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Fascinating Short Stories Audiobook by H. G. Wells, Wilkie Collins, John Buchan, Jack London, Stephen Crane, Alphonse Daudet, Edgar Wallace
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Fascinating Short Stories Audiobook by H. G. Wells, Wilkie Collins, John Buchan, Jack London, Stephen Crane, Alphonse Daudet, Edgar Wallace

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Fascinating Short Stories Subtitle: Thirty Outstanding Classic Tales Author: H. G. Wells, Wilkie Collins, John Buchan, Jack London, Stephen Crane, Alphonse Daudet, Edgar Wallace Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 01-17-18 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 1 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A superb collection of captivating short stories by leading classic writers, including: Plus many more gripping short stories by famous writers. Members Reviews: Listen To The Narration Sample Before Purchasing. Because I knew most of the stories in this anthology, I didn't listen to the audible sample of the narration. That is my fault. I have stopped listening 1.5 hrs into the book. The narrator draws the last word of each sentence out to the point I can no longer listen. I have never had to write a review like this one. If I am the only reader that has an issue with this recording, my apologies. Many of my favorite short stories are on this list, so this is disappointing. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Of Human Bondage Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham
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Of Human Bondage Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Of Human Bondage Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Steven Crossley Format: Unabridged Length: 25 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 02-10-11 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 145 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the most widely read novels of the 20th century, W. Somerset Maugham's masterpiece, Of Human Bondage, gives a harrowing depiction of unrequited love. Philip Carey, a sensitive orphan born with a clubfoot, finds himself in desperate need of passion and inspiration. He abandons his studies to travel, first to Heidelberg and then to Paris, where he nurses ambitions of becoming a great artist. Philip's youthful idealism erodes, however, as he comes face-to-face with his own mediocrity and lack of impact on the world. After returning to London to study medicine, he becomes wildly infatuated with Mildred, a vulgar, tawdry waitress, and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life. First published in 1915, the semi-autobiographical Of Human Bondage combines the values left over from the Victorian era with the prevailing irony and despair of the early 20th century. Unsentimental yet bursting with deep feeling, Of Human Bondage remains Maugham's most complete statement of the importance of physical and spiritual liberty, a theme that resounds more loudly than ever today. Members Reviews: You won't want it to end! Simple in writing but it draws you in and makes you relate and remember experiences, feelings and situations in yourself and friends that are similar to the best and worst characters in the story. It wraps up a little quicker then I expected after such a long audio but it's probably the best book I've heard to date and has had me thinking and rethinking situations, events in my own life. It was a fantastic listen! Good Story of a Wounded Man This is an excellent Bildungsroman, if you don't mind a central figure who is more buffeted by the ideas and actions of others that the active agent in his own life. The reading is good, except for the voice adopted for the Mildred character. That was like something out of a much more comic performance. Frustrating Main character provokes very little sympathy, and narration is not suited to audiobooks (as other have commented, narrator faded off dramatically at the end of sentences). Reader is terrible Would you try another book from W. Somerset Maugham and/or Steven Crossley? I loved the Razor's Edge and the reader there was wonderful but I will NEVER read another book narrated by Crossley. He varies his volume extremely and drops very low and soft at the end of some words, so much so that I cannot follow his rendition. I had to ask for a credit and get the other reader. One of the best stories I cannot believe that the novel was published in 1915. Humans haven't evolved very much in the last 100 years as i could relate so well to the emotions expressed in the book! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Three Men In A Boat Audiobook by Jerome K Jerome
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Three Men In A Boat Audiobook by Jerome K Jerome

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Three Men In A Boat Author: Jerome K Jerome Narrator: Hugh Laurie Format: Abridged Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 07-05-11 Publisher: The Copyright Group Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 106 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a T. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.s small fox-terrier Montmorency. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian clerking classes, it hilariously captured the spirit of its age. Members Reviews: Rip roaring comedy Brilliant rendering by Hugh Laurie. My best scene would be , where he explains how the stomach controls the brain. Period Piece Hugh Laurie sounding nothing like House! The feeling of life for the happy elite is seductive to imagine, although the author is clearly keeping a satirical point of view. very entertaining great for a two hour road trip. Hugh Laurie gets to use his real accent. always funny to compare to house. excellent the best audio version, makes me hoot with laughter every time I hear it. 10/10 on all accounts. A trip along the Thames with Hugh Laurie I never read this book before but have obviously heard about it so when I saw Hugh Laurie was the narrator I thought I don't have any excuse not to listen to this. I am glad I did. It's a wonderful plunge in a bygone society where three hypochondriacs and a dog go on a trip on the Thames. Jerome K Jerome really describes the scenery very well and it gives you an insight into what gentlemen used to get up to. Hugh Laurie is wonderful as always and the perfect person to read this book with his Cambridge accent. Enjoyed it immensly. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (AmazonClassics Edition) 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 (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 12-04-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Dr. Henry Jekyll, fascinated by the dichotomy of good and evil, no longer wants to inhibit his dark side. He concocts a potion to create the alter ego of Mr. Edward Hyde. With the burden of evil placed on Hyde, Jekyll can now take pleasure in his immoral, nefarious fantasies - free of conscience and guilt. It's when Hyde turns to murder that Jekyll realizes how monstrous his impulses are and how hard they are to suppress. Exploring the nature of shame, repression, desire, and control, Stevenson's story has so endured that "a Jekyll and Hyde personality" has become part of our lexicon in understanding our own - sometimes involuntary - duality. Revised edition: Previously published as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Classic I read this because it's a classic, and I really love reading classics. This story is very short. I think it took me about an hour to read. I knew the basic premise of the story, but beyond that, the entire plot was new to me. I won't describe the plot because I don't want to spoil anything. However, I love the writing style, and I really like that the story is told by a third party who is friends with Dr. Jekyll. Overall, I give it four stars because I wish it had been a little longer. It felt a little rushed at the end, but maybe I was just reading too fast because I wanted to know what would happen. I would definitely recommend this book. It's an interesting story especially when Dr. Jekyll explains his reasoning. It's a lot of food for thought. Strange, but Great! Well that was odd. When you start reading a Classic, any Classic, you have to remember that it won't written like the books of today. I don't just mean that the wording will be more difficult, or even the sentence structure, I mean the viewpoint that the story is told from. I had expected this to be told from the point of view of the protagonist, Dr. Jekyll. Instead, it was told from the viewpoint of one of his friends, Mr. Utterson. I liked how it was told that way, you were able to see the other characters' reactions to Dr. Jekyll's strange behavior, and the curiosity to what may have caused it. You also are able to see their feelings toward Mr. Hyde, and how they completely disagree with Jekyll's decision to trust Hyde. The majority of the story is told this way. Hyde is a hated man, one who people despise at first glance, thought they can never place just why that is. Jekyll is respected and loved, but has begun to act strangely, with a lot of fear and distress. Nobody can quite figure out why this is, or why he spend time with Mr.Hyde, especially after Hyde murders an important man. Gleefully, he murdered him gleefully. The last two chapters change a bit. The second to last chapter is told as a letter from Lanyon, a friend of both Utterson and Jekyll. It tells of how he did Jekyll a favor, only to discover that Jekyll is Hyde, as Jekyll drank a cure before him. And the last chapter is told from the viewpoint of Dr. Jekyll himself. Now is when it gets weird. I had always thought that Jekyll had some mental issue, then read the book. I discovered that he believed that people were commingled of both good and bad, and this fascinated him.

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: Lynn Redgrave Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 11-17-15 Publisher: silksoundbooks Limited Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 39 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is Jane Austen's lighthearted lesson in what you get for reading too many gothic novels. It is a mark of the astonishing talent of the woman, however, that even a flippant swipe at the trashy reading of the day turned out to be an elegant if extremely funny classic. Catherine Morland is another one of those Austen girls who, in spite of her gloriously ironic portrait as a romantic heroine in training, ends up being someone whose story you'd follow to the end of the world, or at least until the end of the book. And the villains and suitors of the piece somehow acquire those extra 16 layers that Austen cannot help herself from writing. This is as blithe and merry a piece of gothic horror as youll get, and at the same time as you're grinning at the terrifying manuscript Catherine finds in her bedroom turning out to be the laundry lists, youll be delighting in the sheer brilliance of the first of Jane Austen's great novels. Members Reviews: Lynne Redgrave slays! She does such an amazing job with both the make and female voices. Mr. Thorpe was my favorite of her voices (even though he's an abominable character)! Redgrave's spirited voice enlivens the reading. Enjoyed Austen's early voice, particularly in her witty delivery. Vanessa Redgrave's performance swept me away. Disappointed As a huge fan of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice I was very disappointed with Northanger Abbey. Lynn Redgrave gave an incredible performance. I would surely read another book with her narration . But the storyline of this book kept me waiting and hoping for a more captivating storyline. Love me some Jane! Jane Austen has been a favorite author of mine since I was in junior high! this is a great narration of the unabridged version. The narrator does a wonderful job altering her voice for characters and bringing you into the story! Bath as a marriage market... Catherine Morland, the daughter of a clergyman, the fourth in a total of ten children, is seventeen years old and lives in Fullerton, a village in Wiltshire. She makes her first visit to Bath with Mr and Mrs Allens, her parents' friends and neighbors... How she makes new acquaintances and gets a suiter, and how it comes to the usual conclusion after some adventures, is all the action to be expected. The reading is superb: The dialogues are easy to follow as Lynn Redgrave rendering of the different voices is perfectly executed and convincing. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories Audiobook by E. F. Benson
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E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories Audiobook by E. F. Benson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories Subtitle: read by Mark Gatiss Author: E. F. Benson Narrator: Mark Gatiss Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 10-06-16 Publisher: Random House Audiobooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 51 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones) reads chilling tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story: E. F. Benson. There's nothing sinister about a London bus. Nothing supernatural could occur on a busy train platform. There's nothing terrifying about a little caterpillar. And a telephone, what could be scary about that? Don't be frightened of the dark corners of your room. Don't be alarmed by a sudden inexplicable chill. There's no need for a ticking clock, a limping footstep, or a knock at the door to start you trembling. There's nothing to be scared of. Nothing at all. Members Reviews: Gatiss and Benson, a superb combination I have been a fan of E.F. Benson's ghost stories for many years, and I am also a huge fan of Mark Gatiss, so to run across the combination was a true Christmas treat for me! Benson wrote some wonderful classic ghost stories and this is an excellent selection of some of his best, though of course I wish there were more here. He wrote a huge selection, and it would be lovely to have another volume read by this reader. Gatiss is a superb reader. I wish we could have a collection of him reading M. R. James (the best ghost story writer to ever live, in my opinion) as I know Gatiss is a fan of James also and I feel sure he would read them splendidly. I also wish that Audible would provide us with Mr. Gatiss reading his own books. I know he has provided audio recordings of at least one of his works, how about getting them for us, Audible? Please? E.F. Benson Classics Excellently Read by Gatiss Nine E.F. Benson stories read by Mr. Gatiss. I was pleasantly surprised by his performance - he has a great voice and did some enjoyable character acting. I thought his voice for Mrs. Amworth was more like a creepy old man and a bit out of place, but still entertaining. The stories in this audiobook are: - Spinach - In the Tube - The Room in the Tower - And No Bird Sings - Negotium Perambulans - The Man Who Went Too Far - Mrs Amworth - Caterpillars - The Bus-Conductor Highly recommended to classic horror fans! Excellent Ghost Stories! Have you listened to any of Mark Gatisss other performances before? How does this one compare? Mark Gatiss is an excellent narrator and does an tremendous job with these tales. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Listened to the entire series of stories on one sitting while working on a knitting project. Kept me thoroughly entertained and engaged. Any additional comments? Good creepy fun, especially for those who enjoy old-fashioned ghost stories. Captures the age It's a nice change from Gothic castles and Victorian weirs but certainly just as creepy. The airy atmosphere created by the stories & performance makes the eerie parts cut just that bit deeper. SATURATED with SUPERB SHUDDERS This little tome is saturated with superb shudders... the old fashioned way of giving you little fingers of dread running up your spine and over your shoulder... Deliciously subtle... Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Tale of Two Cities (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Tale of Two Cities (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Tale of Two Cities (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Buck Schirner Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 09-12-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 7 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Charles Darnay is a French noble falsely accused of treason. Sydney Carton is a self-loathing junior barrister enlisted to defend him. Between them is a shared love for the daughter of a former Bastille prisoner. Soon, their interlocking fates will be decided, as the French Revolution is ignited and the Reign of Terror begins. Charles Dickens's belief in renaissance is borne out in this epic novel - as cities are overthrown and transformed, as cynics become selfless heroes, and as a "recall to life" becomes not only possible but necessary, for the individual and for society. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Revised edition: Previously published as A Tale of Two Cities, this edition of A Tale of Two Cities (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: The narrator's skill brings a multitude of characters to life. This wonderful adaptation of 'A Tale of Two Cities' (my second Audible download......I'm new to this) represented tremendous value for money. In the first few seconds I was not sure about the narrator's accent for such an English Classic, as to my own perception it seemed to have a southern United States drawl to it (akin to Samuel L Jackson), but within minutes I was sold by the skill imparted upon each characters' accents. This technique provides depth to the narrative and quickly has you flitting between the great cities of Paris and London in the late 1700s. Towards the climax of the book the nuances of the characters brought forward a great wealth of differing emotions from pity to anger, and left me reviling some of the main protagonists. My job involves a lot of travelling and it helped me wile away the hours, but mark my words when I say 'An Audio Book that can bring a trucker to tears by power of the words and the skill of the narrator...........is well worth a listen.' I hope you enjoy it as much as me. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Barchester Towers Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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Barchester Towers Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Barchester Towers Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Format: Unabridged Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 10-09-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 423 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Barchester Towers is the second of six in the series known as Chronicles of Barsetshire. Narrator Timothy West brings life to the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor. It chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester after one Bishop dies and a new one is selected. The rather incompetent new Bishop, Dr. Proudie, led by his formidable wife, and ambitious chaplain, Mr. Slope, begin to create turmoil with their desire to shake up the church establishment in Barchester with new policies and practices. However, the established clergy of Barchester, led by Archdeacon Grantly, the son of the previous Bishop, are equally determined to keep things just as they've always been. Archdeacon Grantly declares 'War, war, internecine war!' on Bishop Proudie, but who will win the battle between the archdeacon, the bishop, Mr. Slope, and Mrs. Proudie? The Guardian included Barchester Towers in its list of '1000 novels everyone must read'. Full of humour and extraordinary characters, it is no wonder it continues to be Trollope's best-loved work. Narrator Biography Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollopes classics, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and The Pallisers series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schamas A History of Britain and John Mortimers Rumpole on Trial. Timothy Wests theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus. His films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Great Canal Journeys, Last Tango in Halifax and Bleak House. Critic Reviews: "It was in [Trollope's] fifth book, Barchester Towers, in which he blended his satirical gifts with disdain for evangelical puritanism, that he found himself." (Washington Post) Members Reviews: Read The Warden first I would urge the reader to consider reading the first book in the Barchester series --The Warden--before reading this one. Although one could read Barchester Towers alone and enjoy it immensely, I think the relationships between the central characters are better enjoyed and savored more fully if one has read about them first in The Warden. (It's relatively short and very enjoyable.) Still BT is an enjoyable read all by itself and the wonderfully amusing wry asides by the author truly made me laugh out loud. If you yearn for a simpler time, or delight in the very best novels of English country life from Austen to Pym, or simply love an English sentence well-turned, you will enjoy this book. The reader is excellent. Simply superb The book itself, of course, is a perennial classic for its elegance and wit. Timothy West has comprehended the book magnificently and his reading of it is a triumph. Listening is sheer, unadulterated pleasure. MARVELOUS VINTAGE WINE MARVELOUSLY POURED What can one say about Anthony Trollope? He's one of the giants. My wife wouldn't be found dead reading him so it is clear that not everyone falls for him, but for those who love Trollope, Barchester Towers is one of the loveliest, though frankly there's nothing Trollopian I wouldn't read. With readings, the narrator is also critically important and here we have Timothy West, who in my opinion is as good as it gets.

The Great Poets Audiobook by John Keats
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The Great Poets Audiobook by John Keats

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great Poets Subtitle: John Keats Author: John Keats Narrator: Samuel West, Michael Sheen Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 01-07-08 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 53 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Naxos AudioBooks continues its new series of Great Poets, represented by collections of their most popular poems in one program. Although John Keats had a short life, he produced a series of outstanding poems, many of which appeared first in letters to his sister. He was largely unappreciated during his lifetime and died in Rome at the age of 26. Most of his 150 poems were written in just nine extraordinary months in 1819. This selection contains some of his finest works, including the principal "Odes", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci", "Old Meg", and "Much Have I Travelled". Listen to more great poets, including , , , and . Members Reviews: Here is the list of poems in this collection Below from Naxos Audiobooks is the list of poems on this audiobook: Great Spirits now on Earth are sojourning Much have I travelled in the realms of gold On the sea Wherein lies happiness? On Sitting Down to read King Lear once Again Bright Star! Would I were steadfast as thou Old Meg she was a Gipsy Deep in the shady sadness of a vale A casement high and triple-arched there was Ode to a Nightingale Ode on Melancholy Why did I laugh tonight? No voice will tell La Belle Dame Sans Merci Ode on a Grecian Urn To Sleep Ode to Psyche A haunting music, sole perhaps and lone To Autumn This living hand, now warm and capable When I have fears that I may cease to be From Endymion Fancy There was a naughty boy The Eve of St Agnes Michael Sheen One of my favourite narrators reads one of my favourite poets. I bought this because of the emotionally lucid Michael Sheen, and Samuel West is no less excellent. Music to my ears Sensual and sweet-sounding. A brilliant selection of poems and odes of one of the most celebrated Romantic poets. The narrators' performance was laudable. It sounds like John Keats thinking... Where does The Great Poets rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? Way up there What did you like best about this story? "Why did I laugh tonight?" What does Samuel West and Michael Sheen bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Compelling evidence of the centrality of prosopopoeia to the reception of the lyric. = They read with expression, conveying thoughts and feelings plausibly associated with the words of the poems. If you liked the movie "Bright Star," you'll like this. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? The change of voice -- and reader?--in order to render "Ode on Melancholy" properly. Its language is very artificial and this was done histrionically and well. Any additional comments? Sir Ralph Richardson' s reading aloud of Keats poems is fascinatingly different but also very pleasing. Lovely Poems The poems are lovely. John Keats is a wonderful poet and Michael Sheen is a terrific narrator, so are the other narrators. Recommended to all. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Flo Gibson Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 07-24-06 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 187 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Spirited, intelligent Elizabeth Bennett is alternately enchanted and affronted by Mr. Darcy. She is quick to suspend her usual, more rational judgment when it comes to him. She also is quick to believe the worst gossip about this haughty, opinionated man who soon manages to alienate Elizabeth and her family. But is the condescending air that Mr. Darcy wears an indication of his real character? Or has Elizabeth's pride gotten in the way of her chance for true romance? Editorial Reviews: Pride and Prejudice is an acclaimed work of literature, and one of Austen's most beloved novels. The story examines the manners of 19th-century British society by exposing the fortunes and misfortunes of the Bennett family. The family's main concern is marriage; Mrs. Bennett wishes to secure favorable unions for her five daughters. The story revolves around Elizabeth Bennett, whose pride prevents her from following her heart. Flo Gibson's voice is enchanting and warm, making the listening experience indisputably pleasant. Gibson's British accent adds character to the performance, rendering it unforgettable. Members Reviews: Practically perfect in every way This has always been one of my favorite audiobooks. It was one of the first unabridged audiobooks I ever listened to, on a set of cassette tapes checked out from the local library. After listening to it again, I'm struck by the unique collaboration between Jane Austen and Flo Gibson: both are here at the absolute top of their game. Austen is sometimes characterized as superficial, more interested in the economics of marriage than in the "higher feelings." But the economics were important, and in any case it would be hard to think of another character more defined by genuine, deep feeling than Elizabeth Bennet. There is darkness here. It's not just in large things, like the frankly described disgrace that follows Lydia's impulsive attachment to Wickham. (Austen would never use the word "sex," at least not in reference to sex; but she leaves no doubt about what Lydia and Wickham are up to, or what it means for the family in the conservative, judgmental world of the novel.) There are small tragedies scattered throughout the novel. Charlotte's marriage to the odious Mr Collins is one: she has to endure constant embarrassment at the hands of her ridiculous husband; but worse, a wall drops down between her and Lizzie, a wall that does, in fact, put a permanent end to their former intimacy. The ending may be a fairy tale for Jane and Lizzie, but others are not so lucky. Mary remains at home with her parents, forced to leave aside her own pursuits, pathetic as they are, to listen to her mother's endless babbling. And Lydia and Wickham never learn: they wander from house to house and town to town, always looking for a situation they can afford, always leaving behind debts and diminished reputations. Gibson's voice is a bit raspy, not at all the kind of lilting sound you'd expect from the prose itself. And yet one after another, she captures the essence of each of Austen's brilliant characters, from the insufferable Collins, to the eccentric and (later) regretful Mr Bennet, to the generous and impertinent glory of Elizabeth Bennet herself.

Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two Subtitle: Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit & Dombey and Son Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Alex Jennings, Robert Glenister, Simon Cadell Format: Original Recording Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 08-04-16 Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Thrilling full-cast radio dramatisations of three of Charles Dickens' classic novels. Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this second volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes the gripping historical novel Barnaby Rudge, picaresque comedy Martin Chuzzlewit and bittersweet tale of family relationships Dombey and Son. 'Barnaby Rudge': Against the background of the anti-Catholic riots of the 1780s, young Barnaby Rudge becomes entangled with the fanatical George Gordon and his campaign for 'No Popery'. But mob violence, the burning of Newgate Prison and the shadow of murder put his life in danger.... 'Martin Chuzzlewit': Disinherited by his wealthy grandfather because of his love for the beautiful Mary, Martin Chuzzlewit sets sail for America to seek his fortune. 'Dombey and Son': Wealthy Paul Dombey is desperate for a male heir to continue the family business, and neglects his six-year-old daughter Florence. Then, at last, the longed-for son is born - but Dombey's hopes for him go unfulfilled.... With a star cast including Simon Cadell, Bill Nighy, Alex Jennings, Robert Glenister, Geraldine James and Pam Ferris, these BBC radio adaptations bring out all the suspense, adventure, satire and social realism of Dickens' three classic masterpieces. Duration: 19 hours approx. Members Reviews: Not quite as listenable as Volume 1. Barnaby Rudge is the weak link in my view. The other two are well performed and make for enchanting listening. Perfect Productions If you like a good old Dickens novel then these Charles Dickens full cast productions will thrill you. First rate acting make these a joy to listen to especially perfect for the early dark nights running up to Christmas. Each wonky Dickens character comes to life as the sounds of the Victorian Dickens era draws you in so that you feel you are back in time living the lives the great master intended. Another great Dickens dramatisation Very enjoyable listening - bringing three more Dickens novels to life. Excellent, high quality productions. Top rated acting. Recommended! Not as expected Would you try another book written by Charles Dickens or narrated by the narrators? Love Charles Dickens books but this format was a bit bizarre What other book might you compare Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two to, and why? Best read the individual books by a sympathetic narrator.. What do you think the narrator could have done better? The cast tried to enliven the stories and achieved just a noisy, disconnected rendition. Do you think Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? Not in this format. life affirmng loved it, even though it was a very dark story it was gripping and very life affirming. starting on tale of two cities then bleak house. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Island of Dr. Moreau [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by H. G. Wells
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The Island of Dr. Moreau [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by H. G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Island of Dr. Moreau [Classic Tales Edition] Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs Language: English Release date: 03-23-16 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 102 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: After many days at sea, Edward Prendick is picked up by a schooner transporting exotic animals to an undisclosed location. On this secret island he is forced to disembark, catching faint glimpses of creatures born from nightmares. Members Reviews: Timeless story with great narration I listened to "The Most Dangerous Game" and liked the narrator so found "The Island of Dr. Moreau" read by the same narrator. I read the book long ago. It is a great story read well... Long time favorite Would you listen to The Island of Dr. Moreau [Classic Tales Edition] again? Why? I've read this many time but this is the first audio that does the story justice. Harrison's voice and tone are perfect for this book. A personal favorite, but not much action. Harrison tells the story the way I hear it in my mind when I read the text. Which scene was your favorite? The first chapter, the explanation of what is about to occur. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? No. This is a tale to be enjoyed in small segments. Worth checking out I didnt like it a ton at first, but it builds pretty quickly and turned into a pretty enjoyable read. I originally only knew this story from the 90s film, but definitely think this is a vastly superior version. This audiobook really draws you in I was very impressed with B J Harrison's narration. He is very good when it comes to creation the voices of the "creatures" . It raises a great many ethical and theological issues. HG Wells was a genius. Such sublime writing. Very exciting. At times it was also quite scary. Dystopia at its best! Excellent A really good example of the author's work. Utterly compelling and believable. I love this story. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Sketches by Boz Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Sketches by Boz Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Sketches by Boz Author: David Timson Narrator: Neville Jason Format: Original Recording Length: 28 mins Language: English Release date: 02-15-12 Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 17 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Dickens's renowned skill for keen social observation and, more specifically, his incredibly detailed knowledge of London and its theatres, prisons and inns is perfectly released in Sketches by Boz. Many of the themes he goes on to explore in his great novels are foreshadowed in this early collection of short accounts that centre on London and its inhabitants. Members Reviews: Boz in brief: background and excerpts I love these little free introductions of Dickens' major works by David Timson. Timson is an enormously talented narrator, who has read several titles for Naxos audiobooks. But he is also something of an arts historian and, apart from these Dickens segments, has assembled well-crafted audio productions on the history of theater, music and poetry. This audio intro gave me a bite size taste of Dickens' newspaper reporting, which was the training ground for the future novelist. Not only does Timson talk about the writing of the Boz vignettes but he also includes readings of a few. Timson has an abridged Sketches by Boz available on Audible. Another reader has recorded three volumes of Boz. He is also a good reader of early Dickens. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Canterbury Tales Audiobook by Geoffrey Chaucer
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The Canterbury Tales Audiobook by Geoffrey Chaucer

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Canterbury Tales Subtitle: A New Unabridged Translation by Burton Raffel Author: Geoffrey Chaucer Narrator: uncredited Format: Unabridged Length: 22 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 11-11-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 90 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers 29 of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This unabridged work is based on the new translation. ©2008 Burton Raffel. All rights reserved.; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America Members Reviews: A wonderful treat! Burton Raffel is the crown prince of Old and Middle English translators in my book, and his Chaucer is another masterpiece. The rhyming is more subtle than in other translations of Chaucer, but it's there; and the tales unfold with seemingly effortless clarity. This is a high-quality, multiple-reader production, and it includes all the tales (including the Tale of Melibee and the Parson's Tale). The only thing marring the production are the chapter breaks: they are geared to the CDs rather than the individual tales. If you're planning to listen straight through, that's not a problem, but I would have preferred the ability to be more selective. It's amazing that in only a few months, Audible has gone from a skimpy selection of Chaucer to three outstanding recordings of the complete set of Tales: one from Charlton Griffin, one from Blackstone, and this one from the BBC. Any one of them provides a wonderful listening experience. This one is my favorite because of Raffel; others may suit your taste better. But for heaven's sake get ONE of them. Lack of coherant "chapters" This is a wonderful reading of Chaucer's tales. The different narrators really bring each of the stories to life. I have read this book (or sections) numerous times and I have to say that this translation was by far the most easy to understand and the most engaging. I really recommend this version of Chaucer's tales. The only problem I had with it has been mentioned by others (Audible, take note) the chapters are not designated by book, but by presumably Audible's convenience, that means, you cannot skip around to different tales, you have to listen to it front to back. This was irritating, and is the only reason I give it less than 5 stars. Chaucer for everyone I have attempted to read the Canterbury Tales many times in the last half century. After all, it's been a classic almost from the time of its writing but I do not believe this great work has ever been made so accessible as it has been here. The beauty of the translation is brought even more to life by the wonderful narrations. This is the best Chaucer that I have ever come across. Enjoyable, Mostly! Listening to the Canterbury Tales as an audio book is probably the best way to fully appreciate them, as they were certainly conceived to be listened to and not read silently for oneself. The narrators are varied and talented; they certainly succeed in bringing out the most from each tale. Also, the excellent translation makes the work perfectly accessible and easy to understand. This unabridged version makes one realize however that this work was never finished or has been incompletely transmitted to us. For instance, the first tales such as the miller's and the reeve's are cleverly linked to one another.

Kim Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling
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Kim Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Kim Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Madhav Sharma Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 10-08-09 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 154 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set in the days of the British Raj, Kipling's finest novel is the exciting and touching tale of an Irish orphan-boy who has lived free in the streets of Lahore before setting out, with a Tibetan Lama, on a spiritual quest. Kim later enrolls in the Indian Service and simultaneously embarks on an espionage mission of supreme importance. A thrilling climax in the Himalayas occurs when the two quests become entangled. Kim's search for identity is staged within one of the most magnificent and affectionate portrayals of Indian culture in literature. Members Reviews: Fabulous Narrator After hearing the sample, I bought this performance of Kim by Madhav Sharma, even though I already had another very fine recording. I immediately listened to it, enthralled, every available minute. Sharma masterfully uses vocal timbre, inflection, pacing, and a whole palette of accents to bring Kipling's characters into vivid focus. He's subtle, not heavy-handed, making character voices all distinct, nuanced, and convincing, so the action and tensions in the story become very clear. I've loved this book since childhood, but it's never seemed as real as Sharma makes it. I'll listen to this repeatedly. Great story, brilliantly read This is a wonderful book, overflowing with the author's love for the variety and richness of India. Much has been made of the richness of Jim Dale's narration of the Harry Potter stories, but he has nothing on the performance of Madhav Sharma. His range of different characterizations, all unique, ranging from the gutter accents of Lahore, England and Ireland, to the most polished, are delivered to perfection. Sharma's is a performance to be savored. Never Was Such a Chela! "What is Kim?" asks the title character of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel (1901) more than once. Kim is a poor orphan boy whose Irish parents have died in India, leaving him basically on his own in the city of Lahore, where he has been doing "nothing with an immense success," other than avoiding British authority figures who would send him to an orphanage or, worse, to a school, as well as engaging in nighttime intrigue by carrying messages between dandies and their mistresses and hanging out with a varied host of uncommon common people, becoming known as Little Friend of all the World. He speaks English brokenly as a second language but is fluent in vernacular Hindi and Urdu, expressing himself in them with a spicy street poetry, and he can pass for an indigenous Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist. So fluidly swims Kim in his environment that not many people know that he's really a sahib (white master) whose full name is Kimball O'Hara. As the novel opens, Kim is playing King of the Canon when an exotic old lama appears before him, down from his Tibetan monastery and bewildered by the big city. The "gentle and untainted" holy man, who is not proof from, to his shame, becoming "a brawler and a swashbuckler" when pushed off the Middle Way, wants to "free himself from the Wheel of Things," and hence is questing through the plains of India for the legendary river that sprung from the earth at the spot where Buddha shot an arrow, for bathing in the River of the Arrow will cleanse him of all dirt and sin and facilitate transcendence.

A Handful of Dust Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh
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A Handful of Dust Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Handful of Dust Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Andrew Sachs Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 12-11-12 Publisher: Hachette Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 126 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Evelyn Waugh's 1934 novel is a bitingly funny vision of aristocratic decadence in England between the wars. It tells the story of Tony Last, who, to the irritation of his wife, is inordinately obsessed with his Victorian Gothic country house and life. When Lady Brenda Last embarks on an affair with the worthless John Beaver out of boredom with her husband, she sets in motion a sequence of tragicomic disasters that reveal Waugh at his most scathing. The action is set in the brittle social world recognizable from Decline and Fall and Vile Bodies, darkened and deepened by Waugh's own experience of sexual betrayal. As Tony is driven by the urbane savagery of this world to seek solace in the wilds of the Brazilian jungle, A Handful of Dust demonstrates the incomparably brilliant and wicked wit of one of the 20th century's most accomplished novelists. Members Reviews: Slow Start then Subtle This book takes quite a bit of time to get going, but finally becomes worth the slog. The first 1/3 of the book is very English aristocrat society with a bunch of setup and with classically stilted and mostly uninteresting characters. Then the cucumber sandwiches hit the fan and the story suddenly becomes an unexpectedly human story. Many (if not most) readers may not appreciate this book. It starts unbelievably slowly, then becomes a subtly dark, subtly satirical, subtly futile, subtly sad story. Notice there is a lot of subtly in there. This is not an overtly funny book, but I laughed out loud a number of times, but these were dark, almost guilt inducing, laughs (the why did I laugh at that, thats not funny kind of laugh). The humor is highly contextual, elusive, and mixed with futility and disillusionment. I ended up liking this book quite a bit, but it is not something I would read again soon. The narration is really completely OK but not outstanding in any way and some of the voices are too characterized for my taste. Worth getting thru the first chapter... This book was such a surprise. I had read Waugh as a teenager but missed this one. It's very funny, at times shockingly anachronistic but wry and tragi-comic. Where it ends is a million miles from where it starts. Begin the journey! unexpected ending great writing. subtle humor wonderful descriptions. ending left me shocked. totally unexpected. great food for thought A beautiful novel. Evelyn Waugh is a wonderful English writer. Please read his works and enjoy! You won't be disappointed. Very funny and very sad at the same time Wonderful,nuanced narration. Just the right understatement. The guileless Tony is lost from day one though that only becomes clear as circumstances change. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Classics of British Literature Audiobook by The Great Courses
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Classics of British Literature Audiobook by The Great Courses

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classics of British Literature Author: The Great Courses Narrator: Professor John Sutherland Format: Original Recording Length: 24 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-13 Publisher: The Great Courses Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 160 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: For more than 1,500 years, the literature of Great Britain has taught, nurtured, thrilled, outraged, and humbled readers both inside and outside its borders. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Swift, Conrad, Wilde - the roster of powerful British writers is remarkable. More important, Britain's writers have long challenged readers with new ways of understanding an ever-changing world. This series of 48 fascinating lectures by an award-winning professor provides you with a rare opportunity to step beyond the surface of Britain's grand literary masterpieces and experience the times and conditions they came from and the diverse issues with which their writers grappled. The unique insights Professor Sutherland shares about how and why these works succeed as both literature and documents of Britain's social and political history can forever alter the way you experience a novel, poem, or play. More than just a survey, these lectures reveal how Britain's cultural landscape acted upon its literature and how, in turn, literature affected the cultural landscape. Professor Sutherland takes a historical approach to the wealth of works explored in these lectures, grounding them in specific contexts and often connecting them with one another. All the great writers that come to mind when you think of British literature are here, along with unique looks at their most popular and powerful works. You also enjoy the company of less-familiar voices and contemporary authors who continue to take literature into new territories. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. Members Reviews: The Best of British This audiobook was an enjoyable summary of British Literature from its inception with Beowulf in the dark ages up to the 21st century. As a general rule it was very entertaining, giving the background stories of the authors and describing how their lives and historical circumstances produced their writing. It was fascinating to hear the about the lives of Austen, the Brontes, Dickens and Hardy. I found myself zoning out a few times when poetry was the topic. I dont think this is the fault of the lecturer, poetry just doesnt really do it for me, although I found the lives of Keats and Byron to be interesting and First World War poetry has always seemed more poignant to me than poetry about love or beauty. As for Milton and Paradise Lost, I still dont get it even now, even after it has been explained to me. My overall verdict is that this is an interesting audiobook and, at 25 hours duration, well worth the price of the credit. Listing Contents of this Interesting Course Any additional comments? Prof.

