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  1. 6.1 hrs • 12/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In 1904, Great Britain was at the height of its prosperity; but G. K. Chesterton saw the drudgery of capitalism and bureaucracy eating away at the eccentricity and spontaneity of the human spirit. In The Napoleon of Notting Hill, his first novel, Chesterton creates a witty satire of staid government, set in a London of the future. Auberon Quin, a common clerk who looks like a cross between a baby and an owl and is often seen standing on his head, is one day told that he has been randomly selected to be His Majesty the King. He decides to turn London into a medieval carnival for his own amusement—with delightful results.

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    The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill

    6.1 hrs • 12/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 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
  3. 9.9 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    When the castle of Shrewsbury is taken during the war between Empress Maud and King Stephen, 94 prisoners are taken, 94 are hanged. When Brother Cadfael arrives to perform the burial rites, he finds one corpse too many among the bodies stacked about the fortress.

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    One Corpse Too Many

    9.9 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
  4. 9.6 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Gaston Leroux is one of the originators of the detective story, and The Phantom of the Opera is his tour de force, as well as being the basis for the hit Broadway musical. A superb suspense story and a dark tale of obsession, The Phantom of the Opera has thrilled and entertained audiences in adaptations throughout the century. This new translation - the first completely modern and Americanized translation - unfurls the full impact of this classic thriller for modern readers. It offers a more complete rendering of the terrifying figure who emerges from the depths of the glorious Paris Opera House to take us into the darkest regions of the human heart. After the breathtaking performance of the lovely Christine Daae and her sudden disappearance, the old legend of the “opera ghost” becomes a horrifying reality as the ghost strikes out with increasing frequency and violence - always with the young singer at the center of his powerful obsession. Leroux has created a masterwork of love and murder - and a tragic figure who awakens our deepest and most forbidden fears.

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    The Phantom of the Opera

    9.6 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
  5. 9.4 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Civil war continues to blaze in the autumn of 1139. Amid the uncertainty and peril of the moment two noble children make their escape, headed for Shrewsbury. But for reasons no one knows, the young fugitives never reach their destination.

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    The Virgin in the Ice

    9.4 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
  6. 7.7 hrs • 12/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Known for such masterpieces as The Way We Live Now and Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope was one of the foremost English novelists of the Victorian era. The first of his beloved novels featuring the fictional county of Barsetshire, The Warden, introduces listeners to Septimus Harding, the warden and kindly caretaker at Hiram’ s Hospital for elderly gentlemen. Though Hiram’ s is a charitable hospital, its estate has lately begun to take in a substantial profit, making the townsfolk— and Mr. Harding himself— question the terms of the warden’ s growing salary.

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    The Warden

    7.7 hrs • 12/1/16 • Unabridged
  7. 14.3 hrs • 11/23/2016 • Unabridged

    W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the most influential African- Americans of the 20th century, made significant societal contributions as a teacher, writer, and founding director of the NAACP. The Quest of the Silver Fleece reflects the attitudes and mindset of Americans-Northerners and Southerners, rich and poor, Black and White-at the dawn of the century. The Silver Fleece, cotton, could be the answer to Zora and Bles’ prayers in overcoming poverty. While attending Miss Smith’s School in rural Alabama, they lovingly nurture their crop. But, the white aristocracy is determined to control the price of cotton and monopolize the market. Can two young lovers prevail despite the daunting obstacles laid before them?

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    The Quest of the Silver Fleece

    14.3 hrs • 11/23/16 • Unabridged
  8. 9.1 hrs • 11/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Moral fantasy novel by Oscar Wilde, published in an early form in Lippincott’s Magazine in 1890. The novel had six additional chapters when it appeared in book form in 1891. An archetypal tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul, the novel was a romantic exposition of Wilde’s aestheticism. Dorian Gray is a wealthy Englishman who gradually sinks into a life of dissipation and crime. Despite his unhealthy behavior, his physical appearance remains youthful and unmarked by dissolution. Instead, a portrait of himself catalogues every evil deed by turning his once handsome features into a hideous mask. When Gray destroys the painting, his face turns into a human replica of the portrait, and he dies.Gray’s final negation, “ugliness is the only reality,” neatly summarizes Wilde’s aestheticism, both his love of the beautiful and his fascination with the profane. Publication of the novel scandalized Victorian England, and The Picture of Dorian Gray was used as evidence against Wilde in his 1895 trial for homosexuality. The novel became a classic of English literature.

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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    9.1 hrs • 11/23/16 • Unabridged
  9. 6.9 hrs • 11/23/2016 • Unabridged

    In 1894, while enduring a period of personal turbulence, Mark Twain penned this fascinating tale set in the idyllic river community of his childhood. Alternating between comedy and tragedy, irony and gravity, Pudd’nhead Wilson mirrors much of the social and moral unrest of the time. When a mulatto slave woman switches her own infant with the look-alike son of a wealthy merchant, it takes Pudd’nhead Wilson, the town eccentric, to put things right again.

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    Pudd'nhead Wilson

    6.9 hrs • 11/23/16 • Unabridged
  10. 0.2 hrs • 11/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Neil Munro (1863-1930) was a Scottish journalist, newspaper editor, author and literary critic - a serious writer but now known mainly for his humorous short stories. ‘Treasure Trove’ is an amusing tale of a time when a whale was beached on a Scottish island just off the coast by Tobermory. The crew of a passing ship, led byNeil Munro (1863-1930) was a Scottish journalist, newspaper editor, author and literary critic - a serious writer but now known mainly for his humorous short stories. ‘Treasure Trove’ is an amusing tale of a time when a whale was beached on a Scottish island just off the coast by Tobermory. The crew of a passing ship, led by the enterprising Sunny Jim, came up with a cunning plan to charge visitors to see the whale. The plan worked brilliantly - until the whale began to decay…. the enterprising Sunny Jim, came up with a cunning plan to charge visitors to see the whale. The plan worked brilliantly - until the whale began to decay….

