Download Classics Audio Books | Classics Audio Books - Best Sellers & New Releases | Audible Audiobooks | Audible.co.uk
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.

Classics

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Stephen

Stephen Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom

Classics,contemporary fiction, Politics, Philosophy, Economics - a weekly eye on The New Yorker & The Guardian and dense word style/play.

HELPFUL VOTES
351
ratings
REVIEWS
174
171
FOLLOWERS
FOLLOWING
29
0
  • "A world away......"

    Overall

    A world away from where I am, who I am and what I am...but this is a totally engaging, funny, interesting, challenging and rewarding world. Lots of well trodden paths, new places to explore, thoughts to think and reflections to bring to the world inside and outside the Vauxhall Vectra where I sat in comfortable isolation and enjoyed this book. Hours and hours of time well spent - no better recommendation whoever you are, whatever you are, whenever you can be there.

    More

    Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

    Stephen says: "A world away......"
  • "The Curiosity of Time"

    Overall

    This is a book that I returned to approximately 35 years after reading it at school ? and very fond and vivid memories of the opening scenes being read out loud to the class with the homework to fill in the bits and then read it to its conclusion. The opening chapters still burn very bright in the memory ? based on the brightly drawn characters of Daniel Quilp, Kit Nubbles and the onomatopoeic Dick Swiveller. Each leaps back into the imagination untouched by time and ready to entertain.
    The domestic scene where Quilp returns unexpectedly to disrupt his wife and her mother sitting around with their cronies is one of the funniest scenes in literature ? and there are so many common-place references that stand this book at the centre of London life.
    A welcome stroll down memory lane ? sometimes a little winding and slow ? and, paradoxically a little too quick in parcelling up the ending. But, nonetheless the Dickens cannon is at the centre of the English novel and a welcome return to times gone by brought freshly into mind.

    More

    The Old Curiosity Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

    Stephen says: "The Curiosity of Time"
  • "India is not a drawing room....."

    Overall

    Here’s another one that I first read as part of my degree just about thirty years ago, that has again only improved with age and expanded context. I’ve always enjoyed Forster as ‘comfort reading’ and his novels are the ones that I turn to again and again with Hardy and Maugham.

    The strongest impression on this re-reading, is what a terrible state Imperialist Britain was - and what an awful set of people it put in place and maintained. Forster’s observations are very sharp and well defined. The critics now seem to set up the homosexual sensitivity against the feminist perspective and modern reviewers are always drawn to observe that the women portrayed in India come out particularly badly. However, there is absolute consistency in Forster’s observations on the dreadful male characters - all ‘of a sort’ but with a real insight which was ahead of its time.

    The notion that “all of the uprisings in colonial India have the linking theme which one can only attribute to the Jews” is particularly execrable - and one which came leaping out of the page on this reading.

    I loved the book but hated the sentiments it portrayed - and given that Forster was writing in 1924 whilst maintaining a seat at the heart of the Establishment is his really wonderful achievement. It is a book that needs to be read when young and must be enjoyed when older - one of the best achievements of English literature and deservedly part of the central cannon.

    More

    A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    What really happened to Miss Quested in the Marabar Caves? This tantalising question provides the intense drama of racial tension at the centre of Foster's last and greatest novel.

    Stephen says: "India is not a drawing room....."
  1. Pride and Prejudice
  2. The Old Curiosity Shop
  3. A Passage to India
  4. .

Wonderful Adaptation

Get into the Christmas spirit

What's Trending in Classics:

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude (






UNABRIDGED) by Gabriel García Márquez Narrated by John Lee
    Play One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    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.

    Anne says: "Beautiful story - poor performance!"
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by J.R.R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis
    Play The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

    Ian says: "Superb production"
  • Jamaica Inn (






UNABRIDGED) by Daphne du Maurier Narrated by Tony Britton
    Play Jamaica Inn

    Jamaica Inn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Jamaica Inn stands alone on Bodmin Moor, stark and forbidding, its walls tainted with corruption. Young Mary Yellon soon learns of her uncle Joss Merlyn's strange trade here. But does he deal in blacker secrets still?

    Jane says: "I loved this audio book"
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by J.R.R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis
    Play The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 2

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (150)

    In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

    Amanda says: "LOTR - Beautifully read"
  •  
  • Love in the Time of Cholera (






UNABRIDGED) by Gabriel García Márquez Narrated by Armando Durán
    Play Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by J.R.R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis
    Play The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 2

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

    Mr says: "Very good"
  • Of Mice and Men (






UNABRIDGED) by John Steinbeck Narrated by Clarke Peters
    Play Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....

