storytelling not only subverts linear temporality to satisfying effect, it also reflects his struggle to accept a world without honor, order, or permanence. Called the best French novel in the English language, The Good Soldier is both tragic and darkly comic, and it established Ford as an important contributor to the development of literary modernism. Members Reviews: A tragic, dramatic classic THE GOOD SOLDIER: A TALE OF PASSION famously begins with the line, "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." The character who tells us this is John Dowell, who recounts the interrelationships of himself, his wife Florence, and their friends "the good solider" Captain Edward Ashburnham and his wife Leonora. Each of these characters is deeply flawed. John cannot see what is right in front of him. Florence is manipulative and dishonest. Edward is an in-love-with-love philanderer. Leonora is desperate to exert control over her husband. Additional characters are swept into the wake of their disastrous interactions. While it may not be the saddest story ever, sad it certainly is, a high drama in which deception, misunderstanding, suffering, and acts of desperation abound. The narrative structure is based on non-chronological flashbacks, which can seem disorienting at times, reflecting the sense of dissolution and collapse felt by the storyteller as he attempts to make sense of overwhelming experiences. The novel is set just before World War I, and was published in 1915, so it should be of particular interest to those like myself who are obsessed with that time period. If this is your first Ford Madox Ford book, I'd recommend you go on to read PARADE'S END as well. Gildart Jackson's narration is excellent. His voice is well-suited to the style and character of the writing. I'd not listened to him before but now I'd very much like to hear him read another book! THE GOOD SOLDIER What did you love best about The Good Soldier? I tried to read this book a few years ago and stopped halfway through. This Audible version was just the right vehicle to help me realize why this book and its author have such an enduring reputation. Phenomenal and unusual story; cannot imagine a better narrator for this particular version; he comes across as not exactly American & not exactly English, sort of a strange mixture, which is part of the point of the story. A winning combination of reader and book.

The Willows Audiobook by Algernon Blackwood
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The Willows Audiobook by Algernon Blackwood

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Willows Author: Algernon Blackwood Narrator: Nick Sampson Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 05-19-10 Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 41 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Perhaps Blackwood's most celebrated story, The Willows was influenced heavily by his own trips down the Danube River. It tells the story of two campers who pick the wrong place to sleep for the night, a place where another dimension impinges on our own. H.P. Lovecraft considered this the finest supernatural tale in English literature. (P)2007 Listen and Live Audio, Inc. Members Reviews: Spooky Very effective ratcheting of tension. Lovecraftian before the adjective existed, but less densely polysyllabic. Classic. Slowly building dread. I have very little patience for slow starters and this is most definitely a slow starter. Fortunately when it comes to audio, I can and will usually stick it out. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesnt. This time it did and its given me one more reason to add to my Why Ill Never Go Camping Again list. The beginning is filled with an abundance of descriptive prose. The first hour basically sets the scene for the nightmarish dreamlike conclusion. Two friends head out on a canoeing adventure ignoring, and slightly oblivious to, all of the warning signs that they should go ANYWHERE but where theyre headed. They set up camp somewhere on a small island. Unfortunately theyve chosen the wrong location. As the eeriness continues to settle in, I found it absorbing and a little terrifying and even slightly humorous as one of our protagonists attempts to make excuses for everything happening to them even though we know he doesnt really believe any of his own words. Its worth a listen. The narrator is very proper and keeps things moving despite the sometimes slow pace of the narrative and though it ends too abruptly for my liking it did give me a decent case of the creeps. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Horse Dealer's Daughter Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence
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The Horse Dealer's Daughter Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Horse Dealer's Daughter Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 42 mins Language: English Release date: 11-03-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 2.5 of 5 out of 6 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Herbert Richards Lawrence (1885-1930) is recognized as one of the greatest English novelists, poets, playwrights and short story writers. His works address themes such as emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct, wrapped up in gripping plots which range from the poignant to the downright creepy. "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" is widely thought of as one of Lawrence's finest works. The descendents of the deceased horse dealer have fallen on hard times and are being evicted from the family stud farm. The three brothers and one sister are sitting around the breakfast table, discussing what each of them will do in the face of their sudden destitution. Only the horse dealer's daughter, Mabel, remains silent. She has made up her mind what to do...but will not communicate with the others. A visit from Jack Ferguson, the local doctor, shifts the focus to this character. When he returns to his surgery and then sets off for his visiting round, he becomes aware of a lonely, black-clad woman's figure walking resolutely across the fields in the direction of the pond.... Members Reviews: My Favorite Love Story Although narrator Cathy Dobson, with whom regrettably I am unfamiliar, performs this classic work with a sort of steady, purring cadence that either you will find perfect and soothing or as annoying as the rhythmic groan of an old washing machine determined to slog through just one more load, the story itself is such a beautiful tale of sudden love found in the most unexpected of places, that I suspect that even those who find Ms. Dobson's performance lacking even the tiniest hint of emotional substance, nonetheless will be moved by Lawrence's text. I hope that at very least the latter is the case, for "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" offers one of the truly great artistic insights into the nature of romantic love. And what an ending. Read like a school child not narrated. Spoiled by every sentence being given exactly the same musical inflection and rhythm with the last syllable of the sentence drawn out. It gets irritating. Do the narrators never listen to themselves? Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Great Love Story Collection Audiobook by Katherine Mansfield, George Gissing, Leonard Merrick, John Galsworthy, George Sand, Bayard Taylor, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Great Love Story Collection Audiobook by Katherine Mansfield, George Gissing, Leonard Merrick, John Galsworthy, George Sand, Bayard Taylor, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great Love Story Collection Author: Katherine Mansfield, George Gissing, Leonard Merrick, John Galsworthy, George Sand, Bayard Taylor, Fyodor Dostoyevsky Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 04-13-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A wonderful collection of great classic love stories for the incurable romantic in all of us. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Claudius the God Audiobook by Robert Graves
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Claudius the God Audiobook by Robert Graves

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Claudius the God Author: Robert Graves Narrator: Derek Jacobi Format: Abridged Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 06-11-09 Publisher: CSA Word Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 102 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to become, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. He recounts his surprisingly successful rule; how he cultivates the loyalty of the army to repair the damage caused by his nephew Caligula; his friendship with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of Britain. Yet beneath the surface, Claudius' good fortune is under threat. With the growing paranoia of absolute power, and his young wife Messalina causing trouble, how long can Claudius survive? Members Reviews: Second only to I, Claudius Derek Jacobi's reading is exceptional. The story line is a direct follow-up to I, Claudius and second in quality and suspense. Perahps this is due to the abridging of this tome, but the abridged version here has characters that are not quite as interesting as the first three Emperors and Claudius' rise to power. Still, the tension and back-stabbing nature of high power reads like today's headlines...war, rumors of war, myterious deaths, infidelities and a public that mainly wants its bread and circuses. Maybe abridged is okay here? I was a bit annoyed to see that this was only offered in abridged version, but after having heard it, I must say that perhaps it wasn't a bad decision. The story line does seem to wander in many different directions. However it is very well written and well read and did engage me. Pls note that, even if this is not published as a series, it is a continuaiton of "I Claudius" Good historical fiction If you have read I, Claudius then you will be pleased with Claudius the God. The reader, Derek Jacobi, also played the part of Claudius in the 1970s "tele-play" miniseries on PBS. Jacobi IS the voice of the Emperor Claudius I saw the BBC/PBS interpretation as a kid. I've read "I, Claudius". When this audio book began, & I heard Derek Jacobi's voice, I was immediately transported to [the BBC rendition of] Ancient Rome. Mr. Jacobi's characterization of the Emperor Claudius as conceived by Robert Graves is OUTSTANDING. The only problem was that it was too short It was wonderful hearing Sir Derek perform this role again. I only wish it had gone on longer. There were some tidbits not heard from the BBC series, so that was fun. Highly recommended; I listened to it in almost one greedy gulp. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Four Short Stories by Virginia Woolf Audiobook by Virginia Woolf
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Four Short Stories by Virginia Woolf Audiobook by Virginia Woolf

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Four Short Stories by Virginia Woolf Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 55 mins Language: English Release date: 06-14-16 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Adeline Virginia Woolf (January 1882-1941) was an English writer and one of the preeminent modernists of the 20th century. Her stories often appear as streams of consciousness as the writer's attention is drawn by things around her, memories and insights which bubble up in her brain and interruptions from the outside world. Members Reviews: I Love Virginia Woolf, But I Not The Narrator Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? I would recommend the book, yes, but not through Audible u sing this narrator. I sampled the voice prior to purchase and even though it grated on me a bit, I still purchased because I love Virginia Woolf stories. Virginia Woolf's style is so bold for her generation and I love how that is reflected in this group of short stories by her. Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobsons performances? I definitely would not. Her voice was harsh and almost hateful. I couldn't continue this book past the first story due to her voice becoming so annoying. Why does Cathy Dobson do this? If this book wasnt for you, who do you think might enjoy it more? Cathy Dobson and Virginia Woolf! How did I make the mistake of buying this. I don't like VW and why does Dobson talk in this funny way. I'd better not write anymore. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Vile Bodies Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh
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Vile Bodies Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Vile Bodies Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Emilia Fox, Tobias Menzies, Nathaniel Parker Format: Abridged Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 09-23-08 Publisher: CSA Word Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 33 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: 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. Roll on an eccentric (verging on senile) father-in-law-to-be; parties at 10 Downing Street; a soiree in a Zeppelin; high times at Shepheard's hotel, where wine is always flowing; and the shocking and brilliant misbehaviour of Miss Agatha Runcible, who eventually finds drag racing a little "too, too, sick-making!" Not without pathos and serious undertones, Waugh works a winning formula to produce an accomplished and mature "funny" novel. Members Reviews: oops listened to this after watching brideshead revisited. probably a dumb move. nevertheless difficult to follow, silly, very short, not worth the credit... Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling
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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Madhav Sharma Format: Abridged Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-00 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 24 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Five tales which range from the jungles of India to the frozen emptiness of the North... In all of them, Kipling's extraordinary powers of description and ability to identify with human aspiration and animal survival are vividly shown. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi must battle with Nag, the cobra, in his territory; Toomai has a unique glimpse of the elephant world, Kotick, the White Seal, searches for sanctuary, while Kotuko has to find food for his starving Eskimo village. Above all, Kipling's love of life in all its variety shines through. Editorial Reviews: Dazzling sitar music appears throughout this short story from The Jungle Book. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a mongoose, and his story is presented with appropriate verve, and speed, by narrator Madhav Sharma. The many animals speak befitting their species: the snake hisses his demands and threats while the bird mournfully pretends to be injured to fool the snake. After Rikki saves a child, the family who once feared him sound different as their changing feelings are conveyed by Sharma. His best creation is the fight between Rikki and the snake. It sounds like a sparring match, with listeners in attendance. Members Reviews: The best version I've heard read This is a gifted narrator. His voice is also perfectly suited to convey the feeling of India and Kipling wonderfully. The other stories that come along with Rikki-Tikki are also very good. Even my very young children enjoy listening in the car despite the fact that the vocabulary is a bit beyond them at this point - evidence of an audiobook done well and the genius of the author. P.S. I've heard 3 other readings; I think this is the one Kipling would have loved Rikki-Tikki Keeps Young and Old Enthralled I downloaded Rikki-Tikki-Tavi for my five year old, but soon found myself caught up in the story. Adults and children will love to listen to the story again and again. really great What did you like most about Rikki-Tikki-Tavi? Its a real great classic. The hubby had gone on about this book for years, now I know why. What other book might you compare Rikki-Tikki-Tavi to, and why? The jungle book but this is better. Which character as performed by Madhav Sharma was your favourite? All of them. If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? A must have for anyone who loves a good book. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Shakespeare for Children Audiobook by Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb
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Shakespeare for Children Audiobook by Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Shakespeare for Children Author: Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb Narrator: Josephine Bailey Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 10-18-06 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 38 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This edition includes: "The Tempest", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Much Ado About Nothing", "King Lear", "Macbeth", "The Taming of the Shrew", "Twelfth Night, or What You Will", "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", and "Othello". Editorial Reviews: This recording is full of quiet delights - emphasis on the "quiet." Introducing their 1807 classic, the Lambs assured readers that these gentle retellings of Shakespeare's plays render unavoidably adult subjects fit for the innocent young. Narrating the Lambs' decorous prose at a stately pace, Josephine Bailey and Simon Vance expertly conform to the authors' intent, but on occasion the narrators' placidity threatens to lull today's young listeners, not to engage them. Superlative narrators both, they fortunately wring as much variety as they can from the frequent sprinklings of actual Shakespearean text. It's a treat, for example, to hear Bailey as Juliet, however briefly, and to hear Vance's Othello. Members Reviews: NOT unabridged This has 10 of the 20 stories from the book. They are very well done, but I was frustrated to get only half of a book when it is supposed to be unabridged. Not so much for children ... but still a great introduction to Shakespeare. The narration can be ever-so slightly monotonous, but is well-done, nonetheless. What I enjoy about these tales is that they are brief (think "short story") and I can refresh my memory of the main plot and main characters of the play in 30 minutes or so. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mystery of Edwin Drood Subtitle: An Unfinished Novel by Charles Dickens Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: David Thorn Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 08-30-13 Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 23 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Published after his death, Dickens brilliantly brings to life a broad cast of colorful characters in the never solved mysterious disappearance of one Edwin Drood, all set in the rural hamlet of Cloisterham around the Cathedral close. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is Charles Dickenss brilliant contribution to the field of crime and detection. In fact, the novel is even more of a mystery than Dickens himself intended, for he died before completing it, making it a favorite of literary detectives. Against a background of opium dens, nocturnal graveyard visits, and moldering monastic crypts, Dickens weaves a tightly knit plot centered on the ominous disappearance of young Edwin Drood. Suspected of foul murder are John Jasper, a drug-addicted choir-master who hungers after Droods fiancée, and Neville Landless, a Ceylonese who had previously quarreled violently with the missing man. With dark, brooding atmosphere and masterful characterization, Dickens is at the height of his powers in this final work. Critic Reviews: "David Thorn reads Dickens' last, incomplete, novel, a dark romance involving a disappearance and possible murder, with a variety of voices and accents worthy of a multicast performance and an extraordinary range of color and expression. His reading, complex but neither forced nor affected, is both intimate and vivid, enlivening passages that might have been dull. One quibble: Some voices don't match Dickens's description. Thorn attempts the audacious tactic of maturing Drood and his betrothed, Rosa, by subtly altering their voices over time. He miscalculates only in starting them too callow and silly; by the time the change comes (and it succeeds remarkably), it's too little too late. A pity this is only a fragment." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Another great Dickens book Dickens does it again! Here is a good mystery well written. I was hesitant to read an unfinished book but became interested when I saw a pbs adaptation on Amazon video. Like other adaptations they created an ending, which I liked. The book left everything open ended, but led down a different path. There are themes in the story that are timeless: a man obsessed about a young woman that doesn't like him and starts to fear him, jealousy, drug abuse, child abuse, and so on. I wasn't sure where some of the characters fit into the story, probably because the book was never finished. The fact that there are things that will never be resolved doesn't take away from it's being worthwhile to read. Better than expected Forced to read this for my college english class. Much better than I expected. Yes, you will be frustrated that there is no ending, but the journey itself will give you chills. If you like a dark, Gothic-esque setting, characters with hidden lives, and mysterious cries in the night you will love this novel. Five Stars excellent notes and essays accompany the story itself Unfinished, but not unsatisfying! I knew at the outset that Dickens died before he had the chance to finish this novel, but I didn't realize how incredibly frustrated I was going to be because of it! It seems that he was just getting somewhere, and that there was going to be some climactic action coming up shortly, and then poof. No more book.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling
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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Phillip J. Mather Format: Unabridged Length: 40 mins Language: English Release date: 07-22-14 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Rudyard Kipling's classic tale (first published in The Jungle Book, and considered by many to be the best of those stories) details the fearless exploits of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a young mongoose whom misadventure had fortuitously brought to live at the bungalow of an expatriate British family in India. Rikki Tikki through great presence of mind, fortitude, and simply by being a mongoose saves the family from the murderous intent of two cobras. A great tale from long ago, but still exciting today. Masterfully narrated by the quintessentially English Phillip J. Mather. Members Reviews: A classic childrens tale wonderfully narrated. What did you love best about Rikki-Tikki-Tavi? The wonderful sense of adventure the story has, the kindness of the British family to Rikki, Tikki Tavi, a young mongoose, and the wonderful way he rewards them. What was one of the most memorable moments of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi? When he captures Nagaina attention on the patio just before the end. Which scene was your favorite? When Rikki Tikki Tavi is curled up to the child of the family Teddy. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Definitely. Any additional comments? This is a classic tale from the Jungle Book, one of my childhood favourites, written by a master. The morals in it are as true today as they were way back when it was first published. It is a wonderful story and the classic English voice of Phillip J. Mather is perfect for its narration. One of my childhood favourites. i loved this growing up. 25 years on, I still do. I would recommend this book to anyone. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Oliver Twist Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Oliver Twist Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Oliver Twist Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Benjamin May Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 08-27-15 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 65 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Oliver Twist sets everything forth in just the title: a twisting and turning of plot events that take the young boy - as well as the listener - on a very emotional journey, from start to finish. The young Oliver is orphaned practically at birth, and when he grows up, he is passed off to several people who simply put him to work without really caring for him. Oliver escapes after being put to work by a coffin-maker, yet his new found freedom leads him right to a few individuals who do not have his best interests in mind. They're so-called friends who take him in, yet they have the intention of priming him to be a pick-pocket. But with each downturn in his life, there is a corresponding up-swing for Oliver. It's incredible to note that he is such a young age throughout the story, when many of the tasks he faced and overcame were so mature. Despite his tribulations, his run-ins with people who are trying to harm him, and his brief captivity with a band of criminals, Oliver experiences a happy ending after all, which has made all of the journeying and the searching worth it for him. Members Reviews: Awesome Narrator! A wonderful and deeply engaging story with an equally impressive narrator. Ben Lawson is simply outstanding and makes this story come alive. I was not ready for it to end. Now this is the way a story should be read! Superb excellent read, well performed, highly recommended. Read book in high school, but this was way better and much easier to understand Mixed feelings about Dickens, Enjoyable but flawed I enjoy the way Dickens uses language and tells the story, but there are elements that are very hard to tolerate - his depiction of Jews for one, and his theme of biological determinism, a sort of "class will out" approach where an urchin/orphan who comes from a privileged background will resist the corrupting influences of his hard life. Still Dickens was a force for improvements to the harsh conditions of his time and he does tell an interesting story. love oliver twist i loved it.an amazing story through and through. thr narrator could have been better though. Terrible narrator of a great story Is there anything you would change about this book? Narrator was awful. This is such a surprise as Audible does such a great job with choosing excellent narrators. This recording got a high rating for some strange reason. The narrator really spoiled a great story. I am tempted to buy another version... I am originally English so I am not put off by an English narrator, just not this guy Would you be willing to try another one of Benjamin Mays performances? Absolutely not, a terrible narrator. Rushes the text, makes constant errors and has no narration abilities. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Fifty Classic Ghost Stories Audiobook by E. F. Benson, Edith Wharton, F. Marion Crawford, Lettice Galbraith, Hugh Walpole, Charles Dickens, D. H. Lawrence
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Fifty Classic Ghost Stories Audiobook by E. F. Benson, Edith Wharton, F. Marion Crawford, Lettice Galbraith, Hugh Walpole, Charles Dickens, D. H. Lawrence

