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  • THE TRAGIC MUSE

    THE TRAGIC MUSE

    by Henry James | Read by Gareth Armstrong

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Gareth Armstrong's confident narration adds welcome charisma to this literary classic. Henry James's extensive plot follows the careers of Nick Dormer, who must choose between painting and politics, and Miriam Rooth, who strives to be an actress as a means for income. Both characters' enigmatic passions perplex those family members and friends who so desperately want to guide... Read More

  • TO THE ISLAND OF TIDES

    TO THE ISLAND OF TIDES A Journey to Lindisfarne

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alistair Moffat | Read by David Rintoul

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator David Rintoul sweeps listeners into historian Alistair Moffat's tapestry of memoir, journalism, and religious history relating to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The tidal island off the Northumbrian coast has a Celtic Christian identity that dates back more than a millennium. With subtle yet distinct modulations of pacing and tone, and--to convey Moffat's sense of... Read More

  • FULL TILT

    FULL TILT Ireland to India with a Bicycle

    by Dervia Murphy | Read by Emma Lowe

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    In a comfortable Irish lilt, Dublin-born narrator Emma Lowe captures the author's adventurous spirit, courage, and gritty determination to ride a bicycle more than 5,000 miles from London through the Italian Alps, across Eastern Europe and Turkey, through northern Iran and Afghanistan, over the Hindu Kush mountains to Pakistan, and on to New Delhi. There's an amazing calmness... Read More

  • THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES

    THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES

    by Nathaniel Hawthorne | Read by Adam Sims

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Adam Sims combines a modern clarity and tone with the author's wit, skepticism, and keen observations to make listening to this nineteenth-century literary stew an absolute treat. Published in 1851, in the wake of the success of THE SCARLET LETTER, this multigenerational story of the fictional Pyncheon family is at once a ghost story, a romance, and, above all, an... Read More

  • A CONCISE HISTORY OF SPAIN

    A CONCISE HISTORY OF SPAIN

    by William D. Phillips, Jr, Carla Rahn Phillips | Read by Luis Soto

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Luis Soto recounts the history of Spain in a strong British-accented voice, his manner bright, brisk, and congenial. His Spanish is of native-speaker quality, although his accurate Castilian pronunciation, in which "s" sounds like "th," may give some listeners difficulty in recognizing people and place names. Soto, though intelligent and always correct in intonation... Read More

  • THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO

    THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO

    by Marco Polo, Rustichello da Pisa | Read by Peter Wickham

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Peter Wickham's voice is aged and a bit rough but energetic and cultured in this recounting of Marco Polo's wanderings through thirteenth-century Asia. Wickham speaks more as one declaiming an official account than telling a story, which suits a book written in the third person, but he maintains a likable persona, good-humored and wise, befitting a man recalling the... Read More

  • A CONCISE HISTORY OF ITALY

    A CONCISE HISTORY OF ITALY

    by Christopher Duggan | Read by Jonathan Keeble

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Jonathan Keeble brings a fine British accent and a pleasingly gruff voice to this account of Italy's (mostly political and economic) history. The history wanders to start with, and in modern times tends toward a listing of one incident after the next--occasionally Keeble sounds a bit tired of it. But, for the most part, his narration is thoughtful, showing attention to... Read More

  • THE DUKE'S CHILDREN

    THE DUKE'S CHILDREN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Anthony Trollope | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Those who have been following narrator David Shaw-Parker's journey through the Palliser novels have come to expect excellence, and they will not be disappointed with this concluding installment. The Duke of Omnium is now a widower, so we miss Lady Glencora's fine Scottish voice, but there is a new assortment of interesting characters for Shaw-Parker to bring to life. And he... Read More

  • SYBIL

    SYBIL The Two Nations

    by Benjamin Disraeli | Read by Tim Bentinck

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Disraeli, like his later peer Churchill, made his reputation as a writer before entering Parliament. His political fame easily eclipsed his novelistic reputation, and this audiobook gives us a fair understanding of why. Many of its secondary characters are so similar that even narrator Tim Bentinck's many tones and accents cannot help listeners distinguish them, and no one... Read More

  • THE SATYRICON

    THE SATYRICON

    by Petronius | Read by Jonathan Keeble

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Sounding downright jovial at times, Jonathan Keeble uses a classic aristocratic English delivery to portray Encolpius, the ex-gladiator and polished raconteur who narrates this satirical proto-novel. He leads the listener on a historically insightful, hilarious, thoroughly exotic, and erotically charged romp through a series of gay bordellos, opulent estates, detailed deviant... Read More

  • THE GREAT GOD PAN AND OTHER WEIRD TALES

    THE GREAT GOD PAN AND OTHER WEIRD TALES

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Arthur Machen | Read by Peter Wickham

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    In a comfortable, approachable style, actor Peter Wickham creates the feeling of relaxing in a nineteenth-century English drawing room while swapping tales of the macabre, fairy folk, and undiscovered worlds. In a tone that is equal parts beguilement and wonder, Wickham leads listeners through this late-nineteenth-century collection of nine short stories, including the title... Read More

  • THE ART OF LITERATURE

    THE ART OF LITERATURE

    by Arthur Schopenhauer | Read by Mark Meadows

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    The words of philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer are now two centuries old, and it's unlikely this audiobook collection of his essays on literature will offer much new for today's writers and critics. Narrator Mark Meadows, likewise, is the sort of erudite British voice that travels across borders and centuries without ever seeming to touch ground. But like an outfit that's never... Read More

  • MOLL FLANDERS

    MOLL FLANDERS

    by Daniel Defoe | Read by Georgina Sutton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Georgina Sutton brings her narrative talents to the dramatic morality tale of Moll Flanders. The audiobook of this classic novel follows the rakish life of a low-born young woman as she fights to raise herself to a higher position in English society. This involves multiple marriages, the abandonment of her own children, and regular bouts of theft and prostitution. Moll is at... Read More

  • THE PRIME MINISTER

    THE PRIME MINISTER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Anthony Trollope | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    David Shaw-Parker's usual exemplary narration brings all the inner torments of the characters in this classic novel to life. Trollope was one of the deep psychologists of the Victorian novel, and this is one of his most psychological works. Nearly all of the action is interior to the major characters. As we approach the end of the Palliser series, the parallel plots concern... Read More

  • THE ROAD TO OXIANA

    THE ROAD TO OXIANA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Robert Byron | Read by Barnaby Edwards

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    British narrator Barnaby Edwards captures pioneering travel writer Robert Byron's historical commentary, humor, and bon vivant sensibility while crossing the Middle East to explore the farthest reaches of Persia and Afghanistan in 1933-34. With the ability to evoke entire centuries and architectural styles in a single sentence, Byron is considered one of the masters of the... Read More

  • A LAODICEAN

    A LAODICEAN

    by Thomas Hardy | Read by Anna Bentinck

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Anna Bentinck's gentle tone and easy cadence complement Thomas Hardy's leisurely prose. The story centers on a talented architect, George Somerset, who falls in love with a wealthy yet indecisive young woman. Bentinck energetically gives voice to Hardy's characters. Somerset speaks kindly and emphatically in contrast to the mysterious William Dare, who speaks in an... Read More

  • THE SCARLET LETTER

    THE SCARLET LETTER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Nathaniel Hawthorne | Read by Adam Sims

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    With a sympathetic, straightforward approach, narrator Adam Sims allows listeners to discover for themselves the many layers of keen observation, humor, history, and social commentary that Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 classic has to offer. The story is familiar. Single, dignified Hester Prynne is punished for having become pregnant by having an "A," for adultery, sewn on her... Read More

  • A CONCISE HISTORY OF FRANCE

    A CONCISE HISTORY OF FRANCE

    by Roger Price | Read by Mark Meadows

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Mark Meadows has a fine, strong voice; a pleasing British accent; evident skill and intelligence; and remarkably good pronunciation of French, a requirement for this history of France from the late Middle Ages to the present. But while those who listen to complex nonfiction must have time to absorb information, Meadows often pauses a bit too long between sentences.... Read More

  • THE GOLDEN BOWL

    THE GOLDEN BOWL

    by Henry James | Read by Juliet Stevenson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson guides the listener through the complex social world and moral ambiguity of this convoluted story. Maggie Verver's upcoming marriage to Prince Amerigo seems perfect. Just before Maggie and he are to wed, Amerigo's good friend and former lover, Charlotte, comes back into his life for a brief shopping trip for a wedding present. Even though... Read More