Joy in the Morning Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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Joy in the Morning Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Joy in the Morning Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins Language: English Release date: 06-28-16 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 36 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh, a man less stalwart than Bertie Wooster would probably give way at the knees, for among those present are Florence Craye, to whom Bertie had once been engaged; her new fiancé, "Stilton" Cheesewright, who sees Bertie as a snake in the grass; and that biggest blot on the landscape, Edwin the Boy Scout, who is busy doing acts of kindness out of sheer malevolence. All of Bertie's forebodings are fully justified, for in his efforts to oil the wheels of commerce, promote the course of true love, and avoid the consequences of a vendetta, he becomes the prey of all and sundry. In fact only Jeeves can save him. Members Reviews: Sheer delight A classic farce with the ever brilliant and amusing Jeeves. A clever trifle that keeps you smiling at the foibles of human nature. I want to go to a party in Purgatory with PG! This review is for every PG Wodehouse book I have listened to narrated by Jonathan Cecil. Joy from start to finish, not just in the morning. If you want to laugh, and laugh, and just forget all your cares - because deep down you feel, you know they are merely surface illusions in a truly delightful, joyful God-given universe - listen to this book, and every other PG Wodehouse book you can get your hands on. Jonathan Cecil seems to have been born to narrate them. Only problem is, I can't bring myself to listen to other Wodehouse novels not narrated by him, so I hope he eventually records them all. Please! Although of course, I WILL eventually listen to every PG Wodehouse book no matter what. And since the plot is secondary to the experience, I can look forward to laughing joyfully until the end as I listen to them over and over again! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Pride and Prejudice (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Pride and Prejudice (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Pride and Prejudice (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Sharon Williams Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 06-28-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 22 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Love is in the air when five sisters discover that a wealthy and eligible bachelor is suddenly within reach. But it is his friend, the haughty Mr. Darcy, who becomes smitten. Unfortunately for him, the object of his affection is not so easily swayed. One of the most popular characters in English literature, Elizabeth Bennet is intelligent, witty, well-spoken and ahead of her time. If the terrible rumors about Mr. Darcy are true, he doesn't stand a chance. Yet not all gossip is to be believed when marriage, money, and reputations are on the line. Will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy circumvent her haste, his ego, and society's expectations to find love? Written more than two centuries ago, Jane Austen's enduring story of manners, family, and love continues to delight new generations of listeners. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to hear a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Revised edition: Previously published as Pride and Prejudice, this edition of Pride and Prejudice (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Horrible reading The narrator is pretty horrible to listen to. You get what you pay for- pay for the more expensive version. Excellent reader! I listened to this book on my walks since has been many years ago that I read it. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the narrator read the story. I felt like I had gone back in time to when it was written and could picture it all so well. Review I really disliked the speakers accent, I couldn't really understand as much, I didn't know what she was saying Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to A Christmas Carol Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to A Christmas Carol Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to A Christmas Carol Author: David Timson Format: Original Recording Length: 29 mins Language: English Release date: 02-03-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 68 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to A Christmas Carol narrated by Anton Lesser. "A ghostly little book", said Charles Dickens of his famous Christmas novella, which first appeared in 1843. It has become the most famous classic Christmas story of all, with the miserly figure of Scrooge, the epitome of the callous employer; sadly crippled Tiny Tim; and the three spectres: the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Our Mutual Friend Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Our Mutual Friend Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Our Mutual Friend Author: David Timson Format: Original Recording Length: 35 mins Language: English Release date: 02-09-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 24 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Our Mutual Friend narrated by David Timson. A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Members Reviews: can't get off device I thought it was the full book and now I cannot get it off my device. it is very frustrating to me. Excerpts, not into As long as you realise that this is a promotional podcast for Timson's reading of Our Mutual Friend and not in fact an introduction of the sort you might find at the start of a printed copy of a classic novel, you'll be fine. 'Excerpts' would describe it better than 'introduction'. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Crome Yellow Audiobook by Aldous Huxley
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Crome Yellow Audiobook by Aldous Huxley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Crome Yellow Author: Aldous Huxley Narrator: Robert Whitfield Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 12-14-06 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 49 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the greatest prose writers and social commentators of the 20th century, Aldous Huxley here introduces us to a delightfully cynical, comic, and severe group of artists and intellectuals engaged in the most free-thinking and modern kind of talk imaginable. Poetry, occultism, ancestral history, and Italian primitive painting are just a few of the subjects competing for discussion among the amiable cast of eccentrics drawn together at Crome, an intensely English country manor. (P)1998 Blackstone Audio Inc. Critic Reviews: "Crome Yellow, Huxley's first novel, is famous for its technique, ideas, and acute psychological descriptions." (The Times, London) "Robert Whitfield's unabridged reading of Huxley's first novel is a triumph of one man's vocal capacities....Whitfield's vocal acrobatics in portraying the cast of characters assembled at an English country estate for a summer vacation in the 1920's makes for dazzling aural entertainment. Otherwise fatuous goings-on become intriguing shenanigans, and the characters' psychological portraits are rendered accurately through the unique voices Whitfield assigns them." (AudioFile) "Robert Whitfield does it full justice and proves that he is now one of the best narrators in the business." (Library Journal) Members Reviews: Bloomsbury in a blender, 1922 This is Huxley's satire of the personalities of the Bloomsbury Group plus a few others. If you don't get satire or like dry British humor, you're really, really going to hate this book. That said, it is a brilliant old-school satire, and very much of its time. That is to say, by way of fair warning, the detraction of racial epithets does appear from time to time. Denis, a 23 year-old writer who's just published the requisite "slim volume of verse" and is hard at work on his first hackneyed novel has come to the Wimbush family's seat of Crome. When he arrives, Mrs. Wimbush flatters her guest by exclaiming she'd forgotten he was coming. She hardly listens to him because she's busy making astrological calculations. Once a degenerate gambler who lost vast sums, these days Mrs. Wimbush keeps the sweet cash rolling in by consulting the stars. Denis is helplessly in love with Anne, the daughter of the house, but she is preoccupied with another guest, the lascivious painter Gombaud. Another girl, Mary, is all too interested in Denis and chatters at him at the most inopportune times. The vicar is laboring under the misapprehension that the Counter-Reformation may still be going on, what with his fear of Italian poisoners and Jesuitical conspiracies. (Nonetheless, "There were times when he would like to beat and kill his whole congregation.") And then there's a strange journalist, Mr. Barbecue-Smith, who gives Denis some advice: he must try automatic writing, so that he may decant inspirations from the unseen world in "aphoristic drops." After all, that's what's behind his own impressive daily word count! It is a house party from hell, complete with a village fete. The mad personalities fling witticisms and epigrams, holding forth upon philosophy, chattering constantly, even unto breakfast. For me, Mr. Wimbush was the star-turn. He's the only one who really talks sense.

Jeeves and the Unwanted Guest [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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Jeeves and the Unwanted Guest [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Jeeves and the Unwanted Guest [Classic Tales Edition] Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 40 mins Language: English Release date: 08-09-16 Publisher: B. J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 6 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jeeves stays his hand. Yes, that's right. Even though a particularly well-upholstered friend of Aunt Agatha chucks her bleary-eyed milk sot of a son, Bertie, for a month. Jeeves refuses to rally to the cause. Of course if Bertie would simply throw out the offensive tie and hat, things might be smoothed over soon enough. But Bertie, just this once, has decided to be firm. Members Reviews: Best Narrator of all the PGWoodhouse releases, this is, I feel, the best narrator. Really channels Bertie Wooster's vapid charm in a way few have... rather like Hugh Laurie... whereupon you almost hear the writer grin Not the best version Any additional comments? This is of course, a classic faultless Wodehouse story. However the enjoyment was compromised by the narrator. B.J. Harrison seems a decent enough story teller but the the wrong choice for a Jeeves and Wooster. His accent is completely wrong. I could not place the accent but what is needed here, bearing in mind that the stories are written in the first personas if spoken by Bertie Wooster, is someone speaking in middle class English (Received English) or the English spoken in upper-class Edwardian society. Anything else simply does not work. A much better version appears in Chapter 3 of 'Carry on Jeeves' narrated by Jonathan Cecil under the Chapter heading 'The Unbidden Guest'. True it is more expensive but there are ten chapters here, each a gem of a short story. good enough Enjoyable listening apart from an irritating transatlantic twang creeping in occasionally, but not enough to really distractt. Found the reader off putting I couldn't tell if the reader was deliberately doing a bad english accent or not - whayever it was it distracted me and put me off the story, sorry. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Barnaby Rudge Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Barnaby Rudge Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Barnaby Rudge Author: David Timson Format: Original Recording Length: 30 mins Language: English Release date: 02-14-12 Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Barnaby Rudge narrated by Sean Barrett. For the background to this historical novel, a tale of mystery, suspense and unsolved murder, Dickens chose the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780. Mayhem reigns in the streets of London, vividly described by Dickens, and the innocent Barnaby Rudge is drawn into the thick of it. Against the public disorder, Dickens tells of the private discord within families- with fathers and sons at loggerheads- and creates a wealth of colourful characters: the sinuously evil Lord Chester; the pretty and vivacious Dolly Varden; and the host and regulars at the Maypole Inn- a symbol of security in those uncertain and violent times. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Members Reviews: My ears are an aching for Barnaby Rudge Good earwatering intro to Barnaby Rudge. And it was free. If you are on the fence on buying classics I recommend this introduction. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Innocence of Father Brown Audiobook by G.K. Chesterton
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The Innocence of Father Brown Audiobook by G.K. Chesterton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Innocence of Father Brown Author: G.K. Chesterton Narrator: Alastair Cameron Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins Language: English Release date: 10-14-16 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 34 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Father Brown was a character created by G.K. Chesterton and draws inspiration from Arthur Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. While Sherlock Holmes' detective career relies on his logic and deduction, Father Brown relies on sympathy and intuition to solve mysteries and crime. The Innocence of Father Brown is a collection of 12 stories that have Father Brown doing what he does best; being a detective. From tracking down thieves in Paris, to robbers and murderers, this is a book that detective story lovers will truly enjoy. Members Reviews: A Wonderful Narration Father Brown is a short, stumpy Catholic priest that has a unique insight into human evil. With his baggy clothes and trusty umbrella, he solves mysteries as an amateur detective. This is a collection of his stories, and fans of the Sherlock Holmes stories and of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will also be fans of Father Brown, as there are many similarities between the two Holmes and Brown: both are extremely intelligent, have a knack for noticing small details that others dont, and are adept at solving intellectual puzzles. While those who are great fans of mystery and detective stories will love following Father Browns adventures, at times, the stories can become quite repetitive. Chesterton emphasizes many of the same Christian themes in his stories, and many of the plotlines are the same. Chesterton does a lot in his stories to emphasize the practicality of Christianity in his stories, which fits for the period that they were written in. The complex crimes and equally complex solutions will have readers continuing to return to Father Browns universe; and even though you may expect that a twist is coming, Chesterton is somehow always able to manage to surprise his readers, in one way or another. And last but not least the wonderful voice of Alastair Cameron was a perfect fit to this novel. His perfectly modulated voice makes a good novel a great listen! Good mystery I enjoyed the short mystery stories in the book. I took some breaks and was happy to return. critique

narrator just ruins it. Can't bear to listen to him even though the story is so good I don't enjoy this narrator's style. I love father brown but this narrator's is a barrier to my enjoying the stories. He's just not to my style. annoying narration I listened to the singsong narration for about 15 minutes before giving up and returning this book for a different recording. Personally I couldn't imagine listening to this voice for 8 and a half hours. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Audiobook by Lewis Carroll
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Audiobook by Lewis Carroll

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Author: Lewis Carroll Narrator: Michael Page Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins Language: English Release date: 12-03-14 Publisher: The Classic Collection Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 54 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's endearing tales of an imaginative child's dream world are written with charming simplicity. While delighting children with a heroine who represents their own thoughts and feelings about growing up, the tale is appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general. All the delightful and bizarre inhabitants of Wonderland are here: the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, the hooka-smoking Caterpillar and the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Ugly Duchess... and, of course, Alice herself - growing alternately taller and smaller, attending demented tea parties and eccentric croquet games, and observing everything with clarity and rational amazement. These novels are part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love. Members Reviews: My favorite reading of my favorite children's book I first listened to this audio book on cassette as a child, and went out of my way to find this recording as an adult. It never gets old to me. Wonderful reading. A very good reading of a Classic book Where does Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? This is a story I thought I should listen to as it is a well-loved Classic. It is not among my favourite books but is funny, inventive and very well read by Michael Page. Any additional comments? Michael Page is a great choice for this very fanciful book. I first listened to Alice in Wonderland as an adult and I was impressed with Michael Page. He doesn't patronise the reader but helps them imagine the wonderful world that Alice finds herself in. I will be relistening when I want to escape into Wonderland. Having the same reader for Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass helped keep the continuity going and worked very well. Wonderful escapism into a memory of childhood Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes, very much so. The narration is superb. The story is so well known and at the same time full of surprises. I defy anyone not to enjoy this classic. Who was your favorite character and why? I like all of the characters for many different reasons. Some characters remind me of people I know, and other characters remind me of some of the absurd politicians that inhabit our governments. What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you had only read the book? His characterisation of the content isn't greatly removed from my own visualisation of who and how the characters would be. Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I had the same feelings that I remembered having when I read this book as a child. Even through adult eyes (ears) it was still able to evoke feeling of fear, wonder, laughter and, at times, sadness. Any additional comments? I had forgotten just how wonderful this story is. The politics, that I would not have been aware of when I read it as a child, are timeless and still so relevant to today. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Carry On, Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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Carry On, Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Carry On, Jeeves Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Martin Jarvis Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 12-10-07 Publisher: CSA Word Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 503 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever-popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: "Jeeves Takes Charge", "Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest", "The Artistic Career of Corky", "The Aunt and the Sluggard", "Clustering Round Young Bingo", "Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg", and "The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy". © and (P)2004 CSA Telltapes Ltd. Members Reviews: A great introduction to Jeeves This was my first introduction to Wodehouse and Jeeves. It was so funny that I am now downloading more. Great narration and excellent stories. One of my favorites from Audible! Very Funny! Wonderfully entertaining stories and excellent reading by Martin Jarvis, who creates convincingly different characters. These stories are a great way to pass some time. Funny and Well Read Martin Jarvis does an excellent job portraying the many characters of this charming and funny book. Very entertaining and enjoyable, especially if you're familiar with Stephen Fry's portrayal of Jeeves on BBC/PBS. The stories take place on "both sides of the pond" and will leave you chuckling. I enjoy listening to Wodehouse so much more than reading him - I sometimes miss the British humor on the written page, but Jarvis had me laughing out loud. Couldn't wait to get back to it each time I had to pause. A breath of fresh air. Martin Jarvis is a genius Wodehouse is funny enough in print, but Jarvis is absolutely hysterical. This is as great an audiobook reading as I've ever heard. Entertaining An enjoyable listen. If you can relate to the writing style common to pulp fiction at the turn of the century (19th to 20th that is), and if you have a minimal tolerance for the humor of British stodginess, you'll likely love this book. Not being familiar with Wodehouse, I had naively assumed this book would be a "classic literature" type, and was all set for something in the line of Thomas Hardy or Dickens---so this was a surprise. Having admitted such, I must add that it was a most enjoyable surprise, and a nice break from the list of more serious works I've been undertaking. The reading was excellent. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Tess of the D'Urbervilles Audiobook by Thomas Hardy
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles Audiobook by Thomas Hardy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tess of the D'Urbervilles Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Kate Petrie Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 09-29-16 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 33 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The story of Tess, daughter of a poor peddler, is one of heartbreak and sorrow, deception and indecency. When sent to live with a wealthy family, the D'Urbervilles, who are not who they appear to be, Tess endures many hardships and abuse, while trying to make a fortune with the family to whom she believes she is related to. The abuse leads to her getting pregnant by a man named Alec. Upon this discovery Tess returns home to her family, but more misfortune is set to befall her after the birth of her illegitimate child. Back home, she is able to find work and happiness as a milkmaid, and even discovers her true love, but her secrets come back to haunt her; and Angel, her lover, cannot forgive her past. Even though they have been married, he leaves for Brazil warning her not to come after him. Her past comes back to haunt Tess after her husband leaves, and more trouble befalls her family, forcing her back into the arms of her abuser. Angel finally returns, ready to forgive Tess, who is wrapped up in an affair she fears she will never get out of. She finally is able to do the unthinkable, but will Angel forgive her sins again? The story will take the listener on a rollercoaster of emotions and plot twists as Tess's fate is determined. Members Reviews: Tragic Tess This is one of the great English novels, probably among the first five in distinction among the novels of the late 19th century. It is certainly Hardy's most accomplished novel. "Tess" is set in Hardy's version of the Wessex region of England, where, for example, the city of Dorchester becomes Casterbridge. This is the story of Tess Durbeyfield. The Durbeyfields used to be known as the d'Urberviiles, centuries before, when they were rich and powerful. As with almost all of Hardy's novels, the evocation of the boggy hill country of southern England is so closely intertwined with nature, that one begins to smell the heady aromas of the countryside. Coincidentally, Roman Polanski's finest film is "Tess", Nastassia Kinski is the perfect Tess, Polanski shows us the innocence of the girl, how its purity is the reason for her downfall. The scene in which she bites into a strawberry is the ultimate seduction scene for PG audiences. Eye-opening, tragic story told in an engaging style. No wonder it's a classic! This is the first Thomas Hardy novel I've read and I think I'm hooked. Will definitely read his others. Excellent writing which really draws you into the story. Loved it. The entire time you're reading it, you feel compelled to rescue Tess from her situation and to scream to the whole hypocritical Victorian world, "It's not her fault!" Near the end of the book, Hardy builds up to such suspense that I found myself holding my breath and praying that things turn out well for Tess. Hardy gives the reader a view of England in 1800's that, in my opinion, is probably a lot more accurate than we would like to believe. And I also think his style is easier to read than Charles Dickens. I highly recommend this book. I have ordered the 1998 DVD from Amazon as it had rave reviews as being true to the book. Can't wait to watch it. Tragic classic! Thomas Hardy is a contemporary of Charles Dickens, and his writing is similar. The themes are quite modern for that time, as the protagonist is an atheist or at least agnostic.

The Eustace Diamonds Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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The Eustace Diamonds Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Eustace Diamonds Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Format: Unabridged Length: 25 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 07-01-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 330 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr. Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr. Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr. Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...? Will the scheming and manipulative Lizzie ever get what she deserves? The third and least political in Trollope's six-volume Palliser series, this audiobook features a most remarkable heroine. Humorously cynical, Trollope shows his insight into human nature, painting each character's flaws. But how will their flaws determine their fate? Anthony Trollope was one of the most popular and prolific novelists of the 19th century and his work is considered some of the greatest fiction of the era. Narrator Biography Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre, and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope's classic audiobooks, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and the Palliser series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama's A History of Britain and John Mortimer's Rumpole on Trial. West's theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris and The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has held the regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC), as well as appearing in Broken Biscuits (BBC), three series of Great Canal Journeys, Last Tango in Halifax; Bleak House, Bedtime and Brass. Members Reviews: Becky Sharp Revisited The third novel in the Pallisers series, "The Eustace Diamonds" is the least overtly political, though some of the main characters from the series re-appear in the book in minor roles. It could certainly be read independently of the other books in the series. Lizzie Eustace is in many respects a latter-day Becky Sharp. Though less ruthless and more self-deceiving than Thackeray's anti-heroine, she is shallow, beautiful, manipulative, and without redeeming qualities. After marrying the dying Sir Florian Eustace for his money, she embarks on an expensive career as a society widow, and the story revolves around her possessionand subsequent lossof a diamond necklace which has been an heirloom in the Eustace family, and which she claims is her personal property. Though real-life Lizzies are highly unpleasant people, the fictional version is highly entertaining, and after several hundred pages of gripping legal, criminal and shenanigans, it is hard not to feel sorry when the naughty Lady Eustace is finally delivered up to her fate. The reading, by Timothy West, is top-notch. If you are not familiar with Trollope's work, this is as good a place as any to start. Great Fun What a fantastic listen! Lizzie Eustace is a woman that you learn to hate and also to love. All the characters of this novel are well drawn and delightful. We listened to this while driving across the country (Canada).

The Cricket on the Hearth Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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The Cricket on the Hearth Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Cricket on the Hearth Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Jim Dale Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 12-12-13 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 63 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: A Fairy Tale of Home) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so weve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening! Members Reviews: Last Paragraph Missing? Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? The audiobook is very good - Dale's narration is excellent, but it seems the very last paragraph of the story isn't included. It's a pretty big deal because it definitely puts a spin on the tale. What did you like best about this story? Despite the melodrama, I did like John and Mary (Dot) Peerybingle, and the way Dickens sketches out their characters. Have you listened to any of Jim Dales other performances before? How does this one compare? Not yet, but I have the Harry Potter books coming in and I thought this would be a nice way to check out his narration style. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes. Any additional comments? Audible, please review the text of The Cricket on the Hearth. As I said above, the very last paragraph is missing from the audiobook - otherwise I would have given the story and overall 5 stars. Great reading of a classic Christmas tale. Long ago I purchased the CD version of Jim Dale reading A Christmas Carol and it quickly became an annual listening tradition. When I spotted his special reading of The Cricket on the Hearth for Audible.com I couldn't resist. Neither Dickens nor Dale disappoint with this time-honored tale. Listening to these novellas is a must for the holiday season and you won't be disappointed with this charming story! Another Jim Dale masterwork The parallels to "A Christmas Carol" are unmistakeable. The visits of the fairies, the altered nature of the curmudgeon, and the triumph of love are all present. The theme may be similar, but the story is different. Jim Dale does his usual best to bring Dickens' uniquely named characters to life as only he can. I highly recommend! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Decline and Fall Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh
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Decline and Fall Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Decline and Fall Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Michael Maloney Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins Language: English Release date: 12-11-12 Publisher: Hachette Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 119 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Subtitled "A Novel of Many Manners", Evelyn Waugh's notorious first novel lays waste the "heathen idol" of British sportsmanship, the cultured perfection of Oxford, and the inviolable honor codes of the English gentleman. Sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys' private school in Wales. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds in Evelyn Waugh's dazzling debut as a novelist, the young run riot and no one is safe, least of all Paul. Members Reviews: Best Narrator Yet Would you listen to Decline and Fall again? Why? New to audible, and watched Decline and Fall as a miniseries, which was so-so. Had read only the most famous Waugh titles, so was new to this one. The story is wonderful, droll, funny and touching. Delightfully absurd and funny. And the narrator, Michael Maloney is with out a doubt the best I've heard. A PERFECT production of this book. What did you like best about this story? Waugh -- need I say more? One of the greats. Great Old Fashion Story What did you love best about Decline and Fall? Evelyn Waugh is a bit of an acquired taste. This was a great social farce along the lines of Scoop. It is not Brideshead Revisited but a good comic romp. What did you like best about this story? Entertaining What about Michael Maloneys performance did you like? Great performance Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Laugh Brilliant satire The more things change, the more they stay the same. Waugh's cast of characters may be from the 1920's but their behaviours and foibles are still recognisable in people today. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Murder Has a Motive Audiobook by Francis Duncan
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Murder Has a Motive Audiobook by Francis Duncan

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Murder Has a Motive Author: Francis Duncan Narrator: John Curless Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins Language: English Release date: 01-02-18 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine must solve a small-town mystery before the next victim takes their final bow. When Mordecai Tremaine emerges from the train station, murder is the last thing on his mind. But he has never been able to resist anything in the nature of a mystery - and a mystery is precisely what awaits him in the village of Dalmering. Rehearsals for the local amateur dramatic production are in progress. When the star of the show is found dead, the spotlight falls on Mordecai, whose reputation in the field of crime-solving precedes him. With a murderer waiting in the wings, it is up to Mordecai to derail the killer's performance - before the curtain closes on another victim. Author bio: Francis Duncan was the author of more than 20 crime novels published between 1937 and 1959. Members Reviews: Murder has a Motive and knows it too well This is a nice old fashioned detective story. After a dinner with a self-professed murderer Lydia Dare is found murdered. She happens to be a member of a theatre group. As things progress the murderer seems to be part of this group. There are secrets, hidden relationships and a mysterious play. Nobody seems to know what is what except for a small and unremarkable man: Mordecai Tremaine. He is a cross between miss Marple and Mr Satterthwaite with her sharp mind and his sensitive nature. Slowly he unravels the darkness that seems to have attached itself to this small group of people. Iâm in two minds about this book. I liked the old-fashioned setting: the village, the theatre group, the slow unravelling of the riddle. Anyone who expects to have found a second Christie is to be deceived. That he is not. Whereas Christie paints characters larger than life, the characters in this book are rather grey, including Mr. Tremaine. Furthermore the writing style is rather precious and self-conscious, everything is spelled out especially the darkness that dwells in Dalmering and is felt by some people. And then the culprit, well that wasnât a riddle at all. From the beginning it was clear to me who she/ he was. But I had a nice listen. Slow moving At first, I found it annoyingly slow then suddenly I realized I couldnât put it down. The transition between molasses slow and intensely relentless was very subtle and well done. One minute I was ready to quit because of the annoying repetition about the atmosphere and the detectiveâs quirks, and the next I was wondering how he would get himself out of the tangle and make it clear to everyone else. I guessed quite early who did it, but I wasnât sure. Duncan gave so many clues, true and false, that he made me doubt my own conclusions. Now if you donât like being told instead of shown whatâs going on this isnât the book for you. Especially, in the beginning, we are told directly over and over again exactly what the atmosphere is and what the significance of every statement is. That got a bit tiresome, but eventually, that stops. Unfortunately, it wasnât as clean as I had hoped. The language was clean until the last third or so. Then there were quite a few âmildâ curse words. There was also an adulterous relationship. Itâs handled delicately, but it is sort of winked at. I received this as a free ARC from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark.

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: David McCallion Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 06-05-17 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 19 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Secret Agent is a Victorian terrorist tale that has found a new audience with today's audiences. Set in 1866 London, this book tells the story of Adolf Verloc, a shopkeeper turned anarchist. Mr. Verloc has a strange family life on top of a group of friends who belong to a terrorist group promoting anarchy. Although the group is relatively harmless, they do publish rebellious literature in the form of pamphlets entitled F.P, which brings them to the attention of the police. This changes when the group plans a dangerous terrorist attack, targeting one of London's most iconic landmarks. The Secret Agent is in part, inspired by real life events. Joseph Conrad based one of the characters on the French anarchist, Martial Bourdin, who was killed in Greenwich Park when a bomb he was transporting, exploded. Conrad does a fantastic job of weaving his words into a mysterious and intriguing story that will keep you entertained until the very end. Members Reviews: Typically good Conrad but . . . Some publications have piqued interest in this book claiming it has relevance to today's terrorists.If that is why you are thinking of buying the book you will be disappointed. I think the modernity claim is demonstrably false. The terrorists here are inept in action and vague in their goals. That said, the book is a worthy read as Conrad's work typically is. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

King Solomon's Mines Audiobook by Henry Rider Haggard
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King Solomon's Mines Audiobook by Henry Rider Haggard

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: King Solomon's Mines Author: Henry Rider Haggard Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 02-11-16 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 46 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in 1885, with billboards and posters around London announcing "The Most Amazing Book Ever Written". It became an immediate best seller. The genesis of the Lost World literary genre! The search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers, led by Allan Quatermain, for a missing brother, lost while searching for the mythical mines of King Solomon. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa. The novel has been adapted to film at least six times. The first version premiered in 1937. Members Reviews: poor quality awesome story, performance of audio terrible. sounded muffled hard to distinguish words. spend the money on a more expensive copy. This narrator is the absolute worst Great story but the dude that reads it is painful. I couldn't do it! I had to actually buy another version to listen to! Classic Adventure Story I usually seek out Mr. Munro when there is a classic to be read. He usually does not disappoint. His voice seems suited for 18th century literature. I know that classic adventure stories can pale in comparison with plot lines and ease of todays authors. But taking the book as it is for its time I enjoyed it very much. Loved it.... Old fashioned in so many ways, including language, but of course that is the charm. The locutions hearken to a day when language was happily taken much more seriously. The story is of course fanciful also in an old fashioned way, but slips the reader away into a fantasy land like few others. While dated by language and racist pronouncements, it remains a classic, not disconnected from other classics such as Heart of Darkness, and King Leopold's Ghost. I recommend it, even for young boys learning to stretch their imagination. Baffling narration What didnt you like about Alan Munros performance? The most stilted, unnatural narration I've ever endured. Almost like a machine. Utterly distracting and horrible. I will avoid anything narrated by this chap. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Psammead Trilogy Audiobook by E. Nesbit, Edith Nesbit
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The Psammead Trilogy Audiobook by E. Nesbit, Edith Nesbit

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Psammead Trilogy Subtitle: Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Story of the Amulet Author: E. Nesbit, Edith Nesbit Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 06-06-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 45 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Edith Nesbit was to children in the early 20th century what J.K. Rowling is to today's young generation. Magic, mythical creatures, time travel, charms, words of power... Nesbit's stories have it all. This recording is the complete collection of Edith Nesbit's Psammead series, comprising three captivating stories: Five Children and It.The story begins when a group of five children - Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb - move from London to the countryside of Kent. While playing in a gravel pit, they discover a rather grumpy, ugly and occasionally malevolent sand-fairy known as the Psammead who is compelled to grant one wish of theirs per day. The effects of each wish last until sundown. All the wishes granted to the children go hilariously wrong. When they wish to be beautiful, nobody recognises them and they are shut out of the house. When they wish to be rich, they get a stack of gold coins but nobody will take them. When they wish for wings they find themselves stuck on a tall tower at sunset. When they wish that their baby brother was older, he turns into a grown-up and bosses them about. When Robert wishes he was bigger than the baker's boy (who has beaten him in a scrap) he becomes eleven feet tall. There are many more adventures... but you will need to listen and find out for yourselves.... The Phoenix and the Carpet. This is the second story about Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb - who live in London. One day their mother buys a new carpet for the nursery which mysteriously contains a stone egg. When the egg falls into the fire by accident, nobody can possibly imagine what adventures will be unleashed. The egg hatches the Phoenix who reveals that the carpet is in fact a magic wishing carpet, which will take the children on a rollercoaster ride of adventures, scrapes and mishaps. They end up stuck inside a tunnel with buried treasure, on a sunny Southern shore where their cook is made Queen of the Island, having tea with the Rania in India, and even when they are at home in Camden town they mysteriously and unexpectedly become the owners of an unfeasibly large number of cats. The Story of the Amulet. The magic Psammead is back! This time the four children are stuck in London for the Summer, when they come across the Psammead (or wish-giving sand-fairy), imprisoned in a pet shop. They manage to free him, and he tells them where they can get hold of a magic amulet which will bring them their hearts' desire. Unfortunately when the amulet is secured, it is incomplete. They and the Psammead must travel back into ancient history to see the part of the amulet which was lost. The children experience one breathtaking adventure after another in Babylon, Egypt, the lost city of Atlantis, Tyre... Members Reviews: Quaint The stories definitly feel over a century old, and that's part of the fun of reading it now. I chose this because The Phoenix and the Carpet is read by a character in another book that I love. That character is reading aloud to children, but stops. I always wondered if the children were left hanging, but now I know that the books are episodic, so just reading to the end of a chapter would be satisfying. Cathy Dobson's narration is nice.

The English Novel Audiobook by The Great Courses
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The English Novel Audiobook by The Great Courses

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The English Novel Author: The Great Courses Narrator: Professor Timothy Spurgin Format: Original Recording Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-13 Publisher: The Great Courses Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 71 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Who can imagine life without novels? They have served not merely as diversions but as companions for so much of our lives, offering hours of pleasure and, at their best, insights few of us can ever quantify. But the simple joy of reading novels sometimes obscures our awareness of the deeper roles they play in our lives: honing our intellect, quenching our emotional thirsts, and shaping our sense of ourselves and of the world we live in. And this may be especially obvious in the case of the English novel, as you'll see in this engaging series of 24 lectures from an award-winning teacher. Under Professor Spurgin's guidance, you'll learn how the period that gave rise to the novel in England corresponded with a convulsive social transformation - one that produced the world's first modern, capitalist economy. Along the way, traditional social values often appeared to be outdated, as did traditional narrative forms. You'll see how the great English novelists were eager to create something new and different, breaking from traditions in which stories were usually centered on aristocrats and nobles to focus instead on the thoughts and feelings of ordinary people and taking pains to capture the rhythms of everyday life. At the same time, they also reacted to a number of larger developments: industrialization and urbanization, democratization and globalization. By placing more than two centuries of great English novelists in the context of British history and showing how their lives intersected with the creation of their art, these lectures offer a fascinating look at a form of enduring popularity and importance whose influence has been felt everywhere novels are read. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. Members Reviews: Loved My First Course! One of my greatest regrets in life is not taking better advantage of my years in college. Since then, I have tried to make up for lost time by reading many classics on my own and English authors happen to be my favorites. This course put all of those favorites into historical context. It gave me a greater appreciation and insight into the works I've been reading over the years. It also helped explain some of my least favorite books giving me a better appreciation of their context. Highly, highly recommend. I've already started my second course on Metaphysics! Informative and enjoyable! Have you listened to any of Professor Timothy Spurgins other performances before? How does this one compare? I haven't listened, but enjoyed his lecture so much....has a pleasant voice. Will definitely search out other lectures by him. Any additional comments? Wish I could actually be in the classroom to ask questions! Had questions about these authors' other works, other authors of the period, etc., but the lecture has spurred me to do my own research and followup on topics that interest me. Expanded my "to read" list by many works, ha! Very Informative I enjoy these courses, and this one was no exception. I have read many English novels, but this course pretty much put it all together and gave me perspective I didn't have. It was interesting to see the development of the novel over time. It also made me enthused to read some of the novels discussed in the courses that I have not yet read.

