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    • Middlemarch

    • By: George Eliot
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Middlemarch is considered one of the masterpieces of English fiction. Published in 1874, it is the seventh and penultimate novel by George Eliot. It pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism and self-interest, religion and hypocrisy, political reform, and education.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Just don't.

    • By KOPONEN ALEKSI I on 17-02-11

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • By: Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated by: Andrew Timothy
    • Length: 50 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas.

    Published in 1844, it is often considered one of the great thrillers of all time and, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work.

    Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing fast paced action

    • By John H. Foster on 17-12-09

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Lost World

    • By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: John Richmond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    Released in 1912, it tells the story of an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin where prehistoric animals still survive. The character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book. The novel also describes a war between Native Americans and a vicious tribe of ape-like creatures.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A brilliant adventure but of its time be warned

    • By Andy on 02-05-18

    Regular price: £7.99

    • The Riddle of the Sands

    • By: Eskine Childers
    • Narrated by: George Hagan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    The plot involves the uncovering of secret German preparations for an invasion of the United Kingdom and is sited by Winston Churchill as one of the major reasons the Admiralty decided to establish naval bases at Invergordon, the Firth of Forth and Scapa Flow.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage derring-do in a small boat!

    • By DebB on 30-07-14

    Regular price: £9.99

    • The Old Curiosity Shop

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: George Hagan
    • Length: 26 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    The Old Curiosity Shop is a novel by Charles Dickens.

    The plot follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London.

    Charles Dickens is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Characters Brought to Life

    • By Steve Flook on 10-02-10

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Anna Karenina

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Judy Franklin
    • Length: 35 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    It tells of the love affair between Anna and Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia, faith is challenged, bonds are broken, love dies and is reborn.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful

    • By James on 10-07-10

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Jane Eyre [RNIB Edition]

    • By: Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
    • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Jane Eyre remains a classic of 19th-century English literature and is the most famous and influential novel by Charlotte Bronte. Published in 1847, one of the most popular of all English novels, the story tells of the rise of a poor orphan girl against overwhelming odds. It is a work of fiction with memorable characters and vivid scenes exploring themes that have as much relevance today as in the time it was written.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Jacqueline on 04-02-09

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Mill on the Floss

    • By: George Eliot
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    First published in three volumes in 1860 it tells the story of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up on the river Floss. Maggie is deeply attached to her brother but their conflicting temperaments and outlook produce only stress and misunderstanding until they are finally reconciled in a moment of revelation before tragedy overtakes them.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Dangerous Liaisons

    • By: Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    The story, composed entirely of letters written by the various characters to each other, tells of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals who use sex as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others, uncaring of those who face social ruin or whose hearts are broken. It depicts a decadent and corrupt aristocracy exposing the perversions of the so-called Ancien Regime. The relevance of this grew due to the ensuing the French Revolution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My new favourite thing!

    • By Monty on 12-01-15

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Woman in White

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress? Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Terrific Bargain

    • By James Raeside on 25-01-09

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Brothers Karamazov

    • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, David Magarshack (translator)
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 37 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    The Brothers Karamazov is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. Published in November 1880, Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing the novel set in 19th-century Russia. Fydor Karamazov, a mean and disreputable landowner, has three sons, Dmitry, a profligate army officer; Ivan, a writer with revolutionary ideas; and Alexey, a religious novice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Paul on 06-09-10

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Tristram Shandy

    • By: Laurence Sterne
    • Narrated by: Peter Barker
    • Length: 21 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a novel by Laurence Sterne considered one of the greatest comic novels in English. It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next 10 years. Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768) was an Irish-born English novelist and an Anglican clergyman.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My wound in the groin

    • By Jackson on 01-08-12

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Dombey and Son

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: John Richmond
    • Length: 41 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    First published in monthly parts between October 1846 and April 1848, it tells the story of Paul Dombey a heartless London merchant who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business. In his daily life there is no room for dealing with emotions because emotion has no market value. In his son he sees the future of his firm and the continuation of his name, while he neglects his affectionate daughter, until he decides to get rid of her beloved, a lowly clerk.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dickens Made Accessible

    • By Susan Ford on 04-12-09

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Hard Times

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Alistair Maydon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Published in 1854, the story describes class conflict in Victorian England and serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution. Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Value for Money

    • By Beverley on 10-09-09

    Regular price: £9.99

    • Romola

    • By: George Eliot
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 24 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Romola is the fourth novel from the great Victorian novelist George Eliot and her first historical novel. Published in 1862 - 63, it is set in Florence at the end of the fifteenth century and events during the Italian Renaissance, and includes in its plot several notable figures from Florentine history. The story is of a girl's devotion to her blind father, her marriage to and betrayal by a young Greek and ultimate life of self-sacrifice.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't miss this

    • By Celia on 26-03-10

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Little Women or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott. Written and published in two parts in 1868 and 1869, the novel tells the story of a year in the life of the March family. We hear of their troubles and joys and come to sympathise with each character: maturing Meg, gifted Jo, gentle Beth and lively Amy, as they extend their kindness to all around them. Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) was an American novelist.

    Regular price: £7.99

    • Around the World in 80 Days

    • By: Jules Verne
    • Narrated by: Corbett Woodall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Set in 1872, Around the World in 80 Days tells the extraordinary and wonderful adventures of Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout, who set out to win a £20,000 bet to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • In the style of its time

    • By Tim on 21-10-08

    Regular price: £7.99

    • The Ambassadors

    • By: Henry James
    • Narrated by: Peter Gray
    • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Here is Henry James' dark comedic masterpiece, written in the final period of his life. Lambert Strether goes to Paris to bring back Chad, son of the wealthy New England widow he plans to marry. But he gradually comes to feel that life in Paris may hold more for him than in Woollett, Massachusetts.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not well read

    • By Josie on 17-02-09

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Daisy Miller

    • By: Henry James
    • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Published in 1878, portrays the courtship of the beautiful American girl Daisy Miller by Frederick Winterbourne. Winterbourne's pursuit of her is hampered by her own flirtatiousness, which is frowned upon by the other expatriates they meet in Switzerland and Italy. The the novel coments on the contrast between American and European society that is common to James's work.

    Regular price: £3.99

    • The Stars Look Down

    • By: A. J. Cronin
    • Narrated by: Arthur Blake
    • Length: 27 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Set in the north of England at the turn of the century, this novel focuses on the lives and times of the people who lived there, describing the suffering of the miners and the advent of World War I.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Stars Look Down

    • By Sarah on 19-04-14

    Regular price: £15.09

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