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1984

1984

by George Orwell

Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this dramatically popular book.George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured a...

Narrator: Simon Prebble
Published: 01/01/2007
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Brave New World

Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

Originally published in 1932, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and mediahas Aldous Huxley ac...

Narrator: Michael York
Published: 01/01/2008
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Animal Farm

Animal Farm

by George Orwell

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution has become an intimate part of our contemporary culture, with its treatment of democratic, fascist, and socialist ideals through an animal fable. When the animals of Mr. Jones's Manor Farm revol...

Narrator: Ralph Cosham
Published: 01/01/2007
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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time.

Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Published: 04/03/2006
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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a re...

Narrator: Donald Sutherland
Published: 05/01/2006
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The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

by J. R. R. Tolkien

The original American dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy #1
Narrator: Ensemble cast
Published: 03/01/2007
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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

The Life and Adventures of Nichol...

by Charles Dickens

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby combines comedy and tragedy in a tale of triumph over adversity, where Nickleby succeeds despite social injustice—a story that mirrors Charles Dickens's own rise from poverty to great success.

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 12/24/2010
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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick is a novel by Herman Melville, in which an eerily compelling madman is pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of wh...

Narrator: Stewart Wills
Published: 07/26/2016
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Tale of Two Cities A

Tale of Two Cities, A

by Charles Dickens

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."From the author of David Copperfield and A Christmas Carol comes a novel which is among the most celebrated works in the...

Narrator: Buck Schirner
Published: 04/21/2015
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The Hobbit

The Hobbit

by J. R. R. Tolkien

The original American full dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio. Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a t...

Narrator: Ensemble cast
Published: 03/01/2007
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Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been t...

Narrator: Linda Stephens
Published: 05/12/2009
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Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

by Charles Dickens

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 ...

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 01/01/2006
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Old Yeller

Old Yeller

by Fred Gipson

At first, Travis couldn't stand the sight of Old YellerThe stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to A...

Narrator: Peter Francis Jame...
Published: 01/05/2010
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Watership Down

Watership Down

by Richard Adams

One of the most beloved novels of our time, Watership Down is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival. Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave ...

Narrator: Ralph Cosham
Published: 05/11/2010
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Washington Irving

In the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane arrives to educate the children of the region. This lanky schoolmaster from Connecticut fancies the idea of marrying the beautiful Katrina Van Tass...

Narrator: Anthony Heald
Published: 09/09/2010
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East of Eden

East of Eden

by John Steinbeck

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a sprawling epic in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and th...

Narrator: Richard Poe
Published: 06/15/2011
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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadA popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set agains...

Narrator: Richard Matthews
Published: 01/01/1989
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The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway

THE QUINTESSENTIAL NARRATIVE OF THE LOST GENERATION The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generati...

Narrator: William Hurt
Published: 10/17/2006
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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

Kenneth Branagh, director and star of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, provides one of the most spectacular spoken audio performances ever recorded in this electrifying audio adaptation of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. One of the greatest horror stories e...

Narrator: Kenneth Branagh
Published: 11/01/1994
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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

The provincial Bennet family, home to five unmarried daughters, is turned upside down when a wealthy bachelor takes up a house nearby. Mr. Bingley enhances his instant popularity by hosting a ball and taking an interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, ...

Narrator: Carolyn Seymour
Published: 01/19/2011
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Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge

by Charles Dickens

Dickens's first historical novel is set in 1780s England at the time of the Gordon Riots. In a case of mistaken identification, Barnaby Rudge, a pale halfwit with long red hair who dresses all in green and carries a large raven on his back, is arreste...

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 05/01/2008
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Bleak House

Bleak House

by Charles Dickens

The novel follows the fortunes of three characters, Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, and Richard Carstone, and the relations of these three young people in the Jarndyce household. The story they tell embodies Dickenss merciless indicment of the Court of ...

Narrator: Simon Vance,Paul S...
Published: 01/01/2006
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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's classic novel of the First World War The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. He...

Narrator: John Slattery
Published: 05/01/2006
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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe

With over eight million copies in print world wide, Achebe's work is a definitive novel in African literature. Filled with powerful language and finely drawn characters, Things Fall Apart also shimmers with the sounds and sights of village life. Okonk...

The African Trilogy
Narrator: Peter Francis Jame...
Published: 07/22/2003
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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

In The Call of the Wild, a boldspirited sheepdog is stolen from his comfortable home and thrust into the rugged, frozen terrain of the Alaskan Klondike. There he is made a sled dog and battles to become his teams leader amid the bitter cold and the sa...

Narrator: John Lee,Ethan Haw...
Published: 05/20/2008
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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by Ken Kesey

A fiftieth-anniversary edition of Ken Kesey's searing American classic. Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notio...

Narrator: John C. Reilly
Published: 07/31/2012
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The Iliad of Homer

The Iliad of Homer

by Homer

The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events du...

Narrator: StephenC
Published: 08/27/2016
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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor DOSTOYEVSKY

Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished St. Petersburg student who formulates and executes a plan to kill a hated, unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money, thereby solving h...

