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    • Wuthering Heights

    • By: Emily Bronte
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
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      5 out of 5 stars 93
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    The wild and passionate tale of Cathy and Heathcliff's impossible love for each other and its phenomenal setting on the blasted Yorkshire moors has to be one of the best-known love affairs in literature.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully read

    • By sharie on 17-09-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Treasure Island

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    First conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland in an attempt to amuse his stepson, Treasure Island began with the map. Young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an island, and Stevenson, looking over the boy's shoulder, began to elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of Skeleton Island and Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses marking the buried treasure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Characterisation

    • By RobS on 13-08-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Frankenstein

    • By: Mary Shelley
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 91

    The tale of Dr. Frankenstein and the horrendous monster he unleashes on the world when he tinkers with the laws of nature had almost as strange a birth as the monster itself. It was the product of one of the most famous ghost story telling sessions in history. Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and several others were stranded on the shores of Lake Geneva during a particularly sodden summer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jacobi relishes the language - Superbly read.

    • By Bounce on 03-03-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Tale of Two Cities

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 38
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      5 out of 5 stars 34
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      5 out of 5 stars 34

    "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done...." With these words and a superb act of bravery and sacrifice, one of the most badly behaved heroes of all time ends Charles Dickens' great tale of the French Revolution. This is a firework display of a book, a crackling picture of the ravages and excesses of starving, furious men and the astonishing acts of heroism that usually accompany them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Anonymous User on 05-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Plain Tales from the Hills

    • By: Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated by: Tim Piggott-Smith
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Rudyard Kipling's short stories of life in the British Raj began in 1888 as journalistic snippets written to supplement his more serious factual output when he was employed as the assistant editor, at the meagre age of 20, of the Lahori-based Civil and Military Gazette.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Heartwarming stories from another place and time

    • By Avid listener on 10-08-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Mill on the Floss

    • By: George Eliot
    • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
    • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    The Mill on the Floss is one of the great works of English literature. It is perhaps the most autobiographical of all Eliot's novels. The relationship between its heroine, Maggie Tulliver, and her brother, Tom, closely resembles that of George Eliot and her own brother, Isaac. The subject of sibling affection was clearly a deeply poignant one for George Eliot - she also wrote a series of beautiful and evocative sonnets entitled 'Brother and Sister'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it

    • By Anonymous User on 24-04-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Fairy Stories

    • By: Brothers Grimm
    • Narrated by: Anna Massey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    These fairy tales are nasty. This is the land of goblins and sorceresses, with serious lines in revenge, not the land of unicorns and once upon a Barbie. The tales that the Brothers Grimm collected during their time as linguistics professors, first at the University of Göttingen and then in Berlin, at the request of the King of Prussia, were an attempt to map the folklore of the German-speaking people.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Perfect Brilliant Stillness

    • By: David Carse
    • Narrated by: Terence Stamp
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    The legendary British actor Terence Stamp reads the book that he says 'changed his life'. This is an exploration of our existence and a journey towards enlightenment. In what the author calls 'the fine print' at the start of the book, David Carse wrote: 'There are many books out there that will help you to live a better life, become a better person, and evolve and grow to realise your potential as a spiritual being. This is not one of them....'

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No words for this

    • By tarquino on 11-05-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Evelina

    • By: Frances Burney
    • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench, Finty Williams, Geoffrey Palmer
    • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Fanny Burney's wickedly funny satire follows the trials and romantic adventures of the young and beautiful Evelina as she tries to make her way through 18th-century Britain handicapped by her three great problems: being poor, being illegitimate - and being a girl. Evelina was a raging best seller when it was first published in 1778 and is widely credited with being the first of the great British domestic novels. Burney was a direct influence on her immediate follower, Jane Austen.

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Tom Brown's Schooldays

    • By: Thomas Hughes
    • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    The story of young Tom Brown's seemingly hideous years spent at rugby school and his spirited and astonishingly stalwart response to the institutionalised bullying prevalent at the 'Great' British public schools became exactly the campaigning tool its author hoped it would. The regimes at these schools had been largely unchallenged, with the assumption being that the education and training received were the best.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unexpectedly brilliant

    • By D on 09-04-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    • By: D H Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    The story of Lady Chatterley and her love for her husband's gamekeeper outraged the sensibilities of Edwardian England. Lawrence had already been dismissed as a purveyor of the obscene for the attitudes to sex that he had shown in The Rainbow, which had been fiercely suppressed on its publication in 1915. Chatterley, written in several versions around 1928 in Italy in the final part of Lawrence's life, was a deliberate choice on the author's part to address sex head on.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Probably a five 🌟 book, but my courage failed me.

