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Johnny Tremain MP3 Audiobook

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JOHNNY TREMAIN
by Esther Forbes
read by Grace Conlin
Children’s • Unabridged
Book ID(1472) – 8 hrs (est.), Published – 12/01/98

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A story filled with danger and excitement, Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent, passionate times in Boston just before the Revolutionary War.

Johnny, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in a dramatic involvement with Otis, Hancock, and John and Samuel Adams in the exciting operations and subterfuges that lead up to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. As Johnny is forced into the role of a full-grown man in the face of his new country’s independence, he finds that his relations with those he loves changes for the better as well.

Winner of the Newbery Medal in 1943, the year of its publication, Johnny Tremain is historical fiction at its best, portraying Revolutionary Boston as a living drama, through the shrewd eyes of an observant boy.

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“This is Esther Forbes at her brilliant best….Johnny may well take his place with Jim Hawkins, Huck Finn, and other young immortals….”—Book Week

“This introduction to American history is a classic….”—AudioFile

ESTHER FORBES was born in Westborough, Massachusetts. After attending school in Wisconsin, she served on the editorial staff at Houghton Mifflin Company. She published a number of adult historical fiction books and two highly acclaimed young adult books: the Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Revere and the World He Lived In and the Newbery Medal winner Johnny Tremain.

INDEX of Contents:

I. Up and About II. The Pride of Your Power III. An Earth of Brass IV. The Rising Eye V. The Boston Observer VI. Salt-Water Tea VII. The Fiddler’s Bill VIII. A World to Come IX. The Scarlet Deluge X. ‘Disperse, Ye Rebels!’ XI. Yankee Doodle XII. A Man Can Stand Up

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The Three Musketeers MP3 Audiobook

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THE THREE MUSKETEERS
by Alexandre Dumas
read by Simon Vance
Adventure • Unabridged
Book ID(4392) – 21.6 hrs (est.), Published – 05/01/07

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This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloak-and-sword story ever written, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes who loyally served the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV.

When the dashing young D’Artagnon arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in three duels with the three musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting with, not against, the three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship. The daring escapades of the four pit them against the master of intrigue, Cardinal Richelieu, and the quintessential wicked woman, Lady de Winter.

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“Buckle-your-swash and get ready for a rousing action-adventure, courtesy of Alexandre Dumas and Simon Vance….Simon Vance’s performance is period-perfect. His characterizations are passionate, full-blooded, and memorable. Vance turns historical events into the background for romance and derring-do, sprinkled with healthy doses of irreverence, wit, and irony. Friendship, loyalty, and honor make this all-for-one-and-one-for-all listening.”—AudioFile

“I do not say there is no character as well drawn in Shakespeare [as D'Artagnan]. I do say there is none that I love so wholly.”— Robert Louis Stevenson

ALEXANDRE DUMAS (1802–1870), French novelist and playwright, was born in France, the son of an innkeeper’s daughter and one of Napoleon’s generals. He moved to Paris in 1823 to make his fortune in the theater, and at twenty-eight he was one of the leading literary figures of his day. His complete works were eventually to fill over 300 volumes, and his stories made him the best-known Frenchman of his age.

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The Count of Monte Cristo MP3 Audiobook

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THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
by Alexandre Dumas
read by John Lee
Adventure • Unabridged
Book ID(4725) – 46.3 hrs (est.), Published – 07/01/08

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An Audie Award Winner!

Audiofile Best Voice of the Year

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d’If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure. After fourteen years of hopeless imprisonment, Dantès makes his daring escape and follows his secret map to untold fortune. Disguised now as the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès seeks out his enemies, and nothing will stand in the way of his just revenge.

Filled with thrilling episodes of betrayal, romance, and revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest adventure stories ever written. (Translator Unknown)

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“John Lee imbues this classic with exactly the right balance of solemnity and compassion. His light accents for characters of various nationalities give them individual personalities without overdoing them in the slightest. Lee works with Dumas’s text to give each character complexity and emotion. The listener regrets the story’s end, wishing to live with Edmund and his adventures just a little longer.”—AudioFile

“Lee’s deep muscular voice works well for this swashbuckler. While he vocally differentiates characters only lightly, his reading is highly expressive, his pace brisk, his tone rich with foreboding.”—KLIATT

ALEXANDRE DUMAS (1802–1870), French novelist and playwright, was born in France, the son of an innkeeper’s daughter and one of Napoleon’s generals. He moved to Paris in 1823 to make his fortune in the theater, and at twenty-eight he was one of the leading literary figures of his day. His complete works were eventually to fill over 300 volumes, and his stories made him the best-known Frenchman of his age.