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Fifty Classic Ghost Stories Author: E. F. Benson, Edith Wharton, F. Marion Crawford, Lettice Galbraith, Hugh Walpole, Charles Dickens, D. H. Lawrence Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 30 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 29 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A wonderful collection of 50 of the best classic ghost stories ever written. Plus 30 more classic ghost stories.... Members Reviews: Great Narrator. The stories in this collection are all of the highest possible quality; they are classics. So, what makes them a great or a not so great audio book is the narrator. This narrator is not an actor she is a story teller and a great one at that. I can listen to her voice for longer than any other narrator I have heard so far and I have over 200 titles in my library. If you are looking for someone who does all the imagination for you, you will be disappointed but if you are looking for someone who will wake up and enthrall your native imagination and let the beauty of the writing speak for itself then you will love it. I agree on narration Good narration is the heart of an audiobook - cannot understand this narrator and just gave up on it. And believe me, I listen to lots of ghost stories and mysteries. Great stories ! Really annoying narrator !! This is an interesting, diverse choice of stories of good quality. I dread the narration. Eccentric Reading I love these stories, but I am having some trouble with Dobson's reading, and I mean no offense to her. Her accent and intonations are unusual, and somehow I find them... not conducive to paying attention. I guess I am having a hard time following the tone of the tales, so I get distracted and find I haven't been listening for 15-20 minutes. I start over, same problem. A bit sad because I love ghost stories so, and was looking forward to hours of them, but, not working for me. Fifty Classic Ghost Stories Dreadfully read, with weird inappropriate intonation. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone and can't bear to listen to anymore. Hugely disappointing. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Oliver Twist Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Oliver Twist Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Oliver Twist Subtitle: Dickens on Dickens Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Gerald Dickens Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 03-14-11 Publisher: Create Digital Publishing Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 72 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Gerald Dickens, great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, reads this traditional tale. Oliver Twist is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens. The time honoured story is about the orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and travels to London where he meets the renowned Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story's development. Members Reviews: Brilliant narration Would you listen to Oliver Twist again? Why? I will probably listen to Oliver Twist again, even though I have already read it several times. What was one of the most memorable moments of Oliver Twist? I love the contrast between Dickens descriptions of his "evil" characters; Bill Sykes, Fagin, and his "good" characters; Oliver, Nancy.My favorite scenes are the comedic ones between Mr. and Mrs. Bumble. What about Gerald Dickenss performance did you like? Gerald Dickens is a brilliant narrator who accurately imitates every regional accent necessary to this cast of characters; a skill I greatly admire. When I purchased this version of Oliver Twist, I had to chose between a couple of very fine narrators and was pleasantly surprised that Gerald Dickens was not just trying to "cash in" on being the great grandchild of Charles Dickens, but is highly skilled and talented in his own right. Great narration!!!! Really great narration by Charles Dickens descendant. A thoroughly professional job. And the story itself! Wow! I have read and/or listened to this novel about ten times....as well as seeing a couple movie versions. I highly recommend it...don't cheat yourself! This is a great story! Hands Down, THIS Is The Version To Listen To What did you love best about Oliver Twist? The story is wonderful to start with, but Gerald Dickens' narration puts it over the top! What was one of the most memorable moments of Oliver Twist? All the truths coming out at the end. Have you listened to any of Gerald Dickenss other performances before? How does this one compare? This was my first, and I will most definitely seek out more of his work! Who was the most memorable character of Oliver Twist and why? All of the characters are so well-drawn, but for me... probably Nancy. She risks everything to do the right thing. Any additional comments? Just one... if you are reading this review to see what others think of this particular version of Oliver Twist -- trust me... THIS is the one to get. You will not be sorry! Really excellent narrator!!!!! I loved the narrator! His voice is distinct and clear, there are no extraneous noises such as catching one's breath, and he modulates his voice and emphasis appropriately so that the listener is held captive....my mind never wandered while listening.

The Garden Party Audiobook by Katherine Mansfield
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The Garden Party Audiobook by Katherine Mansfield

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Garden Party Author: Katherine Mansfield Narrator: Teresa Gallagher Format: Unabridged Length: 37 mins Language: English Release date: 11-20-13 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is a story from the Classic Women's Short Stories collection.... Five stories from influential women writers of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. New Zealand-born Katherine Mansfield settled in England where she wrote a series of short stories that are widely recognized as among the finest of the 20th century for their economy, clarity, sensitivity and effect. "The Garden Party" is one of her most famous, while "Daughters of the Late Colonel" shows a wonderful sense of wit. Kate Chopin, writing in the last years of the 19th century, broke new ground with her daring view of women as individuals with human needs. "Lilacs" and "Ma'ame Pelagie" are sympathetic portraits of women with differing dilemmas. Woolf's "A Mark on the Wall" shows, in short story form, the turmoil within the stillness which became such a mark of her later novels. Editorial Reviews: Opulent music carries us into the world of wealth in Wellington, New Zealand. Katherine Mansfield's short story follows the Sheridan family's preparation for their fancy garden party. When a working-class neighbor dies, the family decides the party must go on, to the frustration of daughter Laura, who wonders if all of these class distinctions are very silly after all. Teresa Gallagher's light voice, clear as a bell, suits the story's luxurious tone. Her pacing varies effortlessly and, combined with her skilled enunciation, Gallagher keeps listeners entertained for the story's just-over-half-hour length. Members Reviews: WOW! Short stories with a kick These were written for a time when things were different, so you must read them with that in mind. Times were different, but people deep down inside are still the same. Ms. Mansfield has a wonderful way of catching you up in her stories. Any one who appreciates a well written story will appreciate this collection. Interesting I bought this for a college course, it was very interesting and insightful. Her writing is very good and it observes the time and of the classes of which it was written. Not Really .....my cup of tea. The stories seemed half told to me. I may try another of the author's books someday. Perfect definition of characters Perfect definition of characters, settings and plot. I really enjoy her mastery of the language, in fact she manages to convey a myriad of emotions, thoughts, feelings in just one sentence. Well done Beautiful visuals set to words. Each selection is a gem. Many of them remind me of situations in real life. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Ghost & Thriller Collection Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Ghost & Thriller Collection Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Ghost & Thriller Collection Subtitle: The Trial for Murder, Hunted Down, Going into Society, The Lamplighter, The Queer Client, The Signal-Man, & To Be Read at Dusk Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 04-06-12 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 1.5 of 5 out of 19 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Seven of Charles Dickens' best ghost and thriller stories, which have been widely read and beloved worldwide. This collection celebrates the 200th anniversary of his birth. These stories provide a wonderful introduction Dickens before embarking upon his long novels; after these stories, listening to his longer novels becomes even more of a pleasure. Perfect for students and teachers seeking an understanding and appreciation of Dickens, without the time to engage with his long novels. Members Reviews: Really awful performance. Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Deaver Brown? Charles Dickens-yes. Deaver Brown-no What do you think your next listen will be? Not sure How did the narrator detract from the book? Continually announcing the chapter and section in a loud grating voice What character would you cut from Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Ghost & Thriller Collection? n/a Any additional comments? I'm sorry I wasted a credit on this. Don't bother What disappointed you about Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Ghost & Thriller Collection? The stories were mildly interesting but the narrator had and abrasive voice that did not go with the stories and his reading was stilted. How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable? I wouldn't even think of changing Charles Dickins. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown? No idea. What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? Disappointment. horrible narrator Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Deaver Brown? not Deaver Brown If youve listened to books by Charles Dickens before, how does this one compare? i have not Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown? i have not listen to many so i have not idea What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? disappointment because of the narrator. Love Charles Dicken, did not like narrator What disappointed you about Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Ghost & Thriller Collection? The narrator. I will have to find another version of these stories so I can listen to them again. I just could enjoy the stories because of the narrator. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown? Anton Lesser or Sean Barrett or David Timson or Simon Vance or Simon Prebble. American accent Beware british readers if you can't stand the idea of one of our finest novelists being read aloud with a very strong American accent. I just couldn't listen to this version. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Stalky and Co. Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling
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Stalky and Co. Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Stalky and Co. Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Gideon Emery Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 10-23-15 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Stalky & Co. is a book, published in 1899 (following serialization in the Windsor Magazine) by Rudyard Kipling, about adolescent boys at a British boarding school. It is a collection of linked short stories in format, with some information about the charismatic Stalky character in later life. The character Beetle, one of the main trio, is partly based on Kipling himself. Stalky is based on Lionel Dunsterville, M'Turk is based on George Charles Beresford, and Mr. King is based on William Carr Crofts. The school, which is referred to as the College or the Coll., is based on the United Services College in Devon, which Kipling attended. The stories have elements of revenge, the macabre (dead cats), bullying, and violence and hints about sex, making them far from childish or idealized, unlike the typical school story. The critic Edmund Wilson, in The Wound and the Bow, was both shocked and uncomprehending about them. For example, Beetle pokes fun at an earlier, more earnest, boys' book, Eric, or Little by Little, thus flaunting his more worldly outlook. Members Reviews: A true classic I was given a copy of this book as a Christmas present when I was twelve. That was over sixty years ago and I continue to reread it every few years. The inhabitants of Study No. 5 have been lifelong friends and I never cease to enjoy their company. The only criticism I can make is that all of the Kindle editions I have found omit several of the best stories. I assume that this must be due to copyright issues. Very Amusing This book was recommended to me by my father, who grew up in England during the 1960's. The story of adventures of the witty Stalky, the elegant writer Beetle, and McTurk will not fail to amuse any reader of this book. After getting past the words that were common during the setting of the book, but unused in conversation in the present, the book is a fairly quick read. I was able to vividly imagine the battles between the mischievous trio and their teachers, especially King. I chuckled at some of their more amusing exploits, and was impressed by the intelligence of Stalky on many occasions. Beetle's poems consistently brought a smile to my face. Missing Parts! Stalky & Co. is one of my all time favorite reads. I have read it many times, and this was one of the first items I downloaded for my new Kindle. However, there are noticeable missing pieces, particularly lines of poetry quoted by the three protagonists. This means that there are abrupt transitions in conversations that are hard to follow unless you are familiar with the book! You can't beat the price, but I would not recommend this version to anyone who hasn't read the book before. Kipling as a Lad It's short stories chronicling the development of the men of Britain's IndIan Raj, as told by him who became its voice. I like it almost as well as I like "KIM". It's not "great literature," but it is a jolly good read. Still a classic I first read this book when I was in seventh grade. I found it hilarious, and reading the book incidentally increased my vocabulary to a point well beyond my peers'. It's just about a perfect work for a student about 12-13 years old who doesn't mind doing a bit of research to ferret out the meaning behind some of the obscure allusions and esoteric diction. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Collected Short Stories of H. G. Wells Audiobook by H. G. Wells
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The Collected Short Stories of H. G. Wells Audiobook by H. G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Collected Short Stories of H. G. Wells Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 10-04-16 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A spine-tingling collection of the greatest short stories by the father of science fiction, H. G. Wells. Plus many more short fiction masterpieces by H. G. Wells. Members Reviews: Frustrating I can't rate the stories (although I know them) because they can't be heard here. The audio reader is not only terrible, she is ATROCIOUS! Her voice is nasally to the point of distraction and she drags the end of every. single. word. It's horrible. It's like forcibly having to listen to scratching on a chalkboard. Its so distracting it is very difficult to even understand what words she is even saying. I have tried so many times to listen to this, thinking maybe I just over dramatized how bad it is...nope, I didn't! I'm very sad I waited too late to return it. The stories are well worth reading, but DO NOT purchase this audio telling. worst narrator i have ever heard The Narrator changes vocal speed every few words and has no apparent idea of normal phrasing; surely there should be at least some token attempt to match how you say something with the meaning behind it. Awful! Worst audio artist ever The reader has no rhythm to her voice and makes even normal words sound bizarre normally Id find this interesting but it ruined this for me Great stories terrible narration I just signed up for the free trial and I was really looking forward to this but Cathy Dobson narrates the whole thing terribly - I would have far sooner had Stephen Fry or somebody who has some sincerity and doesn't sound like a sarcastic primary school teacher. Extremely disappointing Audible! Weird intonation with this recording Not sure what's going on, but there is weird intonation on this recording. Sounds more like automated voice than a real person. Wasted money on this one! Good stories, so chose a different recording! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Short Stories by Rudyard Kipling Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling
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Short Stories by Rudyard Kipling Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Short Stories by Rudyard Kipling Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Emma Topping, David Philo Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 06-25-12 Publisher: Saland Publishing Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and for his tales for children. This collection includes some of Kipling's most beloved short stories, including 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi', 'The Man Who Would Be King', and 'Georgie Porgie'. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Complete Short Stories, Volume One Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham
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The Complete Short Stories, Volume One Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Complete Short Stories, Volume One Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 06-05-13 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 86 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: There have been few masters of the short story as popular as W. S. Maugham. His dry wit, worldweary loftiness, pungent cynicism, and penetrating powers of observation have contributed to the creation of some of the greatest short stories ever written. Over a long period, Maugham continued to write stories that were highly interesting and controversial. With a creative verve for plot development and a jaded eye for the foibles of mankind, Maugham's stories crackle with the irrepressible energy of a master story teller. The Complete Short Stories, Volume One will continue in volumes two and three. All stories not in public domain are the property of and published by agreement with the W. Somerset Maugham Royalty Trust. Members Reviews: A masterful production of Maugham's short stories. Charlton Griffin narrates these short stories by W. Somerset Maugham with a keen sense for each character's delivery. Griffin's love of this author shines through his Audio Connoisseur recording. To listen to these works is to be transported to the Pacific Islands and various ports in Asia. Maugham spent much of his life in this part of the world. He found the mixture of cultures there in the early 20th Century to be fascinating, absurd, tragic and mysterious. One can never predict how the typical Westerner will react to the pressures of such strange, tropical surroundings. Maugham made much of this, but never went for the simple surprise ending in his short stories. Many of these works are quite disturbing in their portrayal of the moral weakness of Westerners when immersed in the seeming anonymity of the Tropics. Wonderful introduction to WSM I'd never read anything by Somerset Maugham before, and after the first couple of stories I wondered what all the fuss was about. I'm glad I kept on, because the master storyteller soon emerged in subsequent tales and didn't let up. I will be moving on to the remaining volumes in this series as quickly as I can. The reader is sometimes a bit leaden, and there is an unnecessary musical soundtrack at the beginning and end of each tale, which comes across like a cheesy radio production. But all in all, this is wonderful stuff! Bizarre mispronunciations... If you could sum up The Complete Short Stories, Volume One in three words, what would they be? Classic Maugham stories often do a slow burn but worth going for the ride. Who was your favorite character and why? I especially love the stories set in colonial Malaya. What do you think the narrator could have done better? I would say this narrator is great but for some irksome mispronounciations. Every time he says ' ship's passage', he pronounces it pah-sage or 'chortle' becomes 'Kortle'. There are a hundred bizarro alternative readings of not-very-elevated english words. Bloody weird and a bit cringey. I think he's an American doing an excellent Brit accent (wonky Scots), but has not researched unfamiliar words. Shame, coz it's an epic commitment to read the full omnibus. Awesome performance ! Loved every moment of it - Looking forward to listening to all of his books and traveling to those wonderful south sea islands ! I LOVE THIS AUTHOR! I am writing this review before I finish listening because I'm finding this author a wonderful new friend.

