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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
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    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
    (513)
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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.

    Jackie says: "Loved it"
  • 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
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    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.

    Melistopher says: "In the midst of an epic tale from Middle Earth"
  • Brave New World | Aldous Huxley

    Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
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    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"
  • 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
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    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"
  • Meditations | Marcus Aurelius

    Meditations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
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    Story
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    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.

    C. R. Grice says: "Great introduction to Philosophy"
  • 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
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    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"
  • Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
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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"
  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Thandie Newton
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    Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

    linn.maria says: "A classic!"
  • Catch 22 | Joseph Heller

    Catch 22

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Trevor White
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    At the heart of Joseph Heller's best-selling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

    Stuart says: "Brilliant!"
  • 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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    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."
  • Autobiography of a Yogi | Paramahansa Yogananda

    Autobiography of a Yogi

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paramahansa Yogananda
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
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    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"
  • Animal Farm | George Orwell

    Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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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"
  • The Color Purple | Alice Walker

    The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
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    As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life.

    Pamela says: "I loved this and am planning to listen to it again"
  • War and Peace, Volume 1 | Leo Tolstoy

    War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Luke says: "Unmissable and unmistakable perfection."
  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

    Brookethechicken says: "The best way to experience Anna Karenina"
  • Dracula [Audible Edition] | Bram Stoker

    Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    Rebecca says: "All Star Cast Not So Great"
  • 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
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    (20)
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    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."
  • Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoevsky,Constance Garnett (translator)

    Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
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    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    says: "My favourite book"
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh | Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
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    Overall
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    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Alicia says: "Exceptional"
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