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    • The Snow Queen

    • By: Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33
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      4 out of 5 stars 32
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 33

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great narrative! loved the way the story was read

    • By Gagneet Singh on 03-09-2017

    Non-member price: $10.08

    • Crime and Punishment

    • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
    • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow, this is something

    • By Chris Lee on 27-08-2018

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Anna Karenina

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best way to experience Anna Karenina

    • By Brookethechicken on 11-10-2016

    Non-member price: $58.52

    • War and Peace

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 61 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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      4 out of 5 stars 70
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great text, terrible reading

    • By Fahim Ahmad on 26-02-2018

    Non-member price: $61.47

    • The Wealth of Nations

    • By: Adam Smith
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 36 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    The foundation for all modern economic thought and political economy, The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of Scottish economist Adam Smith, who introduces the world to the very idea of economics and capitalism in the modern sense of the words.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic underlying

    • By Kindle Customer on 19-04-2018

    Non-member price: $66.63

    • Metamorphosis

    • A BBC Radio 4 Reading
    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Benedict Cumberbatch reads the enduring classic of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Gregor Samsa wakes to discover that he has turned into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. He attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible creature he has become. First published in 1915, Kafka's darkly comic novella explores concepts such as the absurdity of life, alienation and the disconnect between mind and body.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The voice makes the book!

    • By Anonymous User on 27-04-2019

    Non-member price: $15.60

    • The Little Prince

    • By: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Michael Morpurgo - translator
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant, Michael Morpurgo - introduction
    • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 17
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      5 out of 5 stars 16
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      5 out of 5 stars 16

    Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, translated by Michael Morpurgo. Read by Richard E. Grant, with an introduction read by Michael Morpurgo. If a little fellow comes along, if he laughs, if he has golden hair, and if he never answers questions, then you will know who he is. He is the Little Prince, the mysterious, innocent and beautiful boy who appears to a pilot stranded in the desert and makes an extraordinary request.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • absolutely beautiful.

    • By kris on 05-03-2019

    Non-member price: $18.22

    • The Stranger

    • By: Albert Camus
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • absurd

    • By Anonymous User on 30-05-2019

    Non-member price: $19.37

    • Don Quixote

    • By: Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby (translated by)
    • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
    • Length: 36 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself ‘Don Quixote’ and with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • worth it

    • By Anonymous User on 30-11-2017

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • The Odyssey

    • By: Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
    • Narrated by: Ian McKellen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A classic but trying

    • By Ryan Morrow on 04-04-2018

    Non-member price: $44.51

    • The Prince

    • By: Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
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      4 out of 5 stars 34

    In an attempt to appeal to the Medici family during the Italian Renaissance, Machiavelli outlines the way to acquire and retain political power, and how great men should behave in a princely government. The book is divided into four parts - types of principalities and state, proper conduct of a prince as military leader, personal conduct of a prince, and the disparity of Italy's political situation. Many listeners will be able to see principals that Machiavelli advocates for are still used in many political systems today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Overrated

    • By Amazon Customer on 24-11-2018

    Non-member price: $21.90

    • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • By: Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
    • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • my favorite book performed brilliantly

    • By Michael on 29-12-2014

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • The Monster Collection

    • By: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, and others
    • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic masterpieces: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stories coming to LIVE

    • By Telaga on 02-12-2017

    Non-member price: $78.05

    • All Quiet on the Western Front

    • By: Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated by: Tom Lawrence
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 104
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
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      5 out of 5 stars 96

    The story is told by a young 'unknown soldier' in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. Through his eyes we see all the realities of war; under fire, on patrol, waiting in the trenches, at home on leave, and in hospitals and dressing stations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Harrowing

    • By Anonymous User on 03-04-2018

    Non-member price: $26.53

    • Les Misérables

    • By: Victor Hugo
    • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
    • Length: 67 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      5 out of 5 stars 22

    Les Misérables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and backstreets, we encounter "the wolf-like tread of crime", and assassination for a few sous is all in a day's work. We weep with the unlucky and heart-broken Fantine, and we exult with the heroic revolutionaries of the barricades; but above all we thrill to the steadfast courage and nobility of soul of ex-convict Jean Valjean, always in danger from the relentless pursuit of the diabolical Inspector Javert.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Clara Paganin on 16-11-2017

    Non-member price: $87.88

    • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
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      5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So slow, though a good performance by the narrator

    • By Ed on 03-08-2016

    Non-member price: $51.27

    • The Idiot

    • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
    • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Prince Lyov Nikolayevitch Myshkin is one of the great characters in Russian literature. Is he a saint or just naïve? Is he an idealist or, as many in General Epanchin's society feel, an "idiot"? Certainly his return to St. Petersburg after years in a Swiss clinic has a dramatic effect on the beautiful Aglaia, youngest of the Epanchin daughters, and on the charismatic but willful Nastasya Filippovna. As he paints a vivid picture of Russian society, Dostoyevsky shows how principles conflict with emotions - with tragic results.

    Non-member price: $61.50

    • Within a Budding Grove

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: John Rowe
    • Length: 23 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In the second volume of Proust's great novel, the narrator emerges as an actor in the drama of his own life. Swann has now dwindled into a husband for his former mistress, Odette, and their daughter, Gilberte, becomes the adolescent narrator's playmate and tantalising love object. We move from Paris to the seaside town of Balbec, from ritualised social performances to midsummer spontaneity and from Gilberte to her successor Albertine.

    Non-member price: $38.95

    • Oscar Wilde Collection: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Canterville Ghost

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    If you are a fan of literature in general and enjoy novels that have become classics of their time, then you may have stumbled upon the works of Oscar Wilde from time to time. Here, in the Oscar Wilde Collection, you can own three of his greatest works: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Canterville Ghost.

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • Steppenwolf

    • By: Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated by: Peter Weller
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing.

    • By Engineer on 01-09-2017

    Non-member price: $30.72

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