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  1. 18.4 hrs • 1/17/2017

    Emma is a literary classic by Jane Austen following the genteel women of Georgian-Regency England in their most cherished sport: matchmaking. Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied. After a couple she has introduced gets married, she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities and, blind to the dangers of meddling in other people’s lives, proceeds to forge ahead in her new interest despite objections. What follows is a comedy of manners, in which Emma repeatedly counsels her friends for or against their marriage prospects, absent any notice of their true emotions or desires. This story is often cited as a personal favorite of critics and literary historians, and Emma is set apart from other Austen heroines by her seeming immunity to romantic attraction.

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    Emma

    18.4 hrs • 1/17/17
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  2. 2.5 hrs • 1/17/2017

    Lady Susan is a short, epistolary novel by Jane Austen. Lady Susan Vernon is a selfish, attractive, and unscrupulous woman, who tries to trap the best possible husband while maintaining a relationship with a married man. As a widow, she seeks a match for herself, as well as husband-hunting for her daughter. Lady Susan is not only beautiful but intelligent and witty; she’s highly attractive to men and her suitors are always significantly younger. Inspired by Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and written in a similar form, Lady Susan is one of Jane Austen’s earliest finished works. In it, she reveals all the caustic wit and brilliant social satire of her later novellas.

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    Lady Susan

    2.5 hrs • 1/17/17
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  3. 3.6 hrs • 1/17/2017 • Unabridged

    An extraordinarily popular author during his lifetime, W. Somerset Maugham created a literary legacy that includes such classics as The Moon and Sixpence and The Razor’ s Edge. Maugham’ s first novel, Liza of Lambeth is the story of 18-year-old Liza Kemp, a London factory worker near the beginning of the 20th century who falls deeply in love with a 40-year-old father of nine children. As the affair escalates, Liza pays little mind to the damage her reputation is suffering. But society becomes increasingly troubled by the relationship.

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    Liza of Lambeth

    3.6 hrs • 1/17/17 • Unabridged
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  4. 18.5 hrs • 1/17/2017 • Unabridged

    “This is America … its Main Street is the continuation of Main Streets everywhere …" With the first line of his novel, Sinclair Lewis captures an America on the brink of change. Main Street vividly draws the lines of tension between tradition and progress in ways that make them timeless, yet still new. Carol Milford, educated, sophisticated, and energetic, has ambitious plans for her life. Her studies have prepared her to join an enlightened, progressive society. But after she becomes Carol Kennicott, the wife of a small town physician, she quickly learns that she is to be nothing more than a gracious wife. Frustrated and torn between the challenge of social change and the comfort of personal security, she begins to understand the cost of conformity-and rebellion. Sinclair Lewis’ perceptive tale has been a milestone in American literature since it was published in 1920. Conveying all the hope and optimism of a generation who sought to use their education and prosperity to make a more perfect country, his heroine still stands for the youthful exuberance of our nation.

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    Main Street

    18.5 hrs • 1/17/17 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.1 hrs • 1/17/2017 • Unabridged

    Writing in England at the turn of the 20th century, G.K. Chesterton was dubbed the “prince of paradox” for addressing serious questions with his light, whimsical style. In this classic allegory, which has captivated generations since it was first published in 1908, Chesterton tackles such profound concepts as honor, truth, and God with insightful humor and colorful enigma. The seven members of the secret Central Anarchist Council are sworn to destroy the world. For security reasons, each member has named himself after a day of the week. But Thursday is not at all whom he appears to be. Instead of a revolutionary young poet, he has been unmasked as a Scotland Yard detective. Now the other six anarchists are in a state of chaos and can’t trust anyone.

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    The Man Who Was Thursday

    7.1 hrs • 1/17/17 • Unabridged
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  6. 16.1 hrs • 1/17/2017 • Unabridged

    Mansfield Park is the chronicle of the trials of Fanny Price. Sweet, innocent, sensitive, and thoroughly proper, Fanny is taken from her family and raised by wealthy, but selfish relatives. All her qualities are tested when she becomes the object of the unwanted attentions of an insincere rake.

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    Mansfield Park

    16.1 hrs • 1/17/17 • Unabridged
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  7. 14.7 hrs • 1/5/2017 • Unabridged

    "Life on the Mississippi" is a memoir by Mark Twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War, and also a travel book, recounting his trip along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans many years after the War.

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    Life on the Mississippi

    14.7 hrs • 1/5/17 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.3 hrs • 1/5/2017 • Unabridged

    Kurt Vonnegut was a groundbreaking American writer, the author of such classics as Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle. In a future where sickness and disease are a forgotten memory, and death itself has been cured, population control requires special consideration, and the concept of 'Life for Life' has a new definition.

