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Quo Vadis MP3 Audiobook

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Quo Vadis
Subtitle: A Narrative of the Time of Nero
by Henryk Sienkiewicz
read by Frederick Davidson
Classic Literature • Unabridged
Book ID(2537) – 20.4 hrs (est.), Published – 03/01/00

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Translated by Jeremiah Curtin

Written nearly a century ago and translated into over 40 languages, this masterpiece of historical fiction is one of the best-selling novels in history and the inspiration for the MGM motion picture of 1951. An epic of love and courage in Nero’s time, it illustrates the conflict of moral ideas within the Roman Empire at the dawn of Christianity.

Marcus, a Roman officer in Nero’s army, risks his career, his family, and even his life when he falls in love with a Christian woman named Callina. In order to win Callina’s love, Marcus must come to understand the true meaning of her religion, even as Rome sinks under the excesses of Nero and Christians are thrown to the lions. Quo Vadis brims with the passion and life as it explores one of the turning points in history.

HENRYK (Adam Alexander Pius) SIENKIEWICZ (1846-1916) was a novelist, born in Wola Okrzejska, Poland. He studied at Warsaw, traveled in the USA, and in the 1870s began to write articles, short stories, and novels. His major work was a war trilogy about 17th century Poland, beginning with Ogniem i mieczem (1884, With Fire and Sword), but his most widely known book is the story of Rome under Nero, Quo Vadis? (1896), several times filmed, notably in 1951 by Mervyn Le Roy (1900-87). He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905.

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Fahrenheit 451 MP3 Audiobook

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FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury
read by Christopher Hurt
SciFi/Fantasy • Unabridged
Book ID(3556) – 4.3 hrs (est.), Published – 11/01/05

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The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

This novel is offered here in its fiftieth Anniversary special edition, including an afterword and a coda by the author.

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“[A] great science-fiction classic….Christopher Hurt reads this provocative story with the natural and compelling grace that it deserves.”—Land Line (five-star review)

“Frightening in its implications….Mr. Bradbury’s account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating.”—New York Times

RAY BRADBURY, one of the most popular science fiction writers in the world, is the author of more than five hundred short stories, novels, plays, and poems. He has won many awards, including the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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1984 MP3 Audiobook

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1984
by George Orwell
read by Simon Prebble
Classic Literature • Unabridged
Book ID(4380) – 10.5 hrs (est.), Published – 04/12/07

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A 2008 Audie Award Finalist

Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this dramatically popular book.

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police, a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities’ will and people live tepid lives by rote.

Winston Smith, the hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell’s nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is still the great modern classic of negative Utopia.

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“Orwell’s lean prose, finely honed political discourse, and penetrating images seem as fresh, as menacing, and as disturbingly prophetic as ever. With British equanimity, Simon Prebble accentuates every shade of gray in post-Blitzed-London….Prebble is especially effective at subtly changing pace and giving weight to each character’s most telling moments….1984 remains one of the most powerful and influential masterworks of twentieth-century literature.”—AudioFile

“It is probable that no other work of this generation has made us desire freedom more earnestly or loathe tyranny with such fullness.”—Mark Shorer, New York Times, 1949

“Orwell’s novel escorts us so quietly, so directly, and so dramatically from our own day to the fate which may be ours in the future, that the experience is a blood-chilling one.”—Saturday Review

“1984 is a remarkable book; as a virtuoso literary performance it has a sustained brilliance that has rarely been matched in other works of its genre….It is as timely as the label on a poison bottle.”—New York Herald Tribune

“A profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book….Orwell’s theory of power is developed brilliantly.”—New Yorker

GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. He was born in India and educated at Eton. After service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living by writing and became notable for his simplicity of style and his journalistic or documentary approach to fiction.

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Animal Farm MP3 Audiobook

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ANIMAL FARM
by George Orwell
read by Ralph Cosham
Classic Literature • Unabridged
Book ID(1221) – 3.1 hrs (est.), Published – 12/01/98

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George Orwell’s classic satire of the Russian Revolution has become an intimate part of our contemporary culture, with its treatment of democratic, fascist, and socialist ideals through an animal fable. When the animals of Mr. Jones’s Manor Farm revolt against their human rulers, they establish the democratic Animal Farm under the credo, “All Animals Are Created Equal”. Out of their cleverness, the pigs, Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball, emerge as leaders of the new community. In a development of insidious familiarity, the pigs begin to assume ever greater amounts of power, while other animals, especially the faithful horse Boxer, assume more of the work. The climax of the story is the brutal betrayal of Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: “But Some Animals Are More Equal than Others”.

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“A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable of our times….The steadiness and lucidity of Orwell’s merciless wit are reminiscent of Anatole France and even of Swift.”—New York Times Book Review

GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. He was born in India and educated at Eton. After service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living by writing and became notable for his simplicity of style and his journalistic or documentary approach to fiction.

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The Scarlet Letter MP3 Audiobook

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The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
read by Kristen Underwood
Classic Literature • Unabridged
Book ID(1538) – 9 1/2 hrs (est.), Published – 12/01/98

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Hailed by Henry James as “the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country,” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation’s historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact of a single passionate act on the lives of three people: the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth; and the defiant Hester Prynne, who, unwilling to name her partner in adultery, is condemned to wear a scarlet “A” on the breast of her gown for the remainder of her life.

With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity’s unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.

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“[Nathaniel Hawthorne] recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy.”—Malcolm Cowley

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: (1804-1864) is considered to be one of the greatest American authors of the nineteenth century. Born in Salem, he used Puritan New England as a setting for many of his short stories, allegorical tales, and novels. The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne’s masterpiece, has never been out of print since it was first published in 1850.

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The Secret Garden MP3 Audiobook

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The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
read by Johanna Ward
Children’s • Unabridged
Book ID(1329) – 8 hrs (est.), Published – 12/01/98

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Mary Lennox, a spoilt, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor after the death of her parents. There she meets a hearty housekeeper and her spirited brother, a dour gardener, a cheerful robin, and her willful, hysterical, and sickly cousin, Master Colin. With the help of the robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden coming to life anew brings to Colin health and to Mary happiness.

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“It will rapt most children away, for after fifty years its spell is still as strong; a blend of power, beauty, vivid interest and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic.”––New York Times Book Review

“For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The Secret Garden’s portrayal of reawakening spirits will thrill and rejuvenate. Frances Hodgson Burnett creates characters so strong and distinct, young readers continue to identify with them even 85 years after they were conceived.”—Amazon.com

FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT (1849-1924) was an English-born author of romances and books for children. After moving to America in 1865 she established a popular reputation with the publication of That Lass o’Lowries in 1877. She is best known for such stories as Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, and The Secret Garden.

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