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The Spiritual World of the Hobbit Audiobook by James Stuart Bell
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The Spiritual World of the Hobbit Audiobook by James Stuart Bell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Spiritual World of the Hobbit Author: James Stuart Bell Narrator: Wayne Shepherd Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 09-13-13 Publisher: Oasis Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Find wisdom and inspiration in one of the greatest adventures ever told. Let this audiobook be your guide as you discover hidden truths embedded in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure. As one of the best-selling books of the last 100 years, and now a blockbuster movie, the magical charm of The Hobbit has delighted millions. But there is a spiritual dimension that will strike an even deeper chord. The Spiritual World of the Hobbit will take you behind the scenes, revealing Tolkien's beliefs and motivations. From there it will walk you step-by-step through the story itself, uncovering powerful themes of providence, mercy, and courage that are as important in our own lives today as they were to the hobbits in Middle-Earth. As you take a closer look at this timeless tale of good versus evil, you will be filled with wonder once again. For you will see that at the heart of The Hobbit, Tolkien embedded images of faith and spiritual longing that are sure to inspire us all. Members Reviews: Five Stars Great read, I keep going back to this book! More info about the Hobbit world. Easy read. Weak arguments, poor writing, uninteresting I know a lot about The Hobbit, Tolkien, and how he wrote it. In almost every chapter, Bell makes claims about the book that are not true. He drastically overstates the connections between The Hobbit and the bible. He basically brings up some event in The Hobbit, then spews some bible quotes that mention the same noun. "Look, Middle-earth had eagles. So do these random bible verses!" His writing is poor: flat, uninteresting, badly edited, and wandering. His nearly empty paragraphs are inflated with extraneous references (say, to later events in The Hobbit) to details that have no bearing whatsoever on the point he's trying to make. Did he have an editor? His language is imprecise and unpolished. When Bell's original prose is followed by a quote from Tolkien's work, the contrast is embarrassing. The points that Bell DOES make, he makes inadequately. It's butter scraped over too much bread. A long focused essay on something that would actually have some legs--like Bilbo's pity and mercy for Gollum, for example--might be worthwhile. Scattershot bible quotes poorly connected to Bell's boring Hobbit plot summaries are not. Don't be fooled by the people saying that this book is worthwhile. The resemblance between the book's cover art and the current movies' art direction should be enough to tell us all that this book is just a poor-value, opportunistic attempt to cash in on whatever popular interest the book currently has. Much more interesting commentary about Tolkien's work can be found by just googling it and reading message boards. I'm glad I only checked this out from the library. It would be a very poor purchase indeed. Great for a unique book study (Sunday School, maybe?) Bell's book really serves as a good guide to the details one might miss. It's not really a devotional at all. Instead, it's kind of a "betcha didn't catch this" version of a book study. This would be an excellent book to use as a Wednesday night series at church or maybe even a Sunday School book study. The writing is somewhat academic so don't expect to read this all in one sitting. The enthusiasm that Bell has for Tolkien is not really contagious, but it is very evident in his writing.

Paradise Regained Audiobook by John Milton
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Paradise Regained Audiobook by John Milton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Paradise Regained Author: John Milton Narrator: Nadia May Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 04-27-12 Publisher: christianaudio.com Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In Paradise Regained, Satan again is on the prowl, having successfully tempted Adam and Eve, and forced their departure from the Garden of Eden, here he sets out to tempt again - this time Jesus himself, as he comes to the end of his 40 days in the desert. The magisterial poetry of Milton enriches the encounter and, while not matching the greatness achieved in Paradise Lost, provides drama and depth. John Milton (1608-1674) was an English poet and scholar. His classic verse has been studied and enjoyed by many, both for its insight into Miltons contemporary times and as a literary exploration of Biblical narrative and themes. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Pilgrims Audiobook by Hannah More
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The Pilgrims Audiobook by Hannah More

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pilgrims Author: Hannah More Narrator: Glenn Hascall Format: Unabridged Length: 23 mins Language: English Release date: 03-18-14 Publisher: Spoken Realms Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Welcome to a journey. Parts may seem familiar, but you are simply along as one who joins in the observations of the narrator. Author Hannah More was well known as a poet, playwright, and philanthropist. This writing is a rare allegory that seeks to help the hearer understand the need for priorities. This story may remind those who listen of the work of John Bunyan. Since the work was likely written in the 1700s, Bunyan's work likely was a strong influence in the style of this memorable story. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Silas Marner (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by George Eliot
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Silas Marner (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by George Eliot

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Silas Marner (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: George Eliot Narrator: Derek Perkins Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 01-30-18 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Silas Marner is a selfless member of a tight Calvinist sect who's been framed for stealing the congregation's funds. Expelled from his community, he retreats to the rustic hamlet of Raveloe to spend the remainder of his life as a misanthropic hermit, devoted only to the fortune he amasses as a linen weaver. But when his gold is taken, Silas also feels robbed of what's left of his humanity. Then, one snowy New Year's Eve, an orphan girl comes in out of the storm and changes him forever. Drawn from Eliot's empathy for the outsider, Silas Marner is the embodiment of her humanist perspective on redemption, kinship, and self-discovery. 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. Members Reviews: "Hope for the Hopeless . . ." This was a fine story and novel, almost a novella as it is not lengthy. This is a story about a weaver and the weaving trade in days gone by. It is a story about a steady personality (the protagonist) who overcomes devastating adversity and personal cruelty under small favourable circumstances which are both unpredictable for the reader and could be true to life. This novel, could be based on a true story for its detail and convincing authenticity of trade and character development. The storyline lent itself well to being dramatized with Sir Ben Kingsley playing "Silas" in the 1980's BBC production which adheres well to the intention expressed in the novel by George Eliot The paperback by George Elliot makes a fine gift for a young person starting life. not just for high school students Most of my friends read Silas Marner in high school English and still shudder, but my high school marched to a different drummer (or none) and I had never read it. No one would pretend that it is one of George Eilot's masterpieces -- it's no Middlemarch, not by a long shot. But even in its much smaller way, it has all the germs of her intelligence, literary style, and human compassion, even when tainted by a certain predictability and triteness of plot. It also has Eliot's greatest weakness, which is that she seems to lose interest in the central situation she creates once it has been fully developed, and as in many of her (greater) books, rushes to the end once it is in sight. Still, no person who wishes to be thought literate in English literature should not have read Silas Marner. For whatever shortcomings it may have, it's a page turner by a literary master. It's a classic! I very much enjoyed this classic book. I was never required to read it in school, so had no preconceived opinion about it. It was a sad tale with a happy ending of the "and they lived happily ever after type." The only reasoning I rated it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of all the detail. Like a lot of classics, there was so much detail that I neither wanted nor understood. For the most part, I just skimmed over it. Nevertheless, I found it a good story, well worth the time to read. Sorry I didn't read it earlier I was supposed to read this book in 9th grade but didn't. Fudged my way through. Now, fifty-four years later, I regret not doing my assignments. Eliot accurately captures the lifestyle and culture of 19th century rural England.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Great Expectations Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Martin Jarvis Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 10-20-17 Publisher: Blackstone Audio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Great Expectations, recognized as Charles Dickens' finest novel, is told by Pip, an orphan who lives with his sister and her husband, the village blacksmith. The young boy's life is changed forever when he meets and aids an escaped convict who wanders into his yard. Years later, Pip is sent to live with the decaying, bitter Miss Havisham and falls in love with her ward, the elegant and elusive Estella. A young man of modest means, Pip nevertheless aims to become a gentleman in order to win Estella's heart, and an endowment from an anonymous benefactor suddenly places his intentions within reach. But capricious fate will lead him through further adversity and unexpected revelations in the pursuit of his dreams. Members Reviews: Great performance by Jarvis The reading by actor Martin Jarvis is amazing. Does great voices for all the characters. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Daniel Deronda Audiobook by George Eliot
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Daniel Deronda Audiobook by George Eliot

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Daniel Deronda Author: George Eliot Narrator: Jill Tanner Format: Unabridged Length: 36 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 06-20-16 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Gwendolen Harleth gambles her happiness when she marries a sadistic aristocrat for his money. Beautiful, neurotic, and self-centered, Gwendolen is trapped in an increasingly destructive relationship, and only her chance encounter with the idealistic Deronda seems to offer the hope of a brighter future. Deronda is searching for a vocation, and in embracing the Jewish cause he finds one that is both visionary and life changing. Damaged by their pasts and alienated from the society around them, they must both discover the values that will give their lives meaning. George Eliot's powerful novel is set in a Britain whose ruling class is decadent and materialistic, its power likely to be threatened by a politically emergent Germany. The novel's exploration of sexuality, guilt, and the will to power anticipates later developments in fiction, and its linking of the personal and the political in a context of social and economic crisis gives it special relevance to the dominant issues of the 21st century. Members Reviews: Poorly scanned While I welcome a digital version of Penguin's DERONDA, with Terrence Cave's excellent notes, I'm dismayed at the lack of attention to detail. Some of the chapter epigraphs appear in miniscule type; many punctuation marks (especially periods) have gone missing; and there are outright howlers, as when "A Jew!" (an important word in this book) becomes "A few!" Is it too much to ask a major publisher to proof its digital versions? Apparently. A brilliant story and an absorbing read A brilliant story and an absorbing read. If you like tales set in the Victorian period then this is an interesting and intriguing story. The plot also features an element of society not often written about in books of a similar genre and for the time when the story was written was a brave effort by the author in casting a refreshingly warm, favourable and humane light upon a sector of society often stereotypically and unfairly demonised in other literature of that era. Whilst beautifully written a rich vocabulary I found some of the sentences and language in parts quite convoluted and drawn out making comprehension difficult. This however is mainly a result I am sure of my limited intellect and/or lack of desire or patience to dwell upon fathoming the underlining meaning preferring to press on with the unraveling plot. A lot of loose ends and questions left unanswered at the end of the story about some of the characters that I would have liked resolved and I am sure someone has or will write a sequel. Among the best novels of the nineteenth century George Elliot lays bare the soul of many characters, laying the foundation for the novels of the twentieth century. Following the prose is sometimes hard work, but well worth the effort for the picture of nineteenth century life encompassing class system, the lot of women, anti-Semitism and Zionism. There is also the advantage of the morality and ethics that are missing from many twentieth century works. Akward publication size THis is an oversize book (8"x11:). THey took an 800page book and made it a 300 page book. It is very heavy to hold; therefore, not good for taking out of the house to read. THere was no indication on the order site that this was a "re-published" version of the book (printed to order, in April 2017).

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: Rosamund Pike Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 12-08-15 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 7659 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of Jane Austens most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austens signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy. In Pride and Prejudice, the Bennett sisters try to find their way in the repressive strictures of 19th-century society. Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and the experience of falling in love, and she superbly describes a world which, despite being more than two centuries old, still resonates with modern concerns. Critic Reviews: "British actress Rosamund Pike is the perfect choice to narrate this novel of manners, and listening to her voice each of the iconic characters is great fun.... Austen's many devotees will savor this first-rate version of her charming novel." ( AudioFile) Members Reviews: A perfect narration of a perfect book Where does Pride and Prejudice rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? This is the second edition of Pride and Prejudice that I purchased - I already have an older version (different narrator) and I am so glad that I saw Rosamund Pike's name and immediately bought this one. It is absolute perfection. It has long been one my favorite books but with her priceless narration if is certainly going to be on of the Beloved ones. Which character as performed by Rosamund Pike was your favorite? Practically all of them. She is a brilliant narrator with magnificent voice and managed to make even Mrs Bennet tolerable - not a small feat in itself. Her Mr Bennet is fantastic (actually I think she did it better than Sutherlend's performance in the 2005 movie) - she managed to subtly underline a hint of malevolence in his humor which I personally think is there and most people do not pay attention to. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? It made me smile in sheer sensual pleasure all the time I listened to it (could not stop and listened through the night). Any additional comments? A wonderful audio book, simply wonderful. I hope this is not the last time I listen to something narrated by Rosamund Pike. A Truth Universally Acknowledged This is the fourth Audible version of P&P that I have purchased and listened to, and the first I have bothered to write a review of because it is by far the best. Rosamund Pike mispronounces a very few words, and sometimes goes overboard in her zeal to create separate, distinctive voices for each character, which sometimes (e.g., with Mr. Bingley's married sister Mrs Hurst) results in a female character sounding like a man), but overall is the most adept of all narrators of this beloved classic at allowing Austen's flawless prose to speak for itself. Her reading easily exceeds that of Alison Larkin (the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition), although that one is lively and entertaining, and includes music. The audio quality is far better than that of the version narrated by Lindsay Duncan, which, combined with Duncan's almost whispered Mrs Bennet voice, often makes that version difficult to listen to while driving.

A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 03-03-09 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3667 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This novel provides a highly charged examination of human suffering and human sacrifice, private experience and public history, during the French Revolution. A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities. Finally released, he is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, who despite her French ancestry has been brought up in London. Lucie falls in love with Charles Darnay, another expatriate, who has abandoned wealth and a title in France because of his political convictions. When revolution breaks out in Paris, Darnay returns to the city to help an old family servant, but there he is arrested because of the crimes committed by his relations. His wife, Lucie, their young daughter, and her aged father follow him across the channel, thus putting all their lives in danger. Editorial Reviews: Charles Dickens's classic of the French Revolution is expertly dramatized by Simon Vance. It's also a grand romance. Charles Darnay, the French émigré who relinquishes his title in disgust at the poverty wrought upon the peasants by the titled class, and Sydney Carton, the world-weary drunken London barrister, both love Lucie, the daughter of the unjustly imprisoned Dr. Alexandre Manette. Vance will have listeners weeping as Carton greets Madame Guillotine with some of the most famous lines in literature. Carton's depression and ultimate redemption are crystal clear; Madame Defarge, with her clicking knitting needles, takes on appropriate menace; and Jarvis Lorry, the reliable "man of business," loves Lucie as if she were his daughter. Members Reviews: it's the singer not the song* tale of 2 cities is tale of 2 cities. it's a landmark novel. it's my favorite Dickens. and this is the best of the versions. i have several versions and this is the one. it is Simon Vance that makes the difference. he's perfect in this narration. he's better than any other. perfect articulation. perfect cadence. perfect tone. perfect meter. a perfect version. in fact, i believe, this is one of the best of the audiobooks on audible. i have listened to this one over and over. maybe i've put it on a dozen times. why? this reading is poetry of sound and story. this is a pleasure to hear. i hope you enjoy it. -m * Mick Jagger A classic, honored. I am a fairly well-read person, yet I'd managed to miss this cornerstone work for my entire life. I am very glad that I encountered it in the voice of Simon Vance. He is a superb reader, with a fine sense of timing and drama. I was riveted by the story and (I admit it) I wept at the end, sobbed like a baby. Maybe it was good that I waited so long to get to this great book! Truly a Classic "A Tale of Two Cities" is the best selling book of all time and Charles Dickens is easily one of the world's most iconic writers. Add the great narration that we've come to expect from Simon Vance and you have an Audible Classic that one will thoroughly enjoy. Charles Dickens did a great job when he wrote this book and the sales of book over time does tell you why. This is one of those timeless classics that you can't help but enjoy.

The Lost World Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Lost World Audiobook by Arthur Conan Doyle

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Lost World Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Glen McCready Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 02-25-08 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1219 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Here is the precursor to Jurassic Park. Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive, and a group set outs on a dangerous mission to find out more about it. Editorial Reviews: The creator of Sherlock Holmes delivers a classic adventure fantasy in this tale of a trip by journalists, scientists, and adventurers to investigate rumors of dinosaurs on a mysterious plateau deep in a mythical South American jungle. Much fun and over-the-top adventure ensue. The author is ably supported by Glenn McCready, who delivers a narration very much in the nineteenth-century style. He plays up the characters' big personalities and celebrates the rather orotund style of the writing, which isn't as tight as in the Holmes series. Not for modern-fiction-only readers, this collection will appeal most to lovers of nineteenth-century literature. Critic Reviews: "Glen McCready's performance captures the time and tone of Doyle's material perfectly without straying into melodrama." (Publishers Weekly) Members Reviews: Wit and Drama I love this book, it's hugely entertaining with superbly drawn characters and a rip roaring plot. The reader of this edition, Glen McCready, voices the tale into colourful, energetic, life and really brings out the humour in the writing. I expect I'll listen to this one a few times. Excellent One of the great old adventure stories that still holds up today. Glen McCready's narration is perfect. Highly recommended! Classic Excellence! Any additional comments? Stop reading this right now & go download it. 5 stars straight across! There is a reason This book is considered a classic and I for one am thrilled it wasn't ruined by horrible direction or narration. I highly recommend this book. Great performance of an excellent story! McCready's performance alone would make this enjoyable even if the book wasn't so well written. The last five hours are especially exciting, fast paced, and filled with adventure. Doyle includes a lot of humor in the book which McCready expertly delivers. I immediately started looking for other books narrated by McCready. The Original Jurassic Park? Yes and No. It's amazing how you can be aware of a book all your life, think you know what it is, and then be completely stunned because it's not what you expected at all. If you've seen TV or film versions, you've not experienced the real story. Having said that, the story is a much quicker adventure than I expected, and it almost demands a sequel just to explore what isn't touched upon. Prof. Challenger, especially, is one of those memorable characters of literature who just stays with you because you love to hate him - even though he's not a villain - because it's hard not to share his enthusiasm for the adventure. Every film version I've ever seen paints him the straight-laced gentleman, and it just couldn't be further from Conan Doyle's original. As a surprise, it's quite a bit different from the writing style of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. All in all, it's very much a straightforward, old world adventure, and well worth the short time it takes to go through it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Simon Prebble Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 09-12-08 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1551 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years. Taking the reader in and out of London drawing rooms, to the heights of aestheticism, and to the depths of decadence, The Picture of Dorian Gray is not simply a melodrama about moral corruption. Laced with bon mots and vivid depictions of upper-class refinement, it is also a fascinating look at the milieu of Wilde's fin-de-siècle world and a manifesto of the creed "Art for Art's Sake."The ever-quotable Wilde, who once delighted London with his scintillating plays, scandalized readers with this, his only novel. Upon publication, Dorian was condemned as dangerous, poisonous, stupid, vulgar, and immoral, and Wilde as a "driveling pedant." The novel, in fact, was used against Wilde at his much-publicized trials for "gross indecency," which led to his imprisonment and exile on the European continent. Even so, The Picture of Dorian Gray firmly established Wilde as one of the great voices of the Aesthetic movement and endures as a classic that is as timeless as its hero. Public Domain (P)2008 Tantor Editorial Reviews: Oscar Wildes classic endures with its gems of astute observation and cynical wit. The eerie story follows a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty in the form of a supernatural portrait. Life's mysterious paradoxes are laced throughout Lord Henry's brilliant aphorisms. Gray is urged by Henry to "love the wonderful life that is in you." The novel's qualities are mired in decadence, "art for art's sake," the new hedonism of the Victorian-era upper class, and societal moral corruption. Simon Prebble perfectly achieves Lord Henry's "low, languid voice" and sparkling conversation, while avidly expressing the other characters' more torrid emotions. Prebble brings the fable's gothic horror to life, but the more youthful characters lack believable intonation. Members Reviews: This Should be Next In Your Library, Period What made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray the most enjoyable? The Picture of Dorian Gray is a stunningly beautiful book, among my very favourites. I had not read it for many years when I stumbled upon this performance of it, and it has instantly rocketed to the top of the "Top 10" list in my Audible library. This cautionary, "be careful what you wish for" tale contains many of Oscar Wilde's most celebrated lines, including my personal favourite, "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." Beautiful-but-outrageous dialogue like this brings a lightness and some comedy to this otherwise sad story. I'm not sure if I've ever given 5 stars across the board before, but this performance of this wonderful book is surely deserving of it. I can't recommend it highly enough. Which character as performed by Simon Prebble was your favorite? Prebble gives a near-perfect performance.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Great Expectations Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Simon Prebble Format: Unabridged Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2328 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire. Raised by a humble blacksmith, Pip is recruited by the wealthy Miss Havisham to be a companion to her ward, the cold but beautiful Estella. There, Pip learns to despise his rough origins as Estella torments him about his low prospects. When Pip is informed that an unknown benefactor expects to make him his heir, he sets off to London to realize his great expectations. But true gentleman stature, he will find, is a matter of character, not fortune. Critic Reviews: Observe how finely the narrative is kept in one key. It begins with a mournful impressionthe foggy marshes spreading drearily by the seaward Thamesand throughout recurs this effect of cold and damp and dreariness; in that kind Dickens never did anything so goodNo story in the first person was ever better told. (George Gissing, English novelist) Members Reviews: Great Performance of a classic! I sometimes find high-brow victorian literature to be a little to slow and heavy, including Dickens, but 'Expectations' is a clear exception. I loved it. Simon Prebble's performance was captivating. The narrator!! This was my first time reading Great Expectations and I really liked the story. But I have to say the narrator, Simon Prebble, did such an amazing job with this story and these characters that I'm now going to look up his other audiobooks. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try. A Character Renewed What made the experience of listening to Great Expectations the most enjoyable? Pip is so much like me, like any of us. He gets caught in his obsessions, ignores what is beautiful in his life, and then misses every great opportunity for love and fulfillment. Who was your favorite character and why? Joe, his adopted fater. It's hard to fathom that such a humble and humbled character should be able to embody such profound self dignity, such forgiveness, and such sweetness over every other character in the book Which character as performed by Simon Prebble was your favorite? Magwich. His voice would be difficult to speak in the same way that the character would have done. It probably would have been unintelligible so I'm glad the narrator made it easy to understand -- yet at the same time it conveyed the gruff character etc Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Joe told Pip he wouldn't be coming back to dinner and immediately afterward Pip experiences repentance and then "self-swindling". At that point Pip gives an elaborate description of his obsession with Estella and decides that his "devotion" or obsession with Estella is his greatness. Fortunately, the mature writer notes that this "devotion" was actually the young Pip's smallness and meanness. Any additional comments? Dickens's ability to describe the nature of obsession is frighteningly real and I think that reading Dickens could substitute for a therapeutic relationship.

Northanger Abbey Audiobook by Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
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Northanger Abbey Audiobook by Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Northanger Abbey Subtitle: An Audible Original Drama Author: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation Narrator: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ella Purnell, Jeremy Irvine, Lily Cole Format: Original Recording Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 07-18-17 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 745 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships. This Audible Originals production of Northanger Abbey stars Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Snow White and the Huntsman, St. Trinian's), Douglas Booth (Noah, Great Expectations, The Riot Club), Jeremy Irvine (Warhorse, The Railway Man, Now Is Good), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, The Illusionist, Alice in Wonderland) and Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Never Let Me Go, Kick-Ass 2), amongst others. Critic Reviews: "Impressive." (Harper's Bazaar) "This new production marries the author's wit, charm and dry humour with performances from some of the UK's leading actors." (Psychologies) "A wonderful new dramatisation." (The Times) "Emma Thompson leads a large, glitzy cast." (Economist) Members Reviews: There is no substitute for unabridged This audiobook looked very good at first glance with an array of professional actor narrators handling a volume with much character dialogue. The Book has large sections of description and context which is lost by converting a long volume of text into a short play. In Austen as in many other novelists abridgment of this kind results in a huge loss. I'm afraid that reading or listening to a well narrated version of the entire book is superior to a skinnied down version. There is more than one unabridged version of this book available in audio. Hmmm, not a fan of this one. I had forgotten how objectionable the characters were in this story, so right away I realized that I wasnt liking the story itself. Add that to the fact that the volume for many of the performers was very low and background noise interference made it even harder to hear them without constantly adjusting the volume and it was pretty much doomed for me. Only bright light was the narration by Emma Thompson. She can make anything sound good. Im sorry I bought this one. A Treasure Northanger Abbey has always been one of my favorite Austen stories (along with Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and oh). Anywayit ranks WAY higher than Mansfield Park, at least. But Ive always loved that its Austens most obvious play at satire, demonstrating, perhaps ironically (or maybe, given Austens own life, not at all) what kind of trouble a wild imagination can get a young woman into. So it lends itself beautifully to this new high-spirited, and very funny, dramatization. It even seems that Austen has herself been cast as the omniscient and wise narrator (and who else more fully embodies those qualities than the brilliant Emma Thompson?).

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Tim Curry Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 12-01-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 7958 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, masterfully narrated by Tim Curry, was available for a limited time last year, and now it's back. This one-of-a-kind performance puts a unique spin on a treasured classic, and served as the inspiration for the exciting new line of Audible Signature Classics, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Elijah Wood, and Heart of Darkness with Kenneth Branagh. Tim Curry performs this timeless holiday story in a deliciously dark tone, returning it to its Dickensian roots with a vivid imagining of Victorian London and just the right touch of outrageous fun. A Christmas Carol has constantly been in print since its original publication in 1849, and has been adapted for stage, television, film, and opera. It has often been credited with returning the jovial and festive atmosphere to the holiday season in Britain and North America, following the somber period that emerged during the Industrial Revolution. The story opens on a bleak and cold Christmas Eve as Ebenezer Scrooge is closing up his office for the day. As the story progresses and Christmas morning approaches, Scrooge encounters the unforgettable characters that make this story a classic: Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and, of course, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Listen to more now. An Audible for Dogs Pick: Make your dog's day. Cesar Millan shares how audiobooks can make dogs happier and calmer. . Editorial Reviews: Renowned actor Tim Currys voice is warm, deep, and arch to the point of campiness. Curry is an actors actor. His voice is so distinctive as to be unmistakable. Fans of this Dickens classic will enjoy hearing Curry manifest the coterie of pithy characters that inhabit this novel, ranging from small boy to old man to dire ghost. Currys knowing tone suits this fable well. His dramatic but nuanced performance highlights the emotions of loss, fear, hope, and joy that inform this text. Curry takes delight in the macabre aspects of this gothic tale. His irreverent take on this famous novel heightens the drama even for listeners who know the story inside and out. Members Reviews: Wonderful!!! I'll admit I was a bit skeptical about whether or not I would enjoy such an oft-told literary classic (and I have heard disappointing versions before), but Tim Curry's fantastic narration grabbed me right from the first minute and didn't let go until the end! The emotions of the characters and Dickens' humorous wit really come through in his compelling rendition. I didn't pause it once from start to finish. I laughed, I cried (well, just a little!), and I enjoyed it completely. Recommended!!! Great reading! Tim Curry is one of the last people I would have thought of in connection with "A Christmas Carol": my image of him is more the snivelling villain type, a kind of Uriah Heep. To my surprise, he does a bang-up job. The narration is clear and well-paced, and the characters are all given distinctive voices. Curry's reading of Scrooge himself is one of the best I've heard; and his Marley wheezes and gasps like a real ghost.

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: Jim Donaldson Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 07-17-15 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 252 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. Members Reviews: Audio Chapters 41 and 42 Would you try another book from Charles Dickens and/or Jim Donaldson? I would probably read Charles Dickens again as he is a good author, however Jim Donaldson probably not. How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable? I would make the first book in the novel (there are 3 books in "A Tale of Two Cities") a bit more exciting to the reader as to capture their interest sooner. What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike? Donaldson tries to change his voice for every character but you can't do it all I am sorry to say and it did nothing to help with the mania of words. Also the paraphrasing, rewording, and changing the structure of sentences in paragraphs made it hard to follow in the actual book. I could even go as far as to say butchering Dickens work a bit in my opinion. Was A Tale of Two Cities worth the listening time? Not exactly but I had to read it for a class, and it is only worth listening and reading if you make it to the end... that's when things get really exciting! Any additional comments? Your audio chapter 41 and 42 were both Book 3, Chapter 12. I was highly displeased with this and had to obtain a book for a time in order to read chapter 11. Excellent story - poor audio Excellent story but audio was very poor. So heavy with bass that even turning the bass all the way down I still had to turn the volume up quite high in order to make the words out clearly. Slogged through but really a shame it wasn't better. Audio made in the dark ages This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? I couldn't listen to more than 2 chapters as the audio was so garbled and ancient, I couldn't understand a word! This version should be deleted from Audible. What didnt you like about Jim Donaldsons performance? Who knows, I couldn't understand him? Any additional comments? Don't buy this version! can't understand what the narrator is saying. I on I only got As far as chapter 4. It was very difficult to listen to because I couldn't understand what he was trying to say. All sounded like a lot of mumble Good but narrator needs help The narrators natural voice is calming and easy to listen to. But every time he changed his voice for a new character it sounds like a 90 year old man. No matter if it's a man, woman or child. It makes listening to this story very annoying. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Persuasion Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Persuasion Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Persuasion Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Mary Sarah Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 12-26-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1037 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A moving love story displaying all of Austen's signature wit and ironic narrative style. Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August 1816. Members Reviews: Really BAD narration What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!) The book may very well be good, and I expect that it will be since it is Jane Austen, but the narration was so bad I couldn't finish it. I have downloaded another version to listen to. What didnt you like about Mary Sarahs performance? Everything. There wasn't anything I did like about her reading. The accent, the tone, the line delivery, where she did and did not place emphasis. I gave up. Any additional comments? I got this version because it was extremely marked down. I can deal with some flaws, a little skip or a repeat and even mediocre narration. But this version wasn't even worth the marked down price. terrible narration This narration is just unbearable. I have never heard a narration as bad as this. You get what you pay for What would have made Persuasion better? Is this an English accent??? Not sure.. Strange. What did you like best about this story? Story of course is timeless Any additional comments? The narration is stilted. She doesn't capture the sense of the sentences.... the breaks are wrong. The sense is wrong..... Loved the book,hated the narrator. I've listened to this book within 2 months from a different narrator and can tell you that this narrator does this book no justice. Austin, lovely. Narration not so much. I love this story. The narrator seems to be attempting an English accent. Distracting pronunciation. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

David Copperfield [Audible] Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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David Copperfield [Audible] Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: David Copperfield [Audible] Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Richard Armitage Format: Unabridged Length: 36 hrs and 36 mins Language: English Release date: 02-09-16 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1682 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters. This epic, exuberant novel is one of the greatest coming-of-age stories in literature, chronicling David Copperfield's extraordinary journey through life as he encounters villains, saviors, eccentrics, and grotesques - including the wicked Mr. Murdstone, stouthearted Peggotty, formidable Betsey Trotwood, impecunious Micawber, and the odious Uriah Heep. Dickens' great novel (based, in part, on his own boyhood and which he described as a "favorite child") is a work filled with life, both comic and tragic. Listen to Richard Armitage bring Dickens' words to life, and you'll understand why Virginia Woolf called David Copperfield "the most perfect of all the Dickens novels". Members Reviews: The Armitage Voice" Where does David Copperfield rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? So far, this is the one I love the most....David Copperfield is one of my favorites anyway, but to have that voice, the voice of Richard Armitage "read it to me", just awesome Have you listened to any of Richard Armitages other performances before? How does this one compare? Yes, they way he reads, the tones, the inflections, the voice changes is just brilliant.. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I almost did, but I needed to sleep... Any additional comments? Just keep them coming with Richard Armitage at the helm.......Thank you to Audible and to "The Armitage" for bringing David Copperfield to life..... Classic Story with Superb Performance. What made the experience of listening to David Copperfield [Audible Studios] the most enjoyable? Richard Armitage's voice was incredible. He brought this book to a new life. His beautiful inflections and characterizations were spot on. Any additional comments? You've either read David Copperfield and want to know if it is worth the listen, or you are new to this work. Be not hesitant, this is one of the best performances on Audible. And David Copperfield is just classic. Dicken's has a definite style to him. He's studied for a reason, and that reason is damned good writing. Spend the credit... you'll be cultured as well as entertained. A PERFECT narration of an English classic! I find Charles Dickens' novels difficult to read because of his sentence structure and length. Reading David Copperfield was especially difficult for me due to the length of the novel, but the story is so worthwhile that the effort is rewarded. I listened to this Audible version one or two chapters a day over several weeks. Richard Armitage does an incredible job of narration especially with the character's voices. Listening to him is a joy. There are many excellent narrators of audio books, but the consistent quality of Armitage's work of over 36 hours of David Copperfield ranks this as the best narrated audio book I have ever listened to.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Audiobook by Lewis Carroll
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Audiobook by Lewis Carroll

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Author: Lewis Carroll Narrator: Scarlett Johansson Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins Language: English Release date: 02-23-16 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1840 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring) brings a palpable sense of joy and exuberance to her performance of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. From the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts, she imbues each madcap character with a distinct voice and personality that will leave a lasting impression long after the adventure is over. One hundred and fifty years after its original publication, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland remains one of the most widely read, deconstructed, referenced, and reinterpreted works of Western fiction. It tells the story of the young and imaginative Alice, who grows weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations", and follows a hasty hare underground - to come face to face with a host of strange and fantastic characters. Members Reviews: Oh My Ears and Whiskers, What A Delight! Wow!! When Audible says "Scarlett Johansson performs" this brilliant classic, they're not kidding!! I expected, when I pre-ordered this title, simply a competent reading of one of the all-time great satires of Victorian England. Instead I received this incredible tour-de-force, a veritable one-woman play in which Ms. Johansson acts out all characters singlehandedly and nearly flawlessly (I say 'nearly' only because a few characters sound not as described, e.g. The hookah-smoking caterpillar, who is described as speaking "in a languid, sleepy voice," barks at Alice like a shrill, stuffy schoolmarm). Overall Johansson is excellent, giving unique voice to each character while using wonderful expression, perfect pacing and vocal inflection for all narrative passages. She could only be better if she were British (it could be argued that having an American narrate 'Alice' is like having an Englishman narrate 'Huckleberry Finn'). This is a must for your listening library, whether you are 8 or 88 years of age. For extra value, curl up with a hard copy of Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice (or the 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) while you listen, so you can discover what Lewis Carroll was skewering during all the apparent chaos and nonsense Alice experiences after her fall down the rabbit hole. Incredible Any additional comments? I've loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for as long as I can remember. As a child I adored the magic, the adventure, and the kooky characters. As an adult, I grew to love Carroll's imagery, symbolism (perhaps unintentional), and his ability to turn what seems like nonsense into an enduring children's tale. No matter how many times I've read this story and watched the movies, I feel like I can always return to the familiar and colorful place that is Wonderland. Scarlett Johansson brings such incredible depth and wonderment to this timeless tale, that this just may be my new favorite interpretation. Her sister, veteran narrator Vanessa Johansson directed this performance.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Richard Armitage Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 10-24-17 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 212 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Robert Louis Stevenson presents the suspenseful, eerie and captivating story of a ruthless scientist who sets out to liberate his inner demon from the firm clutches of his conscience. Upon bearing witness to the extent of Mr Hyde's violent nature, Jekyll is horrified by his callous disregard for the welfare of others and greatly ashamed by the unstoppable nature of his ambition. Eager to redeem himself, Jekyll sets out to capture and stop the bloodthirsty Mr Hyde, by any means necessary. However, in keeping with true gothic tradition, Dr Jekyll must now face a race against time as damning evidence is uncovered, and the investigating detectives and interested parties are brought right to his door. Hailed by the Detective Club as 'one of the most amazing crime stories ever written', Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde was met with immediate critical approval, ensuring its success and popularity for years to come. A highly accomplished Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson is also credited with stories of Treasure Island, A Child's Garden of Verses and Kidnapped. Arguably, however, none have contributed to English literature quite like the unique tale of Dr Jekyll and his monster, Mr Hyde. Narrator Biography Best known for his roles in The Hobbit, Hannibal, Captain America, Robin Hood, Spooks and North and South, Richard Armitage has established himself as one of the greatest British actors of our time. With 11 audiobooks under his belt, including Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, David Hewson's Romeo and Juliet: A Novel and Georgette Heyer's Venetia, Richard's storytelling abilities have not gone unnoticed. In 2014, he was merited with having narrated the Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel. Providing another equally captivating performance in this new and highly anticipated adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Richard Armitage gradually builds and maintains the perfect atmosphere needed for this suspenseful classic horror story. Members Reviews: Changed my understanding of processing literature I teach composition for a living, but I've never had a more thorough training on understanding the depth of literature than in listening to Richard Armitage bring this story to life. I've listened to many excellent books on Audible, but none have captured me in the way this book did. Armitage is able to bring out the themes of this book through his storytelling in a way that my own so-called "deep reading" would have missed. If anybody wants to understand what literature can be -- should be, settle down with this reading of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. You won't be disappointed. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY R. Armitage reads The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde My fourteen year old son and I immensely enjoyed Richard Armitage s narration of Stevensons story. We had just finished reading it when my husband found it on Audible being performed by him. Knowing his superb acting ability and his natural richness of voice, he was the perfect man to read this gripping story. His character voices were true and chilling. We look forward to his reading of Hamlet! Well done! No Hyde-ing It Richard Armitage Does It Again Chapter 10..Chapter 10. Chapter 10. Mesmerizing his Jekyll into Hyde. Extraordinary performance.

Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh Audiobook by Joseph Conrad
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Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh Audiobook by Joseph Conrad

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: Kenneth Branagh Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins Language: English Release date: 11-23-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 3891 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Prose that demands to be read aloud requires a special kind of narrator. For the Audible Signature Classics edition of Joseph Conrads atmospheric masterpiece, Heart of Darkness, we called upon four-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh. Branaghs performance is riveting because he reads as though hes telling a ghost story by a campfire, capturing the storys sense of claustrophobia, while hinting at the storyteller Marlows own creeping madness. Heart of Darkness follows Captain Marlow into the colonial Congo where he searches for a mysterious ivory trader, Kurtz, and discovers an evil that will haunt him forever. With this landmark work, Conrad is credited with bringing the novel into the twentieth century; we think Branagh brings it into the twenty-first. Stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors David Hyde Pierce, Leelee Sobieski, Tim Curry, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics. Listen to more Editorial Reviews: "The horror! The horror!" In this brooding and justly celebrated novella of 1902, seaman Charles Marlow is cruising quietly down the Thames at dusk with some friends. As night begins to fall, he tells them of his harrowing journey down an African river in search of the unscrupulous and near-legendary ivory trader named Kurtz, a quest deep into inky spiritual and symbolic darkness. Acclaimed Irish actor/director Kenneth Branagh impersonates Marlow in this recording. Admirably, while fully playing the drama, he never goes overboard. He plays the tale for the great yarn that it is. But had he taken more cognizance of its trajectory and subtleties, he would have made the listening experience far richer than he has. Critic Reviews: "Acclaimed Irish actor/director Kenneth Branagh impersonates Marlow in this recording. Admirably, while fully playing the drama, he never goes overboard. He plays the tale for the great yarn that it is." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Conrad's Brilliant & Wild Novella The novella is literature's most compellingly roaming form and Conrad absolutely owns it with Heart of Darkness. I first read Conrad in high school, with throngs of other pimply kids. I liked it sure, but didn't understand all of the conflciting currents of this brilliant story. I was re-introduced to Heart of Darkness when I recognized it in Francis Ford Coppola brilliant Apocalypse Now. During the last few years I've been on a huge Conrad kick, listening or reading to Lord Jim, Victory, The Secret Agent, Nostromo, etc. The man is simply amazing. It is incredible to think that he could write better in his 3rd language (English) than most writers could ever hope to write in their first. In this way, he shares a lot with Nabokov. Anyway, this is one of those few works I constantly return to for its humanity and for its inspiriation. Kenneth Branagh's reading of HoD is amazing in both its depth and nuance. From Civilization into Darkness The enigmatic narrator Marlowe tells his dark story of madness and despair from the deck of a ship anchored in the Thames in the harbor of London, the then world's center of commerce and civilization. It ends in the heart of madness and despair, the Congo river deep in Africa. In this short novel, which has been called one of the most important works in modern literature, Marlow's voice is that of Kenneth Branagh, one of the finest of actors today.