A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Frank Muller Format: Unabridged Length: 28 hrs and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 12-06-10 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again... (P)1986 by Recorded Books, Inc. Great Expectations: When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel. (P)1987 by Recorded Books, Inc. Members Reviews: Great Literature and Great Narration Great Expectations and a Tale of Two Cities are examples of a master working at his peak. Both books are compelling, thought provoking and stand the test of time. Great Expectations is populated by some of Dickens' most memorable characters. The spinster Miss Havisham, the convict Magwitch, the lawyer Jaggers and his clerk Wemmick with his "Aged Parent" and the beautiful Estella. Even though some language is out of popular usage, the study of social class and values both real and perceived is still compelling today. A Tale of Two Cities, one of two historical novels by Dickens (the other the less compelling Barnaby Rudge), is both sweeping in scope and strangely clausterphobic in setting. Dickens story is set during the French Revolution and is a cautionary tale for the English to correct the social injustices present in mid 19th century England before the poor rise to stage a similar revolution for social justice in England. According to recent surveys, A Tale of Two Cities is the most popular book of all time with over 200 million copies sold. The narration by the late Frank Mueller is stunning. I love both of these books and prefer to hear Mueller's compelling narration rather than read them myself. Just to hear Frank Mueller read these classics is worth the price. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Utilitarianism Audiobook by John Stuart Mill
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Utilitarianism Audiobook by John Stuart Mill

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Utilitarianism Author: John Stuart Mill Narrator: Fleet Cooper Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 02-07-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 70 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This expanded edition of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism includes the text of his 1868 speech to the British House of Commons defending the use of capital punishment in cases of aggravated murder. The speech is significant both because its topic remains timely and because its arguments illustrate the applicability of the principle of utility to questions of large-scale social policy. Editorial Reviews: Listening to Fleet Cooper perform John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism is like attending the lecture of a favorite philosophy professor. Though the ideas contained in this audiobook can be dense and complex, Cooper always sounds as though he's speaking conversationally. His meter has a tone evocative of thinking aloud, which cordially draws the listener to the subject matter. In this famous treatise, Mill follows up on Jeremy Bentham's efforts to redefine morality. He objects to Bentham's hedonic calculus and argues that the "Greater Happiness Doctrine" is flawed, for one must take into account the inherent quality of one's pleasure when determining its ethical value. Members Reviews: A dramatic reading of JSM's 'Utilitarianism' Since I hadn't read Mill since college, I figured it was high time to revisit his famous ethical essay on, and defense of, social utility, justice and the greatest-happiness principle. I remember loving the clarity and simplicity of Mill's arguments when I was first exposed to this essay in college, and the central ideas of utilitarianism still resonate with me 15 years later. Fleet Cooper's narration was good, but there were times when he managed to make JSM seem snarky. It was almost a dramatic reading of Utilitarianism. Not what I expected, but since it didn't cause me actual harm or pain, I'm not sure his reading violated an actual "standard of narration morality". Disgusting Narration Narrator mispronounces author's name. It's Mill not "Mills." Mispronounces "Protagoras." Mispronounces "a priori." Narrator snorts. What the hell? Inexcusable. Why? I wished the author had more carefully defined happiness. It seems to me that he took it for granted that can all agree on happiness. Seems like silly point, but given the centrality to his overall argument that it would be important to clearly define what happiness is, and isn't. I also didn't follow why you could equate utility and happiness which seems central in some passages. I am left with a big, "why?" nagging at me. I'm not even sure all that my "why" implies, but it's a great place to start with this book. Speaker was bad The book is great but the speaker too often makes high and low pitches making it hard to hear him while driving Excellent!!! All around insightful. Not a sentence in this book did I find to be inessential. Written by a master craftsman of words with an intellect of precision and mind for making connections. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Peter Rabbit Collection Audiobook by Beatrix Potter
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Peter Rabbit Collection Audiobook by Beatrix Potter

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Peter Rabbit Collection Author: Beatrix Potter Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 09-03-14 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Beatrix Potter's most famous tales in one wonderful collection. Contains The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, The Pie and the Patty Pan, The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher, The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit, The Story of Miss Moppet, The Tale of Tom Kitten, The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck, Roly Poly Pudding, The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse, The Tale of Timothy Tiptoes, The Tale of Mr. Tod, The Tale of Pigling Bland, and The Tailor of Gloucester. Members Reviews: Boring narration I can't remember the stories because of the narration. He had awkward pauses, at times almost sounded robotic. One of the worst narrations ever heard. 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: Georgina Sutton Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 02-03-17 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 17 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: "The fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders, who was born in Newgate, and during a life of continue'd variety for three-score years, besides her childhood, was twelve year a whore, five times a wife (whereof once to her own brother), twelve year a thief, eight year a transported felon in Virginia at last grew rich, liv'd honest, and died a penitent." So begins Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe's honest portrayal of one woman's struggle for economic survival in an unsympathetic world. Told with uncompromising directness and an extraordinary empathy, it is, as Virginia Woolf once claimed, "one of the few English novels we can call indisputably great". Members Reviews: Lively and convincing Moll Flanders is a wicked creature but a lively narrator; and Georgina Sutton is a delightful reader. After a lifetime of sexual indulgence and theft, Moll ends up happy and repentant on the Eastern Shore, managing a plantation with her husband and reunited with her son - the product of another marriage to a man who turned out to be her brother. It's a sparkling tale that shows off Defoe's skill with characters and dialogue. It's written in the first person, as if Moll (not her real name, she assures us) is writing her own memoirs. I found Defoe's impersonation of a female narrator convincing. (I should note that when I mentioned this over breakfast one morning, my daughter said: "How would YOU know?" Point taken. All I really know is that I found myself returning to the audiobook with pleasure many times during the day.) Pure joy. What a delight to travel back three hundred years and make new acquaintances. Highly recommended. Interesting artifact What a difference a few decades can make! I seem to remember having a lot more sympathy for the heroine the first time I read this. This time, Moll began to grate. As many times as she bemoaned her fate with a cry of - and I, without a friend in the world - you'd think she'd try to cultivate a few before she got into another pickle. She doesn't. You get very little sense that she cares about anything outside her own small orbit. Ye gods, after having and abandoning so many children I lost count, she claims her son in the colonies is her only child! But I quibble. It's still fascinating to read/listen to this for what it is: a very early example of the English language novel. It's not at all explicit, but it's frank, and I have to think it's a pretty good depiction of how difficult life could be for a poor woman in 17th century England. Georgina Sutton is excellent as the narrator. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY Moll Flanders loved the book, very funny in places and will recommend it to my friends.... Thank you !!! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

How Green Was My Valley Audiobook by Richard Llewellyn
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How Green Was My Valley Audiobook by Richard Llewellyn

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: How Green Was My Valley Author: Richard Llewellyn Narrator: Ralph Cosham Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 04-27-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 173 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyns best-selling - and timeless - classic, as well as the basis of a beloved film. As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when South Wales still prospered, when coal dust had not yet blackened the valley. Drawn simply and lovingly, with a crisp Welsh humor, Llewellyns characters fight, love, laugh, and cry, creating an indelible portrait of a people. Richard Llewellyn (1906-1983), a Welsh novelist, was born in Hendon, England, in the county of Middlesex. Before World War II, he spent periods working in hotels, wrote a play, worked as a coal miner, and produced his best-known novel, How Green Was My Valley, as well as 19 other novels. After the war, he worked as a journalist, covering the Nuremberg Trials, and then as a screenwriter for MGM. Critic Reviews: A story of exquisite distinction and vibrant interest; clear and strong as the music under the sky. (New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: The rhythm of life... the pattern of words... I loved it! Written in 1939, it is a classic... I've read and listened to it both now. Coal mining family in South Wales seen though the eyes of the youngest son. I loved the speech patterns, the taste of the food, the honor of work, the cultural flavor and the love of a family. I loved the slowly evolving plots and complex characters. You have to be patient with this book, it is not a Dr. Pepper or bar of chocolate book. It is a rich stew, with hearty vegetables, herbs and tender chuncks of beef. There are strikes, mine collapses, young love trysts, long held grudges, fist fights, pride and sorrow... there is a family that grows, swells and forms a spider web from the valley across the world. I will listen again, if just to jot down some of the Welsh sayings I love the most... like the courting couple they called "Kiss and Scratch' for either they were overly affectionate or fighting. Go you then. A great classic, layered and wonderful There are certain books that I have read from this era that were so good I felt like I had the opportunity to live in that time for a while, this is one of those books. This is more than an author detailing the life of his family for posterity, it captures the culture, the personalities, and the very detail of everyday life of all the people who lived in that community. This book does more than tell a story, it brings you into the story, you are involved and invested in the many triumphs and struggles that befall the Morgan clan. The story is told in a wonderful fashion as well and is unique as a piece of literature, beautiful in what is told and what is not, the narration is also top tier as well. This book gets a strong recommendation A classic that must be read---could take place now What a joy it was to read this classic book that was the basis for the 1941 Oscar Award movie by the same title. As with most books, it was ten times better than the movie, which I also very much enjoyed. This first person narrative of a small Welsh coal mining town from decades ago, could very well be a story in present day America. This tale of the joys, trials, comradeship, faith, family, and community was underpinned with the disputes of workers seeking better salaries.

Lady Chatterley's Lover Audiobook by D H Lawrence
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Lady Chatterley's Lover Audiobook by D H Lawrence

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lady Chatterley's Lover Author: D H Lawrence Narrator: Samantha Bond Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 11-17-15 Publisher: silksoundbooks Limited Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 49 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The story of Lady Chatterley and her love for her husband's gamekeeper outraged the sensibilities of Edwardian England. Lawrence had already been dismissed as a purveyor of the obscene for the attitudes to sex that he had shown in The Rainbow, which had been fiercely suppressed on its publication in 1915. Chatterley, written in several versions around 1928 in Italy in the final part of Lawrence's life, was a deliberate choice on the author's part to address sex head on, describe the act and its pleasures in detail and put forward his belief that mankind had lost touch with its pagan and natural roots, its link to the earth and therefore its strength. Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned from publication in Britain until 1960, when the radical new publishing house Penguin Books brought out a paperback edition and was immediately taken to court for obscenity. The trial that followed became one of the marking posts for the '60s' 'revolution', with arguments for the beauty of Lawrence's descriptions of love and sex finally conquering the prudish sensibilities that Lawrence so despised and leading to a landmark legal ruling in Penguin's favour. For all the campaigning and crusading that has accompanied Lady Chatterley's Lover, it remains in essence a beautiful description of a true and lasting passion. Members Reviews: Amazing reader of classic great novel I am not sure there could be a better reader than this great actor, and the writing it's DH Lawrence so it's brilliant. Samantha makes Lady Chatterley come alive If you could sum up Lady Chatterley's Lover in three words, what would they be? Classic Erotica doubled in intensity by Samatha Bonds seductive voice. Listen with someone you love. Leave it to Lawrence to make sex tedious First, a warning: if you want to read it for the "dirty" parts, you will probably be disappointed. I found many of the sex scenes to be unnecessarily crude and not at all erotic and maybe that was Lawrence's point: that ordinary people aren't particularly sexy when it comes to sex. None of the lovers seemed to be particularly creative. But the most troubling thing I found about the novel was that it seemed extremely ableist. I understand the novel reflects outdated attitudes toward people with disabilities and it is a product of its time, but it is still no less disturbing (or at least it shouldn't be) to a modern audience than racial or ethnic stereotypes. The prevailing attitude throughout seems to be that people with disabilities are not entitled to romantic love if they are not able to engage in "traditional" sexual activity. What I found most interesting, and perhaps most relevant to contemporary readers, were the characters' discussions of economic theory. As for the performance, I thought Samantha Bond did well, but there were a few places where you can hear her cough or clear her throat (and it clearly wasn't part of the script) and I wondered why that wasn't edited out in post-production. Time to read again? Considering the time within which this book was written, "progressive thinking" and current cultural memes and beliefs, within this beautifully written and wonderfully read love story, one can find insights and comfort that there is little new in the world.

Far from the Madding Crowd Audiobook by Thomas Hardy
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Far from the Madding Crowd Audiobook by Thomas Hardy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Far from the Madding Crowd Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Nathaniel Parker Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 02-19-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 496 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Hardy's first major literary success, here brought to life by narrator Nathaniel Parker, is the story of the independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, the largest estate in the area. She surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself rather than hire a manager. Attracted to this bold young woman are three very different suitors all vying for her affections. They include the lonely gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the young and handsome but inconsiderate Sergeant Troy and the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak. Serving to unsettle and complicate her life, the three contrasting men show the many facets of love. But Bathsheba's indecision and inability to commit leads to some disastrous consequences. The first of Hardy's works set in Wessex (south-west England), Far from the Madding Crowd presents evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes. Thomas Hardy was an English writer and poet in the Romantic era who was greatly influenced by Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth. Narrator Biography Screen and stage actor Nathaniel Parker, trained with LAMDA before becoming a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. On stage, he has co-starred alongside actors such as Dustin Hoffman and Dame Helen Mirren. In 2014 he played King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies for the Royal Shakespeare Company. This earned him an Olivier Award for the London production and a Tony Award nomination when the show moved on to Broadway. On screen, Nathaniel Parker is widely known for starring in period dramas but is best known for playing Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (2001-2007). Most recently he has appeared in the TV series Of Kings and Prophets (2016), and The Outcast (2015). Over the years he has lent his voice to a large number of classic and contemporary audiobooks including John Wyndhams The Midwich Cuckoos in 2016. Members Reviews: Does Thomas Hardy justice Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors and this book is probaby my favorite of his books. It has the darkness that a lot of his novels have, but it has some light as well. Bathsheba is a very complex character with very definite faults. Nobody in this novel is too perfect and everyone seems very human. Nathaniel Parker is a great narrator. At first I thought he read a little fast, but either he slowed down or I got used to it because I really enjoyed his reading. He does a wonderful job with the characters, and Bathsheba doesn't have that annoying sound that some male narrators give their female characters. I will definitely be listening to this one again. Wonderful story and perfect narration Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? This Thomas Hardy masterpiece is presented with excellent narration. The quality of the production is wonderful. My only question, why doesn't Nathaniel Parker do more of Thomas Hardy? Who was your favorite character and why? Gabriel Oak is man of virtue and integrity, a giant in fiction. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes, I loved this book! Nathaniel Parker is PERFECT as narrator Would you listen to Far From The Madding Crowd again? Why? yes. The writing of Hardy is worth second third and fourth looks.

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: Piers Wehner, Katy Carmichael Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 05-19-15 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 85 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte created a strong, modern heroine who challenged the prevailing morals and politics of the Victorian era. When Helen Graham shut her bedroom door on her abusive, drunken husband, it was a door-slam heard around the world. Escaping to Wildfell Hall after a loveless marriage, Helen, our mysterious tenant, lives in quiet seclusion, while her reclusive nature quickly becomes the subject of local gossip. Gilbert Markham, a young farmer, becomes intrigued with Ms. Graham and soon discovers the shocking secrets of her dark past. Members Reviews: Beautiful What a treat! The narrators are perfectly matched to the material, and the material itself is shot through with love and sunlight. Not to say there's no suffering: the novel contains a gripping account of a relationship gone horribly wrong, and of the ravages of alcohol and adultery. But for all that, it doesn't have the tinge of gothic horror that marks other works by members of the Brontë family. If there's a flaw, it's that the male narrator, Gilbert Markham, isn't half as mature as he seems to think he is. He's right when he says he doesn't deserve to be happy. But Helen Huntingdon DOES deserve it. She is a strong, determined woman, an utter contrast to the stereotypical Victorian heroine, and her story is a delight to hear. Brilliant novel Even though I was aware that the Bronte sisters were all writers, I had only ever read Charlotte. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, although at times it was a bit religious in tone. The story is written as a letter or journal in first person of both of the main characters. I definitely would recommend this if you are a fan of any of the Brontes or Jane Austen. Long, But Not Disappointing Having read some very disappointingly-ended stories by the Brontes, I was a bit leery of this long tome. I can see this as a drawn-out set of serially stories full enough of angst for any lonely soul. For myself, the narrator was better to listen to at 1.15 speed rather than the slower original. He has a good voice, but seemed a bit effete in the emphases he used in each sentence. Bronte is attempting to write from a male point of view but tends to give her protagonist a clearly female set of reactions. It is still entertaining if you can wade through all this. Had to stop! As much as I love the Bronte's- too much filler- I was totally immersed for the entire first quarter- after that it becomes so wordy and goes on so long it becomes extremely frustrating, I hope it ends well but I could not continue . My favorite Brontë book so far This story about a very strong, somewhat self-righteous woman is a sparkling gem. Interesting characters. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Journal of the Plague Year Audiobook by Daniel Defoe
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The Journal of the Plague Year Audiobook by Daniel Defoe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Journal of the Plague Year Subtitle: London, 1665 Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Nelson Runger Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 109 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: London's Great Plague of 1665 devastated the city, as Europe's final bubonic outbreak killed thousands of helpless citizens. Daniel Defoe, author of the classic Robinson Crusoe, was five years old when the Plague swept through London, and grew up hearing many stories - some truthful, others exaggerated - of its deadly effects. Blending those anecdotes with his childhood recollections and factual data from government registers, Defoe wrote this comprehensive account of what happened to London in 1665. Both a harrowing historical novel and a reliable journalistic record, Defoe recreates a living, suffering city trying to cope with an incurable, rapidly spreading disease. Editorial Reviews: Writer, merchant, and spy Daniel Defoe, now best known for Robinson Crusoe, presents a fictionalized first-person account of the Great Plague that afflicted London in 1665. The Journal of the Plague Year: London, 1665 offers detailed, journalistic scenes of shuttered London homes and storefronts and dead bodies on the streets. In some parts of the city, infected families were quarantined as the death toll climbed toward 100,000 and a sense of paranoia and terror pervaded the city. In an American accent, Nelson Runger serves up a crisp, steady performance of Defoes chronicle of a historical disaster. Critic Reviews: "...the work stands as the most reliable and comprehensive account of the Great Plague that we possess." (Anthony Burgess) Members Reviews: History That Is Important Today Although fiction, Defoe investigated the facts of the 1665 London plague and wrote this story as if from a first person perspective. As part of my research on SARS, I found this story to be very interesting. Many details are covered, from macro economic impacts to the very detailed descriptions of individuals trying to cope with the epidemic. What I got out of this book was how universal human response is to an epidemic. The very issues Defoe struggles with, such as "locking up house" were just as controversial during the SARS outbreak in Taiwan (now called quarantine). I think Runger does a good reading job, matching his style to the content. If you like university lectures and very detailed historical information, then this book is for you. If not, you may have a hard time to stay awake. An eye-opening education My wife was glued to this book, amazed by the facts. It is not a book one listens to for fun or entertainment. It is not a novel it reads more like a journal, a first hand account. It is story after story of a terrifying disease and how it not only destroys the body but the soul as well. One must have a deep interest in the plague or any plague to fully appreciate and understand the affect such a fearful ordeal will have on humanity. If this is the reason one listens to this book, then it is truly and eye-opening account and worth every minute. Thank you Audible for including it in your book list! Many penetrating insights by Defoe make for fascinating listening. I gained a much better understanding of the conditions that people of London endured during the mid 1660's.

Hard Times Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Hard Times Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Hard Times Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Anton Lesser Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 11-15-11 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 97 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Hard Times is Dickens's most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrinds own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown. Hard Times is a deeply moving story written in anger to strike a blow for the victims of the dehumanising processes of industry. Members Reviews: Very glad I kept going! Is there a Dickens narrator who can surpass Anton Lesser? Equal, yes, a very few, but surpass? I think this is my last Dickens novel to listen to (I'm going to have to go back and start again, otherwise it's just too depressing to contemplate), and I nearly didn't finish it. One of the qualities of audiobooks is that the writing (often dialogue, but not always) can be more difficult to listen to than to read. The beginning of the book, with its focus on Gradgrind's educational philosophy, was hard for me to listen to, and I left it for a few months. Thank heavens I came back to it. Lesser is a consummate actor, and his voicing of the characters is intense and immediate. He is excellent at voicing characters of all sexes; some otherwise wonderful male narrators have women characters who don't possess the fullness and breadth of their male characters, but not Lesser. His reading of Louisa's appeal to her father toward the end of the book nearly brought me to tears, it was so full of real and heartfelt emotion, but never overdone. This is an interesting Dickens because it's so much shorter than most of his books. Only 10+ hours. At times I felt that the story and some of the characters weren't as fully fleshed out as usual, but who cares, it's Dickens, the writing is exquisite, and you simply cannot find better narration. I also hadn't expected, from my first outing with the book, to be laughing out loud as much as I did. Mr. Bounderby's quality of constantly bringing up his rags-to-riches life story gets more and more hilarious as the book goes on. A Dickens Classic Wonderful story of the human nature while at the same time capturing the essence of what it means to love! The narrator is excellent! Story improves about 1/3 way Charles Dickens is an extraordinary writer! I just love his books. Great Expectations is my favorite, and I have read it many times. This was my first time listening to Hard Times. It took me quite a while to warm up to the book. Its not like his other novels that draw you in immediately. I did come to love the characters in the story, but it was not until about 1/3 of the way into the novel. I am very glad I read it and gave it a chance! Anton Lesser is THE BEST Narrator ever! Lesser makes sometimes difficult to read, Dickens, lively and engaging. I will look for the rest of his narrations. Lesser novel in the Dickens canon enhanced by reader This is not my favorite Dickens novel, but I stayed involved and entertained by the wonderful Anton Lesser's reading. What a joy to have a gifted character actor interpret all the characters in the book so well. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Great Poets: Percy Bysshe Shelley Audiobook by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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The Great Poets: Percy Bysshe Shelley Audiobook by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great Poets: Percy Bysshe Shelley Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley Narrator: Bertie Carvel Format: Abridged Length: 1 hr and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 03-26-08 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 40 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Idealist, atheist, outcast, political radical and, of course, poet - Percy Bysshe Shelley was, in many ways, the epitome of the Romantic artist. His poetry was an outlet for his passionately held and highly unpopular beliefs, beliefs which resulted in social exclusion, exile, and possibly even his premature death at the age of 29. His work is a monument to his convictions and to the power of the human spirit, and today it is recognized as a key contribution to Romantic literature. This anthology contains many of Shelley's best-known poems, including "Ozymandias", "The Mask of Anarchy", and "To a Skylark", as well as excerpts from (among others) "Prometheus Unbound" and "Adonaïs", all read by Bertie Carvel, one of the most talented English actors of his generation. Editorial Reviews: Bertie Carvel's lovely, smooth British voice sails through these selected Shelley poems. His delivery highlights many sides of Shelley, from the idealistic youth, to the political upstart, making the production an excellent sampling of Shelley's poems. The recording falls short, however, in its timing. The poems seem oddly organized (the fiery poem "The Mask of Anarchy" is followed by the much more sedate "The Cloud"), and the pauses between each poem are so fleeting that in some places the listener confuses a new poem with the previous one. Carvel's impressive performance aside, this collection works better as a recorded catalogue, rather than as a harmonic presentation of Shelley's finest works. Members Reviews: The quintessence of Romanticism A collection of P.B. Shelley's best-known works, masterfully read. Here's the list of the poems: 1. The opening lines from Queen Mab 2. Mutability 3. To Wordsworth 4. Hymn to Intellectual Beauty 5. Ozymandias 6. Stanzas written in Dejection near Naples 7. From Prometheus Unbound 8. The Indian Serenade 9. Love's Philosophy 10. Ode to the West Wind 11. Song to the Men of England 12. Sonnet: England in 1819 13. The Mask of Anarchy 14. The Cloud 15. To a Skylark 16. from Epipsychidion 17. To the Moon 18. A Lament 19. One word is too often profaned 20. Chorus from Hellas 21. concluding stanzas from Adonais 22. With A Guitar, To Jane 23. Song: Rarely, rarely comest thou 24. To Jane: The Invitation 25. Time 26. Lines: 'When the lamp is shattered' 27. Music, when soft voices die 28. To Jane: The Recollection Chapters Need Titles It is incredibly annoying that the chapters aren't actually titled so one can easily find and listen to the poems they want to. Still this audible file is an improvement over the iTunes file which doesn't even have chapters. The reading is great. I am intrigued to listen to more of Bertie Carvel's readings. And of course, Shelley! Just a wonderful selection of poems and lovely to listen to as few have such lush, flowing lines and patterns. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Parade's End Audiobook by Ford Madox Ford
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Parade's End Audiobook by Ford Madox Ford

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Parade's End Author: Ford Madox Ford Narrator: Steven Crossley Format: Unabridged Length: 38 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 08-07-12 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 186 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Ford Madox Fords tetralogy, set in England during World War I, is widely considered one of the best novels of the 20th century. First published as four separate novels (Some Do Not, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, and The Last Post) between 1924 and 1928, Parades End explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into the chaos of war. Christopher Tietjens is an officer from a wealthy family who finds himself torn between his unfaithful socialite wife, Sylvia, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine. A profound portrait of one mans internal struggles during a time of brutal world conflict, Parades End bears out Graham Greenes prediction that "there is no novelist of this century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford." Members Reviews: A brilliant, challenging, and valuable work Would you listen to Parade's End again? Why? Yes. The prose is dense, moves back and forth in time, and is often written in stream of consciousness. I miss things if my attention drifts for a moment. I plan to listen again because this is such a beautiful book. And so nicely read. What did you like best about this story? The insights into history through the minds and hearts of people who lived and loved during those turbulent times is incredibly interesting to me. It's not simply a love story or a war story or the tale of a way of life imploding. It's a deep analization of what makes people tick--what motivates and inspires them. The way Ford captures thought--the way people really think--is amazing. (I'm reminded of Joyce.) I admired the various perspectives which allow me to approve/disapprove, admire/disrespect, curse/bless, and rush/savor all at the same time. What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? I think he allows me to be more patient--to not miss things I would miss if my eyes were rushing to see how a scene unfolded. Listening to his pleasant voice allows me to savor images and moments more fully. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? The way during the most trying moments so many things race through the minds of the characters was immensely moving. And Christopher's goodness actually hurt. He tried always to do the right thing and I wanted to scream at him, to shake him. It is his intensity and his honor at home, at work, and in the trenches that made me so sad. Such a brilliant mind....So little joy. Any additional comments? This is the type of book that is art. It is perfect, wonderful, and horrible all at the same time. And it's not the gore of war that haunts, it's the mundanity and stupidity--and the waste. Add that to the 'rules of the game' that the British mid- to upper-crust had to play by, and you get an impressive, poignant, and frustrating novel. The characters are so memorable, especially Christopher Teitjens. (I could understand why Sylvia was spoiled for all other men--and why Valentine was spoiled too.). Note: Parade's End is not for those who need traditional structure. No tidy package here; the book reads like war plays out: in bits and pieces, with fragments of memories, dreams,boredom and drama. A bomb blows up every once in a while--and then life (and the word and world) goes on.... A brilliant Ford Madox Ford Would you listen to Parade's End again? Why? Definitely.

Vanity Fair Audiobook by William Makepeace Thackeray
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Vanity Fair Audiobook by William Makepeace Thackeray

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Vanity Fair Subtitle: A Novel without a Hero Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Narrator: Georgina Sutton Format: Unabridged Length: 32 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 03-06-13 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 150 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Vanity Fair, with its rich cast of characters, takes place on the snakes-and-ladders board of life. Amelia Sedley, daughter of a wealthy merchant, has a loving mother to supervise her courtship. Becky Sharp, an orphan, has to use her wit, charm, and resourcefulness to escape from her destiny as a governess. This she does ruthlessly, musing: "I think I could become a good woman, if I had 5,000 a year." Thackerays story is set at the time of the battle of Waterloo, in which the Sedley fortunes are lost - and Amelia is back to square one - while Becky rises with contemptuous ease. Members Reviews: OUTSTANDIN!!!! EVERY MOMENT A JOY TO LISTEN TO! What did you love best about Vanity Fair? The narration is fabulous. Although it is a long classic,Georgina Sutton presented it in such a charming way that there was not a single moment of boredom.She perfectly took on the voices of the different characters and made them sound pleasantly authentic and genuine.The story-line itself is well-known and no wonder it is a classic.One of the world's favourite books ever written,-according to BBC's Goodreads List.Deservedly so.Every minute of listening to this novel was a pleasure .The author's wisdom and sympathetic insight to human nature is just as valid today as it was centuries ago.It actually had me in tears.A rare occurance with listening to audio-books.Would recommend it to every one,any time. My favorite novel Would you consider the audio edition of Vanity Fair to be better than the print version? Thackeray's **Vanity Fair** is my favorite novel, and I reread it every couple of years. I'm enjoying listening this time. Immersion Reading is turning out to be wonderful for the way I process: visual PLUS auditory! What was one of the most memorable moments of Vanity Fair? **Vanity Fair** is chocked full of wonderful moments! Tackeray's insight into people and society, his gentle jabs and sarcasm, are wonderful. He is keenly honest about their failings, yet you don't get the feeling that he despises people for their weaknesses. He tells the story almost as if he is a fond old uncle, slightly detached, amused at the foibles of, but still having affection for, his characters. Which character as performed by Georgina Sutton was your favorite? Sadly, I considered the characterizations the weakest part of the audiobook. In pure narration, Sutton's voice is pleasant and appropriate. Some of her characterizations, such as Sir Pitt Crawly, are good, but in general I didn't like them. They didn't match the voices in my head as I imagined the characters. It distracted me a bit, which is why I gave Performance only 4 stars, while Story got 5. Any additional comments? **Vanity Fair** is a very long novel, written in serialization. Thackeray 's style is common for the time. Sentences are complex and very long, florid and decorative. I adore it. He's THE master of the form. There is a lightness in his tone, even when your emotions are being tugged a bit. I heartily recommend it for those with a feeling for 19th century literature. First Realistic Femme Fatale of Modern Lit The Prototype for Most Who Followed 'Now I ain't sayin' you a gold digger, you got needs. *** Get down girl, go 'head, get down.' Gold Digger, Kanye West, Ray Charles, Renald Richard, 2005 Becky Sharp.

Mansfield Park Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Mansfield Park Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mansfield Park Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Frances Barber Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 07-10-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 266 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible When the self-effacing 10-year-old Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy relations at Mansfield Park she seems shy and withdrawn beside her witty and vivacious cousins. Growing up in the Bertram household, she is always treated as an inferior, only finding an ally in her cousin Edmund. But Fanny's steadfast and purposeful character eventually makes her an indispensable part of the household. During the absence of Fanny's uncle, the others become entangled in a maze of flirtation and intrigue upon the arrival of Mary Crawford and her brother Henry. It is only Fanny whose deep but secret love for Edmund remains true despite his fascination with her brilliant but frivolous cousin Mary. The most serious of Austen's works due to its discussion of religion and religious duty, Mansfield Park also offers a subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, making it one of Austen's most profound works. Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels which focused on the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her plots often explore women's dependence on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Narrator Biography Frances Barber has received Olivier Award nominations for her work in the plays, Camille, and Uncle Vanya. Other theatre credits include; Madame Rubinstein, The School for Scandal, What The Butler Saw, Julius Caesar, Les Parents Terribles, That Face, Afterplay, Madame De Sade, and King Lear. Her numerous television credits include Father Brown, Medici: Masters of Florence, Mapp and Lucia, Psychobitches, The Spa, a new regular in the series Silk, several episodes of Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders and A Passionate Woman. Her film credits include The Escape; The Bookshop; Blue Iguana; Film Stars don't Die in Liverpool; El Elegido (The Chosen) and Mr. Holmes. Frances Barbar has narrated an impressive list of titles, including The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine, The Voyages of the Princess Matilda by Shane Spall and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Critic Reviews: "Frances Barber offers a sterling performance, bringing life and sparkle to each character....Barber convincingly shifts from lord of the manor to sniveling servitude at the change of a sentence. And her narrative passages transparently tie the whole family together into one beautiful package." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL The only sadness I feel for this book is that it is OVER! I loved it. I felt, because of the recent movie by this title, that I would not enjoy this as much as other Jane Austen's book. However, it had been years since I had read the book. As usual the book is different from the movie! I loved the REAL story as read by the narrator. I LOVED the way the narrator allowed one to FEEL how Fanny felt, how Mary sounded and acted, and how all the other characters had their own personalities along with the voice rendition. Buy it, you will love it! A More Favorable Review than Anticipated Mansfield Park is not my favorite of Austen's works. The heroine herself is nervous and mousy, and the secondary characters are rarely redeemable in any sense. However, Frances Barber's reading of this novel lends it some entertainment that I had not got from reading it to myself.

Room With a View Audiobook by E. M. Forster
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Room With a View Audiobook by E. M. Forster

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Room With a View Author: E. M. Forster Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Abridged Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 02-13-08 Publisher: CSA Word Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 49 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Lucy Honeychurch, accompanied by her vigilant guardian, Charlotte Bartlett, makes her first foray into the world, touring Italy and discovering a country very different to the English countryside she was brought up in. ©1908 CSA Word; (P)2008 CSA Word Members Reviews: bought abridged by mistake The problem with audible is that you can't return things. I kept thinking something was missing in these characters. The abridged versions should be marked as well as the unabriged. Won't make that mistake again. Anyway, interesting view of life and a good narrator. CAUTION: ABRIDGED It wasn't until I tried to simultaneously read the print book on my Kindle while listening to this audiobook that I discovered to my chagrin that this is an abridged version. RATS!! Many aspects of the story make FAR better sense in the full book, including what exactly happened on that violet-covered Italian hillside, how Lucy felt about George Emerson then and subsequently, how and why Lucy lied to her family and friends and ended up engaged to Mr. Vyse, Charlotte's overt and covert motivations, and why saintly Mr. Beebe would ever lose interest in and snub Lucy and George. Still, it's gorgeous, and until Juliet Stevenson narrates the unabridged version, this is the one I'll return to again and again. She is flawless, so good that her voice for Miss Bartlett sounds exactly like Maggie Smith from the movie, and her Lucy is better--more appropriate to the character--than that of Helena Bonham Carter. This is ideal listening for bedtime, bath time, a leisurely Sunday morning in bed with your lover, or your regular commute. Even abridged, it's a page-turner. Grade: A. Bechdel test: Pass. The best reading Though it is an abridged version, this is the best reading I have found, and it is very entertaining. Juliet Stevenson gives just a perfect reading. She has the gift of playing the parts of each of the characters and it feels more like she is telling the story rather than merely reading it aloud. I almost dropped one star because it is abridged, but in the end I decided it deserved all 5 stars. Wonderful novel, brilliant reader It seems as if the one thing everyone in the world can agree upon is that Juliet Stevenson is an absolutely brilliant narrator. No one matches the intelligence of the choices she makes for character voices, line readings, and calm, steady storytelling. She never goes overboard in her delivery. She's supremely tasteful without for an instant being bland. This is a delightful romantic drawing room comedy of sorts. Forster's insight into his characters puts into the category of "literature" and his characters always surprise. It is a wonderfully entertaining novel on the page, perhaps even more delightful in this audio version. Fantastic! I love Forster, and as well done as the movie is, the book is even better. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Brighton Rock Audiobook by Graham Greene
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Brighton Rock Audiobook by Graham Greene

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Brighton Rock Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Richard Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 03-15-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 72 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Originally published in 1938, Graham Greenes chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare is a masterpiece of psychological realism and often considered Graham Greenes best novel. It is a fascinating study of evil, sin, and the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God, a classic of its kind. Set in Brighton, England, among the criminal rabble, the book depicts the tragic career of a 17-year-old boy named Pinkie whose primary ambition is to lead a gang to rival that of the wealthy and established Colleoni. Pinkie is devoid of compassion or human feeling, despising weakness of the spirit or of the flesh. Responsible for the razor slashes that killed Kite and also for the death of Hale, he is the embodiment of calculated evil. As a Catholic, however, he is convinced that his retribution does not lie in human hands. He is therefore not prepared for Ida Arnold, Hales avenging angel. Ida, whose allegiance is with life, the here and now, has her own ideas about the circumstances surrounding Hales death. For the sheer joy of it she takes up the challenge of bringing the infernal Pinkie to an earthly kind of justice. When finished, the listener is sure to ponder some lofty moral issues to which Greene, a Catholic writer, withholds easy judgments. Critic Reviews: In a class by himselfthe ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century mans consciousness and anxiety.William Golding, Nobel Prizewinning author Members Reviews: Awful Reader Great writer. Terrific book. Awful reader. Terrible performance. Who makes these decisions? How does this Richard Brown get such work? If the reader is not an artist the listener is cheated. How can I pay the same amount to listen to Frederick Davidson read John le Carre as to hear RB to read GG? There is not a student at Tisch who could not do a better job than this. Inexcusable. Fire the hirer. Dear Blackstone Audio or Audible or whomever: give the job to somebody who knows what they're doing. My wife, an equally avid consumer of audiobooks is less tolerant than I. She would not have given this book15 minutes. I hung in for reasons not related to the value of the experience. Good prose by a bad reader? Good dialogue by one who cannot act? Stop letting this happen. Please. Theological thriller Not just a question of justice for murder, but the nature of good and evil, of God and the Church are under investigation in this taut, wonderfully written story of twisted young love. A Masterpiece Once again Greene creates vivid characters who the reader feels sure actually exist. This may be among his best, I say may be only because I still have a few more to read!!! Bravo. Anti-Semitic What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? I am not sure why they chose to record the original version of this book, which is full of ugly anti-Semitic invective, when Greene himself repented and edited out that content in later editions. Would you be willing to try another book from Graham Greene? Why or why not? Not by this publisher. How did the narrator detract from the book? He seemed to mix up the different voices at times and I couldn't tell who was saying what. You didnt love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? This is a very interesting novel spoiled by anti-Semitic content, which Greene tried to rectify during his lifetime.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Agatha Christie
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Agatha Christie

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mysterious Affair at Styles [Classic Tales Edition] Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 03-23-16 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 81 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Tragedy strikes at the estate at Styles. An old woman dies from what appears to be strychnine poisoning. The funny little Belgian, Hercule Poirot, is called in to investigate, though he appears to disregard every bit of damaging evidence. Has the great detective lost his touch? Members Reviews: Agatha is always a good read Have read and seen this several times. Always a good read, as are all of her books. Sadly, the narrator does not capture Poirot very well, neither the accent nor the essence of the character. The same can be said for most of the characters. I just wish there had been more depth. Not the best read Another great story by Agatha Christie, but the accent by the narrator are as good as many in the vast Christie library. The Mysterious Affair at Styles I love Agatha Christie's work, but was unimpressed by the reader. B.J. Harrison read expressively, but his Poirot accent must've been inspired by Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau! When he pronounced "voila" as "VIOLA," I had to throw up my hands. BJ Harrison is a great narrator for Poirot I first heard The Mysterious Affair at Stiles on the Classic Tales Podcast--am super glad that it was available on Audible. Love the story and really enjoy BJ Harrison as a narrator. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: David McCallion Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 07-19-17 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 13 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Nostromo is a colorful and adventurous tale set in the fictional South American country of Costaguana. In the midst of a revolution, the citizens of Costaguana live under a brutal dictatorship of Ribiera, a ruthless leader kept in power through foreigners and their dark money. The oligarch government has become so corrupt that the citizens of Costaguana have had enough. In fear of losing his wealth, Charles Gould, the leader of a wealthy family, asks Nostromo for help in getting his vast silver fortune out of the city. Their plan goes awry, and Nostromo claims the fortune was lost at sea. Originally published in 1904, Nostromo is considered to be Joseph Conrad's finest work for its many classic themes, including honor, duty, and the eternal war between good and evil. Although published at the beginning of the 20th century, the theme of this novel closely aligns with what many nations face in the modern world. Members Reviews: even DJ even fine shape, what I would expect on a table ... As described: new, not a dent or scratch on it, even DJ even fine shape, what I would expect on a table in a bookshop Who has the silver? Or: the somber imbecilities of political fanatism `Nostromo' was one of Conrad's most political and least personal stories. It is probably not one of his best, but it offers a lot of issues for discussion and disagreement. JC's first hand experience in South and Central America was limited and dated. Therefore he had to build on knowledge acquired from books. He used travel reports and memories of independence wars and dictatorships and revolutions. I am by no means an expert on South American history, but from what I remember of Latino writers like Garcia Marques or Asturias, Conrad sounds fairly authentic in a generic way. (I would be interested in differing opinions here.) His political world in the international dimension was firmly based on 3 antis: anti- Russian, -German and -American. While the first two are natural for a Pole of the time and not so relevant for this novel (but very much for some of his others), his anti-American stance is of a less automatic nature and needs a closer look. Conrad's basic stance was pro-capitalist. He sided with the innovator, the risk taker, the builder, the entrepreneur, as opposed to the profiteer. He also had a sympathetic regard for the working man, but was not free of condescension. He was not free of racial prejudices of the time either. There is a Jewish trader in the story who could have jumped out of a Stuermer article a few decades later. His `good guys', the Blancos, don't just have this name as a party colour, it has a racial meaning as well. The bad guys happen to be mostly the Indio military and politicians and the `friends of blacks' ie the liberated former black slaves. JC's travels exposed him to colonialism of different varieties. He saw mainly the more established English and Dutch versions, which he treated with critical irony, but without heavy polemics. He met and hated the newcomers from Belgium in Heart of Darkness. At the time of JC's writing, the US was just about to assert itself. JC disliked what he saw. He was a conservative man. The Americans upset things: Panama, Cuba, Philippines... The story is set in a fictional country in Latin America: Costaguana and its occidental province Sulaco.

