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THE CALL OF THE WILD

THE CALL OF THE WILD

by Jack London | Read by Pablo Schreiber

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Pablo Schreiber's pacing, tone, and timbre are spot-on as he delivers this often brutal story. This classic novella centers on the exploits of the enormous dog Buck, who is taken from his Southern California home and ends up in the wilds of the Yukon. Schreiber narrates with exquisite restraint. The harrowing adventures of this iconic animal in the primitive wilds of... Read More

DESPERATE REMEDIES

DESPERATE REMEDIES

by Thomas Hardy | Read by Anna Bentinck

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Anna Bentinck valiantly works to keep Thomas Hardy's early story of love and deception consistently compelling. An unconventional narrator, Bentinck takes pauses in unusual places, injecting a note of spontaneity into Hardy's occasionally hard-going descriptive passages. Hardy's story is highly character driven, and while Bentinck's style doesn't quite make the most of the... Read More

DIARY OF A MADMAN AND OTHER STORIES

DIARY OF A MADMAN AND OTHER STORIES

by Nikolai Gogol | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Nicholas Boulton can narrate an extended dialogue and make it seem indisputably between two people. He does so in this collection of Gogol stories, for which he produces a wide array of voices and characters. He takes full advantage of opportunities to inhabit the characters. In typical British fashion, he uses a skillful range of accents to indicate class differences. In many... Read More

EMMA

EMMA

by Jane Austen, Anna Lea [Adaptation] | Read by Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Morgana Robinson

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Classics

Regal, haughty, with a pinch of sly wit, Emma Thompson's delivery is perfect for Jane Austen's 1815 masterwork. Young, rich, and headstrong Emma Woodhouse lives in the lap of luxury with her wonderfully addled father. Her world is one of elegant dances, afternoon teas, and, especially, intricate and sometimes convoluted matchmaking. Isabella Inchbald (as Emma) and Alexa Davies... Read More

THE EUROPEANS

THE EUROPEANS

by Henry James | Read by Adam Sims

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Adam Sims expertly guides the listener through the complex relationships Henry James sets up when European cousins Eugenia and Felix come to America to meet their relations. Sims's soft cadence couples well with James's prose, and his vocal characterizations distinguish the characters clearly. He captures the European brother and sister especially well. Felix's... Read More

FEAR AND TREMBLING

FEAR AND TREMBLING

by Soren Kierkegaard | Read by Mark Meadows

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Philosophy is often presented in a dry and dull manner, but that isn't the case when it's delivered by narrator Mark Meadows. In this version of Kierkegaard's masterpiece, Meadows uses good pacing to give the listener an intricate treatment of the biblical story of Isaac's near sacrifice by his father, Abraham, and what this story may mean in the realm of faith in a higher... Read More

A HERO OF OUR TIME

A HERO OF OUR TIME

by Mikhail Lermontov, J.H. Wisdom [Trans.], Marr Murray [Trans.] | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Nicholas Boulton's narration of the first Russian novel is an excellent match of voice and text. Lermontov's novel concerns the interactions of two Russian officers serving in the Caucasus in the 1830s. The main character, Pechorin, is a Byronic hero and quite politically incorrect. The antagonist is Grushnitsky, who competes with Pechorin for the affections of Princess Mary.... Read More

JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

by Daniel Defoe | Read by Andrew Cullum

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Andrew Cullum's narration enlivens Defoe's historical novel about the 1665 plague in London. While Defoe was not an eyewitness, he re-created a realistic picture of the period through his own research. The novel relies heavily on the first-person narrator, who recounts his observations during the plague. Because of this, there is not much opportunity for Cullum to do vocal... Read More

THE ODYSSEY

THE ODYSSEY

by | Read by Claire Danes

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Classics

This is a listen for anyone who wants to hear an updated version of the classic work by Homer. It's also for fans of Claire Danes, who does a superb job narrating the much-praised translation by Emily Wilson. Danes brings a restrained but inviting enthusiasm to what could easily have been a dry, difficult reading. Wilson succeeds in staying true to Homer's story of the journey... Read More

THE PIAZZA TALES

THE PIAZZA TALES

by Herman Melville | Read by Mark Owen, Pete Cross, Michael Lackey

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Classics

Melville is among the more difficult titans of American literature, and this audiobook does little to make his shorter works more accessible. The narratives are easy enough to follow on the surface, but the real meat of these stories is below the surface, and the clear but rather affectless narrations don't help to open them up. Michael Lackey, who delivers "Bartleby, the... Read More

THE POSSESSED

THE POSSESSED

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky | Read by Constantine Gregory

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Actor Constantine Gregory demonstrates his many talents in this remarkable performance of Dostoevsky's novel. The title literally means demons or devils; the plot concerns a group of individuals who are possessed by the demons of their own lives and ideas. This long work reflects the author's views on how Western European ideas were influencing Russia. As with much of Russian... Read More

SISTER CARRIE

SISTER CARRIE

by Theodore Dreiser | Read by Laurel Lefkow

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Laurel Lefkow gives an elegantly understated narration of Dreiser's timeless novel of ambition, pride, and social class. Lefkow's pacing adeptly mirrors Carrie's tentative exploration of city life. Dreiser's exquisitely rendered details of every strata of social class will resonate with the economic realities of today's world. Lefkow's subtle shifts in vocal inflection and... Read More

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES: EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1

THE SOCRATIC DIALOGUES: EARLY PERIOD VOLUME 1 The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion

by | Read by David Rintoul and a Full Cast

Ukemi Productions | Unabridged
Classics

Reading Plato on the page, we tend to forget that the DIALOGUES were just that, works designed to be read aloud in an age when if you wanted a copy of a book, you had to have it made. David Rintoul, as Socrates, and an able supporting cast perform these pieces as theater, with real people discussing issues that concern them. Particularly in the APOLOGIA, Socrates's speeches... Read More

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