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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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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Considered by many to be Charles Dickens's finest novel, Great Expectations traces the growth of the book's narrator, the orphan Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character.

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 08/18/2008
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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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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

The Dashwood sisters are very different from each other in appearance and temperament; Elinor's good sense contrasts with Marianne's warm but excessive sensibility. Both struggle to maintain their integrity and find happiness in the face of a competit...

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Published: 05/12/2008
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Emma

Emma

by Jane Austen

In Jane Austen's comic masterpiece, the inimitable Emma Woodhouse, a self-proclaimed matchmaker, just may find herself the victim of her own best intentions by the novel's conclusion.

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Published: 07/28/2008
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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables is primarily a great humanitarian work that encourages compassion and hope in the face of adversity and injustice. A historical novel of great scope, it provides a detailed vision of nineteenth-century French politics and society.

Narrator: David Case
Published: 11/17/2008
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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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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities provides a highly charged examination of human suffering and human sacrifice, private experience and public history, during the French Revolution.

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 04/14/2008
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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

by Jane Austen

Jane Austen views the social mores of her day through Fanny Price, a shy and sweet-tempered girl adopted by wealthy relations. An outsider looking in on an unfamiliar and often inhospitable world, Fanny eventually wins the affection of her benefactors...

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Published: 09/01/2008
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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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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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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, The Count of Monet Cristo recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantes, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and ...

Narrator: Richard Matthews
Published: 01/01/1989
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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
Published: 01/01/2006
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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

Who is John Galt? is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Ayn Rand's masterpiece. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world&#151;and did. <br><br>Rand dramatizes the main tene...

Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Published: 04/03/2006
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Tess of the DUrbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy

A ne'er-do-well exploits his gentle daughter's beauty for social advancement in Thomas Hardy's compelling masterpiece of tragic fiction.

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 07/28/2008
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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

by William Makepeace Thack...

Vanity Fair is a story of two heroines-one humble, the other a scheming social climber-who meet in boarding school and embark on markedly different lives. Amid the swirl of London's posh ballrooms and affairs of love and war, their fortunes rise and f...

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Published: 06/10/2008
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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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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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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 Hobbit

The Hobbit

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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 tale of high adventure and astonishing courage&#151;and a magical prelude to...

Narrator: Ensemble cast
Published: 03/01/2007
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

Mark Twain's classic novel of a mischievous boy's pranks and escapades in a nineteenth-century river town-whitewashing a fence, seeking buried treasure, trying to impress the adored Becky Thatcher, and more.

Narrator: William Dufris
Published: 03/31/2008
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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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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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Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

by John Milton

Considered the most influential epic poem in English literature, Paradise Lost is a retelling of the biblical story of mankind's fall from grace.

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 10/27/2009
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Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert

In this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair. A succès de scandale in its day, Madame Bovary r...

Narrator: Donada Peters
Published: 01/26/2009
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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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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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The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

by J. R. R. Tolkien

In the ancient world of Middle Earth&#151;a place of elves and dwarves, orcs and wizards, the darkest evil and the brightest good&#151;a hobbit named Frodo Baggins embarks on a perilous quest: to carry the One Ring, ruler of all the Rings of P...

Lord of the Rings Trilogy #1
Narrator: Ensemble cast
Published: 03/01/2007
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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

This classic story shows how a young woman can overcome adversity and find true happiness. It is a story of passionate love, travail, and final triumph.

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Published: 04/15/2008
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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

This darkly satiric indictment of the social ills of Victorian London tells the story of a young orphan who becomes involved with a gang of criminals.

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 07/07/2008
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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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Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

by Charles Dickens

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickenss novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in nineteenthcentury England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the wor...

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 02/04/2008
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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

by Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe relates the classic tale of Robinson Crusoe, an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly thirty years, as he struggles to survive his extraordinary circumstances.

Narrator: Simon Vance
Published: 06/02/2008
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Siddhartha

Siddhartha

by Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha is a deceptively simple, intense, and lyrical allegorical tale of a man in ancient India striving for enlightenment at the time of Buddha.

Narrator: James Langton
Published: 12/21/2009
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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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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
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 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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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin...

by Mark Twain

Mark Twain defined classic as "a book which people praise and don't read"; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a happy exception to his own rule. Twain's mastery of dialect, coupled with his famous wit, has made Huckleberry Finn one of the most love...

Narrator: William Dufris
Published: 03/14/2008
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Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

Acclaimed as a supreme literary achievement, this profoundly influential novel journeys toward the settlement of the demonic Mr. Kurtz, the genius who would represent the best of Europe-but who, turned by the colonial experience to abuses both psychol...

Narrator: Scott Brick
Published: 07/28/2008
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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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Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy

A young man falls victim to his own obsession with an amorous farm girl in Thomas Hardy's classic novel of fate and unrequited love.

Narrator: John Lee
Published: 06/23/2008
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Les Misrables

Les Misrables

by Victor Hugo; Translated...

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Misrables follows the adventures of Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who was imprisoned for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sisters starving fami...

Narrator: Frederick Davidson...
Published: 10/27/2009
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Miserables Les

Miserables, Les

by Victor Hugo

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Jul...

Narrator: George Guidall
Published: 06/07/2011
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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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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign...

by Hunter S. Thompson

After popularizing Gonzo journalism with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson turned his drug-fueled wit and savage insight to the race for President. With On the Campaign Trail ’72, Thompson deconstructs the 1972 campaigns of Geor...

Narrator: Scott Sowers
Published: 06/05/2012
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Macabre Mansion Presents  A Christmas Carol

Macabre Mansion Presents A Chris...

by Charles Dickens

This highly entertaining audio dramatization of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol features a star-studded cast that includes John de Lancie, Daniel Roebuck, Jim ORear, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Tiffany LaBarbera, Virginia Hey, Kyle Hebert, and Reggie Ba...

Narrator: a full cast
Published: 12/02/2014
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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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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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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy; Translated...

Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husbandand Russian high societywould condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragi...

Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Published: 09/06/2012
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