A Christmas Carol Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Christmas Carol Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Christmas Carol Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 12-21-15 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 22 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge has an emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and yet to come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media. Members Reviews: The The book has good logics and it is really gud to hear and the narrator Narrator made it hard to follow at times. This is one of my favorite Christmas stories. Did not like how it was read. good story, poor narration. the story is of course the classic one. Unfortunately the narration in this audio recording left something to be desired. Some of the effects used were distracting. Overall I found the inflections inappropriate for various key lines of the story. Still, a wonderful Christmas listen. a wonderful story mangled the narrator has a pleasant voice and reads every word - and makes very little sense Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Destructors and Other Stories Audiobook by Graham Greene
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The Destructors and Other Stories Audiobook by Graham Greene

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Destructors and Other Stories Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Stephen Thorne Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 01-16-13 Publisher: Spoken Ink Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 27 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: From a childish fear of the dark in "The End of the Party" to the chilling conclusion of the "Destructors" and the all-consuming selfishness of "May We Borrow Your Husband", this collection opens with three of Greene's most disturbing stories. Things take a surreal turn in "Under the Garden" before finally blossoming for a moment in "Two Gentle People", then there's a detective story and a brush with Greene's sardonic wit to finish. Extremely enjoyable and easy to dip in and out of... Members Reviews: Graham Greene Its easy to forget what a great writer he was till you read the short stories. I find the last two a little thin. He isn't as good at the short more fanciful ones more appropriate for the Twilight Zone. But maybe in their day they were amusing. But the rest are enjoyable. Very entertaining. Unexpected Delight! I had to seriously get used to the fact that these stories are not designed to leave you feeling completely satisfied with a clean and clear beginning, middle and end. In fact most are working to try and push the reader to feel uncomfortable or unsatisfied. In this Graham Greene succeeds completely. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes yes yes very very guuuuuuuuuuuuud What did you like best about this story? the role of the females.......Nothing What about Stephen Thornes performance did you like? uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh bless you my child Who was the most memorable character of The Destructors and Other Stories and why? Donald clark Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Lilacs Audiobook by Kate Chopin
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Lilacs Audiobook by Kate Chopin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lilacs Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Liza Ross Format: Unabridged Length: 31 mins Language: English Release date: 11-20-13 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is a story from the Classic Women's Short Stories collection.... Five stories from influential women writers of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. New Zealand-born Katherine Mansfield settled in England where she wrote a series of short stories that are widely recognized as among the finest of the 20th century for their economy, clarity, sensitivity and effect. "The Garden Party" is one of her most famous, while "Daughters of the Late Colonel" shows a wonderful sense of wit. Kate Chopin, writing in the last years of the 19th century, broke new ground with her daring view of women as individuals with human needs. "Lilacs" and "Ma'ame Pelagie" are sympathetic portraits of women with differing dilemmas. Woolf's "A Mark on the Wall" shows, in short story form, the turmoil within the stillness which became such a mark of her later novels. Editorial Reviews: Kate Chopin, classic feminist author of The Awakening, composed the short story "Lilacs". In it, Parisian actress Adrienne Farival returns every year to the convent where she grew up. One day, Mother Superior, having heard of Adrienne's indiscretions, refuses to allow her to enter. Like her protagonist, Chopin struggled with her own lifestyle choices. Liza Ross fits Chopin's writing style like a glove, bringing languor and sensuality to the performance. Her voice, a warm alto, feels friendly, almost light-hearted. With expertise, Ross navigates varied characters' voices. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Country of the Blind Audiobook by H. G. Wells
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The Country of the Blind Audiobook by H. G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Country of the Blind Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Walter Zimmerman Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 03-07-08 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 55 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In this famous fantasy story, a mountain climber falls into a strange and isolated society of non-seeing persons - claiming to have been in existence for 15 generations and cut off from the rest of the world by an earthquake. The interloper decides quickly that "In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king". However, things turn out very differently than he had planned. The experience of being an "other" - a seeing man in a world of blind persons - is the major theme of this story. © and (P)1980 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch theologian, and Bob Dylan, rock star, have both uttered versions of the maxim, "In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." The sentiment, however, may find its fullest expression in The Country of the Blind, the short novel by the incomparable H. G. Wells, first published in 1904. As performed in a clear and slightly uneasy tone by Walter Zimmerman, The Country of the Blind follows a mountain climber who falls down a precipice into a land where every human being is without the gift of sight. Part Twilight Zone, part adventure narrative, the travelers odyssey challenges the listener to place herself into a familiar - yet vastly altered - world. Members Reviews: Touching A beautiful, touching story that makes you think twice about many things. The narration is wonderful and this has turned me into a genuine HG Wells fan! Very much worth reading If you could sum up The Country of the Blind in three words, what would they be? Perception and reality What did you like best about this story? I t made me think about what i believe, how i percieve things, and how the problem of perception is very much present in today's world Good story - bad record. Any additional comments? The biggest downfall of this audiobook is the quality of the record: it is awful. Very much noise is coming together with narrator's words and it is very unpleasant to listen to. I had to stop it after 10 minutes and read it from a book. So far the other books I've listened to were good, so this was a surprise. Otherwise it is a good short story of H.G. Wells. Please note though that it is the first (1904) version of the story. Wells expanded how the story ends in 1939 revised edition. Narration somewhat unexciting This story is not what I expected, and therefore very interesting, but the rating would have been higher if the narration could have more expression (e.g. less flat and unexciting). Turns a Quote on its Head-Then is just Stale Wells apparently doesn't like the quote "in the country of the blind the one eyed man is king". That's literally what this whole short story was about. Something to muse about but after about 15 mins it was old. The production was pretty low quality and the reader didn't help much. There are some exceptions, I can see a special education teacher finding this an interesting story but not something I would recommend to many people. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh
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The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Simon Prebble Format: Unabridged Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 12-11-12 Publisher: Hachette Audio Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 25 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A book of brilliant entertainments: 39 stories spanning the entire career of a great modern writer and an undisputed comic genius, "a satirist whose skill at sticking pens in people rates him a roomy cell in the murderers' row (Swift, Poe, Wilde, Shaw) of English letters" (Time). Members Reviews: Chips from the Master's Bench What made the experience of listening to The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh the most enjoyable? The narrator is top notch. Couldn't be better. If youve listened to books by Evelyn Waugh before, how does this one compare? Good, but not great. Read this one last. Which scene was your favorite? "Scott-King's Modern Europe" was just brilliant. Vintage Evelyn Waugh. If you could take any character from The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh out to dinner, who would it be and why? Not a one of them. They're all perfectly awful. Evelyn Waugh sampler, just short stories- Very confusing, frustrating to listen to. I kept thinking I'd missed something until I read the other reviews. "Complete Stories" a very misleading title. Waugh is my favorite author. Favorite book: Decline and Fall. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Secret Agent Audiobook by Joseph Conrad
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The Secret Agent Audiobook by Joseph Conrad

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Secret Agent Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Alex Jennings Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 1 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Joseph Conrad's anarchists, together with Verloc the police informer, inhabit the seedy underworld of metropolitan London in a gripping plot of political intrigue and espionage. The story, in part inspired by the notorious attempt to blow up the Greenwich Observatory in 1894, probes the anarchy and violence underlying English society and relationships. The plot focuses on the marriage of Winnie Verloc to a "thoroughly domesticated" pornographer and spy. Looking back to Dickens in its bleak vision of London and forward to the works of Graham Greene, The Secret Agent is one of Conrad's indisputable masterpieces. (P) and ©1996 Penguin Books Ltd Members Reviews: The Secret Agent A simple tale, yes. Although, it drags dramatically on and on it says little. The actual story unfolds after passing about 70 % of the book. In which it tells of a tragic end of three people. An afterthought of two, one only a little more connected than the other, walk away with their own thoughts. Nothing more. Hardly a satisfactory read. but once you adapt to the pace of the book it truly deserves its ranking as one of the best novels by one of the best novelists It was hard to get into at first, but once you adapt to the pace of the book it truly deserves its ranking as one of the best novels by one of the best novelists of the twentieth century. The style will take your breath away. This is both like and unlike other Conrad novels This is both like and unlike other Conrad novels. It takes place in a dark and dismal London populated by ineffectual anarchists, one of whom accidentally kills his brother-in-law, who is mentally incapacitated, in a botched attempt at a terrorist bombing, and is in turn killed by his wife. The characters are just that, characters, their psychology painstakingly described, and the vision gloomy. It is well worth reading. Rather intense Gets a wee bit muddled, but oh yes, a brilliant read. Makes inhumans into humans to some extent. Big on circumstances and plans ganging aglay. an unusual Conrad The Secret Agent is one of the most famous novels of Conrad, not based on sea travels but located in the foggy and dark places of London of the Victorian times. It narrates the story of an Englishman, at the service of a foreign embassy, his wife, her semi-infirm brother and their friends. The locale is a place where the secret agent sells sexy newspapers and articles, and Conrad describes the situation with his usual ability. The foreign Embassy could be Russian (?), the friends are all revolutionary, their fight is hopeless, and the London police is well trained to control it. It would be unfair to give more description, let the reader find out how Conrad develops the situation and how it ends. It is certainly a good book, but I prefer the "marine" Conrad, and that explains the 4 stars instead of five. But one should read this Conrad, it is an interesting book, and well rated. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

