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  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Tess Durbeyfield has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature. Betrayed by the two men in her life - Alec D’Urberville, 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.

  • Just One Evil Act | Elizabeth George

    Just One Evil Act

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late. When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done. Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight.

  • The Face of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #1 | Anne Perry

    The Face of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

  • Sir Philip’s Folly: The Poor Relation Series, Book 4 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Sir Philip’s Folly: The Poor Relation Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Just when everything at the Poor Relation Hotel seems to be running smoothly, Sir Philip brings in another poor relation, Mrs. Budge. When Sir Philip presents his paramour, Lady Fortescue swears great oaths and says the woman is probably related to half the costermongers in London and certainly does not possess one rich relative. Mrs. Budge does nothing but eat all day and refuses to do any work around the hotel. Worst of all, Miss Tonks seems to be taking the romance between Sir Philip and Mrs. Budge quite hard.

  • Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue: The Poor Relation Series, Book 5 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue: The Poor Relation Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Owing to an unfortunate wager made by Sir Philip, the poor relations are once again scrounging around for a plan for solvency. This time it is Colonel Sandhurst to the rescue. After happening on Sir Randolph's lovely daughter Frederica, who is running away to escape an awful marriage to Lord Bewley, the Colonel devises a plan to force Sir Randolph to settle his bill for six month's stay and to save Frederica from her fate. The clever plan is thwarted when Lord Bewley shows up at the drop point instead of Sir Randolph.

  • Bethlehem Road | Anne Perry

    Bethlehem Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    A London policeman and his highly-educated wife investigate a series of murders involving members of Parliament.

  • Back in Society: The Poor Relation Series, Book 6 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Back in Society: The Poor Relation Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    The poor relations' hard-earned success, however, is in stark contrast to the plight of their latest guest, Lady Jane Fremney. The slight, beautiful youngest daughter of the Earl of Durby has been cast out of her family for refusing to marry the man her father has chosen. Lonely and bankrupt, Lady Jane has decided to commit suicide. But when Miss Tonks uncovers her plans, the poor relations go into action again to try to rescue Lady Jane from suicide, her father, and her intended.

  • Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy

    Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

  • Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation Series, Book 3 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Lady Fortescue reminds the others that, to be fair, Mrs. Budley has no relatives on whom she can call. Gentle Mrs. Budley thinks she has escaped her fate until Sir Philip comes up with a plan. He has heard that the elderly Marquess of Peterhouse is senile, a widower, extremely rich, and unlikely to remember whether Mrs. Budley is a relative. So off Mrs. Budley goes to the bleak castle, where the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and in fact quite handsome.

  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation Series, Book 2 | M. C. Beaton

    Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started the Poor Relation Hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relatives - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now, once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain measure of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories | Susanna Clarke

    The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Davina Porter
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    Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses; vengeful owls; ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice.

  • Days of Gold | Jude Deveraux

    Days of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    In 1766 Scotland, the laird of the clan, Angus McTern, has everything he wants in life. That is, until Edilean Talbot shows up. Breathtakingly beautiful and born of privilege, Edilean represents everything Angus despises. Still, she dazzles him, and when Angus can no longer hide his feelings, she rejects him, leaving him deeply wounded and humiliated. Soon, though, Edilean needs his help....

  • Far from the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little.

  • Madame Bovary | Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Emma Bovary is not content to be the mere dutiful wife of a French country doctor. She yearns for excitement and a sense of romance that pulls at her so strongly she is powerless to resist, even though pursuing her dreams will exact a terrible price. Learn why Gustave Flaubert's compelling heroine has enchanted and puzzled readers for centuries.

  • The Careful Use of Compliments | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Careful Use of Compliments

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    For philosophically-minded Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, getting through life with a clear conscience requires careful thought. And whilst juggling the arrival of baby Charlie, a passionate relationship with his father Jamie, a truce with her furious niece Cat, and struggles for authority over her son with her formidable housekeeper Grace, Isabel finds herself drawn into the story of a painter's mysterious death off the island of Jura.

  • The Right Attitude to Rain | Alexander McCall Smith

    The Right Attitude to Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Mysteries of love, romance, and truth-telling lie at the heart of Isabel Dalhousie's concerns in Alexander McCall Smith's new Sunday Philosopher's Club novel. Isabel's niece, Cat, is still worshipped by the young musician, Jamie, but Cat has a new and unsuitable love interest. Meanwhile Isabel's Texan cousins have arrived in Edinburgh and are provoking a quite separate set of dilemmas.

  • Villette | Charlotte Brontë

    Villette

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Hailed as Charlotte Brontë’s “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 Beck’s school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love—twice—and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time.

  • The Red and the Black |  Stendhal

    The Red and the Black

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stendhal
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    So what would Al Gore choose if he had a book club? Gore named Stendhal's The Red and the Black, a 19th century classic chock full of adultery, betrayal, and moral vacuity, as his favorite book on a recent broadcast of Oprah. It's a bit shocking of a choice, given his wife and running mate's position on clean, wholesome literature. Listen and decide for yourself the merit of this presidential pick.

  • The Secret Countess | Eva Ibbotson

    The Secret Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Rupert, the young Earl of Westerholme, returns home from the war - and Anna, a housemaid, falls hopelessly in love with him. But they can never be together - Rupert is engaged to the snobbish and awful Muriel. And anyway, Anna is only a servant. Or so everybody thinks.

  • Defend and Betray: A William Monk Novel #3 | Anne Perry

    Defend and Betray: A William Monk Novel #3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Ten people gather together for an elegant London dinner party. By the end of the party, only nine are alive. Sometime after dinner, General Thaddeus Carlyon is brutally murdered in the hallway. Who had the strength - and motive - to murder the distinguished military hero? Nurse Latterly and Inspector Monk find the answers in a nightmarish legacy of evil.

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