Wuthering Heights Audiobook by Emily Brontë, Ann Dinsdale - introduction
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Wuthering Heights Audiobook by Emily Brontë, Ann Dinsdale - introduction

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Wuthering Heights Subtitle: An Audible Exclusive Performance Author: Emily Brontë, Ann Dinsdale - introduction Narrator: Joanne Froggatt, Rachel Atkins - introduction Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 11-30-17 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 28 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Winner of Audible's 2017 Narrator of the Year Award In an Audible Exclusive production, Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt gives a powerhouse performance of Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's only published novel. This edition features an exclusive introduction written by Ann Dinsdale, Chief Curator of the Brontë Museum. About the book The unapologetic intensity with which Emily Brontë wrote this story ensures that it will forever be considered one of the greatest works of English literature. A passionate tale of a chaotic and often violent love, Wuthering Heights transcends your average romance and, with its Gothic undertones, takes the listener on a journey through one man's lustful hunt for revenge. Believing he has been spurned by Cathy Earnshaw, the only woman he has ever loved, Heathcliff abandons the wild moors of Wuthering Heights, fervently wishing to reestablish himself as the wealthy gentleman he believes Cathy seeks. Having been successful in his ventures, he later returns to the adoptive family who raised him and hungrily seeks to punish those who once rejected him. In an exclusive introduction written for this edition by Ann Dinsdale, Chief Curator of the Bronte Museum, discover how critical and public opinion of Wuthering Heights has changed over time. About the author Perhaps unsurprisingly, Emily is said to have had the most unusual character of all the Brontë sisters. A reserved character with few close acquaintances outside her family circle, Emily's dark and passionate nature is clearly reflected in her tale. Having been the consummate lover of animals and nature, in this book she also set out to paint an unforgettable picture of the stark and imposing moors that she so enjoyed walking along. Having developed a highly intelligent writing style, Emily ensures that the listener is emotionally involved throughout and often even a little horrified at the events that take place. A true work of art, Wuthering Heights surpasses expectation with its Gothic love scenes and desolate landscapes. Emily Brontë's only published work, it stands alone and will forever imprint itself upon the listener's memory. About the narrator Joanne Froggatt is an English stage, film and television actress who shot to fame after her engaging portrayal of Downton Abbey's Anna Bates. Also celebrated for her roles in Dinnerladies, A Street Cat Named Bob, Murder in the Outback and Liar, Joanne has now been acting for over 20 years and brings a wealth of expertise to her narratives. Having voiced an Alice in Wonderland series as well as Audible's 2017 Thriller of the Year, Silent Child, Joanne succeeds once more in delivering an incredibly engaging performance in this unique and exquisite adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Members Reviews: Awesome update on a classic I never read Wuthering Heights and I came across this version narrarated by Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey fame . She is utterly amazing breathing life into this dark classic . Excellent narration Joanne Froggatt performs each character exceedingly well.

Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Shelley
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Frankenstein Audiobook by Mary Shelley

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Frankenstein Author: Mary Shelley Narrator: Nico Evers-Swindell Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 05-02-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 68 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Obsessed with the secret of creation, Swiss scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein cobbles together a body he's determined to bring to life. And one fateful night, he does. When the creature opens his eyes, the doctor is repulsed: his vision of perfection is, in fact, a hideous monster. Dr. Frankenstein abandons his creation, but the monster won't be ignored, setting in motion a chain of violence and terror that shadows Victor to his death. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a gripping story about the ethics of creation and the consequences of trauma, is one of the most influential Gothic novels in British literature. It is as relevant today as it is haunting. Members Reviews: Storyline NOT the same as the text Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? Yes, however, chose it as a read along with the text; several parts are missing or inaccurate. What do you think your next listen will be? Looking for a version that matches the book. What about Nico Evers-Swindells performance did you like? Nice voice Did Frankenstein inspire you to do anything? Haven't finished the text... Looking for another version to match the book Nothing like the movie I was taken aback. This is not at all the story that we all know as Frankenstein the monster from the movies. If you have ever thought about reading this book just get this version the reader is fabulous and the story is not that of the movie. This story is of loss and compassion and is so well-read that I could barely stop listening. bought this 5 days ago and have just finished it. Wow. A Masterpeice ! A Masterpeice, if you have not yet read/listened to this unforgettable story before do not for a moment hesitate. The author creates characters and movements so clear to the reader/listener's imagination its truly a wonder to behold and unfortunate this is Mary Shelleys only work. Depressing book - good narration I never knew this book was so depressing... the word miserable is only used like 10,000 times in this book. Good narration though. A Brilliant Classic This is a brilliant classic wonderfully narrated by Nico Evers-Swindell, which is definitely worth a credit. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Jane Eyre Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë
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Jane Eyre Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Brontë Narrator: Emma Messenger Format: Unabridged Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 09-10-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1275 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of eponymous Jane Eyre, her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel's exploration of sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism. Members Reviews: Wonderful story, wonderfully narrated Emma Messenger is fantastic here! I have always loved this novel, and have read it many times, but I don't think I've ever enjoyed it as much as I did during this listen. One of my pet peeves with narrators of classics is when they read them woodenly, stumble over the language, or read as if they are reciting the phone book. Emma Messenger breathed such life into her narration that it felt like Jane herself was speaking to me. I found her interpretations of characters ideal, especially Jane and Mr. Rochester. She really conveyed the passion and frustration between them. She managed to give each character a unique voice without sounding as if she were straining her own. I plan to download other books narrated by Emma Messenger. I cannot express enough how truly enjoyable her interpretation of this novel is! Also, with the classics I love, I tend to download different version of the same story (since they are often less than the cost of a sandwich here on Audible!) to have a different interpretation or version of the same novel. I have no intention of downloading another version on Jane Eyre, though, since this is perfection. captivating Everything about this audiobook was outstanding, but I think the most important part for me was Emma Messenger's reading. Her voice, her rhythm as she read the story, her tempo, her subtle and pointed inflections, and her vocal interpretations of the characters brought me into the story and made me feel as if I was living the story with all the characters. Sometimes when I am listening to an audiobook, my mind wanders. Not with this one. I was engaged 100%. Thank you audible.com, thank you Charlotte Bronte and thank you Emma Messenger. Great book, wonderfully narrated I had read Jane Eyre in school, but never remembered enjoying it as much then as I enjoyed this reading. The narration really brings out the story - her voice is perfect for this book. Perfection What's not to love? Jane Eyre has been one of my favorite books since I was 13 years old and Emma Messenger is possibly my favorite narrator. Her voice is so soothing I wish she could personally read me to sleep every night, even during the exciting parts of the book. This audiobook is like listening to poetry. Simply perfection. Well done Emma Messenger does a fine job with this overall impressive version of this great classic. It was wonderful to live Jane's life again. I had read it when I was a young girl and enjoyed it much more; got much more out of it, after returning to it after many years. 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: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 12-15-05 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2422 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for. The contrasting fortunes and temperaments of the two girls as they struggle to cope in their different ways with the cruel events which fate has in store for them are portrayed by Jane Austen with her usual irony, humour, and profound sensibility. © and (P)2005 Naxos Audiobooks Ltd. Members Reviews: Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson A truely excellent narration - Juliet Stevenson is the best narrator I have come across on audible. She brings the characters to life, giving each, character and individuality. She accurately captures the nuances and comedy of the book and the historical period. To me, at least, this book was so well brought to life by the Emma Thompson screen adaptation that I would find it hard to imagine some of the characters (Marianne and Fanny for instance) represented very differently from that film (although I did think the occasional character including Edward and to a certain extent Elanor herself were miscast in the film version). Juliet Stevenson's interpretations are close to the film where it was good, and better where it could have been improved (to my ear her Marianne sounded like Kate Winslet). Furthermore, her voice is not harsh to the ears, as I have found some narrators, even good ones, to be after a time - an important point when listening to something for hours through a set of earphones on an iPod. Pride and Prejudice might be my favourite Jane Austen book, but I think this is my favourite Jane Austen audio so far. My only negative point being that I got so engrossed (much more so than when reading the paper book), and the story is quite black and miserable through much of its length, that I am sure I felt miserable with Marianne, until I had got to the uplifting ending. very easy on the ears. I listen to a lot of British classic novels, and there's an overwhelming trend towards narrators with a very nasal, uppity-sounding English accent that grates on the ears. An expert in accents could probably identify the quality that I don't like; all I know is that THIS narrator is, by contrast, a great pleasure to listen to. Her speaking voice is gentle and beautiful and melodious. I could listen to her for hours... well, I did. The story is of course typical Austen: predictably satisfying, tasty in that happy-endings-happen-to-good-people kind of way. You know what you're getting THERE. The excellent reading is icing on the cake. Highly Recommeded Jane Austen writes with great sensitivity and compassion about how two sisters adapt in different ways to life's blows. The book is evocative, beautiful and gripping. The plot and the characterizations move along enticingly. The narrator is excellent and draws the listener into the setting and story brilliantly. I feel as if I am in 19th century Britain while listening and by the end of the novel feel as if Eleanor and Marianne are people I have known well.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Michael Page Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 10-10-08 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1222 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: "If it were I," exclaims Dorian, "who were always to be young and that picture that was to grow old . . . I would give my soul for that." With that spoken, the tale of this young hero of amazing beauty, Dorian Gray, begins. His pact with evil allows his portrait to take on his many sins and degradations while his physical appearance remains youthful. Over the years as he becomes cruel and vicious, even murderous, Dorian's young and perfect body is no longer enough to salvage his deteriorating mind and morality. Will justice and good prevail? Members Reviews: One of my faves!!! The narrator takes the experience to new heights! very gifted indeed : ) I have read this book several times and very much prefer the audible version. So into it!! Creepy Gothic Story What did you love best about The Picture of Dorian Gray? The fact that the writer directly engaged the moral issue, which can be summed up as, "Is it better to be beautiful than good?" Oddly he answers his own question in the conventional way, which is not what I was prepared for. It seems Gray gets his just punishment at the end. But along the way there is the idea that fate, accident, random occurrences also can determine one's outcomes. So this isn't a straightforward justification of the "wages of sin." I think Wilde was more subtle than that in his contemplation of art and aesthetic appreciation and their effects on human life. Who was your favorite character and why? There isn't a single likeable character in the story. Dorian is immorality incarnate, Basil allows his appreciation of aesthetics to get in the way of his judgment, Sir Henry is a loathsome upper class idiot, and Sybil is a fool. But Dorian's development from a beautiful young innocent to a decadent monster is fascinating. Which character as performed by Michael Page was your favorite? The narration was very good and Page did all the characters well. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? No, but I learned more about the 19th century foppish British aristocracy--possibily Wilde's own circle--that I might have wanted. What a story! What a performance! Love it? Adore it! The decadence of human soul, having been corrupted by humanity. Wilde knew a great deal about it, for he had his own demons (nothing different from what we experience nowadays). But it's not the novel I would like to commend, but the performance. Indeed, what a performance! Wow! Mr Page, hats off! Great Classic Any additional comments? A very interesting story about vanity and corruption. I really enjoy the works of Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde was ahead of his time... Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray to be better than the print version? Not sure I could ever call an audio edition better than the printed version. It was, however, a great way to experience Dorian Gray. I compare an audio edition to a movie, not to a book. Who was your favorite character and why? Henry - I was guessing at who he truly really was throughout the whole book - was he a devil or just a free spirited Englishman? Have you listened to any of Michael Pages other performances before? How does this one compare? No, but I certainly will. He made this book come alive. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I hadn't planned it but I did.

The Count of Monte Cristo Audiobook by Alexandre Dumas
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The Count of Monte Cristo Audiobook by Alexandre Dumas

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Count of Monte Cristo Author: Alexandre Dumas Narrator: John Lee Format: Unabridged Length: 46 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 06-17-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 6278 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure. After 14 years of hopeless imprisonment, Dantès makes his daring escape and follows his secret map to untold fortune. Disguised now as the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès seeks out his enemies - and nothing will stand in the way of his just revenge. Filled with thrilling episodes of betrayal, romance, and revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest adventure stories ever written. Members Reviews: A true Time-machine At first I didn't want to write a review because so many have done that before me. But I just can't help myself from expressing what this book did to me. It is not only a story that transports you instantly back to a very interesting and tumultuous time in European history, but its also a story that is very confined to a specific group of people. It is a story that has it all, love, romance, grief, hate, envy and on and on... The length of the book seems like to much of a commitment, but when I finished it I was sad that it had ended. It was a joy to listen to John Lee's voice which took me back to Europe and to places I have wandered endlessly, he gives all characters their own identity and makes you forget that its a book and not a dream or fantasy your in the middle of experiencing. If you are thinking about reading a classic or just want to check out Dumas... Read this book, it is like one of those dreams that you hope will never end. What a pleasure to read a classic! I have "meant" to read this book for many years, but the length seemed daunting and the language stilted, at least by 21st century terms. What a mistake it would have been to miss it! After a little "attitude adjustment", I found the flowery language elegant and fascinating and the character development is superb. One can only marvel at the decades-long plan that The Count, Edmund Dantes, has carefully set in motion to serve as suitable revenge for those whose greed and self-interest caused him to spend 14 long years in a dungeon. This review relates to the whole book, not just Part I, but each section was a new adventure and looking back, you can see how Dumas has not wasted a character or scene that does not justify the plot and the outcome. Yes, there are some slower sections (characters, in accordance with the era, sometimes take 30 words to say what could be said in 5), but overall I found myself wanting to get back into the car or back on to the plane as soon as possible. It is a bit like watching "Masterpiece Theater"--not for everyone or every taste, but it's not an acknowledged masterpiece for nothing. And excellent narration. Fantastic Story I have listened to this four times now and love it more each time. The plot twists, intense emoting and descriptive language made this a book I repeatedly found myself standing motionless in the middle of the room, seeing what the author wrote instead of the room around me. Totally engrossing. The narrator, too, read it so passionately that it totally draws me in every time.

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: Peter Batchelor Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 07-22-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 438 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Born to an unmarried woman who dies after giving birth, orphan Oliver Twist seems destined to slog through a dismal life in the workhouse. A rebellious cry for more gets Oliver banished, and ultimately lands him on the dismal streets of London. The young outcast finds refuge with Fagin and his band of thieves before fate intervenes and puts Oliver in the hands of a kindly benefactor. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child laborer contributed to the story's development. Oliver Twist has been the subject of countless film and television adaptations. Members Reviews: Excellent narration! Any additional comments? It's hard to believe that one person alone Peter Batchelor is doing all the reading! He does a incredible job! This is one great example in which listening to an audiobook can add a whole new dimension to the story. I could never do all those British accents and tones in my head while reading from a book. It feels like going to the theater. And Batchelor adds just the right amount of comedy without overdoing it. I've watched several film adaptations, and yet this one-man-cast's performance has impressed me the most so far! The pace is a bit quick, though, which could be a problem if you're not a native English speaker (as is my case). I managed fine, but had to put a little extra effort at times. As for Oliver Twist, it's a great classic and much has already been said about it in other reviews. The only thing that bothers me is that the complex villain Fagin is not only Jewish, but is mostly referred to as "the Jew", as it gives the impression that there could be anti-Semitic feelings behind it. Then again, I've read that Dickens wasn't an anti-Semite and that he later created benevolent Jewish characters. I'd be interested in learning more about it. Otherwise, it's a very touching and often funny story. At the time I purchased the audiobook, it cost only $1.95, which is quite a bargain. Great book- what a bargain! Excellent narrator! I was hesitant to get this since sometimes the inexpensive are that way for a reason, but was thrilled with this book, and all for $1.95! Character descriptions are so vivid and the narrator was great. Perfect I simply can not imagine a better rendition. Dickens and Batchelor at their very best. Amazing !! Oliver Twist is one of Dickens' best. Such sadness to turn to such happiness. I love all his work. And, Peter Bachelor is now my favorite narrator !! Good narrator with annoying character voices This is the second Dickens that I listen, narrated by Peter Batchlor. The narrator is certainly accomplished and quite pleasant to follow when he uses his regular voice. He goes beyond the reading and interprets the gravity of a Dickens work. But when he makes voices for different characters the narration is more annoying than enjoyable. The high pitch voice is particularly difficult. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Bleak House Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Bleak House Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Bleak House Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher Format: Unabridged Length: 35 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 07-22-11 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 714 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder. Members Reviews: Ordinary Lives; Extraordinary Circumstances Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Absolutely. This book was first written as a monthly serial over 20 months. Twenty episodes for 20 days perhaps. Or, if you are like me, you'll forgo sleep and listen to all. Then listen again, several times over, to catch the parts missed whilst dozing the first few times. Dickens writing is meant to be spoken. Hilarious characters beautifully exaggerated - or are they - abound here. The most decent of characters. And the most vile. My greatest reason for recommending this book is that the two readers really demonstrate Dickens intent when he gave Bleak House two narrators, the unknown onlooker telling in the present tense; and Esther, around whom all of the stories are woven. Poverty, wealth, class systems, skullduggery, robbery and murder are all given centre stage. Personalities galore. Who was your favorite character and why? Lady Dedlock is perhaps the most intriguing to me. I don't understand her loyalty to her awful husband, Sir Leicester Dedlock. Perhaps it's gratitude that he married her despite her past, though he knows nothing of it. She's awful. She's snooty. She's breakable. She's smart. She's discerning. She's drawn to beauty. She's conceited. Her husband is quite a bit older and very wealthy. Her deceit is so complete that she believes it herself. Most of the time. An occasional sensitivity is revealed. Which character as performed by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher was your favorite? Narrator Sean Barrett is witness to the events that run almost parallel to Esther's own memoir. Both readers were called upon to animate, and maintain, the voices of a huge variety of characters. Sometimes the voices are whining and irritating. Sometimes, seductive and warm. As are the characters. I particularly enjoyed Teresa Gallagher's interactions between Esther and Charley, the thirteen year old orphan girl who leaves her six year old brother Tom to take care of their baby sister while she goes to work as a laundress and is later employed by Mr Jarndyce to be Esther's maid. Her portrayal of Esther's voice throughout is easy and confident, warm and chatty at times. Formal at other times. Thoroughly enjoyable. Sean Barrett's dialogues between Lady Dedlock and Mr Tulkinghorn, given the opposing attitudes of the adversaries and the undercurrent of intent, are excellent spoken civilly in a respectably soft volume. But it is Sean Barrett's own voice as the narrator that is most commanding. If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? Take your chances in the Court of Chancery Any additional comments? Many hours of thoroughly enjoyable listening. WONDERFUL NARRATIONS! I am delighted to now be enjoying the narrations from the talented multi voiced Sean Barrett and sweetly nuanced Teresa Gallagher for a wonderful book from Charles Dickens.

The Chimes Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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The Chimes Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Chimes Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Richard Armitage Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 12-11-15 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 6619 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The magnificent Richard Armitage (Hamlet: King of Denmark: A Novel) performs The Chimes by Charles Dickens. This classic story is the second in a series of five Christmas books Dickens was commissioned to write - beginning with A Christmas Carol. A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world - until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity. Though much different from and certainly a bit darker than A Christmas Carol, the moral message of The Chimes is equally poignant - touting the importance of compassion, goodwill, and the love of friends and family. The Chimes was followed by The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and finally The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. Members Reviews: Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible! Charles Dickens can be a dark, dark soul and "The Chimes" can be a dark, dark story, depending on who narrates it. But with Armitage at the helm, we don't have to worry. This is one of three versions I have, and trust me: It's the best! (Really! Dickens on Dickens is downright scary!) Trotty Veck's soul is tested at the turn of year's end: just what are the poor worth? Are they indeed worthy of being "put down" at every turn as those above him say? As he has come to believe? One night, he is "killed" and comes to see the future and everything that he believes comes to pass through his beloved daughter. Does she deserve it? It's a painful, painful listen, and with any other narrator besides Richard Armitage, it comes off as heavy-handed. With Armitage, however, it's beautiful and heartfelt. And the prose! God, how Dickens can write! Every bit of squalor and poverty, of filth and suffering is brought through with his choice of words. It's lyricism at its best. It's genius. Trust me when I say that perhaps you'll be stuffing a dollar into that bell ringer's tin can outside the store this year. Or that you'll be donating food for the hungry. Please do...! After all, it's what Trotty and Meg would do. A most beautiful gift Thank you so much for this gift of a story. It keeps me company as I sit alone with the dogs. It also gives me hope, as I am poor, that the new year could be better than this last. wonderful audible gift! Very much enjoyed this complimentary Dickens story. I likely would not have chosen it but am glad to have listened. It's Dickens at his best. reminiscent of Christmas Carol. Thank you! Thanks, Audible! This is another version of A Christmas Carol. Well, what I mean is that Dickens uses a similar plot device where Trotter (the hero) travels in time and learns a few key lessons about life like Scrooge with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. It's totally five star IF YOU LIKE DICKENS. If you don't, you will find it verbose and slow-moving. But, I do so I really enjoyed it. Happy New Year to us all! I'm a fan, but not this one This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? Since this novella has survived the ages I suppose a lot of people liked it but it did not hold my interest. I really tried to follow the story but I kept falling asleep. It was slow moving and the characters were not very interesting.

Treasure Island Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
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Treasure Island Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Treasure Island Subtitle: An Audible Original Drama Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation Narrator: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale Format: Original Recording Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins Language: English Release date: 08-17-17 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 106 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny, starring BAFTA-nominated Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show, The Office, Doctor Who), Philip Glenister (Outcast, Life On Mars), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones, Pulse, Last Legion) and Daniel Mays (The Adventures of Tintin, Rogue One, Atonement), amongst others. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold. Soon after setting sail to recover the treasure, Jim realises that he's not the only one intent on discovering the hoard. Suddenly he is thrown into a world of treachery, mutiny, castaways and murder, and at the centre of it all is the charming but sinister Long John Silver, who will stop at nothing to grab his share of the loot. One of the best-loved adventure stories ever written, Robert Louis Stevenson's 1881 novel introduced us to characters such as the unforgettable Long John Silver, forever associating peg-legged pirates with 'X marks the spot' in our cultural consciousness. 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 Stevenson's coming-of-age story that will captivate all of the family. Members Reviews: A reflective adventure The Audible dramatization of Treasure Island is excellent, with only a few false steps. Owen Teale is great as Silver, with his combination of flattery and ruthlessness. (I would have expected no less of Alliser Thorne.) But that points to one of the false steps here: the cast is named but not the parts they play; I was able to confirm that Teale was Silver only by locating a press release online. That seems a little ungenerous to my way of thinking. For the record: besides Teale, Philip Glenister is Dr Livesey; Daniel Mays is Ben Gunn; Catherine Tate is Jim's mother. And who among the named cast plays Jim Hawkins, who with his narration has by far the most audio time? No idea. Even Audible'a promotional video doesn't mention him. Another false step is that there are long gaps of silence between scenes. It's not unusual for an audio play to observe a moment of silence to mark a transition. But here, the gaps between scenes last several seconds; a couple of times I wondered if I'd gone into sleep mode by mistake. These gaps seem tailor-made for some linking music to be added in post-production, but there isn't any. It affects the pace. The gaps seem to slow things down. (There IS music from time to time, usually to set a somber or threatening tone.) It's a subdued production: a quiet, gritty Treasure Island, one that avoids flashy swashing and buckling in favor of soft and sinister exchanges. And it's a reflective adaptation: with the help of a few lines and a couple of scenes not in the book, it creates a much stronger sense of moral ambiguity than in the book.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Brideshead Revisited Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Jeremy Irons Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 12-11-12 Publisher: Hachette Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1027 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated work is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the story mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's familiar satiric exploration of his cast of lords and ladies, Catholics and eccentrics, artists and misfits, revealing him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity. Members Reviews: Extraordinary Would you consider the audio edition of Brideshead Revisited to be better than the print version? The audio version is sublime. What did you like best about this story? Evelyn Waugh's magnificent prose. What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Flawless phrasing; elegant, perfect timing. If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? This has already been done, as one impeccable broadcast series. And when it aired originally, it was reviewed as television's "finest hour.". That will do. Any additional comments? My audible library approaches 1,000 titles. I rarely submit reviews here on the website, preferring to tweet my impressions and recommendations. But when this title was released yesterday, I rearranged my day around listening. Jeremy Irons' reading of "Brideshead Revisited" is magnificent. Secondary, and even ancillary characters are fully realized, in the most surprising and wonderful voices--- Cordelia and Charles Ryder's father in particular. The vulnerable, sometimes diaphinous voicing of Sebastian and Julia Flyte, the narcissistic, calculated stutter of Anthony Blanche; worthless, unremarkable Kurt and lethally charming Lady Marchmain (a paradigm of toxic parenthood) surpass every expectation. And of course, Jeremy Irons will be our Charles Ryder for all time. His pronounciation of the word 'forerunner' is a lesson for all dramatic actors. Be mindful, readers, that this same narrator's rendition of Nabokov's "Lolita" is considered to be one of the finest ever offered by audible.com. Performances like this are what every reader and listener hopes for. This title belongs in everyone's library. Buy it, and be spellbound. A Counterpoint to Downton Abbey A coworker of mine who's more "literati" than I am heard me talk about how I was surprised to enjoy a series like Downton Abbey, given that it's not typically in my wheelhouse. Since I tend to explore outside my wheelhouse quite frequently where good books are concerned, my coworker suggested this one. On the surface, this book has quite a bit in common with Downton Abbey. It deals with the decline of the British noble class in the wake of the first world war and the romantic nostalgia it seems to invoke. But that's really where the comparison stops. This book concentrates more on relationships and religion, and how these concepts factor into the shaping of personal identity.

Persuasion Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Persuasion Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Persuasion Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 02-08-07 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3398 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity. Members Reviews: Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing Persuasion was the only Jane Austen novel I had not read so I recently decided to remedy that. Juliet Stevenson had cracked me up as the neurotic mother in Bend It Like Beckham, so I was sure I could count on her to bring out the comical side of the story (and Jane Austen always offers up some comedy). But I had no idea Stevenson was such a subtle and talented actress. As the omniscient narrator she sounds sensible, measured, and lovely. She delivers the story while not allowing the listener to get bogged down in Austens sometimes antiquated language. She successfully confers masculinity to the male voices without attempting to impersonate. And the women who are meant to be laughable, such as Annes sister Mary, with them she is ruthless. And its delightful. In terms of the story this is probably Jane Austens best. Pride and Prejudice will always be my long-standing favorite, having been the first book in my life that I couldn't put down, but Persuasion is Austen's smartest work, and you can sense her own maturity in it (it was her last completed novel). It takes the kind of characters we meet in her other novels and fast-forwards them ten years. These are grown women not girls dealing with love and loss, and learning about second chances. Need no Persuasion to listen Juliet Stevenson has a perfect voice to interpret the characters of Persuasion, especially those of the haughty Lord Elliot and his eldest daughter. Having watched her performance as the arrogant vicar's wife in the recent filming of "Emma", I felt that she would provide exactly the right tone. Watching other of her performances in more sympathetic roles also assured me that she would give a strong character to Anne. Very enjoyable. Download this one, it's the best!!! If you are trying to decide which of the many version to buy, look no futher, this one cannot be beat. Next to P&P, Persuasion is my favorite Austen book and I've always loved it, but Juliette Stevenson's narration made it even better--she's the audiobook equivalent of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in the BBC production of P&P! Her voice is just a joy to listen to. As soon as the book is over, you'll want to listen to it all over again. What are you waiting for? Download this one! Beautiful combination This is among my favorite downloads. It was the perfect combination of story and narrator. Juliet Stevenson has an amazing ability to not just read, but act all the characters, male and female, and to make them come alive before my eyes. I will download all her Jane Austen readings. Ahh, Jane! Jane Austen is always a pleasure, and Persuasion is one of my favorites but Juliet Stevenson makes it even better with her excellent reading. I found myself laughing out loud at her characterizations. I'm certain I'll listen to this one again and again. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Jamie Parker Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 05-27-14 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 889 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists. Members Reviews: Country tales and voices. It more than exceeded my expectations. Jamie Parker does the Wessex rustic voices brilliantly. I would happily listen to him reading any books. I love Hardy's tales. A Beautiful Classic, Beautifully Read! Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? The problem with having a movie adaptation of a great novel is that many people will never read the novel. In the case of this classic, that is a shame. The story, the characters, the natural setting and the action are all presented in beautiful prose that is rarely heard in contemporary writing. This unabridged release, narrated by the tremendously-talented Jamie Parker, is exquisitely "acted", with each character having their own "voice", and every sentence is phrased in a way that captures the ear and feeds the imagination of the listener. I could not be more pleased with an audiobook, and would have given Parker 6 stars if this were an option! What did you like best about this story? The prose is beautiful and descriptive and I felt transported to the place and time of the story through the excellent voice acting of Jamie Parker. Which scene was your favorite? Sorry, I couldn't possibly choose just one. The crafting of the story is even-handed and exquisite throughout. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? I wouldn't. See my initial comment. Charming book, charming reader This book is so charming. Hardy is a bit long-winded sometimes but in such a beautiful, clever way that it's hardly minded. How I wish I could find more treasures like this that I haven't yet read. Why don't writers care about the sound of the words and the way they are put together anymore? Why can't writers caress the English language like they once did? This reader is superb, as well. So much personality and so much difference in voices and accents between the different characters. And he just... he gets it. Lovely all around! Exceptional Loved this book from the first word to the last one! It goes on my short list of all time favorites books. Excellent narrator and great performance of a really great book. This is a fantastic book by Hardy. The characters and the story is so captivating that I had several driveway moment when listening to it. Jamie Parker is one of the best narrators that there it is. His voice and accents are so rich that it enlivens the book even further. Truly it is a pleasure to listen to him. 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: Victoria Mcgee Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 10-04-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 345 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Austens classic tale of love and values in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century is her most beloved. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in landed-gentry society. One of the most popular novels of all time. Has been adapted to countless variations for the screen. Members Reviews: An amazing story with a horrible reader First, if you are going to read/perform one of the world's greatest books, you should at least sound interested. In addition, telling this story with an American accent just killed it. Victoria McGee pulls off the tone of the story Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why? I would listen to this story again because it really captured the era. The class distinctions were interesting and the story is an historical snapshot of a time. What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice? I have read the book a few times before, but I thought the narrator really captured the biting commentary of the characters. The words seem so innocent, but they have a lot of power, and at times cattiness, behind them. I am a fan of the compliment delivered with the slap across the face and this story has quite a bit of that. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I laughed all the way through the conversation between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth. It was like watching a tennis game where each tries to get one over on the other and Lizzy came out on top. Any additional comments? The only thing that was a little off-putting were the huge silent gaps between chapters. I checked my iPod quite a few times to make sure that it hadn't stopped playing (my iPod does that sometimes for no reason). Once I got used to them though I just let it go. Great story but I was disappointed with the reader Love the book and have read it several times. The reader of this version is rather dry and at times you lose you place in the story because all of the characters sound the same. Terrible narrator This classic wonderful book was read with the enthusiasm of a text book. She stumbled over the English accent, the attempts at character voices is terrible don't waste time or money on this version. Great Love Story or a Novel of cynical wit? Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice is often considered one of the greatest novels of all time; the story of proud William Darcy and the prejudices of Elizabeth Bennett. From Lizzies perspective their spirited courtship plays out on the page; in this witty comedy of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in early 19th century society. Most of you would already know this story; youve probably seen an adaptation or two in your time. For me, I was never interested in reading this book, I knew what it was about but I never knew what to expect. Eventually I had to read this book, in part for university and because its a classic that will always remain on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List. This is the novel that just will not die; 200 years later since this was published the book still sits very often in the top ten in a lot of bookstores and other literary lists. Its been adapted multiple times as well as been retold many times (highlights include Lost in Austen & The Lizzie Bennett Diaries).

Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce Audiobook by Jonathan Swift
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Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce Audiobook by Jonathan Swift

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce Author: Jonathan Swift Narrator: David Hyde Pierce Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 12-14-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1788 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce is famous for playing the lovably self-important Dr. Niles Crane in the hit TV series Frasier. Now, he brings the same wit and charming arrogance to his Signature Classics performance of Jonathan Swifts Gullivers Travels. More than just a mock travel book and fabulous adventure, Gullivers Travels is a character study and social satire that skewers politics, science, religion, philosophy, and pretentiousness with a bite and resonance that remains as fresh today as the day it was published. Maybe thats why it hasnt been out of print in nearly 300 years. Set sail with David Hyde Pierce for a smart, fun, new Gullivers Travels experience thats unlike any other. And stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors Leelee Sobiesky, Casey Affleck, Tim Curry, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics. Listen to more Editorial Reviews: Gullivers encounters with fantastic peoples and creatures - from the small-statured Lilliputians to the stargazing Liputians - reach to the far corners of the world. As narrator, David Hyde Pierce wonderfully captures the wit and irony of this much-loved classic. Despite Gullivers detailed, and sometimes cumbersome, descriptions of strange lands and their inhabitants, Pierce doesnt miss a beat. His melodic voice wraps perfectly around Swifts eighteenth-century language. His pronunciations of the imaginative languages are delightful, especially the neighing expressions of the Houyhnhnms, a utopian society of horses. Pierces consistently matter-of-fact tone fits Swifts own. His reading highlights the authors humor and sarcasm, pulling the listener into this fantastic journey. Critic Reviews: "Despite Gullivers detailed, and sometimes cumbersome, descriptions of strange lands and their inhabitants, Pierce doesnt miss a beat. His melodic voice wraps perfectly around Swifts eighteenth-century language. His pronunciations of the imaginative languages are delightful, especially the neighing expressions of the Houyhnhnms, a utopian society of horses. In a book in which the authors voice comes through on every page, Pierces consistently matter-of-fact tone fits Swifts own. His reading highlights the authors humor and sarcasm, pulling the listener into this fantastic journey." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Loved every minute Gulliver's Travels has been a classic but somewhat overlooked read for many years, perhaps because of its supposed complexity. Still, it is an incredbly imaginative series of voyages and adventures to strange and wonderful places (a matter of opinion of course), and the superb writing and imagination on display in this Swift Classic can not be denied. Jonathan Swift's masterful descriptions of distant island lands, their inhabitants, strange customs, and Gulliver's perceptions and treatment in each place is extaordinary. Yet, not to be ignored are the underlying political and moral aspects which are woven throughtout the text, and in some cases, existant in today's politics and, surprisingly, our society. In many ways futuristic, Jonathan Swift proves a master of imagination and human behavior. Equally outstanding; and handled deftly, is Mr. Pierce's interpretive reading of the text. Performed with an English accent, and with undeniable superlative vocal skill, Mr.

David Copperfield [Trout Lake Media] Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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David Copperfield [Trout Lake Media] Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: David Copperfield [Trout Lake Media] Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Peter Batchelor Format: Unabridged Length: 32 hrs and 32 mins Language: English Release date: 02-06-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 411 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Dickens called David Copperfield his "favourite child," and many critics consider the novel to be one of his best depictions of childhood. Set in early Victorian England against a backdrop of great social change, Dickens acutely observed the phenomena of the Industrial Revolution and used them as the canvas on which he painted the novel. Many consider David Copperfield to be the authors finest work. Members Reviews: Delightful Dickens listening Would you consider the audio edition of David Copperfield to be better than the print version? For me, the audio edition of David Copperfield was every bit as good as a book. I think Dickens in particular lends himself well to audio interpretation. The special magic of the audio version for me is that it recalls that comforting feeling I had as child; of listening to my parents read a story and being carried away into another world. What was one of the most memorable moments of David Copperfield? It is impossible for me to chose a moment that was more memorable than others. David Copperfield is one continuous rollercoaster ride of joys, sorrows, hardships, heartbreak, tearful departures and joyous reunions. The cast of characters include some of the most memorable villians, noble women, cruel step-fathers and loveable unfortunates ever penned. It is first class Dickens. What about Peter Batchelors performance did you like? Peter Batchelor is perfect for Dickens. He is an entire cast of voices. His sure control of tone, mastery of timbre and accents are a delight. Being a baritone, Batchelor's only difficulty comes when playing women and children. Uriah Heep will make anyones skin crawl. The dialogues are particularly brilliant. In these, Batchelor needs to switch between characters, finding exactly the right voice for one and then answering immediately in another. It is dazzling stuff but the virtuosity is never at the expense of the narrative. One imagines this was the way Dickens himself would have read for his friends; revelling in the characters; growling, squeeking, lisping, mimicking accents and enjoying every minute of it. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Dr. Stong is married to Anne, a very beautiful and much younger woman. Uriah Heep has contrived to cast suspicion in the mind of the doctor that his wife had taken a young lover. Deeply in love with his wife, he is willing to let the situation fall into silence in order to keep her. Never confronted, Anne is neither guilty nor innocent. It is then revealed that Heep is a villian. This provides Anne Strong with an opportunity. The words that pour forth are some of the most beautiful and deeply moving in any book I have read. Fitting rendition of a classic Peter Batchelor does more then justice to Dickens' epic fictionalised memoir. As a first-person narrative it is ideally suited for the intimacy of the audiobook format, and Batchelor is throughout at one with the material, his deep baritone rolling on with unflagging verve through the yarn's decades. Unavoidably he recedes a little on the female parts, particularly the vapid ingenue Dora, but his range and variety on the male characters is vast. My favourite was the Cockney climber Uriah Heep, but the country boatman Dan Peggotty's tones were rich and dark as gravy on the ear.

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: David McCallion Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 07-15-16 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 97 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Ivanhoe is the perfect novel for any listener who loves an action-packed adventure based on the mythology and legends of Medieval times in England. Set in the 12th century, Ivanhoe is the story of a young man who joins up with Richard the Lion Hearted during a dark time where England is split between the Normans and the Saxons, pitting friends and family against each other through the conquering of land and the changing seats of the Royal Family. After Fighting in the Holy Crusades, Ivanhoe returns to reclaim his love, stolen from him by his own father who intends to marry her into Saxon Royalty as the descendant of a long dead king. King Richard, with little interest in ruling the Kingdom of England, has allowed his brother, the despicable Prince John, to rule in his absence, sending the land into dismal times. After his capture, Richard escapes Austria, where he travels in disguise awaiting a rising to overtake Prince John and reclaim the throne. The novel is a riveting adventure of jousting knights, damsels in distress, burning castles, escape and capture, and includes the famous Robin Hood and his Merry Men of bandits in an attempt to save the true King and Ivanhoe. Members Reviews: One of Walter Scotts Best Works! Hats off to the narrator, David McCallion, for doing a wonderful job on this read. His voice was a perfect fit for this story transporting you to Medieval England with his delightful British accent and character voices... The story follows a young man during a time of turmoil in England, where he finds himself in the midst of the fight between the Normans and the Saxons, pitting all of England against each other. Filled with exciting adventure, English mythology, and many jousting knights, the narrative will draw you right into the adventure from the very beginning. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott is truly a work of art that many can and will enjoy. Don't think twice about adding it to your collection! Excellent Rendition of a Classic Ivanhoe the tale needs no introduction, if you are expecting the movie you will not find it although for Hollywood the movie did stay close. The performance was excellent marred only, strange to say, the book itself. This was meant for reading not performing so sometimes the conversations get a little clunky. Well worth the time. A medieval treat! Ivanhoe is a marvelous audiobook experience. While some of the old jargon and slow initial plot work of the novel may deter some, stick with the book and prepare to be dazzled by the heroines, Rowena and most of all, Rebecca. A classic tale After reading the White Company, which I found very enjoyable, I also loved this rendition of the classic story of Ivanhoe. The narrator delivers the story in a soothing voice. I recommend it without reservations. A classic story of Mideival England sometimes the flowery language made it difficult to follow the story, though the performance was clear. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Turn of the Screw Audiobook by Henry James
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The Turn of the Screw Audiobook by Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Turn of the Screw Author: Henry James Narrator: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins Language: English Release date: 03-15-16 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 2078 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work? Having performed in films based on some of the greatest works in literature - including Sense and Sensibility, Howards End, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry V - Thompson is no stranger to the classics, and she lends a graceful eloquence to this moody, macabre story. Joined by listener favorite Richard Armitage, who performs the prologue, Thompson reinvigorates this psychological thriller of life, death, evil, and the unknown. Critic Reviews: "[Narrator] Emma Thompson gives the performance we expect from an Oscar winner. Most listeners don't think of Henry James as a passionate writer, but passion is there, and Thompson brings it out - and adds some of her own.... Thompson's reading will teach new listeners how to read the text - and perhaps James in general - and to understand why he's considered a genius." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible I really, really love "The Turn of the Screw," so this is my third version from Audible, and it's hard to judge as is, as opposed to judging in comparison to the other two that I have. Let's take as is: Emma Thompson is fabulous, really brings her acting chops to play, and what can you say? The woman is a powerhouse! But, and this is where you'll have to judge for yourself, she reads as an older woman. I realize that the story is of an older woman looking back, so I understand why this might be appropriate for the book, but the character at the time is a very, very young woman. She is at a loss, wondering, at times she's near out of her mind, so that is why I prefer the Penelope Rawlins version. Because, even though Ms. Thompson delivers a masterful narrative, the dialogue, the interactions sometimes ring false with her more mature tones, with her poise. The character lacks poise at that age, so it's quite odd to hear such control. Further, one of the joys of the story is that you never quite know what's real--it's up to the reader to decide for him or herself what is doing the haunting: Evil? or the governess as the conduit, the interpreter of what she "sees." If you lean one way or the other, the end is such that, chances are, you'll still wind up leaning that way. It's every man for himself and I know of two no such people who wind up in entire agreement about what exactly is determining the story here. And that's a delight! It makes for wonderful discussions afterward. But Ms. Thompson's delivery kind of makes it seem as though there actually is only one way of seeing the whole story, which takes a lot of the fun out of it. The dedication of the governess to seeing one end comes off as rather harsh, strident, monstrous even--it doesn't leave much room for questioning. ...bummer... Still, gotta love it! A governess overly beguiled and bewitched. Ghosts. Perhaps. Young souls hanging in the balance.

Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained Audiobook by John Milton
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Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained Audiobook by John Milton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained Author: John Milton Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 10-13-08 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 475 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The main work represented in this recording, Paradise Lost, is divided into roughly three sections. In the first section, covering books one through four, we are shown how Satan manages to regroup his followers after their defeat in Heaven, how they decide to renew the struggle with God, how Satan escapes from Hell and makes his way to earth to do mischief, and how God discovers Satan's new plot and decides to allow it to unfold. The next section, books five through eight, take place on earth as we are introduced to Adam and Eve, their discourses with God's angels, and a retelling of the battle between God and Satan as rendered by the angel Raphael. In the last section, books nine through 12, Eve is seduced by a disguised Satan and eats the forbidden fruit. Adam, distressed at the event, yet unwilling to be parted from Eve, decides to eat the fruit and share her fate. God sends His Son to earth to render punishment, but only after the Son pleads successfully on their behalf for mercy. He descends and tells Adam that they can no longer remain in Eden, but then takes him to a place and shows him a vision of mankind's future. Paradise Regained follows the Gospel of Luke in presenting the story of Satan's temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. In striking contrast to Adam and Eve, Satan is utterly foiled in his attempt to corrupt the Son of God. Members Reviews: SELL YOUR SHIRT FOR THIS AUDIO BOOK! Having listened to both Naxos sets (Anton Lesser), Blackstone (Ralph Cosham) and (Nadia May) for some years, I have to say that Griffin really holds the listener. You can soon skip the biography if you wish. You can also enjoy and learn from 'Paradise Regained' as this, too, is really an added bonus in this set! If you are troubled with understanding at first, read Lanzana's novel or his plain English version. C. S. Lewis has a famous 'Preface'. Nicolson's 'Reader's Guide to John Milton' is also a great way to start. Blarmire's 'Milton's Creation' is a superb commentary. Keep listening to Milton, especially this set, and you'll find a life-long friend - by far the best writer of all! Great Bio Followed by Milton's Masterpiece Other reviewers criticized this audio book for the 2 hour bio of Milton. I thought the biography of Milton was excellent. It really puts the poem in perspective and gives the reader a better appreciation for Milton and for Paradise Lost. If you don't want to listen to the bio, just skip to the poem. Milton's beliefs about the relationship of church and state were way ahead of his time, and he quite literally put his neck on the line for his beliefs. Milton is often criticized for staying loyal to Cromwell long after it became clear that Cromwell had abandoned many of the principles which helped him come to power. But what choice did he have? The alternative to Cromwell was the Crown. With Cromwell and his successors there was some hope however slim, with the Crown there was none. Anyhow, the poem itself is very well read, but listen to this when you can focus such as on a walk. If you're listening in the car you'll be hitting the 30 second rewind a lot or missing much.

Great Expectations [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Great Expectations [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Great Expectations [Classic Tales Edition] Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 08-09-16 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 114 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A heartless convict. The devil's fairy godmother. A beautiful girl with eyes of stone. A spectral benefactor. These and many others shape the fortunes of young Pip, as he is transformed from a blacksmith's apprentice to a young gentleman with great expectations. Members Reviews: great performance of a great text one slight issue is that the enunciation wasn't always on the exactly correct words or syllables. So, sometimes, that made the very intricate and complicated sentences Dickens used difficult to interpret from the audio awesome narrator I really enjoyed the narrator. He did a good job with the different voices, and I found some of his voices for the women to be very funny. but overall he was very soothing to listen to, and fit the part as Pip very well. The actor was amazing Much more comprehensible with the narrator switching voices so well, made it feel like you were in the story good reading of a classic Great to go back and read am underappreciated classic when there wont be a pop quiz! what not to do the story moves too slowly for me... found myself drifting off in my own world instead of what was created... 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: Peter Batchelor Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 11-15-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 148 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of Dickens best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork. Members Reviews: Gradgrind and M'Choakumchild I first read this in high school - for some reason, our English teacher chose this rather than one of Dickens's better-known novels. I liked it well enough at the time but was not a huge Dickens fan, but some parts of it stuck with me all these years, and in many ways this is the most quintessential Dickens novel. With such wonderfully Dickensian names as Thomas Gradgrind and Mr. M'Choakumchild, Hard Times begins by introducing us to Mr. Gradgrind's pedagogical philosophy: You are to be in all things regulated and governed, said the gentleman, by fact. We hope to have, before long, a board of fact, composed of commissioners of fact, who will force the people to be a people of fact, and of nothing but fact. You must discard the word Fancy altogether. You have nothing to do with it. You are not to have, in any object of use or ornament, what would be a contradiction in fact. You dont walk upon flowers in fact; you cannot be allowed to walk upon flowers in carpets. You dont find that foreign birds and butterflies come and perch upon your crockery; you cannot be permitted to paint foreign birds and butterflies upon your crockery. You never meet with quadrupeds going up and down walls; you must not have quadrupeds represented upon walls. You must use, said the gentleman, for all these purposes, combinations and modifications (in primary colours) of mathematical figures which are susceptible of proof and demonstration. This is the new discovery. This is fact. This is taste. Hard Times may also be Dickens' most karmic novel. Gradgrind, the extinguisher of fancy, imagination, and joy, raises two dour children on his regimen of facts and mathematical figures, and sees the results in a way that finally teaches him the error of his thinking, after his daughter has been unhappily married to a much older man and his son has become a dissolute wastrel forced into exile. Hard Times refers, by its title, to issues that dominate Dickens's usual social commentary, here being the conflict between the haves (represented by Bounderby) and the have-nots. The main plot revolves around Stephen Blackpool, a decent uncomplaining man who falls afoul of his master, Bounderby, and then gets set up by Thomas Gradgrind junior as the fall guy for his embezzlement scheme. Eventually, of course, everything is sorted out, good men are acquitted, nosy old spinsters and pretentious bankers get their come-uppances, pure-hearted Victorian maidens get their (eventual) happy endings, there are Dickens's usual tear-jerker deaths, and lots of wondrous Dickensian prose. Hard Times is one of the author's more obscure novels, but I think it ranks as one of my favorites, maybe just behind David Copperfield and Great Expectations. Another Classic No one paints a better visual picture than Dickens. His mastery of the English language is unrivaled. At least for me he never disappoints. I'm always sad to finish one of his books. Great book, but Great book, but it can be hard to follow sometimes.

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: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 12-01-08 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 674 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719, and it has inspired countless imitations. In his own words, Robinson Crusoe tells of the terrible storm that drowned all his shipmates and left him marooned on a deserted island. Forced to overcome despair, doubt, and self-pity, he struggles to create a life for himself in the wilderness. From practically nothing, Crusoe painstakingly learns how to make pottery, grow crops, domesticate livestock, and build a house. His many adventures are recounted in vivid detail, including a fierce battle with cannibals and his rescue of Friday, the man who becomes his trusted companion. Full of enchanting detail and daring heroics, Robinson Crusoe is a celebration of courage, patience, ingenuity, and hard work. Members Reviews: Fantastic Story and Excellent Narration Exciting storyline and excellent narration really brings this book to life. I could listen to Simon Vance read the phone book. :) Great story but with moments that made me cringe Robinson Crusoe is a great story, but it has some cringe-able moments. The big one, the one I didn't remember from high school, was the purpose of Crusoe's voyage when he was shipwrecked on the island: he was the supercargo on a slave ship, intending to buy "slaves for trinkets" on the west coast of Africa, some of them destined for his own slave plantation in Brazil. It would be nice to report that by the end of the book, after his association with Friday, he came to realize the trade was evil, but such is not the case. The first word he teaches Friday is the name he decided to call him by - the day of the week on which he rescued Friday from cannibals. (He never bothers trying to learn Friday's original name in his own language.) The second word he teaches him is the name by which he wants to be addressed: Master. This bothered me enough that I spent some time looking up the history of abolitionism in England. Apparently it didn't really take off until another generation or two after the book was written (in 1719). So Defoe doesn't quite get a free pass in my book for this, but at least it can be argued that he was simply not ahead of his time on this issue. Still, it's a great story, and well worth listening to. Crusoe pieces together a life of reasonable comfort, using flotsam from the wreck that stranded him on the island, and a bit of ingenuity. He keeps track of time by cutting notches in a post. He discovers living seeds among the trash he brought back, and by careful experimenting over several years, he is able to raise a respectable crop of wheat. He comes to a kind of accommodation with the cannibals who periodically visit the island: he realizes that he has no right to kill them just because he abhors their way of life. But eventually he does kill a few and rescue one of their fellow cannibals, who was about to become a meal himself. This young man he names Friday. As Friday learns English and they begin having more substantial conversations, Crusoe tries to teach him Christianity. (I have to admit that I found Friday's questions and objections more persuasive than Crusoe's answers.) Eventually they are rescued and leave the island. A major loose end in the plot concerns Friday's father and a small group of Spanish soldiers, whom Friday and Crusoe rescue from yet another band of cannibals.

Utopia Audiobook by Thomas More
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Utopia Audiobook by Thomas More

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Utopia Author: Thomas More Narrator: James Adams Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 01-29-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 273 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The name of this fictitious place, Utopia, coined by More, passed into general usage and has been applied to all such ideal fictions, fantasies, and blueprints for the future, including works by Rabelais, Francis Bacon, Samuel Butler, and several by H. G. Wells, including his A Modern Utopia. Members Reviews: More's unobtainable vision of the ideal society After reading Hilary Mantel's amazing first two Booker-prizing winning books of her Henry VIII trilogy ('Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'), I felt I needed to actually bust into Thomas More's 'Utopia'. How could I consider myself educated and not have at least tasted a bit of More's utopian ideal, his veiled criticisms of European culture and values, and his unobtainable vision of the ideal society. At times 'Utopia' seems overdone/overripe, like even More wasn't buying his own brand of guiding, noble principles. Still, 'Utopia' works because it is playful and ironic. I'm not sure I would view it as great (to me it doesn't measure up to either Plato's 'The Republic' or Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels'), but I do believe the interaction between More's brand of political idealism with Cromwell's ruthless pragmatism, ended up creating in England something really GREAT. Good story, average reading What did you love best about Utopia? Its is an interesting look into creating a perfect society and some of the ideas sound valid but certainly do require some discussion. I think some fundamental aspects of human nature make Utopia an impossibility - well worth listening and discussing. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Adams? Simon Vance would have done this book fabulously - Mr Adams fails to bring any distinction between any of the characters and tends to run them together which makes following the text a little tricky. Buy the book - but from another reader. Understanding the impact of 'Utopia' on fiction Would you consider the audio edition of Utopia to be better than the print version? Not better, the print version is essential to the study of the text; but audible is very good way take in the information contained in the original narrative. What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting? To understand where modern Utopian concepts originated What does James Adams bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book? Adams has a tone which is clear, easy to listen to and understand. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? No, I knew what to expect having read the book before. I used this edition to study the topic in more depth and make use of the time I spend driving. Any additional comments? Audible books are great to use as a backup to the written text. They are particularly good to help with recollection. They afford you almost total recall of a narrative. Fascinating look at the 16th Century Utopia offers an interesting critical look at live in the 16th century on the one hand as well as proposing an idea for an ideal civilization.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mrs. Dalloway Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 11-18-10 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 756 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her lifes happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day. Luminously beautiful, Mrs. Dalloway uses the internal monologues of the characters to tell a story of inter-war England. With this, Virginia Woolf changed the novel forever. Members Reviews: One Tough Read Perfectly Delivered First of all, this isn't in the style of Jane Eyre. Modernist writing can be very, very challenging. This book and "To the Lighthouse" are in the same class with James Joyce and William Faulkner. These authors require interaction with the reader. If you are willing to 'work' with the author and pay attention to the writing, you will be rewarded with a life-long impact that will make much other writing seem vapid. There are two ways to approach this book. One, search online for notes and commentary and prepare yourself for the journey. If you understand where the book is going, you will greatly enjoy the journey. Woolf intentionally rations information which can make the book very hard to follow. But as in life, if you know a person, you can follow their thoughts with fewer words because you understand that person. The book is much like a conversation we have in our heads. It's not made of fully complete thoughts and is distracted by other thoughts. And the book takes place in a very narrow slice of time---a single day but with references to times past. Hang on tight! Sit quietly and think. Pay attention to how your mind will burst forth with fragments of ideas, odd images and unrelated fragments. This how our brains work and what the modernists were exploring. The other approach is to go through the book twice, unprepared. You'll have to go through the book more than once anyway. I listened to the same 30 minutes sometimes 5 or more times. Move ahead. Go back again! Now, if you are willing to do this, a treasure awaits you. If not, this book will be a horrible drudge. I loved it. Frankly, "To the Lighthouse" was easier. Chris Reich This book was a marvel! What did you love best about Mrs. Dalloway? The writing just blew me away. I thought that it would be inaccessible, but instead it grabbed me from the first few words and never let go. Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevensons other performances before? How does this one compare? I have and I think that this was her best. When the mood is right... All the action within this novel takes place during one day and evening as Mrs Clarissa Dalloway, an upper-class woman, is first preparing for, then throws a party in the evening. While still at home before she sets out to run her errands, she is visited by Peter Walsh, a man she's known since she was a young girl and who once asked her to marry him. For the whole of the novel, we wander from one stream of thoughts to another, with Clarissa's mind wandering from the moment's happenings and backwards into the past, then without preamble we are following Peter's thoughts, then Clarissa's husband and so on, with the author's focus wandering between every person encountered in the novel. Clarissa thinks about the life choices she has made.

The P.G. Wodehouse Collection Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse
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The P.G. Wodehouse Collection Audiobook by P. G. Wodehouse

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The P.G. Wodehouse Collection Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 01-27-14 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 520 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This title includes not only the entire audiobook of Right Ho, Jeeves, but also all of the P.G. Wodehouse titles in the current Classic Tales library. It also includes a Jeeves short story only available in the collection: "Extricating Young Gussie". The complete running time is over 15 hours. Here is a list of the titles: "Leave It To Jeeves", "Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest", "The Aunt and the Sluggard", "Death at the Excelsior", "Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg", "Jeeves in the Springtime", "The Man Upstairs", "Jeeves and the Chump Cyril", "Jeeves Takes Charge", "Deep Waters", "The Man Who Disliked Cats", "Extricating Young Gussie", and Right Ho, Jeeves (the unabridged novel - seven hours in length). All titles have been remastered, and have never sounded better! Critic Reviews: "This is a wonderful collection, so well done, I m continually amazed at how well BJ does the voices and the production is of the highest quality. The jeeves episodes are my favorites of all time, they make me laugh each time I listen to them time, which I do often. I can't recommend this collection and his work in general enough!" - Anthony G. "I have loved reading PG Wodehouse since I was a teen, and have never ever heard anyone interpret the zany hijinks and subtle sarcasm as well as BJ Harrison. There are nights I would try to fall asleep to his wonderful voice but the funny would keep me awake :) If you love the stories of Wodehouse, you will love how BJ brings them to life." - Dee "B. J. does a great job with all of the Wodehousian characters, male and female. I don't know how he does it, even mixing British and American accents when appropriate. Very entertaining and recommended to all of P. G.'s fans (which should be everbody who cares about great writing.)" - Grampaul Members Reviews: No good to English ears Can't tell whether the narrator is American or Scottish or what but the English accent is nowhere near right for these characters. Why Audible can't make British performances of British books available is beyond me. Don't buy this version of the wonderful Wodehouse stories These are wonderful stories but this is the worst ever reading of them. The accent I'd ask wrong... Surely Bertie had to have an upper class London accent. And as for Jeeves, somehow his witty, ironic lines have become stiff and humourless. I love these stories and tried hard to persevere but had to abandon this recording a third of the way through. Just dreadful. Probably spoiled by the wonderful reasons by Martin Jarvis, but even without that comparison, this reading is just all wrong. Horrible. Frustrating and distracting, the confused accents! I'm a huge Wodehouse fan, but it is torture listening to this narration. B. J. Harrison can't seem to make up his mind about the accents, and his Jeeves is a flat, monotonous attempt at copying Stephen Fry's Jeeves from the t.v. series with Hugh Laurie. I find myself so distracted by the ever changing accents, especially the random American pronunciations that keep appearing, that I can't focus on the stories. I am not sure I'll be able to stomach fifteen hours of this. Don't waste your credits or your time with this one! Disappointing American narrator!! Dreadful fake accent. P.G.

Animal Farm [Dramatised] Audiobook by George Orwell
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Animal Farm [Dramatised] Audiobook by George Orwell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Animal Farm [Dramatised] Author: George Orwell Narrator: Tamsin Greig Format: Original Recording Length: 1 hr and 26 mins Language: English Release date: 02-04-13 Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 716 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: "All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others." Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges.... Tamsin Greig, Nicky Henson, and Toby Jones star in this new drama, part of BBC Radio 4's The Real George Orwell season - a Radio 4 journey that explores the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell. Members Reviews: All audio books are equal but some are more equal Great audio excellent performances and unforgettable satire by the master of the paranoid realists. I have listened to this multiple times. Wonderful This was a beautifully performed version of Orwell's claasic novel. This would be a very easy way to introduce this worl to children who might not be great readers. Or, indeed, to adults. A very approachable adaptation and highly recommended. Perfect read An excellent reading of an excellent book! This dramatization brought to life an absolute classic of a book for anyone who is interested in world history. Wonderfully done This was a great production of a true timeless classic. The voice actors were all amazing, music was fitting, and the pace was spot on. I highly recommend this to everyone Not allowed to give a classic less than 3 stars Somehow I had managed to spend my entire life without reading this classic. It's short and to the point. I'm not sure how this dramatized version differs from the original but I suspect the story lines and dialogue are similar. I'm glad this was short because I don't think I could have listened for several more hours. I did, however, like the dramatized version, replete with sound effects and murmuring. Made it a little better. I've listened and I can cross another classic off my list. Don't think I'll tackle 1984. 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 Subtitle: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Author: Daniel Defoe Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 05-21-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 215 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel that has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, 24 years later, when he confronts another human being. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language. Members Reviews: the narrators voice could cure insomnia ive read the book a few times in the past its a great story but this narrator can talk you to sleep if i didnt love the book so much i wouldn't have finnished it Poor narration Narration is awfully difficult to follow. Bizarre pauses in the middle of sentences and emphasis on random words throughout. Amazing read! A true masterpiece full of adventure and spirituality. I wish I had read this book sooner. Narrator. Reads with. Strange. Pauses. Robinson Crusoe captured my imagination years ago in spite of culturally offensive attitudes of the author's day. However, the bizarre and sense-muddling syncopation of this narrator is hard to bear. It would be difficult to exaggerate how bad it is. The reader's tone is ok, but the rhythm is so far off and so independent of the punctuation, that it's actually a challenge to follow the story. It's a no for me. Falling into a coma The whole story is dry beyond belief. I have never hear what could have been such a thrilling story told with such utter disinterest. The reader does not help, either. His droning tone makes the problem worse. How this became a classic is beyond me, maybe tastes were different at the time. Whatever the case, it does not hold up, and I would give it a pass. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights Audiobook by James Knowles
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The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights Audiobook by James Knowles

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights Author: James Knowles Narrator: Eric Brooks Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 02-07-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 192 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: King Arthur was a legendary British leader of the late fifth and early sixth century who, according to the medieval histories and romances, led the defense of the Romano-Celtic British against the Saxon invaders in the early sixth century. This book gives an account of the life of this great legend of all times. Editorial Reviews: Many authors, from Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century through the romantics and up to current times, have interpreted the King Arthur story, mixing mythologies and legends with history, religion, and magic. Here is Sir James Knowles 1860 take on Arthur. Knowles, living during the Victorian revival of Arthur, gives a story of nobility and gallantry. Arthur appears in his classic adventures and battles emphasizing the concept of Arthur as an English origin myth. Not, perhaps, the most remarkably written entry in the world of Arthur, this volume makes up for lack of style with action and heroism. Eric Brooks has fun with his performance in this audiobook, creating colorful characterizations and exaggerating the drama almost to the point of playful caricature. Members Reviews: This was painful! What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? Changing the narrator could have improved this book. Would you recommend The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights to your friends? Why or why not? Not the audiobook. How did the narrator detract from the book? His voice was not my taste for a good listen. He was sometimes hard to understand, and his voice did not flow. You didnt love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? Not really. Heavy attention required for Arthurian Legend Language and terms are tough to follow at times and require a dictionary at hand while reading. The legend is one that should be well known and read because classics are cherished by many avid readers. Best version of King Arthur I have ever heard
Loved it Chapter 1 really let me know who King Arthur was. Breaking down heroes into chapter allows easier study of each one. Man, sooo Boring Any additional comments? I'm going to be charitable and give this 2 stars. These stories may have been entertaining 400 years ago, but literature has greatly advanced, and societally has advanced from being mostly illiterate to highly literate. These stories may be fun to read one a night to your kids, but when done rapidly they wear on one, the characters have no personality and the action consists of sentence after sentence of who smote who with their sword, and then at the end a helm gets cleaved in two, rinse repeat every ten pages. Don't waste your time. This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? I'm sure the knights back in the day, just went around looking for a fight, but they all started sounding the same. Maybe if you have a lot of time on your hands or are way into the whole Knight thing you'd like it. How did the narrator detract from the book? The reader was so slow, it made it drag on as well. 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: Andrew Sachs Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 01-29-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 282 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible For 15 years the weaver Silas Marner has plied his loom near the village of Raveloe, alone and unjustly in exile, cut off from faith and human love, he cares only for his hoard of golden guineas. But two events occur that will change his life forever; his gold disappears and a golden-haired baby girl appears. But where did she come from and who really stole the gold? This moving tale sees Silas eventually redeemed and restored to life by the unlikely means of his love for the orphan child Eppie. One of Eliot's most admired and loved works, Silas Marner is a tender and moving tale of betrayal, greed, loss, and redemption, with a finely drawn picture of early 19th-century England before the loss of the simple rural way of life. This moral tale shows the importance of valuing what really matters in life and that the hand we are dealt may ultimately lead to our happiness. Though it is Eliot's shortest book it still retains all the elements which are most recognisable and admirable about her work. George Eliot was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological insight. Narrator Biography Beginning his career in repertory theatre, Andrew Sachs made his screen debut in 1959 in the film The Night We Dropped a Clanger. After numerous television appearances, he finally made his name in the 1970s with his role as Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers, for which he was BAFTA nominated. A long career in acting and voiceover work followed, including narrating all five series of the BBC's BAFTA award winning series Troubleshooter (1990-1993), ITV's ...from Hell series (1997-2010) and the spoof documentary series That Peter Kay Thing (2000). Andrew Sachs radio work includes playing Dr John Watson in four series of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2002-2010) for BBC Radio 4 as well as appearing in their adaptation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency in 2007. In 2009 he starred as Norris' brother, Ramsay Clegg, in Coronation Street. Andrew Sachs audiobook career is extensive and includes many children's titles, such as Judith Kerr's Mog series. Members Reviews: amazing Would you listen to Silas Marner again? Why? The story is simply beautiful. Andrew Sachs is perfect, not only in reading it, but in actual playing the different characters, with different voices and even accents. What was one of the most memorable moments of Silas Marner? With no doubt, the moment Silas finds the child in the very spot where he had last seen his stolen money. What does Andrew Sachs bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? the subtle ironies in many of the villagers tones, which, English not being my mother tongue, I would not have guessed by reading it myself. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Not quite, but It made me think a lot about human relations. Or rather, about how relations make us human.

Wuthering Heights [Recorded Books Edition] Audiobook by Emily Brontë
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Wuthering Heights [Recorded Books Edition] Audiobook by Emily Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Wuthering Heights [Recorded Books Edition] Author: Emily Brontë Narrator: Flo Gibson Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 399 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: "If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be...I am Heathcliff...." Catherine Earnshaw's passionate statement reveals the core of Emily Bronte's tempestuous literary masterpiece. Meeting as children, Catherine and Heathcliff begin a relationship that grows into obsession as family, class, and fate work against them as much as their own jealous natures. Critic Reviews: "Flo Gibson is consistently one of the best cassette readers at work." (The Washington Post) Members Reviews: compelling and intense; the narrator grew on me Like the previous reviewer, I was a little taken aback by the crackly voiced, "old lady-sounding" narrator at first. However, as the book proceded, I decided that I actually liked this narrator. Her voice works b/c much of the narration is told by the housekeeper, Nellie. Moreover, she does a fine job with the voices of the younger women and the accents of the locals, both male and female. It had been years since I'd picked up Wuthering Heights, and this audio book was a pleasure. The cast of tortured characters and senseless and unjust wrongs propels one to continue even while questioning why such people should matter. They simply do. It is a disturbing, haunting story, with--at long last--a happy ending of sorts. Better than reading it I tried to read this book several times and just couldnt get into it- but then I saw this audio version and decided to give it antother shot. It's kind of a bizzare story, but I also found it to be entertaining and interesting. The narration is fairly good as well. If you always wanted to know what all the fuss is about regarding Wuthering Heights then this is the way to find out. Horrendous narration This is a great story, at least from what I remember when I read it 10 years ago! I enjoyed some of the other classics on audio so much and decided to give this one a try. The narration is awful, so difficult to understand and it seems like it's on fast forward. I had to slow the narration on my ipod so that I could understand what was being said. Very disappointed at the quality of this audiobook, this is a first as I have enjoyed every other narrator I've heard thusfar. The one star is not directed at the story, but at the awful narration! wonderful narration of my favorite novel I love the way the narrator doesn't just read the words, but changes her voice and accent with each character. She really made them come to life in my mind as I listened. Thank you Flo Gibson! very good i couldn't get through this book in print but enjoyed it immensely on audio! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Peter Batchelor Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 12-14-15 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 304 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film, and television interpretations since its publication. Required listening for any fan of the genre! Members Reviews: Do not purchase This version omits one of the key moments of the story. I assume it is edited out for it's lurid nature. It is quite key to the story and it's omission is a travesty. A very touchy-feely book. This was still fun and I can see how it started a lot of the genre, but one must remember that this is first and foremost not a horror boo, but a romantic book design for the lurid market of the mostly female readership in the late 19th century. About 1/3 of the book is spent in the characters pledging undying love and loyalty to each other and crying on each other shoulders. Very quick conclusion and short bursts of unexploited action. This book is at best a starting place for the imagination. But still a worthwhile read at one and a half times the reading speed if you're curious about how the vampire thing all started. Love book, hate reader This guy is boring. Wasted my money. I'll buy a different version with a different reader. annoying some of the readers 'voices' are like fingernails on a chalkboard. could not even finish title without destroying something. MOMO Absolutely splendid! I dare say, I'd listen to it all over again. Wonderful 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: Davina Porter Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1147 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Tess Durbeyfield, a peasant girl and cast-off descendant of English aristocracy, has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature. Betrayed by the two men in her life - Alec DUrberville, her seducer/rapist and father of her fated child; and Angel, her intellectual and pious husband - Tess takes justice, and her own destiny, into her delicate hands. In telling her desperate and passionate story, Hardy brings Tess to life with an extraordinary vividness that makes her live in the heart of the reader long after the novel is concluded. Editorial Reviews: Thomas Hardy's exquisite story stars one of the most famous female protagonists in English literature. With natural intonation, Davina Porter's artistic voice sweeps listeners into the charm of the English countryside and into the life of this extraordinary character. Thomas Hardy would enjoy this rendition of his Tess, the pure and simple peasant girl, the beauty, the child, the woman. We are provoked by the society that binds her with social and gender constraints. And even when she rightfully defies the men who betray her, atonement is not at hand. This memorable character will stay with listeners long after this vivid rendition of the novel ends. Members Reviews: Davina Porter Does It Again! Highly recommend! I read this book years ago, then had listened to another version of audiobook read by another narrator, and then found this Davina Porter version and couldn't resist listening again. I'm glad I did. By far the best experience out if the three. Narration is entertaining. Story is infuriating. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes. Narration-wise, it was very entertaining; Porter sings, whispers, chants, and uses a myriad of different accents to really bring the characters to life. Story-wise, Tess will stick with you a long time after you read it, and Hardy's language is beautiful. What did you like best about this story? Hardy's language. I wrote down about fifteen different quotes from the book that I enjoyed as I was listening to it. Truly beautiful at points. Which scene was your favorite? Hard to say. Tess' life doesn't have many starry moments. I do believe I was happiest for her when she was dancing with her friends at the very beginning of the novel, before she met Alec or Angel. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? There were moments when I didn't want to stop listening, and moments when I wished things would move along just a little bit faster (in particular when Tess was deciding whether or not to tell Angel about her past; I found her back-and-forth too repetitive). I don't think I could have made it through the entire thing in one sitting. Any additional comments? The narration is entertaining, but the story is just as tragic as the other comments say. Expect to hate the world a little bit when you've finished. You'll be infuriated for and at Tess all at once. A parable Story of a woman who gave heart and soul to "her man" - and got bitten, not once but twice.

The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Oscar Wilde
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The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Oscar Wilde

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition] Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 08-09-16 Publisher: B. J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 208 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The ghost that haunts Canterville Chase has built a marvelous career of midnight haunting. But when an American family moves in, they simply have no respect for permanent bloodstains, nightmarish chains, or ancient legends. They even throw pillows at him. Members Reviews: What a treat! Would you listen to The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition] again? Why? Absolutely! It was such a refreshing and fun ghost story as well as a quick example of Oscar Wilde's biting genius. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition]? My favorite and most memorable moments were of the Ghost trying to gain the upper hand over the Americans. Highly recommended reading. Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrisons other performances before? How does this one compare? I have not, but it would be a pleasure to listen to another of B.J. Harrison's performances. Well done! If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? Fiendishly frolicking foibles featuring foreigners and phantoms... Any additional comments? Loved this fun little gem! A Memorable story amd narration. The Canterville Ghost is by far one my favourite short stories, and what better than having the prolific Mr. B.J. Harrison narrating this treasure tale. Oscar Wilde's Humor Deserves to be Lingered Over I love the work of Oscar Wilde not only for its wit and intelligence but also for its nuance. The story, Wilde's first published story, is about a ghost that haunts an English manor house. But the life of the ghost (pun intended) is upended when his ancestral home is bought by an American family. Because I don't want to put in spoilers I will just say that the cast of the family becomes central to how the ghost's ghostly career is threatened (nice little dig at Americans' love of gadgets and lack of historical tradition). And lest one think that it is only a dig at Americans that Wilde is intending, the family also becomes the ally of the Ghost in trying to end his spectral condition. Wilde was a very good writer who though he may have missed out narrowly on being a great writer, nonetheless left us with several gems. The Canterville Ghost is not the great comic gem that the Importance of being Ernest is, but it is a fine diversion that ultimately is quite satisfying. Good story I had only seen the movies. The book was way above and beyond what I expected. Glad I got it. Good Oscar Wilde short story Enjoyable short audio of the classic Wilde story; decent reading but with the typical Audible dropped words at the beginning of every chapter. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Invisible Man Audiobook by H. G. Wells
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The Invisible Man Audiobook by H. G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Invisible Man Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: James Adams Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-00 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 982 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Aroused by trepidation and curiosity, the local villagers bring it upon themselves to find the answers. What they discover is a man trapped in a terror of his own creation, and a chilling reflection of the unsolvable mysteries of their own souls. In the tradition of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein comes another undisputed classic of science fiction and horror to stir the imagination and conscience. Members Reviews: "How can you be happy like that?" On the fourth day of February a "stranger [falls] out of infinity into Iping Village" in the Sussex countryside and rents a room at the local inn. His body swathed in clothes, his face wrapped in white bandages, his eyes hidden behind a pair of big blue spectacles, he cuts a bizarre figure. The local "yokels" speculate that he must have suffered some kind of accident. Or that he must be a disguised criminal on the run from the police. Or an ashamed mixed-race piebald hiding his appearance. Or an anarchist working on bombs. Or a lunatic. He claims that he's an "experimental investigator." Surely he's unpleasant and irritable, possessing "A bark of a laugh that he seemed to bite and kill in his mouth," upsetting dogs and boys, and rebuffing all attempts to get to know him with curses so that he may be left undisturbed to do his work. No one even knows his name. About when wags begin walking round the village imitating the stranger by pulling down the brims of their hats and pulling up the collars of their coats and kids begin singing a Bogey Man song whenever they see the stranger, events take a surreal turn when the vicar's house is burgled and the locals put two and two together and send the constable to arrest the stranger, who then disrobes and disappears, for, it turns out, he is the Invisible Man. Most of H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man (1897) concerns the efforts of "the writer" to collate and interpret the testimony of various witnesses to the Invisible Man's "reign of terror" in the British countryside after the fact. Told from the points of view of countryside denizens like the proprietress of the inn and her husband, the village clock-jobber, general practitioner, reverend, and constable, and even a bachelor tramp, much of the story is a mysterious comedy of class or manner or place. When we finally learn the stranger's name and get his story from his own mouth over half way through, the tale shifts into a study of the alienated mad scientist. Even this is at a remove, however, for his monologue is narrated from the point of view of his university acquaintance Dr. Kemp, who interrupts his story now and then with questions and comments. Wells thus distances us from his scientist until, perhaps, the end of the climax of the short novel. The Invisible Man explores themes that appear elsewhere in Wells' work: unknown wonders and terrors in the world/universe caused or explained by science may appear at any moment; people fear extraordinary things; men of science who cut themselves off from community become "inhuman"; "contemporary society" is marred by "desecrated fields" and "dank, squalid respectability and . . .

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: Victoria McGee Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 05-12-11 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 228 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This is Austen's first published novel, from 1851, which she wrote under the pseudonym "A Lady". The story is about Elinor and Marianne, two daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John, and the Dashwood women are left in reduced circumstances. The novel follows the Dashwood sisters to their new home, a cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience both romance and heartbreak. The contrast between the sister's characters is eventually resolved as they each find love and lasting happiness. Through the events in the novel, Elinor and Marianne encounter the sense and sensibility of life and love. Members Reviews: Its aggravating To hear words, holidays, even names repeatedly mispronounced is an unhappy distraction from such a wonderful and beloved story. I'm glad it was free of charge Terrible narration and several parts were missing. I had to get the kindle book as well to get the whole story. Boring A classic it may be, but wow, save it for bedtime. I would not recommend this book to anyone. The worst narrator so far What disappointed you about Sense and Sensibility? I wish I had read the previous reviewer's comments before purchasing. This is hands down the worse book I've gotten on Audible so far. The narrator is terrible! I'm a few hours in, and I'm not even going to finish it. I'm ordering the same book with a different narrator. This narrator sounds robotic, bored, and tired. She sounds like an alien attempting to fit in with earthlings by tackling classic lit. It's truly terrible. There are gaps between some sentences and at the end of each chapter that yawn for so long that I routinely check to make sure the Audible AP on my phone didn't close without warning. There is very little distinction in her tone between characters, if any, and often the same character speaks with a different tone within the same paragraph. It's very confusing--and I've read the book several times on my own, so it's not the subject matter that's causing my issues. Trust me, the under $3 price tag does not make this more tolerable. What did you like best about this story? With this narration, nothing at all! Would you be willing to try another one of Victoria McGees performances? NO WAY! Terrible Narrator, slow classic What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!) This book was slow and quietly done. I generally like that but it stayed that way to the end. It's just almost boring. The narrator is the worst. She almost sounds like a computer. It ruined the book for me. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Wanda McCaddon Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins Language: English Release date: 03-04-09 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 593 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Shy, fragile Fanny Price is the consummate "poor relation". Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, she clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park. Written several years after the early manuscripts that eventually became Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park retains Jane Austen's familiar compassion and humor but offers a far more complex exploration of moral choices and their emotional consequences. Editorial Reviews: Fanny Price, one of a dozen children born into a family that can ill afford so many, is sent at the age of 10 to live with her wealthy relatives. In typical Jane Austen form, immutable laws of propriety frame acts both vicious and virtuous, enabling Fanny to find her place in the world. Wanda McCaddon is the ideal choice to present this classic. Her impeccable elocution fits Austen's persnickety style. McCaddon gives a soft, sweet cadence to Fanny's thoughts and words while conveying all the author's derision toward the story's shallow characters. Both story and performance deliver a nineteenth-century "tell-all" just as impossible to resist as the tabloids in the checkout line. Members Reviews: Nicely narrated Would you listen to Mansfield Park again? Why? It's likely I would listen to this again. I enjoyed it more this time, both reading on my Fire and listening at the same time, than I have previously. What other book might you compare Mansfield Park to and why? Mansfield Park is a typical Austin satire on manners and morals of British society and can be compared pretty much to any of her others. Those who like Austin might find themselves liking Thackeray's *Vanity Fair*, too. I consider him a superior author to Austin. What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Her voice has character, but character that matches the story and doesn't distract from it. Her characterizations are (generally) well done, and sometimes very well done. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? My last reading of Mansfield Park didn't impress me much, so I was surprised to find that this time I did want to keep going until it was done. I got much more out of it, perhaps because of my own level of maturity increasing, as well as Wanda McCaddon's narration. Love it Narrator was great for the price and this is by far one of my top Jane Austen books, I suggest it. Good Story, hard to listen to What made the experience of listening to Mansfield Park the most enjoyable? I liked the variation of the characters and their interaction with eachother, Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wanda McCaddon? I have several of Jane Austen's books on tape and I would prefer hearing Kate Redding Any additional comments? I enjoyed the book, but the narration was hard to hear. I often listen while driving and some of the narrator's character voices were softer than others and I missed the dialogue. I would not listen to another book narrated by Wanda McCaddon.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Michael Page Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins Language: English Release date: 06-13-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 31 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In the wealthy and vain hedonist Dorian Gray, London painter Basil Hallward has found his muse. Only when the portrait of Dorian begins to age, while the man himself remains untouched by time, do they realize they may have made a deal with the devil. Oscar Wilde's only novel takes a witty, philosophical, and harrowing look at our obsession with youth and the price we pay for it. Revised edition: Previously published as The Picture of Dorian Gray, this edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: A Wilde classic! Are good and evil inherent or learned, can a person who does terrible things still be good, and is getting old really that bad? great reading! loved the story but the reading was perfect! Very clear and easily understood. very glad I read it! A Masterpiece A simply brilliant piece of literature - witty, entertaining and eminently quotable from start to finish. One to be appreciated but not enjoyed Well-read, and I can appreciate the plot, but like so many other "classics," it's just sooo boring. Great Job! Narrator is amazing. He really draws you into the world of the story. The story is an awesome classic. It started a bit slow for me, but quickly I was immersed in it and didn't want to put it down. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Mansfield Park (Naxos Edition) Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Mansfield Park (Naxos Edition) Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mansfield Park (Naxos Edition) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-00 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 884 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: At the tender age of 10, Fanny Price is 'adopted' by her rich relations and is removed from the poverty of her home in Portsmouth to the opulence of Mansfield Park. The transplantation is not a happy one. Dependent, helpless, neglected and forgotten, Fanny struggles to come to terms with her new life until, tested almost to the limits of endurance, she assumes her rightful role.... Members Reviews: Oh such felicity, such gaiety, such rapture! I had read this book before but many years ago and like so many others knew Jane Austen from Pride and Prejudice and more from the tv series than reading the book. However, Jane is at her most observational in this book - characters are so real that they are recognisable from people we know today and she is also at her most cynical - the wit is brilliant. Its a fantastic book and Juliet Stevenson is masterly in her narration. If I could have given it six stars I would have done! Comments from a Jane Austen Novice From the many reviews I've read, I know this novel isn't that popular among Jane Austen fans, most finding the heroine Fanny Price to be too much of a wallflower for a lead character. To me it seemed like she was on the contrary a young woman of conviction with a strong moral fiber, who seemed to have more depth than the leading young women in the other two novels I've read by Jane Austen (S&S and P&P), which I found too frothy for my liking. The secondary characters were very entertaining; indeed, their presence was essential in moving the story forward and providing plenty of spice and drama. Excellent performance by Juliet Stevenson, who is one of my favourite narrators. Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson If you like Jane Austen you can't do better than Juliet Stevenson. She manages all of the characters' voices, including the men' and the narrator's, providing a dramatic yet sensitive reading catching what we might imagine was Austen's own voice. Each time I listen to one of the books I hear a new line or thread in the narration that I didn't catch before. Love them all. Well read and Well edited An exceptional narration and abridgement of a classic. But I bought it because of the narrator Juliette Stevenson.....superb. classic, great narrator, long... Well, it's a classic. I love this type of story so it appeals to me right up front. This narrator is the best at this type of story. Just only negative is it's so long and somewhats meanders so much that I almost quit out of boredom but then it would pick up again. Descriptions are wonderful - I like listening to it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

