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The top 50 Classics audiobooks on based on sales from our 1,300+ partner bookstore locations.

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Bestseller #1

A Thousand Ships

A Novel

By Natalie Haynes
Narrated by: Natalie Haynes
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

A Thousand Ships

“A retelling of the Trojan War where the women are as heroic (if not more so) than the men. I especially liked Penelope’s arc, told through letters to her wayward and philandering husband. Having the author read the audiobook was 100% the right choice. ”

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Bestseller #2

The Remains of the Day

By Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
Length: 9 hours 23 minutes

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is the universally acclaimed novel—winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film.
This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three... Read more »

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Bestseller #3

The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Narrated by: Allyn Burrows
Length: 6 hours 11 minutes

A magnetic new recording read by award-winning actor Allyn Burrows! Transport yourself to the era of Jazz with this dazzling recording of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s infamous American novel, The Great Gatsby. Burrows expertly narrates the masterpiece revealing the mysteries and romance of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his former lover Daisy. This... Read more »

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Bestseller #4


By Daphne du Maurier
Narrated by: Anna Massey
Length: 14 hours 48 minutes

The classic Gothic suspense novel by Daphne du Maurier -- winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century -- is now a Netflix film starring Lily James and Armie Hammer. 

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and... Read more »

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Bestseller #5

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee
Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
Length: 12 hours 17 minutes

Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred

One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold... Read more »

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Bestseller #6

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

By Shirley Jackson
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Length: 5 hours 32 minutes

Shirley Jackson’s deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family takes readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, macabre humor, and gothic atmosphere.

Six years after four family members died suspiciously of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance;... Read more »

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Bestseller #7

Don Quixote

Translated by Edith Grossman
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By Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 39 hours 40 minutes

Don Quixote is the classic story. Called the first modern novel, this marvelous book has stood the test of time to become irrevocably intertwined with the fabric of society. Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more... Read more »

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Bestseller #8

Beowulf: A New Translation

A New Translation

By Maria Dahvana Headley
Narrated by: JD Jackson & Maria Dahvana Headley
Length: 4 hours 8 minutes

"Narrator JD Jackson addresses his listener as "bro" in this decidedly contemporary retelling of the classic saga...His brilliant performance captures all the artistry, wit, and immediacy of this fresh translation, and breathes new life into what for most has been a literary fossil." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

A new,... Read more »

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Bestseller #9


By James Joyce
Narrated by: Donal Donnelly & Miriam Healy-Louie
Length: 27 hours 15 minutes

The young poet Stephen has been recalled from Paris to Dublin to be at his mother's deathbed. But he refuses her dying wishes: to kneel and pray for her. Now, holed up in his Martello tower outside the city walls, he has to suffer the taunts of Buck Mulligan by day and, by night, the vision of 'her eyes, shaking out of death to shake and bend my... Read more »

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Bestseller #10

Cry, the Beloved Country

By Alan Paton & Charles Scribner
Narrated by: Michael York
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

A worldwide bestseller when it was first published in 1948, Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.

Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of Stephen Kumalo, a Zulu pastor, and his son, Absalom. Set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s, it is also... Read more »

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Bestseller #11

Les Miserables

By Victor Hugo
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 60 hours 27 minutes

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les MisErables is legendary author Victor Hugo's masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo's work. Here is the timeless story of the... Read more »

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Bestseller #12

Stranger in a Strange Land

By Robert A. Heinlein
Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
Length: 16 hours 17 minutes

Stranger in a Strange Land is the epic saga of an earthling, Valentine Michael Smith, born and educated on Mars, who arrives on our planet with “psi” powers—telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, teleportation, pyrolysis, and the ability to take control of the minds of others—and complete innocence regarding the mores of man.