Notas sobre el nacionalismo [Notes on Nationalism] Audio Libro por George Orwell
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Notas sobre el nacionalismo [Notes on Nationalism] Audio Libro por George Orwell

Escuche este audio libro completo gratis en http://hotaudiobook.com/free Título: Notas sobre el nacionalismo [Notes on Nationalism] Autor: George Orwell Narrador: Juan Antonio Bernal Formato: Unabridged Duración: 59 mins Idioma: Español Fecha de publicación: 03-02-17 Editor: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Calificaciones: 4.5 de 5 de 11 votos Categorías: Classics, British Literature Resumen del editor: George Orwell ofrece una de las reflexiones más lúcidas sobre los nacionalismos. En tiempos como los que estamos viviendo, los nacionalismos y los extremismos en todas sus formas resurgen con fuerza. En este extraordinario ensayo, publicado en mayo de 1945, en los estertores de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, George Orwell establece una definición del nacionalismo que vas más allá del vínculo con un lugar geográfico, como un pernicioso estado de rigidez mental en el que no tiene cabida ni el debate ni la reflexión. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. Opiniones de los miembros: me encanto cuanto para pensar, mas ahora en esta fase que vivimos donde las emociones y el cuidado de lo propio nos lleva a pensar que es lo verdadero Contáctame para cualquier pregunta: inforeq17@gmail.com

Sense and Sensibility Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Sense and Sensibility Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sense and Sensibility Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Karen Savage Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 07-13-17 Publisher: Paperless Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811. It was published anonymously; "By A Lady" appears on the cover page where the author's name might have been. It tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, both of age to marry. The novel follows the young women to their new home with their widowed mother, a meagre cottage on the property of a distant relative, where they experience love, romance, and heartbreak. The novel is set in southwest England, London, and Sussex between 1792 and 1797. The novel sold out its first print run of 750 copies in the middle of 1813, marking a success for its author, who then had a second print run later that year. The novel continued in publication throughout the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Members Reviews: Karen savage is an unbeatable story teller I have yet to find anyone to match Karen savage's voice and eloquence. I love listening also to her audiobooks the railway children, pride and prejudice, the secret garden and a little princess. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition] Audiobook by Charlotte Bronte
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Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition] Audiobook by Charlotte Bronte

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition] Author: Charlotte Bronte Narrator: Lucy Scott Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins Language: English Release date: 12-19-08 Publisher: RNIB Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 510 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jane Eyre remains a classic of 19th-century English literature and is the most famous and influential novel by Charlotte Bronte. Published in 1847, one of the most popular of all English novels, the story tells of the rise of a poor orphan girl against overwhelming odds. It is a work of fiction with memorable characters and vivid scenes exploring themes that have as much relevance today as in the time it was written. British novelist Charlotte Bronte (1816 - 1855) was the eldest of the three famous Bronte sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature. Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards. Members Reviews: Magnificent I enjoyed this as much as, or more than, any other audiobook I've ever listened to. High praise, but it's true. It's a perfect marriage of writer and narrator. The story itself is enthralling: Jane is a feisty heroine, a survivor with a difference: she's adaptable and assertive and completely without the sense of self-pity that usually accompanies the "survivor" label. The novel has everything: staggeringly well-written scenes, totally believable characters, haunting atmosphere, beautiful descriptions of the natural world. Lucy Scott, as far as I can tell, hasn't done much in the audiobook line, but she's no novice. She's the actress who played Charlotte Lucas in the "Colin Firth" version of "Pride and Prejudice" in 1995. Her performance here is absolutely flawless, at times heartbreaking and at times giddy with excitement and joy. A wonderful listen. Don't miss it. Really. Download it and listen to it even if you think you hate Victorian fiction. You won't after you hear this one. Wonderful Book, Fantastic Reader Lucy Scott is a marvel as Jane Eyre. This is one of the best-read classic novels I've ever heard on audiobook. Scott brings the characters of Charlotte Bronte to life, especially Eyre. The novel itself is a timeless mixture of romance, psychological portrait, and social commentary. I can't recommend this one highly enough. Extraordinary and Beautiful What new and enlightening could possibly be added to reviews about Jane Eyre that has not already been written. Most people read this book early in their education. Luckily this was not my experience because had I read it earlier, I might not have thought to return to it later in life only to appreciate it even more. I think that many books are not appreciated because of their narrators. Thank you Audible for having multiple renditions by different narrators. I was able to listen to samples and read reviews about each. I finally settled on the reading by Lucy Scott and I believe I could not have been more pleased. This selection was absolutely spectacular. Listening to Ms Scott's voice is like listening to music. Her narration of the voice of Mr Rochester almost immediately, without strain or stretch, has you hearing the voice of a gentleman. Looking at the reviews of all the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen, we find that they are mostly by women. I can only conclude that books of this ilk are mostly read and appreciated by women. As one of the opposite gender I can only say that there is much to recommend here to my brothers as well as sisters. I could not recommend a book or narrator more highly.

Orlando Audiobook by Virginia Woolf
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Orlando Audiobook by Virginia Woolf

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Orlando Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Veronika Hyks Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins Language: English Release date: 01-12-15 Publisher: Aquarium Audio Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 45 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Virginia Woolf's semi-biographical novel, inspired by her life changing love affair with Vita Sackville-West, takes us on an exhilarating, fantastical roller coaster, tracing 400 years of English history, in the company of her shape-shifting, gender-bending, time-travelling hero Orlando, whose inner conflicts and triumphs challenge our preconceptions of the nature of love, the battle of the sexes, posing socal and metaphysical questions including what we now call climate change. Members Reviews: A Strange Inexplicable Tale, Beautifully Narrated. The story begins in the 16th century, when Orlando is a young manemphasis is put from the beginning on the fact that he is indeed of the male sex at this juncture. We learn many details about Orlando and how he came into his stately family home, of his character, of his evolution in the world, from a aspiring writer to one of QE1's great favourite. I quite enjoyed this first part of the book, which was lush in period detail and psychologyenjoyed it that is until He inexplicably became a She after a long sleep. I then somehow lost interest as the centuries wore on and with Woolf's falling into more of an exercise in writing than the telling of a story, or so it felt to me. Both the sex change and Orlando's presumed immortality were never explained, the passing of time simply indicated by some changes in technology, with some characters having passed away, while a few others were also immortal and also went through an inexplicable sex change. Was Woolf perhaps trying to represent her version of reincarnation? I know this is a very well respected book and also considered to be one of Woolf's most popular and accessible books, though I can't agree with the latter adjective. It was written for Vita Sackville West, with whom Woolf had a love affair, but having no background on their relationship and having not read their correspondence, I couldn't begin to guess how the book was a tribute to her erstwhile lover, or why it is considered to be one of the best lesbian fiction books, or even a feminist one for that matter. In short, I was less than taken with the whole, so I'll stick to Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One's Own as my two favourite Virginia Woolf books thus far. On the other hand, the excellent narration by Veronika Hyks kept me going and I very much hope we'll be finding more audiobooks narrated by her in near future. Lovely! The writing and performance are exuberant and delightful! There's nothing quite like a well written passage, and this book is brimming with them. Overwritten and plotless... or trans theory? Another classic I had to read for a research project. And I liked it even less than I thought I would. I have no idea why the "experts" rave about this so much... as a lesbian love letter to someone "in the know" (i.e. they have a clue what Woolf was going on about) maybe it is okay. But as a story?? not so much... there is no plot and no suspense... Basically it is a biography of a woman who pretends to be a man so she can have sex with women (and some transgender theorists claim she was transgendered but I didn't see this, I just saw a lesbian trying to live as a man in a world that didn't allow lesbians) and writes page after page about their clothing, their culture, their houses, their roads, their scenery....

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded Audiobook by Samuel Richardson
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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded Audiobook by Samuel Richardson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded Author: Samuel Richardson Narrator: Clare Corbett, Full Cast Format: Unabridged Length: 21 hrs and 51 mins Language: English Release date: 08-08-13 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 59 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Samuel Richardson's epistolary novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, published in 1740, tells the story of a young woman's resistance to the desires of her predatory master. Pamela is determined to protect her virginity and remain a paragon of virtue; however, the heroine's moral principles only strengthen the resolve of Mr. B and Pamela soon finds herself imprisoned against her will. The young woman's affection for her captor gradually grows and she becomes aware of a love that combines eros and agape. Richardson's classic novel created a sensation upon its publication: the novel's radical departure from the traditional comic plot violated convention and its portrayal of a young female servant daring to assert herself proved to be even more controversial. Clare Corbett and cast read from the original, unrevised text that left an indelible mark on the conscience of an entire nation. Members Reviews: Six hours too long I love classic books, but I had a rough time with Pamela. I've always wanted to read it, and I'm ultimately glad I slogged through. However, be prepared for it to go on, and on, and on. The plot leaves something to be desired. The modern woman revolts at Pamela's big "reward." Therefore, you'll have to try hard to appreciate this book in it's historical context. I highly recommend reading Shamela by Henry Fielding for dessert! The one, the only, Pamela! Where does Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? Number 1! What was one of the most memorable moments of Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded? The turning point of this massive comic novel novel is when Mr. B. morphs from lascivious villain into romantic hero. (If you know Richardson, it's when he transforms from Lovelace into Sir Charles Grandison.) But the most memorable aspect of the novel itself is Pamela's transformation from potential victim to powerful Sheherazade, enrapturing her would-be seducer with the art and charm of her writing, which opens a window into her fine character and witty mind. Before we are done, not only Mr. B., but his sister (in herself a fascinating character) are breathlessly awaiting new installments of Pamela's story in letters, as a rarified form of entertainment. This was the first really great age of novels and compulsive letter writing, and Pamela reflects these cultural trends exquisitely. In addition, the dialog is as good as a play. Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett and Full Cast s other performances before? How does this one compare? No. But I will happily buy her reading other classics as they appear. She was superb. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? The whole book is moving, entertaining, instructive and fun. It's a slice of 18th century life, complete with descriptions of what they ate, wore, how they recreated, what they read, how they conducted their social rituals, and most importantly, how they spoke. It's a valentine to the elegance and precision of the English language. Any additional comments? Unless you adore 18th century novels and have read quite a few, the groundbreaking qualities of this one won't be apparent.

The White Company Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle
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The White Company Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The White Company Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Nick Rawlinson Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-11 Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 63 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The White Company is a motley group of English mercenaries, fighting under the leadership of Sir Nigel Loring. Bound by an unquestioning respect for social order, patriotism and a lust for adventure, the company makes its way to France to fight in the local wars. With assiduous attention to historical detail, Conan Doyle paints a convincing picture of the chivalric life and manners of the 14th century. With a fresh, concise style, this is a robust and stirring tale of adventure with the spirit and humorous touch of a Chaucerian raconteur. Members Reviews: Chivalric High Jinks, by My Ten Finger Bones! I had high hopes for this audiobook: the author of Sherlock Holmes writing a historical adventure featuring a mercenary company of bowmen during the 100 Years War between France and England! It???s really an episodic Bildungsroman about Alleyne Edricson, who at age 20 must leave his cloistered abbey life to experience the big world outside for a year so as to be able to make an informed decision about where he???d like to spend the rest of his life, abbey or world. He immediately meets two boon companions, John, a red-haired giant (reminiscent of Little John) and Aylward, a veteran bowman of the famed White Company. John and Aylward are full of lusty life, eating, drinking, wooing, and fighting with gusto, while Alleyne is an appealing protagonist: innocent, kind-hearted, loyal, and brave. And many of the scenes are exciting and or funny and or interesting, informed as they are by Doyle???s detailed research of and enthusiasm for 14th century warfare and life. And he doesn???t ignore the complexities of human nature, showing, for example, the same man bragging about the fancy goods he???s pillaged in France and then resenting being conned out of a few coins for some ersatz holy relics. The reader, Nick Rawlinson, delivers a fine performance, changing his voice effectively for different English accents, as well as for Italian, French, and Spanish ones, whether the voices of women or men or of conniving and sadistic lords or open-hearted and open-handed chivalrous heroes. He???s even good at singing the several rough country or mercenary songs scattered throughout the book. Finally, I had hoped for a more tightly constructed story. And I wonder at the honor and fame seeking chivalry that has Sir Nigel more than once leading his men to avoidable and horrific battles. Are these the virtues and men that Britain may be in sore need of again some day, as Doyle opines? But let that pass: the book is an enjoyable romp through the 14th century British, French, and Spanish countrysides Vivifying performance of an overrated juvenile A young-adult historical adventure novel that I might have enjoyed more if I'd first read it as a kid. As it was, I found it acceptable but only rarely gripping or absorbing; what held my attention was the vital and versatile performance by Nick Rawlinson, whose virtuoso rendering of innumerable regional and national accents, distinctively individual voice characterizations, and zestfully-paced storytelling convincingly galvanize what for me would have been a semi-moribund, strictly juvenile classic. Fun!!!! I can see why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was proud of this work. Wonderfully done and delightfully light. Loved it Better than Sherlock Holmes? Before I begin, let me just say that I have read nearly all of Doyle's works, and none of them can compare to this story - not even Mr.

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: Derek Jacobi Format: Abridged Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 12-03-07 Publisher: CSA Word Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 151 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The politics of empire-building and the hypocrisies, back-stabbings, and corruptions of Rome's first family come to light. First published in 1934, the book retains a marvelously modern and often comic tone, and is written in the form of Claudius' autobiography. This is gripping stuff, read by one of our finest actors, who also starred as Claudius in the classic television series. Members Reviews: C Jacobi does a great job with the narration - brings Claudius to life. The abridged version moves through the plot efficiently and keeps the story in tact Derek Jacobi IS Claudius If you watched the series, Derek Jacobi plays Claudius...and he was excellent. On the audio, he brings all his vim and vigor and talent to the reading, making the story come alive. I've read the unabridged version, which is very long, the abridged version makes the story more dreamatic without sacrificing too many details. Well well well. Well written, well read and well done indeed. Derek Jacobi is incomparable as a narrator. A wonderful retelling It was great hearing Derek Jacobi reprise his Claudius, almost as if you were having dinner with the old stammerer himself. It reminds one of the BBC series but stands on its own. I only wish it were not abridged! Onward to "Claudius the God," which completes the saga. You can get the unabridged version, but it won't be with the incomparable Sir Jacobi. Simply a Master Where does I, Claudius rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? This is my favorite audiobook. The absolute top. (Maybe for the moment?) What did you like best about this story? The plot was fantastic, especially because though it's spanning many years, everything is presented so realistically, without any alienating terminology or cheap narrative effects. Which scene was your favorite? All scenes have their own taste. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Extreme in the sense that I've been captured by it every single time. Either you "know" the story or not, it remains fresh however often I listen to it. Any additional comments? A perfect example of a perfect story, read by a master actor. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Great Expectations Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Great Expectations Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Great Expectations Author: David Timson Format: Original Recording Length: 25 mins Language: English Release date: 02-03-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 57 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Great Expectations narrated by Anton Lesser. In this, perhaps Dickens' most profound and personal novel, we are invited to share in the sentimental education of Pip, the poor boy from the village forge who risks losing himself in snobbery and selfishness when he mysteriously inherits a fortune. The story moves from the bleak Kentish marshes of Pip's childhood to a thrilling climax that mingles tragedy and triumph. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Members Reviews: Puts modern comedies and media to shame Here we have sharply etched characters, and this reader squeezes every drop of liveliness and absurditry from the prose. I apprecaie this longer sample to really get a flavor of the full novel. It occurred to me that this has more humor and wit in it than most all of the supposedly funny shows in popular culture since my youth. And amazingly, Dickens apparently was pouring this stuff out in installments. The full book would be like 36 hours of continuous presentation of the best moments of anyone's favorite comedy shows (not forgetting the very tragic aspects too) of the last 50 years. 10 minute intro What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? I expected the entire length to be an analysis of the book. It was mostly clips from the book. What do you think your next listen will be? The Invention of Wings This is Really a Good Audiobook !! This is really a good Audiobook and worth buying it and i recommend this Book to everyone . Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Man Who Was Thursday Audiobook by G. K. Chesterton
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The Man Who Was Thursday Audiobook by G. K. Chesterton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Man Who Was Thursday Author: G. K. Chesterton Narrator: David McCallion Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 03-27-15 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 52 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Man Who Was Thursday was written by G. K. Chesterton and follows newly recruited Scotland Yard detective Gabriel Syme as he infiltrates the dangerous underworld of the European anarchist council. Syme is a member of a special antianarchist division of the police and finds his way into the secret group through a poet he befriends, named Lucian Gregory. Once Syme is on the inside, he discovers the council is made up of seven men, each named after a day of the week, and is led by the mysterious president known as Sunday. He discovers the group's intention to kill a czar who will soon be visiting Paris, but in his attempts to stop this plot he soon realizes that all the other members of the anarchist council are also undercover police tasked with bringing the group to justice. With all their identities now in the open, they join together to find out the real truth behind why Sunday set them all against each other and who the enigmatic leader really is. After chasing the president through the streets of London, they eventually confront him, and Syme's nightmare comes to a surreal end. The book was first published in 1908 and has been adapted many times over the years, including two adaptations for BBC radio as well as an abridged radio play adaptation written by Orson Welles. Members Reviews: An Uncommonly Wondrous Book I first read "The Man Who Was Thursday" in college, and it caught me up in its wonderful storytelling. Chesterton is one of my favorite authors, and this is my favorite of his works. I try to read (or listen) once a year to remind myself of the wonderful truths found in this story. An allegory that may stretch contemporary readers Enjoyable but at times so whimsical it was distracting. Gave me plenty to ponder. It is an allegory that requires contemplation after the fact. Worth the effort and time. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Hard Times Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Hard Times Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Hard Times Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Martin Jarvis Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 05-25-06 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 64 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Despite the title, Dickens's portrayal of early industrial society is less relentlessly grim than that in novels by contemporaries such as Elizabeth Gaskell or Charles Kingsley. Hard Times weaves the tale of Thomas Gradgrind, a hard-headed politician who raises his children Louisa and Tom without love and to have no empathy, their lives completely devoid of beauty, culture, or imagination. Only after a series of crises does their father realise that the manner in which he raised his children has ruined their lives. Other characters include Sissy, the circus girl with love to spare who is deserted and adopted into the Gradgrind family, as well as the honest mill worker Stephen Blackpool and the bombastic mill owner Josiah Bounderby. The story is a vehement condemnation of industrialisation and its dehumanising effects on its workers and communities in mid-19th-century England. George Orwell praised Dickens and the novel for its 'generous anger.' Concentrated and compressed in its narrative form, Hard Times is at once a fable, a audiobook of ideas, and a social story that seeks to engage directly and analytically with political issues. It may be one of Dickens's shortest works but it is also one of his triumphs. One of eight children, Dickens came from a very poor family, with his father eventually being sent to debtor's prison. At the age of 12, Dickens was forced to start work in a blacking factory in order to help clear the family debt. His troublesome childhood likely contributed to some of the novel's ideas and lent him a sympathetic voice for the poor. Due to his vivid depictions of the poverty-stricken, 'Dickensian' has ingrained itself in the English language, becoming the choice word to describe an unacceptable level of poverty. Narrator Biography Martin Jarvis is one of Britain's most admired actors. His audiobook output is legendary. He is described in Vanity Fair as 'the Olivier of audiobooks' and 'genius of the Spoken Word' in the LA Times. Award-winning recordings range from titles by Charles Dickens, P.G. Wodehouse and Michael Frayn to thrillers by Jeffrey Archer, Wilbur Smith, Ian Fleming and Dick Francis. Martin Jarvis has starred in many acclaimed West End and National Theatre productions and received the Theatre World Award as Jeeves on Broadway. Numerous UK television appearances encompass Law & Order, Doctor Who, Endeavour, Inspector Morse and The Forsyte Saga. In America: Murder She Wrote, Numb3rs, Cosmos and Walker, Texas Ranger. Films include Titanic, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Wreck-It Ralph. Videogames: 'Alfred' in Batman, 'Finn McMissile' in Cars. Martin is invested by HM the Queen as Officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE). Members Reviews: A Classic: Head vs. Heart in an Industrial Hell This Audiobook of Charles Dickens??? novel Hard Times read by Martin Jarvis is excellent.

Black Beauty Audiobook by Anna Sewell, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
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Black Beauty Audiobook by Anna Sewell, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Black Beauty Subtitle: An Audible Original Drama Author: Anna Sewell, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation Narrator: Samuel West, Samantha Bond, Tamzin Outhwaite, Paul Thornley, Matt Stokoe Format: Original Recording Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 04-20-17 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 57 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Framed as a first-person narrative from the eponymous horse, this much-loved family classic follows Black Beauty's journey from a well-born colt to a painfully overworked cab horse. Brimming with vivid detail and relatable characters, each chapter of Black Beauty's long and varied life communicates an important message about kindness, sympathy and understanding. Following the success of the double Audie award-winning Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories, Audible Originals UK are excited to announce this reimagination of Sewell's unique concept as an animal-based audio drama for all the family. Black Beauty features lead performances from Samuel West (BAFTA nominated; Mr Selfridge, Howards End), Samantha Bond (SAG nominated; Downton Abbey, James Bond), Paul Thornley (Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, Les Misérables) and Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, Great Expectations, Foyle's War) as well as the original theme music 'Galloping Home' by Denis King. Critic Reviews: "Get ready to laugh, cry and sigh with nostalgia as everyone's favourite fictional horse makes a comeback." (Horse & Countryside) "Perfect for the whole family to listen to together." (The Week) Members Reviews: Childhood memories. beautiful story like how I remembered from when I was a child. great cast and wonderful sound effects. Loved it Made me cry i love how it felt like i was watching a movie !! Both in my head, and in audio form :) Excellent. Really ally loved this radio drama... The book is really brought to life in thia stunning pw performance. Loved the various voices Would you consider the audio edition of Black Beauty to be better than the print version? Yes, because of the voices. Who was your favorite character and why? Black Beauty because I could hear the emotions in his voice of kindness, exhaustion, happiness and sometimes disgust at the ignorance of people and lack of thought for an animal. I also loved Ginger. Her voice showed so much emotion too. Have you listened to any of the narratorss other performances before? How does this one compare? I have not listened to any of the narrator's prior performances. I am new to Audible. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? It brought me to tears several times when life became hard for the horses. I love horses and own one. I hate when they are mistreated. Any additional comments? I read Black Beauty as a child, but would recommend this audio book to anyone. It also teaches a lot. Very Wonderful I'm grateful to the Audible customer service representative who recommended this book to me 'cause it's a really wonderful book. It is also sad in some parts, but it has a happy end. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 10-10-11 Publisher: Mission Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 183 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman and Hall and first released on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published at a time when Britain was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and the Christmas stories of Washington Irving. The tale was pirated immediately, was adapted several times to the stage, and has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and somberness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media. Members Reviews: One of the best There are so many wonderful recordings of this wonderful book - how could you possibly pick one over another? Simon Vance is one of the most reliable narrators in the business, and he delivers the goods here as well. His voices form a miniature orchestra, taking us through the story with speed and clarity. I often pick up details in one of Vance's narrations that I missed in reading the book or listening to other readers. Here it was an emphasis on the smells of London that I hadn't noticed before; and my mouth watered at the descriptions of the food. I loved it. The Best "A Christmas Carol" Out There If you could sum up A Christmas Carol in three words, what would they be? Tragedy, Warmth, Redemption Who was your favorite character and why? But of COURSE it's Scrooge! Who else has a lonely boyhood, chooses the security that he thinks only wealth can provide, passes up on love, and seeks a closeness to humanity, damn the costs, at the end?!? Dickens really came up with a character we can all revile, relate to, and hope to become by the journey's end. What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Simon Vance is why, in my opinion, this is the best "A Christmas Carol" you'll find. He brings warmth, sensitivity, excellent characterization skills, and a sense of pacing and drama to his narration of this classic. Some male narrators have difficulty with female voices, but Little Fan and Belle are safe in his hands. This is a smooth and heartfelt performance all around, truly a delight to the ears! If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? Now, now Audible! Everyone knows the story! Don't make us feel like we're undergoing a pop quiz...! Any additional comments? "A Christmas Carol" has always been a part of my Christmas season, and I thought I'd found a good one with Tim Curry's "Signature Performance." Alas, his version was over the top, and he made Little Fan, who's so much a part of Scrooge's history and emotional development, laughable. Simon Vance is perfection here. This is a virtuoso performance of a well-loved classic.

The Waves Audiobook by Virginia Woolf
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The Waves Audiobook by Virginia Woolf

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Waves Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Frances Jeater Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 04-01-14 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 57 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Waves traces the lives of six friends from childhood to old age. It was written when Virginia Woolf was at the height of her experimental powers, and she allows each character to tell their own story, through powerful, poetic monologues. By listening to these voices struggling to impose order and meaning on their lives, we are drawn into a literary journey that stunningly reproduces the complex, confusing, and contradictory nature of human experience. It is read with affection and skill by Frances Jeater. Members Reviews: Not an easy read but worth it A must if one wants to get a full sense of Virginia Woolf, but not an easy book in any sense. Beautifully written, beautifully read, very personal portrait of characters as they develop through life, yet a portrait on the author herself in all her facets. One of those books that stay with the reader whether they want it or not. Disappointing reading The reading is well paced and the voice is well chosen for the novel, but there are often two or three misreadings on every page (singulars read as plurals, words omitted, and so on), and so many mispronunciations that I'm not sure the reader actually knows what many of the words mean or has troubled to look up the pronunciation as a professional service to the listener. A few such errors would be natural and entirely forgiveable, but there are hundreds of them, and despite the positive qualities of the reading, they are distracting. I cannot recommend the recording. An alternative reading of this novel is available on Audible, and it may be better. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Invisible Man and The Time Machine Audiobook by H. G. Wells
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The Invisible Man and The Time Machine Audiobook by H. G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Invisible Man and The Time Machine Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins Language: English Release date: 03-06-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 80 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In The Invisible Man, a scientist theorizes that if a person's refractive index is changed to exactly that of air his body does not absorb or reflect light, then he will not be visible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but cannot become visible again, becoming mentally unstable as a result. In The Time Machine, we follow the Time Traveller to the year 802,701 A.D.. He finds a golden race of small, soft, innocent people. But what is it that lurks in the dark shadows? And what happens when the glorious time machine is stolen? Members Reviews: Haven't listened listened to the Invisible Man... I bought this for the Time machine and thought the sample was good, and the price was good and it had two books. I have listened to the Invisible Man once before and Time Machine twice before. But the Time Machine was one of my favorites so I wanted to listen again. However I had to dock off two stars because I have listened to the Invisible Man before and didn't really like it as I remember. That is why I skipped to the Time Machine. I will go back listen to the Invisible Man later and change my review, but for the price and performance, it is definately worth buying because at worse you get one good book with a good narator for a very low price. Excellent Read/Listen Fascinating look at the hope of mankind to transcend its failings: human farming implemented with economic subjugation, division of the population into factions, and fabricated wars. Will man's evolution mature us out of mutual exploitation into true egalitarianism or will we as a society only develop into a world Potemkin village? As timely a read as it was in Wells' age. a good combo This combination is a relatively easy listen. i do manual labor while i listen, and the story is enrapturing enough to stave my attention from the work. one better than the other The performance is well done. Personally I enjoyed more the second story as the first is well know and maybe watching movies with same topic diminishes its value. Pretty good What did you like best about The Invisible Man and The Time Machine? What did you like least? H.G. Wells exposes the inner feelings, fears, and desires of man. It's a little like looking in a mirror. The stories could be more believable. What other book might you compare The Invisible Man and The Time Machine to and why? Not sure. It's definitely period fiction. Which scene was your favorite? The Morlok attacks. Could you see The Invisible Man and The Time Machine being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? The time machine is a great movie already! 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: Martin Jarvis Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 01-25-06 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 254 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A workhouse orphan, Oliver experiences the terror and brutality of the criminal underworld. His companions, a thief, a whore, a pickpocket, and a fence, are destined for gruesome ends, but Oliver emerges unscathed from the darkness of the underworld. (P) 2014 Audible, Inc. Members Reviews: Awesome narration The narration on this was fantastic. Listening to Fagan makes your skin crawl - it's that good. I had to get the unabridged version. I can't imagine Dickens with the wonderful commentary cut out. I highly recommend this book and am going to check out what other's have the same narrator. Magnifique lively narrator What an amazing narrator, what an actor, what a delightful pleasure it was to listen to these many voices, to these many characters performed by one mighty talented man. I had so much fun listening to it, listening to him that I must say BRAVO !!! an enchantment this vivid narration brings you into the heart of the story. the characters nice or bad come to live within your imagination. total immersion. Brilliant Performance Oliver Twist is a well told story, and in this case it was narrated fantastically. I don't usually like when the narrator tries to do "voices", but in this case he was great. Captivating storytelling Having known only the musical version of this story, I was delighted to really experience the the rich writing of the novel. This particular narrator was fabulous- really colorful voice infused with humor and weight, and gave life to all the characters expertly. What a treat! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Women in Love Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence
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Women in Love Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Women in Love Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: Paul Slack Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 08-28-17 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Considered the most widely read novel of the 20th century, D. H. Lawrence's fiery fifth book continues the loves and lives of The Rainbow's Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula. Gerald Crich, son of a wealthy colliery owner, captures the heart of Gudrun, while Ursula becomes enamored with Rupert Birkin, a school inspector - their complex relationship likely modelled on that between Lawrence, his wife Frieda, and John Middleton Murry and Katherine Mansfield. Things are far from harmonious, and the discord and conflict leads to many heated and elaborate philosophical discussions about modern society and the nature of love, while tragedy looms large. Lawrence held this to be his best book, and F. R. Leavis regarded it to be his most profound and rewarding. Members Reviews: Performance made the book easier to understand What made the experience of listening to Women in Love the most enjoyable? The book is long and the language gets little difficult at times but listening to it made it easier and not give up on the book. It was worth it to finish this book. What other book might you compare Women in Love to and why? Perhaps Anna Karenina. Lawrence really explores what makes one form a relationship and what causes it to break up. What does Paul Slack bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? He was very good enhancing the experience though some of what he read was not in the book I was reading while listening so not sure if there was a revised edition of this book. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? Love is work Any additional comments? Reading and listening makes the classic like this come alive. Women In Love? I struggled! I did not enjoy the reading. Had I not been studying this book, I would not have continued & I love, D H Lawrence! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Sense and Sensibility Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Sense and Sensibility Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sense and Sensibility Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Marion Castle Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 12-31-11 Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 289 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Sense and Sensibility is a sharply detailed portrait of the decorum surrounding courtship and the importance of marriage for women in early 19th-century upper-class English society. The story revolves around Elinor and Marianne Dashwood who, as members of the upper class, cannot "work" for a living and must therefore make a suitable marriage to ensure their livelihood. Elinor is a sensible, rational creature, while her younger sister, Marianne, is wildly romantic - a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion. Members Reviews: Much better than the Victoria McGee version This is much, much better than the same book narrated by Victoria McGee. If you're debating between a couple versions, you can't go wrong with this one. I actually listened part-way to the other version, couldn't take another second of the robotic narrator, and switched to this one. Marion Castle is very expressive and interesting. She has a nice cadence to her voice, which suits the story. The only reason I'm not giving her 5 stars as a narrator is because so far, no one can outshine Lindsay Duncan as a narrator for Austen. If you haven't heard Duncan's version of Pride and Prejudice, I highly recommend it, too. However, Marion Castle is very good, and I would happily download other books she narrates in the future. I've learned my lesson with my Sense and Sensibility experience. The narrator really can make or break the story, and I'll be sure to pay more attention to the samples before downloading in future. Loved it I've read this before, seen it many times, but listening to this was a pleasure. Characters are so good and the story is truly timeless. This was a good version with excellent narration (despite being a cheaper version). The reader is very hard to listen to. What disappointed you about Sense and Sensibility? I love this story, but I cannot listen to this reader How did the narrator detract from the book? You can only hear half of what she is saying. Performance was so so I love the story and listened to a couple of samples, this seemed like it would be okay, it was just that, okay. If you haven't read the book, I'd suggest a different version. The women sounded ridiculous. I absolutely love this audio book I have listened to this particular audiobook over 50 times, no joke! I really love this production but my only criticism is that the voice actors voice can become grating a bit with some of the female voice in. Still I highly recommend this one Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Ulysses Audiobook by James Joyce
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Ulysses Audiobook by James Joyce

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Ulysses Author: James Joyce Narrator: Philippe Duquenoy Format: Unabridged Length: 29 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 09-13-16 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 40 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Ulysses takes us on the journey of two men, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, through an hour-by-hour account of their lives for one day. These men cross paths in a series of coincidental events and listeners learn how interconnected they are even though they are not friends. Dedalus, a teacher, is dissatisfied with life. He spends the morning avoiding mocking friends, listening to a mundane lecture from his superior on life, and walking alone while reflecting on his younger self. Bloom, at the same time, is discovering his wife's affair (although he is having one of his own under a pseudonym), and pursuing an unsuccessful attempt at getting an advertisement ran for a client. Bloom feels like an outsider amongst acquaintances and reminisces on a time when things between he and his wife were good and happy. Dedalus and Bloom continue to be in the same place at the same time throughout the novel as the story continues into themes of xenophobia, the quest for paternity, heroism in compassion, and many other of life's questions. Ulysses was written to mimic The Odyssey by Homer in a modern day retelling of the poem and has many parallels between the characters and plot events making the novel an epic adventure through two very ordinary lives. Members Reviews: SPECTACULAR! James Joyce is known for his intricate attention to detail within his works, and Ulysses is definitely no exception. Ulysses follows the story of two men, Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus, taking the reader through an hour-by-hour account of each of their lives. This modern heroic quest shows readers know how connected peoples lives can be, even if they are not acquaintances. When discussing Irish and British literature, Ulysses is a work of literature that should always be included on the discussion. Though at times, it can be dense and difficult to work through because of the many allusions woven through the text, once you get through it, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Ulysses not only shows the interconnectedness of humanity, but it also shows the interconnectedness of English literature. Phillipe Duquenoy, the narrator of the audio book, has a delightful accent that embraces the reader, and helps with the difficultly of the text. Not only is his English accent a delight to listen to but it greatly contributes to the overall theme and setting of the novel itself. When trying to tackle Ulysses, the audio book might be the best route to follow, as it is less difficult to get lost in the massive amounts of detail provided on a page to page read. They call this a masterpiece. Well, I suffered through the whole thing. Mostly out of curiosity and some silly hope that I might find a point to it. The narrators performance is the only positive comment I feel obliged to provide. James Joyce - you were a lunatic. Disappointing To begin with I must acknowledge the immense effort needed to record this book. That said and this being one of the most iconic works of literature in modern times, I do have reservations about this edition. Firstly, I found that on a large number of occasions the text was misread showing that the reader didn't fully understand what he was reading. This was a major problem to me as I was reading along with it and caused some confusion. Secondly, there was a lot of mispronouncing of names. Most noticeably Dedalus( one of the main characters) and Howth, to name a few.

