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  1. 16.0 hrs • 3/15/2017 • Unabridged

    Few books have so affected radical social changes as The Jungle, first published serially in 1906. Exposing unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing industry in Chicago, Sinclair's novel gripped Americans by the stomach, contributing to the passage of the first Food and Drug Act. If you've never read this classic novel, don't be put off by its gruesome reputation. Upton Sinclair was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who could turn even an exposE into a tender and moving novel. Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant, comes to America in search of a fortune for his family. He accepts the harsh realities of a working man's lot, laboring with naive vigor-until, his health and family sacrificed, he understands how the heavy wheels of the industrial machine can crush the strongest spirit.

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    The Jungle

    16.0 hrs • 3/15/17 • Unabridged
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  2. 13.4 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    The conclusion to Buck’s celebrated Good Earth trilogy: the story of a man’s return to a homeland embroiled in revolution On the eve of a popular rebellion, the Chinese government starts to crack down in cities across the country. Fleeing the turmoil, Wang Yuan, the son of a famous general and grandson of the patriarch of The Good Earth, leaves for America to study agriculture. When he returns to China six years later, he encounters a nation still in the grip of violent uprisings. Unprepared for the social upheaval, Wang is torn by the tensions between old traditions and new ways, and by his formidable family, whose struggles he hopes to solve. A reflective finale to Buck’s groundbreaking and bestselling trilogy, A House Divided is a rich and unforgettable portrait of a family—and a nation—in transition.

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    A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
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  3. 13.8 hrs • 3/1/2017 • Unabridged

    What Galsworthy did for Edwardian England, Wharton did for turn-of-the-century New York, and she did it to perfection in The House of Mirth. Hackles bristle discreetly, lips curl ever-so politely, and every breach of good taste is carefully recorded, as social aspirant Lily Bart launches a desperate bid for a place on the city's elite social register.

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    The House of Mirth

    13.8 hrs • 3/1/17 • Unabridged
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  4. 12.9 hrs • 3/1/2017 • Unabridged

    The House of the Seven Gables, a fixture in Hawthorne's Salem, serves as the ancestral home of the fictional Pyncheon family-whose distinguished legacy is tainted by pious thievery. When country cousin Phoebe arrives at the house, she is like a cool breeze, refreshing a room that has been sealed for too long. The resulting mixture of dark and light imagery, illustrated by Hawthorne's rich prose, makes this romance an important American classic.

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    The House of the Seven Gables

    12.9 hrs • 3/1/17 • Unabridged
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  5. 16.0 hrs • 2/22/2017 • Unabridged

    Many people are put off by the sheer length of Charles Dickens' novels. Great Expectations is one of the most accessible of his works. If you've been unwilling to try Dickens before, this is the place to start! In what may be Dickens's best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman - and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of "great expectations." In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride

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    Great Expectations

    16.0 hrs • 2/22/17 • Unabridged
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  6. 13.2 hrs • 2/22/2017 • Unabridged

    The ‘terrible mistake’ was the contemporary utilitarian philosophy, expounded in Hard Times (1854) as the Philosophy of Fact by the hard-headed disciplinarian Thomas Gradgrind. But the novel, Dickens’s shortest, is more than a polemical tract for the times; the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father is one of Dickens’s triumphs. When Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage, falls prey to an idle seducer, the crisis forces her father to reconsider his cherished system. Yet even as the development of the story reflects Dickens’s growing pessimism about human nature and society, Hard Times marks his return to the theme which had made his early works so popular: the amusements of the people. Sleary’s circus represents Dickens’s most considered defence of the necessity of entertainment, and infuses the novel with the good humour which has ensured its appeal to generations of readers.

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    Hard Times

    13.2 hrs • 2/22/17 • Unabridged
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  7. 14.0 hrs • 2/14/2017 • Unabridged

    The second installment in Pearl S. Buck’s acclaimed Good Earth trilogy: the powerful story of three brothers whose greed will bring their family to the brink of ruin Sons begins where The Good Earth ended: revolution is sweeping through China. Wang Lung is on his deathbed in the house of his fathers, and his three sons stand ready to inherit his hard-won estate. One son has taken the family’s wealth for granted and become a landlord; another is a thriving merchant and moneylender; and the youngest, an ambitious general, is destined to be a leader in the country. Through all his life’s changes, Wang did not anticipate that each son would hunger to sell his beloved land for maximum profit. At once a tribute to early Chinese fiction, a saga of family dissension, and a depiction of the clashes between old and new, Sons is a vivid and compelling masterwork of fiction.

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    Sons by Pearl S. Buck

    Sons

    14.0 hrs • 2/14/17 • Unabridged
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  8. 11.2 hrs • 2/9/2017 • Unabridged

    This masterful National Book Award winner explores the shattering effects of war on the human mind. Growing up, Birdy dreams of flying like a bird and shares these fantasies with his best friend Al. Years later, World War II sends both men to hospitals—Al for physical wounds, and Birdy for psychological trauma. When Birdy falls into a catatonic state, it is Al who tries to pull him out.

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    Birdy

    11.2 hrs • 2/9/17 • Unabridged
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  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. 10.1 hrs • 12/20/2016 • Unabridged

    In A Modern Utopia, two travelers fall into a space-warp and suddenly find themselves upon a Utopian Earth controlled by a single World Government.The premise of the novel is that there is a planet (for “No less than a planet will serve the purpose of a modern Utopia”) exactly like Earth, with the same geography and biology. They have, however, “different habits, different traditions, different knowledge, different ideas, different clothing, and different appliances.” The narrator’s double describes the ascetic Rule by which the samurai live; this includes a ban on alcohol and drugs and a mandatory annual one-week solitary ramble in the wilderness. He also explains the social theory of Utopia, which distinguished four “main classes of mind”: The Poietic, the Kinetic, the Dull, and the Base. Poietic minds are creative or inventive; kinetic minds are able but not particularly inventive; the Dull have “inadequate imagination,” and the Base are mired in egotism and lack “moral sense.”

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    A Modern Utopia

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    10.1 hrs • 12/20/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 16.0 hrs • 12/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Oliver Twist’s famous cry of the heart - “Please, sir, I want some more” - has resounded with generations of readers of all ages. The author poured his own youthful experience of Victorian London’s unspeakable squalor into this realistic depiction of a spirited young innocent’s unwilling but inevitable recruitment into a scabrous gang of thieves. Masterminded by the loathsome Fagin, the underworld crew features some of Dickens’s most memorable characters, including the vicious Bill Sikes, gentle Nancy, and the juvenile pickpocket known as the Artful Dodger.

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    Oliver Twist

    16.0 hrs • 12/13/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 19.9 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    In A Tramp Abroad, the ever adventurous Mark Twain brings his wit and creativity to his travels in Europe. Twain takes fictional liberty, turning his travels into an entertaining journey as he visits many of the countries of central Europe. Listeners are sure to be delighted and entertained as they enjoy what is considered by many to be one of Mark Twain’s best works.

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    A Tramp Abroad

    19.9 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
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