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    2 B R 0 2 B

    0.3 hrs • 1/5/17 • Unabridged
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  9. 0.5 hrs • 1/5/2017 • Unabridged

    Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was known for blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, and that is exactly what he does in this story. The story takes place in a future in which the population has grown so huge, due to an anti-aging product, that generations are forced to live together in crowded apartments. The family in this story is ruled by a dictatorial grandfather, the owner of the apartment and oldest of the clan.

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    The Big Trip Up Yonder

    0.5 hrs • 1/5/17 • Unabridged
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  10. 2.4 hrs • 1/5/2017 • Unabridged

    Jane Austen is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Her novels revolve around people, not events or coincidences. Miss Austen sets her novels in the upper middle class English country which was her own environment. Her novels have increased in stature over time. Her skills of writing, including a dry humor and a witty elegance of expression have attracted generations to her work. Miss Austen completed six novels and part of a seventh, "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", "Mansfield Park", "Emma", "Northanger Abbey", "Persuasion" and the partial "Lady Susan". Lady Susan is a wickedly funny epistolary novel about a captivating but unscrupulous widow seeking to snare husbands for her daughter and herself. The Watsons explores themes of family relationships, the marriage market, and attitudes to rank, which became the hallmarks of her major novels.

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    Lady Susan

    2.4 hrs • 1/5/17 • Unabridged
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  11. 9.6 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Unabridged

    Eleven short stories including The Musgrave Ritual, The Reigate Squires and The Final Problem.

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  12. 23.5 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Unabridged

    First published in 1861, The Mill on the Floss was a best-seller in its day. This classic novel explores the traditions and moral expectations of an English rural community. Maggie Tulliver is a girl of uncontrollable romantic ideals. But her brother, along with most of society, cannot accept her brashness and vitality. Narrator Jill Tanner gracefully unfolds this tragic tale of love and loss.

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    The Mill on the Floss

    23.5 hrs • 1/4/17 • Unabridged
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  13. 12.7 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Unabridged

    Daniel Defoe’s novel is a delightful 18th century classic. Called “the truest realism in English literature” and “the tale of a hot, earthy wench,” it meets both expectations while also offering a remarkable portrayal of an ingenious mind. Moll is born in Newgate prison to a petty thief and is soon left at the mercy of whoever will take her in. From this unfavorable beginning, the lusty, resourceful Moll loves and bargains her way from rags to riches, from prostitution in the streets of London to prosperity on a Virginia plantation. Along the way, she offers a charmingly candid view of her life and times. His colorful characters like Robinson Crusoe earned Daniel Defoe instant popular acclaim. In Moll Flanders, he created a beautiful woman who still holds a unique place in British literature. Through Virginia Leishman’s sparkling narration, she steps from the pages full of exuberance and spontaneity.

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    Moll Flanders

    12.7 hrs • 1/4/17 • Unabridged
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  14. 9.6 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Unabridged

    When a fatal draught of Monk’s Hood turns up in the dinner plate of a guest at the Shrewsbury abbey, fingers point at half a dozen likely suspects, including an abashed and bewildered Cadfael.

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    Monk's Hood

    9.6 hrs • 1/4/17 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.9 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Unabridged

    As a fictionalized account of the tumultuous career of Paul Gauguin, W. Somerset Maugham’s classic story captured the hearts of a generation. First published in 1919, it provided just the exotic antidote a war-weary world desired. At first, Charles Strickland’s life was unremarkable. A stock broker in London, he dwelled quietly with his wife and two children. All who knew him described him as “very dull.” How shocking it was, then, when he abandoned this respectable identity to wander the world, make a home in Tahiti, and become an unconventional artist who captured passionate images of primitive life. Soon after the publication of The Moon and Sixpence, hordes of young men fell prey to the dreams and wanderlust of its hero. They, too, would leave comfortable middle-class lives for the lure of far off, exotic lands. This stunning, unabridged narration by Neil Hunt will transport you into the artist’s world of vibrant dreams and possibilities.

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    The Moon and Sixpence

    7.9 hrs • 1/4/17 • Unabridged
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  16. 20.5 hrs • 1/4/2017 • Unabridged

    Stolen from the forehead of a Hindu idol, the dazzling gem known as “The Moonstone” resurfaces at a birthday party in an English country home - with an enigmatic trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail. Laced with superstitions, suspicion, humor, and romance, this 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with twists and turns ranging from sleepwalking to experimentation with opium. The suspense and drama is heightened as the narrative passes from one colorful character to the next. Wilkie Collins’ masterpiece is particularly distinguished by the appearance of Sergeant Cuff, a prototype of the English detective hero and the harbinger of a popular tradition of sleuthing.

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    The Moonstone

    20.5 hrs • 1/4/17 • Unabridged
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