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus Audiobook by Christopher Marlowe
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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus Audiobook by Christopher Marlowe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus Author: Christopher Marlowe Narrator: full cast Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 12-23-15 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 34 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: For this recording of Christopher Marlowe's ground-breaking drama about death and damnation, a special version of the text, which is a selective conflation of the folios of 1604 and 1616, has been used. Performed by members of the Online Stage. Cast Chorus - Elizabeth Klett Faustus - Peter Tucker Mephistophilis - Ron Altman Wagner and Lust - Libby Stephenson Good Angel and the Duchess of Vanholt - Carol Box Evil Angel - Lucy Perry Valdes, Pride, the Cardinal of Lorrain and the Third Scholar - Bob Neufeld Cornelius, Beelzebub, First Friar and Old Man - Alan Weyman First Scholar, Covertousness and Ralph - Cate Barratt Second Scholar, Envy and Emperor Charles V - Marty Kris Clown, Sloth and Robin - Michele Eaton Lucifer, Second Friar and the Duke of Vanholt - Joseph Tabler Wrath, the Pope and Vintner - Phil Benson Beth Thomas as Gluttony, Third Friar and a Knight Stage directions read by Denis Daly © Voices of Today 2015 Members Reviews: He didn't have to take me to hell I love reading Christopher Marlowe and I know the classic. Some of the actor are familiar for excellent work. But was it necessary to actually do the recording in hell. This is so bad, you should not be selling it to anyone. Put none before me... What made the experience of listening to The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus the most enjoyable? I liked the cast narration on this version. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus? The ending description of hell fire and Faustus' end was indeed eye opening for us and the poor foolish Dr. The good angels end plea that had he only had turned away before he saw hell's gates open was also very powerful. It shows he really did not have remorse when he was doing what he desired only when he could not fulfill his whims. It is a "I wanted my cake and to eat it as well" human fallacy. Would you listen to another book narrated by full cast? Yes, I would. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I did listen to it in one sitting. Bad Recording How could the performance have been better? This is a good play. A piece of classic literature. The recording was so bad I couldn't get through the first five minutes. The recording quality is poor. There is no acting or dramatization involved. Instead it's a chopped up recording of people reading the lines. Any additional comments? Very poor production Cut and paste of soundbites which has almost zero in terms of production value - what a pity Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Phineas Finn Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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Phineas Finn Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Phineas Finn Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Format: Unabridged Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins Language: English Release date: 05-06-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 308 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible In Phineas Finn, the second of the Palliser series, Trollope balances the rival demands of public and private life, entangling political ambitions with the experiences of love. Phineas Finn, an irresistible but penniless young Irish barrister enters Parliament and comes to London leaving behind him an Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood-Jones. In London, Phineas wins friends on all sides and is admitted into high society. However, he also falls more-or-less in love, first with politically-minded Lady Laura Standish, then with Violet Effingham, and finally with wealthy widow Madame Max Goesler. With his character, reputation and prospects at stake, Phineas must make some ethical choices in regards to his career, political beliefs and romantic life - but what must he sacrifice? Trollope deals with a diverse set of topics including reform and the Irish question, the position of women in society, and the conflict that integrity and ambition pose, the latter still being as relevant today as it was in the 1860s. Phineas Finn is the first of Trollope's works to feature the affairs of the parliamentary world as a major interest. Three of the main characters are based on Benjamin Disraeli, William Gladstone, and the English reform politician John Bright. Narrator Biography Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre, and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope's classic audiobooks, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and The Pallisers series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama's A History of Britain and John Mortimer's Rumpole on Trial. Timothy's theatre includes King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Broken Biscuits (BBC), Great Canal Journeys (across 3 Series), regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC); Last Tango in Halifax; Bleak House, Bedtime and Brass. Members Reviews: Timothy West Is My Homeboy I have joined the Trollope Society because of the sheer delight that is to be found in this narrator's interpretation of Anthony Trollope's work. I love all the detail and subtlety. The writing takes you to another place and time in the most absorbing and fascinating way. I feel as if I am part of that world when I am reading. Robin Gibb was brought out of a coma by the singing of his family around him. I have told my husband that I want Timothy West reading Anthony Trollope if I am ever in such a dire situation. His reading is sublime. I love every single word. This production is simply perfect. Highly recommended. Phineas Finn, the Irish Member Trollope was fascinated by contemporary politics, which are the common undercurrent of the six Palliser novels. He in fact ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate himself, and it's hard not to detect a particular fondess on the part of the author for Phineas Finn, who appears in several novels in the series, and who is the hero of two, this second installment, and book four, Phineas Redux. Phineas Finn enters the House of Commons as an outsider on a number of counts: he is very young, he has no income (a real problem in the days when MPs received no salaries), he is not of particularly elevated social position, being the son of a country doctor, he is Irish, and he is a Roman Catholic.

Scoop Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh
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Scoop Audiobook by Evelyn Waugh

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Scoop Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Simon Cadell Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 12-11-12 Publisher: Hachette Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 110 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In Scoop, surreptitiously dubbed "a newspaper adventure", Waugh flays Fleet Street and the social pastimes of its war correspondants as he tells how William Boot became the star of British super-journalism and how, leaving part of his shirt in the claws of the lovely Katchen, he returned from Ishmaelia to London as the "Daily's Beast's" more accoladed overseas reporter. Members Reviews: Well Written & Funny but Lacking Scoop is a well written and humorous novel which is quite enjoyable, but is not sublime. The prose are excellent, and the humor wry, but in the end, truly great humorous novels must have poignancy to transcend. This is great writing and kept me entertained until the end, and there are moments of exceptional writing, yet it did not wow me. Perhaps at the time this was written the novels humor challenged society more than it seems in retrospect. The narration was excellent, expressing the subtle humor beautifully. I enjoyed this book, but certainly dont plan to read it again. Delicious humor This was a delightful book, hilariously scathing, and well read. I wonder how much of the more subtle humor flew over my head or under my feet? Another great work from Evelyn Waugh! Another great work from the clever English novelist Evelyn Waugh! C g H dkg h Hilarious!... Classic British Humor that 80 years has not dulled....Sharp language and characters...Journalism that is greatly missed.. Elegant but tedious stuff "Scoop" reads like P. G. Wodehouse with severe indigestion. Waugh is an expert writer but I found the story somewhat irritating, a fish-out-of-water saga without enough humanity to keep me engaged. The reader is a fine, nuanced actor. He reads a bit too quickly, perhaps making the book seem more trivial than it might otherwise. Based in "Scoop," I'm not tempted to explore more early Waugh. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Lord Jim Audiobook by Joseph Conrad
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Lord Jim Audiobook by Joseph Conrad

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lord Jim Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Nigel Graham Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 08-07-09 Publisher: RNIB Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 100 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Originally intended as a short story, the work grew to a full-length novel as Conrad explored in great depth the perplexing, ambiguous problem of lost honor and guilt, expiation, and heroism. The story tells of Jim, a young, good-looking, genial, and naive water-clerk on the Patna, a cargo ship plying Asian waters. One night, when the ship collides with an obstacle and begins to sink, acting on impulse, Jim jumps overboard and lands in a lifeboat, which happens to be bearing the unscrupulous captain and his cohorts away from the disaster. The Patna, however, manages to stay afloat. The foundering vessel is towed into port - and since the officers have strategically vanished, Jim is left to stand trial for abandoning the ship and its 800 passengers. Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, 1857 - 1924) was a Polish-born British novelist. He is considered as one of the greatest novelists in the English language. Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards. Members Reviews: Great novel, stunning narration. I read Lord Jim twenty years ago and recalled its difficulty more than its greatness. This time around the reading experience was transfixing. I am one of those readers, not so rare, who does not mind if things go very slow and get even, uh, 'boring"; for a great book has the privilege of slowing time down, and down, so we can catch all that goes on in life, before a finger snaps and it is over, as in the case in our normal days. The first half of the novel, a nearly inactive unlayering, bit by bit, of Jim's consciousness, is as brilliant as fiction can be. Marlowe's intense attention to Jim's moral pain, or what he guesses to be Jim's moral pain, is a genuine adventure and the work of genius. Oddly enough, when the book moves toward "real" action toward the end, and things get physically hot and exciting (with the entrance of Mr. Brown and others), the force of the book may falter (it does to me). So, here it is, a book as vital as they come, if you take pleasure in the path of thought and the winding turns of human consciousness; and then it is a book that slows down when guns go off and cinema takes over. The stunning reading by the narrator is one in a million. No one could do Conrad better. Nigel Graham, who has recorded only a few books, sounds like a man of the kind of world Conrad knew. No frills, no games, a solid and heavily masculine reading; and a sense that if this man -- Nigel Graham -- stood next to you under an awning during a storm, he would intimidate you and maybe scare you. A genuinely great reading that is miles above other versions I have sampled -- including the good one by John Lee. Lord Jim -- one of the great novels, and, yes, Conrad, did not start learning English until he was in his twenties. That fact makes a great book a miraculous one -- and should make us recognize what lame slackers we are. "He Was One of Us," or the Inscrutable Human Heart Any additional comments? In Lord Jim (1899-1900) by Joseph Conrad an experienced, wise, and sympathetic sea captain called Marlow tries to learn, understand, and tell the story of the life of a young ship's officer called Jim (surname discretely hidden). Marlow, as we know from Conrad's The Heart of Darkness (1903), is a compelling story-teller with a bent towards the mysterious and dark quality of human nature and the universe.

The War of the Worlds (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by H. G. Wells
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The War of the Worlds (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by H. G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The War of the Worlds (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 12-22-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A metallic cylinder falls to earth, landing in the sands of Horsell Common, Surrey, generating curiosity and awe. But what's inside soon induces only terror. The story that unfolds is a breathless first-person account of an inconceivable reality: an extraterrestrial war has been waged on the planet. In a twist on cautionary turn-of-the-century invasion literature, H. G. Wells posits the Martian attack as an insurmountable apocalyptic event. The first of its kind and a foundational work, The War of the Worlds inspired a radio broadcast, television shows, graphic novels, and countless films; roused the imagination and stirred anxieties; and changed the landscape of science fiction for generations. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Revised edition: Previously published as The War of the Worlds, this edition of The War of the Worlds (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Accessible and entertaining classic The Invisible Man is one of those classics that has been on my TBR for ages, always getting posponed to read other titles instead. But after a mention that this classic was actually quite entertaining, I decided to finally pick it up. And they were right, because I actually found myself having a lot of fun while readingÂThe Invisible Man. Not only is the prose quite easy to read, but the plot itself is both intriguing and entertaining as things start escalating. The character development has been really well done and shows the effects being invisible can have on a man... If you are looking for an accessible and entertaining classic to read,ÂThe Invisible Man is the choice for you. Insightful Read this book for an English class and I thought it was very insightful. It gave very convincing theories on human nature and what possibly could lay ahead of us in the future. to me this book gave the illusion of mystery by not giving some people names. This mystery exemplified the imagery the time travler gave about the future. the ending heightened the mystery seven fold. I was left wanting more, wanting to know more, and wanting to go back to the future with the time traveler. Made me really think about how the time travelers theories are thought out and could potentially actually happen. Definitely a thought invoking read A Great Old War!! This is a good old fashioned yarn. I read the book through in one or two sittings. HG created a sense of menace and despair through the book, which I loved. His descriptions were evocative of the times, and I could almost visualize the destruction taking place, as the book weaved along. The writing is, for our times, old fashioned, yet timeless. The almost forgotten craft of writing is something that was displayed through the book. I lost the part where the Martians were 'destroyed'. It would have been really nice to have had a nice description of this, but you can't have everything in life! If you want a good book to read by the fireside, then this is one I can recommend. Classic Still Has the Attraction and Impact of A Fresh Story! The Time Machine, like all of H.G. Well's works, are classics.

Le Morte d'Arthur Audiobook by Sir Thomas Malory
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Le Morte d'Arthur Audiobook by Sir Thomas Malory

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Le Morte d'Arthur Author: Sir Thomas Malory Narrator: Derek Jacobi Format: Abridged Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 03-31-00 Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 101 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a superb story of adventure, love, honor, and betrayal. Originally published in 1485, Le Morte d'Arthur is filled with dramatic power and deep, tragic irony. This audio adaptation of Malory's epic poem grips the listener with the fateful story of Arthur's ascension to the throne as a boy, his marriage to Guenever, the formation of the Knights of the Round Table, the quest for the Holy Grail, the ill-fated passion between Guenever and Launcelot, the treachery of Arthur's illegitimate son Mordred, and the ultimate destruction of Arthur's realm. (P) and ©1997 HighBridge Company; Cover Illustration Reproduced by Permission of The Granger Collection, New York. Members Reviews: Derek Jacobi is Astounding This work is fairly well known to all lovers of the Arthurian Legend. But the life that Derek Jacobi breathes into every single sentence of the work is just amazing. His reading alone is worth listening to. Sometimes, I hear a sentence, and imagine how I would have read the same sentence; it is at these times that I realize how extraordinary are Mr. Jacobi's powers of interpretation. Of course, the book itself is filled with tales of the highest adventure, even if the fifteenth-century language takes some getting used to. But in this edition, Derek Jacobi walks away with the show. An outstanding reading This sounds like it was taken from tape, and the audio quality is slightly rough around the edges. But Jacobi's reading is phenomenal, taking the knottiest of Malory's sentences and turning them into shimmering, expressive prose. The abridgement is full enough to capture an accurate flavor of the original. Malory's stories develop endless branches upon branches, and just when you think he's lost the thread of the story completely, he comes back to the main point and ties everything up. This version is particularly fortunate in including some of the narrative that follows the death of Arthur and Mordred: the dilemmas faced by Lancelot and Guinevere after the passing of the kingdom, and the decisions they make, are almost unbearably painful. Jacobi, relating these stories, sounds like an old friend by the fireside on a cold winter's night. Deft dancing in the Word Morass One only has to track down the original text of this book to appreciate the reader's skill in its interpretation of it. I did this,curious to investigate the unabridged version,and found it unfathomable!The text was laid out in the ancient English style,with endless lines running into each other and no paragraphs or punctuation to guide you through it.But Derek Jacobi manages to not only to conquer the text,but to give it life as well.If you can excuse the odd patterning of the result,the book is a very worthwhile investment. Great resource Overall it is a great resource because the narrator trains you in how to read the antiquated prose. Without this training, it would be really tough to know how to read it - in my opinion anyway. However because it's abridged, you don't get the closure on many of the stories, so you have to read the book and use this audio as a supplement. I Really, Really Tried I've wanted to read this but never found the time so thought I would listen to it instead.

Emma (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Emma (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Emma (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Michael Page Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 12-26-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Charming, rich, and clever, heiress Emma Woodhouse has no need for an occupation - or a husband. Still, she considers herself quite skilled at matchmaking. Although her dear friend Mr. Knightley advises against it, there is nothing that she enjoys more than entangling herself in the romantic lives of others. But when one of her well-intentioned plans goes awry - as Mr. Knightley rightly predicted - Emma must face the consequences of her meddling. The delightfully imperfect Emma and her Mr. Knightley have captured the hearts of generations of readers. A lively comedy of manners that has been adapted several times for the screen, Emma is the last work Jane Austen lived to see published. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Revised edition: Previously published as Emma, this edition of Emma (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: It's One Heavy Book So I just wanted to let others know that this collection is one giant book of all Austen novels combined. You can't tell from the picture, but I was actually expecting (and hoping for) individual books packed in one box like other book collections I have. So I was definitely a bit disappointed when I received this book. And while I am used to reading large books like David McCullough biographies, this compilation is by far the heaviest I have in my possession. I'm not sure I will be able to read this in bed or even hold it up in my arms for any long period of time. So beware. I would have chosen differently if had this information when I was contemplating purchase. EMMA A lot of water under the bridge since first reading this book many years ago. I do not know why I liked it so much them...possibly I was blinded by adolescents and want everyone to have a loving mate and played match maker myself thinking also I was above others..shame on me!! This book the second time around was so frustrating I could have screamed in parts. How dare Emma feel so superior in her small town and looked for others to make over in her image. How dare she play match maker with every eligible bachelor and made in the area thinking she knew best. Was she a true friend visiting all the families and offering her solicitations as if she were the queen and it being a big gift to shower her presence with others (all of whom she felt were inferior) on a regular basis. Glad to have revisited this book and will revisit others but don't think they will be by Jane Austen. My book was downloaded onto my Kindle from Amazon. Its starts off Emma becoming good friends with a girl named Harriet Emma Woodhouse is a young girl growing up in a family of wealth and high class. Throughout the story, Emma becomes what some would call a matchmaker. Its starts off Emma becoming good friends with a girl named Harriet. Harriet doesnât know her parents therefore she doesnât have money or a high social ranking. Emma attempts to set her up with two different men and both come crashing down miserably. Emma attempts to help everyone Emma falls in love with a man by the name of Frank Churchill. She thinks they will wed, but later on you find out heâs already secretly engaged to a woman by the name of Jane.

The George Bernard Shaw Collection Audiobook by George Bernard Shaw
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The George Bernard Shaw Collection Audiobook by George Bernard Shaw

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The George Bernard Shaw Collection Author: George Bernard Shaw Narrator: Shirley Knight, Anne Heche, JoBeth Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Bruce Davison, Kate Burton, Roger Rees Format: Original Recording Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 06-03-11 Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 92 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Eight of George Bernard Shaw's most memorable plays in one splendid collection: Mrs. Warrens Profession: Shaw pits a clever heroine against a memorable gallery of rogues in this superbly intelligent and still shocking comedy, which was banned for eight years from the English stage after its London debut. Performed by Shirley Knight, et al. Arms and the Man: The beautiful, headstrong Raina awaits her fiancés return from battle but instead meets a soldier who seeks asylum in her bedroom. Performed by Anne Heche, et al. Candida: Shaws warm and witty play challenged conventional wisdom about relationships between the sexes, as a beautiful wife must choose between the two men who love her. Performed by JoBeth Williams, et al. The Devils Disciple: A young hero who disdains heroism makes the ultimate sacrifice for honor and country during the American Revolution. Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, et al. Major Barbara: This sparkling comedy traverses family relations, religion, ethics and politics - as only Shaw, the master dramatist, can! Performed by Kate Burton, Roger Rees, et al. The Doctors Dilemma: A well-respected physician is forced to choose whom he shall save: a bumbling friend or the neer-do-well husband of the woman he loves. Performed by Martin Jarvis, Paxton Whitehead, et al. Misalliance: A self-made millionaire and his family invite their future in-law for a visit to their estate. In this delightfully clever play, issues of gender, class, politics, and family are all targets for Shaws keen wit. Performed by Roger Rees, Eric Stoltz, et al. Pygmalion: Shaws beloved play about an irascible speech professor who decides to mold a Cockney flower girl into the darling of high society. Performed by Shannon Cochran, et al. Members Reviews: Impressive Collection of Shaw I hesitated getting a long collection of plays in audio, concerned it might be too dry or boring. This collection of eight Shaw plays was performed wonderfully and was a joy to listen to. It turns out a collection of great plays is a really nice choice for a long drive with the family. These plays are still witty and penetrating. The casting is excellent with different enough voices to allow the characters to be clear. There are a few cases of stage-craft that you lose in audio-only; nevertheless the experience is well worth the time. This was the first collection of audible plays I have ordered, but having enjoyed it so much, I just ordered several more collections from the same theater company. Lively, high quality presentation of GB Shaw's major plays Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes, if they have a a curmudgenly nature coupled with a residual belief in the innate dignity of human beings. It is not for those who have succumbed to the xenophobic newspeak of our times. What other book might you compare The George Bernard Shaw Collection to and why? The obvious comparisons are to the plays of Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde. All three expressing a bemused view of humanity that veers toward cynicism, with Coward descending into acidic bitterness.

The Celtic Twilight Audiobook by William Butler Yeats
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The Celtic Twilight Audiobook by William Butler Yeats

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Celtic Twilight Author: William Butler Yeats Narrator: Jack Chekijian Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 07-12-16 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 25 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the best-known collections of W. B. Yeats' prose, The Celtic Twilight explores the old connection between the Irish people and the magical world of fairies. Yeats, by traveling the land in the early 20th century and talking to the common people about their experiences with the creatures, yielded a colorful overview of Celtic fairy folklore. Members Reviews: A compilation of Irish folklore in prose From the personal notes of the great poet, this short volume highlights the tales told in the early twentieth century by the rural people of Ireland. This is not a genealogy of the Fae, but the sort of pleasant storytelling that people everywhere used to enjoy in the days before TV, mobile phones, and Pokeman Go. Happily, the narration is not in a heavy brogue poorly understood by North American ears. Narrator Jack's performance does not distract from the work, but makes it more like the fireside listens that Yeates recounts. Masterful and Magical Would you listen to The Celtic Twilight again? Why? Yes, I would listen to The Celtic Twilight again because the folktales of fairies, ghosts, witches, and giants are enchanting. These beliefs were so widespread and deep throughout Ireland that I began to believe that they were true. This collection by Yeats of tales from his native Ireland are lovingly retold. For a night of good yarns, listen to this book. These stories were told and passed down, so an audiobook read by Jack Chekijian with his Irish accent approximates how you may have heard the stories in Ireland. This book is a masterpiece. Buy and listen to it today! Collection of Irish folk tales. Collection of Irish folk tales rendered by a great poet. Delightful entertainment worth repeated listening. Great faery tales Could listen to this over and over again. Perhaps not great for children less than 13. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Tale of Two Cities Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Richard Pasco Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 08-25-06 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 146 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A Tale of Two Cities, one of Charles Dickens' most popular works, is highly recognized for its opening line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." The two cities of the title are Paris and London; the time is the height of the French Revolution. From the gripping opening scene of the coach drive to the heroic climax in the shadow of the guillotine, Dickens creates a vivid picture of social turmoil and the unfolding of a dramatic love story. (P)1983 HNP, Produced by Felix Fisher Members Reviews: almost great To me, this just missed being a great listen. Although others have said they liked the narrator, I found him a touch too melodramatic in many places, highlighting that weaker aspect of the novel. I wish that I had downloaded the F Davidson version instead. Some of the online "product descriptions" call this Dickens' only "not comic" novel -- I thought 2 Cities contained much excellent ironic humour. Very good reading of a great book A Tale of Two Cities has always been a favorite book, the tragedy, the intrigue, the sweep of fate. But I didn't realize how much of the book I was skimming over when reading it until I listened to the audio. The narrator is excellent. His use of different voices is seamless and well done, adding much to the understanding of the book. The portrayed emotion also is excellent. I enjoyed this recording immensely. Historical Dickens A Tale of Two Cities seems to me one of the least Dickensian of Dickens' novels. It is my least favorite of his completed later works. Richard Pasco does a good job reading the book, but the female voices are a bit of a problem. The recording is fine. Unbelievable! What a great story! What an awesome performance by the narrator! I see now why "A Tale of Two Cities" is regarded as a timeless literary classic. Well done! Great performance of a timeless classic Recorded in 1983, this audio is as clear as yesterday. The reading is dramatic without being excessive and the voices are mostly good. There were a few places where two-party dialog was hard to follow when the voices were similar, and sometimes Lucie and Jerry were almost a whisper. Miss Pross is the best. The story is a little slow in places during the first two books but if you appreciate Dickens' satirical humor it's still a fun listen. I found the story itself was somewhat predictable because of Dickens' use of foreshadowing and metaphor, but that made it stronger. In summary, this book is a classic for obvious reasons. It is deep, but not too deep. It is about suffering, but filled with love and life and hope. It was the best couple bucks I've spent at Audible yet. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Ball and the Cross Audiobook by G. K. Chesterton
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The Ball and the Cross Audiobook by G. K. Chesterton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Ball and the Cross Author: G. K. Chesterton Narrator: Gildart Jackson Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 11-30-15 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 60 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Evan MacIan is a tall, dark-haired, blue-eyed Scottish Highlander and a devout Roman Catholic. James Turnbull is a short, red-haired, gray-eyed Lowlander and a devout but naïve atheist. The two meet when MacIan smashes the window of the street office where Turnbull publishes an atheist journal. This act of rage occurs when MacIan sees posted on the shop's window a sheet that blasphemes the Virgin Mary, presumably implying she was an adulteress who gave birth to an illegitimate Jesus. When MacIan challenges Turnbull to a duel to the death, Turnbull is overjoyed. For 20 years, no one paid the slightest attention to his Bible bashing. Now at last someone is taking him seriously! Members Reviews: Thoughtful and Thrilling This is an excellent story about two guys who can't seem to kill one another. It is really a blast from the past with some 1905 rhetoric which can startle modern sensibilities, but draws you back in with a real tale of sympathetic characters and complex questions. I was enthralled and often moved by the dramatic storytelling and vivid imagery which pack the pages of the whole thing. The performanfe was top notch, too. Can't recommend this book enough. Brilliant book Chesterson is a master of paradox. From the main character not being able to explain why he broke the atheists window for blasphemy against the Virgin Mary when they won't let him talk about Religion. To the people wanting to let the atheist and the catholic fight a duel for a ladies honor but not for their beliefs. Terrific performance One of the most entertaining of Chesterton's novels, wonderfully read here. It is a rollicking, hilarious adventure. Highly recommended. One of a kind Any additional comments? Surprising, clever, funny, and divinely thought provoking. Chesterton saw things about the world that we are still blind to. I highly recommend. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Doctor Thorne Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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Doctor Thorne Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Doctor Thorne Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 01-16-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 482 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Doctor Thorne is the third audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Long regarded as one of Trollope's greatest works, it is a complex story of love, greed and illegitimacy. Set in fictional Barsetshire, it concerns the romantic challenges facing Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, and Frank Gresham, the only son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury. Mary falls in love with Frank but he is constrained by the need to marry well to restore the family fortunes and Greshambury estate. Despite the promptings of his family to consider a Miss Dunstable, heiress to a fortune, Frank's affections persist, and the humane Doctor Thorne, as Mary's protector, must confront the prejudices of the mid-Victorian society. Timothy West's narration enhances all the wit and satire that one expects from Trollope. Full of snobbery and hypocrisy, it is a social comedy full of some of Trollope's most brilliant characters. Narrator Biography Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollopes classics, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and The Pallisers series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schamas A History of Britain and John Mortimers Rumpole on Trial. Timothy Wests theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus. His films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Great Canal Journeys, Last Tango in Halifax and Bleak House. Critic Reviews: "Doctor Thorne is engaging, witty, profoundly moving, and full of emotional strands that seem as relevant today as when it was written. I love it." (Julian Fellowes) Members Reviews: Delightful Discovery Despite many years of reading, this is my first encounter with Anthony Trollope. What a delight! The writing is a blend between Jane Austen and PG Wodehouse - briskly set in 19th century English countryside, filled with engaging and lively, and occasionally flip, characters. Timothy West's narration is perfectly in tune with the story. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Austen and/or Wodehouse. Classic Trollope-beautifully read Trollope lovers will truly appreciate this reading of Doctor Thorne. Timothy West masterfully brings these ever-interesting characters to life, giving them a depth that highlights Trollope's acerbic comments about life in class conscious Victorian England. Good one A good book. Well narrated. Thanks to Audible for having this is in store. I would recommend this. Predictable but Still Good The third volume in Trollope's Barchester Chronicles, is, for the most part, a typical tale of young lovers separated by the rigid class distinctions of Victorian England. Frank Gresham, whose father has mismanaged the family fortune and is on the verge of losing his beloved estate, is expected to marry for money, but he has long loved Mary Thorne, the titleless, penniless niece of the local doctor. It all turns out well for them in the end, of course, as in such novels it usually does; but it's the many sidetracks and delightful characterizations and the way these are all intertwined that make so enjoyable.

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Nicholas Nickleby Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Nicholas Nickleby Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Nicholas Nickleby Author: David Timson Format: Original Recording Length: 39 mins Language: English Release date: 02-09-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 24 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Nicholas Nickleby narrated by David Horovitch. One of Dickens earlier novels, dating from 1839, it charts the fortunes of an honorable young man, Nicholas Nickleby, who has set out to make his way in the world. Dickens presents his remarkably vivid display of Victorian characters and the life they lead, from the generous to the fated to the crushed. Hope springs eternal, however, and righteous persistence brings rewards. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: John Lee Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 06-30-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 40 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Joseph Conrads multilayered masterpiece tells of one nation's violent revolution and one hero's moral degeneration. Conrad convincingly invents an entire country, Costaguana, and sets it afire as warlords compete for power and a fortune in silver. Señor Gould, adamant that his silver should not become spoil for his enemies, entrusts it to his faithful longshoreman, Nostromo, a local hero of sorts whom Señor Gould believes to be incorruptible. Nostromo accepts the mission as an opportunity to increase his own fame. But when his exploit fails to win him the rewards he had hoped for, he is consumed by a corrupting resentment. Nostromo, relevant both as literature and as a brilliant social study, ambitiously brings to life Latin American history and the politics of an underdeveloped country. Critic Reviews: "I'd rather have written Conrad's Nostromo than any other novel." (F. Scott Fitzgerald) Members Reviews: An Almost PERFECT Novel. One thinks of Heart of Darkness and even perhaps of Lord Jim when one thinks of Conrad (IF one even thinks of Conrad, let's just be honest). Nostromo, however, is an almost perfect novel: complex narrative, compelling characters, writing that makes the biblical J-writer feel she could have done better with her story. I can't think of but a handful of writers (Dostoevsky, Kafka, McCarthy, Melville) who have written a better book. Must Read for Conrad Fans This is a very good book that marked a monumental change in literature, but I did not find it a must read. Nostromo represents one of the earliest modernist novels. One feature of this is the entire plot and most character development could be summed up in a single big paragraph, but the novel is nearly 500 pages. The novel is not complex in plot or character, but in the unusual and complex narrative mechanics including vague and sometimes self contradictory inner processes of characters. It has been said that Nostromo can't be read, unless you have read it before. This is not true, but has quite a bit of truth in it. One of the key underpinnings in Nostromo (and all of Conrad I have read) is that traditional history, the influence of God, and the belief in real human progress can no longer be taken seriously. In the early 1900's this was ground-breaking in a novel form, but has become quite run-of-the-mill. I would not recommend this to most readers, unless they love Conrad or are interested in the historical roots of literary modernism. Read Heart of Darkness, if you love it, do Lord Jim, if you love that, you will likely appreciate Nostromo. The narration was good and consistent, but a little slow and monotone for my taste. Wow John lee is the best narrator for this novel, especially after listening to him narrate one hundred years of solitude. Story is a true political masterpiece. Quality of audio was a bit spotty at times which is why I didn't give it perfect score. Brilliant Wonderful, brilliant writing. Exciting plot. Wonderful, interesting, complex characters. Could not stop listening. Strongly recommended. A hero's journey A magnificent epic, and John Lee does it fitting service with his heroic delivery. Conrad's vision gets to the heart of the compact between old world and new, drawing out the human tragedies it entailed.

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 Author: George Orwell Narrator: Allan Corduner Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 10-18-12 Publisher: Canongate Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 20 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: An unabridged recording of Orwell's brilliant first novel read by Allan Corduner. The story is largely based on Orwell's own experiences as a police officer in Burma. Set in the dying days of the Raj, it depicts the harshness and darker side of colonial rule. And at its centre is John Flory, a lone individual hopelessly trapped in a vast political system; themes which set the agenda for much of his writing. Burmese Days was Orwell's first novel, and was issued in 1934 in America, then a year later in the UK where there had been fears and controversy initially that the material could be libellous. Members Reviews: Excellent audio-book A brilliant, informative and critical narrative of the everyday brutality of British imperialism. I couldn't stop listening. A wonderful listen Beautifully read by Allan Corduner, who gives a great performance with the different voices and accents, it adds a new level to the audiobook and allows the reader/listener to fully appreciate this wonderful book. a Passage to India Remaniscent of a Passage to India, but with the writer's experience of working in Burma for a number of years. Compulsive story to listen to. Highly recommended Set in Burma towards the end of the British Raj, where bigotry and racism thrive in the closed society of the Englishmens club. The story centres around John Flory, whose life has been governed by an ugly birthmark on his face. It is about his two relationships in an otherwise friendless life and the effects of a vicious, scheming and corrupt magistrate. George Orwell tells his tale with empathy, an intimate knowledge of his main character and some scorn towards a society he got to know personally. Allan Corduners narration is first rate. Great narrator. Great narration throughout. Makes such a difference. All the characters came alive vividly. Would like to listen to more by this narrator Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Black Beauty Audiobook by Anna Sewell
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Black Beauty Audiobook by Anna Sewell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Black Beauty Author: Anna Sewell Narrator: Cori Samuel Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 01-05-18 Publisher: Paperless Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she remained in her house as an invalid. The novel became an immediate best seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but having lived long enough to see her only novel become a success. With 50 million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, it also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 58 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Members Reviews: Memories for my granddaughter Just like I remembered it One of my favorite stories. This is one of the most enjoyable stories I've ever known. The story of a beautiful horse who undergoes life in almost every imaginable capacity that a horse might enjoy, or endure. The story is in the first person; told by Black Beauty himself. It is not only Black Beauty's story, but the story of different kinds of men, good and bad. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Victory Audiobook by Joseph Conrad
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Victory Audiobook by Joseph Conrad

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Victory Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: George Guidall Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 69 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: From one of the greatest modern writers in world literature comes a magnificent story of love, adventure, and rescue, played out against the shimmering South Seas. Alone on a tropical island, a Swedish baron and a beautiful violinist discover the long-lost joys of love. But when two treasure hunters arrive on the beach, the lovers know that evil has invaded their romantic paradisean evil they are powerless to stop. Victory is a timeless classic that showcases the probing psychological insight, the masterful drama, and the breathtaking atmosphere that have won Joseph Conrad generations of fans. Editorial Reviews: Joseph Conrad had already cemented himself as one of the greatest English novelists with books like Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, but it wasn't until Victory that he achieved his peak fame. This tale of love, jealousy, and adventure is rife with all the tension and drama fans have come to expect from the great Conrad. Performed with a powerful dedication by award-winning actor George Guidall, Victory is the suspenseful tale of Axel Heyst and his misadventure on a small island in the South Seas. Members Reviews: Beautiful, sad and powerful "I had, in a moment of inadvertence, created for myself a tie. How to define it precisely I don't know. One gets attached in a way to people one has done something for. But is that friendship? I am not sure what it was. I only know that he who forms a tie is lost. The germ of corruption has entered into his soul." The more Conrad I read/listen to, the more I love Conrad. Victory is a not just your standard story about good v. evil, West v. East, innocence and savagery. It is about being an actor in life and love and not just an observer. It is beautiful, sad and powerful. The floating abyss of emptiness Any additional comments? This was a difficult book for me to read because of how personal it is. I felt myself identifying far too much to the main character, Axel, than I was comfortable with. Yet the very fact this book exists and was written a hundred years ago also tells me how I felt is not so uncommon - and in some ways that made it even more difficult. The issue at heart here is isolation and insulation. Axel has nearly given up on the whole of humanity and has isolated himself from everyone believing himself to be safe that way. Yet this only made it easier for a man like Schomberg to spread lies and incite others against him. And so the very things Axel wanted to escape from causes greedy, vile men to come after him. The entire book is filled with characters who have false impressions about everyone around them; nobody knows anyone in this book and all their troubles are caused by these misunderstandings. This is very much part of the human experience, however, it's even keener here since the book was written on the very eve of WW1 where whole nations, not just individuals, who all mistrusted each other, resented each other, and did not understand each other at all decided to kill each other in staggering quantities. And so when I fully related to the isolation of Axel and began to feel a little depressed that I could identify such a trait in myself, I could also take at least a little comfort in knowing what I feel is not unique.

The Last Chronicle of Barset Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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The Last Chronicle of Barset Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Last Chronicle of Barset Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Format: Unabridged Length: 30 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 04-01-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 277 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible In the last and most complex of the Barsetshire audiobooks, many of Trollope's best-loved characters appear, but the mood of the recording is darker and more uneasy than in earlier volumes. At the heart of the audiobook is the penniless Reverend Josiah Crawley, first encountered in Framley Parsonage, who in the opening of the story is accused of theft, creating a public scandal that threatens to tear the community apart. As well as this central mystery we find Johnny Eames attempting to woo Lily Dale and the now grown-up Major Henry Grantly falling in love with Reverend Crawley's daughter, Grace, against the wishes of his father, the Archdeacon. The Bishop Proudie and his formidable wife also receive their most dramatic portrayal with Mrs. Proudie finally meeting her match. This final volume manages to resolve many threads started in the first volume and is a fitting conclusion to the series. The Last Chronicle of Barset is considered by many, including Trollope himself, to be his best work. A prolific and respected novelist of the 19th-century he created 47 novels and many short stories that have continued to be popular and well-loved. Narrator Biography Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre, and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope's classic audiobooks, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and the Palliser series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama's A History of Britain and John Mortimer's Rumpole on Trial. West's theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris and The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has held the regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC), as well as appearing in Broken Biscuits (BBC), three series of Great Canal Journeys, Last Tango in Halifax; Bleak House, Bedtime and Brass. Members Reviews: The Clever Mr. Trollope This is one of the few Trollope novels I had not read. It re-introduces several characters from earlier Barchester Chronicles, wrapping up their storylines. But, to be honest, I had encountered them so many years ago, I couldn't really remember them. So I am pleased to report that this book holds up entirely on its own, as a lovely, comic and touching conclusion to Trollope's clerical novels. I found myself walking miles further because I was on tenterhooks about the fate of these gentle (or ambitious or exasperating) characters, shrewdly characterized by Timothy West. And it contains a long passage about the end days of an aging cleric, whose goodness, mildness and acceptance are both utterly believable, and piquantly contrasted with those among whom he lives, that I pulled over to weep. Whereas Dickens often portrays goodness as treacle, Trollope never loses sight of his characters as people in a closely observed world. A touch bleak but all the ends neatly tied off I have listened to all six of the Chronicles one after the other with no other books read or listened to between them. One could almost say it was a baptism by complete immersion. That it might have been, but it has meant that it has convinced me that Trollope was a man of total brilliance. I was in search of a new Jane Austen or rather of gentle comedy of manners in a historical setting.