  • MABINOGION

    MABINOGION

    by Charlotte Guest [Trans.] | Read by Matt Addis

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Matt Addis brings care, talent, and skill to these stories from twelfth- and thirteenth-century Wales, but he could have exercised more restraint. He takes his cue from the stories themselves--fantastic, fanciful, somewhere between myth, legend, and fairy tale--and from the archaic tone of the mid-nineteenth-century translation by Charlotte Guest. Addis's phrases,... Read More

  • THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY

    THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY

    by | Read by Peter Wickham

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    This audiobook was written by the Roman philosopher Boethius while he was awaiting sentencing and execution. One of the last great blooms of classical Greek Stoicism, it is a dialogue between the author and Philosophy, who appears as a woman who leads him to a proper Stoic acceptance of whatever his fate may be--even death. Narrator Peter Wickham maintains a clear, calm tone,... Read More

  • JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

    JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

    by | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    David Timson brings his great gifts of creativity, sensitivity to language, and dramatic flair to his narration of THE ARGONAUTICA--but it's all a bit too much. Perhaps to prop up this lesser epic, more a scholarly gazetteer of Mediterranean myth and geography than a dramatic quest, he tries rather too hard to inject drama or emotion by putting a thrill in his voice or... Read More

  • LA VITA NUOVA

    LA VITA NUOVA The New Life

    by | Read by Jonathan Keeble

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Imagine getting a lesson on the works of Dante from the poet himself. Jonathan Keeble narrates LA VITA NUOVA, verse Dante wrote in 1295, like a poet who has been asked to explain his own work: with keen interest tempered by a bit of distance, so as not to get carried away. It is the story of Dante's love for Beatrice, told through the various sonnets he wrote for her, as... Read More

  • THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

    THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Baroness Orczy | Read by Bill Homewood

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Listeners become immersed in the dramatic days of the French Revolution and the rush to save aristocrats by the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Through the narration of Bill Homewood, listeners will puzzle over the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, agonize with Marguerite over the fate of the brave hero, and worry about the evil plots of the villain Chauvelin. Though the... Read More

  • A ZOO IN MY LUGGAGE

    A ZOO IN MY LUGGAGE

    by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This clever travel memoir reveals a witty story expertly narrated by the multitalented Rupert Degas. Degas is a kind of verbal ventriloquist at home with the accents, intonations, and styles of the Cameroon natives--royal and commoner alike--and he portrays the very British Durrell quite well, too. His mimicry is remarkable as he recounts naturalist Gerald Durrell's trip to... Read More

  • THE AYE-AYE AND I

    THE AYE-AYE AND I

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Oh, the utter delight of adventuring in Madagascar with the late English naturalist Gerald Durrell and his poly-voiced narrator, Rupert Degas, who beautifully channels Durrell’s slightly raspy voice, his exuberant personality, and his enthusiasm for every variety of fauna, including human. The book describes a 1990s trip to Madagascar’s remotest regions to find and collect a... Read More

  • THE WHISPERING LAND

    THE WHISPERING LAND

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    There's a moment in this enchanting audiobook that displays narrator Rupert Degas's talent to the full. It occurs when the naturalist author is at a cocktail party in Buenos Aires and has to talk to a pompous Englishman whose dismissive attitude towards Argentinians offends the young Durrell. Degas imitates this Brit's accent in such a fine tone that it sounds like he is... Read More

  • BEASTS IN MY BELFRY

    BEASTS IN MY BELFRY

    by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Rupert Degas delivers a bang-up performance--including tiger growls and buffalo snorts--of Gerald Durrell's colorful and often comic memories of his first job as a student keeper at England's Whipsnade Zoological Park. Be forewarned that the legendary founder of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust wrote the book in 1970 about events in 1945. While he's forward-thinking about... Read More

  • WHAT MAISIE KNEW

    WHAT MAISIE KNEW

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Henry James | Read by Juliet Stevenson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Juliet Stevenson provides a compelling narration of Henry James's story about innocence, social class, and morality. The protagonist, Maisie, struggles to preserve her innocence when her parents divorce and her stepparents commit adultery. Seemingly effortlessly, Stevenson changes her voice to match her characters' traits: Maisie's innocent demeanor, her stepfather Sir Claude's... Read More

  • CLARISSA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY, VOLUME 1

    CLARISSA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY, VOLUME 1

    by Samuel Richardson | Read by Lucy Scott, Rober May, Katie Scarfe, Nigel Pilkington, Hayward B. Morse, Anna Bentinck, Paul Panting, Teresa Gallagher, John Foley, Samuel West

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    The cast of this audio production must be commended for undertaking one of the longest novels in English literature. They are successful in capturing Richardson's many epistolary voices. Lucy Scott gives an admirable performance as Clarissa Harlowe; her clear, soft voice captures the earnestness and innocence of the chief character. While Clarissa most often speaks sincerely to... Read More

  • DAISY MILLER

    DAISY MILLER

    by Henry James | Read by Penelope Rawlins

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    James's novella is brought beautifully to life by narrator Penelope Rawlins, whose chameleon voice spans continents with ease. While the narrative is performed in an appealing British accent, Rawlins easily moves into American tones when voicing the title character and her suitor, Mr. Winterbourne. As the vivacious Daisy flirts her way across Europe, Winterbourne struggles to... Read More

  • NANA

    NANA

    by Emile Zola | Read by Leighton Pugh

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Leighton Pugh's quietly expressive vocal style and relaxed pacing help listeners engage with Zola's naturalistic and expansive novel of avarice, poverty, and degradation among all the social classes in nineteenth-century France. Pugh capably meets the dual challenges of illuminating the novel's lush descriptive language and imbuing the large cast with rich vocal... Read More

  • THE MARSH ARABS

    THE MARSH ARABS

    by Wilfred Thesiger | Read by Laurence Kennedy

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Laurence Kennedy brings appropriate vigor and briskness to the narration of Thesiger's classic account of living with Arab tribes in southern Iraq in the 1950s. The account is spare, quick moving, and unsentimental. Kennedy's deep voice, crisp enunciation, and British accent are engaging, and he renders the sense of the text naturally and unaffectedly while imbuing it with... Read More

  • FATHER GORIOT

    FATHER GORIOT

    by Honoré de Balzac | Read by Bill Homewood

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Bill Homewood's narration brings new life to the tragic story of Goriot, a father who lives in poverty so that his two daughters can be happy. Homewood's deep voice and melodic cadence carry the listener through the prose. He pronounces the French names quite naturally, and his vocal characterizations faithfully render Balzac's creations. Set in a Parisian boardinghouse, the... Read More

  • LONDON LABOUR AND THE LONDON POOR

    LONDON LABOUR AND THE LONDON POOR

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Henry Mayhew | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator David Timson takes three tacks in performing this classic of Victorian political economy and sociology. He delivers the modern editors' notes and introduction with vigorous clarity. He reads Mayhew's text with similar energy but with more feeling and with an orotund, occasionally jocular tone, as if Mayhew were a Dickens character. And for the heart of the book--the... Read More

  • DIARY OF A MADMAN AND OTHER STORIES

    DIARY OF A MADMAN AND OTHER STORIES

    by Nikolai Gogol | Read by Nicholas Boulton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Nicholas Boulton can narrate an extended dialogue and make it seem indisputably between two people. He does so in this collection of Gogol stories, for which he produces a wide array of voices and characters. He takes full advantage of opportunities to inhabit the characters. In typical British fashion, he uses a skillful range of accents to indicate class differences. In many... Read More

  • THE BOOK OF DISQUIET

    THE BOOK OF DISQUIET

    by Fernando Pessoa | Read by Adam Sims

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Many of the greatest Portuguese writers of the last century are Fernando Pessoa, who wrote under dozens of names. This audiobook is presented as having been written by Pessoa's fictional friend, Bernardo Soares. Adam Sims narrates the 481 sections--some as short as a single sentence--with a detached air appropriate to someone to whom identity is no longer an interesting... Read More

