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  • Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen

    Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
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    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.

    Esteban says: "Bath as a marriage market..."
  • In the Bleak Midwinter, Goblin Market and Other Poems | Christina Rosetti

    In the Bleak Midwinter, Goblin Market and Other Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Christina Rosetti
    • Narrated By Natascha McElhone
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    A collection of Rosetti's most well known and loved poetry. Alongside the famous beauty of Rosetti's 'In the Bleak Midwinter', 'Goblin Market' is a deceptively simple poem. The story of two sisters and their temptation, punishment and redemption, written in Christina Rosetti's characteristically songlike poetry, is easily passed over as a fable or fairy story. But there are several layers more to discover in this most intriguing of poems.

  • A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By George Cole
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    Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without A Christmas Carol. At the time Dickens was writing it, many of the time-honoured customs linked with Christmas were beginning to disappear. It is largely due to this book that we carry with us much of the imagery that is now associated with the traditional celebration and spirit of Christmas.

  • Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There | Lewis Carroll

    Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Julia McKenzie
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    This is the story of Alice's second visit to Wonderland, where again every idea Alice has of logic and reason is logically and rationally challenged by her adventures. From the classic Red Queen, with her manic racing to enable her to stay exactly where she is, to the highly meaningful nonsense of the Jabberwocky, Alice's trip through the looking glass has provided us with a host of now familiar but no less teasing puzzles which somehow manage to give us a whole new reflection on 'normal' life.

  • Silas Marner | George Eliot

    Silas Marner

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
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    Framed for a theft he didn’t commit and expelled from the church which has been his life, Silas Marner, the weaver, exiles himself to the remote rural village of Raveloe to bury himself in making money with his loom. The arrival of a golden-haired orphan toddler at his door, however, drags the recluse back into the world and away from his obsession with his hoard.

    Alphaville says: "A welcome return to George Eliot"
  • Kidnapped | Robert Louis Stevenson

    Kidnapped

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Nicholas Rowe
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    The wild adventure that David Balfour takes in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped starts with the newly orphaned boy travelling to his uncle's terrifying House of Shaws. Having failed in an attempt to murder young David, the miserly Ebeneezer Balfour, who would rather keep the fortune to which the child is now entitled, arranges for a kidnapping aboard a ship bound for the new world.

    Joe says: "A Classic"
  • Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe

    Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By David Warner
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    Robinson Crusoe is considered by many to be the first novel in the English language. The term 'Robinsonade' has even been coined to describe the various spin-offs of Robinson Crusoe. It is astonishing how much of the book has become part of the language; the very term 'Robinson Crusoe' has become synonymous with the concept of a castaway.

  • Nursery Rhymes | Walter Crane

    Nursery Rhymes

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    • By Walter Crane
    • Narrated By Jane Horrocks
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    The wonderful Little Voice of Jane Horrocks brings this exclusive downloadable audiobook collection of your favourite childhood nursery rhymes out of the dust covers of Mother Goose's books and into strange and merry life. The nursery rhymes that make up our collection are taken from the original Mother Goose rhymes. They are the classics from our childhood, with all the original verses and all the parts of rhymes that one usually hums over due to having forgotten the words.

    Cheryl M. says: "Ok, but name the chapters"
  • The Railway Children | Edith Nesbit

    The Railway Children

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated By Margaret Tyzak
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    'My Daddy! My Daddy!' has become one of the most famous tearjerking lines. Bobby's cry as her father's figure appears through the mist of the steam train in this story of a family's stalwart struggle to keep calm and carry on when forced by the wrongful arrest of their father on spying charges to move from their idyllic life to a rundown cottage by a railway line has jerked the tears of generations of readers (and, in latter years, filmgoers and theatre audiences).

  • The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales | Geoffrey Chaucer

    The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Terry Jones
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    Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is one of the most influential pieces of writing in the British literary cannon. It helped to establish English, rather than Latin or Norman French, as an acceptable language for literature. It was also one of the earliest pieces of work to have story linking - what had previously been just collected writings which the author deemed interesting.

  • Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Emily Woof
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    Attraction, desire and sex were not proper subjects for a 19th-century novel, and Charlotte Brontë's clear and open handling of all three in Jane Eyre was shocking, exciting and revolutionary. Jane Eyre - a small, plain-faced, intelligent and honest English orphan - is abused by her aunt and cousins as a child; acquires role models during her education at Lowood Academy; and becomes the governess of Thornfield Manor, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester.

  • The Real Thing and Other Stories | Henry James

    The Real Thing and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
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    Illusion and love - two of James' favourite things - grin thorough this collection of funny and wicked tales. The illusion of social class, a favourite stamping ground for James, is explored in the glittering social comedy "The Real Thing", first published in 1892, in which an artist attempts vainly to capture the nature of aristocracy via painting what he takes to be 'real' members of that social group.

  • Sonnets from the Portuguese | Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Sonnets from the Portuguese

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Narrated By Jane Horrocks
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    The love affair between Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and Robert Browning is one of the most famous in literature. It begins in 1844 with Elizabeth Barrett, closeted in her room for five years through ill health and forbidden from marrying by her nonconformist father, publishing the most recent of her highly successful literary works, a collection of poetry. The poems prompt a letter from Robert Browning in praise of her work, which so touches her that she agrees to let him into her voluntary seclusion.

  • The Miller's Tale: With Spoken Notes by Terry Jones | Geoffrey Chaucer

    The Miller's Tale: With Spoken Notes by Terry Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Terry Jones
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    In his own inimitable style, Terry Jones leads you through Chaucer's filthy and very funny tale of adultery, the feared coming of the second flood and burnt bums. The Canterbury Tales broke the literary mould in many ways. It established English as an acceptable language for literature, where previously it had been almost exclusively Latin or Norman French. It was also one of the first books to create a link between all the pieces of work in a literary collection.

  • Love Among the Haystacks and Other Stories | D H Lawrence

    Love Among the Haystacks and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By D H Lawrence
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
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    This is a selection of D. H. Lawrence’s short stories, mostly about women. Although much wider known for his novels and in particular for his forthright attitude to sex and its description in literature, it is for his short stories that Lawrence has most commonly gained critical acclaim. He was a beautiful creator of this most difficult of forms, giving us glimpses into the lives he describes in his stories, which often tell us more than full-length novels written by lesser hands.

  • Tales of Terror and Mystery | Arthur Conan Doyle

    Tales of Terror and Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By BIll Paterson
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    Trapped by the strength of the public adoration of his character Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle was desperate to write other works not involving the sleuth. The Tales of Terror and Mystery have all the recognisable qualities that made Conan Doyle's work so popular - the attention to gruesome detail, the meticulous logic and the intricate and wittily bemusing plotting - yet they are free of the constraints put on Conan Doyle by Mr. Holmes.

  • The Cricket on the Hearth | Charles Dickens

    The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By George Cole
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    There is the warmest of Christmas fires in this hearth. It was reportedly written in a matter of weeks to catch the Christmas deadline. Unlike his other seasonal stories, this is not a supernatural tale but one of the perfect domestic scene with which Dickens was so obsessed throughout his writing. It is all here: the warmth of home, the loving little woman, the children, the food and the laughter. All the things that go to make an idealised Christmas are rolled into one very warming story.

  • The Chimes | Charles Dickens

    The Chimes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By George Cole
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    Filled with an array of comic characters, The Chimes tells the story of Toby Veck, a humble porter whose loses his faith in human nature at the hands of his presumed social superiors but regains it thanks to the spirits of the bells. Like its predecessor, it carries a heartfelt plea for charity and brotherhood and examines such distressing themes as suicide and infanticide as well as the question of whether the poor have any right to live at all.

  • A Lodging for the Night | Robert Louis Stevenson

    A Lodging for the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alan Howard
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    In A Lodging for the Night, a dissolute Parisian student finds himself forced into accepting the favours of a venerable and respected knight on a cold winter's evening in 1456. The ensuing dinner conversation is spellbinding.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Julia McKenzie
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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.

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