1984 (Dramatized) Audiobook by George Orwell
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1984 (Dramatized) Audiobook by George Orwell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: 1984 (Dramatized) Author: George Orwell Narrator: David Niven, The NBC University Theater Format: Original Recording Length: 54 mins Language: English Release date: 03-08-11 Publisher: ABN Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 339 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: War Is Peace! Freedom Is Slavery! Ignorance Is Strength! Big Brother is watching and listening. Yep, were talking propaganda, the fabrication of truth, the outlawing of dissent, the distortion of reality, endless war and of course, thought crime. No were not talking about the goings on on 2011, were talking about the 1949 NBC University Theaters adaptation of George Orwells 1984. This production originally aired on August 27, 1949, but is available today for your listening enjoyment. This is the very first adaptation of 1984 and it stars David Niven! Members Reviews: Worth the buy, but get the unabridged book. If you've never read the book this is a good taste of what's to come. The story really gets you thinking and it's well worth the buy. I'd still settle for the book though. Love it Very well done. I liked the drama that goes along with it. It was like listening to classic radio theater. Great story as well. I will be getting the full audio book soon. Oh so true How did Orwell see so well where we are going as a country. The Thought Police are here interesting format the book was way better, longer and more in-depth, but this is a nice companion to it This is a heavily cut radio version of the book If you are looking for the full book 1984 look elsewhere. This is a version that was recorded for radio and as such is literally 1/11th of the run time and content. Very good if you want to get a quick summary for a book review without reading the real thing, kind of spoilertasitc if you meant to read the full one like I did. To its credit, the performance is quite good,and the fact that it was, as far as I can tell, the original audio as you would have heard from your radio at the time, is exactly the right atmosphere for the book. Its just too bad it's such a shortened version. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Russell Tovey Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-17 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890 in the July edition of the Lippincott Magazine. Now, this special anniversary edition marks 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act was passed in England. 25p from every copy downloaded over the next 12 months will be donated to Stonewall, Britains leading LGBT charity, to help the organisation further its work in securing full equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people everywhere. A damning portrayal of Victorian society, Wilde used his narrative to chastise his contemporaries for their superfluous and hypocritical values. Having also interspersed homoerotic scenes within the story, The Picture of Dorian Gray was unsurprisingly condemned for its 'indecency', forcing Wilde to publish a second, censored edition in 1891. Wilde defended his vision to the last, whilst simultaneously challenging assumptions about his private life and sexuality. He credited his inspiration for the text to the classic Faustian suggestion that given the chance, a man would undoubtedly sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth. When the protagonist, Dorian Gray, meets with the audacious Lord Henry Wotton, he is encouraged to indulge in his most vain and hedonistic of ambitions, thereby testing the boundaries of the law and living a life of unpunished anarchy. As handsome as he is charming, Dorian beguiles those around him, in particular, the artist Basil Hallward. Hopelessly enamoured by the young socialite, Basil sets out to capture his likeness in a full-length portrait. It is the finished product which ultimately engenders Dorian the ultimate weapon; control over the passing of time. Modern audiences now recognise The Picture of Dorian Gray as an enticing gothic masterpiece and highly astute cautionary tale. Experience the unique and fractured world created by Oscar Wilde in this new audiobook adaptation, made in collaboration with Stonewall and narrated by award-winning actor, Russell Tovey. Narrator Biography Russell Tovey is a TV, film and stage actor, known for The History Boys, Grabbers, Angels in America, The Night Manager, Pride, Quantico and The Pass. He has narrated many audiobooks throughout his career including, Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, Anna Sewell's Black Beauty and Mark Michalowski's Being Human. In collaboration with Stonewall, who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, Tovey brings us this new adaption of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Having starred in The Old Vic's production of Queers and The National Theatre's Angels in America, Russell is a keen advocate of LGBT rights and, bringing years of stage training experience, the perfect narrator for this epic tale of masculine beauty. Members Reviews: Russell Tovey is a delight to listen to. If ever a classic could be read by Russell Tovey I would listen intently. His voice makes the words come off the page and the story cone to life. Oscar Wilde never sounded so good. Excellent book - classic volume could use some equilization the highs were to high and the lows were to low, made it difficult to hear over the sound of the road. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review Audiobook by Brainy Book Reviews
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1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review Audiobook by Brainy Book Reviews

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: 1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review Author: Brainy Book Reviews Narrator: Mark Young Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 08-29-13 Publisher: Brainy Book Reviews Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 62 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Warning: This book contains spoilers! Who is Winston Smith? What happens in each chapter? What major themes are discussed? In this review of George Orwell's classic you'll learn this and more... Book Reviews gives readers an efficient way to quickly go through and digest famous and well-loved titles. Offering easy-to-read and comprehensive synopses of every chapter of best-selling books, each Brainy Book Review highlights the key ideas behind critically acclaimed titles, helping readers swiftly get the most out of a book. Members Reviews: why every chapter twice? I like the program but I don't get it why every single chapter has to be repeated twice? thought it was supposed to read the book with me this just goes over the main points of the book. it does not read the book to you at all Good as a recap, but not much more would have liked more in depth analysis of themes presented in the book. This was mostly just a summary of what happened, with a few mentions of the nazis and Soviet at places in the book where tje connection is obvious An impressive look. Where does 1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? I like the narration and it's format. Who was your favorite character and why? I'm not certain. Have you listened to any of Mark Youngs other performances before? How does this one compare? He does. The format is excellent. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Nothing at all. Any additional comments? A must have study guide for fans of 1984. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To the Lighthouse Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 05-12-08 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 477 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: To the Lighthouse is a landmark work of English fiction. Virginia Woolf explores perception and meaning in some of the most beautiful prose ever written, minutely detailing the characters thoughts and impressions. This unabridged version is read by Juliet Stevenson. Critic Reviews: "British actress Juliet Stevenson makes for a better reader of Woolf's words than Nicole Kidman's Oscar-winning turn as Woolf in The Hours...Her reading is quietly, carefully precise, and that precision is a solid complement to Woolf's own measured, inward-looking prose." (Publishers Weekly) Members Reviews: A Stark Tower on a Bare Rock, or a Hanging Garden? On the surface not much happens in Virginia Woolf's semi-autobiographical modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse (1929). In Part I: The Window, Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay (based on Woolf's own parents), their eight children, and several guests are vacationing at the Ramsays' summer house on the Isle of Skye in the early 20th century. Mrs. Ramsay, a meddling and kind fifty-year-old Greek-goddess, goes to town on errands, reads a fairy tale to her youngest child James, knits a stocking, presides over a dinner, communes without words with her husband, and holds the different people in the house together with the gravity of her charisma. Mr. Ramsay, an eccentric philosopher-academic, carries on with egotism, insecurity, and emotional tyranny. James' desire to visit the local lighthouse is thwarted by his father and the weather. Mr. Charles Tansley, an uptight disciple of Mr. Ramsay, asserts himself charmlessly. The somnolent and cat-eyed poet Mr. Carmichael reclines on the lawn. And independent, Chinese-eyed and pucker-faced Lily Briscoe works on a painting of Mrs. Ramsay and James and critically contemplates the family. In Part II: Time Passes, the forces of entropy besiege the house as it stands empty of people for ten years. And in Part III: The Lighthouse, Mr. Ramsay coerces his two youngest children--now moody teenagersto accompany him to the lighthouse while Lily Briscoe--who partly represents Woolf herself as a writer--comes to terms with her feelings for Mrs. Ramsay as she tries to capture her vision in the painting she'd attempted ten years earlier. Woolf is so good at sympathetically and honestly exposing people's minds and so good at revealing the beautiful and awful world we live in, and her writing is so beautiful, flowing, controlled, and poetic, that spending only a couple days with her characters is an indelibly rich experience. She employs a modernist stream of consciousness narration, and fluidly moves from one character to another. Her technique in the novel has been likened to that of the lighthouse beam moving across the benighted island world, briefly illuminating one mind and then another as it goes round, but Woolf's narration feels more organic than that. I relish her long, elegant sentences comprised of multiple clauses attached by semi-colons, her original and vivid metaphors, and her insights into human nature in a variety of vessels (male, female, old, young, educated, simple, etc.). I expected To the Lighthouse to be beautiful, philosophical, and sad, and it was, but I was surprised by its constant humor.

Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Michael Page Format: Unabridged Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 38 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Raised in squalor in the marsh country of Kent, the orphan Pip is taken under the wing of the eccentric and reclusive Miss Havisham - only to blindly give his heart to the dowager's beautiful but ice-cold adopted daughter, Estella. Even as a mysterious benefactor helps to shape Pip's life into one of fortune, success, and self-discovery, the unspeakable secrets of his unrequited love continue to haunt him - and promise to change his life once again. With its indelible cast of characters, immersive epic narrative, and startling dramatic twists, Charles Dickens's powerful classic continues to enthrall generations of new readers. Revised edition: Previously published as Great Expectations, this edition of Great Expectations (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Excellent story, excellent narration. Michael Page perfectly brings to life Dickens' dry wit and deeply human characters, lending a wondrous vivacity to this classic tale. Not my favorite Dickens, but worth the listen I got this through Amazon for a VERY reasonable price on the book/audio combination. I was pleasantly surprised by the narrator (for that $$ my expectations where not great, as it were). It is Dickens. It is a classic. It is very much worth reading. It is not my favorite of his works (and Pip frankly gets on my nerves), but I would still say "go for it". Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Christmas Carol: The Unabridged Classic Narrated by Chandler Craig Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Christmas Carol: The Unabridged Classic Narrated by Chandler Craig Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Christmas Carol: The Unabridged Classic Narrated by Chandler Craig Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Chandler Craig Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 12-22-14 Publisher: Skylark Publishing Company Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 274 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: An illuminating reading of the greatest Christmas classic ever written: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Narrated by Chandler Craig. Members Reviews: A true classic treated perfectly Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes! There are few better stories in English literature, and the opportunity to hear the entire story as originally written without edits, embellishments, or other "enhancements" is priceless. What other book might you compare A Christmas Carol: The Unabridged Classic Narrated by Chandler Craig to and why? I haven't listened to many audio books, but grew up on CBS Radio MysteryTheatre. I lived for each new episode. The power of a skilled actor to keep us enthralled with only their voice is a lost art. Mr. Craig goes far in reviving and keeping that art alive. What does Chandler Craig bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? An obviously gifted character actor with vocal mastery, Mr. Craig peoples this wonderful story with a marvelous cast of characters perfectly interpreted. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? A Christmas Carol - as it was meant to be told! Any additional comments? This makes my Christmas! Perfect for the Christmas season! What did you love best about A Christmas Carol: The Unabridged Classic Narrated by Chandler Craig? The narrator takes you into the world of Dickens and Scrooge with his perfect intonation and interpretation. The reader's mind can visualize the characters and "see" the story play out through through the richness of the narrator's voice...an absolute delight to listen to! Who was your favorite character and why? I love Scrooge's nephew. He never gives up on his uncle, and always trusts in Scrooge's hidden goodness. Any additional comments? You won't be disappointed with this lovely narration of a classic Christmas tale! A Christmas Carol I have seen many of the movies that represent this story for many years: however, I have never read or listened to the actual story. I highly recommend people read or listen to it. It is what Christmas is all about. Excellent Work Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Carol: The Unabridged Classic Narrated by Chandler Craig to be better than the print version? Yes, definitely. Who was your favorite character and why? Scrooge, to see the evolution of his character. What about Chandler Craigs performance did you like? The power and emotion in his voice If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? The Essence of Christmas great performance Great performance by narrator. He really brought a timeless classic to life. I highly recommend this audible selection. 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: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 07-29-08 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 633 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Rife with Dickens' disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation - and the shocking discovery of his true identity. Members Reviews: Amazing narration! I had never read Oliver Twist and found it to be the most heartwrenching and loving story, both at the same time. What truly amazed me was the narrator, his skill in how he had such completely different voices for each character, it was like listening to a play, not just one person. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if they have already read the book. Shows why Dickens is MASTER of the social novel It is hard to exit the original worlds created by Dickens. I usually manage it crying like a baby. Oliver Twist is top shelf storytelling. The characters are amazing. The setting is perfect. The plot manages to throw out hundreds of threads and ties them all together at the end, while never losing or boring the reader. Weakness? This is probably nit picking, but the story seems to work out too well in the end. Don't get me wrong, I know this is a social novel and FICTION, but I guess I just have a little bit of an issue with the whole melodramatic end, with every shoe finding a foot and every evil getting a noose. Other than that, Dickens shows with 'Oliver Twist' why is/was the master and the giant of the social novel. Simon Vance, as always, delivers a solid narration. Dickens + Simon Vance = Divine Oliver Twist is the second novel by Dickens. He was a writer with a huge social conscience, and has a great deal to say with this book. It is as though Dickens has written his heart directly onto the pages. While I find some of it melodramatic and overwritten, the minutely-drawn characters, plot, writing and feeling are more than worth a few wordy passages. It's a deeply affecting story. Simon Vance, as usual, inhabits the characters and simply becomes the book. He has a tough line to walk here; the book is an intense plea from the heart, and the narrator could easily overdo it. Vance voices not only the characters but Dickens himself, and his tone is perfect. Slight quibble: I didn't like his voicing of Rose, but that's the only negative I can come up with. It's a marvelous performance of a wonderful book. A Beautiful Classic I read this book last when I was about 10 years old, which is to say 30 years or so ago. I had forgotten how exciting it was to be Oliver hoping to escape, praying to find a way to get back to those few who showed some kindness. You are drawn into the characters and find yourself on pins and needles to find out the fates of the characters. You cant wait to see Sykes get his desserts. You want Faegen to get his too. But most of all you want Oliver to find peace and really know it would last. Charles Dickens is the man Ive seen many movies based on this book and never got the full story. So, I decided because it was on sale with Audible that Id grab it. Im glad I did. I had to resist looking up the story line online and it was worth it. It is said that Charles Dickens used to walk the streets of London at night because he couldnt sleep. He saw some orphans being mistreated and came up with this story. Based on the time it was amazing that he came up with it at all.

A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version] Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version] Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version] Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Patrick Stewart Format: Abridged Length: 1 hr and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 09-25-06 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 916 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge come to marvelous life in Patrick Stewart's critically-acclaimed solo interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The star of X-Men and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart has performed his one-man stage production of this holiday classic to sell-out audiences. Now, in this Grammy-nominated studio recording of the dazzling achievement that has thrilled audiences in New York and Los Angeles, Stewart invites listeners to rediscover the timeless story at its source: Dickens' own words, presented in a soaring, virtuoso solo performance in which Stewart plays all parts. ©1991 Camm Lane, Inc; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. Critic Reviews: "Reciting the litany of Scrooge's scrooginess, Stewart relishes the emotional gamut of meanness....Humbug seldom sounds so good." (Newsweek) "Not only is Patrick Stewart wonderful, but this is surely one of the best performances of A Christmas Carol ever recorded....By sheer energy and dramatic skill, Stewart invests this story with not merely life, but freshness, excitement, and wonder." (The Washington Post) "A low tech audio Christmas card: no sound effects, no gimmicks, just one of the the great voices of the contemporary classical stage creating as vivid a cast of characters as Dickens imagines. The Royal Shakespeare Company veteran...doesn't so much read the story as inhabit it with infectious delight." (Entertainment Weekly) Members Reviews: It's not Christmas without this (audio)book This is by far one of my favorite audio books of all time. My grandparents bought me the cassette version at LEAST 15 years ago, and I've been listening to it faithfully every year since.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Stephen Fry Format: Abridged Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 08-22-17 Publisher: Phoenix Books Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 24 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Oscar Wilde's only published full-length novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth. As Basil Hallward, an aspiring artist, puts a few touches on a portrait of his handsome young friend Dorian Gray, Gray wishes that the portrait might grow old while he remains forever young. While Dorian Gray spends his life pursuing fresh experiences and new sensations, his looks do not change. However, the portrait, secretly hidden in the attic of his residence and with which he has grown increasingly obsessed, does. More and more, as Dorian struggles to hide his true identity, the portrait reveals his progressive pathway to dissolution. Members Reviews: Incredible performance of a chilling classic! I never tire of hearing Stephen Fry bring classic literature to life. A brilliant interpretation. you will certainly enjoy this book way good. way better written than this review. blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Stephen Fry Stephen Fry is amazing! he did such a wonderful job this with reading, he really did a stellar job with the different accents and voices for each characters. Fry is perfect for this book. Stephen Fry's voice and technique are both perfect for the delivery of this story. Accomplished author / accomplished narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Amazing Not only one of the worlds greatest writers but read by the worlds best readers and voice of my time. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Le Morte D'Arthur Audiobook by Thomas Malory
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Le Morte D'Arthur Audiobook by Thomas Malory

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Le Morte D'Arthur Author: Thomas Malory Narrator: Chris MacDonnell Format: Unabridged Length: 37 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 05-31-16 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 38 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: To the modern eye, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have many similarities to our own contemporary super-heroes. Equipped with magical powers, enchanted swords, super-strength, and countless villains to take on, they protect the weak and innocent and adhere to their own code of honor. Comparing Batman, Superman, and Captain America to Sir Launcelot, Sir Tristram, and Sir Galahad isn't a huge leap of the imagination. Perhaps, for the 15th century reader, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table were the equivalent of our modern day Justice League or Avengers. This audiobook gets to the heart of the narrative, telling the exciting legends of the supernatural, magic, dragons, beasts, battles, and chivalry contained in Sir Thomas Malory's epic in a contemporary and unaffected style. First published by William Caxton in 1485, this version is a faithfully unabridged narration of the complete Malory text (excluding the introduction). It includes the chapter numbers and descriptions used in the original manuscript. Members Reviews: Not for the faint of heart, but worth the journey! What made the experience of listening to Le Morte D'Arthur the most enjoyable? It's an English literature, history and foreign language lesson all rolled into one! What other book might you compare Le Morte D'Arthur to and why? It's a combination of all medieval stories, and the holy bible. Which character as performed by Chris MacDonnell was your favorite? Well it has to be Lancelot and Palamedes for me. The most noble nights, with definite kinks in their armor.Chris did a fantastic job with the Olde English, and the sheer multitude of characters! I can only imagine the chops he earned on this one! It was tough going at first, but Chris's steady, easy tone certainly helped me acclimate and learn. I feel like I learned a whole new language! Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? The insight into the struggles for many knights to maintain the code of knighthood added a sense of realism, and made the story more approachable. Was Gallahad a reference to Jesus? Very interesting parallels for sure. I liked how the ending ties into the story of the Knights Templar. Any additional comments? Quite taken by the number of archaetypes introduced in this work that resonate throughout literary history. This book seems but just once removed from the Holy Bible itself. 'Chriss steady, easy tone' I have a confession. I havent listened to this entire recording yet. Actually, I have. But I was asleep. Wait, that doesnt sound right. Lets start again. Im one of those people whom the cares of the day seem to follow to bed. Some chosen few, like Napoleon Bonaparte, fall asleep when their head hits the pillow.

The Canterbury Tales [Audio Connoisseur] Audiobook by Geoffrey Chaucer, Neville Coghill (translator)
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The Canterbury Tales [Audio Connoisseur] Audiobook by Geoffrey Chaucer, Neville Coghill (translator)

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Canterbury Tales [Audio Connoisseur] Author: Geoffrey Chaucer, Neville Coghill (translator) Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 04-19-10 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 131 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: If you want to understand the daily life and psychology of the Late Middle Ages, Neville Coghill's famous translation of The Canterbury Tales provides one of the very best means of doing so. Within its pages are to be found a broad range of society high and low, male and female, rich and poor who express their innermost beliefs and extravagant fantasies in a series of stories they tell as they make their way to Canterbury cathedral. Politics, religion, commerce, philosophy, love, sex, honor, alchemy and just about everything known at the time is discussed with gusto and sincerity by these lively pilgrims. From the pious tales of nuns to the bald ribaldry of common tradesmen, the full panoply of Medieval man is on display here. And it is done with a genius unmatched in any work of its time.Chaucer, who was active in the second half of the 14th century, lived in a dynamic and epoch-changing period. He was a participant in the Hundred Years War and knew the great King Edward III personally. He was an eyewitness to events of the time and his wry wit was put to brilliant use in service to his poetry, among the best ever written by an Englishman. Members Reviews: Getting Medieval Understanding The Canterbury Tales has withstood the test of time because within them, Chaucer paints character portraits of the kinds of people he met in his time. I have read both modern translations and translations that are closer to Chaucer's original, keeping in mind that English was a foreign language back then compared to anything we understand now. It's the kind of thing that makes Shakespeare far easier to understand. In fact, I had the same problem with Shakespeare and Chaucer both back in school in that I felt like I was missing a vital ingredient in truly being able to understand and appreciate them. While it took some time to get through this because I was constantly comparing the audio with the printed versions I have, I found that the extra time was well spent. I have a love for the printed word, but I tend to learn and retain information better through audio. As much as I hate to admit it, reading something like this is more akin to literary scholarship than it is reading an anthology of short stories as it might have been in Chaucer's day. I found this audio version to be of immense value in that I could hear the stories perhaps as Chaucer himself might have told them to other people that he met along the way. The character studies become people, even if they are perhaps exaggerated here and there, and that sort of thing helps to bring both this work - and the history of the time in which it was written - to vibrant life. And now that my appreciation has grown enough to catch up to my curiosity, I can truly say that I understand now that it's not simply the age of the work that makes The Canterbury Tales the classics they are. It's the character studies and the stories that make them the classics they are. As with any translation, there is the risk of potentially losing something. Advanced scholars might be more inclined to try the original versions after hearing this. As it is, maybe it's the style, but it seemed to me pretty close.

The Pickwick Papers Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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The Pickwick Papers Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pickwick Papers Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Peter Batchelor Format: Unabridged Length: 29 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 03-03-14 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 106 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Pickwick was a huge success. Chapman and Hall printed only 1,000 copies of the first monthly installment; at the end of serialization 40,000 copies were being printed. Pickwick had taken Britain, and later the world, by storm and had successfully launched Dickens to celebrity status. The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law. Members Reviews: A true classic! Dicken's characters come alive. Would you listen to The Pickwick Papers again? Why? Yes, I loved it, it is hysterical in parts..and I found myself wiping away tears on occasions. I love Dicken's Characters..I am Sorry this 29 hour book ended. Who was your favorite character and why? It real is hard to separate them, as they all play off of each other..But I loved Mr.Pickwick, Sam and of course Mr. "V"eller. Have you listened to any of Peter Batchelors other performances before? How does this one compare? No, but I will, he did a fantastic job. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Pickwick in debtor's prison, and when Sam would not leave MR. P Any additional comments? I love period pieces and the classics, there were a couple of times it got a bit dry, but picked up to fantastic hilarity in the next chapter. I LOVED Sam Weller' s tongue in cheek humor, you felt at times that he was stepping out of the novel just to say the quips to you, then stepped back in and continued on with his part. I feel this would be tough for a novice reader to take on, it is a hard read due to being written in many parts with the English that was traditionally used in the working class. Again, I loved it, I hope you will too. amazing performance This book has long been gap in my Dickens library... and would have been ponderous to read & keep the variety of recurring minor characters straight... but the reader was so remarkably able to create individual personalities that it was a much richer experience. .. such a delightful cast of characters, and so informative of Dickens' sensibilities. .. delightful! Almost stopped reading it at first... wow Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Almost stopped reading it at first... wow what a mistake it would have been... it took me a couple of chapters to get into the book, but once I did, I was hooked. Mr Pickwick was such a character. Who was your favorite character and why? Sam Weller. Loyal to a fault and resourceful as few. Which character as performed by Peter Batchelor was your favorite? Again, Sam Weller. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I laughed out loud numerous times and chuckled repeatedly. Any additional comments? Mr. Batchelor is a gifted interpreter of all of the characters and as such I cannot imagine anyone else reading Mr. Dickens' works but h.im This is by far, Dickens at his BEST Would you consider the audio edition of The Pickwick Papers to be better than the print version? Yes.

Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë
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Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Charlotte Brontë Narrator: Susan Ericksen Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 07-24-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 27 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The orphaned Jane Eyre has emerged a fiercely independent young woman. As governess at Thornfield Hall, she's found her first real home - though it stands in the shadow of the estate's master, Mr. Rochester, and its haunted halls ring with maniacal laughter. For even the grandest houses have secrets. As much a story about defying convention as it is about coming-of-age, Jane Eyre remains one of the most beloved novels in the English language. Both Gothic and Victorian in its influence and scope, it captures one woman's determination to live life on her own terms - choosing courage over fear, while finding power in love and compassion. Revised edition: Previously published as Jane Eyre, this edition of Jane Eyre (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: The free Kindle version is fine... The free Kindle version is fine if you aren't reading the book for study purposes and if you know a tiny hint of French. In fact, I'm of the opinion that reading 160+ year old books on Kindle has the distinct advantage of access to the built-in English dictionary. You can look up archaic words immediately without losing your page, thanks to the 'back' button. I didn't mind the fact that there were no page breaks between chapters as one previous reviewer did. In fact the novel was so gripping and compelling that the very fact that there were even chapters to break it up left me feeling somewhat impatient! The reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 probably has more to do with Kindle books in general rather than this book in particular. It reads as easily as any other book I've read on Kindle. But it's the kind of novel where you want to flip back to a certain section and re-read a portion just because of what is currently being said by the characters, and there is no way to do that. As for the French passages I had mentioned earlier, they are really very few in number and even if you don't know any French, don't let it stop you from reading this novel. They're all things said by one character or another, often repeated in English. (Thank you, Charlotte Bront)! None of it is important to the plot or to the characters themselves. Charlotte Bront shows herself to be an incredibly masterful writer in "Jane Eyre." There were times when I just stopped to admire the style with which she conveyed something and the techniques she used. She is also incredibly insightful into human nature. The main character is an introverted person and all of her thoughts, beautifully laid out, make her into one of the most compelling characters in literature. Although it may be difficult to see this, I do think that the author was showing her feminist colors, such as they were in those days, when she conjured up Jane Eyre. Thanks for making these classic books available for free on Kindle! While not fatal, the flaws are serious enough to prevent Jane Eyre from being a true masterpiece ** spoiler alert ** After my extreme disappointment with Shirley, I returned to Jane Eyre, which I first read as a 'tween and from time to time afterwards would dip back into the romantic bits no St. John!) to finally read it again cover-to-cover. In this novel, Bronte writes like a pro, opening the story with a conflict that immediately engages her readers' interest in Jane and quickly follows up with another that firmly cements that affection.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mrs. Dalloway Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Anne Flosnik Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 11-23-10 Publisher: Alpha DVD LLC Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 116 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway in post-World War I England. Clarissa visits London in the morning, getting ready to host a party that evening. The nice day reminds her of her youth and makes her wonder about her choice of husband; she married the reliable Richard Dalloway instead of the enigmatic and demanding Peter Walsh and she "had not the option" to be with Sally Seton, for whom she felt strongly. Peter reintroduces these conflicts by paying a visit that morning, having returned from India. Clarissa's party in the evening is a slow success, attended by most of the characters we have met in the book, including people from her past. Members Reviews: Delightful Ecxcellent sensitive narration. A delightful and very sad view on being human, surviving society... It deserves its place in literature. Lovely Narration The story is as brilliant as expected. As for the narration it was a lovely surprise, especially as you can hear the differences between the different roles witheut it feeling overly dramatised. Read too fast for my liking I had to order the other version and pay for this book twice because the writing is too incredible to be read at this pace. And it's not that I don't like Anne Flosnik. She did a great job on Little Bee. Great story, terrible narration. Would you try another book written by Virgnia Woolf or narrated by Anne Flosnik? I would read another book by Woolf, but I'll steer clear of books narrated by Anne Flosnik, she reads as though she has absolutely no idea what is going on- it's very distracting and makes concentrating on the story near impossible. What did you like best about this story? The character of Peter Walsh. Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Flosnik? Literally anyone. What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? The whole experience was very disappointing. Any additional comments? A total waste of money, I bought this hoping it would make life easier. Unfortunately all it has done it annoy me and made me think twice about audio books. I think I'll stick to reading from now on. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 03-24-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1148 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt, unchecked by public opinion. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin. Wilde's dreamlike exploration of life without limits scandalized its late-Victorian audience and has haunted readers' imaginations for more than a hundred years. Members Reviews: A Picture of You and Me There are books you like. There are books you enjoy. There are books you admire. And then there are books that go off in your head like a bomb. Or, rather, fireworks. Bombs can only destroy. Fireworks illuminate. And I havent felt this illuminated by a book since I listened to Michal York reading Brave New Worlda work that pales in comparison. Like many people, I used to docket Oscar Wilde as a mere maker of glittering, memorable aphorisms and observations. And, indeed, his conversational flourishes can tickle us with their humorous dexterity: My dear fellow, she tried to found a salon, and only succeeded in opening a restaurant. Or titillate us with their utter cynicism: "Young people, nowadays, imagine that money is everything." "Yes," murmured Lord Henry, settling his button-hole in his coat; "and when they grow older they know it. Or simply stop us in our tracks with a subtle distinction that has never occurred to us before: "I didn't say I liked it, Harry. I said it fascinated me. There is a great difference." "Ah, you have discovered that?" murmured Lord Henry. We laugh at Wildes humor, admire his penetration or relish his audacityand we take a moment to try to commit what we have just read to memory. But Lord Henry Wotton coins so many aphorisms that, early on, I began to tire of themthe excess of brilliance and scandal, the detonation of so many conversational hand grenades in my ears, made me wonder if Wilde were nothing more than what he seemed in his photographs: a gifted dandy, the petted aesthete who lived on the surface of life, a committed spectator, much like his creation, Lord Henry. And when, in the books preface, Wilde asserts that, There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all I assumed he was setting forth a principle that would inform the book I was about to hear. That I was entering a world where Art was never good or evil but just well- or ill-wroughta world were, as Lord Henry says, only ugliness is a sin. Like many other readers before me, I assumed wrong. The more I listened the more Wildes assertion in his preface perplexed me. From the evidence of the story it is absurd: one of the major influences that corrupts Dorian Grey (and this story is all about the power of influences) is a book, lent to him by (who else?) Lord Henry. As the story unfolds it becomes abundantly clear that, for all Lord Henrys wicked witticisms, the real sin is the studied avoidance of ugliness. In fact, it was the sheer weight of Lord Henrys endless aphorisms and sophisticated cynicism, at first so charming, that gives us the first indication that our trio of friends (Lord Henry, Basil Hallwood and Dorian) have the wrong end of the stick.

Excellent Women Audiobook by Barbara Pym
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Excellent Women Audiobook by Barbara Pym

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Excellent Women Author: Barbara Pym Narrator: Jayne Entwistle Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 03-15-16 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 981 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym's richest and most amusing high comedies. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires. Members Reviews: Still Waters Run Deep I love Barbara Pym's novels and have hoped for ages that they might show up here on Audible. Insightful, amusing and skillfully written. A complete treat. To me Entwistle's narration was perfectly timed. Pym's stories are so balanced and such well thought out slices of life that I find them comforting and stabilizing in an odd way. If your world has turned topsy-turvy there is nothing like curling up with one of her beautiful books to set everything right. I join other reviewers in their praise and hope that the rest of the Pym collection become available here soon. Wonderful. Hurry up Audible! At long last...Barbara Pym! Every year I have begged Audible to acquire the works of Barbara Pym, one of the most delightful and intelligent writers to ever entertain a reader, after a fruitless but ever hopeful search. Suddenly, she is here! Though "Excellent Women" is not my very favorite, it most certainly is a complete gem. I cannot recommend it to you strongly enough. Despite having read the paperback yearly, and listened to my aging cassettes twice yearly, I have already listened to this twice since acquiring it this week. Please give Excellent Women a try! And I will add that it is beautifully narrated. Thank you so very much Audible, for finally offering Barbara Pym! Treasure of Intelligence and Sly Wit Barbara Pym has long been a favorite of mine - I have all her books, and am so happy to see Audible finally offering one of the best of them, "Excellent Women". Pym is not to everyone's taste. This is a book where very little happens, but a lot is going on! Many people compare her to Jane Austen, and I think that's fair. "Excellent Women" and other Pym novels take the reader back to another era - post WWII England, where there are a lot of 'spinsters-of-a-certain-age' living seemingly petty and uninspired lives in their neighborhoods and villages. Because they are unlikely ever to marry, consider themselves gentile, and find no chance for a career path in a "man's world", these women find not much to do but gossip, devote themselves to good causes, and be very involved in Church functions. Yet, make no mistake, Barbara Pym has great respect for "Excellent Women" and portrays them with keen intelligence and sly wit. Like Jane Austen's characters and Jane Marple, these seemingly pointless and often forgotten women are fine and often brutal observers who know a thing or two about fundamental human nature! If you appreciate a good sense of the ridiculous and an author whose intelligence and wit sneak up on you, give "Excellent Women" a try.

Waiting for Godot Audiobook by Samuel Beckett
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Waiting for Godot Audiobook by Samuel Beckett

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Waiting for Godot Author: Samuel Beckett Narrator: Sean Barrett, David Burke, Terence Rigby, Nigel Anthony Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 02-10-06 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 386 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: There is now no doubt that not only is Waiting for Godot the outstanding play of the 20th century, but it is also Samuel Beckett's masterpiece. Yet it is both a popular text to be studied at school and an enigma. The scene is a country road. There is a solitary tree. It is evening. Two tramp-like figures, Vladimir and Estragon, exchange words. Pull off boots. Munch a root vegetable. Two other curious characters enter. And a boy. Time passes. It is all strange yet familiar. Waiting for Godot casts its spell as powerfully in this audiobook recording as it does on stage. Members Reviews: Godot is here This is a very creditible performance of a must-listen play, with the humor and tragedy and what I can only call the surealistic realism of Beckett at his best. The Joys of Existential and Spiritual Uncertainty Ah, what a delightfully bleak, humorously horrible, grotesquely sublime, slapstickishly nihilistic, transcendently claustrophobic, bracingly despairing, and entertainingly frustrating play Waiting for Godot is! It's perfect. And I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this audiobook version. The British actors, Sean Barrett, David Burke, Terence Rigby, and Nigel Anthony, are excellent, bringing Beckett's text and characters alive with wit, heart, and perfect timing. The two friends Estragon and Vladimir are an appealing pair of morosely and stubbornly heroic fools: ever waiting in the wasteland for the never appearing Godot, ever complaining about and attempting to understand their situation, never mustering the courage to escape it, repeatedly forgetting their past, playing off each other's words like suicidal comedians, sometimes arguing, and often treating each other with moving affection. There is something strangely comforting about their never-ending failures. As if an adult Charlie Brown were living with Eeyore instead of Snoopy. Pozzo and Lucky, the foil-pair of Estragon and Vladimir, are morbidly fascinating in their abusive master-slave relationship. Here are a few of the many great moments in the audiobook: when Lucky "thinks," when Estragon and Vladimir pass their hats and Lucky's back and forth between them, when the boy angel delivers his messages (that Godot will surely come tomorrow!), when Estragon and Vladimir "abuse" each other and then make up, when Estragon and Vladimir debate helping Pozzo up, and when Pozzo makes his woeful speech, "They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more." Waiting for Godot (like any play), of course, is a visual work of art best experienced performed live on stage. However, if you are unable to see it like that, listening to this audiobook would be the next best thing, and a wonderful experience in itself. The best. Period. I know no other play to be better than this. I enjoyed reading it so much in high school, that I jumped at the occasion to take it with me wherever I go. This tragicomedy is a must for every person, everywhere! Maybe better as a viewed play Maybe I am just a philistine but just to listen to this play; I haven't read it or watched it yet. But just to listen to this play didn't really spellbound me. It was a little tedious to wait w/ the characters, well voiced as they were. This just didn't do it for me. The Philistines where not ignorant. Im just a philistine.

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: Simon Prebble Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 01-13-11 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 735 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the best-selling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written." The story begins when renowned safari hunter Allan Quatermain agrees to help Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good search for King Solomon's legendary cache of diamonds. Eager to find out what is true, what is myth, and what is really buried in the darkness of the mines, the tireless adventurers delve into the Sahara's treacherous Veil of Sand, where they stumble upon a mysterious lost tribe of African warriors. Finding themselves in deadly peril from that country's cruel king and the evil sorceress who conspires behind his throne, the explorers escape, but what they seek could be the most savage trap of all---the forbidden, impenetrable, and spectacular King Solomon's Mines. Members Reviews: From a different culture Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Written decades before more familiar stories it carries the intrigue of originality. Particularly it's not "Indiana Jones with a twist" or "Treasure Island... with a twist". It was wild and odd but not trying to outdo itself in the third act. As a warning (or caveat emptor) Native Africans are depicted with some obvious cultural insensitivity. Some of the bias comes from the characters (the story is told by first person by a hard-bitten white man who can speak several African dialects) and some come from the author's era in history. There are some awkward moments for my ears, but nothing I felt was sensationally exploitative... monsters are monsters regardless of culture. What other book might you compare King Solomon's Mines to and why? Classic adventure stories from Jules Verne or Robert Louis Stevenson What do you think the narrator could have done better? The narrator is clear, interesting, and a pro. I suspect the director was asleep... some sections of dialog were heavily characterized (using different voices/styles) and others were not. I could tell during some chapters who was speaking by the tone of voice, but it was not consistent. Purchase the Kindle book for free Would you consider the audio edition of King Solomon's Mines to be better than the print version? Heads up! This book is $.99 with the purchase of the Kindle book which is free. Heads Up #6! Why pay $3.95 for this Audiobook when the Kindle edition is $0.00 and after you "purchase" that book the Audible Audiobook is $0.99. Obviously this is not a review but I didn't know where else to post. A classic adventure King Solomon's Mines should not be taken overly seriously in the modern day; many of its plot points have become cliche or out of touch with a 21st or 20th century reader. Nevertheless, its sense of adventure remains, and it is still fascinating to imagine oneself in the shoes of Quartermain as he undergoes his quest. There are few works I would take over this one for light listening.

Treasure Island Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Treasure Island Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Treasure Island Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Neil Hunt Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 04-10-09 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1748 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: By journey's end he will have faced murder, mutiny, and mayhem - and in the process, become a man. Narrator Neil Hunt brings to life the characters Robert Louis Stevenson made so memorable: Black Dog, Blind Pew, Billy Bones, George Merry, Israel Hands, and Ben Gunn. Editorial Reviews: "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!" "X marks the spot!" Long John Silver with his parrot on his arm! Treasure Island, the 1883 masterpiece by the great Scot Robert Louis Stevenson, set the course for all-things-pirate to come. Its influence is inestimable. This story of buccaneers seeking buried treasure on an island off the coast of Mexico is told through the eyes of Jim Hawkins, a teenager who gets mixed up in the pirate crowd. Hawkins is brought to life in this audiobook by the expert Neil Hunt, whose British tenor playfully rises and falls with the churn of the waves and the mayhem wrought by Billy Bones, Ben Gunn, and other immortal characters of this swashbuckling epic. Members Reviews: This edition is ABRIDGED HEADS UP! This is not the original 'as published' edition of Treasure Island and nowhere in the publisher's information or description of the book on Audible does it tell you that this is an expurgated version meant for children. Audible describes this book as "Unabridged" because in the audio version there are no changes from the paper edition BUT it never tells you that the paper edition itself is an abridgement of the original work. If you compare this audio edition with other audio versions offered on Audible, you will note that this recording is two hours shorter than other versions. If you are looking for the "as published" edition, this is not it. If I had known it wasn't, I would not have bought the book--and I have learned that when it comes to classics on Audible, that "unabridged" doesn't necessarily mean "as published." (Audible, do you think you can do something about making this more clear in the future?) An excellent job on a classic tale. I was first introduced to this classic tale of pirates and adventure in preschool, where they had one of those dramatized abridgements that little kids often listen to before they read the full story. It wasn't until many years later that my brother began devoting some time each day to reading me the story, which he had received as a gift from an old teacher of mine in the hope that he might read it to me at some point. Due to my brother's moving out to go to college, however, we never finished it. Three years ago now I found the unabridged version on CD, narrated by Neil Hunt. This being a copy obtained from my local public library however, some disks were damaged. So I was elated when I found that self same version here on Audible. Neil Hunt's narration is excellently done. All his portrayals, from Jim Hawkins to Israel Hands to Livesy to Long John Silver, are excellent. Needless to say I couldn't stop listening for more than a few minutes. Of course I've noticed that Recorded Books Incorporated, the company responsible for this unabridged recording, seems to have a nack for picking excellent narrators for their books, and Treasure Island is no exception.

