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Audible's recommended versions of the books that have stood the test of time; released hundreds of years ago and still relevant today. These exclusive recordings of timeless books are performed by some of our favourite narrators, so now is the perfect time to revisit an old favourite, discover a revolutionary idea or listen to the books you never got round to reading.


'A cast of unforgettable characters'

  • About Emma: Austen's heroine Emma Woodhouse believes she knows best. Perfectly content with her life, she sees no need for love or marriage, yet nothing pleases her more than meddling in the romantic lives of others. But when she fails to heed the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and schemes to match-make for others, her carefully laid plans soon unravel...


    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Emma can be enjoyed as a charming love story, a detective story, and a comic and lively picture of English life 200 years ago. Austen's beautiful, clever, wilful but fallible heroine Emma Woodhouse believes she knows best. Perfectly content with her life she sees no need for either love or marriage, yet nothing pleases her more than meddling in the romantic lives of others.

    Birgit says: "Not good enough"

'One of Austen's most profound works'

  • About Mansfield Park: When 10-year-old Fanny Price is sent to live at Mansfield Park she seems shy and withdrawn beside her witty and vivacious cousins. Growing up in the Bertram household, she is always treated as an inferior, only finding an ally in her cousin Edmund. But Fanny's steadfast and purposeful character eventually makes her an indispensable part of the household...

    Mansfield Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Frances Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the self-effacing 10-year-old Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy relations at Mansfield Park she seems shy and withdrawn beside her witty and vivacious cousins. Growing up in the Bertram household, she is always treated as an inferior, only finding an ally in her cousin Edmund. But Fanny's steadfast and purposeful character eventually makes her an indispensable part of the household. During the absence of Fanny's uncle, the others become entangled in a maze of flirtation and intrigue upon the arrival of Mary Crawford and her brother Henry.

    Tom says: "Very enjoyable but check narration"

'One of 20th century literature's greats'

  • About A Passage to India: Set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s, the story sees a young Muslim physician's attempts to show British tourists the 'real India' lead to shocking accusations and escalating racial tensions.

    A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    Dr. Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs. Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves with his close friend Cyril Fielding, the trip results in a shocking accusation....

    Julie says: "Such a rewarding choice"

'Forster's masterpiece'

  • About Howard's End: The story of the liberal Schlegel sisters and their struggle to come to terms with social class and their German heritage in Edwardian England as their lives are intertwined with the wealthy and pragmatic Wilcox family and the lower-middle-class Basts.

    Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By E M Forster
    • Narrated By Edward Petherbridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Howards End is the story of the liberal Schlegel sisters and their struggle to come to terms with social class and their German heritage in Edwardian England. Their lives are intertwined with those of the wealthy and pragmatic Wilcox family and their country house, Howards End, as well as the lower-middle-class Basts. When Helen Schlegel and Paul Wilcox's brief romance ends badly the Schlegels hope to never see the Wilcoxes again.

    Mr says: "Better than expected!"