El Fantasma De Canterville [The Canterville Ghost] Audio Libro por Oscar Wilde
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El Fantasma De Canterville [The Canterville Ghost] Audio Libro por Oscar Wilde

Escuche este audio libro completo gratis en http://hotaudiobook.com/free Título: El Fantasma De Canterville [The Canterville Ghost] Autor: Oscar Wilde Narrador: Aurora del Prado de la Iglesia Formato: Abridged Duración: 1 hr and 9 mins Idioma: Español Fecha de publicación: 09-12-12 Editor: Trout Lake Media Calificaciones: 4.5 de 5 de 19 votos Categorías: Classics, British Literature Resumen del editor: Oscar Wilde Clásico. Uno de sus mejores cuentos. Please note: this audiobook is in Spanish. Opiniones de los miembros: Genial manifestación del choque de dos mundos de la vida En esta obra puede observarse el choque de dos mundos de la vida totalmente diferentes manifestados en la vieja Inglaterra y el naciente Estados Unidos. Los valores constituidos en cada horizonte difieren y por lo tanto se manifiestan incomprensiones entre los visitantes americanos y los nativos londinenses. Además parece una crítica a la profanación de la vida en general que ha generado el capitalismo américano en conjunto con su cultura( también se ve una crítica a la supuesta simplicidad de alguna iglesia americana en sus ritos). A diferencia del retrato de Dorian Gray no percibo la excesiva preocupación por la estética. Un cuento genial, y como siempre la narradora espectacular. Aurora de la Iglesia del Prado simplemente genial. Contáctame para cualquier pregunta: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Audiobook by James Joyce
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Audiobook by James Joyce

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Author: James Joyce Narrator: Donal Donnelly Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 47 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the most original literary works of the 20th century, Joyce's novel follows the life of Stephen Dedalus in a story divided into 5 sections, each of which is written in a voice that reflects Stephen's age and development. The childhood memories are written in a deceptively simple, evocative, childlike style, while the final section about Stephen's maturity conveys complex themes through Latin-sprinkled, stream-of-consciousness prose. When this novel was first released in 1916, some critics were bewildered by Joyce's bold use of language to redefine the very structure of novels. Today the novel is accepted as one of the greatest English-language works in history. Editorial Reviews: Narrator Donal Donnelly recites and sings with childish delight as the little boy Stephen Daedalus begins to understand the world around him. Donnelly creates an occasionally petulant young Stephen as he works his way through language and syntax and deals with leaving his parents for boarding school. Donnellys transitions are flawless as schoolboy Stephen endures corporal punishment and bullying, and he is up to the challenge as Stephens vocabulary matures and sensuality overtakes the adolescent. Donnelly credibly illustrates the growth of a young artist, completely capturing Stephens intellectual and emotional development. Critic Reviews: "Here words are not the polite contortions of 20th-century printer's ink. They are alive. They elbow their way on to the page, and glow and blaze and fade and disappear." (Samuel Beckett) Members Reviews: Great classic, hard to listen I can understand why literary critics and English majors speak so highly of this book. On the other hand, I'm not either of those, and that is probably why I found it so difficult to maintain an interest. Try other classics first if you are just looking for a good story. Also, the sound quality is a little murky and heavy on the bass, but it was tolerable. What an Odd Book I guess I'd have to say that this book is a technical marvel. Joyce describes the life of Steven Dedalus, primarily his inner life, as he progresses from a young boy through to the verge of manhood. The writing style Joyce uses matches Steven's complexity of thought at every age, from the very simplest of sentences at the beginning of the work, to quite complex construction at the end. The prose is striking throughout the book, and I enjoyed how Joyce often jumps from one subject to another, not necessarily completing any, just as our minds often jump around restlessly, images, memories, emotions coming and going. My primary problem with the book is that I developed no attachment to Steven. For almost the entire work, I felt very distanced from him; there was little in his personality that I could relate to, and consequently, I didn't care much how he worked out his difficulties. Another problem was that a very large section is given over to a description of the teachings of the Catholic Church. The purpose seems to be to describe in detail what Steven was thinking at a time he was immersed in religious feeling; but the effect was deadening, at least on me. I read literature to learn about the innermost workings of my fellow creatures. I neither want nor need to listen to the teachings of the Catholic Church for over an hour. Ditto a later section on the philosophic debates Steven engaged in with his schoolmates.

Lucia in London Audiobook by E F Benson
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Lucia in London Audiobook by E F Benson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lucia in London Author: E F Benson Narrator: Miriam Margolyes Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 06-07-11 Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 34 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Using her best social-climbing instincts and refusing to be embarrassed, Lucia sets out to conquer London and mingle with the beau monde. Soon a secret group of 'Luciaphiles' springs up; the social climbers who make up its rank never tire of watching her get into and out of all kinds of trouble. Members Reviews: Narration topping, abridgement unnecessary. Lovely narration - easy to distinguish between characters, and it's a nice change for a Benson adaptation to have a Georgie who is not done in exactly the same camp voice. The abridgement was done very skilfully, it's just a pity they felt they had to abridge it at all; it is so wonderfully written that there is really nothing to cut despite the fact that this is not the best of the novels in the Mapp and Lucia series. In all, a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Shame the story is abridged And dare I say that Miriam Margolyes' narration is not as good as Nadia May....... My desert island books... Don't know where I'd be without Lucia. I can listen to these books again and again and they never fail to delight! My favourite Lucia book beautifully read Who was your favorite character and why? The characters are priceless and wonderfully brought to life. Which scene did you most enjoy? Queen Charlotte's mittens always make me laugh out loud. Any additional comments? It is s shame that it is abridged so much, but it makes it very accessible Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Pilgrim's Progress Audiobook by John Bunyan
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The Pilgrim's Progress Audiobook by John Bunyan

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pilgrim's Progress Author: John Bunyan Narrator: Robert Whitfield Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 12-12-03 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 374 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is the enthralling account of a Christian's epic journey. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Interpreter's House, the House Beautiful, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains, and finally reaches the Celestial City. Members Reviews: A good Audio Book This was the first audio book that I chose to listen to, and although I had heard it was good, I did not know much about it beforehand. In the introduction, Bunyan's prose is written in couplets, which proved quite difficult to understand. But he quickly begins the story, and the language becomes much easier to understand. In the first half, the author recounts a "dream story" where a man, named Christian, leaves the city called Destruction to head up the trail to the Holy city. Along the way, he meets such characters as a man named Mr. Ignorant and Mr. Timorous, goes through such places as the "Slough of Despond" and the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Clearly this is an allegory about the Christian journey of faith, and I think everybody should know that going in. If you are a Christian, you will likely find this an uplifting and inspiring work which, in addition to being entertaining, may accurately depict some of your own struggles along the way. If you are not a Christian, you may feel the prose gets a little preachy in parts, but you will regardless enjoy the meticulous prose and wonderful imagination with which this allegory is told. Robert Whitfield reads with wonderful, light, English clarity, and his voices of the characters are distinct. The recording is also clear and easy to understand. Truth contained here! This beautifully written allegory is the perfect metaphor of a ?pilgrims? journey through life with word pictures that will soothe your soul as you realize your journey along ?The Way? to the Kingdom is not so different than Christian?s. The author is brilliant in his poetry and Biblical truth. A must ?read? for all Christians. Unknown to me before listening, we are treated with a bonus of an additional journey by Christian?s wife and three children. Pilgrim's Progress If you are well versed with the King James version of the Bible, you will find this to be an enjoyable, well narrated version of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. If you use a modern day version of the Bible, the 16th century English may be a bit hard to follow. Nevertheless, if you listen carefully, you will get hours of enjoyment from this audio book. Must Read (listen) This is one of the best books I have ever experienced. I think listening to it even added to the experience for me. The only thing I regret is that I couldn't highlight the many sections that profoundly impacted me. Stunning! The Pilgrims'Progress is a true monument of English literature. With the power of its universal imagery and the bumpy but engaging style of Bunyan's prose it is one of the books that never loses its appeal for the sympathetic reader. Robert Whitfield does a stunning job, maintining a strong rhythmic narrative flow while displaying a masterful (and consistent) variety of accents for the various characters.

Mr. Harrison's Confessions Audiobook by Elizabeth C Gaskell
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Mr. Harrison's Confessions Audiobook by Elizabeth C Gaskell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mr. Harrison's Confessions Author: Elizabeth C Gaskell Narrator: Nicola Bonn Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 01-26-11 Publisher: Create Digital Publishing Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 19 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Elizabeth Gaskell, famed authour of Cranforn, is cherished for her incise social observations and portrayals of the changing nature of English life through the Industrial Revolution of the Victorian era. Mr. Harrison's Confessions is a warm, funny portrait of life in a small English town. Narrated by the young Doctor Harrison, we follow his practice and his courting in this charming tale. With a light-hearted atmosphere prevailing over the complete narration, the work captures the fancy of the reader with its romantic depiction of the events. ©2010 Create (P)2010 Create Members Reviews: Not worth it This book is written from the POV of a man, but unfortunately read by a female, which is very distracting and stupid. Also she reads incredibly fast, so its very hard to follow and found myself not tuning in. How can one escape into a narrative that's read like the news? This is very poorly produced, which is unfortunate for the author. In the future maybe I'll pick it up to read, as the story was intriguing, but the audio version is awful. Very difficult to listen to What did you like best about Mr. Harrison's Confessions? What did you like least? I'm going to have to try to read the story on my own. The narration in this recording is horrible. The reader speaks so fast she is difficult to understand. And while some women can read books where the narrating character is a man, this reader can't. How could the performance have been better? Slower, Male reader. Narration was dissapointing What disappointed you about Mr. Harrison's Confessions? I love Elizabeth Gaskell's writing and style. This Narrator was so poor I could not get past 15 minutes of it. Waste. pleasantly entertaining Having watched Cranford on BBC series, I felt I knew Dr. Harrison a bit. Nice to see the author's original portrait. The tale is a rather rollicking and amusing one. Not as serious as my other Gaskill ones - but a fun read. Sometimes I enjoy a lighthearted tale. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime Audiobook by Oscar Wilde
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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime Audiobook by Oscar Wilde

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Rupert Degas Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 12-02-13 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is a story from the Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories collection. A palmist's prediction leads to murder; an enigmatic woman's lifestyle is a mystery to be solved; a ghost tries to frighten the new tenants of his home; a man has discovered the dedicatee of Shakespeare's Sonnets; a millionaire wants to be painted as a pauper. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories is a collection of fascinating short stories that are subversive as well as entertaining. Also included in this audiobook is 'The Birthday of the Infanta from A House of Pomegranates', in which an ugly dwarf loves a beautiful princess. How will his feelings fare in a cruel society? Editorial Reviews: One of the guests at Lady Windermere's party is a palm reader named Mr. Podgers. Lord Arthur is naturally intrigued by his presence and demands a reading, though he notices something peculiar about Podgers' face when he is predicting Lord Arthur's future. When pressed, Podgers divulges that Lord Arthur will murder someone. Scared of this premonition, Lord Arthur separates from his fiancée, hoping to fulfill his destiny before marrying her. Oscar Wilde's short story is full of his trademark witticisms and insight, which Rupert Degas delivers with a charming, light touch, and he embodies Wilde's odd characters with entertaining fervor. Members Reviews: some of these stories are timeless I really enjoyed most of the stories in this collection. If nothing else they give a window on the popular English perceptions about Americans of the time as well as some (again, for the time) biting satire on English middle-class mores and attitudes. I often re-listen to this collection when I need an antidote to the reverentional treatment that late Victorian England gets on PBS, especially Masterpiece Theatre -- which I enjoy, but come on, in reality the streets were full of horse dung and the upper-class treated the lower classes like they were not human. All in all, well worth the price. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Arabian Nights Audiobook by Sir Richard Burton
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The Arabian Nights Audiobook by Sir Richard Burton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Arabian Nights Author: Sir Richard Burton Narrator: Philip Madoc Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-00 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 48 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Though The Arabian Nights are generally known as stories for children, they were originally tales for adults full of adventure, sexuality, violence, and the supernatural. They certainly inspired the imagination of Sir Richard Burton, the 19th century explorer, linguist, and erotologist who brought all his worldly experience and superbly expressive prose style to bear on the tales of Sindbad the Seaman and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Scheherazade must keep her king entertained with stories if she is to avoid the promised sentence of death. Members Reviews: Excellent, But Too Short What does Philip Madoc bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Mr. Madoc's narration is quite good with a very well delivered combination of cadence, intonation, emotion, etc. If you could take any character from The Arabian Nights out to dinner, who would it be and why? Harun al-Rashid of course. He was the fifth Arab Abbasid Caliph. He ruled from 786 to 809. His reign make well have been the apogee of the Islamic Golden Age. He promoted Islamic art and music along with science and commerce. Any additional comments? This audio book is an excellent narration of a small part of Burton's famous translation. It is very true to Burton and to the original tales that Burton translated. Burton retained the substantial sexual content of the stories along with the violence and bloodshed. He was much condemned for this at the time (Victorian England) but he chose authenticity over censorship. Burton also translated the pervasive Islamic character of all (almost all) of the characters and places in the stories. The key problem with this audiobook is length. It is only 3 hours and 42 minutes long. A narration of this quality, covering more of the tales would be highly desirable. The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton I loved listening to this audible book. The music was awesome and the narrator was superb. I probably would not have enjoyed this as much if I was reading it and really appreciate the story telling. Excellent narration of the classic Richard Burton translation This performance is possessed of two primary benefits. Firstly, the classic translation by Sir Richard Burton, for those of us who prefer the boldness of style of 19th century English prose. I think that style lends itself very well to these centuries old tales. Secondly the narration by Philip Madoc is equally strong and very well suited to this style of text. The knock against this is that it's too short. It's an abridged selection of just a few of the stories from the Arabian Nights. I'd well wish for an unabridged performance of the Burton translation. Until then, this is a good taste of it. Excellent Narration! What did you love best about The Arabian Nights? The narration is truly great. The reader's voice is engaging and fits the part perfectly. He reads with emphasis and emotion. Fantastic storytelling, even if just to listen to the words being spoken. Any additional comments? Was disappointed by how shortened it was. The story of Aladdin is not included, though that is arguably not a true part of the 1001 Nights (although the same could be said of the story of Ali Babba, which is included).