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Sherlock Holmes Theatre MP3 Audiobook

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SHERLOCK HOLMES THEATRE
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William Gillette, and Yuri Rasovsky
read by a full cast
Myst & Susp • Unabridged
Book ID(3420) – 5.6 hrs (est.), Published – 02/01/05

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Winner of the 2006 Audie Award and the 2006 Communicator Award

Blackstone is pleased to present the first ever audio recordings of the only two Holmes plays written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This specially commissioned production by the Hollywood Theater of the Ear is a unique, must-have audio for all Sherlockians.

In Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarity, the Napoleon of crime, plots with would-be blackmailers to have Holmes killed. And the normally love-proof Holmes falls for an exceptional woman.

What is the secret of the shocking death of poor Enid’s sister, whose dying words were, “the speckled band”? Only Holmes can find the answer and save a helpless girl from certain death in The Speckled Band.

When Holmes retired, it created a financial crisis for his friend Watson, who owes money to mobsters who want either their cash or his blood. The surprising upshot is: Ghastly Double Murder in Famed Detective’s Flat, a one-act comedy by producer-director Yuri Rasovsky, here receiving its audiobook premiere.

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“Rasovsky combines a talented cast, spot-on sound effects and a rich musical score to achieve a stunning audio production. Every character, every cast member, every special effect, and every note of music merits applause.”—AudioFile

“Harkening back to the Golden Days of radio, these three audio presentations are outstanding. They are superbly produced, and the voice work by the performers is spot on….”—ForeWord magazine

“An excellent Holmes radio production…with excellent performances by Martin Jarvis, Kristoffer Tabori, and a full cast. The sound and music are top notch, and over all there is so much to like about this performance….[It] takes you back to the days of gaslight and great detective stories!”—Leisurebooks.com

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930) was born of Irish parentage in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied medicine at Edinburgh, but initial poverty as a young practitioner led him into authorship. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote historical romances and two essays in pseudo-scientific fantasy, The Lost World (1912) and The Poison Belt (1913).

INDEX of Contents:

1. “Sherlock Holmes”
2. “The Speckled Band”
3. “Ghastly Murder in Famed Detective’s Flat” by Yuri Rasovsky

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His Last Bow – Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes MP3 Audiobook

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HIS LAST BOW
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
read by Frederick Davidson
Myst & Susp • Unabridged
Book ID(2471) – 6.8 hrs (est.), Published – 09/01/99

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Subtitle: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes

A body on the London Underground; the strange disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax; a parcel containing some coarse salt and two freshly severed human ears… This collection of eight world-famous cases from Doctor Watson’s portfolio illustrates the singular mental faculties of Sherlock Holmes. In the course of his investigations, Holmes himself is struck down by a virulent Eastern disease, and we are reintroduced to his remarkable brother Mycroft: “all other men are specialists, but his specialism is omniscience.” Finally, with the approach of the German War, Holmes emerges from retirement among his books and bees on the South Downs to lay his unique intellect at the disposal of the British Government, with the historic results disclosed in “His Last Bow”.

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“Quintessential Holmes….Reader Frederick Davidson portrays the erudite, witty Holmes with considerable aplomb….Davidson’s style is well suited to the tone of these timeless stories.”—AudioFile

“These cases, ably read by Frederick Davidson…show that Conan Doyle knew how to keep Holmes current with the changing political environment. Recommended for all public libraries.”—Library Journal

“[This] flawlessly produced audiobook edition is ably narrated by the multi-voiced Frederick Davidson.” —Reviewer’s Bookwatch

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but initial poverty as a young practitioner led him into authorship. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote historical romances and two essays in pseudoscientific fantasy, The Lost World and The Poison Belt.

Index of Contents:

1. Preface by John H. Watson, M.D.
2. “Wisteria Lodge”
3. “The Cardboard Box”
4. “The Red Circle”
5. “The Bruce-Partington Plans”
6. “The Dying Detective”
7. “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax”
8. “The Devil’s Foot”
9. “His Last Bow: An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes”

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes MP3 Audiobook

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THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
read by Ralph Cosham
Myst & Susp • Unabridged
Book ID(5447) – 8 hrs (est.), Published – 12/01/09

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Since Doyle created the immortal Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson, no other mystery writer has come close to eclipsing him as the standard bearer in crime fiction. A brilliant London-based “consulting detective,” Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and renowned for his skillful use of astute observation, deductive reasoning, and inference to solve difficult cases. This collection includes twelve of Holmes’s most famous cases: A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but initial poverty as a young practitioner led him into authorship. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes.

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