After... Read more »

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Bestseller #13

Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Bronte
Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
Length: 20 hours 51 minutes

Introduction by Diane Johnson
Commentary by G. K. Chesterton, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Rigby, George Saintsbury, and Anthony Trollope

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Initially published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre erupted onto the English literary scene,... Read more »

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Bestseller #14


By Jo Baker
Narrated by: Emma Fielding
Length: 13 hours 30 minutes

Pride and Prejudice was only half the story •
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing... Read more »

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Bestseller #15

Tomorrow Will Be Better

By Betty Smith
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

A timeless classic is reborn! First published in 1948, and long out of print, Tomorrow Will Be Better is a heartwarming story of young love, marriage, and hope from Betty Smith, the beloved author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Set in the Williamsburg and Bushwick sections of Brooklyn, New York, in the 1920s, Tomorrow Will Be Better is the story of... Read more »

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Bestseller #16

The Iliad - Abridged

Penguin Audio Classics

By Homer, Robert Fagles & Bernard Knox
Narrated by: Derek Jacobi & Maria Tucci
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

Dating to the ninth century BC, Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to  the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb Introduction... Read more »

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Bestseller #17

A Passage to India

By E.M. Forster
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

The lives of Miss Adela Quested and those around her are forever changed when she befriends a young doctor named Aziz during a trip she and her companion Mrs. Moore make to India. The unlikely friendship between Adela and Aziz eventually culminates in a disastrous expedition to the Marabar caves, during which she offends him, an action which... Read more »

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Bestseller #18

The Wind in the Willows

By Kenneth Grahame
Narrated by: Mary Robinson
Length: 6 hours 32 minutes

The Wind in the Willows is a children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of... Read more »

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Bestseller #19

The Count of Monte Cristo

By Alexandre Dumas
Narrated by: Mark Brown
Length: 54 hours 4 minutes

A popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas’s grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason.... Read more »

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Bestseller #20

The Iliad

By Homer & Stephen Mitchell
Narrated by: Alfred Molina
Length: 16 hours 3 minutes

One of the New Yorker’s Favorite Books from 2011—from the renowned translator of Rilke, Tao Te Ching, and Gilgamesh, a vivid new translation of Western civilization’s foundational epic: the Iliad.

One of The New Yorker’s Favorite Books of 2 011

Tolstoy called the Iliad a miracle; Goethe said that it always thrust him into a state of astonishment.... Read more »

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Bestseller #21

The Secret Agent

World Classics

By Joseph Conrad
Narrated by: Cori Samuel
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

Adolf Verlof runs a sex shop in 1880’s London, but his real profession is even shadier. He’s a so-called "agent provocateur" for the Embassy, whose mission it is to infiltrate and spy on a relatively harmless group of anarchists. His employers are impatiently waiting for the group to do something radical enough that they can use it as an excuse... Read more »

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Bestseller #22

B. J. Harrison Reads The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Classic Tales with B. J. Harrison

By Mark Twain
Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes

Tom Sawyer is an orphaned boy who lives together with his kindhearted aunt Polly. Although his poor aunt takes good care of him, Tom grows up to be rebellious who comes up with a new plan for troublemaking every day. He steals snacks, comes home late, lies to his friends, tricks them into giving him various things and each time he manages to get... Read more »

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Bestseller #23

Kidnapped and Treasure Island

A Robert Louis Stevenson Collection

By Robert Louis Stevenson
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

Enjoy two seafaring adventures by a beloved classic adventure writer in Kidnapped and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Robert Louis Stevenson was one of the early masters of the action and adventure genre. His books were adventurous and smart, and written to entice audiences into indulging in high-seas fantasies. Both titles in this... Read more »

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Bestseller #24

Around the World in 80 Days

By Jules Verne
Narrated by: Simon Hester
Length: 7 hours 21 minutes

The imperturbable Englishman Phileas Fogg attempts to makes an exciting journey around the World in 80 Days. By his side is the ever resourceful and faithful Passpartout and on his heels is the determined Detective Fix.

