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  1. 4 reviews 0 5 4.7 4 out of 5 stars 4.7/5 (4)
    3.1 hrs • 12/1/2007 • Unabridged

    “Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding,” says Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas, until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life––overnight! Many know the story, but few have experienced the marvel of the book. If you are one who has never read this family classic, this is the time to do so. Listen to our unabridged recording and make this a truly Charles Dickens Christmas. And, “God bless us, everyone!”

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    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol

    3.1 hrs • 12/1/07 • Unabridged
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  2. 4 reviews 0 5 4.6 4 out of 5 stars 4.6/5 (4)
    20.5 hrs • 12/1/2007 • Unabridged

    One of the greatest works of fiction ever written, Crime and Punishment is at once an intense psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, and a fascinating detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary. Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately “benefit humanity.” After killing the old woman, haunted by guilt and terror, the young man must decide whether to assuage his conscience by confessing or attempt to get away with the perfect crime. Crime and Punishment takes the listener on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil who cannot escape his own conscience.

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    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Crime and Punishment

    Translated by Constance Garnett
    20.5 hrs • 12/1/07 • Unabridged
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  3. 4 reviews 0 5 4.5 4 out of 5 stars 4.5/5 (4)
    10.6 hrs • 8/1/2007 • Unabridged

    This Pulitzer Prize–winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers, but they will soon meet their own downfall. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

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    The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

    The Good Earth

    10.6 hrs • 8/1/07 • Unabridged
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    14.5 hrs • 12/1/1998 • Unabridged

    This blood-curdling tale of blood-thirsty vampires continues to hold audiences spellbound more than a century after its publication. Summoned to assist with legal matters regarding a real estate transaction, young Englishman Jonathan Harker journeys to the dismal, dreary castle of Count Dracula in Transylvania. The fledgling solicitor is completely unprepared for what he will discover in the days to come—and the horrifying chain of events sparked by his unsettling stay with the mysterious Count. The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never been better told than by Bram Stoker. He succeeds entirely in his aim to terrify. His myth is powerful because it allows evil to remain mysterious, unconquerable by strength of mind or virtuous action. Van Helsing’s high-thinking and scientific skill cannot resist the dreadful potency of the undead. The high virtue of Lucy can simply be drained away, as her blood is drained away, until she too joins the vampire brood. Only the old magic—a crucifix, garlic, a wooden stake—can provide effective weapons against the Count’s appalling power.

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    Dracula by Bram Stoker

    Dracula

    14.5 hrs • 12/1/98 • Unabridged
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    8.7 hrs • 3/1/2008 • Unabridged

    This special unabridged, multivoiced production of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece of nineteenth-century Gothic horror is narrated by film and television star Anthony Heald, joined by Grammy winner Stefan Rudnicki and actor Simon Templeman, under the direction of award-winning audio producer Yuri Rasovsky. Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot creature and succeeds in animating him but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill. He confronts his maker with a terrible choice: unless Frankenstein creates for him a mate, he will go on a rampage of destruction. A subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity’s most “civilized” ambitions, this haunting thriller, the original science fiction novel, maintains its hold in the collective imagination centuries after its first publication.

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    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein

    8.7 hrs • 3/1/08 • Unabridged
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  6. 11 reviews 0 5 4.1 4 out of 5 stars 4.1/5 (11)
    6.8 hrs • 1/1/2007 • Unabridged

    Who could forget the pranks, the adventures, the sheer fun of Tom Sawyer? From Tom’s sly trickery with the whitewashed fence to his and Becky Thatcher’s calamities in Bat Cave, the enjoyment never ends. Just what did boys do in a small town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated down rivers, traded marbles, formed secret societies, smoked pipes, and, on occasion, managed to attend their own funerals. Yes, they may have been a bit mischievous, but as Aunt Polly said of Tom when she believed him to be dead, “He was the best-hearted boy that ever was.” Aunt Polly’s sentiments reveal one of Mark Twain’s cardinal philosophies: In this deceitful and infirm world, innocence can be found only in the heart of a boy. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a humorous and nostalgic book depicting the carefree days of boyhood in a small Midwestern town. The characters are based on Twain’s schoolmates and the town, Hannibal, Missouri, is where Twain grew up.