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Martin Jarvis Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins Language: English Release date: 01-11-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 301 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, he is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil, and with the possibility of separating them into distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature. He also creates an antidote that will restore him to his respectable existence as Dr. Jekyll. Gradually, however, the unmitigated evil of his darker self predominates until finally he performs an atrocious murder. His saner self determines to curtail these alternations of personality, but he discovers that he is losing control over his transformations and that he slips with increasing frequency into the world of evil. Finally, unable to procure one of the ingredients for the mixture of redemption, and on the verge of being discovered, he commits suicide. Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted, evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror. This tale has lost none of its ability to shock. Its realistic police-style narrative chillingly relates Dr. Jekylls desperation as Hyde gains control of his soul - and gives voice to our own fears of the violence and evil within us. Critic Reviews: The theme of human dualityis nowhere presented with more force and originality.[T]he story reveals Stevensons understanding of human nature and his mastery of English prose. ( Masterpieces of World Literature) Members Reviews: The best one yet This really is the best audiobook version of this story available on Audible. Martin Jarvis does a stellar job. Near the end, hearing Dr Lanyon's letter, I felt like I was in the room with him, receiving the same shock to my system. The story has an unusual structure, completely unlike any of the film versions. Nowadays everybody knows the big secret, that Jekyll and Hyde are actually the same person; but the first readers didn't know that, and Stevenson peels the onion slowly, with excruciating tension. For the first time, listening to this version, I was able to capture some of that first-time excitement. Delightful gothic, pitch-perfect narration Martin Jarvis doesn't just read this novel, he performs it, and is as good in this role as Jeremy Brett was as Sherlock Holmes. Although I've seen, heard, or read countless versions of this classic story, this faithful audio version, coupled with Jarvis' pitch-perfect narration, effectively draws you into the story and maintains suspense right up to the final scenes. 1886 Book is still part of our vocabulary... I've said it many times, "working with him is like working with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"... but had never read the classic it comes from to see if I am aptly spouting. It is a short, easy read that I found interesting and was pleased to finally know exactly what I was talking about. A little bit of morality pondering can be done if you choose or leave it to the Lawyer as he figures it out.

A Far Cry from Kensington Audiobook by Muriel Spark
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A Far Cry from Kensington Audiobook by Muriel Spark

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Far Cry from Kensington Author: Muriel Spark Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 05-16-13 Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The narrator is one Mrs. Hawkins. She writes from Italy, a far cry from Kensington indeed, taking us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. As a young, rather fat war-widow she spent her days working for a crazy, almost bankrupt publisher; and her nights offering advice from her boarding-house in South Kensington. In both locations, our heroine soon uncovered difficulties: shady literary dealings; anonymous letters, blackmail, and even suicide. Whilst Mrs. Hawkins innocently, confidently put about setting things right, she could little imagine the ensuing mayhem and consequences. Now many decades older, thinner, and pleased with her situation in Italy, Mrs. Hawkins reflects on all those dark happenings, recounting how her own life changed forever. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, A Far Cry from Kensington shows Muriel Spark at the mature height of her powers. Rediscover this classic on the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark's birth. Members Reviews: An Unexpected Pleasure This book was a surprise and a joy to listen to. This story was interesting, thought-provoking and very clever. It was enhanced by very good narration; I enjoyed it very much Really enjoyed it I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I liked the main strong female character, and how she interacted with others. Also the reader had a lovely warm, rich voice. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Moll Flanders Audiobook by Daniel Defoe
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Moll Flanders Audiobook by Daniel Defoe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Moll Flanders Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Davina Porter Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 09-09-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 382 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the most determined, energetic, and lusty heroines in all of English literature, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders will do anything to avoid poverty. Born in Newgate Prison, she was for 12 years a whore, five times a wife (once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, and eight years a transported felon in Virginia before finally escaping from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society. She is as much a survivor and just as resourceful as Defoe's other great literary creation, Robinson Crusoe. Celebrated as "a masterpiece of characterization" by E. M. Forster, Moll Flanders is both a cunning examination of social mores and a hugely entertaining story filled with scandalous sexual and criminal adventures. In Moll, Defoe created a character of limitless interest, in spite of her unconcealed ethical shortcomings. Taking Moll through the echelons of 18th-century English society, Defoe seldom moralizes as he champions the personal qualities of self-reliance, perseverance, and hard work - even when it takes the form of crime. Editorial Reviews: Narrator Davina Porter's attentively detailed performance of Moll Flanders evokes the determination and resourcefulness of Daniel Defoe's titular character with great finesse and clarity. Porter balances Moll's archness with strength of character as this heroine tumbles around prostitution, bigamy, incest, and theft, all the while inspiring the listener's sympathy - and perhaps even encouragement. Through Moll, Defoe revealed the plight women without wealth faced during his time, and how immoral choices may be necessary in order to survive. Listeners will find themselves unable to forget Porter's perceptive interpretation of this classic. Members Reviews: Fascinating! Any additional comments? It is difficult to believe that this audacious novel was written by the same author as Robinson Crusoe, that classic among all that is definitely traditional and even somewhat staid! Here, a very independent minded woman pretends to tell us her life story marked with bigamy, theft, incest, embezzlements, etc. Since the overall plot is described from the start, the whole suspense lies in how what is announced will actually fit in (it does). The novel may be read at multiple levels since the degree of truthfulness on the narrators part is of course questionable given that she tells the reader about her life based on deceiving others. She certainly seems completely amoral and her single motivation appears to be money. Thus, in very modern fashion, her loyalties vary according to her own interest. For much of the work, she complains that she has no friend but has no qualms time and again to abandon her own children. She does develop a very close relationship with another woman, although it seems to be somewhat unidirectional in her favour. If it was as intimate as one may deduce, it certainly would have been completely scandalous in her days. Although the author does not shy away from providing precise details in many instances, he remains elusive on this account. This enthralling work written three centuries ago is very pertinent today and warmly recommended to all (adult) readers. The Memoirs of a Mistress, a Thief, and a Penitent The sub-title of Daniel Defoe's novel Moll Flanders (1722) says it (almost) all: "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c.

Rob Roy Audiobook by Walter Scott
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Rob Roy Audiobook by Walter Scott

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Rob Roy Author: Walter Scott Narrator: Sean Barrett Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins Language: English Release date: 05-01-15 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 20 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Rob Roy is a captivating novel of chivalry and romance set in the Scottish Highlands of the 18th century. After rejecting the life his father has laid out for him, Frank Osbaldistone is sent to the North of England to live with his Uncle, where he is to repent his sins. However, when his father's wealth and reputation are threatened, he is drawn to the Scottish Highlands, where he must retrieve a set of stolen documents. It is here that he is pulled into a number of skirmishes relating to the Jacobite uprising of 1715, and where his path frequently crosses with the mysterious maverick outlaw known as Rob Roy.... Scott's portrayal of Scotland is remarkable in its vivid and evocative panorama of the highlands, and his insightful exploration of social, economic, and historic themes. Members Reviews: Scots dialect immersion The story line follows (and is narrated by) a young man who goes to Northumberland to straighten out his father's business and family affairs. There he gets entangled with a gaggle of male cousins, and one alluring female companion, and is eventually dragged north into Scotland where he encounters the outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy. The book has two definite halves, where the first is somewhat relaxed and tame, while the second is high-octane duels, chases, military engagements, and suspense at every turn. Some great depictions of Highland scenery and folk customs. The performance is excellent, and especially the voices used to portray both the north-country English, as well as the Scots dialects. The dialogue in Scots is well-nigh gibberish; one can gather a word here or there, sometimes a sentence. This is not the reader's fault, it was written in this way by Scott, and short of translating to English, one cannot do better. There are a few chapters where the entire dialogue, for many minutes on end, is in Scots and those drag on interminably, with very little comprehension going on. The charm of the accent is lost if it is consumed in too great a quantity. awesome book! this was beautifully read! the various accents he used made it easy to follow and were quite genuine! Worst book in 64 years. Hey, I am from Scotland, How could I dislike this book?? There is not one reason, you should consider this book, unless you want to flog yourself, or you work at the Tower of London. It is that bad. No, it's worse than bad. Where is Rob Roy? 6 hours I to the book and no Rob Roy. Tedious story with no point. A great story The narrative is wonderful in his command of the various. Scottish accents, sometimes quite difficult to English ears! Apart from that a great story which reflects the faithfulness of those devoted to the Stewart cause. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Professor Audiobook by Charlotte Bronte
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The Professor Audiobook by Charlotte Bronte

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Professor Author: Charlotte Bronte Narrator: Peter Joyce Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 01-20-11 Publisher: Assembled Stories Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 32 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: William Crimsworth escapes the brutal employment of his brother in a Yorkshire mill town, changes profession and takes a position as tutor in a boys' school in Brussels. The authoress is unusually frank, for the time, in her scrutiny of the relationship between the teacher and the domineering headmistress of the adjoining girls' school, Zoraide Reuter. Crimsworth manages to avoid the older woman's manipulation and begins a relationship with a poor pupil/teacher only to have these advances briefly frustrated by the headmistress' jealousy and dislike of the younger woman."The Professor is as good as I can write; it contains more pith, more substance, and more reality, in my judgement!"Charlotte Bronte. About Assembled Stories: Over the years the national press have reviewed Assembled Stories titles as "excellent", "remarkable", "entrancing", "superb", "magic for sure", "masterly", "wonderful", "a class act" and "a splendid example of audio at its best". Unfortunately, the titles and composition of the music played within this audiobook are unknown. Critic Reviews: "Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." (The Independent) Members Reviews: Awfully Boring Most boring book I've ever listened to. The narrator was awful, therefore making the reader get lost! I swear I don't even know what the book was about. the first of the book was kind of interesting but after working with his brother I can't tell you the reason it was written! ! Apparently not her best, but still great! An excellent production of this story, narration could not be faulted. The story of a down on his luck English Gentleman, ousted by his family and inheritance, who moves to Brussels and becomes a successful professor, finding love and happiness once more. Despite being reviewed as not the authors best I loved it. Well worth a listen, the story too clearly details Bronte's own feminist view point. Feel so sad I am a great fan of all of the Brontes, and George Eliot,Dickens and all of the classical authors, and I really looked forward to this book that I had previously overlooked. I can only say how very disappointed I feel, I don't think that I will finish this. I have really begun to dislike William Crimsworth intensely. He is self centred, self opinionated and downright unpleasant on many occasions, I cannot believe all the praise this tale has been given. On top of this, the story is so plodding that I cannot bear to listen for too long and have to give it a rest for a while. What a disappointment!! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Love and Friendship (aka 'Love and Freindship') Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Love and Friendship (aka 'Love and Freindship') Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Love and Friendship (aka 'Love and Freindship') Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Joanna Daniell Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 01-25-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 34 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jane Austen wrote Love and Friendship (originally spelled Love and Freindship [sic]) when she was just 14 years old. The three notebooks that contain her early works, including this story, are currently on display at the Bodleian Library and the British Museum. Taking the form as letters written by the heroine to the daughter of her friend, this story resembles a fairy tale that lampoons the conventions of romantic stories at the time. Editorial Reviews: Like the Brontë sisters, Jane Austen wrote extensive juvenilia that was published and embraced by the general public after the author attained literary fame. Austen wrote Love and Freindship when she was only 14 years old, hence the typo in the title. The epistolary novel betrays the wit and precociousness of the young Austen, who sought to amuse her family by parodying the conventions of the romantic novels that helped comprise her childhood library. Joanna Daniell brings a high-class, archly enunciated diction to her performance that complements the entertaining, over-the-top material that surely had the entire Austen clan rolling on the floor in laughter. Members Reviews: Letter to make up a book This was a new twist I didnt see coming when I got this book. Having read many of Janes works I was surprised which is hard considering Ive read so many of her works to see that she did the whole book as a series of letters. I wondered where Stieg Larsson got the idea for his books. In the end this is a fun story that I wont ruin for anyone as it surprised me which again after reading almost all of Janes works was hard to do. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Great Expectations Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Great Expectations Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Great Expectations Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Peter Batchelor Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins Language: English Release date: 10-01-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 93 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Listen to the story of Pip, an English orphan who rises to wealth. After he deserts his true friends, he becomes humbled by his own arrogance. Great Expectations is Dickens at his finest. Members Reviews: Great Expectation Appropriate Title Would you listen to Great Expectations again? Why? yes. To ensure I discover and get all the clues that link all the characters and situations in the story. What other book might you compare Great Expectations to and why? No other that I can compare with at this time. What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike? It was a good performance. It seems the narrator had too low a volume at certain points. Part of Chapter 52 was not on the audio. Who was the most memorable character of Great Expectations and why? Pip. Obviously for his self realization of how he treated the other characters in his rise to Great Expectations and his actions once the truth was revealed. Great performance by Peter Batchelor I don't think the novel itself is in need of any reviews. The performance of Batchelor is truly wonderful as he transforms into the characters he is narrating. I look forward to listening to more of his readings. Superb narration This is a complicated and ever twisting story line. Dickens was a skillful writer, and the reader never knows how the story will twist and turn. The narrator was magnificent in his delivery. I chose to read the book at the same time that I listened to the narration. Excellent reading, and it made this Dicken's book easier to understand by a skillful actor who could portray all the characters. Superb narration! The books not boring but the narrator sure is Would you listen to Great Expectations again? Why? No. I have so much to read/listen to. What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Expectations? When pip finds out about his good fortune. How could the performance have been better? The narrator really killed this for me. This was my first foray into the audiobook world and I found myself fighting to stay awake in broad daylight. He was monotone and without inflection. He was just reading the words. If you read/listen to great expectations I recommend choosing another narrator. Wonderful classic I am so glad I read this. It's an engrossing story filled with rich characters. The story holds up so well and the themes are timeless. I highly recommend this. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Rocking Horse Winner Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence
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The Rocking Horse Winner Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Rocking Horse Winner Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 38 mins Language: English Release date: 03-22-12 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 12 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Growing up in a strange dysfunctional family, Paul discovers that he has a unique gift. He is able, with the aid of his rocking horse, to predict the winners of horse races. In order to gain his mother's affection, Paul sets about winning enough money to sate her consuming passion for luxury with one last enormous wager.... Members Reviews: Difficult font I'm feeling very old as I give this kindle version a poor review because of tiny font that I am not able to change. Love it! I read this in college years ago and just fell in love with DH Lawrence's writing. I bought this as a Christmas gift for my nephew. Great story I think everyone should read this, especially if you are one of those who always say you never have enough..... If you have never read D. H. Lawrence you are missing some wonderful literature.... This story perfect for a Kindle book. I think the author could be making a whole lot more money charging two dollars for this story to be read in someone's Kindle Reader. I was surprised to see the book was so skinny, until I read some of the spec's that amazon has for it. Only 43 pages. That is only pamphlet or brochure size. Will it won't take me long to read this skinny little booklet. Also it is easy to pack in a purse or other small bag. I have thoroughly enjoyed the movie version with John Howard Davies and I'll enjoy the book to. Death rock... The Rocking Horse Winner is truly a tragic tale about a boy whose golden heart and gift for clairvoyance ultimately led to his demise, because of excessive, counter-productive greed and confusion besetting his mother, who adhered to a misunderstanding of the application of motivational greed, as opposed to an unbalanced obsession. Love and luck were equated according to the amount of money in the coffers. By a series of prognostications, the boy did bring the precious cash forth, all the while rocking violently on his magical rocking horse, which was actually a tool of meditation and focus for him to foresee the winning horse in the day's race. He was eventually driven insane by the adolt's pre-occupation until his demise. Ironically, in one scene, his mother admonished him to cast away his childish ways, when she herself did not realize her own compulsion. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