Gulliver's Travels Audiobook by Jonathan Swift
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Gulliver's Travels Audiobook by Jonathan Swift

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Gulliver's Travels Author: Jonathan Swift Narrator: Gordon Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 10-17-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos give him further insight into human behavior. Presented through Swift's satiric hall of distorting mirrors, mankind is cast as diminished, magnified, and bestial - the composite of which is an uncompromising reflection of human nature. Members Reviews: Three adventure tales and biting satire on human nature. JoeDanDonigi Each adventure he encounters radically different problems. The Voyages of Lemuel Gulliver include first, people six inches tall, second a land of giants seventy or so feet tall, and people living in an island-cloud. The fourth voyage, were his men mutiny, foreshadowing the darker side of human nature that follows. They desert on an island where the Houyhnhnms rule. A land of noble talking horses, who can't believe Gulliver has intelligence, ala Planet of the Apes, because the humans/Yahoos on their island seem but. This causes a series of discussions with Gulliver and his "master" a horse who can't grasp lying, greediness and all the various other human frailties. A in his discussions with his master causes Gulliver to be more and more disgusted with the Yahoos on their island and even the humans back home. If knew more about 1850's English history I might of understood the societal, political times of England and Europe in general at that time. There is also an annotated volume which includes more detail. But I didn't read it so don't feel qualified to make an opinion on it, just letting people who are interested informing them it's out there. Photoman35mm A classic I recommend the classic novels in literature to everyone, however, this Novel test your endurance. The beginning of the novel is very good very interesting and reads well. The last roughly 3rd slows down a bit and is difficult to stay with . Over all I did enjoy reading this book . KINDLE VERSION FORMATTING SUCKS THIS REVIEW SPECIFICALLY FOR THE KINDLE EDITION-- I was disappointed with the formatting on this classic. At least on my Kindle Fire, the footnote and endnote shortcuts seem to malfunction. Some bad line breaks and lots of small annoying things contribute to an overall less than satisfactory experience. But it is free. A Fantastic Voyage This is far better than any of the various film versions of this novel. A tv mini series starring Ted Danson seems to get the author's satarical nature instead of just being a voyage to four fantastical lands. Since this was one of my grown son's favorite books, I gave this book to his son ... Since this was one of my grown son's favorite books, I gave this book to his son (my grandson) for Christmas. He loved it! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

IF Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling
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IF Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: IF Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Michael Caine Format: Unabridged Length: 1 min Language: English Release date: 11-12-07 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 213 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: "IF", a poem by Rudyard Kipling, is a timeless gem that recently reemerged in popular culture when it was put to music in a 2007 Joni Mitchell release. In the poem, a father gives advice to his son. ©2007 Naxos Rights International; (P)2007 Naxos Rights International Members Reviews: If. Poem by Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling plainly and with great insight describes what masculinity really is, He has a skill at succinctness and plain talking. I printed this poem up and gave it to my son when he was young. He still has the poem. Standards Where does IF rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? If is a poem by Kipling giving advice to his son. A classic that was once frowned upon but is now making a comeback. What does Michael Caine bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? A beautiful voice with excellent diction Any additional comments? Nothing more to say. I love the poem and always have since i first read it IF Loved it. A beautiful poem. I have read it many times but, hearing it so beautifully spoken, is wonderful. Ultimate poetry Epic poetry that every person should listen to understand the way a life can be lead with a small and strong fire within... A sea compressed in a drop of water The poems are more powerful than prose. They convey a wisdom of life time in a few lines. The value of this poem can be understood only by a few. I know a man who has lived by memorising this poem to heart.- Haresh Raichura Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Of Human Bondage Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham
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Of Human Bondage Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Of Human Bondage Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 27 hrs and 44 mins Language: English Release date: 07-02-12 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 253 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Of Human Bondage is one of the greatest novels of modern times, and it is certainly Maugham's greatest achievement. It was published in 1914, when Maugham was at the height of his creative powers. The story concerns Philip Carey, afflicted at birth with a club foot, and his passionate search for truth in a cruel world. We follow his growth to manhood, his educational progress, his first loves, and the wrenching tragedies and disappointments that life has in store for him. In some of the finest prose of the 20th century, Maugham has presented us with the timeless story of one man's search for the meaning of life. One of the main themes of the novel is the concept of ambivalence: how we are simultaneously attracted to - and repulsed by - people, objects, thoughts, and actions. Although this was not a new concept in 1914, in the hands of Maugham it was raised to a pitch of literary perfection. Maugham thought of himself essentially as an entertainer, not as a moral philosopher or preacher. There is in his work an objective cynicism that is almost shocking at times. It is almost embarrassing to read Maugham's frank description of Philip Carey's innermost thoughts and Mildred Roger's callous disregard for anything that does not contribute to her narrow sensuality. But in the end, it is as an entertainer that we enjoy Maugham. His lively conversations and vivid descriptions will keep you listening in fascination. Members Reviews: One of the greats Not the spiciest of subject matter, but beautifully written. Delicious character development. Great read for those wanting to experience, and especially to WRITE lasting fiction. I wanted to slap the protagonist silly sometimes--but then realized that he made the most human choices every time. Most hardships cannot be overcome with superpowers or lucky golden parachutes. They must be survived, and you would do well to learn from them. Greatly Unsettling The writing and essential truth of the novel is compelling but the protagonist, who is a caring, intelligent, and thoughtful person, is buffeted by fate and his emotions control much of his life. I did not like the protagonist, even at the end of the book. Yet, this book is not about the protagonist, it had no action, and is not even a story of a journey of discovery, but is about an idea, and the books title Of Human Bondage resonates throughout the book. This is a great book, but this is not a book to escape into, it is a book to experience and learn from. It was not a fun read, maybe not even enjoyable, but the book is subtle and powerful. As I read the various scenes, I would think dumb kid, then think of human bondage, and how his passions and environment bound him, and how elusive is the path to human freedom. I just read this for the first time in my fifties, but I could see this book would have been even more powerful if read as a young adult. I would recommend this book to any adult, but especially to young adults. This book is unsettling in the best way.

The Mysteries of Udolpho Audiobook by Ann Radcliffe
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The Mysteries of Udolpho Audiobook by Ann Radcliffe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mysteries of Udolpho Author: Ann Radcliffe Narrator: Karen Cass Format: Unabridged Length: 30 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 02-23-16 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 22 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Wildly popular upon its release, The Mysteries of Udolpho is a Gothic novel of undeniable charm and power. The virtuous and loving Emily, the young protagonist, finds herself in the care of her aunt following the death of her father. Her aunt promptly marries the villain Montoni, a cruel and calculating man whose scheming leads him to lock both women in the dark and winding castle of Udolpho. Will they survive to tell of its terrors? Members Reviews: Dull, wordy, plodding Full disclosure -- I have only listened to about a third of the book so far, but I may never finish it. The first 7 hours or so have been dull and slow and swimming in elegant but pointless verbiage. This is a gasbag of a book. I actually burst out laughing at one point -- the word 'blather' came to mind. For the love of God, get on with it! What is this all about and why should I care? On the plus side, if you enjoy florid descriptions of nature, this is the book for you. If you love descriptions of other people appreciating nature and rhapsodizing to each other about it at great length, you have found Nirvana. Aficionados of stilted dialog will also be gratified. Apparently the gothic part of the book is coming, and with it some signs of life, but I don't think I will be along for the ride. WARNING! BAD ACCENT ALERT! What did you like best about The Mysteries of Udolpho? What did you like least? While Karen Cass does a fine job when using her own voice, she made the ill-advised decision to perform the spoken dialogue parts in a cringe-inducing and amateurish "French" accent, that becomes more and more onerous as the hours pass. And seeing as this is a 30+ hour book, that is onerous indeed. Audible really needs to make it a point to capture a representative passage for their sample narration, as if I had heard the baffling use of cartoonish accents, I would have sought another edition. What aspect of Karen Casss performance would you have changed? As above. It is understood the characters are speaking French, there is no need to flog us with inane accents to remind us of this at every spoken dialogue section. Any additional comments? I'm not commenting to review the book per se. It's a very long classic gothic novel, proceed at your own risk. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Jane Austen's Lady Susan Audiobook by Emily Allen
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Jane Austen's Lady Susan Audiobook by Emily Allen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Jane Austen's Lady Susan Author: Emily Allen Narrator: Emily Allen Format: Unabridged Length: 30 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-12 Publisher: The Great Courses Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jane Austen writing an improper novel? Find out why her overlooked Lady Susan, which depicts the exploits of Englands worst coquette, is worth experiencing; how its presence fits in the larger context of the 18th-century novels development; and why it can be considered Austens literary road not taken. ©2012 The Great Courses (P)2012 The Great Courses Members Reviews: The Best Great Courses Lecture I've Come Across Would you listen to Jane Austen's Lady Susan again? Why? I would absolutely listen to this lecture again. This is an informative, insightful take on Austen's short epistolary novel Lady Susan. Allen's performance is engaging, and I was surprised by a lot of what I learned. Highly recommend! What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Austen's Lady Susan? I completely agreed with Allen's take on Lady Susan as a lovable villain. She charms the reader as easily as she charms her acquaintances with wit, cunning, and humor, despite her compromised moral compass. I also enjoyed Allen's emphasis on Lady Susan as a female-driven work. Not only is Lady Susan smarter than everyone else in the novel combined, the men are mostly clueless and peripheral. Which scene was your favorite? Allen's speculation on how Austen's career (and 19th century Brit Lit generally) would have differed if she'd published Lady Susan when written was especially interesting. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I listened to this lecture in one sitting and would have listened to much more! I will be looking up Allen's other lectures. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

- [The Little Prince] Audiobook by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
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- [The Little Prince] Audiobook by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: - [The Little Prince] Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupéry Narrator: - - Kong Ming Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 11-07-17 Publisher: BOVCM Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Please note: This audiobook is in Mandarin. : / : / Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Doctor Thorne Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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Doctor Thorne Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Doctor Thorne Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 04-06-07 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 318 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Doctor Thorne adopts his niece Mary, keeping secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham - the heir to a vastly mortgaged estate and obliged to find a wealthy wife. Only Doctor Thorne knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy that will make her acceptable to the otherwise disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs. Where fiery passion fails, understated English virtues of patience, persistence, and good humor prevail in this most appealing of Trollope's comedies. Critic Reviews: "One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book) Members Reviews: An Unabridged Pleasure! It makes the people who know me laugh at me but I look forward to my 90 minute commute every day because I get to spend time with my latest 'audible' book and no demands from anyone else. This has been especially true for my readings of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, especially 'Doctor Thorne'. I find these wonderful narrations an escape from stress and care and I am grateful for their re-recordings. These new, fresh versions have excellent sound quality and a truly outstanding reader in Simon Vance. For those who savor 19th century English novels, nothing can beat a few hours with Anthony Trollope and Simon Vance. By the time I get home I'm a pleasure to be near again (or at least that's what I like to think). Great book. Great announcer. Bad audio production. The story is great, if you like Anthony Trollope -- and I love him. The announcer is great, if you like Simon Vance (and how can you not?). But, of all the audio books I have listened to over the years (hundreds), this is one of the worst productions. I was surprised that it was Blackstone Audio, which is one I generally trust. The sound engineer must have been asleep. Every so ofter, there is an edit where Simon Vance obviously re-read a line or two -- but there is absolutely no attempt to match the pitch, the tone, the level. It can be very disruptive. Great book. Great announcer. Bad audio production. The story is great, if you like Anthony Trollope -- and I love him. The announcer is great, if you like Simon Vance (and how can you not?). But, of all the audio books I have listened to over the years (hundreds), this is one of the worst productions. I was surprised that it was Blackstone Audio, which is one I generally trust. The sound engineer must have been asleep. Every so ofter, there is an edit where Simon Vance obviously re-read a line or two -- but there is absolutely no attempt to match the pitch, the tone, the level. It can be very disruptive. One of Trollope's best Hooray for Audible for adding this and Framley Parsonage to their library. Doctor Thorne is considered one of Trollope's finest novels. Simon Vance does a nice job reading. Now let's hope they add The Last Chronicle of Barsetshire. Delicious listening. Simon Vance reads the humour between the lines of Trollope's classics in a way that keeps me wanting more. Many threads come together in this 3rd volume, and many also begin here. The rich smorgasbord of characters also offer a great listen, and re-listen. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Histories of the Kings of Britain: King Arthur Audiobook by Geoffrey Monmouth
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Histories of the Kings of Britain: King Arthur Audiobook by Geoffrey Monmouth

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Histories of the Kings of Britain: King Arthur Author: Geoffrey Monmouth Narrator: Jack Chekijian Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 07-26-16 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This may rightly be considered one of the first published sources of the King Arthur legend. The translation by Sebastian Evans of this selection of Geoffrey of Monmouth's chronicle of ancient British kings differs in several respects from more popular versions of Arthurian tales published centuries later. Notably absent here are the Round Table of knights, the Holy Grail, Guenevere's affair with Sir Lancelot, and the Lady of the Lake. In their place is a pseudohistorical account of Arthur's role in British wars against Saxons and Romans - not a work of chivalrous knights in shining suits of armor encountering maidens and monsters, but rather an attempt to forge a national epic for the British people. Members Reviews: Fantastic and Seemingly Accurate It starts out like it's going to SEEM boring but it gets intense and brutal pretty quick! This portrays a very admirable but NON-Disney perspective of King Arthur that's honestly really refreshing lol a Great King wonderful to hear a different version of King Arthur. Nicely done. eazy listening enjoyed it. Great story Having listened to Mallory, this is a great source to hear too. One gets a sense of the earlier Briton reality, even if mostly legend. One can see where the imagination was sparked and is still sparked by need, bravery, and tragedy. Arthur For a public domain narration it was pretty good. I'm a big Arthur fan and of course this is one of the important stories that add to his legend Terrible Narraror I was looking forward to this but couldn't bear listening to the narrator/ I'm returning it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Summary, Review & Analysis: George Orwell's Animal Farm Audiobook by BookBuddy
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Summary, Review & Analysis: George Orwell's Animal Farm Audiobook by BookBuddy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Summary, Review & Analysis: George Orwell's Animal Farm Author: BookBuddy Narrator: Lee Strayer Format: Unabridged Length: 44 mins Language: English Release date: 03-28-14 Publisher: BookBuddy Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 23 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: *Note: Our summary is an accompaniment to Animal Farm and not the novel itself. While it will greatly enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the book, it is not intended to stand in its place.* Talking animals might be a favorite characteristic of childrens fables, but in George Orwells Animal Farm, the story isnt childs play. A dystopian tale about what happens when a group of barnyard animals rebels against the humans; this mid-century book is today considered a literary classic. This summary was made for the listener who has a deep curiosity about classic literature, especially Animal Farm. It is the ideal guide to help you get a grasp on Orwells story, which has been viewed as an allegory for 20th Century politics. In quick chapter breakdowns and analyses, this summary explains how Orwells book was a cautionary tale against dictatorship, Communism, and the Soviet Union. Read this guide to get an overview and understanding of Animal Farm's themes, motifs, and symbols. Gain insight into how idealism becomes corrupted. Become aware of how anthems and rituals on "Animal Farm" are used as tools for mass control. At a key point in the book, discover Orwells Seven Commandments of Animal Farm, which foreshadow tragedies to come. This summary offers other valuable features to help you tame Animal Farm, including a detailed character list and analysis, expert criticism on the pros and cons of the book, and a full synopsis of George Orwells biography, including information about his other major works. Members Reviews: Helped me with my Thesis I am a Lit student and "Animal Farm" by George Orwell is one of my favorite works of classic literature. Naturally, I decided to do my Lit thesis on the masterpiece. Though I know "Animal Farm" from the inside out, this summary analysis really gave me a deeper insight into the themes used in this book. Today, "Animal Farm" is not only viewed as a sad story of the farm animals' uprising against the humans, but a replica of twentieth-century politics. I appreciated the extra insight into Orwell's life, including the listing of his other works, and the character analysis of each key role in the novel was helpful in formulating a clearer thesis. perfect companion This sidekick as an awesome chapter-by-chapter analysis that is sure to help you understand the book that much better. It has a summary of the chapter followed by an analysis that helps explain why everything happens the way it does. It starts by telling us that Jones is no more cruel to the animals than any other farmer from a humans point of view but very cruel from an animalâs point of view, and it ends by explaining that the animals have changed all the rules to convenience them. This sidekick also has a really good themes section to help you better understand some of the themes throughout the book. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Robinson Crusoe Audiobook by Daniel Defoe
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Robinson Crusoe Audiobook by Daniel Defoe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Robinson Crusoe Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Ron Keith Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 06-20-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 93 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Robinson Crusoe, first published in 1719, was Defoes first novel and survives as his best-known work. Loosely based on a true account of a Scottish sailorAlexander Selkirkit is a tale of one mans fall from grace and progress to redemption. The account of Crusoes life, scratched out with rationed indigo ink on a dwindling supply of paper salvaged from the hull of a wrecked ship, speaks eloquently of the tenacity and ingenuity of the human spirit. Members Reviews: A picture in time Robinson Crusoe is a classic that is alluded to in other literature. It is also considered the first English novel. For those reasons, it is worth reading. However, the story wanders and often retraces its steps. As a result, it was a wonderful bedtime read to help me fall asleep. It was also a fascinating look into the early 18th century mind. It is unabashedly racist. White supremacy abounds. The humble pride of the narrator was laughable. I am glad that I read this book, and it lends itself to discussion. The reader was excellent. All in all the book is a good glimpse into the past, encouraging me that we do live in a better time. Not the literary masterpiece I expected I know this is supposed to be a literary masterpiece but I found it lacking. Specifically: - the story is told for several chapters and the retold in the reading of Robinsons journal. - Crusoe has many advantages for being deserted on an island. Tools, guns, gun powder and ammo that lasts 30+ years(?). He grows corn, rice and barley and has goat milk, cheese? - there was little depth to the character and after a while I found I didn't even like him. Very good, very old! I was after a true, classic adventure survival story. Stemming from my recent love for a survival video game called Minecraft. I wanted a really detailed step-by-step adventure. Robinson Caruso gave me just this! It is quite obvious that this story was written a very long time ago (one of the first of its kind). On a side note - the vast differences between normal life back then and now (slaves, racism, communication etc.) actually provide some wonderful incite into human nature and social development. The story is a true epic; adventure, action, disaster and overwhelming joy. It really gives you an appreciation for what you have and how to make the best of a bad situation. Many lesions to learn and fun to be had. Lovely story, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone! Enjoy. The voice recording was done quite some time ago and is not flawless. Never the less, a good performance. great classic, greatly told The narrator had a very easy voice to listen to that added realism to the old story Excellent narration. This was a very engaging performance by the narrator. He really helped bring the story to life, especially with the different voices towards the later part of the tale. I thoroughly recommend this spoken version. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Room with a View Audiobook by E. M. Forster
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A Room with a View Audiobook by E. M. Forster

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Room with a View Author: E. M. Forster Narrator: Joanna David Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 10-01-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 210 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible The story of a young and affluent middle-class girl, Lucy Honeychurch is wooed by George Emerson and Cecil Vyse whilst vacationing in Italy. Though attracted to George, Lucy becomes engaged to Cecil despite twice turning down his proposals. On hearing of the news, George confesses his love, leaving Lucy torn between marrying the more socially acceptable Cecil, or George, the man she knows would bring her true happiness. In this piece of social comedy, E. M. Forster is concerned with one of his favourite themes: the 'undeveloped heart' of the English middle classes, who are here represented by a group of tourists and expatriates in Florence. One of Forster's most admired works, here brought vividly to life by narrator Joanna David, it is a classic tale of human struggle. Should Lucy choose social acceptance or true love? Forster's disapproval of the restrictive conventions of British society are mirrored in the novel through his strong observation of character and society. A Room with a View was ranked 79th on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. The 1985 film adaptation by James Ivory won three Oscars. Narrator Biography Joanna has an extensive array of credits over stage, film and television. Her more recent television appearances include The Living and the Dead, Death in Paradise and Downton Abbey. She has worked with many great film directors, for example, Woody Allen on You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger in 2010. Her more recent film work includes Another Mother's Son and The Boy with the Topknot . Joanna is vice-president of the Theatrical Guild. Joanna David has narrated a number of Audible favourites including Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale and Hilary Boyds Thursdays in the Park. Members Reviews: One Italian Spring This is one splendid book. The writing is beautiful. The author created word paintings or a kind of musical composition but that is like going to see "The Girl With a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer and saying it is a pretty painting but this is the best I can do. One feels as if you are seeing and feeling with the eyes and emotions of Lucy Honeychurch, Cecil Wyse and George Emerson. This is a triangle of love muddles. The girl says yes to the handsome, rich and cultured Cecil As she grew into a self aware and confident woman, she found that he would never be able to meet her needs. To get a better idea of his character, I refer you to Charlotte Bronte's St. John Rivers in "Jane Eyre" or Mary Ann Evans (George Elliot)'s Tito in "Romula". For these men, there was only themselves with no room for the needs of another. A lighter treatment can be found in Sophie Kinsella's "Remember Me?" It must be confessed that our heroine unknowingly lies, to herself, her family, her fianc?, the man she loves. She must take back her yes and find a way to say yes to the right man while the whole world knows and approves of her engagement. It is at times, quite funny and always engrossing. The narrator, Rosalyn Landor enjoyed herself and made the book a joy. There is a kind of poetry in the story which she expressed as her own. It was my first time with her. She is tops. Female Narrator is a Must I saw the 1985 film version of A Room with a View in graduate school.

Jude the Obscure Audiobook by Thomas Hardy
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Jude the Obscure Audiobook by Thomas Hardy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Jude the Obscure Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 09-22-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 44 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When the great Thomas Hardy published this heart-wrenching novel, he had no idea it would be his last. But the book stirred so much controversy and protest, Hardy vowed to never write fiction again. Jude the Obscure tells the story of a stonemason, tricked into a loveless marriage, who craves a formal education and a finer existence. Separated from his wife, Jude begins a new life with his cousin, and the couple defies social convention at every turn. Editorial Reviews: This is why you listen, or why you should: Because a good performance is more than an easy way to "read" a book. And a great performance enhances the original, no matter how great (or not) it may be. Jenny Sterlin animates Hardy's characters without calling attention to herself - that is without raising thoughts of "here's a woman trying to sound like a man." She encourages continued listening when continued reading might be difficult; for example, when Sue and Jude are at their most exasperating. Sterlin's performance is recommended to all listeners - not just fans of Hardy or classic British literature. After all, this is why you listen. Or why you should. Members Reviews: A sad and world-changing book I found this title on a list of books that will change the way you think. And, indeed, published in the late 1800s it must have been a shock to many at the time. It so criticizes and even destroys the notion of marriage as a universal good. Today, in North America at least, we all except the idea that the first person you marry might not be the last. But this book must've been one of the first to place the idea of righteous divorce in print, and, for that reason it must've been one of the first to change the great secret that many marriages are unhappy, previously only hidden in the hearts of so many. Poor Jude and poor Sue. My heart broke for them, reading this. Ugh! This Nartor is amazing!! If you like the english accent she is great I think I read another book by her about a scottish family. I enjoyed her reading but not the book at all. I finally stopped listenin, it was just too depressing, I just couldn't hang in long enough to find out if any good was going to happen to this guy Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to David Copperfield Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to David Copperfield Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to David Copperfield Author: David Timson Format: Original Recording Length: 28 mins Language: English Release date: 02-09-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 31 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to David Copperfield narrated by Anton Lesser. This much-loved novel was, by Dickens' own admission, his 'favorite child'. It is easy to see why, with its colorful characters ranging from the repulsive Uriah Heep to the endlessly improvident Micawbers, and dominated throughout by the moving story of David's search for a family and a home. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to The Old Curiosity Shop Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to The Old Curiosity Shop Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to The Old Curiosity Shop Author: David Timson Narrator: uncredited Format: Original Recording Length: 20 mins Language: English Release date: 02-09-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 25 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to The Old Curiosity Shop narrated by Anton Lesser. Death, innocence, sacrifice and corruption - The Old Curiosity Shop is vintage Dickens. Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost? Part tragedy, part allegory, this is Dickens at his most intense; drawing on his own experiences, he weaves a story of extraordinary emotional power. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Nicholas Nickleby Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Nicholas Nickleby Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Nicholas Nickleby Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: David Horovitch Format: Unabridged Length: 38 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 01-19-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 33 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of Dickens earlier works, dating from 1839, this novel charts the fortunes of an honorable young man, Nicholas Nickleby, who has set out to make his way in the world. Dickens presents a remarkably vivid display of Victorian characters and the lives they lead, from the generous to the fated to the crushed. Hope springs eternal, however, and righteous persistence brings rewards. Members Reviews: humbled Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? I was humbled by the reader's awareness of the piece and his ability to covey it. worth a hundred of my college courses on dickens. dickens ain't too shabby either of course. Who was your favorite character and why? Ralph. Tho as a kind of caricature of heros, Nick is pretty good too. What about David Horovitchs performance did you like? see above Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? yes and neither. see above. Any additional comments? thanks to both my companions of many happy hours. Dickens at his most tedious If you want to read Nicholas Nickleby, you'd much better stick to print, where the long-winded prose can be skimmed at will. As an audiobook it is a marathon. The novel abounds in bombastic moralism but lacks the wit and drama of Dickens' better works. David Horovitch's performance is generally excellent, occasionally overplayed (in keeping with the spirit of the writing), but can't redeem the book. A wondrous performance I'm totally in awe of the narrator. I've known and loved the book (and the 7 hour play!) for years. Yes, it's mixed and has some long and some unnecessarily moralising parts. But it's such a Dickensian joy. I imagine Dickens himself performing passages from it. And he could not have done better than David Horovitch. The voices were comical, moving, terrifying. The timing was perfection. I laughed and cried. Bravo! terrific performance of an enthralling book. Dickers" work remains powerful and moving. Horovitch brings the characters to life with a rare and precious skill The best book ever written! Nicholas Nickleby is certainly one of Dickens finest and as such must qualify it as one of the best novels ever written. The hallmark of a great book is the satisfaction it gives to reader. This book hits that spot with perfect precision. Added to all of this the superb narration by David Horowitz makes for a majestic Audible experience. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Emma Thompson Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 05-13-09 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 48 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: As much about the clash between individual wills as the clash between the sexes and the classes, Howards End is a novel whose central tenet, "Only connect," remains a powerful prescription for modern life. Members Reviews: Something's Missing in this Abridged Version Emma Thompson is a wonderful reader, and the book has a timeless quality. It's unfortunate that this version is abridged. As a result, I missed many key points in the story. The central theme, "only connect" is totally missing from this version. Love Emma, Hate the Adbridgement Any additional comments? Emma Thompson is, of course, sublime, and her voice is not just an instrument but an entire orchestra. However, why was she conned into reading this abridged version of the book. The prose is so sublime, is the exact point of the book. I could see an abridged version of Anna Karenina (I know, shocking, but let me at it), but why Howard's End? I hope this isn't so college students can pretend to have read the book. Why Emma, why? Beautifully read. What about Emma Thompsons performance did you like? I thought Emma Thompson did a beautiful job reading this story. Her voice is a perfect fit for the narrator, which is why I chose this version over the others that are available. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? If you are familiar with Forster and like his work, you will probably respond well to "Howard's End." I enjoyed the "read" but in the end, Forster is not one of my favorites. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Vanity Fair [Tantor] Audiobook by William Makepeace Thackeray
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Vanity Fair [Tantor] Audiobook by William Makepeace Thackeray

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Vanity Fair [Tantor] Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Format: Unabridged Length: 28 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 07-29-08 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 139 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: William Makepeace Thackeray's forte is the bon mot, and it is amply exercised in a novel filled with memorably wicked lines. Lengthy and leisurely in pace, the novel follows the adventures of Becky and Amelia as their fortunes rise and fall, creating a tale both picaresque and risque. Thackeray mercilessly skewers his society, especially the upper class, poking fun at their shallow values and pointedly jabbing at their hypocritical "morals". His weapons, however, are not fire and brimstone but an unerring eye for the absurd and a genius for observing the foibles of his age. An enduring classic, this great novel is a brilliant study in duplicity and hypocrisy - and a mirror with which to view our own times. Members Reviews: Clever, Witty, Splendid and Wonderful Vanity Fair is the very definition of "bon mots" (witty remarks or clever observations). But who am I to praise Thackeray? Let me stand politely to one side for Charlotte Bronte who, as reported by her biographer Elizabeth Claghorn Gaskel, "was thankful for the opportunity of expressing her high admiration of a writer, whom, as she says, she regarded 'as the social regenerator of his day--as the very master of that working corps who would restore to rectitude the warped state of things. . . .His wit is bright, his humour (sic) attractive, but both bear the same relation to his serious genius, that the mere lambent sheet-lightning, playing under the edge of the summer cloud, does to the electric death-spark hid in its womb.'" I forgot when Vanity Fair was written but if one changes a few details here and there, it is just as fresh as the latest Drudge Report. This is a satisfying work at every level with treachery and betrayal side by side with love eternal and tender. Thackeray leads a body around by the nose. He takes total control, making one see things his way. He is a master, funny, razor sharp and spot on. This splendid book was masterfully performed by Wanda McCaddon. I am struck with the consistent presentation for the 28-30 hours it took to complete the recording. It must have taken several weeks. My hat is off to the lady. She must have been absolutely exhausted at the end. For me, audio books are emotionally draining in a way that the printed word has never been. It is the difference between reading Shakespeare and experiencing a performance of Shakespeare. I am constantly learning things I missed when I only read the work. I think the difference with the audio book version is there are three brains involved: the author, narrator and listener. Ah, the vanities of life This is a very, very long book. About 27 hours. Surprisingly, it held my interest for the most part, which is surprising because nothing much happens within view of the listener. The unnamed narrator is our guide through early 19th century London and the Continent, with a dash of India for good measure. The two main characters, Amelia Sedley and Becky Sharp, and there relationships drive the story. We follow assorted family members and hangers on through gluttony, lust, avarice, jealousy, and dishonesty. But we rarely witness the action, we only hear about the aftereffects. All the characters suffer from serious flaws, except possibly William Dobbin, unless you consider his refusal to let go of an unrequited love and then being stupid enough to marry the woman a positive trait.

He Knew He Was Right Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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He Knew He Was Right Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: He Knew He Was Right Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Nigel Patterson Format: Unabridged Length: 30 hrs and 32 mins Language: English Release date: 10-14-16 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 47 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When Louis Trevelyan's young wife meets an old family acquaintance, his unreasonable jealousy of their friendship sparks a quarrel that leads to a brutal and tragic estrangement. Often considered to be his masterpiece, Anthony Trollope's 1869 novel explores the themes of marriage, love, and the rights of women in 19th-century England. With a cast of independent, forceful characters and lively subplots, Trollope creates a penetrating and often comic dissection of the mores of Victorian society. Members Reviews: Nigel Patterson as the narrator is great The first time I encountered Anthony Trollopes most popular work, He Knew He Was Right, was in a BBC production. My teen aged children and I enjoyed it. I had not read the book that the mini-series was based on. When I was offered the opportunity to review the book narrated by Nigel Patterson, I was happy to finally get a chance at the source. He Knew He Was Right was written in 1869. It is very important that the listener keep that in mind. It was a very different world, especially for women. The book follows Louis Trevelyan, a wealthy gentleman, who while traveling in one of the Empires colonies (it is a fictitious colony) meets the girl of his dreams, Emily Rowley. Although Emily has been raised outside of England, she does come from a good family as her father is the governor of the colony. Emily and her family travel back to England for the wedding. The first two years of marriage are wonderful complete with a baby boy. Then Louis begins to take exception to an old family friend, a man her fathers age, visiting Emily. He demands she no longer see the man because he suspects infidelity. Emily digs her heels in and refuses to end her harmless friendship. Louis takes it as proof that he wife is not faithful. There are several subplots to this book, which is over 300 pages in print and 30 hours in audio. The subplots involve other couples including Emilys sister, Nora. Each couple has their own challenges to overcome, several involving social standing or economic position. While the subplots are interesting, it is Louis and Emilys story that is the main attraction. I did have to keep reminding myself of the 1869 publication date because I had a persistent and overwhelming need to slap Louis. Emily never, in deed or word, gives him cause to doubt her but he is so insecure he cannot trust her. It is a combination of Emilys stubbornness and Louiss insecurity that cause this to blow up into a major disaster involving both families and dividing friends. That being said, it really is a great book and worth the impulse to slap Louis. Mr. Patterson does a great job narrating this book. He captures the characters and their emotions. He also handles the language well. Sometimes narrators can allow the more formal language of the 19th century to sound stilted but Mr. Patterson does not. He makes the language flow naturally. I have not had a disappointing listen from Mr. Patterson yet. If you are going to invest in He Knew He Was Right as an audiobook, get the right one with Nigel Patterson as the narrator. Trollope Forever I only wish he were still living and writing! anachronistic, yes, but frankly who cares? Interesting story, great narrator Interesting story about a man who becomes convinced, wrongly, that his wife has been unfaithful to him. Nigel Patterson is a terrific narrator.