The Time Machine (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by H. G. Wells
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The Time Machine (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by H. G. Wells

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Time Machine (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 10-29-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 17 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A scientist and gentleman inventor in industrialized Victorian England claims to have irrefutable proof that time is not simply a concept - it's a whole other dimension. When he reveals the prototype of a time-traveling machine to his peers, he's met with skepticism at first...until he returns one week later, disheveled, bloody, and with a fantastic story to tell. A cornerstone of speculative science fiction, The Time Machine launched the time-traveling genre, influenced generations of writers, and is recognized as a prescient vision of twenty-first-century fears - those of an impending environmental nightmare and the irreversible fate of a dying planet. 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 Time Machine, this edition of The Time Machine (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.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Audiobook by Lewis Carroll
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Audiobook by Lewis Carroll

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Author: Lewis Carroll Narrator: Michael Page Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 06-13-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: On a drowsy afternoon by a riverbank, a young and distracted Alice follows a rabbit into a fantastical underground world that grows curiouser and curiouser. Dared, insulted, amused, and threatened by a succession of anthropomorphic creatures, the indomitable Alice falls deeper into a swirl of the imagination where logic has no place. Referenced, resourced, analyzed, and embraced since its publication in 1865, Carroll's masterpiece of the irrational has inspired such varied artists as Walt Disney, Marilyn Manson, Jerome Kern, James Joyce, and Tim Burton. It stands as one of the most extravagantly and ingeniously absurd works in the English language. Revised edition: Previously published as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: The Best Kindle Option Available I took a gamble on buying this edition when no one had reviewed it yet. I tried several other Kindle editions available and had found them truly appalling in terms of formatting. This however, is significantly better, featuring well structured chapter breaks and all the original illustrations, which enhance the story a lot. Furthermore, considering it contains both books, plus the excellent Hunting of the Snark, it is a fantastic price. However, there are still some glaring mistakes, such as some formatting bugs in a few of the poems and spelling errors in places (such as at the start of Looking Glass, where some of the Ls are replaced with 1s - I guess a scanner did the 'writing here'). 5 stars for the great price and superior formatting over the other options. -1 star for the glaring lack of proof reading from the publisher. Good book A classic children's book that never gets old. I bought it for my daughter and we read a chapter every night. The only issue I have is that it's a little smaller than I expected, but that's okay. Fun and ridiculous, as intended Playful poetry may be more amusing for adults. In any case I finally learned about the Boogum. What fun! Theres some discussion that there is a hidden message in his poem. If so, I admit to it being way over my head! Italicized Text?! I really wanted to like this--the original illustrations are beautifully reproduced--but bizzarely, half the books are italicized in their entirety, making them pretty much unreadable. If this were fixed, I'd give this 5 stars. Outstanding, of course. There is nothing for me to add to the mountains of praise already out there for this masterpiece of nonsense literature â arguably the finest sustained piece there is, with only William Gilbert and Thomas Hood to rival it. As the Victioran languge is sometimes a little dated, readers might care to go instead for Martin Gardnerâs Annotated verion that explains everything in detail (too much detail for some tastes). The Annotated Hunting of the Snark (The Annotated Books) Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Audiobook by Lewis Carroll
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Alice 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 in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Author: Lewis Carroll Narrator: Cindy Hardin Killavey Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 07-15-08 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 67 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: That afternoon changed childhood for generations to come as Carrol displayed his incredible talent for mathematical paradox and for creating a charming and significant nonsense world. Members Reviews: Fun to listen to! A favorite since childhood! I've read the book many times, watched all the different movies, but this was my first time listening to it. 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: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 11-14-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 111 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Lucy Honeychurch and her older cousin, Miss Bartlett, tour Italy in the springtime. However, the pension they are staying at may as well be in London. The proprietress speaks a London cockney, the meat is overdone, and their windows give them a view of dirty alleys. However, when the socially clumsy Mr. Emerson offer to exchange rooms, this does anything but remedy the situation. You see, nobody knows what to make of the Emersons. It's so hard to know how to respond to people who speak the truth. Members Reviews: very good read The narration was most the difficult part. very theatrical, and while I realize that the stuffy high class nature of some characters calls for a different tone, it was a bit over acted. it also seemed like the same voice changing for male and female and this was distracting. great book. lovely story Good story, refreshingly clean read. Narration was good, plot was interesting, excellent character development for the main character Lucy and her male counterparts. Masterfully crated story; Well narrated E. M. Forster is a master in his craft. This is a perfectly written novel-a love story. It did begin slowly for me; but I guess I was a bit impatient. Forster uses the characters to drive the plot forward using the omniscient perspective. The characters are presented through their action and dialogue, and some internal reflection. This is not a novel style heavy with narrative and author interruption, which is the preferred style of the modern novel. (See, Forster's book on writing a novel) The dialogue is natural and the characters are round and sympathetic of that time period. It is a joy to read a good story and good writing. The only qualm I have is that my Kindle version did not sync with the Audible in parts. The narrator's performance was well done and was a good accompaniment to my reading, adding texture and entertainment. Irritating Narrator This is a favorite book of mine, but I simply cannot listen to this audiobook. Sadly, this is the only version that syncs to Kindle. So many other great versions are available here. I have the Frederick Davidson version, and several other stories read by Juliet Stevenson. Both are excellent narrators. A bit tiring A Room with a View is the story of several women traveling and is fraught with their frustrations. It is typical of the literature of that time. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Pride and Prejudice [Audible Studios] Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Pride and Prejudice [Audible Studios] Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Pride and Prejudice [Audible Studios] Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Lindsay Duncan Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 02-28-06 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2176 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity, as misconceptions and hasty judgements lead to heartache and scandal, but eventually to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love. In this supremely satisfying story, Jane Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight. If Elizabeth Bennet returns again and again to her letter from Mr Darcy, readers of the novel are drawn even more irresistibly by its captivating wisdom. Members Reviews: excellent reading Lindsey Duncan, the English actress, does a fine job in this reading. Her Elizabeth is not pert or flirty, but intelligent and witty. You can see why Darcy is so taken with her. Duncan is good with all the women, differentiating their language and intonation. This is the one to listen to! Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice I listened briefly to all the "Pide and Prejudice" audios on our list, before buying this production narrated by Linsey Duncan. Ms Ducan's reading is superb. Each character is given a unique voice and portrayed with such subtlety, that the novel easily flows in currents of reality. Miss Austen's language is preserved and alive. I am a serious reader of Ms Austen and I am totally satisfied with this audio. Excellent Read! I just finished listening to "Pride and Prejudice." I've read the book before (as well as seen the various TV and movie productions), so I'm already a fan. That being said, this book was a delight to listen to. The narrator does the characters very well, and I appreciate the fact that she is a true British actor. Be prepared to be totally absorbed -- near the end, I couldn't put it down. terrific when a great book meets a wonderful reader, this is what you get. Definitely worth it! Loved the book (of course), and LOVED the narrator. Ms. Duncan does a fabulous job of giving each character a distinct vocal quality, which is very important in this book particularly, as Jane Austen tends to leave off speaker tags on her dialogue. HIGHLY recommended! 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: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 31 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 02-15-07 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 932 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: From the dungeon-like Yorkshire boys' boarding school run by the cruel Wackford Squeers to the high-spirited stage of Vincent Crummles' extraordinary acting troupe, Nicholas Nickleby is a triumph of the imagination, bursting with color, humor, and poignant social commentary. Members Reviews: A knockout! Thirty-one hours of pure unalloyed pleasure. The reader is a genius. Amazing This book is so little known and should be on the best seller list!!! It is riveting. If you are a fan of classic 19th century literature, you will love it. Nicholas and his sister overcome incredible odds set against them by their unscrupulous Uncle to grow and thrive after losing their father and all financial support. They are devoted to their mother, who is silly and absurd. Touching love stories abound, and the princes rescue the damsels in distress. This is truly a great and enjoyable book with happy endings for the good guys and justice for the bad guys. Fave Dickens This is my favorite of all the Dickens novels, and Nicholas is my favorite of all Dickens heroes! I do love David Copperfield, of course, but Nicholas has my heart. I realize the characters Dickens creates are pretty, schmaltzy, is that the word?, but I love them, and I wish I could meet somebody like Nicholas Nickleby. Though the end is, of course, predictable, it is the happily-ever-after ending I always love from Dickens. Yup, a delight Robert is right-on. Sheer delight. The reader makes this wonderful book even more alive than on the page. If you like early Dickens, this audiobook is a must. A classic story and a great listen I liked this audio book very much. The narration was excellent, with very consistent characterisations throughout. The story is a classic, and although, in my opinion, it doesn't have the depth and humour of David Copperfield, it is a very engaging story on many levels. I don't hesitate recommending this audiobook to anyone who wants to dip their toe into a Dickens novel, and I'd recommend also listening to David Copperfield (Unabridged)at some time after this for a complete Charles Dickens experience Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Villette Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë
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Villette Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Villette Author: Charlotte Brontë Narrator: Davina Porter Format: Unabridged Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 06-20-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 269 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Hailed as Charlotte Brontës finest novel by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Becks school for girls. During her stay, she falls in lovetwiceand discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time. Editorial Reviews: Charlotte Brontë's Villette follows protagonist Lucy Snowe as she bounces from one career to another. First a servant, then a teacher, the hapless Snowe is besotted by family tragedy and doomed romance. Eloquent performer Davina Porter imbues the hard-working Snowe with solemnity tinged by optimism. Indeed, as an unwed, working woman in 19th-century Europe, Snowe must struggle to define herself against the prevailing gender codes of her day. Porter, known for her painstaking attention to historical detail, captures the mannerisms and conventions of Brontë's characters, lending context and veracity to this striking case study of a Victorian womans prospects for love, happiness, and independence. Members Reviews: You need to be a Bronte fan to enjoy this story Is there anything you would change about this book? While I actually enjoyed this book, it is quite long. I also think you will have to be a Bronte fan to enjoy this story. There is quite a few conversations in French, and for those of us who do not speak the language that is quite a challenge. Would you recommend Villette to your friends? Why or why not? This is a book for audible listeners who enjoy long classical stories. What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Davina Porter is a perfect narrator for this story. Without her excellent interpretation of the characters, it would be quite a challenge to get through the whole book. Too much french Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? This was a good book, however there's a lot of french in it. I can read french, but it was quite annoying to miss major plot points because they were read in french, Would have been useful, if not true to the book, to translate. Who was your favorite character and why? Clearly our main character- I like how she took her destiny in her own hands and went for what she wanted. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Davina Porter? Noone- she's always great great narration ! What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? She has fantastic french. She has specific voices for each character. She uses several different accents and pulls them off very well. She puts feeling and interest into her reading. I enjoyed Davina as a narrator. The Divine Ms. Porter delivers as always A beautiful performance of Charlotte Bronte's highly under-appreciated (but best, in my opinion) work. Not just a reader who is good with dialects, Davina Porter is an *actress* who performs each book with passion, emotion, and full commitment. enjoyable relaxing story, fantastic narration I enjoyed listening to this on my commute. A story about people nad their relationships and perceptions and growth. Simple without major drama, it was a perfect companion for driving in daily Los Angeles traffic for my commute.

Lost Horizon Audiobook by James Hilton
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Lost Horizon Audiobook by James Hilton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lost Horizon Author: James Hilton Narrator: Michael de Morgan Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 12-20-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 374 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La. Members Reviews: Love this story, performance not so much How did the narrator detract from the book? This seems to have been recorded when audiobooks were geared toward "reading for the blind"...before audiobooks became more mainstream. I think as audiobooks became more mainstream, standards became higher and narrators are now asked to act/perform, and producers and/or directors are involved to audit quality. This narrator has a fantastic and fitting voice but doesn't seem to act out the story. There are awkward pauses, the characters don't really come to life, and there is background noise. This is one of my all time favorite stories so I still enjoyed it. If I were not already in love with it, however, I don't believe this audiobook would have captured my attention enough and I'd have dismissed it. I would love to hear a re-record of Lost Horizon. If this book were a movie would you go see it? In a heartbeat. Any additional comments? Please re-record this book. Bland reader combined with bland story The reader for this short bland story was so boring that it was a chore to finish this book. It was hard to hear changes in the narrative voice and the main character's voice. No attempt to quicken the narrative during time of high drama or slow it down during inflective periods. It was all Ben Stiller monotone for most of the narrative. Some of the other characters in the book were given different voices, but the High class English accent destroyed the few Asian voices this reader had tried. I won't recommend this if you listen on drives to/from work since that monotone could put some to sleep. Shangri-La Exquisite little story. Can't say as much for the narrator. He was rather irritating most of the time, but it wasn't ba enough to keep me from finishing the book. Meh Made out to be such a great read, but it failed to deliver. It seemed like the plot was good foreplay, but the direction it quickly took never came through. It left this reader very unsatisfied. The reading performance didn't compensate. This timeless classic does not work on Audio Book! Any additional comments? I fell in love with this book when I was a kid and have read it several times in my life. In many ways it shaped my own concepts of spiritual beliefs, of living in a calm settled tranquility. I always took away a more profound belief in the existence of Shangri-La, and in many ways the book always seem to transfix me with a mystical power. This audio book did not do this. The reader was very literal in the way he approached and read this timeless classic. The characters become somewhat cynical, lifeless and cold. All the elements of mystery where gone or missing. There was no sense of beauty of this extraordinary place and time. Yes time was suspended, but it was in the long drawn out reading of the reader.

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: Alan Rickman Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 05-28-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 521 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine) Exclusively from Audible Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different from hers, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness. Considered a truly modern story due to its sexual politics and hindered desires it still holds relevance to audiences today. There is a tension between the symbolic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters that makes the listener question our freedom to the shape our lives as we wish. Are we always able to live our dreams? Like George Eliot, Hardy was a Victorian realist whose novels and poetry were greatly influenced by Romanticism, especially the poet William Wordsworth. His critical thoughts on Victorian society can be seen throughout much of his work. Narrator Biography Multi-award winning actor and director Alan Rickman, famous for roles such as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), had a varied career that included performing on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in modern and classical theatre productions. In America, he gained recognition for his Broadway appearance in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985) and later his role in Die Hard (1988) made him internationally famous. Other notable performances included his 2001 return to the West End and Broadway in Noël Coward's Private Lives and Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman in 2010. Rickman is most remembered for his roles in films such as Love Actually (2003) and Sweeney Todd (2007) as well as voicing Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), and Absalom the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). Critic Reviews: "Rickman's voice is masculine and seductive; yet by altering tempo, modulating tone, he becomes Hardy's women and children, utterly compelling as he projects all ranges of emotion. His individualizing dialogue of the human-sized characters, that country chorus who form the backdrop of normality for Hardy's titanic lovers, is brilliant." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Might Be My Favorite Audiobook of All Time! I love Thomas Hardy, and can't recommend his books highly enough, but this reading stands out because Rickman's enunciation is so perfect and his expression so dramatic. It perfectly suits the story in a way that is almost musical. The beginning of the book is like a painting in words and is so beautiful to hear. (but I think I could enjoy Alan Rickman reading the telephone book). It's wonderful to listen a book with so much poetry read so carefully. This is the story of Eustacia Vye, the most beautifully named character in all of fiction. I highly recommend it. A Perfect Pairing One of the most satisfying audio productions I've listened to--a case where the audio version was more enjoyable to me than the text because of the pefect pairing of 2 artists.

Jane Eyre Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë
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Jane Eyre Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Brontë Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 07-31-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1307 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence. ©2006 BBC Audiobooks; (P)2014 Audible, Inc. Members Reviews: Superb narration of a great romantic classic Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre, narrated by the incomparable Juliet Stevenson. Sigh. This is classical romance at its best. Some who read rather than listen may find parts slow, unrealistic and liberally laced with purple prose. But not so listening to Stevenson. Her voice envelopes the high morality of Victorian England, the expressions of love, sacrifice, pain, confusion, desperation and transports these into the realm of prose-music. Her voice caresses the words. She transforms the coincidences and high drama to the level of probability. She gentles the listener into suspending belief and luxuriating in the outpouring of human emotions, the urgency of secret love and devotion, the unquestioning correctness of sacrifice, the terror of the insane. Romantics will be enthralled by the barriers to the consummation of love, the very least being the class system and Victorian self restraint. Stevenson's narration is better than good. This is great classic, read superbly. Fabulous book and narrator Jane Eyre is, of course, a fabulous book. But when narrated by Juliet Stevenson, it is brought to life in the most satisfying way. I have loved listening to this book and getting to know the characters (again) through Ms. Stevenson's lively narration. Wonderful narrator Juliet Stevenson is my favourite narrator, period. She understands the characters, and plays them amazingly. Some of the books I choose to listen is because of her narration, and not the book itself (although it obviously plays a role in the matter). Perfect in Every Way I am an AudioBook Narrator and so judge these things perhaps too harshly. But this performance by Juliet Stevenson is absolute perfection. The headphones never left my ears for days. I cannot recommend this too highly. Excellent, but second best... Jane Eyre is, for me, the greatest of all classic British literature. It is a remarkable gift to have such a magnificent novel read by such capable readers. While Juliet Stevenson does an excellent job, I find the older (and less expensive) version read by Lucy Scott to be as exceptional as the book itself. Stevenson has bit deeper a British accent, while Scott maintains a greater clarity of speech while creating an authentic English tone. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone] Audiobook by Geoffrey Chaucer
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The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone] Audiobook by Geoffrey Chaucer

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone] Author: Geoffrey Chaucer Narrator: Ralph Cosham, Simon Vance, Martin Jarvis, Ray Porter, Jay Carnes, John Lee, Malcolm Hillgartner Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 09-18-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 467 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Thus we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks on life, as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England. Members Reviews: Many voices, at times enthralling This new Blackstone recording of "Canterbury Tales" is wonderful and at times enthralling -- and also at times laugh-out-loud funny. Like the Charlton Griffin recording (also available here), it's the whole ball of wax: every tale, including the often-omitted Tale of Melibee and the Parson's Tale (which is really a three-hour sermon rather than a tale. Listen to it. It's good for the digestion, and quite a bit more interesting than it sounds). This translation, by J.U. Nicholson, uses a more old-fashioned vocabulary in places than the Coghill translation used by Griffin; but at the same time, it's also saltier. There are few crude names for parts or functions of the human body that Chaucer fails to use at one point or another, and most of them find their way into this recording. (For me, that's a GOOD thing!) One notable feature is that this is a multi-voice recording. Martin Jarvis is Chaucer, Ralph Cosham the Lawyer, Simon Vance the Squire; and that's only a few examples. Both this version and Griffin's version are five-star recordings in my book. Griffin's has occasional music, which this one lacks; on the other hand, this one has greater variety of tone and voice. A helpful index I love this audio version of the Tales, but without an index it can be frustrating to locate a particular tale. I'm a teacher, and like to have students listen to excerpts. I didn't complete the times for all of the tales, but hopefully what I provide here will save another teacher a lot of time. Canterbury Tales Bookmarks on Audible edition Part I General Prologue, Part I to 46:20 Knight's Tale, Part I 46:25-- 2:51:52 Miller's Tale, Part I 2:52:03-- 3:30 Reeve's Tale, 3:30-- 3:55 Cook's Tale, 3:55-- 4:06 Lawyer's Tale, 4:06-- 4:57 Sailor's Tale, 4:57-- 5:23 Prioress' Tale, 5:23-- 5:39 Sir Thopas, 5:39-- 5:50 Melibee, 5:50-- 7:49 Part II Monk, 00-- 48.56 Nun's Priest, 49:00-- 1:25:46 Epilogue 1:25:46 - 1:26.41 Physician, 1:26-- 1:42:13 Words of Host to Physician and Pardoner, 1:42:23-- 1:45 Pardoner, 1:45-- 2:18 Wife of Bath, 2:18-- 3:32:54 Friar 3:32:56 -- Summoner Clerk Merchant Part III Squire, 00-- 32:21 (unfinished) Host to Squire and Franklin, 32:22-- 34:15 Franklin, 34:15-- 1:18:33 Second Nun's Tale, 1:18:33 Canon's Yeoman Manciple Parson Here the Maker, 6:19-- 6:21:50 Perfect for grad students I purchased this audiobook to listen to as I read the Tales in Middle English for a graduate level seminar in Chaucer. Listening to this translation brought a deeper level of understanding to my studies. The translators' voices and tones fit perfectly with the tales they related.

The Scarlet Pimpernel Audiobook by Emmuska Orczy
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The Scarlet Pimpernel Audiobook by Emmuska Orczy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel Author: Emmuska Orczy Narrator: Mary Sarah Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 12-31-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 253 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution... The title character represents the original "hero with a secret identity" that inspired subsequent literary creations such as Don Diego de la Vega (El Zorro) and Bruce Wayne (the Batman). The popularity of the novel encouraged Orczy to write a number of sequels for her "reckless daredevil" over the next 35 years. The original play was performed to great acclaim in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, while the novel was translated into 16 languages. Subsequently, the story has been adapted for television, film, a musical, and other media. Members Reviews: Good book. Sub-par reading Enjoyed the story very much. Don't get this version if you want to listen in a car though. The reader's voice volume fluctuates wildly and often she whispers and is difficult to hear. Wonderful Love this book, it was read beautifully! Lots of emotion, inflection, and tones to distinguish different characters which helps to really get into the story! Read for Homework I had to read this story for my AP World History Class. It starts a little slow but it was overall a truly wonderful adventure. It was absolutely brilliant and kept me on the edge of my seat! Mildly Exciting but Dated This is a classic primarily because it is a very early example of the popular superhero form. While listening it occurred to me The Scarlet Pimpernel might be the very first superhero in literature. It looks like the pimpernel was number two in 1903 (Spring Heeled Jack was reportedly the first in 1867). This novel was mildly exciting but is basically like a single episode of any superhero adventure. It was also a bit odd that the story was pro-monarchy. There were a few places where ill treatment of the aristocrats was condemned (while, of course, the aristocrats oppression of the peasants was not even mentioned). The narration is quite good. I am happy to have listened to this, but cant say I would recommend it to most modern listeners. The Scarlet Pimpernel I have read this story before and liked it. The reader did a very good job making it an enjoyable time of listening. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Power and the Glory Audiobook by Graham Greene
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The Power and the Glory Audiobook by Graham Greene

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Power and the Glory Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Bernard Mayes Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 02-04-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 232 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessnesshe is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate childhe is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured. He is contrasted with Padre Jose, a priest who has accepted marriage and embodies humiliation. A Christian parable pitting God and religion against 20th-century materialism, The Power and the Glory is considered by many, including the author himself, to be Greenes best work. Critic Reviews: As brilliantly written as it is magnificently conceived. ( Chicago Sun) Members Reviews: Hard to hear What didnt you like about Bernard Mayess performance? I found this performance difficult to hear. I could not enjoy the story while straining to hear the words. I like listening to audiobooks in the car, which is admittedly a poor acoustical environment. However, I can hear all the other audiobooks i have purchased. If you are listening to in a quiet place it might be fine, but for my purposes it was not functional. Lousy recording quality of bad narration What disappointed you about The Power and the Glory? It was difficult to listen past the distortion of the recording and the awful voice of the narrator. Sounds like it was recorded in the 50's with a cheap microphone. Turning down all the bass and mid tones and turning up the high eq made it a little more bearable. Need to stop trusting audible and always preview the recording first.... What did you like best about this story? The book itself is amazing have read it any times Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernard Mayes? Anyone with a more human sounding voice. Mr. Mayes sounds like a dying frog. Examination of Evil This is one of Greene's novels that examines evil. A "whiskey" priest repeatedly escapes a lieutenant who is part of the regime suppressing Catholicism in Mexico. The priest questions his own worth, and towards the end comes to terms with God as he faces his execution. I've seen many movies based on novels by Graham Greene, but this is the first I've read. Based on the presidency of Plutarco Elías Calles. Calles' regime was known for its represive anti-Catholic phase. Quality of the audio book was horrible. I listened at 1.5x speed, which seemed to help. at last! I've been waiting years for this to come to Audible and wondered if it would succeed as an audiobook - it does. The product description calls this novel a Christian parable-- and it is, but don???t expect a cute or motivational story, with a Joseph Girzone Christ-figure hero and a happily ever after (although there is an implied hope for faith enduring at the hands of materialism). The ???power and glory??? allusion is meant ironically . The novel describes people trapped in a country who ???were not hard hearted; they were watching the rare spectacle of something worse off than themselves??? in the whiskey priest hiding more rat-like than conventionally heroicly in the countryside. The characters' and their dialogue are more about internal struggle than the political struggle surrounding them.

Lord of the World Audiobook by Robert Hugh Benson
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Lord of the World Audiobook by Robert Hugh Benson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Lord of the World Author: Robert Hugh Benson Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 09-05-17 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 46 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Secular humanism has triumphed. Everything the late Victorians and Edwardians believed would bring human happiness has been achieved: Technology has made it so no one needs to work for a living, the social sciences ensure a smooth-running social order, and, in the name of tolerance, religious beliefs have been uprooted and eliminated except for a single holdout - a largely discredited and rapidly shrinking Catholic Church. Yet people are unhappy. What has been created is a sterile world of crass materialism, a world without spiritual dimension, a world where people daily choose legalized euthanasia over the emptiness of existence. Out of this culture of despair, there arises a charismatic leader: Julian Felsenburgh. Soon the masses are in Felsenburgh's thrall, and he becomes leader of the world. But in their eagerness for change, have the citizens of the world embraced the Antichrist and hastened the end of days? Father Percy Franklin remains a bastion of stability, even as the Catholic Church disintegrates around him. Finally outlawed and driven underground, it is only this small and shrinking church that stands against the "Lord of the World". Members Reviews: Must read for all Catholics! We are approaching the end of times as our world of humanists tries to destroy Christianity. No wonder the last two Popes put it on their must read list. Supringly prophetic , While written in 1907 this book is surprisingly prophetic, more so than Brave New World or even 1984. There are a few niggles though. The use of Latin, especially in the final chapter, is untranslated and I had to google for the English translations. Overall though a pertinent and interesting take on the rise of a humanistic society. Enthralling Compelling prophetic narrative brought to life by the amazing performance of the narrator. Father Robert Hugh Benson's work from 1907 is frighteningly spot on in comparison to 2017 secular society with relative morality. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Daniel Deronda Audiobook by George Eliot
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Daniel Deronda Audiobook by George Eliot

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Daniel Deronda Author: George Eliot Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 36 hrs and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 08-25-15 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 162 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Meeting by chance at a gambling hall in Europe, the separate lives of Daniel Deronda and Gwendolen Harleth are immediately intertwined. Daniel, an Englishman of uncertain parentage, becomes Gwendolyn's redeemer as she finds herself drawn to his spiritual and altruistic nature after a loveless marriage. But Daniel's path was already set when he rescued a young Jewess from suicide. Daniel Deronda, George Eliot's final novel, is a remarkable work, encompassing themes of religion, imperialism and gender within its broad and fascinating scope. Members Reviews: Give it a try! After listening to Juliet Stevenson read Middlemarch, I was longing for something more from both Eliot and Stevenson. Happily, I found this novel. The story itself is not quite as tidy as Middlemarch, but that might make me like it all the more. I hope miss Stevenson will find it in her heart to read "Mill on the Floss" next. For myself and countless others, she has provided a new window into the classics. Juliet Stevenson is amazing What did you love best about Daniel Deronda? I love Middlemarch and this story has same wit and many of the same themes. Plus Juliet Stevenson is an amazing reader; I have listened to many books just because she reads them. I feel grateful that she does this work! Thank God that's over. George Eliot is wonderful, and Juliet Stevenson is superb, but this novel really is the most preachy, self-righteous thing that ever taxed my perseverance. And I know she meant it to be positive to Jews (read up on the terrible conditions of Jews in England in the 18th and 19th centuries) but George was a product of her time and so some of her observations, naturally, reek of anti-Semitism in and of themselves. The reader Juliet Stevenson, Grandcourt's first conversation with Gwendolyn, and my love for Middlemarch were the only reasons I kept listening. Two barely connected plots, one much more original Daniel Deronda, the hero of the book is an interesting character with an interesting history. Through this character, Eliot explores the position of Jews in England and Europe at the time the story takes place, as well as the long history of persecution. She depicts the common bigotry and anti-Semitism in that period. She is to be applauded for this - most 19th century literature, when relating to Jews, relates to them as negative stereotypes. Eliot has plenty of that type of expression, but it comes across as a depiction of how people behaved towards Jews and thought about them, but not what she (or her hero) considers to be the truth. I was impressed with her fairly accurate (considering the genre, the time, the fact that Eliot is not Jewish) depiction of Jewish customs, the synagogue, and some quotations from literature, and was curious and learned that she did study religions other than her own, which is quite commendable. There are those people who thought that this story should be separated from the Gwendolyn Harleth story, and I can truly see their point. The Gwendolyn Harleth story is nothing unusual - the angst of snobby upper-class women, whether they still have their fortune or have lost it, is material for many novels, and becomes wearying.

The Razor's Edge Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham
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The Razor's Edge Audiobook by W. Somerset Maugham

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Razor's Edge Author: W. Somerset Maugham Narrator: Michael Page Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 01-07-15 Publisher: The Classic Collection Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 183 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A compelling novel of self-discovery and the search for meaning from the author of The Painted Veil. The Great War changed everything and everyone, and Larry Darrell is no exception. Though his physical wounds from the war heal, his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition. He leaves his betrothed, the beautiful and devoted Isabel; studies philosophy and religion in Paris; lives as a monk, and witnesses the exotic hardships of Spanish life. All of life that he can find - from an Indian Ashrama to labor in a coal mine - becomes Larry's spiritual experiment as he spurns the comfort and privilege of the Roaring 20s. This novel is part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love. Members Reviews: Good ol Larry. Good character study. An in depth look at several different personalities and what they represent. Entertaining and well written. However, each character seems to lack dimension. For instance, Larry seems near perfect. Isabelle is skin deep. Grey is kind but simple. Real folks are a tad more complicated. Often times just one human could take on all the traits mentioned above. For the purpose of telling the story however, it works fine. I'd recommend it. Brilliant and easy to read I enjoyed listening to this book. Both the story and the performance are brilliant. Lovely experience. An Classic of Love and the Desire for Meaning I watched the movie a few months ago and decide to listen to the classic book by Somerset Maugham. I found the performance to be excellent and the story to be tragic yet well written. All of the characters in the Razor's Edge are searching for something and in the end they all achieve their desired end (the author's words not mine). This is not an exceptionally happy novel because most of the characters aren't sympathetic heroes or heroines. However, while most of the characters search for something to make them happy, Larry is probably the only one that truly finds happiness. This is a great novel for those who believe that there might be something to life other than work or accumulating lots of stuff. And, in the case of Larry this novel shows the traumatic effects of war and how it can affect people deeply. awesome story by a great author. great book, and great narration. a pleasure to listen to. lots of good philosophy as well. Wonderful Vintage Read So enjoyed visiting this book again! Enjoyed both movies as well. An American's search for meaning. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Bleak House Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Bleak House Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Bleak House Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Peter Batchelor Format: Unabridged Length: 32 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 06-20-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 105 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Held to be Dickens' finest novel, containing one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub-plots in his entire canon. Memorable characters include the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn, the friendly, but depressive John Jarndyce, and the childish and disingenuous Harold Skimpole, as well as the likeable but imprudent Richard Carstone. A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system. This novel set the standard for modern day legal thrillers. Members Reviews: Better example of Dickens' art than many others better known... This is only my third Audible book and while Mr Batchelor has a fine voice his personalizing of the characters was not an addition to the story. Many times it actually detracted fro the story. His voice of Messieurs Smallweed and Vols verged on the annoying and while both characters are annoying I think Mr Dickens words aline served the purpose. I will not avoid books read by Mr Batchelor but I won't be searching them out either. As to the story, there is a reason it is a classic. Dickens weaves a great plot with enough subplots to keep the listeners' interest. The story line is revealed enough at the right time so as to not injury the overall story but also not scarcely so much so as the listeners' intelligence is insulted. That the story was originally produced in serial from it must do as it does. Worthy of a third book and moving on to Evelyn Waugh next. For the serious Dickensian To tackle this novel in any form is no idle pastime, but requires a serious commitment of time and intellect. With its complex interweaved narrative strands (alternating between Esther's first-person narrative and that of a nameless omniscient narrator), its extensive cast of characters, and its frequent digressions, it poses a particular challenge as an audiobook. It is the kind of novel that should have an index, and which in paper form would have had me often searching back through the pages for a reminder about who had said what to whom and when. Since this was not supported in my audio reader, there was no alternative but to soldier on through the thicket. A novel this dense in character and incident would challenge the greatest actor, but with Peter Batchelor on top form my interest never flagged. If I had one quibble it would be with the production itself - the frequent "re-recordings" are spliced in rather too abruptly, distracting from the flow of words. As for the story itself, Dickens' usual slow buildup is taken to extremes here, but the eventual payoff is as moving as he ever achieved elsewhere. The difficulty for the modern reader is to comprehend how a lawsuit can simply continue under its own momentum without any prospect of conclusion for generations despite the best will of its parties to end it. This undermines its effectiveness as the central narrative device that underpins the action of the novel, but as a critique of the legal system of the time, it was epoch-making and quite possibly history-changing. The greatest incidental pleasure is to be had in the minor comic characters such as the paragon of "deportment", Mr Turvidrop, and the evangelist Mr Chadband with his orotund sermonising (ministers of any stripe rarely fare well in Dickens' hands). Serious Dickens fans simply must attempt this, but best you know what to expect beforehand.

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: Ian Holm Format: Unabridged Length: 24 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 08-27-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 333 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success. Considered to be among the first mystery novels and the first and finest in the genre of 'sensation novels', The Woman in White is noted for its suspenseful plot and unique characterisation. Collins's use of multiple narrators drew on his legal training and he states 'the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness'. In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer ranked The Woman in White number 23 in the top 100 greatest novels of all time. The novel was also listed at number 77 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Charles Dickens was a close friend and mentor of Collins, and the two collaborated together on drama and fiction. The Woman in White, as well as some of his other work, was first published in Dickens' journals. Narrator Biography Sir Ian Holm, is a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who has played more than 100 roles in films and on television, whilst receiving a stream of awards and nominations. His television debut came as Richard III on the BBC's filmed theatrical production The Wars of the Roses (1965). One of his best-known roles is Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire (1981). He has also starred in The Fifth Element (1997), From Hell (2001), The Aviator (2004) and as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. He has provided voice-overs for many television documentaries including 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth (2009), starred in the BBC's The Lord of the Rings radio dramatisations and narrated many audiobooks. In 1989 he was appointed CBE and in 1998 was knighted for his services to drama. Members Reviews: The outstanding narration is what I enjoyed most Ian Holm is a wonderful actor and I believe it was his skillful and haunting interpretation of the various characters and complex story that made it so enjoyable to listen to. The restrictive conventions and mores of English society of the 19th century, with an appealingly strong female protagonist, made it of particular interest, as well. An achievement in Gothic mystery! In The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins combines classic Gothic ingredients -- the unknown woman escaped from an asylum, long-buried family secrets, switched and manufactured identities, expatriot Italians with shadowy intentions, hidden pasts, blackmail, scandal, and that most heinous of all villains, the well-to-do man of means who spends himself into bankruptcy and will stick at nothing to maintain himself in the manner to which he is accustomed -- into an effective Victorian mystery. What sets the work of Collins apart is how sympathetically and skillfully he paints the perspectives of those who are not privileged in a given situation, in this case Walter, the young man without means, and the intelligent and capable single woman (also without means), Marian. What might be a simple sensation story in other hands becomes a dark exploration of how the society and law of the day renders helpless very capable and courageous individuals.

Sense & Sensibility Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Sense & Sensibility Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sense & Sensibility Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Susannah Harker Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 10-16-06 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 416 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their mother are left to the financial mercies of John Dashwood and his wife, they find themselves in drastically reduced circumstances. Public Domain (P)2014 Audible Ltd Members Reviews: Excellent narration I chose this version after listening to the audio samples of the many unabridged versions of Sense and Sensibility that Audible offers. I just finished listening to it and I am impressed. Susannah Harker does a fantastic job narrating and the audio quality is excellent as well. If you've only seen the Sense and Sensibility movies, then you need to read the book. The ending is much more fulfilling (as is the entire book) and Jane Austen's writing is full of wit, irony and genius. You can find a review of the actual book in many places so I won't waste time. I highly recommend this audiobook version though. A good listen Except for some overlong pauses between chapters, I thoroughly enjoyed the quality of Susannah Harker's reading and interpretation of the characters. I remember her from the 1995 production of Pride & Prejudice and enjoyed her performance then. Susannah Harker was amazing... I listened to the audiobook version of Sense and Sensibility read by Susannah Harker and it was possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard! Yes better than Jim Dale reading Harry Potter (which I also really enjoyed)! If you get a chance to pick up this audiobook version, you should. She is very good at making each character unique and keeping you engaged the whole book. It is unabridged so 14 hours long but well worth it. Does it get any better than this ? Although I had read the book many years ago, I bought this audiobook while undergoing chemotherapy. Good choice !! There is nothing more relaxing than listening to the soothing voice of the narrator reading a well-written romance, a classic love story of redemption and the triumph of true love. Romance will never get any better than this. Graceful, if at times FAST, reading Susannah Harker performs a gentle but spirited performance; does justice to the voices of the characters by making no one sound ridiculous (or more than they should, anyway!). I exchanged for this version after trying the Juliet Stevenson. I love Stevenson, but she sounded overly heavyhanded in that recording. Harker is extremely even keeled, yet manages to emote quite a lot, especially Lucy Steel's wonderful spite. My only criticism is that the producers must have sped up some exchanges of dialogue. I doubt it was Harker, because I can't imagine someone reading so fast without needing to draw breath. I imagine compressing the recording time saved money, but it's too bad that about 1 in 4 exchanges go by very, very quickly. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Whats Wrong with the World Audiobook by G. K. Chesterton
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Whats Wrong with the World Audiobook by G. K. Chesterton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Whats Wrong with the World Author: G. K. Chesterton Narrator: Bernard Mayes Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 08-30-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 124 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In this important book, G.K. Chesterton offers a remarkably perceptive analysis of social and moral issues, even more relevant today than in his own time. With a light, humorous tone but a deadly serious philosophy, he comments on errors in education, on feminism vs. true womanhood, on the importance of the child, and other issues, using incisive arguments against the trendsetters assaults on the common man and the family. Chesterton possessed the genius to foresee the dangers of implementing modernist proposals. He knew that lax moral standards would lead to the dehumanization of man. In this book, he staunchly defends the family against those ideas and institutions that would subvert it and thereby deliver man into the hands of the servile state. In addressing what is wrong, he also shows clearly what is right, and how to change things in that direction. Members Reviews: The mind that finds... "The mind that finds its way to wild places is the poet's; but the mind that never finds its way back is the lunatic's." - G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World Written 107 years ago, Chesterton's 'What's Wrong with the World' is dated on several topics, primarily regarding women. But even if it wasn't dated, that wouldn't change the essentials of why I am always simultaneously thrilled and frustrated by G.K. Chesterton. I may not agree with what he says, but I always adore how he says it. In that way he is like another English writer Christopher Hitchens. I would read Hitchens and practically yell and the book in parts, but God how I loved the gift of Hitch's words. Chesterton, if born 75 years later, may have had a sparing partner in Hitch. They seem very similar in rhetorical boldness. Chesterton genius was (and probably still is) found in his playful use of paradox. He, I believe, is the master of rhetorical paradox. He doesn't just want to argue the point. He wants to twist the argument, reframe the debate, make a tangle of both sides, and show the world a third-way. He approaches issues of politics, class, sex, education and tries to show how often both sides of the argument are blind. He looks at a chessboard where both black and white pieces are stuck in a perpetual check and instead of suggesting a draw, he adds a couple pieces, or suggests billiards. What is surprising is not how often I disagree with Chesterton, but how often I agree with a text that was written 107 years ago. It is also surprising (the math is easy here because he was born almost 100 years before me) to discover he was 35 when he wrote this book. It seems a bit curmudgeonly written for a 35 year-old. But that is also one of the charms of Chesterton. Even as a youth, his witty writings and his conservative attitudes seemed like those of a sarcastic, slightly drunk old sage than a haughty young intellectual. I may admire Charles Darwin more, but I'd probably want to drink with G.K. Chesterton. Timeless Chillingly contemporary for a work from this era. Poignant. Challenging. Excellent audio performance as well. Chesterton at his finest great book great recording. the prince of paradox, the Apostle of Common Sense does it again. excellent for short commutes I love GK Chesterton, my favorite book by his is Orthodoxy. this book has a great deal of insight, phenomenal philosophy, and excellent comparisons.