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    Treasure Trove

    0.2 hrs • 11/21/16 • Unabridged
  11. 11.8 hrs • 11/21/2016 • Unabridged

    The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Never more so than in this collection of 30 weird and macabre tales. ‘The Stolen Body’ by H. G. Wells‘The Young Lady in Black’ by Amyas Northcote‘On the Brighton Road’ by Richard Middleton‘When I Was Dead’ by Vincent O’Sullivan‘A Vision of Judgement’ by H. G. Wells‘This Is All’ by Barry Pain‘A Dead Finger’ by Sabine Baring-Gould‘Under the Knife’ by H. G. Wells‘Rattle of Bones’ by Robert E. Howard‘Kerfol’ by Edith Wharton‘The Downs’ by Amyas Northcote‘Story of an Obstinate Corpse’ by Elia. W. Peattie‘The Coffin Merchant’ by Richard Middleton‘The Cold Embrace’ by M. E. Braddon‘The Death of Halpin Frayser’ by Ambrose Bierce‘The Everlasting Club’ by Arthur Gray‘The Ghost Club’ by John Kendrick Bangs‘Wailing Well’ by M. R. James‘Will’ by Vincent O’Sullivan‘The Striding Place’ by Gertrude Atherton‘The Vampire’ by Jan Neruda‘Mrs. Raeburn’s Waxwork’ by Eleanor Smith‘Miss Mary Pask’ by Edith Wharton‘On the Northern Ice’ by Elia W. Peattie‘Sea Curse’ by Robert E. Howard‘The Snow’ by Hugh Walpole‘Number Ninety’ by B. M. Croker‘From the Loom of the Dead’ by Elia W. Peattie‘The Greatest Good of the Greatest Number’ by Gertrude Atherton‘Never Bet the Devil Your Head’ by Edgar Allan Poe

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    Tales of Life and Death

    11.8 hrs • 11/21/16 • Unabridged
  12. 0.3 hrs • 11/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Neil Munro (1863-1930) was a Scottish journalist, newspaper editor, author and literary critic who is now mainly known for his humorous short stories. ‘The Tudor Cup’ is an amusing tale based on stereotypes. Two crooked London art dealers are set on swindling an eccentric Scottish Laird of a valuable artefact in his collection: a Tudor cup of silver. A similar cup had sold recently at Sotheby’s for a small fortune. But the canny Scot sees straight through the swindle and manages to double-cross the duo quite ingeniously.

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    The Tudor Cup

    0.3 hrs • 11/21/16 • Unabridged
  13. 0.8 hrs • 11/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884-1941) was a New Zealand-born English novelist famous for his skill at scene setting and vivid plots. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s and remains popular to this day. ‘Mr. Huffam’ is a heartwarming story about a delightful stranger who, on account of his personal bonhomie and his wonderful ability to tell stories, charms the household of Sir Roderick Winslow, from the haughty aristocratic relatives to the domestics. Before they know it, he has moved into the guest room. But who is the jovial stranger, and what does he want with them? When the stranger suggests holding a Christmas party and takes complete control of the invitation list, it is clear that the Winslows are in for a surprise.

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    Mr. Huffam

    0.8 hrs • 11/21/16 • Unabridged
  14. 0.6 hrs • 11/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Stella Benson (1892-1933) was an English feminist, novelist, poet, and short story and travel writer. ‘The Man Who Missed the Bus’ is a creepy horror story about a lonely and eccentric man who finds himself unable to see other human faces. Worse still, gradually he also loses the ability to see his own reflection in the mirror. But this is only the beginning of the horror story. Far worse is to come….

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    The Man who Missed the Bus

    0.6 hrs • 11/21/16 • Unabridged
  15. 0.5 hrs • 11/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Mary Webb (1881-1927) was an English Romantic novelist, short story writer and poet whose work is set chiefly in Shropshire. ‘Mr. Tallent’s Ghost’ is an amusing tale about an eccentric writer who likes to read his appalling and tedious novels aloud to his relatives…or indeed anyone who will listen. He persuades a lawyer to draw up a will devoting his entire fortune to funding the publication of his writing. Shortly after this, news of Mr. Tallent’s death arrives. The disinherited relations dispute the will vigorously, and soon after this, the ghost of Mr. Tallent begins to haunt the relatives and the executor. Worse still, the ghost is reading his dreadful novels to them aloud. One by one the relatives are consigned to mental institutions. The lawyer, who is also Mr. Tallent’s executor, holds out longest…and then he makes an extraordinary discovery.

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    Mr. Tallent's Ghost

    0.5 hrs • 11/21/16 • Unabridged
  16. 0.4 hrs • 11/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Arthur George Morrison (1863-1945) was an English writer and journalist known for his realistic novels and stories about working-class life. ‘The Thing in the Upper Room’ is a classic Victorian horror story. Poor young English artist Attwater is delighted to find an oddly cheap top-floor room to rent in an old house in Paris. The room, as he is aware, has a reputation for being haunted. But what the nature of the haunting is, nobody seems to know - the place has been let only once in living memory owing to its reputation, and that tenant had committed suicide at the point where the police were breaking down his door to arrest him for murder. But Attwater could not possibly conceive the terrifying nature of the spirit that inhabits that unsettling room at the top of the stairs.

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    The Thing in the Upper Room

    0.4 hrs • 11/21/16 • Unabridged
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