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DAISY MILLER

DAISY MILLER

by Henry James | Read by Kitty Hendrix

Listen2aBook.com | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Kitty Hendrix deftly transports listeners to the aristocratic echelon of Europe in this 1879 classic. American Frederick Winterbourne and his Aunt Costello are at a hotel in Switzerland when he observes the beautiful young American of the title. Hendrix outdoes herself with both male characters during an amusing conversation between Daisy's younger brother, Randolph,... Read More

DEAD SOULS

DEAD SOULS

Earphones Award Winner

by Nikolai Gogol | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

There are many voices, of many classes and temperaments, for Nicholas Boulton to portray in this audiobook. He meets the challenge with a wide range of British class and regional accents, along with character voices. More of a challenge is the range of moods, from comedy to near-tragedy, and the problematical text, which lacks an ending as well as several chunks toward the end.... Read More

HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT

by Anthony Trollope | Read by Nigel Patterson

Listen2aBook.com | Unabridged
Classics

While narrator Nigel Patterson is less than superb with his American regional accents, and he doesn't create distinct voices for the many characters in this audiobook, he is marvelous with the varied emotions of those characters. Trollope keeps us clear on who is speaking, so individual voices are not necessary, and if we can't always distinguish between Trevelyan, Stanbury,... Read More

NORTHANGER ABBEY

NORTHANGER ABBEY

Earphones Award Winner

by Jane Austen, Anna Lea [Adapt.] | Read by Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ella Purnell, Jeremy Irvine, Lily Cole

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Classics

With her natural elegance, fine ear for the English language, and hint of mischief, Emma Thompson has the ideal voice to narrate this Jane Austen classic. The first to be written (1798) and the last to be published after Austen's death (1818), the gentle gothic satire concerns clergyman's daughter Catherine Morland, who is introduced to high society with all its manners, teas,... Read More

OROONOKO

OROONOKO

by Aphra Behn | Read by Clare Wille

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Clare Wille's performance may help listeners appreciate Behn's tragic romance despite the story's seventeenth-century prose. It features the star-crossed love of a noble (and highly emotional) African king who is tricked into slavery. Wille's pace can be a touch quick, but she aids understanding through her clarity of enunciation and her astute interpretations of emotion,... Read More

THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE

THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE

by Stephen Crane | Read by Mike Vendetti

Listen2ABook | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Mike Vendetti's conversational style is ideal for this post-Civil War novel, which remains relevant even today. Young Henry Fleming joins the military to experience the glory of battle but soon finds that the reality is terrifying. Fleming's story personalizes the war, and Vendetti's measured tone changes as the action and emotions shift. It's moving to hear Fleming's... Read More

THE SEA, THE SEA

THE SEA, THE SEA

by Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie [Intro.] | Read by Simon Vance, Kimberly Farr [Intro.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Simon Vance illuminates Iris Murdoch's rich and disturbing character portrait. Written as the memoirs of a retired theater director in a seaside town, the audiobook is a depiction of a man losing his grip on reality and identity. Playing the old director as leaning towards melodrama and a hint of theatrical campiness, Vance convincingly creates a disparity between the... Read More

SHERLOCK HOLMES

SHERLOCK HOLMES

Earphones Award Winner

by Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry [Intro.] | Read by Stephen Fry

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Classics

Consummate British actor, writer, comedian, and all-round performer Stephen Fry delivers an audio experience to savor in this performance of the entire canon of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes works, beginning with A STUDY IN SCARLET and ending with HIS LAST BOW. However you consume it--during a marathon car trip or by dipping in and out--you'll be entertained and will... Read More

THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER

THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER

by Wolfgang von Goethe | Read by Leighton Pugh

Ukemi Productions Ltd | Unabridged
Classics

Written in 1774 when Goethe was just 24, this short novel is a series of letters written by a young man in the throes of impossible love with a woman who is engaged to someone else. Leighton Pugh is marvelous in his role as narrator. Although the epistolary form means there's little opportunity for multiple voices, Pugh changes the color and timbre of his narration in all the... Read More

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

by Henry James | Read by Penelope Rawlins, Ben Elliot

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

An unnamed governess arrives at a sprawling English estate and immediately finds herself both charmed and mystified by her new charges--the darling young niece and nephew of a wealthy absentee landlord. Ben Elliot, who reads the prologue, and Penelope Rawlins combine a skillful delivery of Henry James's careful nineteenth-century prose with a more modern pace that will keep... Read More

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