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: Andrew Sachs Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 11-02-15 Publisher: silksoundbooks Limited Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 58 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done...." With these words and a superb act of bravery and sacrifice, one of the most badly behaved heroes of all time ends Charles Dickens' great tale of the French Revolution. This is a firework display of a book, a crackling picture of the ravages and excesses of starving, furious men and the astonishing acts of heroism that usually accompany them. Members Reviews: One of the best I have read Tale of Two Cities as well as listened to audio versions of the book. My favorite telling was done by Frank Muller. I found this version quite by accident, just scrolling and "window shopping" if you will. I was drawn to the teling immediately. Andrew Sachs reading is low key and relaxed. It is if he is inviting the narrator to join him in witnessing what he is reading. I strongly urge any who love reading Dickens to listen to Andrew Sachs reading of this great work. It is a good match.m Fantastic Reader! I only wish I could have all of Dickens' books read by Andrew Sachs! He expertly transmitted the warmth, gravity, humor, delicacy, chilling evil, affection, horror, grace, subtlety, cleverness, and love that imbues A Tale of Two Cities. Never overdone, pitch perfect! forgiveness and vengeance It starts out a bit slow, but all of the the pieces presented in the first half come together over the second half to complete an incredible story of love and forgiveness, hate and vengeance. Listen to this recording to appreciate Dickens Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why? Yes. This is the best narration of the ten books on Audible I have listened to. Andrew Sachs is SPECTACULAR at bringing the characters to life (even better than George Guildall). You feel like you are in a London street listening to the conversations of real-life people. Since one of Dickens's great qualities is his ear for language, a narrator like Sachs is essential to making the book enjoyable, or even easier to understand. What did you like best about this story? I've read this book several times and taught it regularly over the years. I think what I appreciated this time through were the pacing and the balance, which make this big novel go by surprisingly quickly. Dickens devotes just the right amount of time to each stage of the narration; the story never becomes tedious. All the narrative elements are wrapped up elegantly at the end. The characters are also great. I particularly enjoyed the vengeful revolutionaries. Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachss other performances before? How does this one compare? I'm so sorry to hear Sachs has passed away. I would have loved to hear him narrate every other major Dickens novel. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes. Now I understand why this is a classic! What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities? The riveting story, & how much I learned about the French Revolution. I never thought I'd enjoy this because I've found Dickens so wordy, but once my ear became attuned to the cadence, I found it easy to listen to & couldn't wait to get back to the story to find out what happened to everyone. What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities? The realization of how horribly violent the uprising was against the nobility in France.

Little Dorrit Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Little Dorrit Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Little Dorrit Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 31 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 05-21-12 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 239 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Little Dorrit is Amy, born in debtors prison, the youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, an inmate of the Marshalsea. The two are befriended by a man whose wife hires Little Dorrit as a seamstress. When William Dorrit inherits a fortune, he escapes the Marshalsea. The family, assuming a station befitting their wealth, travel to Italy. Critic Reviews: One of the most significant works of the nineteenth century. (Lionel Trilling) Members Reviews: Gripping If you could sum up Little Dorrit in three words, what would they be? Compelling, fluent, beautiful. What other book might you compare Little Dorrit to and why? Nicholas Nickelby. Both have characterisations that are descriptively magnificent and story lines that 'race' along in a linguistically serpentine adventure. Which character as performed by Simon Vance was your favorite? William Dorrit ( little Dorrit's father). Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Funny .......but yes if the truth must be known I have taken to extra long walks just to listen. Any additional comments? Charles Dickens is my penchant at the moment. Simon Vance has made the journey just that much more colorful. Delightfully interpreted. What made the experience of listening to Little Dorrit the most enjoyable? Simon Vance interpreted each of the characters, bringing mood, tone and light to this narrative. mushy old story, well read Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Depends if they like Dickens..if yes then for sure What other book might you compare Little Dorrit to and why? many other Dickens Have you listened to any of Simon Vances other performances before? How does this one compare? he's wonderful, especially with the classics.I try to find books that he "reads" Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? no...never do Any additional comments? not at the moment The plot is quite convoluted, Vance is great I don't want to spoil the end for those of you who don't know how Dickens wraps up this story. So I'll just say that I found it quite convoluted, pulling things from a hat - coincidences that are even beyond the typical 19th century coincidences in literature. I also wasn't enamored with the main character, Little Dorrit. She was too selfless. Hillel wisely said "If I am not for myself, who would be for me" - you have to take care of yourself, too. The commandment to love your fellow as yourself means that you have to love yourself first. Little Dorrit is held up as an ideal, and I would consider her psychologically damaged (and there are certainly reasons to be found). In fact, each of the characters could be discussed in depth, and that is what makes this book, in spite of its far-fetched plot devices, very good literature, worth reading (or better, listening to - hey, this is Audible!) Some of the characters are quite amusing, and Dickens, as always, develops them well. And of course, his writing is always a pleasure. But, by far, my favorite parts are the descriptions of the Circumlocution Office. This is simply brilliant, and so entirely appropriate for any government bureaucracy, still so relevant. Simon Vance is superb in his reading of the book.

Our Mutual Friend Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Our Mutual Friend Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Our Mutual Friend Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: David Timson Format: Unabridged Length: 36 hrs and 32 mins Language: English Release date: 05-15-07 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 775 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: 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. © and (P) Naxos Rights International Critic Reviews: "With a cast of characters that covers the whole spectrum of London life, Dickens weaves a tapestry of tales that are by turn funny, moving and tragic." (School Library Journal) "David Timson makes the cavalcade of contemporary types compellingly real." (The Times, London) "The fact that Dickens is always thought of as a caricaturist, although he was constantly trying to be something else, is perhaps the surest mark of his genius." (George Orwell) Members Reviews: A Masterpiece I have "read" many excellent Audible books, and this is hands down the best one so far. Dickens' beautiful language, intricately woven story lines, insightful observations and vivdly unique characters are tremendously enhanced by David Timson's masterful narration. His pacing is impeccable; never once did I feel he was going too fast or slow. His nuanced interpretation brought the printed words to life. In addition, the sound quality was excellent and consistent throughout the entire 36 hours. Be aware that some of Dickens' Victorian-era idioms and expressions can be obscure. I found it impossible to fully comprehend them all. In some instances, his descriptions of scenes and/or thoughts are not completely understandable -- but if you just keep listening and let the narrative wash over you, a fascinating picture of the scene develops in your mind. If you hang in there to the end, you will be rewarded with deep, touching scenes, subtle but enjoyably comedic vignettes, unforgettable characters, a multi-level struggle of good vs evil, and an eminently satisfying ending. A masterpiece on several levels. Minor quibble: Near the end of Part 5, there is a place in the recording where the equivalent of about two pages of text is abruptly and obviously cut off. I re-downloaded the file and still encountered the issue. After looking up and reading the missing text on Amazon's "Search the Book" feature, I picked up the story again with no harm done. Terrific They're all here: schemers and scoundrels, benefactors and ne'er-do-wells, innocents and criminals, in a rich pageant of colorful Victorian characters and complicated, intertwined plots. Our Mutual Friend is wonderfully well written -- much better than Oliver Twist or A Tale of Two Cities. Here, Dickens' social satire is at it's very best. His criticism of the abysmal conditions of the poor in 19th century England, contrasted with the ease and luxury of the rich, is delivered in a touching and entertaining way, and never feels heavy-handed or didactic. I usually detest dramatic readings of novels. They mostly fail. This is the exception, a real gem. A superb actor, David Timson creates a different voice for each character and makes the book shimmer. Dickens himself gave readings of his work and Our Mutual Friend seems made for performance. Drift off occasionally and lose track of the plot? No matter. Dickens' marvelous language and Timson's amazing performance make it a pleasure to repeat a passage. And it doesn't really matter. This is a Victorian novel.

Our Mutual Friend Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Our Mutual Friend Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Our Mutual Friend Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 05-24-06 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 336 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Opening with a father and daughter scavenging for corpses on the Thames, the chilling tale unfolds around drownings, disguises and doubles, violence, murder, and triumphant love. Young John Harmon, presumed killed on his return home to England, is very much alive. The heir to a dust merchant's fortune, he goes to work under an assumed name for his father's current heirs, the amiable, elderly Boffins, who are about to be blackmailed by the unscrupulous one-legged Wegg. So begins the intrigue in a novel that is quintessentially Dickensian in flavor, in its grotesque caricatures, its rich symbolism, and the astonishing realism of its heroine, Bella Wilfer, among Dickens' most splendid female characters. Members Reviews: Worth six stars What I enjoy most about Dickens is the quality of his writing. And this book, to me, is his best. It seems like Dickens managed to squeeze every character he ever came up with into this book, and I loved each and every one of them. And the narrator -- well, if you haven't heard anything performed by Robert Whitfield (whose real name is Simon Vance), just get this book. By far my favorite narrator, reading Dickens at his best. Who could ask for more? A Masterpiece For my money, Our Mutual Friend is the best novel Dickens ever wrote--a bit darker than the others, but all the more powerful. Although it presents the usual cast of caricatures, there are no throwaways, the themes they represent are not trivial. Dickens (sorry, no apostrophe function) attacks on snobbery and greed are unusually vicious as well as funny, and there is a new depth to the main characters--especially in the darker romance (there are two). Lizzie Hexam is a breathtaking character--serious, beautiful, redemptive. Dickens sentimentalism (to my mind the serious flaw in his works) is kept to a minimum in this one. And--The reading is perfect. Robert Whitfield is a talented and sensitive reader. I will be looking for more of his work. Mutual pleasure In this audiobook, Charles Dickens and Robert Whitfield (the narrator) mutually conspire to deliver audio pleasure to the listener. Superbly written and read, the Thames winds through this tale of class difference, greed, social frippery, mystery, murder, financial skullduggery and love. Do yourself a great favour and listen to it. You'll love it. Classic Dickens, Extremely Well Read This is a great story whether read, listened to, or watched on BBC version. I have done all three and never tire of the story. The characters are at times caricatures (as always in Dickens), but always bring to mind people we have known. Reading Dickens is like reading a manual on human nature and foibles. This is one of the author's best works, in my opinion. You will love and hate these characters. The narration is superb and well-fitted for this book. Superb Worth every penny. Robert Whitfield is an excellent narrator. Tip: Always listen to the sample. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

David Copperfield Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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David Copperfield Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: David Copperfield Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 33 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 04-30-09 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1933 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In David Copperfield - the novel he described as his "favorite child" - Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of his most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. Editorial Reviews: At 34 hours in length, this is quite an undertaking, but there's no one better qualified than Simon Vance to lead us through this audio journey. He parses the author's long sentences well, pausing sufficiently to make the details easy to follow while still maintaining a quick enough pace to keep the story going. Most enjoyable is his voicing of the myriad characters who appear in the narrative - and characters they certainly are. Vance times their occasionally hilarious exchanges especially well. All of this is delivered in a manner that suggests that Vance revels in Dickens's prose and sly humor, and the listener cannot help but revel along with him. Three cheers for Vance - and not the least for his stamina! Members Reviews: Simply Amazing I was admittedly intimidated by the length of this work and have passed reading this book in the past. However, my like of all things Dickens drove me to purchase this book and I have to say, it is one of the most delightful reads in my experience. Simon Vance is an amazing narrator and brings this story to life. The story is so full of richness and experience. I highly recommend this book. Truly inspired. Incredible English classic read by a most gifted narrator. I honestly became quite sad when the story was ending. Most highly recommended. Great classic story narrated perfectly Excellent story, excellent narrator. Charles Dickens' story brought to life. "I am born." Wow, was I ever. This was the first Dickens I read "voluntarily". It is well appreciated in my present reading. I know there is another reading of this story on Audible & I am here to say that I couldn't be happier w/ Simon Vance's version. From his "Maser Davey" of Mr Peggotty to his villanous "Copperfield" of Uriah Heap, Mr Vance is up for the duty of telling this increible story. I went to this book after listening to "The Last Dickens", purchashed here on Audible. That book introduced me to the American Superstar that was Charles Dickens. Could you just imagine waiting for these monthly installments in 1850? This book is a flawless study of all that humanity has to offer. Charles Dickens was able to put a masterpiece together in masterful pieces. Treat your spirit to this novel. It will give you the strength of the ages. Some things are simply timeless. Excellent presentation of a great story. Not much to say about Dickens or "David Copperfield." It's a classic. It's one of his greatest works, full of sharp, vivid characters and subtle emotions that take many chapters to bloom. Amazing work. A student of writing can examine this the rest of their life and never put a finger on exactly how Dickens succeeds in leading the story to the powerful conclusions and climaxes it reaches. At times it is literally, quite literally, breathtaking. Simon Vance is an excellent reader and handles this book well. No complaints at all. My own opinion is that Robert Whitfield manages Dickens just a little bit better, with a slightly more insightful nuance at points. I couldn't explain that if I had to, but that's my impression.

The Way We Live Now Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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The Way We Live Now Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Way We Live Now Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Format: Unabridged Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 11-02-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 680 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations. Trollope's highly regarded satire is about the dishonest and villainous financier, Augustus Melmotte, who captivates and buys his way into the corrupt aristocratic society of London, throwing it into turmoil. Described by The Guardian as 'the darkest of Trollope's 47 novels' it is also the longest with gloriously rich subplots. Inspired by the financial scandals of the 1870s, the novel is a dramatization of how greed and dishonesty permeated life during that era. The Way We Live Now has become recognised as Trollope's masterpiece and was featured at Number 22 in The Guardian's 100 best novels. 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 theatrical credits 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 appeared in Broken Biscuits (BBC), Great Canal Journeys (across 3 Series), and the regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC). Critic Reviews: "A tale of financial skulduggery reminiscent of recent city scandals." (Daily Telegraph) Members Reviews: Long, but well worth it. I have to admit to buying this audiobook solely for the reason that I wanted an author I'd never read before, and a story that would last a while. At 32 hours it did that, BUT, I really enjoyed it. It took a few chapters to get into the scenery as there was a plethora of character's names to remember, but Timothy West convinced me that there was treasure to come. He does an awesome job with the accents and different voices for each character. It really seemed like a a full cast performing a perfectly timed dialogue. As for the storyline, I'll leave that to the publisher's description because my review would go way over the 2000 letters allowed. Put it this way, - hearing this book made me look up and watch the entire new BBC film version on youTube at 10 min intervals because the DVD was unavailable in my area. I look forward to more Anthony Trollope, and definately more Timothy West. For My Money, Better than Dickens I bought this book because I had been listening to Victorian literature, familiarizing myself with some works that I had neglected earlier in my life, and the reviews were so positive I decided to give The Way We Live Now a try. I had not even heard of Anthony Trollope until now. To say that I am pleasantly surprised would be a terrible understatement.

The Old Curiosity Shop Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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The Old Curiosity Shop Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Old Curiosity Shop Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Anton Lesser Format: Unabridged Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 10-09-09 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 292 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: 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. Members Reviews: Outstanding Narration After listening to Mr Lesser's narration, I was reminded how enjoyable the book was the first time I read it. Mr Lesser using his acting skills to the fullest, and his understanding of the characters comes through in his narration. It felt as if Quilp was actually narrating the script himself. I listened to the book in only a week, and I couldn't recommend a better book to listen to. The story itself was pieced together by Dickens and was never meant to become a novel. However, the narration makes it sound as if the continuity flowed---something I could not manage when reading it myself. A wonderful journey through Dicken's England. This novel lacks some of the drama of stories such as Oliver Twist, but Dickens nevertheless takes the reader on a colourful and often touching journey into the best and worst of human nature. Anton Lesser's somewhat softer voice seems to do more justice to the feminine and younger characters of this story than some of the other narrators I have heard. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook, but do caution the listener to be prepared for an unexpected ending. Dickens and Lesser Anton Lesser does a fabulous job of reading Dickens. And the book is just as touching and interesting now as it was when crowds gathered to find out if Little Nell had died. Listening to Dickens read by someone who knows all the different dialects contributes immensely to appreciating the worlds D. creates. Good but not the best of Dickens The story is a bit disjointed and sentimental for my taste but Anton Lesser's performance makes it a classic GREAT performance! If you could sum up The Old Curiosity Shop in three words, what would they be? Charming, emotional, and polished. Who was your favorite character and why? Either Mr. Swiveller because of his humor or Kit Nubbles for his genuine honesty. Which scene was your favorite? When Mr. Swiveller falls ill and finds himself waking weeks later in the care of the servant girl, whom he affectionately and ironically named the Marchionesse. His fair treatment of her when she was the lowest of servants was repaid by her taking care of him, perhaps even saving his life. Any additional comments? The performance of the narrator, Anton Lesser, is second to none. With a variety of voices easily recognized throughout the story and with such emotion in a believable manner, this has to be one of the best narrators I've ever heard on Audible. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Sea, the Sea Audiobook by Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie - introduction
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The Sea, the Sea Audiobook by Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie - introduction

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Sea, the Sea Author: Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie - introduction Narrator: Simon Vance, Kimberly Farr Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 04-18-17 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 28 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years. None of his plans work out, and his memoir evolves into a riveting chronicle of the strange events and unexpected visitors - some real, some spectral - that disrupt his world and shake his oversized ego to its very core. Members Reviews: Murdoch Amazes This languidly beautiful first person narrative was completely engaging. The story was insightful and filled with reflections and thoughts on everyday life, looking both forward and looking backwards at retirement. Murdoch's skill at writing made simple daily tribulations interesting and even enticing. The characters were well developed and easily recognizable. I loved Murdoch's use of the recurring theme of the ocean which created a solid framework or backbone for the book. The detailed description of the sea, its changing color, light and movement never became tiresome or too much. Instead it grounded the story, filled it with beauty, danger, monsters and destruction. The narration was excellent. I wasn't sure about Vance at first but I was quickly won over by his reading style. The only negative I have about this edition of the book was that I really disliked the introduction. So if it bogs you down I'd suggest just skipping it. That part felt heavy handed. Don't let it turn you away from a wonderful book. A classic, the 1978 Booker Prize winner and not to be missed. Excellent. Pure pleasure Any additional comments? Simon Vance's reading is exquisite. I'd read this long ago, and listening to it was reminded again of how brilliant and often hilarious Murdoch's writing is. Vance captures the protagonist so perfectly I wish he'd narrate all of Murdoch. All our failures are ultimately failures in love "All our failures are ultimately failures in love." Iris Murdoch Oh boy. This is deep, dudes. Far out and deeply deep, dudettes. Rather than trying my unworthy hand at a thorough analysis of a psychologically complex 500 page novel, I shall lay track for a few grooves. Dig it. Near the beginning, I thought it might be a romance. No way, man. More like a real Mystery of Mental and Emotional Health and Well-being. What is love? How is the idea or thought of it, especially young love, affected by the passage of time, what with our tendency to romanticize our youth? The painful paradox of the ego (false pride), with its fang-ed sea serpent 'jealousy,' blinding us to reason, depriving us of patience and filling us with anger, all of which operates to ruin the very love that our innate sexuality tells us to cherish above all else. The ways we lie to ourselves to enable the fantasy, even to the edge of sanity, that another loves us despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. This is a thought provoker that goes down some murky places in the mind. Some readers may be turned off by what at times seems like a long-windedness of the first person narrator.

Wuthering Heights (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Emily Brontë
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Wuthering Heights (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Emily Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Wuthering Heights (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Emily Brontë Narrator: Michael Page, Laural Merlington Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins Language: English Release date: 07-18-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 15 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Raised together on the Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Catherine become lovers and soul mates so utterly inseparable that their destiny seems inevitable. But when Catherine's desire for social status results in her marriage to Heathcliff's wealthy rival, Heathcliff is consumed by revenge. And no one in his path will be spared. Admired for its stark originality and condemned for its fiendish affront to the senses, Wuthering Heights polarized critics. For generations since, its themes of gender inequality, religious hypocrisy, social climbing, and the violent extremes of romantic obsession resonate to this day. Revised edition: Previously published as Wuthering Heights, this edition of Wuthering Heights (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: The free Kindle version is fine... The free Kindle version is fine if you aren't reading the book for study purposes and if you know a tiny hint of French. In fact, I'm of the opinion that reading 160+ year old books on Kindle has the distinct advantage of access to the built-in English dictionary. You can look up archaic words immediately without losing your page, thanks to the 'back' button. I didn't mind the fact that there were no page breaks between chapters as one previous reviewer did. In fact the novel was so gripping and compelling that the very fact that there were even chapters to break it up left me feeling somewhat impatient! The reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 probably has more to do with Kindle books in general rather than this book in particular. It reads as easily as any other book I've read on Kindle. But it's the kind of novel where you want to flip back to a certain section and re-read a portion just because of what is currently being said by the characters, and there is no way to do that. As for the French passages I had mentioned earlier, they are really very few in number and even if you don't know any French, don't let it stop you from reading this novel. They're all things said by one character or another, often repeated in English. (Thank you, Charlotte Bront)! None of it is important to the plot or to the characters themselves. Charlotte Bront shows herself to be an incredibly masterful writer in "Jane Eyre." There were times when I just stopped to admire the style with which she conveyed something and the techniques she used. She is also incredibly insightful into human nature. The main character is an introverted person and all of her thoughts, beautifully laid out, make her into one of the most compelling characters in literature. Although it may be difficult to see this, I do think that the author was showing her feminist colors, such as they were in those days, when she conjured up Jane Eyre. Thanks for making these classic books available for free on Kindle! While not fatal, the flaws are serious enough to prevent Jane Eyre from being a true masterpiece ** spoiler alert ** After my extreme disappointment with Shirley, I returned to Jane Eyre, which I first read as a 'tween and from time to time afterwards would dip back into the romantic bits no St. John!) to finally read it again cover-to-cover.

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: John Franklyn-Robbins Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 07-03-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 88 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: E.M. Forster's Howards End is a vivid portrait of London's golden age, before World War I forever changed its values and culture. Forster brings the great city's upper classes to life, detailing their grandiose spending habits, popular fads, Monet and Debussy, the rise of feminism, and the beginnings of urbanization. More than a mere idealization of pre-war London, Howards End provides insightful commentary on the rapid societal changes that occurred at the onset of the 20th century. Masterfully blending the stories of three vastly different groups of people - the independently wealthy, educated Schlegels; the nouveau riche Wilcoxes; and the ambitious but struggling Leonard Bast - Forster weaves a wonderfully rich, unforgettably poignant novel. Editorial Reviews: This novel is a period piece which encompasses many characters, social classes, accents and speech patterns. Because it's a social commentary on English life before and after World War I, it's rich in challenges for the narrator. John Franklyn-Robbins does a wonderful portrayal of a very descriptive text which could easily become quite tedious for the reader. Because it's written by a major author and the movie version has resurrected interest in the novel, this is a worthy selection. Members Reviews: very poor recording Although the contents of the book is good the quality of the listen is very bad. It is almost impossible to listen when outside of the house. Just Connect This is a wonderful book--EM Forster never disappoints. It's rich with character development, humor and meaning, and it's a welcome addition to my Audible library. The narration would be fine if it weren't for the inclusion of frequent sounds of the narrator swallowing, wetting his mouth--SOMETHING that is very distracting. It's strange that the makers of this audio didn't do a better job of editing. Love classic novels, this one didn't disappoint. What made the experience of listening to Howards End the most enjoyable? The way the narrator handled the characters throughout the story. Any additional comments? I love classic novels, they don't get overly graphic and leave you to use your imagination. 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: Libby Stephenson, Elizabeth Chambers, Ben Lindsey-Clark, Linda Barrans, Andrew Coleman, Amanda Friday, Andy Harrington Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins Language: English Release date: 07-28-17 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 23 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's classic comic romance, in which the five Bennet sisters try to find that most elusive creature: a single man in possession of a large fortune. Sparks fly when sweet, pretty Jane meets their new neighbor, Mr. Bingley, but her sister Elizabeth is offended by his haughty friend, Mr. Darcy. This is Jane Austen at the height of her powers, complete with ironic narration, hilariously drawn supporting characters, and romantic suspense. In this production, The Online Stage presents a fully dramatized version of Austen's most enduringly popular novel. Narration by Libby Stephenson. Cast Audio edited by Libby Stephenson and Elizabeth Klett. Members Reviews: Terrible accents and annoying voices take much away from this classic. It is clear some of the actors do not have native English accents. The actor who played Bingley and the actor who played Wickham clearly are American, and didnt even try to put on a British accent. The actress who played Mrs. Bennett had the absolute most annoying voice and inflection, and I wanted to stop listening after hearing her talk the first time! I just prayed she didnt have many speaking parts. It was terrible and I have no idea how the director allowed her to continue. Absolutely horrid. It also appears there were issues with the volume level. At some points, the narrator would be at a normal volume, and seconds later she was very loud. I assume this was the splicing of different takes. Very unprofessional... The worst part is definitely anytime Mrs. Bennett (the mother) would speak. She ruined this for me. I wanted to listen to this version because of the different voices (versus another version with just one narrator for all parts). Bad decision. Choose another version. This is the pits. Youll want to stick a q-tip far down your ear holes. Terrible. Not worthwhile Snarky Elizabeth, pallid Lady Catherine, Scottish accented Mr. Collins. Narrator without any ironic distance. In short, not a good production. only Mr. Darcy with listening to. Get the Emma Messnger reading instead Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Mary Barton Audiobook by Elizabeth Gaskell
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Mary Barton Audiobook by Elizabeth Gaskell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mary Barton Subtitle: A Tale of Manchester Life Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 08-01-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 277 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Following the death of his wife and the government's refusal to pass his local trade union's chartist petition, John Barton sinks into a depression so deep that not even his doting daughter can lift him out of it. Seeing the poverty that her family has been reduced to and the desperation in her father's eyes, Mary Barton realises she must reject the proposal of her working-class lover, Jem. Instead, she sets her sights at a master's son, the wealthy heir of a Manchester mill, Henry Carson, in the hope that his situation will improve her own. In a shocking turn of events, Mary discovers Mr Carson has been shot and her former lover, Jem, accused of his murder. As life-altering secrets emerge and the lives of those around her are put on the line, Mary must decide who to trust and who to denounce. Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life, is an emotive condition of English work in which she artfully intertwines the socio-political struggles of the 'hungry forties' with elements of a classic love story. Mary Barton is a pioneering work of fiction which has ensured that Gaskell's name will forever be included in a list of England's greatest authors. Its success was such that it even won the attention of Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë, forging a great working relationship between the writers, and later leading Gaskell to write Brontë's biography. Narrator Biography Multi-award winning actress, Juliet Stevenson has graced the stage and screen with a myriad of powerhouse performances for over 40 years. Aged nine, she developed a passion for the spoken word after performing a reading of a WH Auden poem in front of her entire school. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and later became a member of its artistic council. Her theatre experience is vast and includes parts in Measure for Measure, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Burn This and Death and the Maiden. She is also known for her film career in works such as Bend It Like Beckham, Emma, Truly Madly Deeply and Mona Lisa Smile. Stevenson has been BAFTA-nominated and been the winner of a Laurence Olivier Award. In 1999, she was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, for her services to Drama. Juliet's other audiobook narrations include Sense and Sensibility, North and South, The Portrait of a Lady and Madame Bovary. These and many more can be found at Audible. Members Reviews: Narration as Brilliant Performance Art Juliet Stevenson is nothing less than brilliant in narrating this work of Elizabeth Gaskell, and brings its several characters to life with seeming effortlessness. It is a piece of vibrant performance art. Gaskell's touching novel is a reminder that the extent to which socio-economic dislocation and abuse will be eradicated is dependent on being spiritually alive to the oneness of humanity. And though written over 150 years ago, Gaskell's deep concern over society's deafness to the poor, never heavy-handedly conveyed, unfortunately still has rich meaning. Mrs. Gaskell was so far ahead of her time Elizabeth Gaskell wrote novels and short stories in the 1840-60's.

Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One 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 One Subtitle: Classic Drama from the BBC Radio Archive Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Alex Jennings, full cast, Pam Ferris Format: Original Recording Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 10-01-15 Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 27 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Powerful full-cast radio dramatisations of four of Charles Dickens' most famous novels. Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this first volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes four of his best loved stories. The Pickwick Papers. Mr Samuel Pickwick, founder of the Pickwick Club, forms a Corresponding Society for members to report back about their travels. So begins the chronicle of their hilariously comic journeys. Oliver Twist. Born and brought up in the workhouse, orphan Oliver escapes to London - only to fall into the hands of the notorious Fagin and his gang of child pickpockets. Nicholas Nickleby. Left penniless after his father's death, 19-year-old Nicholas Nickleby takes a teaching position at Dotheboys Hall, where the brutal Wackford Squeers presides. The Old Curiosity Shop. Pretty, innocent Little Nell's childhood is shattered when evil moneylender Quilp discovers her grandfather is in debt. The duo are forced to leave their curiosity shop and go on the run.... With an all-star cast including Pam Ferris, Tim McInnerny, Alex Jennings, Anna Massey, Ken Campbell, Tom Baker, Julia McKenzie and Sandi Toksvig, these BBC radio adaptations bring out all the humour, romance, pathos and tragedy of Dickens' four classic masterpieces. Members Reviews: Terrific Where does Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? Wonderfully written and apparently by the hand of a highly skilled, writer. People, myself, often forget that Dickens was actually, a very funny man. :) What was one of the most memorable moments of Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One? The fumbling, clueless, rich and retired old men trying to agree and execute a plan to "change the world! What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? The correct atmosphere. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? No, I enjoy it, so would rather devote two hours per night to listen and enjoy with a hot cup of tea, lit fireplace and soft, clean pajamas and slippers. It's a wonderful way to end a day and get ready for bed. C Dickenson I was disappointed with this collection. I found the stories difficult to follow due to a lot of background noise which made it hard to hear what the characters were saying. However, I am impressed by the BBC collections over all. Please keep it up! fantastic loved it, it was nice to revisit Charles Dickens's classics dramatised brilliantly by the BBC well performed well performed radio plays but utterly spoilt by listing the cast at the end of every episode. Why oh why couldn't the cast listing be edited out between episodes. 10 episode play resulted in the cast being listed NINETEEN times (beginning and end of every episode Charles Dickens Characters Come Alive ! If you could sum up Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One in three words, what would they be? Perfect Entertainment What did you like best about this story? These productions are true to Charles Dickens how he intended his works to be performed.

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: John Lee Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 07-22-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 874 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Crusoe and Friday share in a variety of adventures, including a fierce battle with cannibals that culminates in the heroes recapturing a mutinous ship and returning to England. Based partly on the real-life experiences of Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, Defoe's novel of human endurance in an exotic, faraway land exerts a timeless appeal and has taken its rightful place among the great works of Western civilization. Critic Reviews: "[One of the few books] 'written by mere man that was wished longer by its readers.'" (Samuel Johnson) Members Reviews: True classic I have just read this book at the age of 61. I don't think I read it as a child. This is a classic. It seems to me it was written for reading to chldren in a Pre-television era when reading books to children was in vogue. It still should be but I doubt many do it. It is a good adventure story but the thing that makes it somewhat unusual is how full of moral teaching it contains which would be geared at children. Morals such as making the best of what you have, being thankful for what you have, trusting God to provide for you, etc. are deeply carved into the story. As I approach my grandfather years I will remember this book and see if there will be some way to read it to my grandchildren. They're "The Classics" for a Reason I listened after reading 40 years ago and it was everything I remembered it to be! The insights into the period of the days of exploration provide a vivid understanding of what life was like in those days. The narrator was excellent and the story superb! You've always heard about it...now listen! A Must Read for Everyone This book was in our family library when I was a child, and I am so sorry that I have waited far too many years to read this piece of classic literature. It was even better than I had anticipated, knowing that it was so highly revered. I would recommend to anyone that it deserves a read (listen) if, for no other reason, than to fully understand so many of today's references to this wonderful story. However, there are so many other reasons to listen to it. It was exciting, interesting, harrowing, and incredibly well written. The ingenuity of Robin is absolutely fascinating, and the author's descriptions of how he makes do on this island are more than impressive. The writing style was incredibly easy to take in, even when one considers how long ago it was penned, and how different the vernacular was then. Do not think for one minute that this is a staid work of dry English literature. It was as easy to understand as something written in our own time, and as exciting as our thrillers. Wonderful narrator, too. Do yourself a favor and, if you haven't already, immerse yourself in this great adventure. I would liken it to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. If you have enjoyed that book, then you will love this. And if you haven't read Verne's novel, I would recommend for that to be the next download if you enjoy Robinson Crusoe Excellent This was great. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was very good and made "ye olde english" very understandable.

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: Kate Reading Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 01-24-03 Publisher: Findaway World Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2145 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading. (P)2003 Commuter's Library Members Reviews: loved it. I've read the book many times, but it was equally enjoyable listening to it while I did other things. It's very well narrated, and the sound quality is excellent. no complaints about this title. Excellent Narrator Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books and I read it regularly. So, my greatest concern in downloading this audiobook was whether or not the narrator would do credit to the work or not. I am happy to report that she does. Kate Reading does a wonderful job of voicing the various characters, making it easy to discern which character is saying what dialogue. Not only are the characters distinctly voiced but Reading obviously knows them intimately, for her performance of each is exactly in line with Austen's description of them. Kitty is truly fretful. Mr. Darcy is dignified and reserved. Elizabeth is lively. In fact, Reading was such an excellent narrator that I am disappointed that there are no other Jane Austen works narrated by her. Excellent reader; Great novel Pride and Prejudice is the 4th unabridged Austen novel to which I have listened and is the best of an excellent lot. Her novels are very witty and have an amazingly modern sensibility. The reader here is exceptional--one of the best I have encountered. Kate Reading is also Johanna Ward Just want to add my praise for this wonderfully read book. As did many others, I went to look for more narrations of Jane Austen by Kate Reading, and there are none. However, I found, by googling Kate Reading, that she uses many names, one of which is Johanna Ward. And there is an excellent Mansfield Park by that narrator. wonderful!! I have read the book many times over the years and seen different versions of it in movies/video. This adio book captured perfectly the essence and nuances of the book and brought this listener into the drawing rooms and conversations of the characters. I actually cringed with embarrassment for Elizabeth in the relevant parts and laughed out loud at others. A truly wonderful experience! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Warden: Timothy West Version Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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The Warden: Timothy West Version Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Warden: Timothy West Version Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins Language: English Release date: 02-09-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 419 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible The first of six in Trollope's series of the Chronicles of Barsetshire introducing the fictional cathedral town of Barchester and the characters of Septimus Harding, the Warden, and his son-in-law Archdeacon Grantly. The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the conscientious Reverend Septimus Harding, who finds himself at the centre of a bitter conflict between defenders of Church privilege and the reformers of the mid-Victorian period. His daughter's suitor, John Bold, is a political radical and passionate reformer who launches a campaign against Harding's management of the financial affairs of the charity, thus shattering the atmosphere of the once tranquil town of Barchester. The scandal is not improved when Harding's indelicate son-in-law, Archdeacon Grantly, leaps to his defence. The audiobook is a charming social comedy and love story that portrays life in an English cathedral town whilst looking at the larger social and political issues. The Warden was Trollope's first literary success which paved the way for him to later leave his career as a Post Office Inspector and become a prolific and much-respected author of the Victorian era. He eventually published 47 novels, many of which are still popular and well-loved today due to their timeless quality and parallels with contemporary society. 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 theatrical credits 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 appeared in Broken Biscuits (BBC), Great Canal Journeys (across 3 Series), and the regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC). Members Reviews: The Old Man & His Terrific and Single Daughter Along with some romance, this is a broadside of satire directed at the gentlemen of the press and of the law. Anthony Trollope beards the lion in its den with this story of the power of a self-important press to inflict great damage on individuals and institutions. Under the guise of public interest reform, a newspaper runs stories which result in the resignation of a decent and kind old man Mr. Harding, as well as the virtual shut down of a charitable, well run, old folk's home. While these are matters of no moment to the newspaper editor except as sensational stories which sells papers, there is real pain and damage inflicted on the innocent. One might conclude from this book: doing what is lawful is not always the same as doing what is right or just. I just love the way this gentle, easily guided, old man takes matters into his own hands and overturns the apple carts and plans of those who considered themselves better suited to guide him than his own principles. Timothy West's performance of this work cannot be praised enough. He somehow manages the trick of capturing Trollope's brand of humor and subtle jabs and making it accessible to the listener. A witty Story This book was written in 1852. I was unaware of A.

Dombey and Son Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Dombey and Son Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Dombey and Son Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: David Timson Format: Unabridged Length: 39 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 06-06-11 Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 313 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson. Members Reviews: Utterly incredible! It is difficult to state that this is my favorite Dickens because I enjoy them all. I can state though that David Timson is my favorite narrator. I also enjoy Sean Barrett, but Timson's distinctive variety of voices gives him the edge. I just listened to Dombey and Son and Barnaby Rudge - both novels are so full of life (and death), so much color and true Dickensian stories - right overcomes wrong and justice over evil in the end. I also read many of Dickens' novels, but I now believe that Dickens is to be listened to and not read. Although this book has two males (father and son) in the title, the most powerful and endearing character is Florence, Dombey's neglected daughter. Further, Dickens may have created one of the most obnoxious and evil characters in English literature in the person of Mr Dombey's manager, James Carker. Fortunately, and in true Dickens style, Carker gets his just desserts in the end. A Hidden Dickens Gem Would you consider the audio edition of Dombey and Son to be better than the print version? I have never read the print version of Dombey and Son and had never even heard of it until I did a Dickens search in Audible. What does David Timson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book? I thought that David Timson did a fanctastic job of bringing Dicken's characters to life. One benefit (and sometimes drawback) of listening to a book, is that you can be pulled into a character's life by the narrators voice. David Timson did an excellent job of differentiating one character from another. He has a very pleasant voice to listen to. Dickens has tendency to go on and on about a subject, but in David Timson's voice, it was not only pleasant but helped me understand the beauty of Dicken's narrative. Standout Narration Dombey and Son is a book that contains a lot of touching moments alongside of great comical passages. Somehow, David Timson is able to read and bring to life all of Dickens' characters and hit all the punchlines while also being able to perfectly set the mood for the emotional situations. This was a really, really well done narration! Great performance! David Timson did an excellent job. Each character is instantly recognizable by its voice as read by Timson. Great narrator for undeservedly forgotten Dickens I love all things Dickens, so it's no wonder I enjoyed this. This narrator is just gorgeous. He absolutely brought this book to life. Captain Cuttle became a most beloved and alive human with Timson's voice. Wonderful, wonderful job. About the book itself. This is a very underrated Dickens novel that probably deserves some modern eyes to see & modern ears to hear. Of course, as is characteristic of Dickens, this book rounds itself out and works all the bits and pieces to a satisfactory ending, but not always in the way we thought we wanted or in the timeframe we expected.