  • GREAT VICTORIANS

    GREAT VICTORIANS

    by David Angus | Read by Benjamin Soames, Georgina Sutton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Georgina Sutton delivers Queen Victoria's take on each of the seven people whose biographies comprise this program. However, the bulk of the audiobook is narrated by Benjamin Soames, who delivers the biographies themselves. His voice is likable, expressive, and energetic, but his narration, especially at the outset, is too slow, with too much emphasis on individual... Read More

  • DESPERATE REMEDIES

    DESPERATE REMEDIES

    by Thomas Hardy | Read by Anna Bentinck

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Anna Bentinck valiantly works to keep Thomas Hardy's early story of love and deception consistently compelling. An unconventional narrator, Bentinck takes pauses in unusual places, injecting a note of spontaneity into Hardy's occasionally hard-going descriptive passages. Hardy's story is highly character driven, and while Bentinck's style doesn't quite make the most of the... Read More

  • SISTER CARRIE

    SISTER CARRIE

    by Theodore Dreiser | Read by Laurel Lefkow

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Laurel Lefkow gives an elegantly understated narration of Dreiser's timeless novel of ambition, pride, and social class. Lefkow's pacing adeptly mirrors Carrie's tentative exploration of city life. Dreiser's exquisitely rendered details of every strata of social class will resonate with the economic realities of today's world. Lefkow's subtle shifts in vocal inflection and... Read More

  • A HERO OF OUR TIME

    A HERO OF OUR TIME

    by Mikhail Lermontov, J.H. Wisdom [Trans.], Marr Murray [Trans.] | Read by Nicholas Boulton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Nicholas Boulton's narration of the first Russian novel is an excellent match of voice and text. Lermontov's novel concerns the interactions of two Russian officers serving in the Caucasus in the 1830s. The main character, Pechorin, is a Byronic hero and quite politically incorrect. The antagonist is Grushnitsky, who competes with Pechorin for the affections of Princess Mary.... Read More

  • THE POSSESSED

    THE POSSESSED

    by Fyodor Dostoyevsky | Read by Constantine Gregory

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Actor Constantine Gregory demonstrates his many talents in this remarkable performance of Dostoevsky's novel. The title literally means demons or devils; the plot concerns a group of individuals who are possessed by the demons of their own lives and ideas. This long work reflects the author's views on how Western European ideas were influencing Russia. As with much of Russian... Read More

  • NAPLES '44

    NAPLES '44

    by Norman Lewis | Read by Nicholas Boulton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Nicholas Boulton delivers these diary entries about life in Naples, Italy, in the aftermath of WWII in a straightforward journalistic style. Author Lewis, a British intelligence officer, was stationed in Naples as a linguist charged with bridging the gap between the military and civilians. He went on to become a great travel writer, and his poetic style is evident as... Read More

  • FEAR AND TREMBLING

    FEAR AND TREMBLING

    by Soren Kierkegaard | Read by Mark Meadows

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Philosophy is often presented in a dry and dull manner, but that isn't the case when it's delivered by narrator Mark Meadows. In this version of Kierkegaard's masterpiece, Meadows uses good pacing to give the listener an intricate treatment of the biblical story of Isaac's near sacrifice by his father, Abraham, and what this story may mean in the realm of faith in a higher... Read More

  • THE EUROPEANS

    THE EUROPEANS

    by Henry James | Read by Adam Sims

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Adam Sims expertly guides the listener through the complex relationships Henry James sets up when European cousins Eugenia and Felix come to America to meet their relations. Sims's soft cadence couples well with James's prose, and his vocal characterizations distinguish the characters clearly. He captures the European brother and sister especially well. Felix's... Read More

  • DREAMING OF JUPITER

    DREAMING OF JUPITER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ted Simon | Read by Rupert Degas

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Rupert Degas is a fine mimic and voice actor. His inflection and tone remind the listener of the great English thespians. He performs accents expertly--from South American to Italian to Kiwi--and gives Simon's sprawling audiobook texture and a sense of place. In 1974, the author took a motorbike trip around the world and wrote about it. He became famous for this epic... Read More

  • JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

    JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

    by Daniel Defoe | Read by Andrew Cullum

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Andrew Cullum's narration enlivens Defoe's historical novel about the 1665 plague in London. While Defoe was not an eyewitness, he re-created a realistic picture of the period through his own research. The novel relies heavily on the first-person narrator, who recounts his observations during the plague. Because of this, there is not much opportunity for Cullum to do vocal... Read More

  • THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS

    THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Anthony Trollope | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator David Shaw-Parker continues his marvelous tour of Trollope with this audiobook from the Palliser novels. Although the Pallisers are minor characters in this volume, we do get Shaw-Parker's memorable portrayal of the Duke of Omnium, as well as Lady Eustace's almost-but-not-quite-incomprehensible rural Scottish steward, Andy Gowran. Without doing full impersonations,... Read More

  • THE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND HELOISE

    THE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND HELOISE

    by Peter Abelard, Heloise Abelard, William Levitan [Trans.] | Read by Gunnar Cauthery, Alison Pettitt, David Rintoul

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    The joint tomb of Peter and Heloise Abelard remains one of the most visited sites in Paris even though they died long ago, in the twelfth century. Their story of a love that endured despite the opposition of her family and the Church, and despite his mutilation, has been retold many times, and every version is based on the authentic documents in this audiobook. Of the nine... Read More

  • WAVERLEY

    WAVERLEY

    by Sir Walter Scott | Read by David Rintoul

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Sir Walter Scott's first historical novel takes place during the Jacobite Uprising of 1745. Young Englishman Edward Waverly goes to Scotland in the army but becomes intrigued by the Highlanders' cause and eventually changes his support from the Hanoverians to the Jacobites. David Rintoul's narration gives a natural cadence to Scott's prose. His clear, deep voice emphasizes the... Read More

  • ARABIAN SANDS

    ARABIAN SANDS

    by Wilfred Thesiger | Read by Laurence Kennedy

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    This audiobook is not only a portrait of a way of life on the edge of extinction. Thesiger is also one of the main sources that author Frank Herbert used in creating his classic novel, DUNE. Laurence Kennedy narrates the story of Thesiger's experiences with the Bedouin of Arabia like a man reminiscing about the best times of his life. He conveys the wit and wonder of an... Read More

  • THE FLOWERS OF EVIL

    THE FLOWERS OF EVIL

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Charles Baudelaire, James McGowan [Trans.] | Read by Jonathan Keeble

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Mid-nineteenth-century poet and translator Baudelaire is one of the great progenitors of modern poetry. Jonathan Keeble's excellent narration reminds us just how radical this work was and why parts of it were banned in France as late as 1949. Keeble restrains some of the passionate excesses that are part of Baudelaire's radicalism, preserving the contrasts that let the heights... Read More

  • GREAT POETS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE

    GREAT POETS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, John Clare, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth | Read by Michael Sheen

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Michael Sheen is at his best narrating the two long narrative pieces here, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and a section of the first canto of "Don Juan." In both he's assisted by two fine but unnamed women. He's consistently good throughout the whole anthology. His Blake is prophetic and a bit mad, his Wordsworth is more stately, his Keats more wistful, and so on. The... Read More

  • COUSIN KATE

    COUSIN KATE

    by Georgette Heyer | Read by Jilly Bond

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Invited by her late father's half sister for a long visit, unsuspecting Kate Malvern arrives at the estate of Staplewood and swiftly becomes entangled in a lurid and dangerous plot. Narrator Jilly Bond creates multiple distinct characters within the large cast, all with discernible classes and personalities. Lady Broome is voiced in an appropriate contralto while Mr. Nidd's... Read More

  • A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR

    A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR The Larkin Novels, Volume 2

    by H.E. Bates | Read by Philip Franks

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    When England's eccentric Larkin family decides to visit Brittany for a summer holiday, the dissimilarity between British and French culture offers opportunities for hilarity. As narrator, Philip Franks has a friendly, upbeat tone and keeps a steady pace throughout the audiobook. His rendering of the dialogue is where his talents especially shine. Franks provides suitable... Read More

  • PHINEAS FINN

    PHINEAS FINN Palliser, Book 2

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Anthony Trollope | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    If David Shaw-Parker isn't the most subtly funny Duke of Omnium ever, let's give up. The Duke's self-important basso as he courts Madame Max seems to come out of his shoes, and it's an amazing surprise, because by the time Omnium really enters the story, Shaw-Parker has created so many varied characters and voices that you can't imagine he's still got a trick you haven't heard.... Read More

  • THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

    THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

    by Edith Wharton | Read by Laurel Lefkow

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Laurel Lefkow brings a calm and dignified tone to Edith Wharton's high-society classic. It's a novel full of wry comic observations on the social restraints that bind the upper echelon of New York City society, especially its female members. Lefkow contributes a fitting sense of intelligent restraint without sacrificing the warmth and versatility necessary to keep the... Read More

  • 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

    20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

    by Jules Verne, F.P. Walter [Trans.] | Read by Bill Homewood

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Jules Verne's fascinating novel takes the listener on a journey beneath the sea to the far reaches of the world. The figure of Captain Nemo provides a dark undercurrent to the optimism of Verne's narrator, Pierre Aronnax. Bill Homewood's narration is truly delightful. His melodic cadence delivers the descriptive prose engagingly, and his vocal characterizations are also... Read More

  • MORE ABOUT WORZEL GUMMIDGE

    MORE ABOUT WORZEL GUMMIDGE

    by Barbara Euphan Todd | Read by Jessica Martin

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Jessica Martin winningly delivers the third in a classic series about a scarecrow who comes to life. The warmly portrayed brother and sister--Susan and John--befriend Worzel Gummidge, who lives on Scatterbrook Farm. Listeners will be charmed by Worzel's voice, which is whiny or friendly, depending on his mood. When he misbehaves, he becomes a traditional scarecrow and... Read More

  • THE DECAMERON

    THE DECAMERON

    by | Read by Simon Russell Beale, Daisy Badger, Carly Bawden and a Full Cast

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Boccaccio's medieval collection of short stories finds new life in Naxos's outstanding full-cast performance. A gifted cast of 11 gives this production energy that never tires. Simon Russell Beale narrates Boccaccio's role, opening the audiobook with the author's own introduction. From there, the other actors take turns telling stories just as the speakers do, creating a unique... Read More

  • THE GREAT POETS: MATTHEW ARNOLD

    THE GREAT POETS: MATTHEW ARNOLD

    by Matthew Arnold | Read by Jonathan Keeble

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged Selections
    Poetry & Drama

    Matthew Arnold's poetry is not widely read today, except for "Dover Beach" and perhaps "The Scholar Gipsy," but this selection shows the strengths that made him popular in the nineteenth century. Jonathan Keeble's readings are romantic, as the poems are, and they show the result of careful thought. Arnold's writerly craft and ideas come through. Keeble reads the antique diction... Read More

  • A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS

    A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by V.S. Naipaul | Read by Sam Dastor

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Naipaul, whose body of writing earned him Nobel laureate status, first came to international attention with this engaging and accessible novel. Narrator Sam Dastor's consistent Trinidadian accent is perfect for its audio performance, making it as fresh and enjoyable as it was to readers when it was published in print nearly 60 years ago. Dastor paces his narration so that it... Read More

  • THE VOYAGE OUT

    THE VOYAGE OUT

    by Virginia Woolf | Read by Juliet Stevenson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Juliet Stevenson's narration is both compelling and soothing as Virginia Woolf's first novel follows a small group of English men and women as they travel from London to the fictional island of Santa Marina in South America. The audiobook's introspective qualities and attention to the female identity create a fascinating picture of Edwardian society. There is a certain fluid... Read More

  • GOOD WIVES

    GOOD WIVES

    by Louisa May Alcott | Read by Liza Ross

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    GOOD WIVES is the second half of Alcott's beloved classic, LITTLE WOMEN. Liza Ross does a lovely job of narrating this abridged version about the March sisters, beginning with Meg's marriage and ending with Jo's. The story is told through narrative and letters, mainly from Amy and Jo's perspectives as they have adventures in Europe and New York, respectively. Ross gives each... Read More

  • LEVIATHAN

    LEVIATHAN

    by Thomas Hobbes | Read by Peter Wickham

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Hobbes's 1651 masterwork of political and ecclesiastical philosophy is generally clear and succinct, though not always easy. Narrator Peter Wickham uses emphasis, tone, pacing, and pauses admirably to convey Hobbes's meaning, but even his clarity may not always get the sense across at first listen, and at times he reads a touch too quickly for the material. There is great... Read More

  • DEAD SOULS

    DEAD SOULS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Nikolai Gogol | Read by Nicholas Boulton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    There are many voices, of many classes and temperaments, for Nicholas Boulton to portray in this audiobook. He meets the challenge with a wide range of British class and regional accents, along with character voices. More of a challenge is the range of moods, from comedy to near-tragedy, and the problematical text, which lacks an ending as well as several chunks toward the end.... Read More

  • THE WINGS OF THE DOVE

    THE WINGS OF THE DOVE

    by Henry James | Read by Juliet Stevenson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    The melodic quality of Henry James's prose is even more so as Juliet Stevenson narrates. Kate Croy, a British beauty without means of her own, and Milly Theale, a wealthy American with no living family, are an interesting pair of opposites. They soon find themselves in the midst of a tragic romantic triangle. Stevenson is masterful in guiding the listener through what could be... Read More

  • THE TURN OF THE SCREW

    THE TURN OF THE SCREW

    by Henry James | Read by Penelope Rawlins, Ben Elliot

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    An unnamed governess arrives at a sprawling English estate and immediately finds herself both charmed and mystified by her new charges--the darling young niece and nephew of a wealthy absentee landlord. Ben Elliot, who reads the prologue, and Penelope Rawlins combine a skillful delivery of Henry James's careful nineteenth-century prose with a more modern pace that will keep... Read More

  • THE KABULIWALLAH AND OTHER STORIES

    THE KABULIWALLAH AND OTHER STORIES

    by Rabindranath Tagore | Read by Sagar Arya

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This collection of stories is told in the lively tradition of an oral storyteller by narrator Sagar Arya. He tells these tales of love and separation with humor and gravitas, evoking a range of emotions for which the author's writing is well known. Postmen, shopkeepers, fathers, and young children are a few of the many characters that people these narratives. Arya captures the... Read More

  • OROONOKO

    OROONOKO

    by Aphra Behn | Read by Clare Wille

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Clare Wille's performance may help listeners appreciate Behn's tragic romance despite the story's seventeenth-century prose. It features the star-crossed love of a noble (and highly emotional) African king who is tricked into slavery. Wille's pace can be a touch quick, but she aids understanding through her clarity of enunciation and her astute interpretations of emotion,... Read More

  • PUCK OF POOK'S HILL

    PUCK OF POOK'S HILL

    by Rudyard Kipling | Read by Peter Kenny

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Kipling is not known as a fantasist, but this audiobook features Puck, one of Shakespeare's fairies--or "people of the hills," the author's own preferred term. Other characters include one of the old gods and a number of people magicked out of history for the amusement and education of a pair of English children. Narrator Peter Kenny's varied British accents are wonderful; a... Read More

  • THE TRUMPET-MAJOR

    THE TRUMPET-MAJOR

    by Thomas Hardy | Read by Nicholas Rowe

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Among the great Victorian novelists, only Hardy and Dickens consistently addressed issues of class. Narrator Nicholas Rowe gives a clear portrayal of the accents and diction of various classes, ranging from rural servants to King George III. It's sometimes hard to distinguish the three major female characters' voices, but the men are clear and distinctive. Those who aren't... Read More

  • THE CONFESSIONS OF ST AUGUSTINE

    THE CONFESSIONS OF ST AUGUSTINE

    by | Read by Mark Meadows

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    How do you bring an early Christian literary classic to life for a new generation? You have Mark Meadows narrate it. Listeners will hear Augustine's angst and concern as he confesses sin after sin. They also will feel the questions welling up from deep within as Augustine wrestles with God while looking for salvation from his many sins. The prospect of forgiveness and knowledge... Read More

  • THE MIMIC MEN

    THE MIMIC MEN

    by V.S. Naipaul | Read by Sam Dastor

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Rarely do listeners encounter as unique a protagonist as Naipaul's Ralph Singh. He lives in London, though he grew up in the Caribbean and even shared ruling power for a time on the island with an Afro-Caribbean politician. Sam Dastor's strong narration enlivens Singh as he remembers his childhood and political career. Dastor ensures that Singh's disillusionment becomes evident... Read More

  • JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH

    JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH

    by Jules Verne | Read by Bill Homewood

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Bill Homewood slips easily into the persona of Axel, the nephew of a well-known professor with whom he travels to Iceland to begin a journey to the center of the earth. It's the nineteenth century, and Axel is a reluctant adventurer, clearly wanting to please his uncle but feeling nostalgic for home almost from the beginning of the journey. Much of the audiobook is... Read More

  • THE MONK

    THE MONK

    by Matthew Lewis | Read by Nicholas Boulton, Georgina Sutton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    This classic gothic novel is filled with mystery, romance, and horror. Narrators Nicholas Boulton and Georgina Sutton tell Matthew Lewis's sordid tale of a monk who was left at the steps of an abbey as a baby and the strange cast of characters he is surrounded by as an adult. Boulton and Sutton share the storytelling, each bringing his or her best to the performance. This tale... Read More

  • THE DOOR

    THE DOOR

    by Magda Szabó, Len Rix [Trans.] | Read by Siân Thomas

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Siân Thomas narrates this audiobook with a zest and a reverence that suit the content beautifully. The story explores the relationship between two opposites--Magda, an intellectual who seeks human bonds as part of her outgoing personality, and Emerence, an illiterate caretaker who works for Magda and whose distant, aloof nature makes Magda uneasy. Thomas is a precise narrator,... Read More

  • WASHINGTON SQUARE

    WASHINGTON SQUARE

    by Henry James | Read by Adam Sims

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    With this performance, narrator Adam Sims sounds both historical and contemporary, bridging the time span between James's nineteenth-century novel and the present day with style. His brisk pace and youthful tone seem modern, while his sharp-edged, superbly enunciated syllables hark back to an earlier time. This dichotomy works to the listener's advantage: One feels transported... Read More

  • MORE GREAT SCIENTISTS AND THEIR DISCOVERIES

    MORE GREAT SCIENTISTS AND THEIR DISCOVERIES

    by David Agnus | Read by Benjamin Soames

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Benjamin Soames presents listeners with snapshots of nine scientists and their impactful discoveries in this collective biography. The scientists are Copernicus, Pascal, Halley, Linnaeus, Davy, Volta, Babbage, Humboldt, and, finally, Oppenheimer. The scientists' work covers a variety of scientific fields including astronomy, geometry, physics, and chemistry. Each bio... Read More

  • THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET

    THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 6

    by Anthony Trollope | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Trollope's final Barsetshire novel brings back many characters in an audiobook that combines mystery and romance. Narrator David Shaw-Parker uses his rich, resonant voice to establish and differentiate those characters through tone and accent, giving the impression of a full-cast performance. He excels naturally at male voices; women's voices are not as distinctive and are... Read More

  • HISTORIES

    HISTORIES

    by | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    David Timson's performance makes the Greek historian Herodotus a character, not just the narrator of his histories. He sounds like an amiable, garrulous uncle--worldly, cheerful, by turns credulous and skeptical. That character fits the audiobook and helps keep it entertaining. But Timson also shows respect for Herodotus as a historian--rather than just a tall-tale spinner--by... Read More

  • ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES

    ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES

    by Charles Darwin | Read by Peter Wickham

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Peter Wickham lends a necessary tone of discovery and excitement to Darwin's seminal work, in which he outlines his theory of evolution. Wickham injects the thrill of discovery into his reading, a useful counterbalance to the occasionally overwhelming lists of examples that Darwin employs to illustrate his theory. Wickham responds to the systematic and factual tone of... Read More

  • THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

    THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

    by Oscar Wilde | Read by Greg Wise

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Dorian Gray is one of Wilde's most iconic characters, referenced consistently in any number of contemporary art forms. Loyal to this tradition, Greg Wise offers a timeless narration of this audiobook. His classic British voice--elegant and erudite--moves languidly between formally proper and ironic. Wise is the quintessential narrator of this type of novel; his laconic style... Read More

  • SELECTED POETRY BY LEWIS CARROLL

    SELECTED POETRY BY LEWIS CARROLL

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lewis Carroll | Read by Roger May

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged Selections
    Children

    Roger May narrates a wide collection of verse composed by the author of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND with engaging animation that neither oversteps into camp nor slides into rote recitation. His delivery makes the audiobook a perfect choice for listeners of all ages to enjoy, either on its own or in concert with reading Carroll's prose works. In addition to verses from the... Read More

  • THE PERIODIC TABLE

    THE PERIODIC TABLE

    by Primo Levi, Raymond Rosenthal [Trans.] | Read by Neville Jason

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Neville Jason brings a soothing tone to Primo Levi's collection of autobiographical and fictional short stories. Set during WWII, Levi's stories demand breadth, and during the more emotional and extreme episodes, Jason delivers with aplomb. In particular, he handles Levi's description of his capture by SS guards with sensitivity. However, one is disappointed by his... Read More

  • CHRISTMAS STORIES

    CHRISTMAS STORIES

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Charles Dickens | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Dickens's four Christmas-themed novellas display the author's strengths and weaknesses; David Timson enhances the strengths and strengthens the weaknesses, such as sentimentality and overplayed emotions. When Dickens is excessive, Timson is, too, but he manages to carry it off. He alone is an entire cast, with only female characters occasionally not fully convincing. He not... Read More

  • DON JUAN

    DON JUAN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lord Byron | Read by Jonathan Keeble

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Byron never managed to finish this epic, but Jonathan Keeble narrates right up to the end of what did get done. This may be the only classic poem that rhymes "Euxine" (a classical name for the Black Sea) with "pukes in," but Keeble keeps up with the shifting moods and tones, which range from expressions of pure romantic love to snarky commentary on British politics (and poetic... Read More

  • THE GO-BETWEEN

    THE GO-BETWEEN

    by L.P. Hartley | Read by Sean Barrett

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Sean Barrett brings his range and sensitivity to this classic coming-of-age novel in which an older man rediscovers his childhood diary. Barrett's natural rhythm contemporizes any anachronisms, and his ability to shift between the weariness of the elderly protagonist and the curiosity and vibrancy of the youth he remembers sounds effortless. As the novel journeys into... Read More

  • THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ZORRO

    THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ZORRO Zorro, Book 2

    by Johnston McCulley | Read by Bill Homewood

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Don Diego Vega is expecting to settle down to the "peace and quiet" of married life. On the eve of his wedding, though, the pirate Barbados and his crew raid Los Angeles--and kidnap Don Diego's bride-to-be. Narrator Bill Homewood milks the melodrama as Zorro puts on the mask one more time to face the self-described pirate and the corrupt authority of Captain Ramon. Homewood's... Read More

  • A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN

    A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN

    by Mary Wollstonecraft | Read by Fiona Shaw, Jonathan Keeble

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Fiona Shaw's narration brings out the meaning of prose that many listeners may find a bit difficult to parse, making this classic work more accessible to a general audience. Described as an early feminist, Wollstonecraft was both a product of, and ahead of, her time. Her primary thesis--which was far from the prevailing view of the nineteenth century--was that women should have... Read More

  • UTOPIA

    UTOPIA

    by Thomas More | Read by Mark Meadows

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Mark Meadows brings his British diction and engaging storytelling style to the narration of Thomas More's political treatise. UTOPIA appeared just after Henry VIII left the Church of Rome. Published in Latin in 1516, More's classic speculative fiction is set on a mythical island. Here residents cast off the trappings of English and European society, and dispatch the class... Read More

  • THE GREAT POETS: WALT WHITMAN

    THE GREAT POETS: WALT WHITMAN Selections

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Walt Whitman | Read by Garrick Hagon

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged Selections
    Classics

    The Naxos Great Poets series has finally gotten around to Whitman, and Garrick Hagon's readings are worth the wait. He is declamatory at some points, soft and tender at others, and almost always rhapsodic. If you're not familiar with Whitman's poetry, this selection is an excellent introduction. It includes some of Whitman's most renowned works (such as "Crossing Brooklyn... Read More

  • NIGHT AND DAY

    NIGHT AND DAY

    by Virginia Woolf | Read by Juliet Stevenson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Listeners will enjoy a vivid depiction of Edwardian society in this novel, which deals with the period's fixed attitudes about the roles of women and marriage. The principals are Mary Datchet, an independent woman who works in an office and supports the women's suffrage movement, and Katharine Hilbery, the only daughter of an estimable English family. Narrator Juliet Stevenson... Read More