August Folly Audiobook by Angela Thirkell
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August Folly Audiobook by Angela Thirkell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: August Folly Subtitle: A Virago Modern Classic Author: Angela Thirkell Narrator: Jilly Bond Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 11-03-16 Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: It's August in the Barsetshire village of Worsted, and Richard Tebben, just down from Oxford, is contemplating the gloomy prospect of a long summer in the parental home. But the numerous and impossibly glamorous Dean family - exquisite Rachel, her capable husband and six of their nine brilliant children - have come for the holidays, and their hostess, Mrs. Palmer, plans to rope everyone into performing in her disastrous annual play. Surrounded by the irrepressible Deans, Richard and his sister, Margaret, cannot help but have their minds broadened, spirits raised and hearts smitten. Members Reviews: Delicious This is my favourite Angela Thirkell novel and Jilly Bond provides an excellent narration (I think my only quibble would be Mr Tebben's accent, which I see no reason for). It's a complete froth of a story - with everyone home for the summer and eating all the raspberries, Mrs Palmer decides that it's the perfect moment to stage a Greek drama in the family's concerted barn, and commandeers all the young people and half the village residents. Against this background people discover real and imagined loves, and Gunnar the cat behaves badly whenever he can. Delicious. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Buried Treasures Audiobook by Bram Stoker
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Buried Treasures Audiobook by Bram Stoker

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Buried Treasures Author: Bram Stoker Narrator: James Langton Format: Unabridged Length: 49 mins Language: English Release date: 07-24-12 Publisher: Harmonic Wave Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Robert Hamilton is a young man on a mission to marry Ellen, a beautiful young lady who is unattainable to him due to his lack of resources and means of providing. Robert soon enlists the help of his friend Tom to seek out a long known of buried treasure in hopes that he can attain the means by which to support the woman he loves. Originally published as a serial in 1875, Buried Treasures is a masterpiece of Bram Stoker, who while famously known for his macabre tales, is a master craftsman when it comes to romance and whimsy. Buried Treasures deals with timeless subjects like romance, in a suspenseful and interesting way. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Memento Mori Audiobook by Muriel Spark
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Memento Mori Audiobook by Muriel Spark

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Memento Mori Author: Muriel Spark Narrator: Eve Karpf Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 05-16-13 Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Dame Lettie, a blue-blooded reformer, Godfrey - her rather irritating brother, and his once fabulous novelist wife Charmian. But who is the caller? And why are they reminding them of this final truth? It's unsettling and mysterious. The activity increases and soon a witch-hunt is in full force, with nobody beyond suspicion. First published in 1959, Muriel Spark's startling and timeless novel is at once a crime story, a black comedy and an important meditation on mortality. Rediscover this classic as performed by Eve Karpf on the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark's birth. Members Reviews: Disappointing story, one performance. What made the experience of listening to Memento Mori the most enjoyable? The performance was the saving grace of this listen - luckily each character was distinguishable. Would you be willing to try another book from Muriel Spark? Why or why not? I usually very much enjoy Spark. However, this was not quite what I was expecting - I felt it was never really resolved. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I could have left this book without finishing it. Any additional comments? Perhaps it requires a second listen. What a delight! Any additional comments? Very trenchant. It went all to quickly, would have loved to read/listen on and on.. Entertaining and just so true Anyone over 70, or people dealing a lot with people over 70 will enjoy this. It's of a different era, but so are people over 70. The writing is crisp and observant. Stunningly knowing. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Railway Children Audiobook by Edith Nesbit
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The Railway Children Audiobook by Edith Nesbit

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Railway Children Author: Edith Nesbit Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 10-05-11 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 20 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Edith Nesbit's classic story of three children whose lives are turned upside down when their father suddenly goes away and they have to move to the country. They are captivated by the local railway and make friends with the local station staff and the old gentleman who travels daily on the train.The children experience all kinds of adventures, but the biggest adventure is the one which they do not even understand themselves... the reason for their father's absence and the mysterious quest to bring him home. A captivating story for all ages. The Railway Children, published in book form in 1906 and never out of print since, has a special and enduring place in British children's literature. Members Reviews: Kids didn't make a peep for 6 hours! This book is a favorite with my 7 year old boy and 4 year old girl. The children are realistic while still being a good example (they aren't goody two shoes but they are generally kind and well meaning). The language is somewhat difficult--partly because this is from over 100 years ago--but once I got them through the first ten minutes or so, they were so engaged in the story they didn't seem to notice the words they didn't understand. We've now listened through twice (once from the library and now we own it on Audible because they loved it so much) and the second time through they understood right from the start. As a parent, I love that my kids are hearing good literature, learning excellent vocabulary and sentence structure, and play quietly for 6 hours straight! It's awesome!! What was one of the most memorable moments of The Railway Children? Their father disappears and the rest of the family goes to country. Have you listened to any of Cathy Dobsons other performances before? How does this one compare? no. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? yes a little Any additional comments? no additional comment A Shame About the Narrator The story is a classic and I felt it would be a pleasure to listen to it again on a long road trip with my grand-children. Unfortunately, the narrator seriously put my grand-children off. Her tone was patronizing and put on... like she was reading to children aged two or three in a Victorian nursery. My grand-children felt like she was talking down to them and consequently couldn't get beyond the narration to appreciate the story. In fact, as we tried to listen to the book, they began to mimic the voice and tone of the narrator and this became the fodder for jokes for the entire trip. I believe the narrator seriously misjudged her audience because this is not a story that one would read to a 2-3 year old in the first place. For what it's worth, the first part of the book is the worst so if you can get through that, the story itself makes up for the narration. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Uncle Dynamite Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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Uncle Dynamite Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Uncle Dynamite Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 12-28-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 36 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A chance meeting on a train brought together Lord Ickenham and Bill Oakshott - although being told that the love of his life, Hermione, was engaged to none other than Pongo, Lord Ickenham's nephew, did make Bill feel like he'd been struck behind the ear. Members Reviews: Uncle Fred Fixes All! If you could sum up Uncle Dynamite in three words, what would they be? Wodehouse Willfully Rushed What other book might you compare Uncle Dynamite to and why? Blandings Castle stories, some including Uncle Fred, others Galahad What three words best describe Jonathan Cecils voice? Rich, flexible, hurried Who was the most memorable character of Uncle Dynamite and why? Mugsy, the aging tyrannical father and freeloader Any additional comments? Jonathan Cecil has the chops to carry Wodehouse off, but his delivery is oddly rushed in Uncle Dynamite. Part of the sublime charm of Wodehouse is the juxtaposition of the lazy, idling summer days of the feckless rich, with madcap, antic pratfalls and verbal parrying. At once dreamlike and lilting and screwball farce. But for some reason, the editors or Cecil rush one line of dialog after another, almost into an unbroken string, as if a rapid-fire delivery might add to the story. I don't think it does, and robs the tale of its momentum, which, if rendered at a human pace, would have built to a cacophonous crescendo by its culmination. Still, an immensely enjoyable listen, even if not quite reaching the heights. More fun with Uncle Fred What made the experience of listening to Uncle Dynamite the most enjoyable? Without question, Jonathan Cecil's reading is what makes listening to this story great. It's a fun story (though not quite as great as the Uncle Fred story Cocktail Time), with all of the loopiness and goofiness we expect of a classic Wodehouse story. And Jonathan Cecil's reading makes it shine. What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncle Dynamite? Without revealing one of the amusing plot twists...at the end of the story, I was delighted as Uncle Fred put Sir Aylmer Bostock in his place. Which character as performed by Jonathan Cecil was your favorite? Jonathan Cecil is one of those rare readers who goes beyond being a good reader and becomes the embodiment of the author's work. Jonathan Cecil's reading of all the characters is excellent, but his portrayal of Uncle Fred is just perfect. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Uncle Dynamite makes me smile, laugh, and guffaw in many places. Uncle Fred is just a treasure as he goes about "spreading sweetness and light", cajoling, threatening, and blackmailing people all in the name of increasing happiness for everyone around him. Brilliant narration Jonathan Cecil at his best. A wonderful gallery (if that's the word I want) of voices. Jonathan Cecil is a genius. Hermione...Herold Potter...Hmmm. Has anyone else thought that Jo Rowling was inspired for her Harry Potter series by Uncle Dynamite? Characters named: Hermione...Herold Potter...Reginald (sounds so close to Ronald) Reading tea leaves----Owls----an irascible uncle and a horse-faced aunt. Fred the trickster. I could go on and on. Marauders. Billius. Okay.

The Vampyre Audiobook by John Polidori
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The Vampyre Audiobook by John Polidori

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Vampyre Author: John Polidori Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 59 mins Language: English Release date: 05-13-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 88 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Young, impressionable Aubrey is fascinated by the enigmatic Lord Ruthven, and accompanies him on a tour to Europe. But Aubrey develops a growing distaste for Lord Ruthvens sinister and grotesque conduct - especially as it concerns human blood. This novella, penned during that tempestuous night in Switzerland amongst such notables as Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley, served as the great inspiration for Bram Stoker to create Dracula. Discover the roots of vampirism in literature with award-winning narrator B. J. Harrison. Members Reviews: Read it instead Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? 'Vampyre' is an interesting story, one of the earliest vampire stories published. I listened to it just after I listened to 'Carmilla' to try to get the flow of the progression of the vampire tales. Carmilla is a better story, in my opinion. I found Vampyre a little too predictable, but then perhaps I'm spoiled from all the blood sucker books I've read (and movies I've seen) over the years. The big downfall, by far, is the narration of B.J. Harrison. His expression is very poor and his emphasis misplaced. I think he might do well with some childrens books, but I'm not even sure of that. I cannot recommend him at all. Since his is the only version of Vampyre available on Audible I suggest you read this story. I believe you will be better satisfied. Kicking it oldschool Any additional comments? I was a little worried before I downloaded this, since another reviewer had said the performance was terrible, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's appropriately dramatic in the right places and the perfect level of camp for this kind of story. Wonderful little story, good reading, and well worth a listen. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Furies Collection Audiobook by Pennie Mae Cartawick
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Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Furies Collection Audiobook by Pennie Mae Cartawick

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Furies Collection Subtitle: Twenty Sherlock Holmes Crime Mysteries Together in One Complete Book, Book 1 Author: Pennie Mae Cartawick Narrator: Freddy Douglas, Punch Audio, R.C. Bray, Alex Hyde-White, Gerry O'Brien, Marc Cashman Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 04-27-15 Publisher: catherine kimball Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 29 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Twenty compelling new Sherlock Holmes crime mysteries together in one complete audiobook: These are 20 new crime mysteries together in one large collection, taken from a string of short stories set in the late 19th century. No fictional characters are more renowned for their powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. John Watson. Members Reviews: great stories! i received this book free for a unbiased review. these stories are fun, and keep you interested. great short mystery stories with everything you love about Watson and Holmes Boring and poorly done These stories are unimaginative and below mundane in plot . The narrators do nothing to improve these childish tales that are so boring it is an effort to listen through an entire story. Amateur Night for the Author Truly stupid stories, all characterized by resolutions that are anti-climactic and banal. That,plus the speech patterns of the two great protagonists are so unlike those of Conan Doyle keep reminding the listener that he is hearing a cheap imitation of the real thing. Rip off! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Monkey's Paw Audiobook by W. W. Jacobs
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The Monkey's Paw Audiobook by W. W. Jacobs

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Monkey's Paw Author: W. W. Jacobs Narrator: Simon Prebble Format: Unabridged Length: 28 mins Language: English Release date: 09-12-07 Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 57 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Monkey's Paw is a classic horror short story written by author W. W. Jacobs, first published in England in 1902. Critic Reviews: "'The Monkey's Paw' is one of the most dramatically poignant stories of the supernatural ever written." (Berg Esenwein, Studying the Short-story) Members Reviews: A Perfect Reading This is an old story - over 100 years old - and few antique ghost or horror stories can stand the test of time; most seem creaky and dated. Here is an exception, at least in this reading by Simon Prebble, whose rich voice is the perfect vessel for the narrative. Prebble brings the story to life in a way that few audiobooks achieve, first conjuring dark humor, then a genuinely eerie feeling, and finally real hair-raised-on-the-back-of-the-neck suspense as the story builds to its disturbing climax. Turn out the lights, and listen. You're in for a treat. where is the ending? this recording ends before the narrator finishes the story. this is one of my favorite sorry stories and it was disappointning when the story just ended. this is the 2nd book u have purchased that is missing party of the recording. simmon prebble is outstanding Bad recording The story is good but the performance was very choppy. It was hard to listen to. Enjoyed immensely but last 3 minutes is missing ! Would you consider the audio edition of The Monkey's Paw to be better than the print version? Yes. The reader adds greatly to the enjoyment of the story; a very gifted voice actor. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Monkey's Paw? It's a short story, set over three or four scenes so none really memorable than others. Which scene did you most enjoy? As my comment above, but enjoyed all of it from beginning to end. The reader sets the scene and creates atmosphere. If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? Too short to be a film, methinks, but probably something along the lines of Be careful what you wish for. Any additional comments? Sadly, the last three minutes was missing, but hopefully I didn't miss too much at the end as the main point of the story had been made. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Complete Short Stories Audiobook by Muriel Spark
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The Complete Short Stories Audiobook by Muriel Spark

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Complete Short Stories Author: Muriel Spark Narrator: Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, Richard E. Grant Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 12-12-11 Publisher: Canongate Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 26 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: From the cruel irony of A Member of the Family to the fateful echoes of The Go-Away Bird and the unexpectedly sinister The Girl I Left Behind Me, in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road, Muriel Spark coolly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent. The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished, from one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century, rediscover it on the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark's birth with outstanding performances by Emilia Fox, Richard E. Grant and Juliet Stevenson. Members Reviews: A must for Muriel Spark fans! I'm not sure how one goes about reviewing a collection of short stories, especially one as comprehensive as this one, with over 40 stories which have no common theme or motif. What this book demonstrated most clearly to this recently minted Muriel Spark fan was just how creative and imaginative this writer was. Her novels are certainly brimming with unusual characters and circumstances, but in the short story format she also allowed herself to play around with different genres, throwing in plenty of fantastical and paranormal elements. I can't say those were my favourite kind of stories, as I tended to favour those which had more in common with the Muriel Spark I adopted after listening to Memento Mori and Loitering with Intent, to name just those two. Quite a few of the stories took place in the African continent, and I supposed the author must have lived there at some point. A quick Google search and an article entitled "The First Half of Muriel Spark" by Roger Kimball yielded the following information: "Muriel Sparks sojourn in Africa was the opposite of pleasant: a failed marriage, poverty, little prospect of leaving before the end of the war, few friends with literary interests. (Doris Lessing was living someplace in Rhodesia at the time, but the two writers did not meet until many years later.) Nevertheless, she continued to write, poems mostly, and collected material for some of her best-known stories. Africa, as much as Edinburgh, formed her as a writer. It also made her an adult. It was in Africa, she says, that she learned to cope with life. It was there that I learned to keep in mind the essentials of our human destiny, our responsibilities, and to put in a peripheral place the personal sorrows, frights and horrors that came my way. Horrors there were aplenty. The racial situation was barbaric. The Afrikaner women with whom Muriel mingled were full of smug stories about how uppity blacks had been fixed. There was, for example, the farmer who discovered a young black boy standing outside the window of his wifes room, peeping in at her while she breast-fed her baby. For this violation, the farmer shot the boy dead. The woman who told Spark this story only lamented that the farmer had been sent to prison for three years for killing the boy. I was unable to speak, Spark reports.