Narrator: Expatriate
Published: 04/19/2016
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The Pilgrims Progress

The Pilgrims Progress

by John Bunyan

Next to the Bible, The Pilgrim's Progress has probably been more widely read than any other book in the English language, and rightfully so. It is considered by many critics to be the greatest allegory in any language. And to think that it was written...

Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Published: 07/15/2010
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The Confessions of St Augustine

The Confessions of St. Augustine

by Henry Chadwick Saint Au...

Saint Augustine is one of history’s most prolific geniuses. With great eloquence and passion, his Confessions—a masterpiece of Western literature— explores enduring questions that continue to stir millions. Perhaps the most movin...

Narrator: Richard Ferrone
Published: 06/21/2007
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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"The most magnificent novel ever written." —Sigmund Freud "‘The Brothers Karamazov’ made a deep impression on me..." —James Joyce "Dostoyevsky is the only psychologist from whom I have anything to learn." —Friedrich Nietz...

Narrator: Group
Published: 02/04/2017
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The Divine Comedy Inferno

The Divine Comedy: Inferno

by Dante Alighieri

The first of the three canticles in The Divine Comedy, this fourteenth-century allegorical poem begins Dante's imaginary journey from Hell to Purgatory to Paradise with his sojourn among the damned.

Narrator: James Langton
Published: 04/19/2010
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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Jane Austen's insightful and sometimes wry Pride and Prejudice provides today's listeners with a fascinating look into the British society during the nineteenth century.This delightful novel of manners follows the Bennets, a family of five daughters a...

Narrator: Sharon Williams
Published: 02/17/2015
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The...

by Jules Verne

The classic tale of Captain Nemo and the submarine the Nautilus, this is the quintessential translation by the internationally renowned F. P. Walter. Verne’s amazing undersea adventure is one of the earliest science fiction novels ever written. ...

Narrator: Michele Fry
Published: 02/01/2017
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Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend

by Charles Dickens

A sinister masterpiece, this chilling tale unfolds around drowning, disguises, and doubles, violence, murder, and triumphant love. Characters include young John Harmon, presumed killed on his return to England but very much alive, and Bella Wilfer, o...

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 01/01/2006
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John Carter in A Princess of Mars

John Carter in A Princess of Mars...

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

In this landmark of science fiction, Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must face giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess.

Barsoom #1
Narrator: Scott Brick
Published: 02/10/2012
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The Gift Of the Magi

The Gift Of the Magi

by O. Henry

In O. Henry's classic story about Christmas and the holiday spirit, a young married couple deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money.

Narrator: Jane Alexander
Published: 12/19/2000
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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Introduction by Anna Quindlen Commentary by Margaret Oliphant, George Saintsbury, Mark Twain, A. C. Bradley, Walter A. Raleigh, and Virginia Woolf  Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read ...

Narrator: Kate Reading
Published: 12/12/2000
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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre is narrated by the title character, an orphan who survives neglect and abuse to become a governess at the remote Thornfield Hall. She finds a kindred spirit in her employer, the mysterious and brooding Mr. Ro...

Narrator: Elizabeth Klett
Published: 04/27/2016
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Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited

by Evelyn Waugh

The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece-a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story o...

Narrator: Jeremy Irons
Published: 12/11/2012
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For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's classic novel of the Spanish Civil War In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war; three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert Jor...

Narrator: Campbell Scott
Published: 05/01/2006
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The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead

by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead studies the conflict between artistic genius and social convention, a theme Ayn Rand later developed into the idealistic philosophy knows as Objectivism.

Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Published: 04/03/2006
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The Jungle

The Jungle

by Upton Sinclair

Here is the dramatic expos of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turn of the century that prompted an investigation by Theodore Roosevelt which culminated in the purefood legislation of 1906. The Jungle is the story of Jurgis Rudkus, a Slavic im...

Narrator: Grover Gardner
Published: 05/06/2011
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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain

by James Baldwin

James Baldwins stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative styl...

Narrator: Adam Lazarre-White...
Published: 01/01/2013
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Women in Love

Women in Love

by D. H. Lawrence

Let us hesitate no longer to announce that the sensual passions and mysteries are equally sacred with the spiritual mysteries and passions, wrote D. H. Lawrence in Women in Love, his masterpiece heralding the erotic consciousness of the twentieth cent...

Narrator: Maureen OBrien
Published: 01/18/2011
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The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise—the sphere of...

Narrator: Group
Published: 08/30/2016
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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas

This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloakandsword story ever written, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes and their escapades against the master of intrigue, Cardinal Richelieu, and the quintessential wicked woman, ...

Narrator: Simon Vance,Michae...
Published: 01/01/2006
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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett...

The Secret Garden is Frances Hodgson Burnett's magical and inspiring story of Mary, a selfish and unloved young girl, and her equally selfish invalid cousin, Colin, whose lives are transformed when they work together to save their secret garden.

Narrator: Josephine Bailey
Published: 07/21/2008
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Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Avonlea

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The inimitable Anne Shirley makes her mark on Avonlea in this audiobook edition of the sequel to the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables. It tells of Anne Shirleys next adventures as a teenager and the two years that she teaches at Avonlea school,...

Narrator: Karen Savage
Published: 05/17/2017
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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexander Dumas

Dashing young Edmond Dants 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...

Narrator: John Lee
Published: 06/17/2008
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