Dracula Audiobook by Bram Stoker
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Dracula Audiobook by Bram Stoker

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Dracula Author: Bram Stoker Narrator: Gerry O'Brien Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 06-16-17 Publisher: Punch Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel, and invasion literature. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film, and television interpretations. This current recording features Irish actor Gerry O'Brien and is intended to entertain the modern audiobook listener through easy digital download. Members Reviews: Excellent Definitely a must listen too The narrator was clear and his voice was full of life Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Far From the Madding Crowd (Movie Tie-in Edition) Audiobook by Thomas Hardy
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Far From the Madding Crowd (Movie Tie-in Edition) Audiobook by Thomas Hardy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Far From the Madding Crowd (Movie Tie-in Edition) Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 04-28-15 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 63 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This story of a proud rural beauty and the three men who court her is the novel that first made Thomas Hardy famous. Despite the violent ends of several of its major characters, Far from the Madding Crowd is the sunniest and least brooding of Hardy's great novels. The strong-minded Bathsheba Everdene - and the devoted shepherd, obsessed farmer, and dashing soldier who vie for her favor - move through a beautifully realized late 19th-century agrarian landscape, still almost untouched by the industrial revolution and the encroachment of modern life. Members Reviews: Wonderful performance that brings new life to this classic Nicholas Guy Smith gives a pitch perfect of Thomas Hardy's masterpiece. He does full justice to the range of voices, personalities, moods and accents. I had not realized before how very funny Hardy can be. There are passages of dialogue, especially among the working men of Bathsheba's farm, that are hilarious. Guy Smith gives them their full measure of entertainment value. Hardy's ability to take a godlike view of a whole scene in one moment, and then to zero in on the poignantly human details of his individual characters, is most impressive and moving. This is one I will listen to more than once. Great story, wonderful performance! Loved listening to this story. Hardy captures the idylls and charm (and often mundanity) of countryside living - with all the intrigue and community buzz. Awesome narration too! In fact I got this title mainly because I saw Nicholas Guy Smith had narrated it. Great book What a sad tale of love. Way to be persistent Farmer Oak. Great narration by Nicholas Smith. Movie was better for me Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Not really because I don't believe any of my friends really like an appreciate classic literature the way I do. Not my cup of tea Note to self: no more classics. I am not suited to them. Note to others: my review in no way reflects the quality of the story or the telling of it. Please experience this novel on your own and form your own opinion. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Rob Roy Author: Sir Walter Scott Narrator: David McCallion Format: Unabridged Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins Language: English Release date: 09-27-17 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 11 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In 1819, Walter Scott published Rob Roy, a book that would eventually become one of the most-read historical novels of all time. The story unfolds through the eyes of Frank Osbaldistone, the son of an English merchant. Frank first travels to the north of England, eventually ending up in the Scottish Highlands. He is determined to collect on a debt owed to his father, but on his journey he encounters Rob Roy MacGregor, who sets the tone for the story's development. The story of Rob Roy takes place during a turbulent time in Scotland's history, just prior to the Jacobite rising of 1715. Although Rob Roy is an adventure, it also paints a portrait of the brutal reality of 18th century Scotland, and due to the political problems of the time, Rob Roy was initially published anonymously. Members Reviews: Five Stars typical Scott Good Read Great read. Excellent plot, you feel you are in scotland. Five Stars Excellent God bless Sir Walter Scott I was surprised at how different the book was from the movie. Imagine that, a man my age be surprised by such a thing. Excellent story as usual. Five Stars Excellent read, a well deserved 5 stars for this classic. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Christmas Carol [Audio Connoisseur Version] Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Christmas Carol [Audio Connoisseur Version] Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Christmas Carol [Audio Connoisseur Version] Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 12-01-08 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 103 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Although the original book is only about 100 pages in length, its compact plot structure and wonderful narrative velocity are so perfectly contrived as to make this novella an icon in world literature. Once the story begins, there is no getting off this mad dash around the fog beclouded city of gloomy London. The story was written in 1843 in the wake of a series of "poor laws" directed at changes in the British welfare system. Dickens tried to alert his readers to the plight of those persons who had been displaced and driven into poverty as a result of the rapid changes taking place during the early years of the Industrial Revolution. In A Christmas Carol, Dickens points out that the wealthy have a greater obligation to the poor than to merely pay their taxes and go on about their lives. But the greatest thing about the story is the powerful spirit of Christmas, and the healing virtue of believing in something outside of one's self. Critic Reviews: "Charlton Griffin's inspired reading of this 1843 novella should be mandatory holiday listening." ( AudiFile Magazine) Members Reviews: Prefer this to the other version I own I purchased this as my "seasonal cheer". While the story focuses on Christmas, its message is for the whole year. Just a few days after buying this version, audible.com gave me a copy of the Tim Curry version. I have listened to both, and of the two I prefer this one. Both are decently read. To me the Curry version reminds me of a grandfather sharing it with a child just learning to read --- slow and deliberate like he's letting the child point out words on the page as they go. To my taste, this version is narrated more smoothly, and the reader is more intent on communicating the story. Most of us probably already know the story or at least a version of it. So the delivery is what counts. Different people will have different preferences. The plot may not suit people who feel "Scrooge-like" at this season, but for others, it is heartwarming. Given how long ago Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, it is amazing how little of it seems dated. Its style is more leisurely and observant than it would be if written today. But the author's observations and asides rarely feel intrusive or dated. I'm happy with my choice I listened to all the samples on this book and they all sounded great to me. I chose this one because there were some sound effects that I didn't hear in the others. I was thrilled with my choice. The narrator was amazing. Many times I thought there was a cast of characters but it was just one man. I think I would have liked any of the narrators but I loved this one. I listen to many books but this is my first review. great an excellent rendition of a Timeless Tale. the narrator has a perfect voice for it and the musical accompaniment is just right What the Dickens? Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Everyone should read this among all the other classics. If youve listened to books by Charles Dickens before, how does this one compare? I am not a Dickens follower, but I find this typical of his other books in that he identifies a personality or type and tells us we should try not to be like that. Which character as performed by Charlton Griffin was your favorite? Griffin is wonderful. You don't realize that one person is doing all this.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles Audiobook by Thomas Hardy
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles Audiobook by Thomas Hardy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tess of the D'Urbervilles Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Jilly Bond Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 11-21-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Tess Durbeyfield, the daughter of an impoverished family, must navigate a world of desire and romance once she meets Alec d'Urberville. The son of a rich widow, he takes a fancy to her and gets her a position as the poultry keeper on his family's estate. However, her good fortune is soon complicated by Alec's libertine ways, and Tess returns home shamed. Once recovered, she separates herself from the gossip by finding work at a dairy farm outside the village. There, she meets and falls for Angel Clare, the eligible youngest son of the local reverend. But as her life begins to change for the better, she is troubled by a moral dilemma: whether or not to tell Angel about her past. Set in the fictional county of Wessex, Tess of the d'Urbervilles reflects on issues of classism, industrialism, hypocrisy, and virtue. Often considered to be Thomas Hardy's masterpiece, it received mixed reviews upon its publication due to its frank discussion of female sexuality and the hypocrisy of Victorian morality. Members Reviews: Passions, Lamentations, And Tragedy-- --Which is what you'd generally expect from any Thomas Hardy work. What sets this version apart from other versions, is the magnificent performance by Jilly Bond (whom I first encountered from her work on Lucy Dillon's novels). Sometimes screechy (peasants running riot and singing drunken tunes), always passionate, Bond turns in an emotional and truthful rendition of this Hardy novel. As always, what stands in the way of a perfect 5-star rating is Hardy's over-the-top beating down on the reader/listener's head of tragedy, Tragedy, TRAGEDY! With so much weeping, recriminations, self-loathing, and poorly considered choices that the listener becomes quite inured to the emotional devastation all around of the characters. Still, he is a brilliant writer with lovely phrases, exceptional wording, and imagery the likes of which you will find nowhere else. Bond's narration, however, makes this the very best of versions of this work on Audible. Worth the time, even worth the wallowing through that which could have been self-edited, this book will transport you to a world where fear and longing eclipse character, and the oh so human appetite for joy drives all to commit the tragic. riveting. Darn you, Thomas Hardy. Harken unto my words, it left me absolutely bereft. Jilly's vocal talent was just wonderful. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Tess of the D'Urbervilles Audiobook by Thomas Hardy
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles Audiobook by Thomas Hardy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tess of the D'Urbervilles Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Peter Firth Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 09-09-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 181 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible When John Durbeyfield discovers a family connection to the ancient Norman family, the D'Urbervilles, the fate of daughter Tess is transformed. Sent by her ambitious parents to visit her wealthy D'Urberville cousins, Tess attracts the attention of the unscrupulous Alec. Seduced and discarded by him and alone in the world, she finds work as a milkmaid and the love of Angel Clare. Yet his love cannot accept the truth about Tess's past. Considered Hardy's masterwork it presents a major departure from conventional Victorian fiction, causing controversy and mixed reviews on first publication due to it challenging Victorian sexual morals. The work was subtitled 'A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented' as Hardy felt that its heroine was a virtuous victim of a rigid Victorian moral code. Hardy considered it his finest book and due to his enlightened and forward thinking, the story has captivated audiences since it was first released. Thomas Hardy was an English writer and poet in the Romantic era who was greatly influenced by Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth. 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 and starred in Audible's multicast drama Amok. Members Reviews: Peter Firth gets this book Peter Firth played Angel Clare in Polanski's film version of this novel. His reading demonstrates great affection for Hardy's characters, and an understanding of the many nuances of the story. Don't worry if it seems slow to begin with, if you let the plot unfold, there is plenty of excitement and tragedy in store. Originally published as a serial, each phase builds up to its own climax, which makes for pleasant and interesting listening. Definitely not a "boring 19th century novel." Luscious A heartbreaking story possesses both the clarity of rural life and the confusion of the epic struggles of a human heart. Tess and Angel Clare are so beautifully realized that the frustration one feels with them becomes all-too-real. The narration of this version, by Peter Firth, is among the best in the audible.com catalog that I've encountered so far. Tess is a book to read and re-read with your ears, eyes, mind, and heart. Heartbreakingly beautiful I nearly gave up on this halfway through. While Peter Firth does a good job with the characters, I found his reading too halting, with so many pauses that the language did not flow, and I had trouble connecting the sentences. This is not usually a problem in listening to Hardy. I switched over to Davina Porter's narration and was riveted for the second half of the book. I don't think this was entirely due to Peter Firth's narration.

The World Set Free Audiobook by H. G. Wells
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The World Set Free Audiobook by H. G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The World Set Free Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Eric Brooks Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 02-07-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The World Set Free is a novel published in 1914 by H. G. Wells. The book is considered a prophetical novel foretelling the advent of nuclear weapons. A constant theme in Wells work, such as his 1901 nonfiction book Anticipations, was the role of energy and technological advance as a determinant of human progress. The novel opens with this: "The story of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, fire-making animal." Scientists of the day were well aware that the slow natural radioactive decay of elements like radium continues for thousands of years, and that while the rate of energy release is negligible, the total amount released is huge. Wells used this as the basis for his story. Editorial Reviews: Wells describes nuclear weapons as the most destructive power imaginable in a novel written in the early 1900s. Much of what Wells hypothesizes now qualifies as prophecy since coming true. Wells studied the cutting-edge science of his time and planted what he learned in this futuristic novel. The theme will be familiar to Wells fans: Mankind is power-hungry, and human progress is determined by the speed and sophistication of technological advancement. Narrator Eric Brooks British accent and professorial tone match the philosophical-sounding text. Brooks fleshes out the characters and the plot, but like Wells himself Brooks main focus is the theme; he thoughtfully conveys Wells near psychic expository rhetoric. Members Reviews: pedagogically pedantic Like listening to a lecture on history, some of which just hasn't happened yet, by Ben Stein's character The Economics teacher from Ferris Bueler's Day Off. But if you can get through the dry stuff, there are some really good but scary prescient tidbits. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Sense and Sensibility Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Sense and Sensibility Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sense and Sensibility Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 01-27-16 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 23 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set in Southwest England in the late 1800s, Sense and Sensibility follows the lives of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. When inheritance money from their father does not fall their way, the sisters and their mother must move in with distant relatives. Settling in at Barton Park, the Dashwood sisters discover a new life filled with new acquaintances and different suitors. From these new encounters, their lives are forever changed through a series of love, romance, and heartbreaks. Ultimately, the sisters must choose between sense and sensibility while uncovering secrets about their potential suitors and the wealth-inspired motives the society holds. Members Reviews: Excellent story and narration The book is better than the TV series or movie. I highly recommend this book by Jane Austin. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Chris MacDonnell Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 10-13-17 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Scrooge! His name has become synonymous with being miserly and miserable, especially at Christmas! A Christmas Carol is the much-loved novella by Charles Dickens which tells Scrooge's story. This mean, misanthropic man is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, and then three spirits: the ghosts of Christmas Past, of Christmas Present, and of Christmas Yet to Come. These spirits show him visions that illustrate how his selfish attitude and behavior affect the people in his circle of friends and family. Further, he's shown how and why his own life has been affected in the past. In this version, the memorable characters of this timeless classic are skillfully brought to life and the unaffected, clear narrative delivers Charles Dickens' prose with an intimate performance of clarity and accessibility. Members Reviews: A Christmas Classic This is a classic Dickens tale, brought to life by Chris MacDonnell. Chris does a fantastic job portraying the various characters! I will definitely listen to this performance again and again. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Great!! Fantastic narration for this literary classic. I listened to this with my kids and we all enjoyed it! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it. A classic tale for christmas This is Dickens, and one of his most famous works! It could't be less than five stars, and since the performance was good and also correct for the story it is a five stars too! If you still haven't read it, this is the right time of the year for a short but poweful story! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Scrooge Learns God Bless Us Everyone I received a copy from either the author, narrator, or producer to provide a voluntary and honest review. A Christmas Carol is a well know. Charles Dickens story. I had never read the book but have seen numerous movies or theater productions. I truly loved listening to the book and feel Ive missed out by not having read the book. Clever dialogue and deeper descriptions of Scrooge and his partner Marley. Loved the thought process behind dead as a door nail. The narrator was incredible, providing emotion and seamlessly engaging me in the story. Enjoy during the Holidays or anytime. Worth the credit or the money. Enjoy a Christmas Carol in a new way. Perfect to get you in the holiday mood! This was just wonderful. Perfect for the holidays. Really enjoyable. I plan on listening to this again while cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks! I received this for free for an honest review. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Oliver Twist Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Oliver Twist Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Oliver Twist Author: David Timson Format: Original Recording Length: 27 mins Language: English Release date: 02-03-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 46 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Oliver Twist narrated by Anthony Lesser. Oliver Twist, Dickens' second novel, is a thrilling study of childhood innocence thrust into the darkly comic world of Fagin, his apprentice, the Artful Dodger, and their gang of child thieves. Who will help the orphaned Oliver to escape from their clutches and discover his true history? The original story is even more powerful and compelling than the musical, which has popularized it. Anton Lesser reads with all his intensity and comic versatility. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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 Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Narrator: Daniela Acitelli Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 11-03-17 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 11 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Mary Shelley wished with her classic Gothic novel Frankenstein to "make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart". Mary Shelley succeeded. Victor Frankenstein finally fulfills his dream of creating his own living creature, stitched together from the macabre remains of corpses. To his horror he finds he has created something even more ghastly than in his worst imaginings. Frankenstein has created a monster with a soul! Members Reviews: Absolutely thrilling! This is one of the few unabridged versions of Mary Shelley's all-time-classic. I'd been looking for a great audiobook version of Frankenstein for quite a while. Well, here it is. Brilliantly narrated by Daniela Acitelli, whose voice instantly puts you right into the story. Couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. Wow. Greatly surprised!! I have never read this book before. I had zero clue that it was so different then movies made it out to be. The book was scary yet thrilling. I was worried it would be difficult to understand. A book written in the early 1800s had great vocabulary, but atlas I loved it! The narrator made it perfect. So much so that I want to checkout more of her narrations. If you are on the fence about this book listen to me: You will love it!! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The Mary Shelley Classic! Do Not Miss!!! Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a classic tale and is brought to life by Daniela Acitelli. Ms. Acitellie does the most amazing job bringing this story life. She captures the desperation, anguish, rage, and utter despair of both Victor Frankenstein and his Monster during their monologues. Her performance is something that is truly outstanding and makes this classic tale even more enjoyable. I highly recommend this audiobook. This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom for an unbiased review. Flawless voice artist The voice artist was great. She wrung each drop of emotion out of every character. It isnt easy to enliven a book from 1818, but she has done it beautifully. Cheers. Stunning! After having seen so many different portrayals of Frankenstein throughout my life on both the big and small screens and in pop culture, I must admit the original story was a very pleasant surprise and surpassed all expectation. This is a heartbreaking and hauntingly beautiful story. Ms. Acitelli delivered a soulful performance with expertise and gravitas. Her voice has a beautiful timbre and intensity that truly made this listen extra special. This was my first time enjoying this classic tale and I loved every moment, thanks in large part to Ms. Acitellis fabulous performance. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass Audiobook by Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, Lewis Carroll
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass Audiobook by Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, Lewis Carroll

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass Subtitle: With an Excerpt from the Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll Author: Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, Lewis Carroll Narrator: Alison Larkin Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 04-17-15 Publisher: British Classic Audio and BMA Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 69 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Lewis Carroll's most famous novels, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, are brought to sparkling new life in this unabridged recording by AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator Alison Larkin. An internationally acclaimed comedienne well known for her many voices, Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring Lewis Carroll's classic novels to a new audience. This fresh and hugely entertaining listen from "the English American" joined with Lewis Carroll's surreal genius results in pure, boundless FUN. The novels are followed by a short excerpt from the Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll, by Carroll's nephew Stuart Dodgson Collingwood. Members Reviews: A Match Made in Audio Book Heaven What made the experience of listening to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass the most enjoyable? It only takes a miracle. You only have to find an award-winning narrator who is both a brilliant actor AND comedienne. When you have found her-- match her unique experience and multi-talents with a story that has been a best seller for over 150 years! Alison Larkin brings her great many gifts--including an uncanny ability togive a irresistible voice and character to every creature great and small--to this wonderful Anniversary Edition of Lewis Carroll's immortal classic comedy. What new fun enchantment we are able to enjoy in this delightfully funny and dramatic new version. We are also treated to an extra bonus at the end of the reading from a letter written by the original Alice when shewas married later in life and asked how she was able to convince a rather distinguished Oxford Professor Dobson--AKA Lewis Carroll-- to continue telling her stories when he grew tired. The mature Alice recounts: "When he said i will tell you more 'next time' my sisters and I all cried: 'But this IS next time!'" Don't wait for "next time"! This audio book is a great time for anyone who wishes to hear a miraculous match of a uniquely gifted narrator with this most original and captivating tale. What did you like best about this story? I was surprised at how a story I loved when I was so young is still so relevant to someone of my rather advanced age. White haired "old" Father William, for example, is asked whether standing on his head: "is quite right?"My yoga-teaching daughter assures me that such a daily exercise is essential. And when the Queen advises us to "believe 6 impossible things before breakfast" I have taken her advice and find the whole day moves much more happily after such an invigorating mental exercise. Not that I can't relate to the sleepy Door Mouse or the Mad Hatter and his rather chaotic tea party! In fact, I find this whole upside down world in which virtually every word is full of so many meanings--rather a home away from home, if you know what I m Which character as performed by Alison Larkin was your favorite? I loved the White Rabbit who became a very energetic type of Scottish person.

Ivanhoe Audiobook by Walter Scott
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Ivanhoe Audiobook by Walter Scott

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Ivanhoe Author: Walter Scott Narrator: James Cosmo Format: Unabridged Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 11-16-15 Publisher: silksoundbooks Limited Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 24 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is one of Sir Walter Scott's greatest adventures, set amongst the roaring battles of the struggle between the Normans and the Saxons for control of medieval England. It deals with the rivalry between King Richard the Lion-Heart and his brother, John. We follow the adventures, skirmishes and romances of the hero, Ivanhoe, a Saxon knight loyal to King Richard, as he attempts to survive the England of King John alongside the disguised Richard and, of course, Robin Hood. Author Sir Walter Scott, first Baronet (1771-1832), was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet. His father was a lawyer who had brought himself from the family's rural background into legal eminence in Edinburgh, married a well-born girl and was very anxious that his children should continue his process of advancement for the Scott family. Scott himself was an early victim of polio, only just surviving by dint of being sent back to what remained of the family seat to live with his grandmother. It was she who introduced him to Scottish folklore and ballads, which were to be so influential in his writing career, with novels such as Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor. Members Reviews: A brilliant rendering of a classic What did you love best about Ivanhoe? It gives a better reading of history and culture than dry academic discourse. And within a children's tale there is more nuance and sincerity than most of modern politics. Who was your favorite character and why? The swineherd. His honesty moved me and his predicament has a telling similarity to the one of the modern middle class. What about James Cosmos performance did you like? His voice. It was not overtly full of fake rural tones, but naturally so. Romantic in the spirit of the book. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Cedric's destiny and his struggle to keep his family and his nation alive. A racist, anti-Semitic yet ripping yarn Errol Flynn's "The Adventures of Robin Hood" meets Stormfront in this classic by a name known more for pipe tobacco than literature. Still, the combination of conflict (of the flavor of "Friday Night Lights") and speechifying (of the flavor of "Deadwood") and a terrific performance make it an edifying pastime. Great narration Not the easiest story to get into (written 200 years ago) but it's the narration that makes it accessible and engaging Highly recommended James Cosmo's Ivanhoe I'm a big fan of Cosmo's acting, but this reading was a bit stilted. Some breathing exercises and longer phrasing required. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Bleak House Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Bleak House Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Bleak House Author: David Timson Format: Original Recording Length: 28 mins Language: English Release date: 02-03-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 42 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Bleak House narrated by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher. A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Members Reviews: only barely an intro Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? I decided to listen to these before listening to the actual novels. David Timson does offer up a succinct intro to each work, touching on its place in Dickens' oeuvre, what motivated the author, influences, themes, and period reception. Thankfully, he's careful not to spoil the plot. The narration is excellent, especially the ones Neville Jason does. My only issue was that all these intros run to about 30 minutes but actually the David Timson introduction is only about the first five minutes. The rest is the first few pages of the book being read. Still, they're worthwhile to listen to (at least the first five minutes) before listening to one of the novels. They offer good context if you're not very familiar with Dickens' life and work. A short introduction to a Very Long Book Would you listen to The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Bleak House again? Why? I don't think I would listen to it again - Bleak House is one of my favourite Victorian novels, and Timson's introduction made me want to go and read it again. I enjoyed Timson's overview of the novel, but I'm more likely to reread the novel than relisten to the introduction. The introduction is probably aimed at people who want a general idea of what the book is about and who the characters are - there wasn't really anything new in there for me. What did you like best about this story? It was interesting to hear a brief overview of Bleak House - the introductions at the beginning of classic novels tend to be academic essays rather than actual introductions, so this audiobook did a much better job of introducing the novel. What about the narrators performance did you like? He knows the book, he talks about the book, he doesn't go off on a thirty-page tangent about some obscure literary theory and doesn't reference sixty other novels that I haven't read... Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? No, but that really isn't what I was expecting from this one, so it's no criticism. Any additional comments? I do intend to listen to some more of Timson's introductions to the works of Dickens at some point, but perhaps not to the novels that I've already read. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Phineas Redux Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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Phineas Redux Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Phineas Redux Subtitle: Palliser, Book 4 Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 03-30-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 44 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: His beloved wife having died in childbirth, Phineas Finn finds Irish society and his job as a poorhouse inspector dull and unsatisfying, particularly after the excitement of his former career as a Member of Parliament. Back in England, the Whigs are determined to overturn the Tory majority in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Since Finn had once been considered the most promising of the younger set, he is encouraged to run for office again. Bribery, romance, and murder are peppered throughout this Trollope novel. The fourth novel in the Palliser series,Phineas Reduxstands alone as a compelling work of political intrigue, personal crisis, and romantic jealousy. Critic Reviews: There are certain chapters in the middle ofPhineas Reduxthat are Trollope at the highest power. (Sir Hugh Walpole, English novelist) Members Reviews: Old classic still resonates today. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes. I have enjoyed reading the whole "Palliser" sries by Trollope, but the two books about our hero - Phineas Finn were the most enjoyable. Set in the late 1880's they are a gentle satire about the "game" of politics that resonates today. What other book might you compare Phineas Redux to and why? Before reading Phineas Redux, readers should try Phineas Finn as this is the story of his first foray into politics, while Phineas Redux is his return. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? There were many moments, but the whole book was an ejoyable journey into a different time and palce. For all lovers of the Victorian novel What did you like about this audiobook? It doesn't get any better than this. It will be good if you have listened to the other novels in the series, most importantly, Phineas Finn. Timothy West is the very best reader of these novels -- how can he do all the voices so expertly? He helps you appreciate the language far more than you could if you were reading. How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter? Yes, immensely. Twists and surprises Trollops character development continues to impress and entertain me, but this plot is even more satisfying than the first two books in this series. Great twists and suspense! Top Rate Of all the Trollope novels, and I think, in a long life, I have read most of them them, if not all; I think I have enjoyed this one the most. Simon Vance's performance is past marvelous. He gives us a performance. He acts. He is able to switch between the varied voices and emotions of Trollope's always finely hewned characters seemlessly. I found myself happily enmeshed in these lives. He differentiates between the voices of each of the many characters, so you always know who is speaking, even in multi peopled conversations. This book is full of 18th Century politics, which I find fascinating. I don't think any other novelist of his day took it on. In this novel Trollope could be the Gore Vidal of his time, with less scorn, and more wit, of course. As is not true of Trollope's other books, this one he leaves us in suspense. I have just bought Phineas Finn Redux, and with the great Simon in charge once again, I look forward to the treat in store. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Cranford Audiobook by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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Cranford Audiobook by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Cranford Author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell Narrator: Davina Porter Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 02-05-09 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 102 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This classic novel has been thrice adapted for the screen by the BBC. Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. Witty, poignant, and often ironic, Cranford is the tale of what these two women will do to remain respectable, proper, and kind with only moderate means. ©2008 Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC Editorial Reviews: Award-winning voice actor Davina Porter delivers a refined performance of Cranford a novel by Victorian writer Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. Porters enunciation is impeccable, allowing the story to unfold in a cultivated manner suited to the prose and subject matter. In a small parish in Cheshire, England, Mary Smith, her friends Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, and other upper class members of society pass their days by calling on neighbors, engaging in polite conversation, practicing elegant economy, and avoiding vulgarities of any sort. Critic Reviews: "... an extremely clever piece of writing." ( Guardian (UK)) Members Reviews: A Lovely Relaxing Listen My first experience with Cranford was the version filmed for Masterpiece Theater. I had been looking for an audible version and this is it! Davina Porter does her usual wonderful job of characterization and brings to life the charming characters of a special place known as Cranford. The story is humorous and heartbreaking. Author Elizabeth Gaskell does not make life perfect for everyone. The world of Cranford is real and pulls you in with every word. If you enjoy the novels of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and E.M. Forster, I guarantee that you will enjoy this! Another Favorite Place Would you consider the audio edition of Cranford to be better than the print version? I haven't read the book but love hearing it read. I always love hearing an English accent. What other book might you compare Cranford to and why? Miss Read's "Thrush Green", Jan Karon's "Mitford" come to mind as they are small town settings and have quirky, loveable characters. What about Davina Porters performance did you like? I love her voice quality - soothing and her inflection really brings out the meaning and emotion behind the words. Next to Gwen Watford narrating the Thrush Green books and Juliet Mills in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, she is my next favorite narrator. If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? Ladies Rule Any additional comments? I am so pleased with this purchase. I'll be listening to this again and again. Well, worth the money. Satisfying trip to another time. Highly entertaining and cleverly written. The characters are richly drawn and very engaging. It's like visiting a comfortable village where there is no concern for the larger world issues, but high concern for neighbors and friends. Wish we could all live in such a world, as narrow and unrealistic as it is. Davina Porter is an accomplished narrator and can be counted on to deliver masterful performances. Splendid A beautiful story of little nothing's in a small rural town in the 19th century. 11 out of 10 for the narration by Davina Porter, excellent, sympathetic way of speaking. I loved this book, but can't quite see how it was translated into a TV series, which I haven't seen.

Paradise Lost Audiobook by John Milton
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Paradise Lost Audiobook by John Milton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Paradise Lost Author: John Milton Narrator: Anton Lesser, Laura Paton Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-00 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 47 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Paradise Lost is the greatest epic poem in the English language. In words remarkable for their richness of rhythm and imagery, Milton tells the story of Man's creation, fall, and redemption to "justify the ways of God to men." Milton produced characters which have become embedded in the consciousness of English literature, the frail, human pair, Adam and Eve; the terrible cohort of fallen angels; and Satan, tragic and heroic in his unremitting quest for revenge. The tale unfolds from the aftermath of the great battle between good and evil to the moving departure of Adam and Eve from Eden, with human and eternal anguish intertwined in magnificent resonance. For more informative lectures about this work, don't miss . (P)1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. Members Reviews: ahh... if only if only this title were UN-abridged. ~sigh~ but otherwise, it is well-narrated, and the sound is good. and I must say, I was quite relieved to hear a female narrator reading Eve's part. it's good as a supplement to reading the work yourself. it's actually a good place to start if you are going to read it yourself, as it prepares you for the style and the plot. Not at all a decent version When I purchased this, I expected John Milton's "Paradise Lost." This abridged version cuts out about 4-5 of the original books within the epic, and usually the cuts are extremely important storyline information. I would suggest reading the book or looking somewhere else for the audio, because this version is not what you want. Gorgeous telling I've come back to and listened to this recording three or four times. I find its imagery and lyricism enthralling. I will never think of death and sin without picturing them by the portal in their odd macabre dance and dilliance. this new wondrous Pontifice . . . overlay With this portentious Bridge the dark Abyss. Thine now is all the world . . . Listen to this abbreviated effort only if the sole alternative is never to read this poem. For beginners only. Great narration. Great listen Where does Paradise Lost rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? This is the first audiobook I have heard. Listing and following along with the read was interesting because they really make you feel like your in the time period that it was written. Who was your favorite character and why? GOD Have you listened to any of Anton Lesser and Laura Paton s other performances before? How does this one compare? I have not Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Yes Any additional comments? No Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Gulliver's Travels Audiobook by Jonathan Swift
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Gulliver's Travels Audiobook by Jonathan Swift

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Gulliver's Travels Author: Jonathan Swift Narrator: John Tatlock Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 11-03-15 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 46 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jonathan Swift's classic novel about the loveable Lemuel Gulliver is one that is taught in high schools around the country, and for good reason. Gulliver, who is a surgeon aboard a ship, thinks that he is about to embark on a run-of-the-mill voyage to different ports. Throughout his journey, however, there are a few events that take place that redirect his ship to unfamiliar islands. Not only are they unfamiliar to him, but they are inhabited by natives who are shaped and sized much differently than he is. His mistaken voyage to the island of Lilliput, for instance, yields an encounter with the miniature Lilliputians, who are only six inches tall. The second voyage, by contrast, causes him to have a run-in with a band of giants, who capture him when the other members of his fleet escape. Despite the seemingly unfortunate events that befall him on the high seas, Gulliver learns important lessons throughout the encounters with these strange people. Spread out over four books in total, Swift's classic is written as a parody and satire of the sailor's tales that were popularized years ago. Gulliver's Travels concludes each book with a heart-warming return to his beloved England, and Gulliver is a changed man because of it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Vanity Fair Audiobook by William Makepeace Thackeray
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Vanity Fair Audiobook by William Makepeace Thackeray

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Vanity Fair Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Narrator: Philippe Duquenoy Format: Unabridged Length: 27 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 05-11-17 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 11 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set in Regency England, Vanity Fair follows the lives of two young women from drastically different backgrounds. Becky Sharp is the daughter of a lowly art teacher while Amelia Sedley is the daughter of a wealthy investor. Although the two women are worlds apart in personality and background, Becky and Amelia become friends while in finishing school. When Amelia invites Becky to her family home, events are set in motion that result in both tragedy and fortune. Vanity Fair takes the listener into a male-dominated society driven by materialism and greed. It is a world where a woman's position is determined by how well she marries. Becky will settle for nothing less than the best, while Amelia is satisfied with the life she has always known. Thackeray is known for his satirical works targeting British society, and Vanity Fair does just that. Members Reviews: A good book spoiled by an unsatisfactory narrator. This a good classic by one of my favorite authors. I started listening but was very disappointed by the flat and tedious tones of the narrator. I have already asked to return this book but it is still in my library. If the return of this version of the book can be accepted I will search Audible for an alternative version. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mayor of Casterbridge Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Tony Britton Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 05-05-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 131 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible This audiobook is about the rise and fall of Michael Henchard. While out-of-work he gets drunk at a fair and impulsively sells his wife and baby for five guineas to a sailor. Eighteen years later he is reunited with his wife and daughter, who discover that he has gained wealth and respect and is now the most prominent man in Casterbridge. Though he attempts to make amends he is no less impulsive and once again loses everything due to bad luck and his violent, selfish and vengeful nature. In this dramatic audiobook, Hardy sympathetically portrays a deeply flawed tragic hero, searching for love and acceptance from his community. It poses the question: do we shape our own fate or is the outcome inevitable? This tragic tale is played out against the vivid backdrop of a close-knit Dorsetshire town. Thomas Hardy was an English writer and one of the most significant novelists and poets of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was greatly influenced by Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth. Narrator Biography In 1952, Tony Britton came to major attention after his role as Rameses in The Firstborn at London's Winter Garden Theatre. A renowned classical stage star, he has also appeared in numerous British films since the 1950s; most notably Operation Amsterdam (1959), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). In 1975, he won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Nearly Man. From 1983-1990, he starred in the long running BBC sitcom Don't Wait Up alongside Nigel Havers and Dinah Sheridan. In 2013 he performed in a Gala Performance of King Lear at the Old Vic, London. Over the years Tony has lent his soothing voice to a huge collection of audio productions including Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn and Anthony Trollope's An Old Man's Love. Members Reviews: Tangled Webs Tony Britten did a bang-up job as narrator with this book. He has the voice of a crusty old English butler holding forth after work regaling the staff at the kitchen table. Michael Henchard led a rough and tumble life so "The Mayor of Casterbridge" is a rough and tumble story. I hadn't read this book since the seventies so while I knew the story, the details were hazy. Britten's narration refreshed my memory and illuminated details which eluded me when I only read. So I must say, as my eyesight deteriorates, there are compensating benefits in this age of audio books. Many books written at this time were about the ruling classes, the landed and educated. The characters in this book like many other Hardy works are working folk, tradesmen and farmers...men and women with dirt under their fingernails. There is scarce a member of the gentry to be found. There are enough twists, turns and setbacks in the plot to even satisfy the modern sensibilities. The hero is a man who sold his wife and daughter to a sailor. No lords or ladies here. Yet, the hero is a likable and good man...hard but almost noble...and he pays a price. When the wife and daughter return, the tale becomes complicated with truths told; truths untold; truths at long last revealed; promises made and promises both kept and not kept.

The Old Wives' Tale Audiobook by Arnold Bennett
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The Old Wives' Tale Audiobook by Arnold Bennett

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Old Wives' Tale Author: Arnold Bennett Narrator: David Haig Format: Unabridged Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 12-01-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 76 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible 'An old woman came into the restaurant to dine. She was fat, shapeless, ugly, and grotesque. She had a ridiculous voice, and ridiculous gestures. It was easy to see that she lived alone, and that in the long lapse of years she had developed the kind of peculiarity which induces guffaws among the thoughtless. I reflected, concerning the grotesque diner: "This woman was once young, slim, perhaps beautiful; certainly free from these ridiculous mannerisms. Very probably she is unconscious of her singularities. Her case is a tragedy. One ought to be able to make a heartrending novel out of the history of a woman such as she."' So said Arnold Bennett when explaining what inspired the creation of The Old Wives' Tale. Broken up into four parts, the lives of two sisters are laid bare; one timid and unassuming, the other romantic and adventurous. From working as children in their family's drapery shop to their later years, Constance and Sophia's journey through life could not be more different. While one travels the world and defies male expectations, the other becomes a dutiful wife and mother. Despite this, Bennett's skilful and witty narrative ultimately leads our protagonists in the same direction, making The Old Wives' Tale an intriguing interpretation of the circle of life and, unsurprisingly, his most popular work. Arnold Bennett wrote over 20 novels and 10 plays, including Anna of the Five Towns, Clayhanger, These Twain, Hilda Lessways and Buried Alive. In June 2017, to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery commissioned a bronze statue of the author. He was elegantly immortalised sitting in a chair and holding an open book in his left hand. Narrator Biography David Haig is a classically trained actor, writer and LAMDA graduate. His film appearances include Two Weeks' Notice, Florence Foster-Jenkins and Four Weddings and a Funeral. He wrote The Good Samaritan which opened at the Hampstead Theatre in 2000 to great reviews. His first script, entitled My Boy Jack, had also been performed at the Hampstead Theatre in 1997 and later broadcast on ITV, starring David Haig and Daniel Radcliffe. Haig's theatre credits include Our Country's Good, for which he won a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, Tom and Viv, which took him to Broadway, and the musicals Mary Poppins and Guys and Dolls. His notable television roles in series such as Doctor Who, The Darling Buds of May, The Thin Blue Line and Penny Dreadful have also been exemplary of his varied acting skills and dynamic voice. Other than The Old Wives Tale, David has also contributed to the narration of The National Archives' In Their Own Words: A History in Letters. Members Reviews: Loved Every Word The narrator is simply perfect. I listened with my eyes closed whilst I was on the treadmill every day. I have lost over 22 pounds doing this with other books as well as this one. An hour just flies. I just don't want to get off. Well, this story is spell-binding. The style of writing is lovely. The setting and characters are charming and the author makes the listener feel part of the whole scene. I have read the book prior to listening to this version and loved it but the superb narration has made me totally fall in love with this author. Fabulous in every way. Just love it all. I couldn't stop listening but I didn't want the story to end.

Framley Parsonage Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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Framley Parsonage Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Framley Parsonage Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Format: Unabridged Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 07-24-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 277 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible In the fourth audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, the values of a Victorian gentleman, the young clergyman Mark Robarts, are put to the test. Though he lives a comfortable life, has a doting wife, children and a patroness in Lady Lufton, his ambitions stretch beyond the little village of Framley. Through a combination of naivety and social climbing, Robarts is compromised and brought to the brink of financial and social ruin by the disreputable politician, Sowerby. Meanwhile, a romance develops between Mark's younger sister, Lucy, and Lady Lufton's son. He proposes, but the marriage is firmly opposed by his mother. Lucy recognises the difference in their social positions, which forces her to reject Lord Lufton's proposal unless his mother asks her to accept him. Working with the prose of one of the most successful and respected English novelists of the Victorian era, narrator Timothy West captures Trollope's customary humour, offsetting the drama of the tale with great compassion. Like all in the Barsetshire series, it is an extraordinarily evocative picture of everyday life in 19th-century England that delves deep into the social issues of the time. Narrator Biography Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre, and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope's classic audiobooks, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and The Pallisers series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama's A History of Britain and John Mortimer's Rumpole on Trial. Timothy West's theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Broken Biscuits (BBC), Great Canal Journeys (across 3 Series), regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC); Last Tango in Halifax; Bleak House, Bedtime and Brass. Members Reviews: "Is the Game Worth the Gamble?" Timothy West did a great narration bringing out all of Trollope's subtle humor, sly jabs, the winks and nods. Lawyers, newspapermen, financers and churchmen come under a broadside from Trollope's heavy guns. He unloads his full wicked wit on the whole disgusting tribe. It was an excuse for writing a perfectly lovely comedy of romantic entanglements. The cunning back-stabbing political and match-making schemes, as well as shadow cat fights are exquisite. For instance, the extremely rich, not particularly lovely, older heiress Miss Dunstable seemed to attract only offers which pass as corporate mergers. I think her first appearance was in "Dr. Thorne" where the financially embarrassed Greshams tried merging her with the family heir. The poor girl is bombarded with proposals or should I say get rich schemes for the proposers. I love the conclusion of her numerous courtships having forgotten it was in this book. Miss Dunstable's is not even the best romance in this story; in best one, I won't even tell you what the girl made the suitor do. It is agonizingly perfect. Psst, it has something to do with what his haughty disapproving mother has to do. I think that Trollope believed that overzealous attempts of mamas and papas to bring about the marriage of a son or daughter generally had contrary and often humorous effects.

