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ASGARD STORIES

ASGARD STORIES Tales from Norse Mythology

by Mary H. Foster, Mabel H. Cummings | Read by Rupert Degas

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Classics

Rupert Degas narrates this collection of stories published in 1901. Degas's aristocratic English accent suits the audiobook's tone of moralistic ethnocentricity. In fact, the authors use the preface and final chapters to frame this work as a quasi-Christian Bible prequel. Most stories, however, seem without bias, and Degas portrays the celestial host of characters with... Read More

THE CHARTERHOUSE OF PARMA

THE CHARTERHOUSE OF PARMA

by Stendhal | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Set in a corrupt Italian principality, Stendhal's 1839 comic masterpiece is often called the greatest of political novels. This fine new audiobook narration by Nicholas Boulton captures all the cosmopolitan wit and worldly detachment of its author's distinctive voice. Like many other nineteenth-century masters, and unlike today's more detached authors, Stendhal is companion and... Read More

THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

by Victor Hugo | Read by Simon Vance

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Victor Hugo's genius for verbosity is on ample display here; he never used two words when a hundred would do. Simon Vance's narration is fluid and evocative, but even his excellent work may not be enough to get many listeners through sections of this audiobook such as the exposition on English lighthouses. The story of a man whose mutilated face makes him a successful clown has... Read More

NOT WITHOUT LAUGHTER

NOT WITHOUT LAUGHTER

by Langston Hughes | Read by Jaime Lincoln Smith

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Classics

This classic depiction of Black family life in Kansas in the 1930s is narrated with grace and skill by Jaime Lincoln Smith. The classic work brings the struggles and challenges of early-twentieth-century Black American experience to life, complete with Hughes's skillful use of dialect and prose. Smith deftly switches into period diction and local accents, voicing each family... Read More

ON WRITING (AND WRITERS)

ON WRITING (AND WRITERS) A Miscellany of Advice and Opinions

by C.S. Lewis | Read by John Lee

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Classics

C.S. Lewis, author of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, believed that "you should hear every sentence you write as if it were being read aloud or spoken." So it seems apt that we should now have the opportunity to LISTEN to Lewis's observations on the art of writing, all delivered in John Lee's sonorous Oxbridge tone and phrasings. Lee does a wonderful job of rendering the balance and... Read More

THE OSCAR WILDE STORY SUITE

THE OSCAR WILDE STORY SUITE

by Oscar Wilde | Read by Mia Moravis, Annabel Capper, Philip Hernández, Laura Rocklyn, Gail Shalan, Justin Spencer

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Classics

This audio collection includes most of Wilde's short fiction, most of which, in turn, is fairy tales. The writing is beautiful, of course, but the stories preach a rather simplistic morality, more appropriate for children than for adult listeners. All the narrators are equally good, but they were recorded in different studios with different production values. The background... Read More

THREE TALES

THREE TALES

by Gustave Flaubert | Read by Andrew Wincott

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Flaubert's exacting prose has a particular affinity to the ear, and Andrew Wincott's narration of three late stories highlights the French master's style, and his verbal evocation of the senses. Flaubert's art is defined by keen observation of detail, precision of word choice, and command of prose rhythms, and Wincott stresses these qualities with an unhurried delivery that... Read More

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