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  • The Secret Agent
    Written by: Joseph Conrad
    Narrated by: David Threlfall
    3.60 (79 ratings)
    Exclusively from Audible. The Secret Agent is based on an actual attempt made in 1894 to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. A labyrinth of greed, corruption, and betrayal, it is the most darkly humorous of all Conrad's tales. It follows a European secret agent, Adolf Verloc, 'a London shop owner' with anarchist leanings who becomes reluctantly involved in a plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. Full of great characters, melodramatic irony and psychological intrigue the tale is far from simple....
  • The Woman in White
    Written by: Wilkie Collins
    Narrated by: Ian Holm
    4.50 (624 ratings)
    Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.
  • Vanity Fair
    Written by: William Makepeace Thackeray
    Narrated by: John Castle
    4.50 (272 ratings)
    Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp who craves wealth and a position in society. Calculating and determined to succeed, she charms, deceives and manipulates everyone she meets. A novel of early 19th-century English society, it takes its title from the place designated as the centre of human corruption in John Bunyan's 17th-century allegory.
  • The Moonstone
    Written by: Wilkie Collins
    Narrated by: Peter Jeffrey
    4.30 (535 ratings)
    Considered the first full-length detective novel in the English language, T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as 'the first and greatest English detective novel'. The stone of the title is an enormous yellow diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood. Sergeant Cuff is assigned to the case....
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    Written by: Anne Brontë
    Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Jenny Agutter
    4.40 (178 ratings)
    The story of a woman's struggle for independence from an abusive husband. Helen 'Graham' has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage and to protect her young son from the influence of his father. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter. Gilbert Markham, a local man intrigued by the beautiful young 'widow' offers his friendship but becomes distrustful when her reclusive behaviour sparks rumours and speculation.
  • Orlando
    Written by: Virginia Woolf
    Narrated by: Clare Higgins
    4.10 (115 ratings)
    Fantasy, love and an exuberant celebration of English life and literature, Orlando is a uniquely entertaining story. Originally conceived by Virginia Woolf as a playful tribute to the family of her friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West, Orlando's central character, a fictional embodiment of Sackville-West, changes sex from a man to a woman and lives throughout the centuries, whilst meeting historical figures of English literature.
  • The Way We Live Now
    Written by: Anthony Trollope
    Narrated by: Timothy West
    4.60 (542 ratings)
    In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.
  • Kim
    Written by: Rudyard Kipling
    Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    4.50 (142 ratings)
    Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.
  • The Age of Innocence
    Written by: Edith Wharton
    Narrated by: David Horovitch
    4.40 (157 ratings)
    Countess Ellen Olenska, separated from her European husband, returns to old New York society. She bears with her an independence and an awareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of the charming Newland Archer, engaged to be married to her cousin, May Welland. Though he accepts the society's standards and rules he is acutely aware of their limitations. He knows May will assure him a conventional future but Ellen, scandalously separated from her husband, forces Archer to question his values and beliefs.
  • Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way
    Written by: Marcel Proust, Scott Moncrieff - translator
    Narrated by: John Rowe
    4.30 (77 ratings)
    Swann's Way is Marcel Proust's literary masterpiece and the first part of the multivolume audiobook Remembrance of Things Past. In the opening volume, the narrator travels back in time to recall his childhood and to introduce the listener to Charles Swann, a wealthy friend of the family and celebrity in the Parisian social scene. He again travels back, this time to the youth of Charles Swann in the French town of Combray, to tell the story of the love affair that took place before his own birth.
  • King Solomon's Mines
    Written by: H. Rider Haggard
    Narrated by: Toby Stephens
    4.30 (163 ratings)
    On board a ship bound for Natal, adventurer Allan Quatermain meets Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good. His new friends have set out to find Sir Henry's younger brother, who vanished while seeking King Solomon's legendary diamond mines in the African interior. By strange chance, Quatermain has a map to the mines, drawn in blood, and agrees to join the others on their perilous journey.
  • Silas Marner
    Written by: George Eliot
    Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    4.60 (162 ratings)
    For 15 years the weaver Silas Marner has plied his loom near the village of Raveloe, alone and unjustly in exile, cut off from faith and human love, he cares only for his hoard of golden guineas. But two events occur that will change his life forever; his gold disappears and a golden-haired baby girl appears. But where did she come from and who really stole the gold? This moving tale sees Silas eventually redeemed and restored to life by the unlikely means of his love for the orphan child Eppie.
  • Madame Bovary
    Written by: Gustave Flaubert, Gerard Hopkins (translator)
    Narrated by: Ronald Pickup
    4.00 (103 ratings)
    Before marrying, Emma Bovary believed she would enter a life of luxury and passion like the sentimental stories she'd read in her novels and magazines. Now married to an ordinary country doctor her life is not the romantic ideal she imagined and seeks an escape through having extra-marital affairs. This devastating spiral into deceit and despair leads to catastrophic consequences. Emma Bovary continues to be enjoyed to this day because of its profound humanity, still as fresh today as when it was first written.
  • The Portrait of a Lady
    Written by: Henry James
    Narrated by: John Wood
    4.10 (88 ratings)
    When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors, declaring that she will never marry. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword.
  • The Man Who Was Thursday
    Written by: G. K. Chesterton
    Narrated by: Toby Longworth
    4.00 (69 ratings)
    Chesterton's allegorical masterpiece is a surreal, psychologically thrilling novel that centres on seven anarchists in turn of the century London who call themselves by the names of days of the week. The story begins when poet Gabriel Syme is recruited as a detective to a secret anarchist division of Scotland Yard by a shrouded, nameless person. Syme infiltrates a secret meeting of anarchists who are intent on destroying the world and becomes known as 'Thursday', one of the seven members of the Central Anarchist Council.
  • Moll Flanders
    Written by: Daniel Defoe
    Narrated by: Janet Suzman
    4.00 (43 ratings)
    In this satirical faux autobiography, Moll Flanders, abandoned at birth, sets her rebellious heart on a life of independence in late 17th-century England. A strong-willed woman, she is determined to make a better life for herself, no matter what it takes: thievery, prostitution, seductions, marriages, or illicit liaisons. Born to a convicted felon in Newgate prison Moll learns to live off her wits, refusing to be a helpless victim and defying most traditional depictions of women of the era.
  • The Gentleman in the Parlour
    Written by: W. Somerset Maugham
    Narrated by: Philip Bird
    3.80 (12 ratings)
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  • An Old Man's Love
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    Narrated by: Tony Britton
    3.80 (24 ratings)
    William Whittlestaff, an aging bachelor, becomes a guardian to the much younger Mary Lawrie. Having lost the woman he loved to a richer rival many years ago, he now finds himself falling in love with Mary despite knowing that her love belongs to another man, John Gordon. John left three years previously in search of his fortune in order to make himself worthy of Mary. Not knowing if she will ever see him again, Mary accepts Whittlestaff's proposal only for her true love to return.