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  1. 11.1 hrs • 9/16/2016 • Unabridged

    "The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!" Awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, the first to be presented to a woman, Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence is a powerful depiction of love and desire in New York's glamorous Gilded Age. When Newland Archer, happily engaged to May Welland, meets fiancé's cousin Ellen, his entire future is cast into doubt: strong-willed, witty, and entirely unpretentious, Ellen is unlike any woman he has ever met. He is torn between his infatuation for her and his duty to marry May. In subtle and elegant language, Wharton delivers a critical look at the social mores of the time.

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    The Age of Innocence

    11.1 hrs • 9/16/16 • Unabridged
  2. 7.3 hrs • 9/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Winesburg, Ohio is a little-known masterpiece that forever changed the course of American storytelling. Bittersweet and richly insightful, it reveals Sherwood Anderson's special talent for taking the small moments of life and transforming them into timeless folk tales-a talent that inspired a generation of writers including William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. At the center of this collection of stories stands George Willard, an earnest young reporter for the Winesburg Eagle who sets out to gather the town's daily news. He ends up discovering the town's deepest secrets as one by one, the townsfolk confide their hopes, dreams, and fears to the reporter. In their recollections of first loves and last rites, of sprawling farms and winding country roads, the town rises vividly-and poignantly-to life. With polished prose and fresh imagery, Winesburg, Ohio is an American classic that celebrates small town life in the lost days of innocence and good will.

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    Winesburg, Ohio

    7.3 hrs • 9/14/16 • Unabridged
  3. 13.1 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Now available for the first time in audiobook format, a powerful literary classic from one of contemporary fiction’s most acclaimed and important writers, Russell Banks’ Continental Drift is a masterful novel of hope lost and gained, and a gripping, indelible story of fragile lives uprooted and transformed by injustice, disappointment, and the seductions and realities of the American dream.

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    Continental Drift by Russell Banks

    Continental Drift

    13.1 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.7 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

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    Death Comes for the Archbishop

    7.7 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
  5. 5.8 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Sapphira Dodderidge, a Virginia lady of the 19th century, marries beneath her and becomes irrationally jealous of Nancy, a beautiful slave. One of Cather's later works.

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    Sapphira and the Slave Girl

    5.8 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
  6. 10.8 hrs • 9/8/2016 • Unabridged

    “The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” ― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen’s novel, Sense and Sensibility, is the story of two sisters trying to find happiness when society dictates the rules of love.

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    Sense and Sensibility

    10.8 hrs • 9/8/16 • Unabridged
  7. 6.9 hrs • 9/7/2016 • Unabridged

    MEDITATIONS is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote his Meditations as a means of guidance and self-improvement almost 2000 years ago. Aurelius never meant for the text to be published as it was only meant as tool for himself.

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    6.9 hrs • 9/7/16 • Unabridged
  8. 2.0 hrs • 9/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Perhaps the most popular of all of Shakespeare’s comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream humorously celebrates the vagaries of love. The approaching wedding festivities of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and his bride-to-be, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, are delightfully crisscrossed with in-again, off-again romances of two young pairs of Athenian lovers; a fateful rivalry between the King and Queen of the Fairies; and the theatrical aspirations of a bumbling troupe of Athenian laborers. It all ends happily in wedding-night revelry complete with a play-within-a-play presented by the laborers to the ecstatic amusement of all.

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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    2.0 hrs • 9/7/16 • Unabridged
  9. 10.4 hrs • 9/7/2016 • Unabridged

    They are ancient stories, but they still enchant our imaginations today. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Sinbad the Sailor. Aladdin. These and the other Middle Eastern stories collected in Arabian Nights are delightful, fascinating, and fun for fans and first-time readers alike.

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    The Arabian Nights

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    10.4 hrs • 9/7/16 • Unabridged
  10. 2.3 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by institutionalized oppression, that is rather different from his own. He also discovers, among the oppressed writers with whom he quickly becomes embroiled in a series of bizarre and poignant adventures, an appealingly perverse kind of heroism. The Prague Orgy, consisting of entries from protagonist Nathan Zuckerman’s notebooks recording his sojourn among these outcast artists, completes the Nathan Zuckerman series. It provides a startling ending to Roth’s intricately designed magnum opus on the unforeseen consequences of art.

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    The Prague Orgy by Philip Roth
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  11. 5.6 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    When a strange coded message arrives at 221B Baker Street, sent by a member of Professor Moriarty's criminal organization, Sherlock Holmes soon deciphers it and finds a warning: someone is about to be murdered. A visit from a Scotland Yard inspector confirms that one John Douglas has been mysteriously killed in Sussex. Even Sherlock Holmes, well accustomed to the bizarre, finds the elements of this case unusual. John Douglas lived at Birlstone Manor House, built on the ruins of a castle surrounded by a moat. Every night he drew up the bridge as a precaution against potential villains. Nevertheless, Douglas was found dead, shot in the face at close range with a sawed-off shotgun. And the bereaved are strangely dry-eyed. The mystery spans the Atlantic, from Sussex and the foggy streets of London to a coal-mining region in Pennsylvania, and the ultimate twist can only be untangled by the incomparable skill of the legendary Holmes.

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    The Valley of Fear

    5.6 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
  12. 7.4 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Oliver Goldsmith earned instant acclaim when he published The Vicar of Wakefield, a marvelous mixture of burlesque and satire. The simple village vicar, Mr. Primrose, is living with his wife and six children in complete tranquility until unexpected calamities force them to weather one hilarious adventure after another. Goldsmith plays out this classic comedy of manners with a light, ironic touch that is irresistibly charming.

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    The Vicar of Wakefield

    7.4 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
  13. 8.1 hrs • 9/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Henry James' stories are classic gems of subtle wit and irony. Set in the exacting social landscape of New York City at the turn of the century, Washington Square is the tale of a wealthy but shy young woman caught between conflicting family expectations. John McDonough's warm narration traces her remarkable inner journey.

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    Washington Square

    8.1 hrs • 9/2/16 • Unabridged
  14. 13.5 hrs • 9/2/2016 • Unabridged

    From one of the greatest modern writers in world literature comes a magnificent story of love, adventure and rescue played out against the shimmering South Seas. Alone on a tropical island, a Swedish baron and a beautiful violinist discover the long-lost joys of love. But when two treasure hunters arrive on the beach, the lovers know that evil has invaded their romantic paradise-an evil they are powerless to stop. Victory is a timeless classic that showcases the probing psychological insight, the masterful drama, and the breathtaking atmosphere that have won Joseph Conrad generations of fans.

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    13.5 hrs • 9/2/16 • Unabridged
  15. 7.0 hrs • 9/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds has done much to obscure the real brilliance of the original work. Written at a time when "science-fiction" did not exist as a genre, The War of the Worlds was a new departure in literature. Author H.G. Wells, deeply committed to social improvement in turn-of-the-century Britain, used extra-terrestrial invasion to predict the results of a not-entirely-impossible violent upheaval in contemporary society: for "Martians" read "bolsheviks." His book is social prophecy of the first order and only coincidentally one of the great works of science-fiction.

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    The War of the Worlds

    7.0 hrs • 9/2/16 • Unabridged
  16. 22.7 hrs • 9/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Hailed as Charlotte Brontë‘s “finest novel” by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Beck’ s school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love— twice— and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time.

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    22.7 hrs • 9/2/16 • Unabridged
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