  • THE ASPERN PAPERS

    THE ASPERN PAPERS

    by Henry James | Read by Adam Sims

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    A plot, according to some critics, starts with a person with a problem. The unnamed narrator of this classic, ably narrated by Adam Sims, doesn't even know what his real problem is. Sims brings to life the protagonist's pursuit of some papers concerning the fictional poet Jeffrey Aspern, revealing along the way just how unaware he is of the effects of his actions on those... Read More

  • THE WAY WE LIVE NOW

    THE WAY WE LIVE NOW

    by Anthony Trollope | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    When Augustus Melmotte moves to London in a blaze of splendor, the English upper class is both confused and awed by this upstart with an enigmatic past. Trollope's 1875 novel deals with many vices of the period including financial scandal, social climbing, and arranged marriages. British actor David Shaw-Parker's almost iambic cadence makes his narration of the novel pleasant... Read More

  • THE FAERIE QUEENE

    THE FAERIE QUEENE

    by Edmund Spenser | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Spenser's long but incomplete epic, allegorically instructive and linguistically archaic, is also a fantasy romp among knights, monsters, witches, and beautiful damsels. David Timson both conveys the fun and actually makes the poem easier to understand (though perhaps still daunting for newcomers) by interpreting it through his narration. He uses his voice richly and well to... Read More

  • MONKEY

    MONKEY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Wu Ch'êng-ên, Arthur Waley [Trans.] | Read by Kenneth Williams

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Kenneth Williams--best known from the British "Carry On" films--gives an extravagantly theatrical performance of Waley's adaptation of a Chinese classic (JOURNEY TO THE WEST), matching the fantastic world of the story, filled with Chinese deities and monsters and Monkey's larger-than-life shenanigans. Williams provides many character voices, some rather silly, rolls his r's,... Read More

  • IN A GLASS DARKLY

    IN A GLASS DARKLY

    by Sheridan Le Fanu | Read by Jonathan Keeble, Daniel Philpott, Sean Barrett, David Horovitch, Nicholas Boulton, Alison Pettitt

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Whether you're new to Le Fanu's classic tales or a veteran of his particular brand of imaginative horror, these narrators are sure to entertain and spook you with these stories of stalking monkey-demons, supernatural courtroom revenge, premature burial, lesbian vampires, and more. Although it's not clear which reader performs which story, it's worth noting that all six are... Read More

  • DANIEL DERONDA

    DANIEL DERONDA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by George Eliot | Read by Juliet Stevenson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    It’s difficult to overstate the quality of this work. The precision with which narrator Juliet Stevenson brings each character to life is impressive. Each of them—the long-suffering Gwendolyn, the singular Mirah, even the altruistic Daniel himself—lives as a distinct personality in the telling of the story. Listening to Stevenson, one notes that the effectiveness of her... Read More

  • DE PROFUNDIS

    DE PROFUNDIS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Oscar Wilde | Read by Simon Russell Beale

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    DE PROFUNDIS (From the Depths) is perhaps the least read of Wilde's major works, and the most heartbreakingly sincere. Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson, delivers his own moving introduction, and Simon Beale narrates the book-length letter as though he were talking about his own life. The tone is sometimes bitter but always striving toward love as Wilde tries to explain his... Read More

  • TOM BROWN'S SCHOOLDAYS

    TOM BROWN'S SCHOOLDAYS

    by Thomas Hughes | Read by Jamie Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Jamie Parker enters fully into the spirit of this very British story of a schoolboy at Rugby in the 1830s. Parker conveys clearly, richly, and seemingly without effort the narrator's excitement at games, manly advice to his presumed audience of boys, winking at boyish misbehavior, quiet seriousness at moments of sadness or piety, and occasional waggishness, as when he... Read More

  • THE RAINBOW

    THE RAINBOW

    by D.H. Lawrence | Read by Paul Slack

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Paul Slack's soft tone naturally complements Lawrence's melodic prose. This classic tells the story of the Brangwen family, beginning with Tom Brangwen's marriage to a Polish refugee. The audiobook then follows the life of Brangwen's step-daughter, Anna, in her difficult marriage to one of Tom's nephews, and ends with Anna's daughter, Ursula, in her search for... Read More

  • JUPITER'S TRAVELS

    JUPITER'S TRAVELS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ted Simon | Read by Rupert Degas, Ted Simon [Intro.]

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    In 1973, Ted Simon embarked upon an epic journey that would take him 64,000 miles around the world on a Triumph Tiger motorcycle. Four years later, he would return to London a changed man with many a colorful tale, recounted here. Simon himself provides the introduction for his epic motorcycle journey, and hearing his voice sets a good tone for the rest of the audiobook; in... Read More

  • ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, A LIFE

    by Hesketh Pearson | Read by Tim Pigott-Smith

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Tim Pigott-Smith's performance is the perfect fit for Pearson's revealing biography of the man who created the world's greatest detective--Sherlock Holmes. Pigott-Smith has a flexible, fluid voice, and he sound comfortable telling this rags-to-riches account of Doyle's life. He takes us through Doyle's youth, his training in medicine, his experiences as a war correspondent, his... Read More

  • THE CANTERVILLE GHOST

    THE CANTERVILLE GHOST

    by Oscar Wilde | Read by Rupert Degas

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    The combination of outstanding sound effects (ghostly laughs, a fainting housekeeper, a speeding carriage) and Rupert Degas's expert performance guarantees that listeners are in for a treat. After hearing about its resident ghost, an American family nevertheless takes up residence in a haunted mansion. Degas performs American and English accents to perfection. To the ghost he... Read More

  • KIM

    KIM

    by Rudyard Kipling | Read by Madhav Sharma

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Enchanting music, ideal for an exotic Indian setting, is the perfect accompaniment to this marvelous tale. Narrator Madhav Sharma dazzles--whether he's using English, Irish, or various melodious Indian accents, along with the style of an old-fashioned storyteller. Kim sounds just like the lively, gutsy, intelligent survivor he is. Sharma is engaging and funny when he quotes... Read More

  • THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

    by Thomas Hardy, William Shakespeare, Clive Sansom | Read by Peter Jeffrey, John Moffatt, David Timson, a Full Cast

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    This Christmas package contains poetry and prose from diverse authors. The addition of Christmas carols in many languages adds to the holiday spirit. The text begins with a recipe for Christmas pastry from 1594, which is skillfully recited in a charming English accent. Dickens's Christmas articles from HOUSEHOLD WORDS magazine are enthusiastically delivered, concluding... Read More

  • ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

    by L.M. Montgomery | Read by Liza Ross

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Children

    The contrast between chatty, warm Anne and reticent, aloof Marilla Cuthbert makes audio the perfect format for this classic. When Anne is mistakenly sent to live with the Cuthberts, who preferred to adopt a boy, performer Liza Ross is off and running with her delightfully spirited rendering of Anne's story. It's enjoyable to hear about Anne's life as she settles down on the... Read More

  • CLASSIC GHOST STORIES

    by Charles Dickens, M.R. James | Read by Stephen Critchelow

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Mournful violin music opens this selection of lesser-known ghost stories. In Dickens's "Signal Man," narrator Stephen Critchelow presents a truly terrified railroad worker. As his story unfolds, his co-workers' skepticism soon turns to incredulity. The final twist is Critchelow at his best. M.R. James's "Whistle And I'll Come" gives Critchelow an opportunity to present a... Read More

  • KIDNAPPED

    by Robert Louis Stevenson | Read by John Sessions

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Lush music introduces this gripping tale and returns as the appropriate accompaniment when the action ebbs and flows. John Sessions's performance is splendid; his rich Scottish accent characterizes young David Balfour, and he portrays slimy Uncle Ebenezer with just the right tone. Sessions's best creation is the ship's captain, who sounds just like every sea captain... Read More

  • PINOCCHIO

    by Carlo Collodi | Read by John Sessions

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Written in 1883, this classic could have been written today since the character Pinocchio has all the qualities of a contemporary child. Sprightly music accompanies this delightful tale. Narrator John Sessions inhabits many of Collodi's characters, particularly Pinocchio and Geppetto. His Italian accent couldn't be better, and his timing is spot-on. Pinocchio always has the... Read More

