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    • Moll Flanders

    • By: Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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    One of the most determined, energetic, and lusty heroines in all of English literature, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders will do anything to avoid poverty. Born in Newgate Prison, she was for 12 years a whore, five times a wife (once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, and eight years a transported felon in Virginia before finally escaping from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society. She is as much a survivor and just as resourceful as Defoe's other great literary creation, Robinson Crusoe.

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Anna Karenina

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 36 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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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.

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Villette

    • By: Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Far from the Madding Crowd

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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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.

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • The Red and the Black

    • By: Stendhal
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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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.

    Non-member price: $53.62

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    This classic novel has been thrice adapted for the screen by the BBC. Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. Witty, poignant, and often ironic, Cranford is the tale of what these two women will do to remain respectable, proper, and kind with only moderate means.

    Non-member price: $34.12

    • Madame Bovary

    • By: Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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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.

    Non-member price: $43.87