Justine Audiobook by Lawrence Durrell
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Justine Audiobook by Lawrence Durrell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Justine Subtitle: The Alexandria Quartet Author: Lawrence Durrell Narrator: Jack Klaff Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 03-23-11 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 104 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Lawrence Durrell's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview where James Atlas interviews Daniel Mendelsohn about the life and work of Lawrence Durrell begins as soon as the audiobook ends. Listen to all four novels in . This production is part of our line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors. Critic Reviews: "[Justine] demands comparison with the very best novels of our century." (The New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: Excellent/ with fine narration An excellent~~superb book and the narrator is one of the best. That said i must also inform all those who purchased this title in the few months after it came out in october to ask audible for the version which is now available and is 9 hours 55 minutes and NOT the 8 hour 55 minute one[ only just taken down last week] which is missing part 4 of the book!!! without the ending one is missing much of the story and would have difficulties continuing with the quartet--which i strongly recommend. Durrell and Alexandria Would you consider the audio edition of Justine to be better than the print version? I don't think it is actually better than the print version, but I read that four times over twenty years and love it madly. That said, the audio version with Jack Klaff is quite wonderful. He gets the characters and seems to understand the city and the circumstances better than most. I think his voice works well for this title...and probably the whole quartet as well. What did you like best about this story? The slow unfolding of the storyline/plot is beautifully handled and neither too fast nor too slow. I love this because there is a sense of leisure and of the Alexandrian baroque in the book. He is right when he says the city is a character...it affects everything that happens and everyone. This story would not have been the same in another city. Time unfolds and the plot unfolds in a way which is not usually seen in novels. I love the books because there is time to savor what happens and discover what it means to the characters and to me. Brilliant writing, exotic locale, great narrator. Durrell's Alexandra Quartet (Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea) ranks as one of the seminal works of 20th century English fiction. Although understanding the setting might require a little research for some readers, the depth of these books, dedicated to Einstein's Theory of Relativity, surpass (IMHO) even Ulysses. Jack Klaff's versatile and sensitive narration exceeded expectation. I'm not sure why the Quartet only ranked as 70th (out of 100) on the NY Times "Best Books of the 20th Century" list; my suspicion is that the usual not-set-in-NY biases were at work.

The Woman's Ghost Story Audiobook by Algernon Blackwood
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The Woman's Ghost Story Audiobook by Algernon Blackwood

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Woman's Ghost Story Author: Algernon Blackwood Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett Format: Unabridged Length: 23 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-14 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A woman tells her story of an encounter with a ghost in a deserted old lodging house in the middle of London years ago. She was told that a woman had been murdered there before she agreed as a "psychical researcher" to spend a night in the old building. Her expectations are challenged in this psychological ghost story. Algernon Blackwood wrote over 200 ghost stories as well as being a novelist, playwright, and a writer of nonfiction and childrens stories. His ghost stories fall into what is usually called weird fiction. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Heart of Darkness Audiobook by Joseph Conrad
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Heart of Darkness Audiobook by Joseph Conrad

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Heart of Darkness Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: David Rintoul Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 12-13-13 Publisher: Creative Content Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 39 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Joseph Conrad's searing tale of one of the strangest and most memorable journeys ever taken. Quite simply the scariest book ever written, this is a searing tale of one of the strangest and most memorable journeys ever undertaken - to the heart of a geographical and psychological wilderness from which no-one returns unscarred. For this isn't simply a journey up an uncharted river into a geographical wilderness; rather, it's a trip deep into our collective subconscious. This story - about what happens when so-called "civilized" human beings go off the rails - was the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola's movie Apocalypse Now. Conrad himself had undertaken such a river journey as a ship's captain back in 1889 when he was in his early 30's and before he took to writing full time. Back then, the Congo Free State, as this area of Africa was known, was a Belgian colony under the personal control of King Leopold II. Atrocities were commonplace, to the point where the international community finally had to sit up and take notice; in a report published in 1904, over 3 million people were said to have died as a direct result of European intervention in the area. It has long been argued whether Heart of Darkness, which first appeared in 1902, was in any way influential in bringing Leopold's violent regime to the public's attention; but whether or not, it remains a searing indictment of human rapacity - and depravity. Members Reviews: Masterfully performed A true classic and a masterful and intensely felt performance by the narrator David Rintoul. Amazing prose, breathtaking story. Joseph Conrad is simply one of the best writers in the English language. He is both efficient and opulent at the same time. This text is fascinating and it manages to be sympathetic with the protagonist while utterly condemning the empire and culture he represents. The narrator was fantastic as well! I will listen to this one over and over. Best Narrator After listening to all of the previews I selected this narration. I was not disappointed. The emotion with which the narrator spoke allowed me to have a better connection to the text. I have read this book multiple times and found that listening allowed me to perceive and comprehend parts of the text that I had previously glossed over. It was like a new experience altogether. I highly recommend listening to this version. profound and unsettling Where does Heart of Darkness rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? near the top What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of Darkness? Kurtz's death Have you listened to any of David Rintouls other performances before? How does this one compare? First time If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? I wouldn't make a film of this book: what's the point ? Any additional comments? required reading for the unconscious Actually Non-Fiction Would you try another book from Joseph Conrad and/or David Rintoul? Hmmm Would you recommend Heart of Darkness to your friends? Why or why not? No. It seemed obtuse to me, jumpy in terms of visualizing scenes and following the time line. In addition, narrative is stylized and from another era that may not have translated well into the spoken word. What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike? I did not like the over wrought style.

My Man Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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My Man Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: My Man Jeeves Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: David McCallion Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 10-08-14 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 39 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: My Man Jeeves is the first book in a series of comical ones by written by P.G. Wodehouse, which recount the tales of Wooster and his ever reliable valet Jeeves. The stories follow our hapless hero and his misadventures in New York where he and his friends always seem to be getting into trouble, only to be bailed out by the ingenious plots of his witty valet, Jeeves. Each character in the book is brought to life through the stunning vocals of narrator David McCallion. His diverse range adds to the humor in each story and makes for an incredible listening experience. My Man Jeeves from the Jeeves collection contains the following eight stories: Whether it's a problem with an unexpected guest who enjoys the New York lifestyle a little too much, a friend who's having trouble with a rich uncle or just deciding what tie to wear with a particular suit, Bertie can always turn to Jeeves and be sure that he'll be able to point him in the right direction, even if things tend to get a little bumpy along the way. This audiobook also contains several stories featuring Bertie Pepper, this character was an early prototype of Wooster who was just as adept at getting himself, and those around him, into trouble. If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out the rest in our collection! Members Reviews: Jeeves is the Man... All Ive got to is WOW David McCallion knocked this book out of the park and did a marvelous job at narrating each characters voice in a style that matched the personality which P.G. Wodehouse intended them to have. McCallions charming English accent adds so much to the persona that is present in each character. Wodehouse's vocabulary and different words that were typical for the time period are incredible to hear used with such ease and melody! The full effect of these stories is certainly felt in having this narrator read them, and make them that much more pleasant and delightful! As to the characters themselves, the relationship that emerges between Bertie Wooster and Jeeves is simply charming; Jeeves is one of those friends that everyone wishes they had, apparently. He is the one who is always there to help, no matter how grave the situation might be. I found myself feeling quite jealous of Bertie, since he gets to spend time with Jeeves and introduce him to other friends, as well! The wonderful little subplots and events that unfold make for the perfect feel-good read! A spectacular performance and also one of the cleanest audios I have listened to with no background noise or breath sounds, 2 thumbs up Absolutely terrific! Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Awesome is an inadequate word to describe this utterly remarkable audio book. This fast-paced witty tale is well narrated by David McCallion which has effortlessly abducted me in this roller-coaster tale and unending drama. The characters were well embodied. Certainly this narrator possesses the X-factor necessary to create a whirlwind in ones mind, of which I am chief. P.G. Wodehouse has skillfully constructed an audio book that is well worth listening to! Fun but quickly tiresome Is there anything you would change about this book? The stories are fun, but they all sound alike after the first five. I couldn't get through the whole thing. What was most disappointing about P. G. Wodehouses story? They were written as standalone pieces for a white, wealthy audience.

Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge Audiobook by Thomas Hardy
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Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge Audiobook by Thomas Hardy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Anton Lesser Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 09-07-10 Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 89 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: 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. One of the greatest novels in the English language, The Mayor of Casterbridge sees Thomas Hardy at his best, bringing landscape and richly imagined characters to life, and setting the hope of love against the forces of Providence. Members Reviews: Superb If Anton Lesser ever gets tired of narrating Dickens, he can always do Thomas Hardy. His reading of this (very) sad book is superb: well-paced, resonant, and brimming with voices. He even manages to get some humor in -- not over Hardy's head or behind his back, just bringing out a quality in some of the dialogue that I totally missed when I first read this book many years ago. Of course, this being Hardy, nothing works out the way you want for the characters you care about. His main character, Henchard -- the Mayor of the title (or one of them, at any rate) -- is a morally complex man, someone who really wants to do the right thing but is often overtaken by his own passions, coincidence, or bad luck. (At one point near the end of the story, he starts out to do something really nasty, then changes his mind and decides to the right thing, but by sheer accident the nasty thing happens anyway.) You either like Hardy or you don't. If you like him, you'll probably like Anton Lesser's interpretation as well. I really do hope Lesser takes on a few more of Hardy's books. Continuing the Hardy Binge, Happily Okay, Hardy #2 down, another lovely idyll of beautiful writing and narration. As with Far From the Madding Crowd, this book kept me engaged and engrossed, sort of floating along on the lyrical writing, the interesting plot, and Anton Lesser's narration. This is the portrait of a deeply flawed man, an inherently selfish and boorish businessman and politician (can you say Republican field 2016? There are parallels) who is not without his redemptive qualities. I enjoyed it tremendously. Lesser's narration is marvelous . . . as with the works of Dickens, there is an embarrassment of narrative riches, but you certainly can't go wrong with this one.

Nostromo Audiobook by Joseph Conrad
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Nostromo Audiobook by Joseph Conrad

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Nostromo Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Frank Muller Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs Language: English Release date: 05-26-01 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 96 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the great adventure novels of our language creates a most engaging central character, Nostromo. A picturesque man of action and popular hero, Nostromo lives to be "well-spoken of" by the citizens of Costaguana, the mythical South American banana republic where the story takes place. Around this figure, Conrad spins a story of revolution, politics, and racial conflict as complex as Nostromo, the man whose greatest enemy is himself. Editorial Reviews: Narrator Frank Muller reaches into the depths of his well-trained bass as he portrays one of Conrad's most interesting characters with a sly, knowing tone and perfect pacing. At the beginning of the story Muller lets Nostromo's leadership qualities shine through his performance and allows the creeping dread of his fate to seep into the audio so that listeners feel every emotion, from sorrow to elation to empathy. A wonderful performance by one of the best narrators to ever step behind a microphone. Critic Reviews: "The reading by the acclaimed Frank Muller has a fine, dramatic touch." (Library Journal) "Conrad, I think, was right in regarding it [Nostromo] as his greatest creation, and it seems to me one of the world's great novels." (F.R. Leavis) Members Reviews: Wow! I'm not even sure why I downloaded this audio book. I had read 'Heart of Darkness' in high school, but was unfamiliar with anything else by Conrad. This is one of the best books I have ever read/heard. The story is incredible. Everyone should read this book. After reading it, I rented the BBC mini series on sideo tape for another interpretation. It didn't hold a candle to the book, but it's still compelling. A dry reading of a wonderful novel This has always been one of my favorite novels. Subtitled, "A Paradise of Snakes" in some printings, it's a great story with incredible characters and masterful use of the language. I remember once reading that this was Conrad's expose of discovering America. And what an analogy it is (and perhaps the precursor of the Spaghetti Western. . . ). This reader, however, turns poetic prose into something of a snore. Lost I truelly enjow Frank Muller narration. He is excellent as ever. The stort however is world salad. I rewind several sections and just can't follow the story. For Mr. Mullers best listen All the Pretty horses or Shawshank redemtion. I pray his recover is going well. What a loss to all audio readers! Gave up one this one, though. Couldn't get through it This was the only book I've listened to that I've had to leave unfinished. I just couldn't get through more than a few hours. I think the main problem is that this book just doesn't lend itself to narration very well. Perhaps a different narrator would help, but I doubt it. It seemed like a good book, though - I'll try the print version. Complex plotting showing human nature in adversity 'He was ruined in every way, but a man possessed of passion is not a bankrupt in life.' J. Conrad, Nostromo A splendid story of romanticism, adventure and vice. Conrad employs an intricate narrative structure, intertwining four character studies and differing points of view around Sulaco, an imagined South American country, a ticking bomb with a violent past.