    • By Cara on 30-12-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Three Men in a Boat

    • To Say Nothing of the Dog
    • By: Jerome K Jerome
    • Narrated by: Nickolas Grace
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Three Men in a Boat was intended to be a serious travel guide. It failed dismally in this respect but succeeded in becoming an hilarious account of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. The three men were based on the author and two of his friends. The holiday was a typical boating holiday of its time, carried out on what was known as a Thames camping skiff. The dog, Montmorency, however, was entirely fictional, but, as Jerome remarked, 'had much of me in it'.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is an exploration of the nature of evil and how far a man can go towards it when released from the constraints of what can be called civilisation. Before beginning his life as a writer at the age of 36, Conrad spent 16 years as a merchant seaman. In 1889 he became captain of a steamboat in the Congo Free State, and the atrocities he witnessed there, perpetrated by the representatives of the Belgian colonial powers, led him to write what he called his Congo Diary.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Ivanhoe

    • By: Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated by: James Cosmo
    • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    This is one of Sir Walter Scott’s greatest adventures, set amongst the roaring battles of the struggle between the Normans and the Saxons for control of medieval England. It deals with the rivalry between King Richard the Lion-Heart and his brother, John. We follow the adventures, skirmishes and romances of the hero, Ivanhoe, a Saxon knight loyal to King Richard, as he attempts to survive the England of King John alongside the disguised Richard and, of course, Robin Hood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great narration

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Diary of a Nobody

    • By: George Grossmith
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Palmer
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Written as the diary of someone who would not normally merit a memoir but considers that he should have one written about him anyway, The Diary of a Nobody chronicles in agonizing but very funny detail everyday life in the lower middle class suburbs of Victorian England and the attempts of a social climber to better himself. It was published in 1892. First published in the satirical magazine Punch as a serial between 1888 and 1889, with illustrations by the author’s brother, Weedon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everyone should read or hear this!

    • By nick on 25-03-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Aspern Papers

    • By: Henry James
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 6

    One of the wittiest and most scathing of Henry James' novellas, The Aspern Papers chronicles the attempt to extract the valuable letters of the famous and recently deceased poet Jeffrey Aspern from the hands of his past lover and formidable adversary in the battle Juliana Bordereau. The plot was reputedly suggested to James by a story he heard of an illicit attempt to get hold of several of Lord Byron's letters.

    Regular price: £9.99

    • Northanger Abbey

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    This is Jane Austen's lighthearted lesson in what you get for reading too many gothic novels. It is a mark of the astonishing talent of the woman, however, that even a flippant swipe at the trashy reading of the day turned out to be an elegant if extremely funny classic. Catherine Morland is another one of those Austen girls who, in spite of her gloriously ironic portrait as a romantic heroine in training, ends up being someone whose story you'd follow to the end of the world, or at least until the end of the book.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bath as a marriage market...

    • By Esteban on 25-09-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    • By: Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated by: Julia McKenzie
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Alice's rather wild adventures in Wonderland begin on an unadventurous picnic, when her attention, wandering off from the lesson it was supposed to be glued to, is caught by a passing white rabbit who happens to be wearing a waistcoat and muttering to himself, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" As he disappears down a rabbit hole and Alice, for want of anything better to do, follows him, a tale of almost hallucinogenic wildness unfolds as she finds herself in Wonderland.

    Regular price: £9.99

    • My Lady Ludlow

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Susannah York
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Lady Ludlow's appalling snobbery, prejudice and bred-in-the-bone conviction as to the superiority of the English aristocracy and their feudal way of life are deliciously tested, and found wanting, in this gently radical tale of the collapse of a social system. Elizabeth Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow is a brilliant picture of the shift in power in a rural northern village, from the velvety feudal Ludlows to the glitter of the new money rattling through the system courtesy of the brazen baker from Birmingham.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Joseph Andrews

    • The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and His Friend Mr. Abraham Adams
    • By: Henry Fielding
    • Narrated by: Rufus Sewell
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Riotous, sexy and groundbreaking, Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews: The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and His Friend Mr. Abraham Adams, published in 1742, was one of the first English novels. Fielding was melding and parodying the two major forces battling for control of the fiction market at the time - the mock heroic, neoclassical tradition as practiced by Pope and Swift and the popular and populist fiction of the new novelists such as Defoe and Richardson.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Humour at its best

    • By Anfisa on 15-07-16
    • The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and His Friend Mr. Abraham Adams
    • By: Henry Fielding
    • Narrated by: Rufus Sewell
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 16-11-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Regular price: £19.99

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