Jules Verne's classic story brims with colour and adventure as we follow Mr Fogg around the globe through all the travails of... Read more »

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Bestseller #25

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

By Jules Verne
Narrated by: Michael Ward
Length: 7 hours 37 minutes

This timeless classic of Jules Verne, depicts the tale of Axel Liedenbrock and his impatient and irascible uncle The Professor as they attempt a journey to the very centre of the Earth. After the Professor finds a coded message by the obscure Icelandic Savant Arne Saknussemm detailing how to attain passage to the very centre of the globe, he... Read more »

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Bestseller #26

Women in Love

By D. H. Lawrence
Narrated by: Maureen O'Brien
Length: 18 hours 49 minutes

"Let us hesitate no longer to announce that the sensual passions and mysteries are equally sacred with the spiritual mysteries and passions," wrote D. H. Lawrence in Women in Love, his masterpiece heralding the erotic consciousness of the twentieth century. Lawrence explores love, sex, passion, and marriage through the eyes of two sisters,... Read more »

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Bestseller #27


The Greek Myths Reimagined

By Stephen Fry
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 15 hours 1 minutes

In this sequel to the bestselling Mythos, legendary author and actor Stephen Fry moves from the exploits of the Olympian gods to the deeds of mortal heroes.

Perseus. Jason. Atalanta. Theseus. Heracles. Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths. Whether recounting a tender love affair or a heroic triumph, Fry deftly... Read more »

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Bestseller #28

Native Son

By Richard Wright
Narrated by: Peter Francis James
Length: 17 hours 45 minutes

Now an HBO Film!

“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was... Read more »

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Bestseller #29


By William Shakespeare
Narrated by: Full Cast
Length: 1 hours 59 minutes

Foretold he will be king, Macbeth embarks on a path of murderous treason, stopping at nothing to seize the throne...

Recorded at Glamis Castle in Scotland with a full cast, Almost Tangible's multi-award winning Macbeth is a gripping, immersive sound experience that puts the listener at the heart of the action in Shakespeare's epic drama about... Read more »

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Bestseller #30

Jane Austen Collection: The Complete Novels (Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion...)

Pandora's Classics

By Jane Austen
Narrated by: Karen Savage & Elizabeth Klett
Length: 69 hours 28 minutes

This audiobook contains the complete novels of Jane Austen in the chronological order of their original publication. - Lady Susan (starts at Chapter 1) - Sense and Sensibility (starts at Chapter 44) - Pride and Prejudice (starts at Chapter 96) - Mansfield Park (starts at Chapter 159) - Emma (starts at Chapter 209) - Persuasion (starts at... Read more »

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Bestseller #31

East of Eden

Penguin Audio Classics

By John Steinbeck
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Length: 25 hours 18 minutes

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a sprawling epic in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. Read more »

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Bestseller #32

The Grapes of Wrath

Penguin Audio Classics

By John Steinbeck & Robert DeMott
Narrated by: Dylan Baker
Length: 21 hours

John Steinbeck's powerful evocation of the suffering and hardship caused by the Great Depression, and a panoramic vision of the struggle for the American Dream, The Grapes of Wrath includes a critical introduction by Robert DeMott in Penguin Modern Classics. 'I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.'... Read more »

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Bestseller #33


By George Orwell
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes

Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this immensely popular book.

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities’ will and people live tepid lives by rote.

Winston Smith, the hero with... Read more »

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Bestseller #34

Emma (Seasons Edition -- Spring)

By Jane Austen
Narrated by: Imogen Wilde
Length: 16 hours 42 minutes

She wished she might be able to keep him from an absolute declaration. That would be so very painful a conclusion of their present acquaintance! and yet, she could not help rather anticipating something decisive. She felt as if the spring would not pass without bringing a crisis, an event, a something to alter her present composed and tranquil... Read more »

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Bestseller #35

Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Brontë
Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
Length: 18 hours 23 minutes

Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane’s childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall.... Read more »

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Bestseller #36

The Hemingway Stories

As featured in the film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on PBS

By Ernest Hemingway & Tobias Wolff
Narrated by: Stacy Keach, John Bedford Lloyd & Tobias Wolff
Length: 7 hours 45 minutes

A new collection showcasing the best of Ernest Hemingway’s short stories including his well-known classics, as featured in the magnificent three-part, six-hour PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick—introduced by award-winning author Tobias Wolff.

