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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (275)

    Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

    Ashley says: "Very Good!"
  • To Kill a Mockingbird | Harper Lee

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
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    'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

    Frances says: "Transported to the wold of Scout and Jem."
  • Brave New World | Aldous Huxley

    Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (132)
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    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Nienke Lucas says: "Worth revisiting"
  • Anne of Green Gables | Lucy Maud Montgomery

    Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Rachel McAdams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
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    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

    Laurel Kibble says: "Absolutely divine"
  • Meditations | Marcus Aurelius

    Meditations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    Peter Mercoulia says: "amazing"
  • The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Book 2 | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (152)

    Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom.

    Corne says: "Good detail"
  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations | Jane Austen

    The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations

    • ORIGINAL (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Julie McKenzie
    Overall
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    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

    Dean Spilias says: "Abridged, but well done."
  • The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings, Book 3 | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (142)
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    (142)

    Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

    David Lazzari says: "The Lord of the Rings - The return of the King"
  • The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love....

    Adam says: "Enjoyable & a reminder of a well spoken novel"
  • Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (154)
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    One of Jane Austen’s 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 Austen’s 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.

    Belinda says: "Wonderful reading of a gorgeous book"
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 | C.S. Lewis

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
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    (22)

    Lucy has stumbled upon a marvellous land of fauns and centaurs, nymphs and talking animals. But soon she discovers that it is ruled by the cruel White Witch, and can only be freed by Aslan, the great Lion, and four children.

    Henry says: "timeless"
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Dramatised) | Robert M. Pirsig

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By James Purefoy
    Overall
    (12)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    James Purefoy stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Robert M. Pirsig's multi-million best-selling philosophical novel. One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells the iconic story of a father and son's motorcycle trip across America in the 1960s. Yet it also describes a personal and philosophical journey. Now dramatised for the first time by Peter Flannery and starring James Purefoy, this full-cast drama adds a new and original dimension to a true modern classic.

    Alice says: "This is immersive."
  • Animal Farm | George Orwell

    Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
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    Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

    Marina says: "Great book"
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel García Márquez

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (36)
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    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Pamela Taverniti says: "Too weird for words!"
  • War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
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    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Joel says: "Great for what it is. Not very climatic."
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four | George Orwell

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (36)
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    (33)
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    (33)

    Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party.

    Ms Ellana Costa says: "Dramatic but not complete"
  • Autobiography of a Yogi | Paramahansa Yogananda

    Autobiography of a Yogi

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

    meredith says: "Superb Insight Into Indian Life and Spirituality"
  • The Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil | C. S. Lewis

    The Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Joss Ackland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (12)
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    (11)

    >The Screwtape Letters, now in its 70th anniversary year, is an iconic classic on spiritual warfare and the power of the devil. This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first mission on Earth trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially looks to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is ‘lost’ to the young devil.

  • The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition] | Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Constance Garnett - translator

    The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
    • Narrated By Constantine Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
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    (21)
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    (20)

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

    David says: "Excellent"
  • Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Rand

    Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (52)
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    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Sonja says: "Interesting philosophy "
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