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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    6.8 hrs • 1/1/07 • Unabridged
    11 reviews 0 5 4.1 4 out of 5 stars 4.1/5 (11)
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  7. 3 reviews 0 5 4.7 4 out of 5 stars 4.7/5 (3)
    11.0 hrs • 7/22/2008 • Unabridged

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore on an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for twenty-four years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Friday and makes him his companion and servant. Crusoe and Friday share in a variety of adventures, including a fierce battle with cannibals that culminates in the heroes recapturing a mutinous ship and returning to England. Based partly on the real-life experiences of Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, Defoe’s novel of human endurance in an exotic, faraway land exerts a timeless appeal and has taken its rightful place among the great works of Western civilization.

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    Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

    Robinson Crusoe

    Read by John Lee
    11.0 hrs • 7/22/08 • Unabridged
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    6.8 hrs • 1/1/2004 • Unabridged

    Perhaps Stevenson’s best-known work, this adventure novel set in the eighteenth century is inspired by the actual exploits of pirate Captain Kidd and the search for his buried treasure. For pure imaginative delight, Treasure Island is unsurpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins meets the blind pirate Pew at the Admiral Benbow inn, to the spirited battle for hidden treasure on a tropical island, the novel spawns unforgettable scenes and characters that have thrilled young and old for more than a century. Stevenson’s romance is noted for its swift, clearly-depicted action, its memorable character types—especially of Long John Silver—and its sustained atmosphere of menace. A story of a classic battle between good and evil, it illustrates one young boy’s rite of passage into the dangerous world of mature responsibilities.

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    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Treasure Island

    6.8 hrs • 1/1/04 • Unabridged
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    12.5 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    Now, for the first time in a century, Zane Grey’s best-known novel is presented in its original form exactly as he wrote it. In Cottonwoods, Utah, in 1871, a woman stands accused and a man is sentenced to whipping. Into this travesty of small-town justice rides the one man whom the town elders fear. His name is Lassiter, and he is a notorious gunman who’s come to avenge his sister’s death. It doesn’t take Lassiter long to see that this once peaceful Mormon community is controlled by the corrupt Deacon Tull, a powerful elder who’s trying to take the woman’s land by forcing her to marry him, branding her foreman as a dangerous “outsider.” Lassiter vows to help them, but when the ranch is attacked by horse thieves, cattle rustlers, and a mysterious masked rider, he realizes that they’re up against something bigger—and more brutal—than the land itself. When in the early 1900s Zane Grey took this manuscript to two publishing companies, they rejected it because of the theme of Mormon polygamy, fearing it would offend their readers and subscribers. Then Grey made a special plea to Frederick Duneka, who was vice-president of Harper & Bros. and who had been Mark Twain’s editor at that company. Duneka and his wife read the novel and liked it but they, too, feared it would offend some readers. Harper & Bros. agreed to publish a changed version of the novel and purchased both the book and magazine-serial rights. Given the task of executing the necessary editorial changes, a senior editor of the company made changes in tone, diction, and style as well as content. The novel first appeared in nineteen installments in the monthly magazine Field & Stream from January 1912 to July 1913. Blackstone Audio here presents the original, uncensored, unabridged novel Riders of the Purple Sage, obtained through the Golden West Literary Agency with the cooperation of Zane Grey’s son, Loren Grey, and the Ohio State Historical Society. Riders of The Purple Sage is undoubtedly the most famous novel of the American West. Grey’s narrative momentum, mastery of suspense, and thorough understanding of the mythic power of the landscape set this genre-defining proto-Western apart from the countless Hollywood movies and pulp novels it inspired.

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    Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

    Riders of the Purple Sage

    12.5 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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    0.8 hrs • 8/1/2013 • Unabridged

    In Ireland, Gannington Manor has remained empty for years, and rumor has it the mansion is haunted. What appears to be blood drips from the ceiling, and two men have been found dead within—both in the great entrance hall, neither displaying any signs of violence. Perhaps it is a prank, or perhaps it is something more sinister. Psychic detective Thomas Carnacki, the ghost finder, recruits a group of strong men from the village—and their dogs—to accompany him during his investigation of the purported haunting. Their mission: to spend the night within the mansion and see what occurs.

