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  1. 3.8 hrs • 3/28/2017 • Unabridged

    California, 1957. Lee Mellon believes he is the descendant of the only Confederate general to have come from Big Sur and is himself a seeker of truth in his own modern-day war against the status quo. For the first time in audio, A Confederate General from Big Sur was the late Richard Brautigan’s first published novel, written when he was twenty-eight.

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    A Confederate General from Big Sur by Richard Brautigan

    A Confederate General from Big Sur

    3.8 hrs • 3/28/17 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.7 hrs • 3/28/2017 • Unabridged

    The unexpected discovery in 2009 of a completed manuscript of Claude McKay’s final novel was celebrated as one of the most significant literary events in recent years. Building on the already extraordinary legacy of McKay’s life and work, this colorful, dramatic novel centers on the efforts by Harlem intelligentsia to organize support for the liberation of fascist-controlled Ethiopia, a crucial but largely forgotten event in American history. At once a penetrating satire of political machinations in Depression-era Harlem and a far-reaching story of global intrigue and romance, Amiable with Big Teeth plunges into the concerns, anxieties, hopes, and dreams of African Americans at a moment of crisis for the soul of Harlem—and America.

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    Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay

    Amiable with Big Teeth

    Edited with an introduction by Jean-Christophe Cloutier and Brent Hayes Edwards
    10.7 hrs • 3/28/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.7 hrs • 3/28/2017 • Unabridged

    America's first psychological novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is a dark tale of love, crime, and revenge set in colonial New England. It revolves around a single, forbidden act of passion that forever alters the lives of three members of a small Puritan community: Hester Prynne, an ardent and fierce woman who bears the punishment of her sin in humble silence|the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a respected public figure who is inwardly tormented by long-hidden guilt|and the malevolent Roger Chillingworth, Hester's husband-a man who seethes with an Ahab-like lust for vengeance. The landscape of this classic novel is uniquely American, but the themes it explores are universal - the nature of sin, guilt, and penitence, the clash between our private and public selves, and the spiritual and psychological cost of living outside society. Constructed with the elegance of a Greek tragedy, The Scarlet Letter brilliantly illuminates the truth that lies deep within the human heart.

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    The Scarlet Letter

    8.7 hrs • 3/28/17 • Unabridged
  4. 22.0 hrs • 3/28/2017 • Unabridged

    -Includes an exclusive interview with Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at CUNY Swann's Way is the first and best-known part of Proust's monumental work, Remembrance of Things Past. Often compared to a symphony, this complex masterpiece is ideally suited for audio. Listening lets you appreciate anew the incredible beauty of Proust's language and the uniqueness of his style. The novel's narrator, Marcel, finds the true meaning of experience in memories stimulated by some random object or event. He recalls his childhood, and eventually reconstructs the story of Monsieur Swann and his passion for Odette, a beautiful, but socially inferior woman. Marcel's waking reverie gives rise to fascinating questions about the meaning of time. Swann's Way, with its long passages of intricate introspection, becomes much more accessible and enjoyable with George Guidall's lucid narration.

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    Swann's Way

    22.0 hrs • 3/28/17 • Unabridged
  5. 13.5 hrs • 3/28/2017 • Unabridged

    Novel by Charles Dickens, published both serially and in book form in 1859. The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. Although Dickens borrowed from Thomas Carlyle's history, The French Revolution, for his sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris, the novel offers more drama than accuracy. The scenes of large-scale mob violence are especially vivid, if superficial in historical understanding. The complex plot involves Sydney Carton's sacrifice of his own life on behalf of his friends Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess--the latter memorably caricatured in Madame Defarge, who knits beside the guillotine.

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    A Tale of Two Cities

    13.5 hrs • 3/28/17 • Unabridged
  6. 15.0 hrs • 3/17/2017 • Unabridged

    A masterpiece of gothic fiction, The Monk is a cautionary tale of madness, horror, lust and despair. Father Ambrosio, the most pious and venerated monk in all of Madrid, is held as a paragon of virtue. But after thirty years of study and prayer, evil thoughts begin to permeate his mind. As two plots cleverly converge, torture, murder, incest, rape, poison and magic prevail, sustained by an elegance in the writing of the nineteen-year-old Matthew Lewis. The book was banned upon its initial publication in 1796, but later caught the attention of Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with Coleridge naming it 'the offspring of no common genius'.