The Pickwick Papers Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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The Pickwick Papers Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pickwick Papers Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: David Timson Format: Unabridged Length: 32 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 02-24-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 170 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Pickwick Papers, Dickens's first novel, is a delightful romp through the pre-Reform Bill England of 1827. Samuel Pickwick and the rest of the Pickwickians are some of the most memorable of all Dickens's creations, and it is a joy to hear of their adventures in search of "interesting scenes and characters", and the repeated efforts of the quick-witted Sam Weller to rescue them all from disaster. Members Reviews: Watch Dickens Emerge from a Literary Chrysalis This book morphed a couple times in my brain. It started off a bit uneven, filled with vignettes and sketches that seemed to anticipate the later genius of Dickens and even presented several shadows of future books and stories. After 100 pages I figured I would have another 700 pages of various Pickwick club digressions. There would be interesting characters (Sam Weller, Alfred Jingle, etc). The narrative started to bog down, however, during the next couple hundred pages. The book had little velocity and the digressions seemed to have stalled, but then something happened. Dickens absolutely found his genius. It is interesting to behold a great author find his voice. I'm not just talking about any author or any voice. It is amazing to see Dickens find that genius balance between characters, plot, social commentary/satire, and humor. It was like watching a bird hatch, a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. More than the story, which ended very well, the book is worth the effort for what it shows about Dickens. This isn't the first Dickens I'd read, but after you've read a bunch of Dickens, I'd definitely read this just to soak in Dickens growth and his views on friendship, marriage, lawyers, and debt. Fledgling Dickens Flaps His Wings of Future Genius The entertaining central conceit of Charles Dickens first novel, The Pickwick Papers (1836), is that that "immortal gentleman," Mr. Pickwick, an "extraordinary," "colossally minded," "truly great" "man of genius," is in fact a chubby, balding, bespectacled, pleasure-loving, middle-aged man whose good nature and naivete land him in a series of comical scrapes from which not even his streetwise and philosophic servant Sam Weller is always able to extract him unharmed. As a wealthy retired businessman, Mr. Pickwick's only occupation is traveling around England eating and drinking and investigating human nature with his three absurd friends and followers (the ersatz sportsman Mr. Winkle, the so-called poet Mr. Snodgrass, and the aged, rotund wannabe ladies man Mr. Tupman), ostensibly reporting their doings to the Pickwick Club in London, of which Mr. Pickwick is founder and president. As Mr. Pickwick indulges in his hobby of studying the drama of life in different (at first ideally comfortable) settings and guises, as he falls into embarrassing fixes, and as he hears stories from the people with whom he converses, Dickens satirizes sports, reform religion, the legal system, political parties, stock brokers, dismal debtor's prisons, contentious husbands and wives, pretentious literary circles, foolish scholarly associations, and grotesque social pretensions. He also celebrates liberal, big-hearted, good-natured people like Pickwick and his countryside gentleman friend Mr. Wardle, romantic marriages, rustic and hospitable coach inns and simple and solid coachmen, and pleasurable festivals like Christmas.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Heart of Darkness Author: Joseph Conrad Narrator: David Horovitch Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 08-10-10 Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 116 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: "...he seemed to stare... with that wide and immense stare embracing, condemning, loathing all the universe. I seemed to hear the whispered cry, 'The horror! The horror!'" On a becalmed yawl in the Thames estuary, Marlow tells a tale of Africa. His job there is to find the enigmatic Kurtz, but his journey further and further upriver reveals the brutality of the white Imperialists who run the country. Established as one of the great English novels, and a story of mythic power, Heart of Darkness is rich in meaning allusive, enthralling, and haunting. Members Reviews: The Horror! The Horror! I had expected to more or less hate this novel because of the difficult subject matter and because so many readers before me have, but the narrator, David Horovitch helped me appreciate the beautiful writing from the start, and so I was hooked. The story of Robert Marlowe travelling by steamship into the heart of the Congo and witnessing the horrific treatment of black slaves is not an easy one to take in, but it became positively bizarre when the character of Kurtz was introduced. I can certainly see how Marlon Brando's Kurtz in Apocalypse Now was based on the fictional one (that famous line: "The horror! The horror!"). Conrad is considered a racist by some, and I have yet to read more about the man or his work to form a more informed impression, but if he is considered so because of this specific book, I'd have to say I disagree. While the language he uses to describe the black natives is predictably disturbing to the modern reader, the character of Marlowe, while he doesn't intervene to help the slaves, also observes their treatment with palpable horror, and Conrad seems to make a strong case against colonialism. A book I'll eventually have to revisit to make sense of Kurtz (can one ever make sense of a madman??). Next time I'll take in Kenneth Branagh's version to compare between two great performances. A Near Perfect Audiobook What did you love best about Heart of Darkness? I'm not always a fan of Conrad's storytelling; I wrote a one star review of a _Lord Jim_ audiobook based on Conrad's obtuse refusal to get on with the story, but _Heart of Darkness_ is worth the effort, even in book form. As an audiobook, it grabs (and requires) your attention, but is a surprisingly easy listen. I first read this book in high school in the 1970s. It was a difficult read, but, even then, I thought it was worth the effort. When I reread it a few years ago, I was surprised by how short it was, and picked up on some things I had missed the first time. Coming back to it on audiobook was great pleasure and, once again, I picked up on things missed the last time. In this book, Marlow's narration works. The story is interesting, and you'll always pick up on new things. This is a short book (at 4 1/2 hours, less than a third of the length of _Lord Jim_) but it is memorable. Like _Animal Farm_ and _1984_, this is great, must read novel. Like Captain America in _The Avengers_, it pretty much lives up to it's legend. You will *not* regret getting this audiobook. hard to follow the story line I heard great things about this book but it was very hard to keep up with the story line while driving. Best 2 bucks I've spent on audible. I read reviews before purchasing. There were people that complained about the reading and quality.

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Audiobook by Lewis Carroll
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Alice 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 in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Author: Lewis Carroll Narrator: Shelby Lewis Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 07-18-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 80 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hot summer's afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit, she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begins the fantastical adventures that will see her experiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears, and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland is no ordinary place and the characters that populate it are quite unlike anybody young Alice has ever met before. In this imaginary land she encounters the savagely violent Queen, the Lachrymose Mock Turtle, the laconic Cheshire Cat and the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, each as surprising and outlandish as the next. Alice's adventures have made her the stuff of legend, the child heroine par excellence, and ensured that Carroll's book is the best loved and most widely read in children's literature. Editorial Reviews: This much-loved classic gets a fresh and youthful approach from narrator Shelby Lewis. Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole in pursuit of the White Rabbit and finds herself in topsy-turvy Wonderland. Lewis gives Alice the right balance of curiosity and spirit as she encounters various strange creatures, experiences extreme changes in size, joins a mad tea party, and faces off with the Queen of Hearts. Lewis uses extravagant tones and variations in pitch and accent to flesh out the characters' eccentricities, and listeners will definitely revel in her vivacious performance. Members Reviews: American narrator all wrong for this book The narrator is a great reader but Alice is a quintessentially English story, and the American narrator just doesn't work. I found it very jarring to hear all the unmistakably English characters speaking in American accents. I soon turned it off altogether. Not in English Unfortunately, I didn't listen to the sample (should have) because it's read by an American and as I want this for my 6 year old daughter, I want it in English. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Sam Dastor Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 01-16-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 350 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment. The pilgrimage will take them across the vast continent, across rivers, and up the Himalayas. While Kim wishes to take part in the imperialistic Great Game, learning espionage from the British secret service, he feels spiritually bound to the lama. Kim has a difficult choice to make: his companion or his country? A rich and colourful depiction of India's exotic landscape and culture in the imperialistic world of the late 19th century, this audiobook celebrates their friendship and explores a young man's quest for identity. Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist who was the first English language author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Some of his most memorable works include The Jungle Book and Just So Stories. In 1998 Kim was ranked at Number 78 on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003 it was listed on the BBC's The Big Read poll of the UK's 'best-loved novel'. Narrator Biography Three-time Olivier Award winner actor Alex Jennings has had an extensive career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. His recent stage performances have included Willy Wonka in 2014's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical and Professor Henry Higgins in the 2016 Australian 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady. In 2006 he played Prince Charles opposite Helen Mirren in The Queen and has had other roles in films such as Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Babel (2006) and The Lady in the Van (2015). His television work has included the BBC TV series Cranford (2007) and long running legal drama Silk (2011-2014). In 2016 he featured in the Netflix series The Crown and the ITV series Victoria. He has narrated many audiobooks including Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly, which in 2008 was chosen as one of the top 40 audiobooks of all time. Members Reviews: Astonishing WIth a scope as broad as the world and as narrow as a single boy, Kipling creates a masterful work. Though we associate him with jingoism and colonial oppression, "Kim" illustrates the author's ambivalence in a way that dashed my preconceptions about him. Unless I'm sorely mistaken, Kim's wisdom and humanity really blossom in his interactions with the natives of India. His innate guile - what catapults him to importance in the "Great Game" - is an act, and only effective because so many odd and wonderful characters willingly put their trust in him. Even the minor characters Kipling draws most broadly and closest to stereotype possess an ineluctable complexity. The narrator alone would rate five stars. Books that are Firm Favourites Would you consider the audio edition of Kim to be better than the print version? I first met Kim at High School. It was a setbook for our English Literature class. That was over 60 years ago!! I have carried that book around the world with me - I travel quite a lot - and read it on planes and trains.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Audiobook by Victor Hugo
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Audiobook by Victor Hugo

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Author: Victor Hugo Narrator: Bill Homewood Format: Unabridged Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 09-09-14 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 181 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In the grotesque bell-ringer Quasimodo, Victor Hugo created one of the most vivid characters in classic fiction. Quasimodo's doomed love for the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda is an example of the traditional love theme of beauty and the beast. Yet, set against the massive background of Notre Dame de Paris and interwoven with the sacred and secular life of medieval France, it takes on a larger perspective. The characters come to life: the poet, Gringoire; the tormented priest, Claude Frollo; the fun-loving captain, Phoebus; and, above all, Quasimodo and Esmeralda themselves. It is a tale peppered with humor but fueled by the anguish that unfolds beneath the bells of the great cathedral of Paris. Members Reviews: More than I bargained for... Hugo's level of detail and backstory development are more than I am used to. The story is extremely detailed and exquisitely presented. It was well worth the time, and I am glad it did the audiobook version because the printed book would have been more difficult to get through. Great classic. Not having read this book in school, I did not know what to expect. The story started out a bit slow, with a lot of establishment, but became intensely interesting. The narration was fantastic and carried the story along. The narrator's accents and inflections were perfect and a pleasure to listen to. This was the second book I have listened to narrated by Bill Homewood (the other was The Count of Monte Cristo) and he is wonderful at the French accent and giving each of the characters their own voice. Now that I have listened to The Hunchback of Notre Dame I am interested in the theater production. Thank you for for an excellent audiobook. Tragic story, touching The story is tragic, interesting, many touching moments, some particularly evocative passages. But I can't rave. I listened to an audio version of Les Miserables and that book is so superb that I had hoped I would find gThe Hunchback somewhere "up there", though I knew and did not expect another book so awesome as that. But, alas, this book, though good, is not in the same league. The reader, however, was superb. Much Love, with Caveats I'll be honest. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Historical fiction is rarely anywhere near my wheelhouse, but when its a revered classicor, like the Aubrey/Maturin series, so historically accurate that it almost is historyI make an exception. And Im glad I did. One of our iconic stories is now safely ensconced in my mental arsenal. And I no longer have to look puzzled when friends refer to me as Quasimodo. I now know what they mean. But as much as I enjoyed the storywith two exceptions well get to laterthere was something that bugged me throughout the telling. I couldnt put my finger on it so I started perusing critical essays online. And I found this: Hugo was determined to trace current social and political problems back to their medieval roots, and to achieve the maximum effect he must carefully embed his tale within a painstaking reconstruction of medieval Paris, its buildings and its public. (From: Medievalism and Modernity in Victor Hugos Hunchback of Notre Dame, Alex J. Novikoff, Rhodes College) Thats the nub. Every author should have a point of view; but Hugo has an agenda. Whether he was right to trace every social ill to the Middle Ages is neither here nor there.

Persuasion Audiobook by Jane Austen
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Persuasion Audiobook by Jane Austen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Persuasion Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Greta Scacchi Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 08-14-15 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 123 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: In Persuasion, Austen's last novel, she reveals a tale of love and marriage told with irony, insight, and an evaluation of human conduct. The characters, Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot, have met and separated years before. A reunion forces the recognition of the false values that drove them apart. Members Reviews: wonderful performance What did you love best about Persuasion? What is not to like about Jane Austin? What about Greta Scacchis performance did you like? Because of some of the early wording, this is a bit tough to read but Greta Scacchi does it expertly. Enjoyable listen Have read Persuasion more than a few times, but as a Jane Austen fan, it was time for me to read again. Thought I would listen instead, if I could find a reader I thought I could enjoy. Greta Scacchi did a wonderful job. She understands Persuasion and how to read Jane. Great narration Ive tried to read this before without success and after reading reading reviews of this version chose it and loved it thanks to the great narrating unexpected delight I had to read this book for school and was, quite honestly, not really looking forward to reading Austen. However, this audiovook experience was quite delightful! I will most certainly be listening to more Austen in audio book form! Fantastic narration This reading of this book is extremely well done. A fantastic performance. A definite must listen! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Jane Eyre Audiobook by Charlotte Bronte
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Jane Eyre Audiobook by Charlotte Bronte

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Jane Eyre Subtitle: A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization Author: Charlotte Bronte Narrator: Amanda Hale, Tom Burke Format: Original Recording Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 05-05-16 Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 112 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Amanda Hale and Tom Burke star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel, adapted by Rachel Joyce. Orphan Jane learns at an early age that self-control is the surest means of retaining self-respect in adversity. It is a lesson that serves her well in the years ahead as she endures the misery of life with her cruel, uncaring aunt, followed by the harsh regime at Lowood Institution, a charity school for poor children. After taking the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, she meets the master of the house, the brooding, enigmatic Edward Rochester, and finds herself falling in love with him. It seems as if happiness may finally be within her grasp - but a series of strange events leads her to believe that Rochester is concealing a dark secret. When the truth is revealed, the heartbroken Jane will need all her inner strength and resilience to face up to it.... Dramatised for radio by best-selling novelist Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry), this iconic love story stars Amanda Hale as Jane and Tom Burke as Rochester. Suffused with romance, passion, mystery and danger, it is a spellbinding tale that is as real and relevant today as when it was first published in 1847. Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx. Members Reviews: Great performance but very quick Jane Eyre is one of my favorites but I completely appreciate the need to abridge it for a full cast performance. That being said I think too much was taken out, giving it an incredibly rushed feel. At Last! Jane Eyre Made Palatable One of the most curious facts in all of English literature is that in the late 1700s, possibly as early as 1787, when she was just a wickedly intelligent teenager, Jane Austen began satirizing the Bronte sisters, who would not be born until many decades later. Austen's Juvenilia, particularly Love and Freindship [sic], and her more mature work Northanger Abbey, stand collectively as a glorious spoof of all that Charlotte Bronte would write about with deadly earnestness sixty years later in Jane Eyre: Gothic horror, blood and gore, mists and moors, screams and terrors in the night, madwomen locked away in attics, swoonings and faintings galore. Bronte, who romanticized suffering to the highest possible degree in her personal life as well as her writing (who else but a Bronte could manage to die of morning sickness while pregnant?), presents Jane Eyre as a Romantic sufferer extraordinaire. Jane is humorless, beaten down by fate and her own moody fits of passion at every turn, until finally Rochester, her love object, is so much more beaten down than she is that she can finally consent to be his wife. The whole thing is so completely without humor or any consciousness of its own absurdity that it works ONLY if you look at it with Jane Austen's winking eye, imagining how fun it would be to satirize. This production succeeds in doing just that. The story is so perfectly distilled to its essential Gothic-horror elements, complete with amazing sound effects, that it would make the perfect Halloween listen. The script is perfect, the acting impeccable, the production values and editing flawless. I never thought I'd say this of ANY production of Jane Eyre, but I'm sure I'll listen many more times. Highly recommend. love it every time i listen! tom burke is perfect. love it! tom burke is the perfect mr.

Sons and Lovers Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence
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Sons and Lovers Audiobook by D. H. Lawrence

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sons and Lovers Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 04-23-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 215 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence's first major novel, was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When the marriage between Walter Morel and his sensitive, high-minded wife begins to break down, the bitterness of their frustration seeps into their children's lives. Their second son, Paul, knows that he must struggle for independence if he is not to repeat his parents' failure. Lawrence's powerful description of Paul's single-minded efforts to define himself sexually and emotionally through relationships with two women---the innocent, old-fashioned Miriam Leivers and the experienced, provocatively modern Clara Dawes---makes this a novel as much for the beginning of the 21st century as it was for the beginning of the 20th. Members Reviews: Momma's Boy (The Dangers of Overbearing Parenting) Lawrence is a great novelist and seems to have told a tale no truer than in his autobiographical "Sons and Lovers." The primary characters all have some major defect of character, but I felt most pity for Paul Morel (the Lawrence character) and Miriam (his childhood semi-sweetheart). Momma Morel didn't like Miriam because Mom would then lose control over Paul. And Paul could never let go of Mom's strings even after she'd died. A novel best illustrating the dangers of a parent frustrated in his/her own life and then attempting to control the life of his/her child such that the parent ruins the child's life too (not only in love but in career and in joy). Simon Vance does an admirable job narrating. The book is free on Kindle and once you download that, the audiobook is only $0.99. A super deal. Lawrence's hidden talent Where does Sons and Lovers rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? I gave this book a five rating because I injected my assessment of it with a healthy dose of subjectivity. In this instance, I liked the book, I connected with it. I mean that it really resonated with me. Otherwise I would have given it 4.5 stars. But here's something objective. Whilst Lawrence is usually remembered or known for his mooning and swooning excerpts, these sorts of narrations really only comprised 2-5% of Sons and Lovers. The rest of the book was a very strong narrative, very well detailed and compelling, much in the vein of Tolstoy and later Hardy. Lawrence wrote wonderful narrative. Another startling and objective fact about the book was in the way it was read by Simon Vance. Simon gave the story a dimension I wouldn't have thought of, and it was a powerful and deserving dimension. Till now I had interpreted Paul Morel as being a 'moony' overly sensitive mother's boy. And he is such in many ways. But Simon brought a manliness to the character that gave the character and the story real street cred. I quite connected with this story.

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: Emilia Fox Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 11-07-05 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 606 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jane Austen's most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters. © and (P)2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. Members Reviews: Pride and Prejudice This audio book was wonderful. The voice of the reader was very easy to listen to, while still affording the ability to distiquish between characters. I listened to it on a flight to and from England and, remarkably, it made the flight enjoyable. I hope you enjoy hearing it as much as I did. favorite reader Miss Fox gives a wonderful read of this great book. I love the way she does the different voices. Her timing and inflections are wonderful. Ah, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like listening to your favorite Jane Austen book! Complete with the beautiful accent, it is almost as if she is reading it herself. I hated this to end!! The story was brought to life better than any Hollywood film could have! PURE DELIGHT This book is my all time favorite. The dialog is stunning. The characters have become a part of my inner world, they are so real to me. It takes the ordinary theme of young men and women meeting and falling in love to a level that I simply have never encountered in any other story I've read. It is all done with brilliant and cleverly written dialog. To think that this was written by a young woman of her time is truly amazing, that is was so popular at the time is even more amazing and that it continues to be such a favorite is only well deserved. I enjoyed this audio book very much and look forward to Part II. Although I have read this book at least a dozen times over the past four decades, it is always as delightful as it was the first time I read it. Excellent narration! As a classic, this is an obvious must-read. I read it in school but the audiobook made the story so much more enjoyable due to the characters easy-to-understand accent and voice-impersonations. If you haven't read this in a while, definitely listen to the audio version, you will love it! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Bleak House Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Bleak House Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Bleak House Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 33 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 12-27-00 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 506 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Starting with Esther's account of her lonely, unhappy childhood, her role as protégée of the worthy John Jarndyce, Richard and Ada's guardian, the tale develops the relations between the three young people in the Jarndyce household. Numerous other characters contribute to the complex portrait of society which emerges from the novel. They include the romantic, effusive, and unworldly Harold Skimpole (based on Leigh Hunt, poet, journalist, and critic, who published The Examiner in which he introduced the public to Keats and Shelley); the boisterous, short-tempered Boythorn (based on Walter Savage Landor, poet and essayist, mentor to Robert Browning); Krook, the rag-and-bottle shopkeeper who dies a hideous death by 'spontaneous combustion'; Gridley and the crazed Miss Flite, both ruined by Chancery; Mrs. Jellyby, neglectful of domestic responsibilities in favor of 'telescope philanthropy'; the greasy Mr. Chadband, a parson 'of no particular denomination'; and Conversation Kenge and Mr. Vholes, lawyers both. Of particular importance to the moral design of the novel is Jo, the crossing-sweeper whose brutish life and death are the instruments for one of Dickens' most savage judgments on an indifferent society. Critic Reviews: "Dickens could not have performed better than Robert Whitfield does here....His brilliant dramatizations range from a homeless street urchin to an arrogant barrister, from a canny old windbag to a high-minded heroine who deserves the happy ending Dickens affords her....This may be one of the most Dickensian novels Dickens ever wrote." (Library Journal) Members Reviews: 30 hours was too short for me You'd think that with the title Bleak House and a length of 30 hours it would be deadly. Actually it has an engaging story, plus fascinating insights into the legal "system" of 19th century England. You keep wishing people would get smart and that the absurdity of the legal system would be cured, but everyone seems to keep hurtling toward their fates. As always, Robert Whitfield does a great job of reading. Giving different voices to different characters in such a complicated book helps the reader/listener keep them all straight. Awesome novel, great reading, lousy audio One of my favorite Dicken's novels. The characters are vibrant, engaging, and funny in the usual Dickens' satirical way. The reader presents them as if he loves (or at least thoroughly understands) each one. He reads the lengthy, pedantic and sometimes silly author's commentary so seriously, so much as though he agreed wholeheartedly with every word, that you sometimes feel you have Dickens in to your house for a personal recital. But, the sound is so distorted, so unclear in spots, so variable in volume, that it is difficult to appreciate the story at times. Still, there are real benefits to making the effort to listen to (and read) this novel. It was during the listening to this novel that I discovered my idea of the overall theme of all of Dicken's novels. It is a novel that every lawyer should read and every person contemplating using a lawyer. I'm not saying that the modern legal system is exactly like this, but some of the similarities are amazing. If the audio was cleaned up, this Audiobook would rate a 5+ in my opinion. An amazing reader So many characters, and the reader brings each one to life as a unique individual.

High Rising Audiobook by Angela Thirkell, Alexander McCall Smith - introduction
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High Rising Audiobook by Angela Thirkell, Alexander McCall Smith - introduction

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: High Rising Subtitle: A Virago Modern Classic Author: Angela Thirkell, Alexander McCall Smith - introduction Narrator: Jilly Bond Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 11-03-16 Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 67 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Successful lady novelist Laura Morland and her boisterous young son, Tony, set off to spend Christmas at her country home in the sleepy surrounds of High Rising. But Laura's wealthy friend and neighbour, George Knox, has taken on a scheming secretary whose designs on marriage to her employer threaten the delicate social fabric of the village. Can clever, practical Laura rescue George from Miss Grey's clutches and, what's more, help his daughter, Miss Sibyl Knox, to secure her longed-for engagement? Utterly charming and very funny, High Rising is irresistible comic entertainment. Members Reviews: Beginning of a journey High Rising is the first book in Angela Thirkell's revisiting of the land of Barsetshire in England, this area having been created by Anthony Trollope many years earlier. If you enjoy a mixture of clever use of language, insight into human relationships, the frustrations of daily life, satire and more this may be the series for you. And Jilly Bond does a very creditable job of telling this story, distinguishing characters and portraying the spirit of the book. My one complaint of this recording is that the headline clearly states "Alexander McCall Smith - introduction", and that introduction is NOT included in the recording!!! The introduction is present in the Kindle and paper versions, but NOT in the audiobook. Audible should either get Jilly Bond to read the introduction and upgrade/update the offering or change the way this is listed/documented to make it clear that the introduction is NOT included in the reading. In spite of this, I hope very much that more of Thirkell's works will be made available through Audible and also that more of them be made wispersync compatible. Discover Angela Thirkell! Would you listen to High Rising again? Why? No but I loved it. What did you like best about this story? The setting and the amusing characters. Have you listened to any of Jilly Bonds other performances before? How does this one compare? I liked her narration and I'd look for her again. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Comforting escapism. Any additional comments? After this, I'm ready for more Angela Thirkell. Deliciously funny Angela Thirkell has long been a favorite author of mine to read for charming escape from the day's dire circumstances. There is one sour note and that is the infrequent but disturbing casual antisemitism, sadly common in 1933. Thirkell's writing is marvelous and the comments are not relevant to the plot so I still highly recommend her books but reduce the stars by one. Jilly Bond is the perfect reader. Humorous story of another time. Another wonderful book by Angela Thirkell of well developed characters, in a small setting for those who need a reminder of good writing. Entertaining enough and with twists What did you love best about High Rising? I love the characters, the main ones being independent, self-sufficient women. The comedic thoughts of Laura about her boy was particularly engaging - it's how a parent can remain sane during different phases a child goes through. Who was your favorite character and why? No one in particular stood out. What three words best describe Jilly Bonds performance? Way too fast.At times in an effort to express certain characters, she raced through conversations.

Agnes Grey Audiobook by Anne Brontë
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Agnes Grey Audiobook by Anne Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Agnes Grey Author: Anne Brontë Narrator: Emilia Fox Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 10-09-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 209 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Drawing heavily from personal experience, Anne Brontë wrote Agnes Grey in an effort to represent the many 19th Century women who worked as governesses and suffered daily abuse as a result of their position. Having lost the family savings on risky investments, Richard Grey removes himself from family life and suffers a bout of depression. Feeling helpless and frustrated, his youngest daughter, Agnes, applies for a job as a governess to the children of a wealthy, upper-class, English family. Ecstatic at the thought that she has finally gained control and freedom over her own life, Agnes arrives at the Bloomfield mansion armed with confidence and purpose. The cruelty with which the family treat her however, slowly but surely strips the heroine of all dignity and belief in humanity. A tale of female bravery in the face of isolation and subjugation, Agnes Grey is a masterpiece claimed by Irish writer, George Moore, to be possessed of all the qualities and style of a Jane Austen title. Its simple prosaic style propels the narrative forward in a gentle yet rhythmic manner which continuously leaves the listener wanting to know more. Anne Brontë, the somewhat lesser known sister, was in fact the first to finish and publish Agnes Grey under the pseudonym of Acton Bell. Charlotte and Emily followed shortly after with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. As Anne passed away from what is now known to be pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of just 29, she only published one further title; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. As feminist in nature as Agnes Grey, Anne's brave voice resonates and permeates during one of the most prejudiced and patriarchal times of English history. Narrator Biography Emilia Fox is an English stage, film and TV actress, best known for playing the role of Dr Nikki Alexander on the BBC's crime drama Silent Witness. Having been involved in the programme since 2004, she is now its longest serving cast member. Her other credits include Merlin, Pride and Prejudice and Rebecca, and her theatre background includes performances of The Cherry Orchard with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Emilia has also starred alongside Adrien Brody in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, beside Billie Piper and Dougray Scott in Things to Do Before You're 30 and with Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas in Keeping Mum. She has voiced many audiobooks for Audible, including Philippa Gregory's The White Queen, William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus and Victoria Hislop's The Island. Members Reviews: Loved it I loved Agnes Grey. Agnes is a young woman of incredible character, and her integrity, patience, prudence, forbearance, self-control, humility, forgiveness, tenderness, and compassion are to be admired. It is so important to read about people one would want to emulate and would aspire to be like, and Agnes Grey is one such person. The comparisons and contrasts between all of the book's characters was an insight into humankind, as well. And, the ending... I love anything Bronte Agnes Grey read by Emilia Fox is charming and engaging if not predictable (but who cares its a Bronte!). I thought the narrators voice was angelic and perfect for the meandering mind of the protagonist. I feel that I go back in time, that these audio books of stories from that century, make me feel like I am in my own time ship.

The Man Who Would Be King [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling
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The Man Who Would Be King [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Man Who Would Be King [Classic Tales Edition] Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 32 mins Language: English Release date: 08-09-16 Publisher: B. J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 67 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Through the sands of the scalding deserts of India, two loafing vagabonds follow a half-scribbled map, heading for a land they hope to conquer. Members Reviews: One mistake can brind down the whole structure The story follows two crooks from England, as far as I remember, who travel to Middle East and become kings; and by disregarding the previous beliefs they had loose it all. Good classic listen. Reading quite good. Don't expect it to be like the movie. They're each good in their own rites. Ugh... Ok, I know this was a cheap buy, buy why, WHY, do we have British stories being narrated with American accents? I find this really hard to listen to. It just feels like it's all over the place. I'd never expect to hear a Stephen King or a Jim Butcher book narrated in a British accent... What a waste... I think I'll just give it back! Fantastic. Brilliantly written and brilliantly read. The incredible story of two con men who attempt to swindle the tribes of the Middle East. Highly recommended. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Collector Audiobook by John Fowles
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The Collector Audiobook by John Fowles

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Collector Author: John Fowles Narrator: James Wilby Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 07-05-11 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 250 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Withdrawn, uneducated, and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools, he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom. Members Reviews: Masterful narration It's a powerful story of obsession and delusion. The perpetrator seem to see himself as the victim. I suppose he was the victim of a delusional mind. Hats off to James Wilby for his wonderful narration. Perfect Performance What did you love best about The Collector? This is a masterpiece of a first novel. What did you like best about this story? Bizarre and powerful. A compelling portrait of intriguing self-delusion. Which character as performed by James Wilby was your favorite? Wilby slips into the role so effortlessly that one easily forgets that it isn't actually Ferdinand Clegg telling the story. Wilby should be nominated for an award. Slightly Disappointed This book is made up of the parts, first and last is through Ferdinand's perspective and the second is told by Miranda. I enjoyed the first section; however, having to listen to Miranda drone on and on and on was quite monotonous. Regarding the narration. Again, I enjoyed Ferdinand's character, Miranda was a bit whiny...and when there were two male characters at once, I really couldn't keep up with who was speaking. Overall, our was a just okay read for me. Creepy! The story starts out creepy & stays that way right until the end. John Fowles has done a brilliant job of creating these characters, particularly Frederick, who seems as though he ought to be as harmless as the butterflies he collects - but who is anything but. "Gripping" would be a good adjective for this one. It is a remarkably well written story, my favourite so far of the Fowles books available on the Audible book store. It's compelling from beginning to end. Fantastic first person book, amazing narration Any additional comments? The Collector is one of the best first person books I've listened to. The narration is fantastic. The main character is painted with such clairty, creepy, chilling, fantastic book. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Romeo and Juliet Audiobook by William Shakespeare
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Romeo and Juliet Audiobook by William Shakespeare

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Romeo and Juliet Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Kate Beckinsale, full cast, Michael Sheen Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 02-06-02 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 179 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Here is the full-cast production of Shakespeare's classic love story, fully dramatized from the complete text, and starring Michael Sheen as Romeo and Kate Beckinsale as Juliet. Members Reviews: Sound Quality is the only drawback The sound quality of this production made me imagine someone propping a microphone in front of a television showing Romeo & Juliet being performed. It's tinny-sounding, and there are background sounds of birds, wind, feet scuffling, etc, which dilute and diminish the voices to a small degree. It's not unbearable, just a bit distracting. On the positive side, the actors are very good. Listening to this play was different from reading it on paper, or seeing it performed live... I caught different strands of relationship between the characters. The Nurse, played by Fiona Shaw, was especially brilliant. Great Language Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorite Shakespearean works. The language is so beautiful and the voices bring out the wonderfulness of the book. The full cast is the best way to listen to a book on tape. They even have celebrity readers (Kate Beckinsale: Pearl Harbor, Serendipity). If you like Shakespeare, romance, or tragedy than this is a great choice. If not, this is still worthwhile just for the beautiful language. MICHAEL SHEEN FREAKING ROCKS!!! Would you consider the audio edition of Romeo and Juliet to be better than the print version? WITHOUT DOUBT, THIS RENDITION OF R+J WAS THE BEST I HAVE EVERY EXPERIENCED! I majored in theatre and so I have seen more than my fair share of Shakespeare interpretations. This audiobook version has revived my passion for this play and I no have a renewed sense of interest in the performers. I am anxious to see what they produce next!!! Any additional comments? MORE MICHAEL SHEEN, PLEASE!!!!!!!!! Better than school I have to teach this play in a continuation high school and the combination of excellent sound effects and superbly spoken text make this audiobook an ideal vehicle to bring the play to the students. Good for classroom use I use this audio to allow students to follow the story while still using their imagination. However, the kiss is so cheesy that we had to stop the tape and let the class laugh for a long time. A year later, they still chuckle over that kiss. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Martin Chuzzlewit Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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Martin Chuzzlewit Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Martin Chuzzlewit Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Sean Barrett Format: Unabridged Length: 33 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 08-27-10 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 203 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Chuzzlewits are a family divided by money and selfishness; even young Martin, the eponymous hero, is arrogant and self-centred. He offends his grandfather by falling in love with the latters ward, Mary, and sets out to make his own fortune in life, travelling as far as America- which produces from Dickens a savage satire on a new world tainted with the vices of the old. Martins nature slowly changes through his bitter experience of life and his enduring love for Mary. Martin Chuzzlewit is one of Dickenss most humorous and satirical novels, and it contains two great comic creations: the hypocrite Pecksniff and the drunken nurse Sarah Gamp. Members Reviews: It's worth the wait The first few chapters of this delightful story center around one nasty character after another. Don't give up because there are dear friends to get to know -- Tom & Ruth, John, Mark Tapley (the best of all), young Martin at last, and more. I didn't want the story to end. The narrator is brilliant, with perhaps the best characterization of all being that of Sarah Gamp, whose fracturing of the English language is outrageously funny. I can't imagine reading her lines -- they must be unintelligible. Hearing them made me laugh out loud. And Dickens' satire of America is broad but true -- where every man has the title of "Major" or "General", befouls every surface with copious quantities of spat tobacco juice, brags about himself and his nation, swindles, and is cock-sure and greedy. He certainly nailed the worst of our faults, and, once again, presents the flaws and beauties of human nature. Enjoy! not my favorite Dickens.... but I confess I waded through the first hours getting hopelessly confused, but being a Dickens' fan I persevered. Then It occurred to me I could find the manuscript on line and straighten all the characters out in my mind. From then on I was hooked. It's a delicious satire that I enjoyed as long as it was based in England, cringed when it moved to America and smiled as Dickens resolves it all with full appropriate recompense. Sean Barrett's performance was masterful sorting out the many characters. Great book, good narrator This is a wonderful novel with some especially colorful imagery at various points. The narrator is a little bland when speaking as the narrator, but his character voices are rich and varied, and leave nothing wanting. excellent narration - excellent book This is the first book I have listened to that was narrated by Sean Barrett. He is an excellent voice actor and brings each character to life. It is very easy to follow even though the plot can be quite complex. A very enjoyable audio book. Dickens Comes to America! Written in 1843, this is an excellent Dickens novel that deserves to be as well known as say Oliver Twist or Great Expectations. The author???s typical tongue-in-cheek humour is very present throughout the work. The number of characters is reasonable, they are relatively fleshed out and it is easy for the reader to sympathize with many. Surprisingly in a Dickens work, some live through phases of introspection and evolve significantly. The plot is characteristically implausible and includes completely improbable coincidences. It does however entail quite a bit of suspense.

Anne of the Island Audiobook by L. M. Montgomery
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Anne of the Island Audiobook by L. M. Montgomery

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Anne of the Island Author: L. M. Montgomery Narrator: Colleen Winton Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 06-04-14 Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 197 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Anne of the Island was published in 1915, seven years after the best-selling Anne of Green Gables, partly because of the continuing clamor for more Anne from her fans - a fan base that continues to grow today! In this continuation of the story of Anne Shirley, Anne leaves Green Gables and her work as a teacher in Avonlea to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in Anne of Green Gables) of taking further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane enroll as well, as does Anne's friend from Queen's Academy, Priscilla Grant. During her first week of school, Anne befriends Philippa Gordon, a beautiful girl whose frivolous ways charm her. Philippa (Phil for short) also happens to be from Anne's birthplace of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia. Anne, always the good scholar, studies hard, but she also has many life lessons. This book sees Anne leave behind girlhood to blossom into a mature young woman. Members Reviews: Wonderful series of books! I have enjoyed reading the series of books as a younger adult and now I am enjoying listening to them in my middle-age. In terms of narrator I thought that Colleen Winton was wonderful, it was nice to hear a Canadian accent for a very classic Canadian work of literature. well done! Super!!!!!!! This audio book was more than very much enjoyable. I laughed, I cried, and most importantly, I smiled. This book is all and more than what I hoped for Anne when she was older. It is filled with twists and turns! Anne is officially my favourite heroine. The narration was pretty good. It was filled with expression and made the story enjoyable. That is why I rated it the way I did. (L. M. Montgomery ROCKS!!) ;) Kindred Spirits will love this Audio books This reader captures Anne's spirit and voice and is versatile enough create unique audio personalities for all of Lucy's beloved characters. I lost myself in Kingsport, Bolingbrook and best of all, Avonlea. This book was truly enjoyable and with a cry-worthy ending. Good story and performance While I liked Mary Sarah's portrayals of the characters better this was a good performance. There is one glitch in the editing as well. I am not as pleased with the plot and path of the story as I was the first two but I did enjoy it. Loved this book At first, it was hard getting used to listening to Colleen Winton. After listening to Anne of Green Gable's read by Rachel McAdams. But after a few chapters I adjusted and really liked Colleen Winton's voice throughout the book. I loved the first book and this one was just as good, if not better. 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: Simon Prebble Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 03-23-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 209 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is a sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris with a complex plot portraying the results of terror and treason, love and supreme sacrifice. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.opening line of A Tale of Two Cities It was the time of the French Revolution, a time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens dramatic story of adventure and courage unfolds. Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, the gentle Lucie Manette, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could now take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it, however, the two are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman, Charles Darnay, falsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom: Sydney Carton, a dissolute barrister. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once, as the two mens fates become intertwined with that of the Revolution. And there is Madame Defarge, a female revolutionary who has an implacable grudge against the aristocratic Evrémonde dynasty and who knits as she watches the beheadings. The storming of the Bastille, the death carts with their doomed human cargo, the swift drop of the blade of La Guillotinethis is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures. Brilliantly plotted, the novel is rich in drama, romance, and heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine. Critic Reviews: Beginning and ending with some of English literatures most famous lines, Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities thrives on tension and conflict, all set against a bloody backdrop of the French RevolutionThrough the senses, Dickens transports us deeper and deeper into another era with each turn of the page. Smell the acidity of red wine as it spills on the streets and ominously stains the faces, hands, and feet of peasants who lap it up in desperation; feel the competing emotions of heartache and hope as one of Lucies suitors stands trial; hear the cries of the raging mob and the clangs of their weapons as they storm the Bastille; see the glint of the guillotine as it falls swiftly to its victim below. The novels sense of urgency and intimacy will draw you in and propel you through one of the most tumultuous times in history. (Oprahs Book Club) Members Reviews: Horrible Recording! I bought this on sale. The audio is horrible! Every time the narrator begins to speak, the first second/syllable is cut off. I would not buy THIS version. Look for another... Best of Listens, Worst of Listens What did you love best about A Tale of Two Cities? I love that it gave a clear view of the French Revolution and an understanding of the celebration for the people's storming of the Bastille. Dickens opening page that it was the best of times and the worst of times, gives a clear picture to the two opposing sides of this bloody history, when the good side descends into the worst of human behaviour. It opens with the very best lines, that sum up each point along the continuum of human history.