Ernest Hemingway, a literary icon and considered one of the greatest American writers of all... Read more »

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Bestseller #37

Animal Farm

By George Orwell
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 3 hours 11 minutes

George Orwell’s classic satire of the Russian Revolution has become an intimate part of our contemporary culture, with its treatment of democratic, fascist, and socialist ideals through an animal fable. The animals of Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm are overworked, mistreated, and desperately seeking a reprieve. In their quest to create an idyllic society... Read more »

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Bestseller #38

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Novel

By James Baldwin
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes

In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad.Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is... Read more »

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Bestseller #39

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

50th Anniversary Edition
Penguin Audio Classics

By Ken Kesey & Robert Faggen
Narrated by: John C. Reilly
Length: 10 hours 31 minutes

A fiftieth-anniversary edition of Ken Kesey's searing American classic.

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental... Read more »

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Bestseller #40

Giovanni’s Room

By James Baldwin
Narrated by: Dan Butler
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality.

With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the... Read more »

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Bestseller #41

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephen Chbosky
Narrated by: Noah Galvin
Length: 6 hours 23 minutes

Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from... Read more »

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Bestseller #42

The Iliad

A New Translation by Caroline Alexander

By Homer & Caroline Alexander
Narrated by: Dominic Keating
Length: 19 hours 46 minutes

With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer’s timeless epic of the Trojan War

Composed around 730 B.C., Homer’s Iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion.... Read more »

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Bestseller #43

The Iliad

The Fitzgerald Translation

By Robert Fitzgerald & Homer
Narrated by: Dan Stevens
Length: 13 hours 59 minutes

Since it was first published more than forty years ago, Robert Fitzgerald's prizewinning translation of Homer's battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. This definitive translation of Homer's epic is timeless in its authority and always fresh in its vivid rendering... Read more »

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Bestseller #44

Go Tell It on the Mountain

By James Baldwin
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

James Baldwin’s stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural... Read more »

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Bestseller #45

The Odyssey

Penguin Audio Classics

By Homer
Narrated by: Ian McKellen
Length: 13 hours 2 minutes

The Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, the energy and poetry of Homer's original is captured in a bold, contemporary idiom, giving us an edition of The Odyssey that is a joy to listen to, worth savoring treasuring for its sheer lyrical mastery. This... Read more »

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Bestseller #46

Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley
Narrated by: Michael York
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

Originally published in 1932, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, antiaging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media—has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller’s genius, he weaves these ethical... Read more »

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Bestseller #47

The Time Machine

By H.G Wells
Narrated by: Simon Hester
Length: 3 hours 51 minutes

H.G Wells takes us on a fascinating and frightening journey forwards in time to find that the Human Race has divided into two distinct types. One, devoid of all obstacles to progress has become saturated in pleasure and leisure to the point of feebleness. The other, dwelling underground has become so acclimatised to its subterranean existence... Read more »

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Bestseller #48

The Remains of the Day

By Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrated by: Dominic West
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes

Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning masterpiece became an international bestseller on publication, was adapted into an award-winning film, and has since come to be regarded as a modern classic.
The Remains of the Day is a spellbinding portrayal of a vanished way of life and a haunting meditation on the high cost of duty. It is also one of the... Read more »

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Bestseller #49


By Nella Larsen
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 4 hours 5 minutes

First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in America. Larsen, a premier writer of the Harlem Renaissance, captures the rewards and dangers faced by two negro women who pass for white in a deeply segregated world. Read more »

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Bestseller #50

The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Ensemble cast
Length: 4 hours 13 minutes

The original American full dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio.

Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage—and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings... Read more »

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