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    The Monk

    15.0 hrs • 3/17/17 • Unabridged
  7. 22.9 hrs • 3/17/2017 • Unabridged

    Milly Theale is a young, beautiful, and fabulously wealthy American. When she arrives in London and meets the equally beautiful but impoverished Kate Croy, they form an intimate friendship. But nothing is as it seems: materialism, romance, self-delusion and ultimately fatal illness insidiously contaminate the glamorous social whirl.

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    The Wings of the Dove

    22.9 hrs • 3/17/17 • Unabridged
  8. 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
  9. 4.5 hrs • 3/15/2017 • Unabridged

    Estos dos clAsicos del siglo de oro espaNol marcan el comienzo de la novela picaresca. La vida de ambos en Lazarillo de Tormes, y Rinconete y Cortadillo, estA protagonizada por pIcaros viviendo de su ingenio, sus aventuras y fortunas en ciudades y campos. Conviviendo entre sacerdotes corruptos, asesinos, prostitutas y mendigos. En Lazarillo de Tormes, publicado en 1554 por AnOnimo, Lazarillo debe utilizar sus ingeniosos para trampear a una sucesiOn de amos de mala reputaciOn. En Rinconete y Cortadillo, publicado en 1613 por Miguel de Cervantes, dos hombres jOvenes aprenden a sobrevivir con el juego y los trucos. Estas dos historias cortas son sAtiras de la sociedad que dibujan la sociedad de la Epoca, incluso podrIamos compararlas con el mundo en que vivimos hoy. Francisco Rivela imprime en su narraciOn una picardIa ingeniosa y humana a estas historia tan divertidas.

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  10. 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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  11. 22.2 hrs • 3/10/2017 • Unabridged

    -Written in 1831 before Hugo was forced to flee from Louis Napoleon's France. In this novel-perhaps his most popular-Hugo paints a vivid portrait of medieval Paris. Quasimodo, the one-eyed, hunchbacked refugee; Esmeralda, the dancing gypsy girl, threatened by the gallows; and a world where chaos is in charge-Hugo captures them all in this timeless, almost Gothic, piece of literature.

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    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

    22.2 hrs • 3/10/17 • Unabridged
  12. 4.8 hrs • 3/10/2017 • Unabridged

    “I had not expected the suffering. A night of racking anguish, sickness and fainting. I became insensible and woke languid in the darkness. I shall never forget that dawn, and the strange horror of seeing that my hands had become as clouded glass, and watching them grow clearer and thinner as the day went by. My limbs became glassy, the bones and arteries faded, vanished, and the little white nerves went last. At last only the dead tips of the fingernails remained, pallid and white. I went and stared at nothing in my shaving glass. I had become an invisible man.” Vicki Morgan’ s entertaining narration of this science fiction classic is a great introduction to the fantastic world of H.G. Wells and the brilliant imagination, the psychological insight, and startlingly accurate scientific predictions that made him one of the most influential writers of his day.

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    The Invisible Man

    4.8 hrs • 3/10/17 • Unabridged
  13. 6.9 hrs • 3/1/2017 • Unabridged

    At Baskerville Hall on the grim moors of Devonshire, a legendary curse has apparently claimed one more victim. Sir Charles Baskerville has been found dead. There are no signs of violence, but his face is hideously distorted with terror. Years earlier, a hound-like beast with blazing eyes and dripping jaws was reported to have torn out the throat of Hugo Baskerville. Has the spectral destroyer struck again? More important, is Sir Henry Baskerville, younger heir to the estate, now in danger? Enter Sherlock Holmes, summoned to protect Sir Henry from the fate that has threatened the Baskerville family. As Holmes and Watson begin to investigate, a blood-chilling howl from the fog-shrouded edges of the great Grimpen Mire signals that the legendary hound of the Baskervilles is poised for yet another murderous attack. The Hound of the Baskerville first appeared as a serial in The Strand Magazine in 1901. By the time of its publication in book form eight months later, this brilliantly plotted, richly atmospheric detective story had already achieved the status of a classic. It has often been called he best detective story ever written. It remains a thrilling tale of suspense, must reading for every lover of detective fiction.

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    6.9 hrs • 3/1/17 • Unabridged
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 8.4 hrs • 3/1/2017 • Unabridged

    Shortly after he inherits the powerful position of Lord of Eaton, 10-year-old Richard Ludel disappears from Shrewsbury Abbey, where he had been a student. Did he run away or was he kidnapped? Brother Cadfael suspects the hermit of Eyton Forest, a mysterious man rumored to have holy powers, knows the answer.

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    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

    8.4 hrs • 3/1/17 • Unabridged
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