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    • Anna Karenina

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Judy Franklin
    • Length: 35 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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

    • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • By: Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated by: Andrew Timothy
    • Length: 50 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164

    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 Woman in White

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 24 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 251
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    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 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 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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

    • Lord Jim

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Nigel Graham
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The story tells of Jim, a young, good-looking, genial, and naive water-clerk on the Patna, a cargo ship plying Asian waters. One night, when the ship collides with an obstacle and begins to sink, acting on impulse, Jim jumps overboard and lands in a lifeboat, which happens to be bearing the unscrupulous captain and his cohorts away from the disaster.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Marlow brought to life

    • By William on 22-04-11

    Regular price: £9.99

    • Moby Dick

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Duncan Carse
    • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a classic of American and world literature. Written in 1851, this is the incredible story of the crazed captain Ahab who, consumed by his desire for revenge, drives his crew to scour the oceans of the world for the fearsome white whale, Moby Dick. It soon becomes clear that Ahab will stop at nothing and is prepared to risk everything, his ship, his crew members, and his own life. Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) was an American novelist short story writer, essayist and poet.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • interesting classic, ponderous at times

    • By Dez V on 05-05-17

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Portrait of a Lady

    • By: Henry James
    • Narrated by: Marvin Kane
    • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The novel tells the story of beautiful, intelligent, and headstrong Isabel Archer, as she leaves her native America and embarks on a journey of self discovery in Europe. Published as a book in 1881, it explores his familiar themes including the conflict between American individualism and European social custom and the situation of Americans in Europe. It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal freedom, responsibility, betrayal, and sexuality.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Mill on the Floss

    • By: George Eliot
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 20 hrs and 34 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

    • Romola

    • By: George Eliot
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 24 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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

    • 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

    • 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 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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

    • The Old Curiosity Shop

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: George Hagan
    • Length: 25 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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

    • 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

    • The Last of the Mohicans

    • By: James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
    • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The Last of the Mohicans is a historical novel by James Fenimore Cooper, first published in January 1826. James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century.

    Regular price: £11.99

    • A Pair of Blue Eyes

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
    • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Written in 1873 it was autobiographical and the heroine Elfride Swancourt is based on Hardy's first wife Emma Gifford. The novel tells the tail of a the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Hardy novel which deserves wider recognition

    • By Jane on 12-03-14

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Martin Chuzzlewit

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: George Hagan
    • Length: 39 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Originally serialized between 1843-1844 the story tells of Martin, the grandson of old Martin Chuzzlewit who is rich but has become bittter due to the greed of his kin. Young Martin is initially selfish but through hard labour and the positive and cheerful influence of his servant, Tapley, becomes decent. The novel is broken up into segments by young Martin's voyage to seek his fortune in America.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty tough to get through

    • By J. A. Mulligan on 24-05-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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

    • Barnaby Rudge

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: George Hagan
    • Length: 29 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Published between 1840 and 1841, it is Dickens' first attempt at an historical novel, his only other being A Tale of Two Cities. Full of classic Dickensian characters, the plot is based on the "no-popery" or Gordon riots of 1780 seen through the eyes of the good-hearted idiot Barnaby Rudge.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • poorly read

    • By mollyeyre on 05-04-10

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • DidnT get whole book

    • By Anonymous User on 06-08-18

    Regular price: £7.99

    • 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

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