Beowulf Audiobook by Francis B. Gummere (translator)
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Beowulf Audiobook by Francis B. Gummere (translator)

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Beowulf Author: Francis B. Gummere (translator) Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs Language: English Release date: 03-26-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 17 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When sleep was at its deepest, night at its blackest, up from the mist-filled marsh came Grendel stalking.... Thus begins the battle between good and evil, for lying in wait and anxious to challenge the ogre Grendel is a young man, strong-willed and fire-hearted. This man is Beowulf, whose heroic dragon-slaying deeds were sung in the courts of Anglo-Saxon England more than a thousand years ago. Beowulf is our only native English heroic epic. In the figure of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior, and his struggles against monsters, the unknown author depicts the life and outlook of a pagan age. The poem is a subtle blending of themes on the conflict between good and evil, and an examination of heroism. Its skillful arrangement of incidents and use of contrast and parallel show it to be the product of a highly sophisticated culture. This version of Beowulf is the translation by Francis B. Gummere. Members Reviews: Wonderfully Grim, Austere, Beautiful Beowulf This is a great audiobook Beowulf! The translation by Francis B. Gummere apparently follows closely the Anglo-Saxon original, even to the alliterative verse and kennings, so that listening to it gives one the illusion of listening to the "real" poem. And Rosalyn Landor does a fine job with it, using her deep and gravitas-filled voice effectively, building a dark momentum and sounding heroic and wyrd-filled and cool. The scenes with Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon are all exciting and imaginative, and the scenes of interaction between Beowulf and Hrothgar and the other Scyldings are fascinating. Highly recommended! very good translation this is the translation that I have listened to several times over the years and it was a favorite of mine and still serves, but again, see my other reviews of B. At times Gummere tries very hard to keep the alliterative element of the original in the lines. Get the Seamus Heaney version of this story. This feels like an Old English translation not a modern English audio book. This makes it hard to follow both in story and speech. I highly recommend the Seamus Heaney version. It is abridged but that works to its advantage because this Francis B. Gummere version feels overwhelming, and more like a reading assignment than a leisurely read. See my Seamus Heaney version review for a good comparison before you buy. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

David Copperfield Audiobook by Charles Dickens
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David Copperfield Audiobook by Charles Dickens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: David Copperfield Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Martin Jarvis Format: Unabridged Length: 34 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 11-15-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 525 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal. Public Domain ©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2014 Audible, Inc. Members Reviews: Perfect narrator for one of the best classics. Reading David Copperfield is always a great pleasure, but listening to a superb reader makes is doubly so. I have listened to four different people narrate this classic, and Jarvis stands tall as the best. He simply offers an outstanding performance. There's no need to give a synopsis of David Copperield, I just want to encourage Audible members to choose this version since the reader makes it more enjoyable than other performers who have narrted the classic tale. Download it and travel back in time to the Dickensian world. David Copperfield - Perfection This audio book is, in my opinion, quite simply the most rewarding listening possible. David Copperfield is rightly considered a classic. It is a wonderful book that sweeps through a life and has such characters in it as would pitch the listener between pity, anger and farce. I lost count of the times I laughed out loud and on several occasions I was moved almost to tears. This reading enhances the reputation of classic in almost every way. Superb narration, diction and tempo, consistent and effortless characterizations and a pretty good recording make this audio book the highlight of my Audible association. Can't recommend this any higher Enchanting. This was the first audiobook I have ever listened to, and I am so glad I chose this one for my initiation. Martin Jarvis is simply amazing; a truly talented man. I never tired of listening to his voice-- his accent is perfect. He performs all of the voices of the characters (which are numerous) with such skill, it almost felt like I was listening to a whole cast rather than this one amazing actor. The book itself is wonderful. I was never fond of reading Dickens, but hearing it "performed" in this manner has made me a Dickens fan. You won't regret listening to this one. Absorbing story expertly narrated I was a real pleasure listening to this book. Martin Jarvis is a master. He is perhaps my favorite narrator of all. His voice is lovely, and he has created a dozen or so unique character voices that he somehow manages to keep straight throughout. Moreover, he moves effortlessly between character and narrator, giving us a seamless listen. The story itself is so rich in description and detail that I am transported body and soul to Victorian England. The dialog is beautifully written and makes me yearn for the gentility of centuries past. Highly recommended. Brilliant Narrator Martin Jarvis' narration of this book was nothing short of brilliant. He really made the characters come to life and coloured in the story. It was like seeing a black and white film in colour for the first time. I'm working my way through all of Dickens books and am really glad I got this one. I'll certainly be looking forward to hearing more of Jarvis. This book was not quite as action packed and fraught with evil deeds as some of Dickens' other works, but it's a good tale all the same. It's fascinating to watch as the characters develop and change over time. It's fun, positive and full of characters that seem like old friends by the time you finish.

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: Ric Jerrom Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 02-27-15 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 20 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Jim, the first mate aboard a small steamer named the Patna, travels from port to port in the Pacific Ocean. When the ship hits floating wreckage, Jim and the crew are forced to abandon it, leaving hundreds of ethnic travelers onboard. However, Jim's reprehensible actions are soon discovered by the court, and he is compelled to face his guilt and redeem himself - a journey that leads him to a remote exotic location where he is revered as the Lord, "Tuan Jim". Through beautifully evocative descriptions and ponderous philosophical prose, Conrad delivers a powerful novel about one man's struggle to reconcile who he would like to be with who he actually is. Members Reviews: Wow! This Blew My Mind. This was yet another incredible story written in breathtaking prose by Joseph Conrad and masterfully narrated by Ric Jerrom. This one hit me hard because Conrad is so brilliant in his description of the characters and what they felt and thought about themselves and about others that you can't help but feel and think like Jim observing himself (as you observe yourself) and then switch roles and think and feel like, say, Marlow (yes, the same Marlow from The Heart of Darkness) judging Jim. You get to know these characters quickly and then gradually become them, seeing everything from their point of view. The superb narration by Ric Jerrom only facilitated this process. Too bad that this, as far as I know, is the only book of Conrad that he has narrated. As for the story and what it is about ... well, you can read the Audible blurb for that which, in my opinion, says too much. Suffice it to say that this is a story of self-discovery, judgment and redemption, as one sees himself and as others see him. This was a GREAT experience. Extravagant wording from another age. Give me Kipling. This book is one long pomposity of self importance. It is worth at least a partial hearing if for no other reason then as a peep hole into the other side of Kipling's world. "Plain Tails From The Hills" is timeless. Nursery School Narrator Would you try another book written by Joseph Conrad or narrated by Ric Jerrom? Unfortunately, Conrad's masterpiece is ruined by a narrator enunciating every word as if he is a primary school teacher reading to a class of infants on the rug at the end of the day. He over emphasises words and adds a cheery spin to far too many, totally out of keeping with the serious, thoughtful narrator Marlowe. Be warned - a superb novel ruined by absurdly glib narration. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Can You Forgive Her? Audiobook by Anthony Trollope
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Can You Forgive Her? Audiobook by Anthony Trollope

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Can You Forgive Her? Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Format: Unabridged Length: 28 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 02-26-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 447 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Can You Forgive Her? is the first of the six in the Palliser series. Trollope inextricably binds together the issues of parliamentary election and marriage, of politics and privacy. The values and aspirations of the governing stratum of Victorian society are ruthlessly examined, and none remains unscathed. But above all Trollope focuses on the predicament of women. 'What should a woman do with her life?' asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman, from her friend, the uncomfortably married Lady Glencora, to her aunt, the coquettish Mrs. Greenow, as well as her clear-headed cousin, Kate. Alice is torn between marrying her ambitious but violent cousin George or the bland but gentlemanly John Grey, ending up both accepting and rejecting each of them in turn and thus transgressing from the Victorian moral code. In contrast, her friend Lady Glencora is forced to marry the rising politician Plantagenet Palliser to prevent the worthless Burgo Fitzgerald from wasting her vast fortune. Trollope was considered one of the most successful and respected English writers of the Victorian era. With more than 40 published novels, they are regarded by some as among the greatest of 19th-century fiction. Many of his works covered political, social and gender issues. Fans of his work have included former British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Sir John Major. 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. Members Reviews: Superb performance and sound This is a review of the audiobook narrated by Timothy West, not a review of the novel per se. (I would advise new readers/listeners to Trollope to start with Barchester Towers.) This is an superb performance of Trollope's speaking narrative. Trollope, I think, would love it; it is entirely in Trollope's service. Trollope's style, syntax, and voice are all excellently rendered throughout the 28 hours of storytelling. The acoustic quality is consistently perfect throughout all 28 hours. If West made any mistakes, they were edited out perfectly. The microphone was placed perfectly. I listened to the Audible enhanced MP3 format, which is 800 MB for the unabridged novel. The recording is so good that the lighter MP3 formats are sure to be of the highest quality also. West's differentiation of individual characters is excellent, as each narrative voice is specific and recognizable and yet not delivered with extravagance. West's aim is to be expressive yet subtle. (Perhaps the subplot with Mrs. Greenow and her two suitors is a bit extravagant, but that is as Trollope wishes.) West renders sustained dramatic dialogue perfectly (very important for one of Trollope's greatest strengths), with just the right timing and nuances of tone.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mrs. Dalloway Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Phyllida Law Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 05-05-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 50 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The events of the story occupy a single June day in post-World War I Central London, as wealthy and fashionable society hostess Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party she is to give that evening. Through her thoughts and memories, the voices of others who have touched on her life and will attend her party, Virginia Woolf shows her genius as a writer who is both accessible and popular. Members Reviews: Captivating Narration. This is my first time going through this novel, so I don't feel ready to comment on its content (I must let it sink in first). However, this narration was perfect. It's not easy to find such a heartfelt dramatization. I definitely recommend it. Still Applies to Today What made the experience of listening to Mrs. Dalloway the most enjoyable? Phyllida Law was a fantastic narrator for Mrs. Dalloway. Her reading of it made the novel flow perfectly and she helped me understand more of the novel because of her expert reading. What did you like best about this story? Mrs. Dalloway could still be applied today. The characters are so relatable and their problems are common. This novel tells a beautiful tale of life as we all know it and the trials we go through. Which character as performed by Phyllida Law was your favorite? My favorite character as performed by Phyllida Law was Clarissa Dalloway. Clarissa seems at first to be a simple character but due to the reading by Phyllida Law we are able to see much more of the complications in Clarissa's life. If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? Growing into Society Enjoyable surprise One day, and what a day! All seems serene, but there is a wealth of passion and event. You do need to be skilled in reading/listening between the lines, and if not, this will be an excellent exercise. I expected to have to draw on my patience to listen to this book, but instead found that I was always impatient to get back to it. Phylida Law knows exactly how to narrate this amazing book. Phyllida Law--Awesome reader Would you listen to Mrs. Dalloway again? Why? Woolf's book is more prose poetry than prose and deserves to be read/ listened to multiple times. This recording with Phyllida Law is incredible. She reads with a lovely cadence and brings the book to life. Who was your favorite character and why? Septimus touched me the most. What does Phyllida Law bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? The poetry of the work Law brings that to life with her reading. Never a dull moment. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I had tried to read it a few times before but just couldn't get into it. However, Law's reading brings the poetry to life and helped me understand the work better. My appreciation for Woolf has grown immensely. A bore then a snore... While I really wanted to love it, about half way through, I start using it as a sleep aid..... It worked. 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: David Thorn Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 08-22-07 Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 184 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Set and written in 1726, This is a marvelously imaginative tale of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver. He finds himself shipwrecked and the prisoner of captors ranging in size from 6 inches tall to 60 feet tall and of various other persuasions. But this is just the beginning of a story written, strangely enough to satirize the foolishness and vices of modern men as they were perceived at the time. No one, young or old, can ever forget the Lilliputians and the Yahoos that starred in these wonderful and riveting stories of long ago. Jonathan Swift (16671745) was an Irish novelist, satirist, poet and political essayist. From a very literary family, his uncle married the daughter of a godson of William Shakespeare, Swift was very well educated, receiving an MA from Oxford University and a Doctorate in Divinity from Trinity College in Dublin. An ordained priest in the Established Church of Ireland, Swift began writing satire, inspired by his misery in his profession. Politically active, Swift incurred the enmity of enough British nobles, that his career as a minister was over. Swift began writing novels, while also writing political pamphlets promoting Irish causes. Swift's best known work, Gulliver's Travels is filled with satiric references to his current events, and was an immediate hit, written anonymously, it had to be smuggled into Ireland. The Queen was not amused. Critic Reviews: "A masterwork of irony...that contains both a dark and bitter meaning and a joyous, extraordinary creativity of imagination. That's why it has lived for so long." (Malcom Bradbury) "Swift is such a creature of paradox. His prose was like himself, by turns savage, tidy, playful, and ironic. He was a comic genius." (The Economist) Members Reviews: Excellent reading, some recording goofs I'm not here to review the novel but to review the reading and recording of it as it's presented here. The reader's English accent is delightful, though, if you're not reading along with the text version, he does slur some words together when he is reading a part quickly. He also doesn't read the text word-for-word at times (substitutions, word order inversions, skipped words) but, so far, not too much and not to affect meaning (much). There are several recording goofs, where the reader rereads words and sentences, but not often. Overall, I've enjoyed reading along with this reader/performer. He does a fine job bringing Cpt. Gulliver to life. Terrific Narration, Very interesting story Written about 300 years ago this story has aged very well and Gulliver's adventures are event today very entertaining. Gulliver's Travels was meant to mock the hordes of books about adventurous travels released at the time which often exaggerated the dangers faced and the belitteled the intellect of the natives encountered. And so Gulliver meets giants, tiny people, horses which rule over men and people living on a floating island. In addition to the entertainment value these episodes hold it is also very interesting to see how critical Jonathan Swift was of English society and values.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: King Solomon's Mines Subtitle: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation Author: H Rider Haggard Narrator: David Sturzaker, Tim McInnenry, full cast Format: Original Recording Length: 1 hr and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 05-04-17 Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 10 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Tim McInnerny stars as Allan Quatermaine in this dramatic full-cast BBC Radio 4 adaptation of H Rider Haggard's classic Victorian novel. A chance meeting with Sir Henry Curtis and his friend John Good leads professional game hunter Allan Quatermaine on a dangerous expedition to the uncharted, hostile heart of Africa. Curtis's brother disappeared while searching for the legendary diamond mine of King Solomon, and he needs Quatermaine's expertise to re-trace his brother's journey. Quatermaine agrees to Curtis's generous terms, on the condition that the money is paid to his son if he does not survive. Joined by the imposing, mysterious Zulu Umbopa, the trio set off into the unknown. As they journey from the barren desert to the precipitous mountains, they discover clues from a past adventurer, now dead - and come close to death themselves. They encounter fierce Kukuana warriors, the beautiful Foulata, the blood-thirsty King Twala and his ancient, evil witch-finder Gagool but will they find the mine and the treasure that is rumoured to lie within it? And if they do, will they make it out alive? This vivid dramatisation of Haggard's popular adventure story is a combination of thrilling treasure hunt, suspenseful mystery and gripping psychological drama. Among the cast are Sope Dirisu and Adjoa Andoh. Members Reviews: Excellent production Another fantastic BBC dramatization. Held our interest during a long ride. Acting and sound effects are superb. We left out loud several times at the humorous parts. I wish BBC produced more of these. dated but faithful certain story elements are politically correct for todays extreme left standards, nonetheless I'm glad they remained faithful to the story. good listen A fantastic story Tim McInnerny (Lord Percy + Captain Darling from Blackadder series) plays intrepid explorer Allan Quatermain. All three of the classic novels dramatised by the BBC, and added to Audible this month, have been excellent and are highly recommended. The other two are: War of the Worlds, H G Wells Journey to the centre of the Earth, Jules Verne 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: Martin Jarvis Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 01-19-06 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 784 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'; so the recording begins and ends with some of Dickens' best-known words, and between those lines is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, the audiobook tells the story of a French doctor who is imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille in Paris. Upon his release, he moves to London with his daughter, Lucie, whom he had never met. She marries but there is conflict between her husband and the people who decades earlier caused her father's imprisonment. Set against the backdrop of the conditions that led up to the French Revolution, it depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy and the brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries during the Reign of Terror, towards the former aristocrats. Dickens was one of eight children from a very poor family, with his father eventually being sent to debtor's prison. Dickens began work at the age of 12 to help clear the family debt. It was this troublesome childhood that provided him with much of the material for his novels and lent him a sympathetic voice for the poor. 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. He 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 was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Members Reviews: A Rediscovery of an Old Friend My mother, an English teacher for many years, impressed a deep love for the classics upon me. Dickens remains a personal favorite as I love the depth of his characters, the movement of the action, and the timeliness of his stories. Tale is a perfect example of Dickens' writing at its finest. Weaving an intricate story of family and friends embroiled in the French Revolution, the author leaves the listener on edge at the end of every chapter; one simply cannot hit the pause button but instead must know what happens next. When I was in tenth grade (many more years ago than I care to admit), my class read this novel, and we actually read it aloud. Suffice it to say, the narrator of this version has much more talent than my classmates and me. :) The narrator absolutely brought this book to life. The character voices were outstanding (although the one for Lucy was a bit odd, but it worked OK). You could not only hear but feel the passion of the marvelous text. I hope you enjoy this lovely version. I believe it's one you'll want to turn to again and again. Truly exceptional This is an absolutely outstanding audiobook.

Villette Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë
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Villette Audiobook by Charlotte Brontë

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Villette Author: Charlotte Brontë Narrator: Nadia May Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 08-25-06 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 69 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Left by harrowing circumstances to fend for herself in the great capital of a foreign country, Lucy Snowe, the narrator and heroine of Villette, achieves by degrees her independence from both outer necessity and inward grief. Lucy flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new life as a teacher at a French boarding school in the cosmopolitan capital of Villette. But her struggle for independence is soon overshadowed by her friendship with a worldly English doctor and her feelings for an autocratic schoolmaster. Brontë's strikingly modern heroine must decide if there is any man in her society with whom she can live and still be free. Critic Reviews: "May convincingly portrays the many moods and complex character of Charlotte Brontë's heroine....Her many voices, with subtle timing, sweep us at a quick clip through a narrative of psychological insight and vividly rendered places, people, and landscapes." (AudioFile) "Villette! Villette! Have you read it? It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power." (George Eliot) "Brontë's finest novel." (Virginia Woolf) Members Reviews: Only good if you're over analyzing I want to start off by saying the woman who reads this book is wonderful. However, Villette is one of Charlotte Brontë's lesser known novels for good reason. Most of what is written is irrelevant to the plot and the ending is very unsatisfying. It's definitely not a pleasure read and I only suggest reading it to study the narcissistic tendencies of the main character. Great performance, boring story What would have made Villette better? A plot Would you ever listen to anything by Charlotte Brontë again? Yes, because I like some of her other works What about Nadia Mays performance did you like? So often British performers (at least the inexperienced ones) fall into the trap of letting their voice fall in the same exact way over and over, but Nadia May fluctuated her voice perfectly so that your ear never tired of listening to her voice. Her performance makes you forget that she is reading to you. Her French accent is superb and often throughout the book the passages are in untranslated French. If I were reading on my own this would probably be an issue, but because of the way Nadia reads it I was able to catch the meaning of the language without knowing exactly what was said. You didnt love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? The performance of Nadia May is the biggest redeeming quality. Other than that, this book struck me as one that you really need to analyze to enjoy. Bronte uses a lot of symbolism and if you don't know her background as the author you may not be privileged to fully comprehending what she is getting at in Villette. Any additional comments? This story was insanely boring.

Around the World in Eighty Days (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Jules Verne
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Around the World in Eighty Days (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Jules Verne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Around the World in Eighty Days (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Jules Verne Narrator: David Colacci Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 11-21-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Pragmatic gambler Phileas Fogg has made a gentlemanly wager to the members of his exclusive club: that he can circle the world in just eighty days, right down to the minute. Fetching his newly appointed French valet, Fogg embarks on a fabulous journey across land and sea - by steamer, rail, and elephant - to win the bet of a lifetime. Inspired by Jules Verne's own sea travels and his fascination with circumnavigating the globe, the avid dreamer's picaresque voyage inspired generations of adventurers who were eager to best Verne's challenge - from nineteenth-century journalist Nellie Bly to Monty Python's Michael Palin. 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 Around the World in Eighty Days, this edition of Around the World in Eighty Days (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Around the World in 80 Days Everyone knows the basic story, but reading the book was quite painful and not enjoyable for a middle schooler who chose it from the summer reading list. It's written in a stuffy, 19th century style, which is great if one enjoys such writing. As an adult, I love the stuff, but it really was hard to wade through the formal prose and starchy descriptions. I don't recommend modernizing it, although that would introduce it to a generation that will otherwise not make an effort. Accompanies the Video Trip Having seen this television series of Michael Palin's trip, this is a nice way to refresh the memory. I understand that the book follows the video series very closely. I intend to read it at some time. I got it for my late husband and he did enjoy reading it. Mr. Palin's observations of the world were very interesting. David Niven was a perfect choice. Wonderful book. It evoked my memories of the original movie I watched in younger days. It is also quite a lesson in changing perceptions AND realities. It was, after all, written 143 years ago, and the world has changed a bit. Now you can circumnavigate the globe without even an engine (solar airplane), but between Homeland Security, customs officials everywhere, infrastructure maintenance failures and other modern inconveniences, Mr. Fogg's record might beat yours if you attempted the same route. I wonder if TripAdvisor could set me up . . . Good translation and nice themes One of the more simple works of Verne in my opinion. Good translation and nice themes. The characters themselves didn't attract me a great deal. Fine quality book and a fairly easy read. I Always Love This One I give it five stars. It's always a favorite. I read it with my eleven year old in our homeschool. She said, "It's not my favorite book, but it's okay." I, on the other hand, love the beauty behind the message of Mr. Fogg's journey. It would seem as though there really are some things in life that mean more than glory and riches. ;) Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Swiss Family Robinson Audiobook by Johann Wyss
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Swiss Family Robinson Audiobook by Johann Wyss

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Swiss Family Robinson Author: Johann Wyss Narrator: Jack Sondericker Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 08-21-12 Publisher: Books in Motion Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 62 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: The Swiss Family Robinson recounts the adventures of a father, mother, and four sons marooned on a tropical island. The story unfolds beginning with the tragic storm that claims their ship and the lives of the captain and crew, continuing with their own harrowing battle with the elements and dangerous landing on the remote island shore, and onward through their ingenious use of the materials at hand to survive. They encounter adventure after adventure, with discovery following upon discovery until, at last, they must face the choice of staying on the island that has become their home, or return to a civilization they left behind. Members Reviews: An enjoyable classic well performed. Very enjoyable performance, excellent voice work and a nice steady, peaceful cadence, but not boring. I enjoyed the story even though it was quite different from the Disney movie adaptation. Delightful, relaxing and comforting. 1812 Classic - served authors purposes So this was my first read of Swiss Family Robinson and it sure wasn't like the movie. Per Wiki the author wrote it for his 4 sons as a means of educating them on morals, industry and to learn about the animals and plants of the world and their uses. A small way into the book I was confused and looked up where Swiss Family Robinson is set... it just didn't seem physically possible. This island has fir trees, palm trees, dates, mushrooms, sugar cane, bamboo, potatoes, sea weed and their fruit trees starts grew well. There is a desert, swamp, mountain top, cove, jungle, plain, sea shore... I was waiting for the volcano. Buffalo, apes, lions, tigers, bears, whales, sharks, wolves, cyotes, penquins, seals, walrus, shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, boa constrictors, pelicans, flamingos, rabbits, deer... for the convenience of writing about many... it was set in an imaginary part of the world where all plants and animals florish. The pattern of the book is they discover an animal or plant and dad tells them all about it... much like the first paragraph of wiki... then they kill it, eat it, use its parts for construction of home or make a pet of the babies. The four sons in the book learn the basic steps of doing things like animal husbandry, wine making, building a canoe, how to get sugar from a cane... I almost thought Wyss would never run out of new animals and situations to discuss with the sons. I read it immediately after reading Robinson Crusoe and found them not a bit alike. As an older adult reader, I loved the mental ramblings and creativity (much more accurately protrayed) of Crusoe. Young readers I am sure would like the non-stop adventures as the boys encounter new things and are encouraged in their adventures by their father. I was more than ready for it to end, but also glad to have read it. Good narrator. truly complete! Loved it! This is truly the complete unabridged version of my childhood favorite! I'm delighted! Very well presented!!! This has been one of our families FAVORITE audio books! Everyone from the 4 year old up to the 40 year old loved it! great classic I grow up watching the movie, the book is so much better. be warned though this is not for the PC crowd, they actually have to hunt and kill animals for food and the "mother" is actually proud to be a wife and a mother which in some circles today is considered sexist and misogynist. the narrator is great and really in bodies the father from the movie.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mysteries of Udolpho Author: Ann Ward Radcliffe Narrator: Alison Larkin Format: Unabridged Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 06-28-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 72 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: This was the most popular novel of Radcliffe's time; Radcliffe's portrayal of her heroine's inner life raised the Gothic romance to a new level. The atmosphere of fear and the gripping plot continue to thrill today. This is the story of the orphaned Emily St Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the Castle of Udolpho by her aunt's new husband Montoni. Here she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors which threaten to overwhelm her. Editorial Reviews: Ann Radcliffes most popular novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho, with its titular enigmatic castle, vivid landscapes, supernatural portents, and brooding characters is considered by many to be the standard by which all Gothic novels are judged. When her father dies, Emily is forced to live at the castle of her aunts new husband, the malevolent Count Montoni. The drama unfolds as Emily is treated cruelly by Montoni and alarming events constantly trouble her. Alison Larkin performs the grotesque and the sumptuous elements of the audiobook with equal dexterity, excelling at the villainous men who inhabit the story. If youre ready to escape into a romantic and chilling world, you won't want to stop listening to this classic tale. Members Reviews: Thank You, Audible Any additional comments? I have been waiting for this English classic to come out on audio for years. A brilliant performance by the narrator ranging from upper class English to serving maids, from lords to thieving brigands all rendered with exactness and enthusiasm that carries us through the narrative like a Harry Potter story. I'll have to reread my Jane Austen collection now that I can fully understand all her "Udolpho" references. One more benefit of this audio. Loved it! So great to have the privilege of listening to this on audio by award winning Alison Larkin who is in dazzling form here. She should win an award for her portrayal of the villainous Montoni who very much reminds me of Scar in The Lion King. Any serious fan of classic literature will recognize Ann Radcliffe as the grandmother of gothic fiction and the vampire craze we have to day owes much to her writing. This novel I believe was the first "best seller" and after listening one can understand why. What separates a great book like this from the popular Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse novels is the obvious well rounded education of Ms Radcliffe. For example at the heart of the novel's mystery are the rogue italian militias that roamed the Apenines and Ms Radcliffe makes glorious use of the dark history.Where else would we learn about that? In addition the sentence structure and descriptive details are some of the best in literature and Ms Larkin renders them like Horowitz playing Chopin. I've listened to it twice and look forward to at least a few more. A Classic, but not my style What disappointed you about The Mysteries of Udolpho? Though this book is one of the greatest classics of all time, and I hear it's never been out of print, I can't say I found it a compelling listen. I struggle a little with 18th and 19th century period pieces anyway, but this one seemed to be more than usually drawn out, and though there is a great deal of drama and high suspense, I found it all rather contrived.

Kidnapped Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Kidnapped Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Kidnapped Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: David Rintoul Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 02-19-16 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 16 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: When the naive David Balfour sets out on his quest for a long-lost relative, a terrifying chain of events is set in motion. He is plunged into a world of infamy and violence from which there seems no escape - until, that is, he meets the enigmatic and valiant Highlander, Alan Breck.... Kidnapped is a captivating novel set around Scottish events of the 18th century, most notably the Appin murder, the case of a highlander who was wrongly implicated in the shooting of a government official. Members Reviews: great story I thoroughly enjoyed the tale and loved the way it was presented. The characters seemed to come to life and the language was fascinating. Kidnapped I loved this book! I love R.L Stevenson's books. He writes fantastic adventures. Treasure Island was such a gem that I craved more of his high adventure, swashbuckling tales. The story is excellent. The characters are so well done. You feel the friendship between David and Alen by the end. Also the narration of he book and the narrator himself is awesome. He brings the story alive in setting that I wasn't used to (Scottish Highlands) and does the voices so well. Rather Wonderful Very satisfying voice by the narrator. Lots of interesting geography and history. Very dramatic. excellent. Great tale and well read Really loved the story, characters and narrative. Well read with good accents for the different characters. 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: Philippe Duquenoy Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 07-26-16 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 59 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: A Tale of Two Cities is a story of love, mystery, suspense, and action all rolled up into one beautifully written novel taking place in two prominent cities, Paris and London, during the French Revolution. The story follows the release and rehabilitation of Dr. Manette, a man falsely imprisoned in the Bastille in France for almost two decades. While trouble is brewing in France with citizens being starved and taxed to death, Dr. Manette is taken to London by Mr. Lorrie, a prominent business man, and Lucie, Dr. Manette's daughter. The process takes five years, but eventually Dr. Manette has overcome his troubled times in the Bastille and returns to practicing medicine alongside his perfect daughter Lucie. Dr. Manette and Lucie are asked to testify in a trial for Charles Darnay, who's accused of treason. Due to Lucie's compassionate testimony and a Charles Look-a-like, Sydney, Darnay is let off the hook and the love story begins. Both men fall in love in with sweet Lucie and she must choose which of the two men, who are complete opposites, she wants to be with. Lucie gets married to one of the men, who on the day of their wedding admits that he is not who they think he is, and is actually a French Noblemen and heir to the men who had Dr. Manette locked up in France. Meanwhile, back in France, a group called Citizens of the New Republic are rising up against the monarchy and noblemen. With tensions high, Lucie's husband sets off to France in secret, where he is arrested. Lucie and Dr. Manette have only a short amount of time to be able to save the nobleman, and an unlikely ally will come to the rescue to pay the ultimate sacrifice. Members Reviews: A Captivating Story & Fantastic Narration! From all of the works by Charles Dickens, this one is by far my favorite. A Tale of Two Cities follows the story of Dr. Manette who was falsely imprisoned in Bastille for almost 20 years, during the French Revolution, and in order to rehabilitate from his imprisonment, he is sent to London as citizens in France are being taxed and starved to death. Eventually, with the help of his daughter, Lucie, Dr. Manette becomes well enough to practice medicine again. The story takes a twist when the two are asked to testify against the treason of Charles Darnay; and during the trial, both Darnay and another man fall in love with Lucie. The man that she ends up getting married to will need her to come to his aid to avoid execution. In terms of classics, A Tale of Two Cities is a work of art in the English literary canon. Listening to or reading this text will give readers insight into the French Revolution, and Dickens vivid detail will make them feel like they were actually there. The decision to have Philippe Duquenoy narrate this book was a perfect call. He greatly compliments Dickens through his delightful accent, variety of voices for characters, and a clear narration style that makes it a pure joy to listen to and easy to follow along. Overall, readers and listeners will be able to lose themselves in this captivating novel, getting drawn into the story until the very last page. A great story made even greater with Mr. Duquenoys narration. Apropos to today's state of affairs The actions of Therese Defarge were justified when looking at the backdrop of how the citizens where treated.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Mystery of Edwin Drood Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: David Timson Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins Language: English Release date: 02-22-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 49 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Left unfinished after Dickens died in 1870, The Mystery of Edwin Drood centers 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 is included. Members Reviews: An Unfinished Potential Dark Classic The first chapter of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870) begins with a nightmarish opium-vision involving a cathedral spike on which an impaled body ought to be writhing, until the spike seems to resolve itself into the rusty post of an old bed, on which a man is "shaking from head to foot" as he lies next to the drug-stupored bodies of "a Chinaman" and "a Lascar," while the mistress of the den, "a haggard woman," offers him another lit pipe. Later that same day, the man dons his white robe and joins the choir of a Cathedral for the vesper service. Yikes, this is vintage Charles Dickens, but perhaps a Dickens with a darker urgency than in his earlier novels. The novel is mostly set in Cloisterham, a moribund Cathedral town peopled by or visited by plenty of "Dickensian" characters, ranging from the grotesque and comic to the malevolent and innocent, most equipped with idiosyncrasies. There are Edwin Drood and Rosa Bud, a pair of orphans engaged to be married from when they were infants by their fathers' wills; Neville and Helena Landless, mysterious orphan twins from Ceylon; Hiram Grewgious, the kind-hearted and "particularly angular" lawyer; Thomas Sapsea, the egotistical auctioneer/mayor; "Stony" Durdle, the alcoholic stonemason; Deputy, the demonic-cherubic stone-throwing urchin; Dick Datchery, the stranger with an unbelievably thick shock of white hair; Rev. Septimus Cripsarkle, the physically and spiritually fit minor canon; and the conflicted choirmaster John Jasper, uncle of Edwin and music teacher of Rosa. Dickens sets their fates in motion in a melodramatic murder mystery plot for which we can guess the identity of the villain early on but are left wondering about his psychology and fate, until we reach the end of Chapter Twenty-Three, at which point Dickens died, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870), tantalizingly half-finished. Dickens was a genius and a pro, so most of what he wrote has much of interest in it, and his last book is no different. Plenty of funny, original, and apt descriptions of his grotesque characters. "Miss Twinkleton, in her scholastic state of existence, "is as ignorant [of matters of the heart] as a granite pillar." The philanthropy of the great philanthropist Honeythunder "was of that gunpowderous sort that the difference between it and animosity was hard to determine." And Mrs. Billickin "came languishing out of her own exclusive back parlour, with the air of having been expressly brought-to for the purpose, from an accumulation of several swoons." Dickens of course also writes plenty of evocative descriptions of places, as in moonlight and sunlight scenes of the cathedral. "They enter, locking themselves in, descend the rugged steps, and are down in the Crypt.

Three Men in a Boat [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Jerome K. Jerome
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Three Men in a Boat [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Jerome K. Jerome

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Three Men in a Boat [Classic Tales Edition] Subtitle: To Say Nothing of the Dog Author: Jerome K. Jerome Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 03-23-16 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 42 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Three friends, one dog, one boat, one river. What could go wrong? Plenty. Even when the sailing is smooth, the stories never stop in Jerome K. Jerome's comic novel. Plaster fishes, dead water rats, near-death escapes, and many, many jocose anecdotes create a colorful narrative of holiday life on the river. For once three hypochondriacs self-diagnose themselves as "clearly overworked", the rest practically writes itself! Members Reviews: pleasant Nice, comical, well written story...just not my cup of tea. Those who are not addicted to stories with action will probably enjoy. A Classic, Funny Tale If you could sum up Three Men in a Boat [Classic Tales Edition] in three words, what would they be? Everything Goes Wrong Who was your favorite character and why? You get to be the most familiar with "J", the one telling the story. As such, he became my favorite. I felt the other two were there just to provide him with partners in this misadventure. Which character as performed by B. J. Harrison was your favorite? Jerome, or "J", the one telling the story. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? There were numerous moments in this book that had me laughing out loud. Any additional comments? The antics of the three young men and the dog can be downright hilarious as just about everything goes wrong. Along the way they also share stories about things that happened to family, friends or friends of friends. The story add even more amusing dimensions to this funny tale. If you are looking for a fairly short funny classic, this one is for you. P G Wodehouse it's NOT My husband and I take many car trips and love to listen to books - we've listened to every P G Wodehouse we could find and were totally charmed. Three Men and a Boat left us cold. After the ridiculous train scene where not even the engineer knew where the train was going, we gave up and didn't finish listening. If you've listened to and loved P G Wodehouse, I would recommend giving Three Men and a Boat a pass. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Black Beauty (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Anna Sewell
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Black Beauty (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Anna Sewell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Black Beauty (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Anna Sewell Narrator: Simon Vance Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 10-10-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: From the meadow of his youth to the crowded, frosty streets of London, Black Beauty tells the story of his life under many masters in Victorian England, among them the kind Squire Gordon, the principled Jeremiah Barker, and the exploitive Nicholas Skinner. No matter the circumstance, Beauty bears joy and hardship with grace, heeding his mother's advice to be good, gentle, and hardworking - always. At turns suspenseful, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, Black Beauty is a masterful tale promoting equality, compassion, and strength of character - and remains a treasured classic for animal lovers of all ages. 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 Black Beauty, this edition of Black Beauty (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Classic Sinclair I've read this over 20 years ago and I'm rereading it again, just to remind me what life is like if you don't speak up for your rights! Great Book from an era that we maybe repeating, hopefully not. In short, this a fictional (may have possibly happened) story is about an eastern European immigrant couple in search of the "American Dream", but due to extreme unsafe working/living conditions and class inequality, they ultimately succumb to the crushing wheels of progress of the Industrial Revolution. Makes you happy to live in this century This is the story of Jurgis, a Lithuaian immigrant who works in the stockyards of Chicago around the turn of the century. How much have we taken for granted in our day to day lives? Sinclair does a great job of conveying the terrible hardship faced by the unskilled labor force, and what gross injustices were plied against them in their ignorance. I couldn't escape the constant thought of "This could've been me." My ancestors were immigrants and undoubtedly worked in similar conditions.how possibly could people have survived with any hope, with any belief in the goodness of mankind? A telling, frightening story which everyone should be required to read. Beautifully written, compelling story line. Have times changed much? I'd like to think that packing houses are cleaner and safer now. However, the greed at the top is just as bad and this is what struck me most from the book. We seem to be in an environment of an increasing gap of wealth between the average worker and those at the top. Left unchecked, we might see a worker revolution here in the USA. The Jungle as Life This is an important reflection on U.S. society that shows that as much as things have changed in the last century, they really haven't. Originally written to inform and upset the public on the realities of the meat industry, it is also a lesson on survival and Darwinistic behaviors on all levels, and in all demographic sectors. The story goes into history, sociology, social psychology, civil studies, political science, agronomy, economy, and more.

The Making of a Marchioness Audiobook by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
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The Making of a Marchioness Audiobook by Frances Hodgson-Burnett

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Making of a Marchioness Author: Frances Hodgson-Burnett Narrator: Lucy Scott Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 07-01-11 Publisher: Persephone Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 235 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years' time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford's favourite books, was considered 'the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote' by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller. Members Reviews: A Sweet Romantic Tale This is a romance in the Victorian style. The characters are rather stylized and in the case of the protagonist, idealized. Nevertheless it is a sweet tale that drew me in and made me care about the two main characters. The goodness of the heroine might put off some listeners, but if you allow yourself to be pulled in and love her, the rest of the story will keep you in suspense and entertain you. A Sweet, Old-Fashioned Story I really enjoyed this story. You are drawn into it almost instantly. It is a sweet romance with the merest hint of thriller in it. While it is rather predictable, it can be forgiven if you remember that you are reading it for light entertainment and not for the pursuit of intellect. It is very wholesome and sweet, and I liked the characters. A Girl Rags-to-Riches story What did you like best about this story? I enjoyed this story. It is Horatio Algeristic (Is that a word?) in it's approach. A young woman, who is not petite and beautiful, always works hard for those that hire her to do their shopping and secretarial work. She gets to know some of the leading citizens of her era. She gets invited to a huge week + long party at a very wealthy lady's country place. She is there to work and she does so willingly. Her hard work makes her invulnerable to all the snide remarks that come her way and also makes her much loved by most. This is a fun story that takes place in England in the 1800s. I like the history and the story. You know everything comes out all right in the end, but it is still an enthralling listen. I will listen to this again with the children. ENJOYED IT Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Outstanding narrator. Curious story with a very well-drawn heroine. Interest in the heroine kept me reading. What about Lucy Scotts performance did you like? Lucy Scott has a wonderful voice and uses it to full effect. o.k. story Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? I like Frances Hodgson-Burnett stories from my childhood, but her sentiments towards people of color can be viewed as racist in today's world. This book is quite obvious about the Englishman's fear and distrust of the Indian of dark skin. However, the author is most likely truthfully portraying what the British ladies were saying about Indians at that time. The narrator did a great job reading the story except when it came to the voice of the main character. She made the character so silly sounding that it was hard to like the character much. Overall, I am glad I listened to the story. It was not long and did not stress the grey matter while I washed dishes and cooked. Would you be willing to try another book from Frances Hodgson-Burnett? Why or why not? yes.

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: David McCallion Format: Unabridged Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 11-28-17 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 11 votes Genres: Classics, British Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in 1915, Of Human Bondage is widely considered to be Somerset Maughams masterpiece and is believed to have been at least partially based on Maughams own life. This is the tale of Philip Carey, who is orphaned at a young age and raised by his uncle. Of Human Bondage follows Philip on his travels to Paris, London, and Germany, taking the listener on an adventure of discovery as his travels brings him new discoveries and emotional growth. Philips life takes a turn for the worse when he meets Mildred Rogers and begins a destructive relationship that will have lasting consequences. Orphaned at ten years old, W. Somerset Maugham was raised by his paternal uncle who provided little guidance and warmth during his childhood. Instead of going into law like other members of his family, he decided to become an author and was considered to be one of the most successful of his era. Members Reviews: Young man with club foot sets out in a variety of experiences seeking happiness. A young man with a club foot., who had lost both parents, under the guidance of a relative, sets out seeking happiness and fulfillment. From childhood to maturity, he goes through a number of experiences, some good and some bad, until he finds what he really wants. The various experiences vary from foolish and self-defeating, to realistic and mature. It is difficult to imagine anyone going through the things he tries when seeking his life's work, from an artist in Paris to finally becoming a doctor in England, but for demonstrating his maturing process and his final goal for happiness, Maugham goes somewhat to extreme. However, it is good reading and a classic. A very good novel, albiet quite long A very good novel, albiet quite long. Story of a man's life from birth to middle age. Worth the time and effort to read. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com