Oroonoko Audiobook by Aphra Behn
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Oroonoko Audiobook by Aphra Behn

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Oroonoko Author: Aphra Behn Narrator: Clare Wille Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 05-23-17 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A vivid love story and adventure tale, Oroonoko is a heroic slave narrative about a royal prince and his fight for freedom. The eponymous hero, Oroonoko, deemed royalty in one world and slave in another, is torn from his noble status and betrayed into slavery in Surinam, where he is reduced to chains, fetters, and shackles. But his high spirit and admirable character will not be suppressed. The book was groundbreaking at the time of its publication and is considered to be one of the first novels written in English. Its condemnation of slavery and Europeans and striking portrayal of sexuality and violence shrouded Behn's name in controversy for years after it was published. Members Reviews: amazing! she really helped me to finish this book. Clear and easy to follow. recommended for sure! Amazing to think this was written in the 1680s Hadn't heard of Aphra Behn until she featured on 'In Our Time'. Definitely worth a listen. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Lady Chatterley's Lover Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence
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Lady Chatterley's Lover Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lady Chatterley's Lover Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: John Lee Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 03-08-11 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 168 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The last and most famous of D. H. Lawrence's novels, Lady Chatterley's Lover was published in 1928 and banned in England and the United States as pornographic. While sexually tame by today's standards, the book is memorable for better reasons---Lawrence's masterful and lyrical prose, and a vibrant story that takes us bodily into the world of its characters. As the novel opens, Constance Chatterley finds herself trapped in an unfulfilling marriage to a rich aristocrat whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent. After a brief but unsatisfying affair with a playwright, Lady Chatterley enjoys an extremely passionate relationship with the gamekeeper on the family estate, Oliver Mellors. As Lady Chatterley falls in love and conceives a child with Mellors, she moves from the heartless, bloodless world of the intelligentsia and aristocracy into a vital and profound connection rooted in sexual fulfillment. Through this novel, Lawrence attempted to revive in the human consciousness an awareness of savage sensuality, a sensuality with the power to free men and women from the enslaving sterility of modern technology and intellectualism. Perhaps even more relevant today than when it first appeared, Lady Chatterley's Lover is a triumph of passion and an erotic celebration of life. Members Reviews: Wonderful narration of a wonderful story! Life and love are so much more than pure intellect. Love is physical and life is visceral. The themes of this novel resonate through time. We are animals after all. A good casual listen John Lee was not as good here as he is in the Three Musketeers, but he's still great. Clear storytelling, but all the Scottish accents sound alike and the women don't sound as compelling as in 3 Musketeers (i.e. he performs Lady Chatterly < Milady De Winter). That said, he does do a good Scottish accent, easily distinguishable from his normal English accent. But sometimes I forgot who was speaking. Perfect Perfidy. Lady Chatterley's Lover, D. H. Lawrence, Narrated by: John Lee. My first comment is why did I wait so long to read this really revolutionary and introspective work of art? Why did I wait so long to return to D. H. Lawrence? (Maybe because I do not like his personal values.) When a younger man in New York City, I went through a period of watching D.H. Lawrence films; because of the drastic and dramatic considerations it flung out about, women, men, women and men, government and the people, and government control of its diabolical peoples. One film and your mind and soul would dwell upon the movies characters, plot and human interactions for days, if not weeks. Metaphysical thought. What a life sustaining set of urges, D. H. Lawrence tales provoked in me (and the rest of humanity). Well Ive now read Lady Chatterleys Lover, so I am on my way to curing my deficiency of not reading (or listening to) the actual novels. The story is of an upper-class woman married to a stick in the mud straight laced fool, suffering from lower body paralysis. Our female lead, receives no emotional support from her husband, finds her way to a lover(s), and finds that sex is physical and soul nourishing. The descriptions of the sexual interactions are poignant. The tale roles forth as if it was written in the Romantic (Victorian) era.

Sir Gawain & the Green Knight Audiobook by Naxos AudioBooks, Benedict Flynn (translator)
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Sir Gawain & the Green Knight Audiobook by Naxos AudioBooks, Benedict Flynn (translator)

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sir Gawain & the Green Knight Subtitle: New Verse Translation Author: Naxos AudioBooks, Benedict Flynn (translator) Narrator: Jasper Britton Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 01-29-08 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 28 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A mysterious knight all in green arrives at King Arthur's court and issues a bizarre challenge. Gawain answers the knight - but at what cost? This new translation keeps all the poetic power of the original's extraordinary alliteration. One of the greatest stories of English literature from any period, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a magical, medieval combination of the epic and the uncanny. A new verse translation by Benedict Flynn. Editorial Reviews: Narrator Jasper Britton handles Benedict Flynn's new verse translation with ease, never allowing the rhymes to call attention to themselves. He draws clear portraits of King Arthur, Gawain, the mysterious Green Knight, and the many others who populate this literary classic, from Guinevere to Morgan le Fay. Britton's intensity and pacing make the magical saga live and breathe. From the charger's hooves to the clash of swords, it's all completely believable. Britton is sincere and convincing when Gawain encounters severe hardships and desperation in his quest to find the Green Knight. His performance is fully engaging as this medieval legend unfolds. Members Reviews: In stori stif and stronge Fear not, this version of Gawain is in modern verse. But it is a story both "stif" and "stronge", narrated by a voice talent who comprehends and conveys all the outlandish drama and subtle undertones of the tale. The sheer number of modern versions of this poem, in prose and verse--from J. R. R. Tolkien, W. S. Merwin and Jesse Weston to, most recently, Simon Armitage--testify to its enduring power. It really is an imaginative tour de force and, among Medieval poems, something of a rarity: a story that deeply satisfies our modern need for brevity, a well-rounded plot and an unexpected denouemont. Startlingly cinematic in the way scenes shift and are contrasted with one another, Gawain reminds us that writers were aware of the technique long before Edison invented the movie camera. And beyond all that there's the lush, vivid, refined, barbaric, delicate and always-surprising language wielded so skillfully by our anonymous genius. That in itself is a joy to listen to. I lack the background to be a perceptive critic of the present version of the poem, but at least to me it stands up very well indeed, driven along by an energetic performance. Use it as a way to get back into the poem if you know it already--or as a way to get others hooked. Beautiful story I had to read this book for school, and I truly enjoyed it. The thrilling tale follows Sir Gawain and his quest to find the Green Knight. It's a short read, yet it is full of twists. The performance is superb, and it is an entertaining listen. Truthfully, I have but one dislike. Since it is a poem, written in old English, the author alliterated every word possible. This proved to be annoying at times. However, the quality of the story is not dampened, and by the end, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love this book ; I highly recommend this book; a I love this book; read it when I was younger and rereading the book; brings back great memories of my youth. First-class I enjoyed this reading very much and I'm sure I will do so quite a few more times at least. It is a first-class old English poem, finely translated, and finely read.

Carry On, Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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Carry On, Jeeves Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Carry On, Jeeves Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: David McCallion Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 11-07-14 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 66 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Carry On Jeeves once again follows the humorous everyday lives of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman's gentleman Jeeves. As the helpful soul that he is, Bertie continues to try to come to the aid of his friends whenever they're in need, and although his intentions are always for the best nothing ever seems to work out quite right for anyone until Jeeves steps in and invariably saves the day. When his friends are in trouble Bertie is always the first to step forward and offer his assistance, but try as he might he just can't seem to be as much use as his man Jeeves who can always come up with a plan that will ensure a positive outcome for everyone, especially himself! The first story in this book heralds the arrival of Jeeves into Berties employment, as a replacement for his previous valet who was of the light fingered variety. It also contains a story from Jeeves's perspective, a unique insight into the mind of the man who most of Bertie's friends wish was the one picking out their socks in the morning. Members Reviews: Simply a Masterpiece!! I usually do not review anything but this book is quite entertaining. It is funny, witty and well written. The narrator is joy to listen to! I loved every minute of it. Cheers!! Wodehouse is wonderful! What made the experience of listening to Carry On, Jeeves the most enjoyable? I got into this author thanks to the BBC TV series starring Stephen Fry (as Jeeves) and Hugh Lorie. Therefore my "voice memory" of these two actors was very strong when I started this audio book. However, David McCallion did a great job of narrating this unabridged version which was shockingly close to the TV series. This rendition of this wonderful book was thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend it! What did you like best about this story? The stories are like finding an old photo - familiar but very old-fashioned. Fun with Jeeves Such fun to listen to, with many laugh out loud moments, though one must be willing to overlook the chauvinism of the narrative which was typical of the time in which the action is set. Enjoyable The book was the usual Wodehouse style very enjoyable and hilarious at times. Good recommendation The PERFECT voice for this book! We all have that one friend who is always willing to lend a helping hand no matter how small or large the task. In the early 1900s in London, Bertram "Bertie" Wooster is a gentleman who is searching for just that sort of friend, which he finds in his new servant Jeeves. An amalgam of characters emerge with different personalities, modes of speech, and ways of interacting, all stemming from the brilliant reading of this audio version by David McCallion. His depiction of the characters and their dialogues breathe wittiness and humor into the words when appropriate, as he also takes on a serious tone when the text calls for it. Reading about and listening to the various situations that Bertie finds himself in makes me wish I had a friend like Jeeves all to my own! It seems that there is no problem too great for Jeeves to solve, and just like Bertie's friends, it is easy to understand how important Jeeve's presence is in everyone's life.

Paradise Lost Audiobook by John Milton
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Paradise Lost Audiobook by John Milton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Paradise Lost Author: John Milton Narrator: Ralph Cosham Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 10-02-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 215 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love. Written in blank verse of unsurpassed majesty, Paradise Lost is the work of a mastermind involved in a profound search for truth. Milton's stated objective in writing Paradise Lost was to "justify the ways of God to men"; yet a controversy has developed among the literary community as to the epic's merit. "Poetry", said Dr. Johnson in his life of Milton, "is the art of uniting pleasure with truth, by calling imagination to the help of reason." If Paradise Lost does not fulfill this definition, what does? Members Reviews: A Breathtaking Work, Well-Rendered! Without refering to Paradise Lost's importance to Reformation and literary history, which is well-known, I personally found greater spiritual treasure in listening to this work than any other audible Christian fiction. The vivid images of the angels' and man's fall, so beautifully and poignantly related, are harrowing. The terrible betrayal by these creatures, contrasted with the Father's loyalty and truthfulness, is tragic enough - but the further consequence of the Son's willingness to atone for man is told in such a way as to make one cry for His holiness and love! The narrator is adept at reading this Stuart-era English, and emotes very well, without overacting. If you haven't read this work, be warned that it is in "Shakespeare" speak. There are classical Greek references galore, too. It would be a tough "read" for someone unaccustomed to such literature, but this recording will help, especially if you truly read it concurrently. And who wants to read within your comfort zone? That's like eating pablum. If you already know and love the work, this is another dimension from which to approach it, and a good one. If you don't know it, this fine production will help immensely. Soli Deo Gloria. An amazing delight Louis from Dallas in his review has summarized his review far beyond my abilities. But perhaps, as a novice in this type of literature, I might encourage other novices to brave this "new" style and enjoy it as much as I have. Shakespearian it is. But like Shakespeare's most entertaining works, this book also educates while entertaining. I was most pleasantly surprised at how fast and completely I was able to comprehend the message, while never even once yawning or looking for something else to do. No, indeed, everything else was set aside until I had fully digested this work. This is definitely a major requirement for anyone who thinks they know how to appreciate the English language. I highly recommend this work to anyone looking to expand their horizons. Big discrepancy! Any additional comments? The audio sample is different from the actual narrator, and I am not enjoying his rendition. I ended up buying a different one (narrated by Simon Vance).

The Woman in White Audiobook by Wilkie Collins
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The Woman in White Audiobook by Wilkie Collins

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Woman in White Author: Wilkie Collins Narrator: Gabriel Woolf Format: Unabridged Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 12-23-08 Publisher: RNIB Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 170 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Woman in White, considered one of the first mystery novels and is the best known work of English novelist Wilkie Collins. Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress? Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters. William Wilkie Collins (1824 - 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards. Members Reviews: A Book which keeps one guessing --- wrong I had this book figured out wrong at least ten different times including the end. The author is one clever person who knows how to keep a body on edge. Spies, murder, the kidnapping of beautiful ladies, evil noblemen, ladies locked away in madhouses and of course, the stealing of an heiress's fortune. The author lets one think that one thing is about to happen then something else slaps one up-side the head. I was certain that my favorite characters were to be murdered. What actually happened was far more interesting. This book kept me on edge until I finished about 3AM. A word about the narrator, Gabriel Woolf does an unbelievable job. He completely assumes each character to disappear thus allowing the story to twist and turn. great performance Some of the reviews criticize this production because the reader makes some mistakes, such as a few burps. The listener should take into consideration that the producer is the UK's RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). The productions are rather old and were done on a limited budget. This is why the price is so low. However, this does not mean that the readings are poor. To the contrary, all of the RNIB audiobooks I've listened to were read by top notch British actors who, in my opinion, do a far better job than most professional readers. The reader of this audiobook, Gabriel Wolff, gives a stellar performance. I recognize him from other audiobooks. He is superb. I'll gladly tolerate his occasional snafu which would have been cleaned up by a more expensive production, in exchange for his protean character adaptations. The aristocrats sound like aristocrats and the commoners sound like commoners. Though I guess I could have rated this 4 stars because of the uneven production, when one takes into consideration the extremely low price, this audiobook clearly deserves 5 stars. Riveting listening I loved this long rambling and very eloquent narration! The hero and heroine are winning, the villains scheming and amoral, and the mystery fascinating. Excellent Very engaging novel. Written in 1859 it offers interesting insight into 19th century Brittish manners and customs. Entertaining 19th Century Soap Opera I have listened to many, many audiobooks, and I would rate The Woman in White as one of the best and most engaging novels out there. Imagine a cross between Charles Dickens and a soap opera & you will get an idea of tone of this book. The story moves along with a number of twists and turns to keep it interesting.

What Maisie Knew Audiobook by Henry James
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What Maisie Knew Audiobook by Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: What Maisie Knew Author: Henry James Narrator: Maureen O' Brien Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 01-04-11 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 64 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Maisie is an innocent six year-old, torn between her divorced parents, pathetically isolated yet tragically involved. The only emotional constant in Maisie's life is Mrs. Wix, a motherly old governess. Members Reviews: A great reader reads a great writer James is a hard writer to read aloud. He's a hard writer to read off the page. His sentences are long, with lots of subordinate clauses, that express delicate shades of meaning. They are often beautiful, but it's a difficult beauty. Maureen O'Brien does more than make James' book understandable, she makes it live in all its subtlety. Unexpectedly Modern Story, Beautifully Read Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Maisie appears to be the pawn of her feckless, self-involved parents; and then the adored darling of her subsequent stepparents. The story is told more or less from Maisie's point of view. We only know as much as she does -- no, let's take that back. She might know far more than we realize she knows. Who is playing who in this bitter game? What other book might you compare What Maisie Knew to and why? It's a psychological study, alive to every nuance of expression and unstated communication, but Maisie, as all humans do, remains a mystery. I'm sure some perfect comparisons will spring to mind as soon as I finish this review. But it's safe to say that if you found Turn of the Screw unsatisfying, you will not like this either. James hands you nothing but complexity and ambiguity. In other words: life. Which scene was your favorite? The very last scene. It is not a spoiler to say that it is a play on the title of the book. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? I returned to this book after seeing the updated movie version of the book with Julianne Moore and Steven Coogan as the irresponsible, self-involved parents. But in the film, Maisie is played by a darling girl whose sweetness is touching and beautiful. Here, Maisie is far more complex. Any additional comments? Maureen O'Brien does an amazing job capturing the accents (with all the class connotations) as well as the emotions of the characters, which requires great insight into both human nature and literature as well as great acting skills. I will search out more books read by her. Nobody writes like Henry James. Perfect narration! Any additional comments? I wasn't sure I'd like a book about a little girl being manipulated by her parents, but I bought it because I love Henry James' writing. This is an excellent story and is made fabulous by Maureen O'Brien's narration. At first, I was startled by her rather high pitch and thought I would tire of it and never get through the book, but you know, I never did tire of it, and I have come to believe I would not have enjoyed the written novel as well without her voice. All characters are distinct, and I was actually able to conjure up particular actors for each character, so well were they portrayed. Of course, there's so much more to the story than Maisie being manipulated by her parents; in fact, nearly every adult with whom she comes in contact tries to use her for their own personal gain.

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to The Mystery of Edwin Drood Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to The Mystery of Edwin Drood Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to The Mystery of Edwin Drood Author: David Timson Narrator: Neville Jason Format: Original Recording Length: 32 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-12 Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 29 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Left unfinished after Dickens died in 1870, The Mystery of Edwin Drood centres on Edwin Drood's uncle, John Jasper, and his love for Rosa Bud, Edwin's fiancee. Set in the dark, fictional cathedral city of Cloisterham, the novel is awash with guilt, disguise and mystery. It contains some fine writing, and just before his death, Dickens left an indication of where the plot was going, which will be included. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Mathilda Audiobook by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Mathilda Audiobook by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mathilda Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Narrator: Sarah Douglas Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 12-08-15 Publisher: Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The second novel from Mary Shelley, written in 1819-20 but not published in full until 1959. The story deals with common romantic themes but also incest and suicide. Narrating from her deathbed, Mathilda tells the story of her unnamed fathers confession of incestuous love for her, followed by his suicide by drowning; her relationship with a gifted young poet called Woodville fails to reverse Mathildas emotional withdrawal or prevent her lonely death. The act of writing this short novel distracted Mary Shelley from her grief after the deaths of her one-year-old daughter ,Clara, at Venice in September 1818 and her three-year-old son, William, in June 1819 in Rome. These losses plunged Mary Shelley into a depression that distanced her emotionally and sexually from Percy Shelley and left her, as he put it, 'on the hearth of pale despair'. The story may be seen as a metaphor for what happens when a woman, ignorant of all consequences, follows her own heart while dependent on her male benefactor. Members Reviews: The description says this ebook was"professionally proof read" to ensure ... The description says this ebook was"professionally proof read" to ensure accuracy, etc. I don't know who these "professionals" are but they must have just a first grade education. I have been a reader for over 50 years. I have read many, many books, classics, non-fiction, fiction and personally I am made sick to death of reading these messy, sloppy ebooks, full of misspelling, grammatical errors..well, anything one could do wrong in writing you will find in this book and very many other ebooks from Amazon. It ruins the whole reading experience. Dreary and disappointing This tale is more typical of the melodramatic women's fiction of the day than the brilliant and clever Frankenstein, one of the greatest novels of the century. Although it does have a surprising and lurid twist, this book is ultimately mundane and disappointing. Given how unconventional her Frankenstein was, I kept waiting for some plot element to redeem the story, but it never came. If you have pleanty of patience, remarkable for someone so young. In all fairness I read her other things and it is no doubt the style of her time to never reach the point. "I was a creature cursed and set apart by nature" Although the dark and turbid mindset of the heroine of this tale gives us an impression of the author's own feelings at this time (her son had recently died), as a work of literature I found this terribly over-the-top and melodramatic. Matilda's mother dies shortly after her birth, and her distraught father goes abroad. For the next sixteen years the girl grows up in the care of a cold-natured aunt until finally, to her joy, her father returns. (spoiler alert) After a few deliriously happy months in his company, he suddenly and inexplicably changes, becoming harsh and abrupt. When Matilda demands he tell her why, he at last reveals that he is in love with her. And here the whole thing just became ridiculous to me. Both parties decide they must never again meet; her father goes on to commit suicide.

King Solomon's Mines Audiobook by Sir Henry Rider Haggard
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King Solomon's Mines Audiobook by Sir Henry Rider Haggard

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: King Solomon's Mines Subtitle: Allan Quatermain, Book 1 Author: Sir Henry Rider Haggard Narrator: Toby Stephens Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 12-05-17 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Allan Quatermain and a group of fellow adventurers set out to find a missing member of their party. This is the beginning of their adventures in an unfamiliar and unexplored region of inner Africa. The first adventure novel to take place in Africa, King Solomon's Mines achieved widespread popularity as soon as it was published in 1885. Members Reviews: Stunned at how good this was Written in 1885, this novel is a story about three English who set off to find someone who has gone missing. Allan Quartermain has been in country for a long time. Sir Henry Curtis and his friend Captain Good convince Quartermain to go on a hunt for Curtis' long-lost brother last seen heading for Kind Solomon's Mine. Considered to be a suicide mission, Quartermain agrees for his own reasons. Now you might be tempted to believe this will be about savages. It is in a way, but it is more about friendship, diversity, and brotherhood. Haggard has a message of equality among races, as I choose to interpret it. He is a 135+ years ahead of his time. Foulata and Good being my most favorite characters. I give this book a sincere two thumbs up and has to be on the must read list. Fantastic narration of a great adventure tale! If you like British literature and a grand adventure story look no further! Also the narration of this version is most engaging! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Romola Audiobook by George Eliot
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Romola Audiobook by George Eliot

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Romola Author: George Eliot Narrator: Nadia May Format: Unabridged Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 10-27-06 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 48 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set in Florence in 1492, a time of great political and religious turmoil, Eliot's novel blends vivid fictional characters with historical figures such as Savonarola, Machiavelli, and the Medicis. When Romola, the virtuous daughter of a blind scholar, marries Tito Melema, a charismatic young Greek, she is bound to a man whose escalating betrayals threaten to destroy all that she holds dear. Profoundly inspired by Savonarola's teachings, then crushed by the religious leader's ultimate failure, Romola finds her salvation in noble self-sacrifice. Critic Reviews: "George Eliot's humanity colors all her other gifts her humor, her morality, and her exquisite rhetoric." (Henry James) Members Reviews: Patience with first hour rewarded Once I got into this novel, I couldn't put it down, but "getting into it" took some work. Like other Eliot novels, it began with a good deal of exposition and philosophical reflection, which, in this case, led to me abandoning my first two attemtps to listen. But what a reward for persevering! Eliot's description can transport you to 15th century Florence, and her prose often flows like poetry. Contemporary attempts at historical fiction (like "Pillars of the Earth") come nowhere near Eliot's prose, setting detail, pace, and characterization. Her heroine's "self-abnegation" can put off a modern reader, but in the context of the novel's setting and Eliot's own period, Romola is a feminist! I don't always like Nadia May's narration, but her style was perfect for this novel and she read it flawlessly. One flaw in the audio files though - There's a chunk of text missing somehere just before chapter 10 (at the start of hour 3 or 4). Eliot both foreshadows and recaps the missing events, but it was a noticeable gap in the flow of the listen. Also - this listen will probably send you to Wikipedia to check some of the history and characters mentioned. From what I read, Eliot was faithful to the facts (which are quite exciting). I wish my prof for Renaisance History had put Romola on the reading list - I might have retained something from the course by having it fleshed out by good fiction. Pronunciation Pronounce the title name properly, PLEASE. The mispronunciation is SO very irritating. And the name is repeated in nearly EVERY paragraph. Not worth the money What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? I love George Eliot - and have purchased most of her books - but this one is a real disappointment. I'm sorry I bought it. Has Romola turned you off from other books in this genre? No - I love Eliot What do you think the narrator could have done better? Narrator was okay - just couldn't keep up any interest in the story What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? Disappointmetn Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Silas Marner Audiobook by George Eliot
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Silas Marner Audiobook by George Eliot

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Silas Marner Author: George Eliot Narrator: Anna Bentinck Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 04-01-14 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 63 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Here is a tale straight from the fireside. We are compelled to follow the humble and mysterious figure of the linen weaver Silas Marner, on his journey from solitude and exile to the warmth and joy of family life. His path is a strange one; when he loses his hoard of hard-earned coins all seems to be lost, but in place of the golden guineas come the golden curls of a child - and from desolate misery comes triumphant joy. Members Reviews: Terrific narration of a classic novel. This is a beautiful and refreshing story with almost a fable-like quality to it. The possibilities of family, community, faith, industry, and class are explored here as well as the potential of love to transform and transcend them all. The journey from beginning to end is not only entertaining and thought-provoking, but heartwarming. Anna Bentinck's reading has a rich quality and draws you snugly into the tale and up to Silas' warm hearth. Happy story! What did you love best about Silas Marner? I loved the very rustic and upbeat feel to the story. I usually don't like stories with happy endings as much, but this story was just so charming, and I loved Silas and Eppy so much! Who was your favorite character and why? Silas. He was a snot at the beginning but he grew to love his daughter, so I came to love him. Have you listened to any of Anna Bentincks other performances before? How does this one compare? No, I haven't. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes. I was very curious. Any additional comments? I want to find another happy book that I like as much! an inspiring story beautifully read Would you listen to Silas Marner again? Why? yes, hopefully with our grandchildren What other book might you compare Silas Marner to and why? I feel similarities in content and style to Middlemarch Have you listened to any of Anna Bentincks other performances before? How does this one compare? no Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? I loved the scene when Mr. and Mrs. Cass came to "offer" to take Epi Any additional comments? I missed the beauty and inspiration of Silas when I was assigned to read this story as a young teenager. Intimate and rewarding A steady read that measures the ups and downs of a mysterious character. Profound in a low key way, like Ishiguro Just wonderful A gorgeous and well told story. Pure bliss. The classics with their beautiful language, remain, in my opinion, the best. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Hard Times Audiobook by David Timson
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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Hard Times Audiobook by David Timson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Hard Times Author: David Timson Format: Original Recording Length: 25 mins Language: English Release date: 02-09-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 26 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Hard Times narrated by Anton Lesser. Hard Times is Dickens's most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrinds own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown. Hard Times is a deeply moving story written in anger to strike a blow for the victims of the dehumanising processes of industry. Listen to by Charles Dickens. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Rasselas Audiobook by Samuel Johnson
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Rasselas Audiobook by Samuel Johnson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Rasselas Subtitle: Prince of Abyssinia Author: Samuel Johnson Narrator: Walter Zimmerman Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 09-30-10 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A literary giant of the 18th century, Samuel Johnson made lasting contributions to English literature as an essayist, moralist, poet, biographer, literary critic and editor. His philosophical novella Rasselas became so popular that it was translated into five languages. A new English edition was published every year and even today there are multiple print editions available. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Return of the Native Audiobook by Thomas Hardy
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The Return of the Native Audiobook by Thomas Hardy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Return of the Native Author: Thomas Hardy Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 01-25-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 53 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of Thomas Hardy's classic statements about modern love, courtship, and marriage, The Return of the Native is set in the pastoral village of Egdon Heath. The fiery Eustacia Vye, wishing only for passionate love, believes that her escape from Egdon lies in her marriage to Clym Yeobright, the returning "native", home from Paris and discontented with his work there. Clym wishes to remain in Egdon, however - a desire that sets him in opposition to his wife and brings them both to despair. Surrounding them are Clym's mother, who is strongly opposed to his marriage; Damon Wildeve, who is in love with Eustacia but married to Clym's cousin Thomasin; and the oddly ambiguous observer Diggory Venn, whose frustrated love for Thomasin turns him into either a guardian angel or a jealous manipulator - or perhaps both. This stew of curdled love and conflicting emotions can only boil over into tragedy, and the book's darkly ironic ending marks it as both a classically Victorian novel and a forerunner of the modernist fiction that followed it. Members Reviews: How Sweet the Sound This book is an excellent example of how wonderful a listening experience can be when a fantastic writer combines with a gifted narrator. Thomas Hardy writes in a way that makes mundane details seem enthralling. While the story is entertaining enough, on its own it wouldn't compel four stars; it's the writing that does the trick. Well worth a listen. Eustacia Vye is still my first love I first read The Return of the Native when I was 14 years old. I fell in love with Eustacia Vye then and she will always be my first love. The narration is perfect, capturing the characters on the heath in all their nuanced glory. Simon Vance is the best Audible narrator. A perfect Audible experience. Solid Thomas Hardy Continuing my journey through Thomas Hardy's works . . . I thoroughly enjoyed The Return of the Native as narrated by Simon Vance. I found Far From The Madding Crowd and The Mayor of Casterbridge more compelling and generally more interesting, but this is a lovely listen with an excellent climax. Vance does his usual excellent job; the characters are well-voiced and differentiated. I could have lived without the voice for Grandfer Cantle (if he sang one more song I was going to have to shoot him), but thankfully he plays a very minor part. I found the character of Diggory Venn, with whom we begin the story, to be complex and fascinating. We Love What We Cannot Have, At Least Until . . . Aw yes, Romantic Literature, intense emotion as an authentic source of aesthetic experience. I end each novel in adoration of the soft subtleties of the story but emotionally wrought with exhaustion. I am drained but satiated. And yet, each time I start a new novel from this classical period, I wonder why I subjected myself to this difficult English and slow and utterly non-relevant happenings with people whose style of life I will never have a common experience with which to associate other than the essential of human interaction. Human interaction remains the same over the past 180 years. Then, some twenty percent into each book, I am in love again with the voyage I have been taken upon. The words, the words, the elegant and flowery words.

The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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2018-03-13 06:58:29 UTC 51:14:00
The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 51 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 08-26-15 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: All the youthful vigor and exuberance of Charles Dickens is on display in his first two novels. Dickens was only 25 years old upon the completion of his first novel, The Pickwick Papers (1837), and 27 when he finished his second, Oliver Twist (1839). It is in these early novels that we first encounter the energy of his humor, satire, and keen observational powers. Within 10 years, Dickens would be regarded as the literary genius of the Victorian Age. But it all started with these two novels. The Pickwick Papers is a comic tour de force, its centerpiece being the Pickwickians who travel about London and the surrounding countryside investigating various peculiarities. The amusing characters and hilarious incidents have become literary staples. Oliver Twist reflects much that is autobiographical in Dickens' life experience. The novel is notable for the authors' realistic portrayal of criminals and their brutal, sordid lives, as well as for exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid-19th century. In many ways, this tale was the signature depiction of London by Dickens that has become world famous, and which would be the template for the remainder of his long career. Listeners should be aware that The Pickwick Papers runs 33 hours and 42 minutes, at which point Oliver Twist begins and continues for an additional 17 hours and 31 minutes. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Rivals Audiobook by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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2018-03-13 06:58:29 UTC 02:21:00
The Rivals Audiobook by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Rivals Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Narrator: Rosalind Ayres, Kenneth Danziger, Lucy Davis, Simon Templeman, Lloyd Owen, Moira Quirk, Matthew Wolf Format: Original Recording Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 10-14-11 Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Romantic havoc ensues in the town of Bath when Sir Anthony arrives to arrange the marriage of his son Captain Jack Absolute to the wealthy Lydia Languish. Jack and Lydia are already in love, but because of Lydias obsession with romantic novels, Jack has disguised himself as a poor officer named Ensign Beverly and he is only one of Lydias many suitors. The Rivals was Sheridans first play, and this charming comedy of manners continues to be widely performed today. Includes an interview with Linda Kelly, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of Richard Brinsley Sheridan: A Life. A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring (in alphabetical order): Rosalind Ayres as Mrs. Malaprop Kenneth Danziger as Thomas Lucy Davis as Lydia Languish Neil Dickson as David Sarah Drew as Julia Julian Holloway as Sir Lucius OTrigger Chris Neame as Sir Anthony Absolute Lloyd Owen as Captain Jack Absolute Moira Quirk as Lucy Matthew Wolf as Faulkland. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in May, 2011. Editorial Reviews: "The cause of all this is love." What a wonderful way to begin this delightful comedy of romance, mistaken identity, and manners. First performed in London in 1775, this work is the theatrical link between Shakespeare and the modern-era works of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. In this energetic production, the entire cast, including standouts Lloyd Owen and Lucy Davis, handle the heightened language and eighteenth-century rhythms with joy and clarity. But leave it to the incomparable Rosalind Ayres as Mrs. Malaprop to steal the show. The original source of the word malapropism, the literarily unique Mrs. Malaprop has only to utter upside-down phrases like "she's as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile" to keep the listener doubled-up with laughter. Classic theater. Members Reviews: The Rivals What did you love best about The Rivals? Funny!! The humour was subtle and cerebral - a change from the crass and vulgar of modern "comedy".. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rivals? The end where O'Trigger rejects Mrs Malaprop after the girl gets the guy.. Which character as performed by the narrators was your favorite? They were all great!! An amazing cast for a great play.. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yup, sure did many times.. Any additional comments? Love the playwright's work.. Are their any more?? wonderful! This is an excellent, authentic and spirited performance of the play. The acting is very convincing and all of the parts are well voiced. I enjoyed it so much I listened to it twice. Bravo! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Black Arrow Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson
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2018-03-13 06:58:29 UTC 09:19:00
The Black Arrow Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Black Arrow Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Ron Keith Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 01-25-10 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 47 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The 15th-century Wars of the Roses serve as backdrop for this swashbuckling historical novel from the author of Kidnapped and Treasure Island. In a time of shifting loyalties and trecherous alliances, young Dick Shelton is betrayed by his brutal guardian. Intent on rescuing the woman he loves, Dick joins forces with a mysterious fellowship intent on dispensing their own brand of justice.Through one trap after another, each choice Dick makes begins to have dire consequencesnot only for himself, but for the fate of England! Editorial Reviews: This is possibly the least well known of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novels. Set in fifteenth-century England during the War of the Roses, it follows 17-year-old Richard Shelton as he seeks to avenge his father's murder and rescue his ladylove. These days, sixth-graders might have difficulty comprehending Stevenson's period prose without assistance. Narrator Ron Keith is more than up to the task. As a homicidal priest, an assortment of barbarous pirates, and Richard's own devious legal guardian, Keith makes every moment sizzle. His excellent accents, stylish characterizations, and vocal panache keep the listener spellbound. As young Richard discovers betrayal, friendship, and love, Keith's performance offers an entertaining way for a new audience to understand and enjoy this gem. Members Reviews: Excellent writing, excellent narration, good story This is a worthwhile story, but not so "hot" as Treasure Island. I think the Narrator saved it from making me kind of mad that I bought the book. In the end I recommend this book third in line, "thusly": after Treasure Island, then Kidnapped. Spastic adventures This story is wild and full of all the things boys love. The narration is extremely well done. I thought it was better What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? lWould have to change some things, for example,: Dick Shelton is looks more like a lady in distress. It is a poor character, little interesting. The Black Arrow Group - who are they? The author didn't explain why the group existe... only existe. And who was Dick's father? Why was he murder? What could Robert Louis Stevenson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you? Probably develop better the characters. Better structure the story in a way that makes it more attractive Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Keiths performances? I don't know. If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Black Arrow? I wouldn't cut, I would rewrite the third part of the book. 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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2018-03-13 06:58:30 UTC 01:26:00
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 Subtitle: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: full cast, John Dougall, Stuart McQuarrie Format: Original Recording Length: 1 hr and 26 mins Language: English Release date: 12-01-16 Publisher: BBC Digital Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. At its heart is an enigma: what is the strange connection between the apparently unrelated Dr Henry Jekyll and Mr Edward Hyde? A battle between good and evil is played out in Victorian London, and its origins are stranger than anyone could imagine. Members Reviews: Not bad...but more inspired by than an adaption What disappointed you about The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde? it was told from others view points, and not really an adaption of the original tale Has The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde put you off other books in this genre? no Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators? the cast were fine. What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? boredom Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Cousin Henry Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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2018-03-13 06:58:30 UTC 06:15:00
Cousin Henry Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Cousin Henry Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Flo Gibson Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 01-10-13 Publisher: Audio Book Contractors Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 13 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The timid and cowardly Henry Jones alone knows the whereabouts of a second will, which disinherits him from his uncle's property. During his guilt throes he arouses the suspicions of all around him. Members Reviews: For Trollope fans, not Trollope newbies First of all, I'm okay with Flo Gibson narration, almost having an affection for it, but she's not for everyone. That aside, I found the story largely dated, feeling it likely appealed to a Victorian audience more than it would to a modern one. Not a very suspenseful plot, with the ending pretty much what I'd expected earlier on. Reminded me a bit of Poe's "The Telltale Heart" almost as though Trollope had gotten his idea after reading that book. Trollope not at his best Thin story. Seems to go on and on and it become a rehash. Should be limited to one rather than six hours. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com