Utopia Audiobook by Thomas More
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Utopia Audiobook by Thomas More

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Utopia Author: Thomas More Narrator: Mark Meadows Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 01-13-16 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 8 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Thomas More's Utopia stands out as one of the most striking political works ever written. Composed specifically as a response to Henry VIII's break with Rome, the book meditates on the perfect society while indirectly critiquing the political and social ills of Tudor England. Containing thoughts on religious pluralism, a welfare state, and women's rights, More's book was well ahead of its time, already hinting at later theories on communism and capitalism centuries before Marx, Engels, and Smith. Members Reviews: If only...... St. Thomas More wrote a wonderful fairy tale which offers a focus on what are necessary to life and the pain we apply to our communities with our seemingly insatiable appetite for more things rather than a better life. Well read by the narrator. Well worth your time When you listen to this book you have to remember when it was written, the language is wonderfully traditional and the reader does a great job. This is both an inspirational and thought provoking book which could even, in my opionon, be a possible record of the Indu civilization in South Asia 2600 to 1900 BC. Enjoy A classic A classic work, well performed. An interesting hisctoric work that is interesting to examine in relation to the modern world. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Unconditional Surrender Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh
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Unconditional Surrender Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Unconditional Surrender Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Christian Rodska Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 11-05-15 Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Guy Crouchback has lost his Halberdier idealism. A desk job in London gives him the chance of reconciliation with his former wife. Then, in Yugoslavia, as a liaison officer with the partisans, he finally becomes aware of the futility of a war he once saw in terms of honour. Members Reviews: Superb narration of a masterpiece Any additional comments? I cannot imagine the narration being bettered. Waugh's characters come to life, the comic scenes are delivered deadpan and are all the funnier, and overall the pacing is superb. Nor do we lose sight of Guy Crouchback's sad trajectory through the war. One of the best audiobooks I have listened to. exceptional again Christian Rodska delivers an exceptional rendition that should serve as a benchmark for all readers and producers. Great story: brilliant narration Waugh's story captures the fine details of wartime military life and the strange perspective of the British upper classes in well crafted writing. Delivered by Christian Rodska in a brilliant narration - the best I have heard from over 200 books in my collection. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Ghost Stories - Volume Two Audiobook by M. R. James
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Ghost Stories - Volume Two Audiobook by M. R. James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Ghost Stories - Volume Two Author: M. R. James Narrator: Roy Macready Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 08-05-16 Publisher: Spiders' House Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: M. R. James (1862-1936) was provost of King's College, Cambridge, and Eton College. He was a highly regarded scholar and academic in his time but today is remembered for his ghost stories, which are considered among the finest in the genre. The six stories in Volume Two are: "The Ash Tree", "Martin's Close", "Lost Hearts", "The Tractate Middoth", "After Dark in the Playing Fields", and "Wailing Well". Members Reviews: Excellent MRJ readings - poor AUDIBLE quality Is there anything you would change about this book? The audio quality. Come on AUDIBLE (not the excellent Roy Macready) gives us decent quality audio. What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Stories - Volume Two? The Tractate Middoth when Eldred is first seen. What about Roy Macreadys performance did you like? His characterisation and the different voices. Roy Macready's voice reminds me of Peter Tuddenham - perfect for MR James ghost stories Did Ghost Stories - Volume Two inspire you to do anything? Complain to AUDIBLE about the audio quality yet again. Any additional comments? Why is the audio ENHANCED AUDIBLE audio quality so poor? 64kbps and ~95MB for over 3 hours of audio is terrible. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Something New Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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Something New Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Something New Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 11-19-14 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 46 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Downton Abbey - P. G. Wodehouse style! Here, we have a glorious ensemble of Woodhousian characters knocking elbows to foreheads in the elegant and grand Blandings Castle. Meet Freddy Threepwood, the vagrant son of doddering old Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle. Freddy has recently become engaged to Aline Peters, the American heiress of an irascible father. The snag is that Freddy seems to have at one point become enamored of a struggling actress, Joan Valentine, and written some impetuous and imprudent letters to her. Joan has now moved on and is currently employed as a writer for a magazine's society column. Freddy has employed a certain R. Jones, a man of portly and dubious character, to attempt to buy back Freddy's letters, and keep his engagement safe. We also meet Ache Marson, an athlete who writes the Gridley Quayle series of pulp mystery stories, and also lives in the flat just below the actress/writer Joan Valentine. Got that strait? Sound confusing? Wait till we get going. Narrated by B.J. Harrison of The Classic Tales Podcast, who brings each whimsical Wodehouse character to life with his usual, wonderful gusto. Members Reviews: Typical Wodehouse Typical Wodehouse. Delightful, if predictable, witty fluff. Not Jeeves, but fun. Narration was good and audio overall was fine, which sometimes seems to be a problem on books less recently recorded. Love the author, narrator didn't quite fit. Love the story but the narrator didnt suit. so I had trouble completing the book. Great story, more British delivery Love this story. I would have preferred the narration in a British accent. I feel like it fits Wodehouse and the setting better. Same book as Something Fresh Just be aware that this edition is the SAME as Something Fresh but without the forward and with B.J. Harrison as the narrator. As I had purchased the other version quite a while ago I returned this one I hated this narration.

Awful narration. One of Wodehouse's stupidest plots, if it really was Wodehouse, which I doubt. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Great God Pan Audiobook by Arthur Machen
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The Great God Pan Audiobook by Arthur Machen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great God Pan Author: Arthur Machen Narrator: Shea Taylor Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 01-08-16 Publisher: Lamp of Trismegistus Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 68 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Machen's novella The Great God Pan is often cited as one of Lovecraft's most notable influences. In it, Dr. Raymond's ultimate goal is to devise a way to open the mind of man so that he may experience all the world has to offer. He calls this "seeing the great god Pan". After much study of the human mind, he devises an experiment that involves minor brain surgery. He performs this experiment on a young woman named Mary, but when she awakens she is terrified and mentally crippled. Years later another woman, the beautiful but sinister-looking Helen Vaughan, is reported to have caused a series of mysterious happenings in a small, nameless town.... Members Reviews: classic horror this story reminds me of a much HP Lovecraft story except you don't need a dictionary to read it haha. I love the horror genre and this is one of the classic motivational stories of some the great authors of our time. definitely a must listen even if it is for that sake only. The Root of Lovecraft Highly recommended for anyone who loves the mythos of HP Lovecraft and would like to see where it all began. The narration was also a virtuoso performance and easily the best I've ever heard. Excellent Dramatic Reading of Machen's Classic Story. As the little boy says in John Carpenter's THE FOG "Mr. Machen told ghost stories." If we amend that to "supernatural" or "paranormal" we would strike closer to the Mark. Mr. Machen told some downright CREEPY stories in his time and this one takes top marks. And Mr. Shea Taylor's outstanding reading, his flawless transition from character to character and regional accent to regional accent makes the story a delughtful (if shivery) listening experience. I cannot recommend it enough! A good but antiquated horror story After listening to The Exorcist I wanted to pick up some more horror stories, and I had a gap in between Audible's monthly tokens. So seeing as how this was less than 5 dollars I figured it would be a good filler in-between larger books. I'd heard of The Great God Pan before because it's often referenced as an influence for both Lovecraft and Stephen King. However, I didn't know anything else about it besides that going into it. It's short and honestly there's not much of a story here. Despite it being a staple of horror writing I didn't really find it all that frightening with a couple exceptions. The opening scene of the story definitely gives off a very creepy vibe, and there's a couple other moments in the story that give off an unsettling feeling. I know that at the time this was written it was considered grotesque, but by modern standards it's incredibly tame. Most of the time the horror aspects don't come from descriptions of unsettling scenes, but rather from describing the feelings and sensations that the characters experience. Also, I find it funny that so much of the writing from this time leads me to believe that every important decision ever made in England is just a bunch of snooty gentlemen sitting in a club smoking, and everyone needs alcohol to restore themselves after a fainting spell. Overall though, it drags on in the middle, but maybe I'm just judging it from my media-addled ADHD modern sensibilities.

Robin Hood Audiobook by Paul Creswick
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2018-03-02 23:11:23 UTC 09:38:00
Robin Hood Audiobook by Paul Creswick

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Robin Hood Author: Paul Creswick Narrator: Shane Sody Format: Abridged Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 10-27-10 Publisher: Shane Sody (Sody Audio Books) Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The man, the legend, and now the audiobook. One of the greatest stories of all time! More than nine-and a half hours of listening. The story of Robin Hood was re-told on the big screen in 2010, with Russell Crowe and Cate Blachett in the lead roles. However, this audiobook is not associated with that or any other of the various movie or TV adaptations. It is the classic Robin Hood story, as told by Paul Creswick. It's all here: the story of how Robin lost his birthright as the King's Ranger at Locksley; his archery feats at Nottingham; the outlaws' war with the Sheriff; Robin's pursuit of Marian; and many tales of bravery, rescue, laughter, and rivalry with Little John, Friar Tuck, Allan-a-Dale, Much the Miller, Will Scarlett, and all the others. Now you can have this incomparable story read to you, in a gripping full stereo audiobook. The story presented here is adapted from the Paul Creswick text. It is faithful to the entire original story, but with the language updated for the 21st-century listener. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Great Short Story Collection Audiobook by Barry Pain, O. Henry, Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, Stacy Aumonier, Katherine Mansfield, W. F. Harvey
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2018-03-02 23:11:23 UTC 26:22:00
The Great Short Story Collection Audiobook by Barry Pain, O. Henry, Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, Stacy Aumonier, Katherine Mansfield, W. F. Harvey

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great Short Story Collection Subtitle: 66 Classic Gems of the Short Story Genre Author: Barry Pain, O. Henry, Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, Stacy Aumonier, Katherine Mansfield, W. F. Harvey Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 04-13-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 6 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The short story is considered to be one of the most challenging genres because of the need for compact plotlines and the ability to conjure up atmosphere and character in a few sentences and to engage the reader instantly. This collection presents 66 of the greatest examples of the genre - many of them well known, some hidden literary treasures, all of them exquisite examples of the short story at its finest. And over 40 other great stories.... Members Reviews: Loved listening to the different stories. Enjoyed the era of the tales. Provides interesting insight into the thinking and lives of the time. It Sucked What disappointed you about The Great Short Story Collection? The narrator totally sucked Has The Great Short Story Collection turned you off from other books in this genre? Poked my ears out after trying to listen to this. Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobsons performances? I would need a lobotomy first. a strange collection some very enjoyable others rather strange. a good collection of stories, though the narration was not to my taste. just check out the sample before you purchase. Ruined by horrendous narration Some of the finest examples of the short story have been done a massive injustice by the worst narrator I've heard in all my puff. I couldn't get beyond the first few minutes before the grating voice got to be too much of an ordeal. Please don't use this reader again, she is truly dire and I wasted credits. Unlistenable I feel bad saying this but the reader's voice is so unpleasant as to make it impossible for me to listen to this. Which is a shame as I think there is a wealth of stories here. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

To the Lighthouse Audiobook by Virginia Woolf
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2018-03-02 23:11:23 UTC 06:41:00
To the Lighthouse Audiobook by Virginia Woolf

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To the Lighthouse Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Nicole Kidman Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 06-26-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 43 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolfs arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunninghams Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life. Split into three parts, the story observes Mrs. Ramsay, Mr. Ramsey, and their children at their vacation house on the Isle of Skye. While the novel follows seemingly trivial events between the family members, the plot takes a backseat to philosophical introspection, which gave the novel its fame as an icon of modernist literature. The Ramseys quest to recapture meaning creates a powerful allegory of mans impermanent battle with the tangible world. Members Reviews: Stream of consciousness interpreted differently I tried to be impartial. But maybe that wasn't exactly what I expected. Still I gave it five stars. I've read the book several times and certainly I had my own vision of the Ramsays, and this ran counter to N.Kidman's rendition. It was just different, all the more interesting. Since the book is not about action, but introspection, the narrator can discover and impart other subtle nuances of meaning that could be lost on or interpreted differently by the reader. N.Kidman managed to make the narration sound rhythmic and melodious. Definitely her breathiness was sexy. Her pitch range was rather restrained with no paroxysms of emotion. The whole thing was moody and melancholy at times, just the way it should be. A Novel That Helped Me Better Understand Myself The Narrator: Nicole Kidman's intonation and reading style is superb, so much of this novel takes place in the female mind/voice and Nicole just nails it. She brings what can be a tricky style to read to life. It seemed to me, that she truly understood the novel and it showed in her reading. I do have to warn you, she does have a nasty habit of taking sharp intakes of breath in between lines, and I feel this must have produced an editing dilemma. As someone who regularly edits audio, I'm guessing that Nicole must have read at too fast a pace to smoothly edit out these sounds (although you could lower the sound levels and raise them appropriately). It can be quite annoying at first, but you soon get used to it. Ideally these kind of noises should be removed. Still I can't fault Nicole for inhaling. The Novel: It won't be for everyone. It's about thought, perception, transience, meaning, understanding, gender and all kinds of abstract ideas. If you want a straight narrative with clearly defined actions and goals this will be tricky, but I loved it. The characters and their search for meaning and their approach to understanding really reflected some of the half understood/explored thoughts that I myself have struggled with. Lily Briscoe is possibly my favourite character in any novel, and occasionally Woolf's prose is just stunning. As I say, To The Lighthouse is written in a style that is destined to alienate some, and enliven others. I found it incredibly rewarding, but it might leave you cold, be warned. Hard to find fault with this reading You need to have some patience to listen to this novella. The language is exquisite, the sense of place and time and mood are engrossing.

Stories of Dangerous Women Audiobook by Edith Wharton, W. F. Harvey, E. F. Benson, Winifred Holtby, May Sinclair, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Eleanor Smith
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2018-03-02 23:11:23 UTC 14:11:00
Stories of Dangerous Women Audiobook by Edith Wharton, W. F. Harvey, E. F. Benson, Winifred Holtby, May Sinclair, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Eleanor Smith

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Stories of Dangerous Women Author: Edith Wharton, W. F. Harvey, E. F. Benson, Winifred Holtby, May Sinclair, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Eleanor Smith Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 05-25-17 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A gripping collection of classic stories in which the central figures are highly dangerous female characters - ranging from the creepy and unsettling to the utterly terrifying. Miss Cornelius by W. F. Harvey Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson Miss Mary Pask by Edith Wharton Escape Three and Sixpence by Winifred Holtby Skinflint by J. S. Fletcher The Greatest Good of the Greatest Number by Gertrude Atherton Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Mrs. Raeburns Waxwork by Eleanor Smith Where their Fire is not Quenched by May Sinclair The Operation by Violet Hunt Pomegranite Seed by Edith Wharton Satans Circus by Eleanor Smith The Cold Embrace by Mary E. Braddon The Devil of the Marsh by H. B. Marriott-Watson The Death of Halpin Frayser by Ambrose Bierce The Lovely Lady by D. H. Lawrence The Snow by Hugh Walpol. Members Reviews: Beware of this Narrator. Just Horrible Horrible narrator. Why is this narrator being given such great titles? Seriously upset about this reader. Incredibly awful. Not a bit off but unable to listen to her. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com