    Toni says: "Evocative"
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by J.R.R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis
    Play The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

    DJ Morpheus says: "One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"
  •  
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by J.R.R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis
    Play The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 2

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (125)

    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. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    DJ Morpheus says: "One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"
  • Middlemarch (






UNABRIDGED) by George Eliot Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
    Play Middlemarch

    Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon's mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    Caroline says: "All consuming"
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by J.R.R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis
    Play The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    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. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    DJ Morpheus says: "One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"
  • Brave New World (






UNABRIDGED) by Aldous Huxley Narrated by Michael York
    Play Brave New World

    Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. 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).

    Nick says: "Better than a gram of soma...."
  • The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei (Volume One: The Gathering) (






UNABRIDGED) by David Tod Roy (translator) Narrated by George Backman
    Play The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei (Volume One: The Gathering)

    The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei (Volume One: The Gathering)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Tod Roy (translator)
    • Narrated By George Backman
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In this first of a planned five-volume set, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous Chin P'ing Mei, an anonymous sixteenth-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art form - not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context.

  • Hum, the Son of Buz (






UNABRIDGED) by Harriet Beecher Stowe Narrated by Glenn Hascall
    Play Hum, the Son of Buz

    Hum, the Son of Buz

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    A seaside summer visit allowed the narrator to encounter a very special bird. This delightful story brings a winged hero to life and allows us to care deeply for the things that "Hum" encounters. Welcome to a delightful vacation and the gentle observations made in an unhurried time. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

  • The Scarlet Letter (






UNABRIDGED) by Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrated by Robert Bethune
    Play The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In 1642, a pregnant Hester Prynne is found guilty of adultery, shunned by her neighbors, and forced to wear a scarlet letter 'A' on her dress. Meanwhile, Hester's husband - long thought to be lost at sea - has returned to Boston under the assumed name 'Roger Chillingworth' and plots to uncover her lover's identity. After her daughter Pearl is born, Hester is frequently visited by both Reverend Dimmesdale and Chillingworth, but always refuses to name her lover.

  • Beowulf [PDQ Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Francis Barton Gummere and Unknown Narrated by Nigle Simmons
    Play Beowulf [PDQ Edition]

    Beowulf [PDQ Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Francis Barton Gummere and Unknown
    • Narrated By Nigle Simmons
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Beowulf is considered an epic poem in that the main character is a hero who travels great distances to prove his strength at impossible odds against supernatural demons and beasts. The poem also begins in medias ("into the middle of affairs") or simply, "in the middle", which is a characteristic of the epics of antiquity.

  •  
  • Pride & Prejudice (






UNABRIDGED) by Jane Austen Narrated by Rebecca Klein
    Play Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Rebecca Klein
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This brand new unabridged audio book production is a must-have for any Jane Austen fan. Pride and Prejudice is the most popular of Jane Austen's novels, and its opening is one of the most famous lines in English literature: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

  • The Elephant's Child (






UNABRIDGED) by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Phillip J. Mather
    Play The Elephant's Child

    The Elephant's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Phillip J. Mather
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    One of Kipling's Just So stories that might have been named "How the Elephant Got His Trunk" takes us to the banks of the "Great Grey-Green, Greasy Limpopo" river. A timeless classic, masterfully narrated by Phillip J. Mather.

  • A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind (






UNABRIDGED) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau Narrated by Alan Sklar
    Play A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind

    A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men was written in response to a competition run by the Academy of Dijon answering the prompt: What is the origin of inequality among men, and whether such inequality is authorized by natural law? Rousseau puts forth the concept of two types of inequity: natural/physical and moral/political. He focuses on moral inequality and its link to power and wealth. He also covers the areas of self-love, compassion for others, and free-agency.

  • James Jones Reading from The Thin Red Line: Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 2  by James Jones Narrated by James Jones
    Play James Jones Reading from The Thin Red Line: Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 2

    James Jones Reading from The Thin Red Line: Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 2

    • ORIGINAL (23 mins)
    • By James Jones
    • Narrated By James Jones
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    James Jones, who served in combat in the Pacific in World War II, creates a scene of confusion and brutal devastation, as American soldiers struggle against an invincible enemy, and valiant young lives are destroyed.