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    The House among the Laurels

    0.8 hrs • 8/1/13 • Unabridged
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    14.4 hrs • 10/13/2015 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with another classic love story of second chances and love tested. Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At twenty-eight, he’s focused only on walking a straight line—getting his teaching degree, working out at the gym religiously, and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life. The last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship. But when Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rainswept night in North Carolina, his plans are upended in a way that will rattle the foundations of his carefully structured life. As for Maria, the hardworking lawyer and daughter of Mexican immigrants, Colin will challenge every notion she’s ever had about herself and her future, making her question what truly makes her happy. Before the couple has a chance to envision what a life together might look like, however, menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tentative bonds they have forged, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour? Sparks’ new novel is a story of obsession, reinvention, and a love that defies every expectation, reminding us that destiny often rests in our own hands—even in matters of the heart.

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    See Me

    14.4 hrs • 10/13/15 • Unabridged
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    11.2 hrs • 6/24/2005 • Unabridged

    The artifact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its center. Pierson’s puppeteers—strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens—discovered this “Ringworld” in a hitherto unexplored part of the galaxy. Curious about the immense structure, but frightened by the prospect of meeting the builders, they set about assembling a team to explore it: Louis Wu, human—old and bored with having lived too fully for too many years, seeking an adventure, and all too capable of handling it. Nessus, puppeteer—a trembling coward from a species with an inbuilt survival pattern of nonviolence. This particular puppeteer, however, is insane. Speaker-to-Animals, kzin—large, orange-furred, and carnivorous. The kzin are one of the most savage life-forms known. The party’s expedition, however, goes disastrously wrong when their ship crash-lands and its motley crew faces a daunting trek across thousands of miles of Ringworld territory.

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    Ringworld by Larry Niven

    Ringworld

    11.2 hrs • 6/24/05 • Unabridged
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    32.6 hrs • 6/1/1991 • Unabridged

    The thrilling and romantic tale of a WWII combat nurse who steps through an ancient stone circle and is thrown back in time to 1743 Scotland. First in the series. "Richly textured... an unusual and compelling love story."Library Journal

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    Outlander

    32.6 hrs • 6/1/91 • Unabridged
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  14. 2 reviews 0 5 4.3 4 out of 5 stars 4.3/5 (2)
    28.0 hrs • 11/6/2012 • Unabridged

    On a brisk autumn day, a twelve-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America—and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother’s life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin.

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    The Talisman

    28.0 hrs • 11/6/12 • Unabridged
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    18.4 hrs • 10/1/2012 • Unabridged

    They are hunting us. In this sweeping, threaded narrative of the global phenomenon known as the Vampire Wars, mankind is unwittingly infected by a millennia-old bacteria unknowingly exhumed by a scientific expedition in Antarctica. Now, in some rare cases, a person’s so-called junk DNA becomes activated. Depending on their racial and ethnic heritage, they begin to manifest one of the many diverse forms of the “others” that are the true basis for the legends of supernatural creatures. These aren’t your usual vampires and werewolves—it goes much deeper than that. Conceived by Jonathan Maberry, V Wars features stories from various frontlines as reported by such contributors as Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, James A. Moore, Gregory Frost, John Everson, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Scott Nicholson—as well as Maberry himself, of course. The result is a compelling series of tales that creates a unique chronicle of mankind’s response to this sudden, hidden threat to humanity. The narrators of this audio production include Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and Audie award winners.

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    V Wars by Jonathan Maberry

    V Wars

    Edited by Jonathan Maberry, with stories by Jonathan Maberry, Nancy Holder, John Everson, Yvonne Navarro, Scott Nicholson, James A. Moore, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Gregory Frost
    18.4 hrs • 10/1/12 • Unabridged
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    7.0 hrs • 3/1/2013 • Unabridged

    It’s 1978 in “America’s Finest City”—San Diego, California—and one rookie cop is learning the hardest lessons the streets have to teach. Luke Jones—a recently graduated, Shakespeare-quoting literature major—is about to discover that dealing with crooks is the easiest part of his new job. For here, in a world populated by people ruled by their obsessions, Luke’s strong will and quick tongue alienate many of his senior officers, and he must fight for acceptance. Though eventually labeled a hero, his success comes at great cost. The Sticking Place is the first in the Luke Jones series, which follows one cop’s career from rookie to retirement.

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    The Sticking Place by T. B. Smith

    The Sticking Place

    7.0 hrs • 3/1/13 • Unabridged
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