  • IN THE RAVINE, AND OTHER STORIES

    by Anton Chekhov | Read by Kenneth Branagh

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    The talented Kenneth Branagh, most known for his film and television roles in various Shakespeare works, tears into these classic stories with relish. Weaving a tapestry of character voices, Branagh uses accents, pacing, enunciation, and seemingly boundless energy to bring these great Russian works to life. Listeners will find themselves chuckling at times and tearing up at... Read More

  • PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

    by Gaston Leroux | Read by Jeremy Nicholas, Peter Yapp

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Narrators Jeremy Nicholas and Peter Yapp tackle this production of the venerable thriller with vigor and panache. As depicted by this talented duo, the love triangle between the lovely Christine, the handsome Raoul, and the disfigured Phantom soars with music, rhythm, and joy. Most poignant is the portrayal of the Phantom, who is both romantic and evocative. Listeners familiar... Read More

  • TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY IN THE CEVENNES

    by Robert Louis Stevenson | Read by Billy Hartman

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Listeners will feel the bright sun and cool breezes and taste the wonders of Gallic food as narrator Billy Hartman recounts master storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson's journey with his beloved pack donkey, the mouse-colored Modestine, through the French countryside. Hartman's rumbling bass and friendly tone add to the trip, which continues to inspire solitary travelers in... Read More

  • THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS

    by James Fenimore Cooper | Read by William Hope

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Narrator William Hope uses his clear-as-a-bell voice to bring this classic of American fiction to life in a very enjoyable rendition. With an amenable tone, Hope brings listeners into the American frontier world of Hawkeye and his two companions, the last chieftains of the Mohicans, Chingachgook and Uncas. Hope punctuates this adventure with a confident delivery that perfectly... Read More

  • THE AWAKENING

    by Kate Chopin | Read by Liza Ross

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Haunting music introduces Chopin's novella, written in 1899, which Liza Ross narrates with appropriate grace and charm. Considered shocking and vulgar in its time, the story revolves around Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother who rejects her husband and children to indulge in an adulterous affair with the son of a friend. Ross offers a whispery, intimate portrait of a... Read More

  • BLITHE SPIRIT

    by Noel Coward | Read by Corin Redgrave, Kika Markham, and a Full Cast

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Each actor in this audiobook offers full-bodied characterizations, while appropriate sound effects and period music add dimension to Coward's improbable farce. Charles Condomine, a writer, and his second wife, Ruth, engage the services of a medium to conduct a séance--just for laughs. To their shock and horror, they are unexpectedly visited by Condomine's late first wife,... Read More

  • GERMINAL

    by Emile Zola | Read by Leighton Pugh

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Zola's novel paints a chilling image of poverty and desperation in a small mining town in Northern France in the 1880s. Narrator Leighton Pugh has a serious tone that lends itself to the story's somber mood. tienne, a despairing outcast, takes a job in a coal mine to avoid starvation. Influenced by his rising socialist views, he plants the seed within the miners to strike in... Read More

  • THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING AND OTHER STORIES

    by Rudyard Kipling | Read by Sean Barrett

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Many of the stories in this collection differ in tone from Kipling's best-known work, THE JUNGLE BOOK. This book focuses on adult-oriented themes like colonialism and corruption. Sean Barrett's serious delivery is appropriate for such content, but he seems to use his command of deliberate British diction more than an ear for nuance throughout the range of stories. His serious... Read More

  • ROB ROY

    ROB ROY

    by Walter Scott | Read by Sean Barrett

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Sean Barrett doesn't let early-nineteenth-century verbiage bog down Scott's tale of adventure involving a London merchant's son, a Highlands rover, and Jacobite plots. Nonetheless, his reading does convey the immersive, comforting pleasure of books of the period. He is skillful in supplying appropriate emotions, acting various parts, varying voices, and maintaining an... Read More

  • THE SOCIAL CONTRACT

    THE SOCIAL CONTRACT

    by Jean-Jacques Rousseau | Read by Neville Jason

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    Rousseau's classic work on political organization, with prescient discussions of the corruption of democracies, is narrated by Neville Jason in a style that is elevated but not stiff, conversational but proper. His interpretation lends appropriate emphasis and weight to words and sentences, and his understanding of the text helps the listener's understanding. For the most part,... Read More

  • AN ENQUIRY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

    AN ENQUIRY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

    by David Hume | Read by Hugh Ross

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Hugh Ross reads Hume's brief but important philosophical tract as the philosopher himself might, thinking his ideas through as he speaks, explaining them in an avuncular fashion, sounding as if he's anxious to make them understood--while his skeptical inquiry devastatingly undermines cause and effect, free will, miracles, and skepticism. Ross's use of intonation, emphasis, and... Read More

  • RIP VAN WINKLE

    RIP VAN WINKLE including: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Pride of the Village, and bonus download.

    by Washington Irving | Read by Adam Sims

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Many of Irving's short stories are easily recognizable by their exaggerated plot details--a man who sleeps for far too long, a Halloween creature terrorizing a small town--and, for the most part, the language is strong enough to stand on its own. Adam Sims takes the reins here and provides a clear, steady reading of some of Irving's best-loved tales, but he offers little new to... Read More

  • DISCOURSE ON THE ORIGIN AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF INEQUALITY AMONG MEN

    DISCOURSE ON THE ORIGIN AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF INEQUALITY AMONG MEN

    by Jean-Jacques Rousseau | Read by Neville Jason

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Rousseau's early essay on the origins of man and society--using biology, anthropology, and linguistics--is now mostly of historical interest, but Neville Jason's skilled reading helps keep it enjoyable. His pleasant voice, distinguished-sounding accent, and somewhat rolling style--at the same time precise and conversational, intellectual but easygoing--matches Rousseau's... Read More

  • CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE

    CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lord Byron | Read by Jamie Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Narrator Jamie Parker wisely avoids poetic affectation or awkward emphasis on rhyme or rhythm in reading Byron’s long poem on his European travels, which introduced the world-weary “Byronic hero.” Parker emphasizes sense, letting it direct his reading, but the rhyme and rhythm come through as a kind of lyrical, mellifluous prose, bathing the listener in a lush flow of words.... Read More

  • THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

    THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

    by John Bunyan | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    John Bunyan's classic allegory tells the story of Christian, who searches for salvation amid a world of temptation and deceit. As the story is presented in the framework of the author's dream, Christian must follow his path to redemption by discerning between friend and foe. Narrator David Shaw-Parker speaks clearly and often slows his pace for Bunyan's lengthy explanations.... Read More

  • ANDERSEN'S FAIRY TALES

    ANDERSEN'S FAIRY TALES Selections

    by Hans Christian Andersen | Read by Erica Johns

    Naxos AudioBooks | Anthology
    Classics

    Gorgeous orchestral music contributes to the dramatization of these charming tales. In "The Emperor's New Clothes," narrator Erica Johns creates the ideal huffy voice for the emperor, shady-sounding voices for the swindlers, and a realistic child's voice when all is revealed. In "The Tinder Box," listeners can almost see the crafty witch as she cajoles the soldier to steal with... Read More

  • ADAM BEDE

    ADAM BEDE

    by George Eliot | Read by Georgina Sutton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Through the lens of literary realism, George Eliot examines the female role through Hetty, a woman tempted by illusions of grandeur, and Dinah, a woman whose life is dedicated to a religious calling as a Methodist itinerant preacher. Both women impact the heart of the honest carpenter Adam Bede. Georgina Sutton offers an expressive narration of Eliot's novel. It's clear that... Read More

  • THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS

    THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS Volume I: 1660-1663

    by Samuel Pepys | Read by Leighton Pugh, David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    [Editors' Note: The following is a combined review of THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, Vols. 1-3.]--Not many listeners are so thrilled by the minutiae of seventeenth-century English life that they will want to devote nearly 115 hours to listening to this classic journal--but those who stick it out will be well rewarded. Narrator Leighton Pugh's portrayal of Pepys is sometimes... Read More

  • THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS

    THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS Volume II: 1664-1666

    by Samuel Pepys | Read by Leighton Pugh, David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    [Editors' Note: The following is a combined review of THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, Vols. 1-3.]--Not many listeners are so thrilled by the minutiae of seventeenth-century English life that they will want to devote nearly 115 hours to listening to this classic journal--but those who stick it out will be well rewarded. Narrator Leighton Pugh's portrayal of Pepys is sometimes... Read More

  • THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS

    THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS Volume III: 1667-1669

    by Samuel Pepys | Read by Leighton Pugh, David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    [Editors' Note: The following is a combined review of THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, Vols. 1-3.]--Not many listeners are so thrilled by the minutiae of seventeenth-century English life that they will want to devote nearly 115 hours to listening to this classic journal--but those who stick it out will be well rewarded. Narrator Leighton Pugh's portrayal of Pepys is sometimes... Read More

  • THE AENEID

    THE AENEID

    by | Read by David Collins

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    The late poet laureate Cecil Day Lewis's translation of this Roman epic is idiosyncratic, but David Collins's narration is consistently gripping. This is no small achievement, considering how remarkably passive Aeneas is for an epic hero. Letting Virgil do most of the work of distinguishing the characters, Collins brings the drama to life. His portrayal of Dido is particularly... Read More

  • JUDE THE OBSCURE

    JUDE THE OBSCURE

    by Thomas Hardy | Read by Neville Jason

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Hardy's most haunting novel follows Jude's piteous loyalty to his enigmatic muse, Sue Bridehead. Narrator Neville Jason evokes Hardy's somber tone through his resonant voice and measured pace, eloquently moving the listener through the novel's descriptive prose. The story takes place in Hardy's Wessex country, among artisans and teachers. Jason captures the dialects of the... Read More

  • LORD JIM

    LORD JIM

    by Joseph Conrad | Read by Ric Jerrom

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Conrad's LORD JIM pieces together the events of a shipping disaster. It's a novel whose narrative structure is as elusive as the background of its central character. Narrator Ric Jerrom's masterful approach to characterization suits this work perfectly. For most of the story, Conrad's famous narrator, Marlow, recounts his perspective of the case in the manner of a modern bard.... Read More

  • DRACULA

    DRACULA

    by Bram Stoker | Read by David Horovitch, Jamie Parker, Joseph Kloska, Alison Pettitt, and a Full Cast

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrators David Horovitch, Jamie Parker, Joseph Kloska, and Alison Pettitt and cast adopt the identities of the well-known characters of Bram Stoker’s classic: Jonathan Harker, Mina, Lucy, the Count, and others. As the story is told in a series of diary entries and letters, Dracula himself comes off as both charming and caring—until his true form is revealed. Highlights of this... Read More

  • THE SECRET AGENT

    THE SECRET AGENT

    by Joseph Conrad | Read by David Horovitch

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Conrad’s fine character study of a lazy, disaffected secret agent in Victorian London, whose desire for a paycheck from his shadowy masters produces a disaster, is one of the world’s great novels. It’s also slow to start, which is why the excellent David Horovitch is so vital. His attentive pacing highlights Conrad’s beautiful language and minute social observations without... Read More

  • THE BODY SNATCHERS AND OTHER STORIES

    THE BODY SNATCHERS AND OTHER STORIES

    by Robert Louis Stevenson | Read by Roy McMillan

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Roy McMillan takes one of Stevenson's best horror stories and wraps his vocal cords around it with a reedy English accent that brings the dramatic sequences to a stunning conclusion. McMillan ably portrays the two friends who went to medical school together, studying under a doctor of questionable ethics. The duo's meeting, years later, in a bar leads to the story's... Read More

  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    by Charles Dickens | Read by Anton Lesser

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    With its meandering paragraphs, colorful character names, and engrossing plots, Charles Dickens's masterpiece is magical in the audiobook format. Anton Lesser's performance is especially notable for its blend of the traditional and contemporary. He captures young Pip's transformation from downtrodden lad to society gentleman with all the typical trappings of Dickens's... Read More

  • THE MOONSTONE

    THE MOONSTONE

    by Wilkie Collins | Read by Ronald Pickup, Sean Barrett, David Timson, Jamie Parker, Jonathan Oilver, Fenelia Woolgar, Joe Marsh

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Novels written from multiple points of view pose a particular challenge for the audiobook format; the listener must easily differentiate between the numerous voices. Collins boldly presents nearly a dozen character voices, and the narrators in this production masterfully perform their parts. Even those unfamiliar with the story can track its progress through the narrators, all... Read More

  • THE SNOW QUEEN AND OTHER STORIES

    THE SNOW QUEEN AND OTHER STORIES

    by Hans Christian Andersen | Read by Clare Corbett

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Clare Corbett elegantly delivers each fairy tale in this collection featuring “The Snow Queen,” Andersens's most beloved tale. Each is punctuated by enchanting classical music. When young Gerda's friend, Kai, is spirited away by the Snow Queen, she travels far and wide to rescue him. Corbett flawlessly handles each child as well as the many adults, birds, and animals... Read More

  • UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE

    UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE The Mellstock Choir - A Rural Painting of the Dutch School

    by Thomas Hardy | Read by Jamie Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    This early Hardy novel tells the story of a pastoral romance in the small Wessex village of Mellstock. Jamie Parker’s friendly, resonant tone adds warmth to a surprisingly cheerful work by an author known for his dour stories. Parker’s use of vocal variation in delivering Hardy’s descriptive prose guides listeners smoothly through the plot. He also demonstrates mastery in his... Read More

  • BARRY LYNDON

    BARRY LYNDON

    by W.M. Thackeray | Read by Jonathan Keeble

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    This classic promises an entertaining look at the corruption, duplicity, and ambition of Thackeray’s ironic narrator, Redmond Barry Lyndon. A confident social upstart, Redmond draws little empathy from the listener as he expounds upon his villainous actions to obtain wealth and prominence. Jonathan Keeble captures Redmond’s voice perfectly in his narration. Keeble has a deep,... Read More

  • FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

    FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

    by Thomas Hardy | Read by Jamie Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    A dark-haired muse, Bathsheba Everdene, entices and repulses the men of Hardy's rural Weatherbury. When she's finally won in marriage, she's consumed by despair. British actor Jamie Parker's sonorous voice complements Hardy's deliberate style. While Parker assumes an unhurried tone throughout the narrative, he provides energetic feeling in the dialogue. His vocal... Read More

  • THE MOONLIT ROAD AND OTHER CHILLING STORIES

    by Ambrose Bierce, B.M. Croker, Le Fanu | Read by Jonathan Keeble, Clare Anderson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Horror

    Gifted narrators Jonathan Keeble and Clare Anderson employ their prodigious talents to render these classic short stories from the 1800s with a sense of dread and gloom. With deliveries that are both smooth and believable, they use pauses and rhythm to create tension between the characters. They also produce fear and shock as they describe scenes of abject horror and suspense.... Read More

  • VENETIA

    VENETIA

    by Georgette Heyer | Read by Phyllida Nash

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Phyllida Nash is in rare form as she performs Heyer’s quintessential Regency romance. In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, in Yorkshire, well-bred Venetia, age 25, encounters her rakish neighbor, Lord Damerel, while riding one day. Despite his libertine reputation, Venetia falls into a fast friendship with him. Their dialogue is full of witty repartee, wonderful classical... Read More

  • LIFE AND WORKS OF W.B. YEATS

    by John Kavanagh [Ed.] | Read by Jim Norton, Denys Hawthorne, Nicholas Boulton, Marcella Riordan

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Narrators Jim Norton and Denys Hawthorn make this compilation of W.B. Yeats's life and poetry a listening joy. From the lovely tenor voice that opens the audiobook to the recitation of many of the most beloved of the poet's offerings, listeners will be enthralled. As well as providing captivating interpretations of individual poems, Norton and Hawthorn deliver the prose with... Read More

  • TALES OF IRISH MYTHS

    by Benedict Flynn | Read by Dermot Kerrigan, Marcella Riordan

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    This multi-cast presentation illustrates once again that the Irish are greatly skilled storytellers. It all begins with rich Irish music, which reappears throughout to signal changes in the mood of the stories. Each narrator, in addition to delivering colorful accents and pronunciations, expresses action words with energy and descriptions with vividness. The stories move from... Read More

  • STORIES FROM SHAKESPEARE The Plantagenets

    by William Shakespeare, David Timson [Ed.] | Read by Anton Lesser and a Full Cast

    Naxos AudioBooks | Audio Program
    Poetry & Drama

    Engaging Elizabethan music opens this Shakespearean gem and occasionally reappears. The complex and volatile histories of Richard II and Henry IV come alive, thanks to the ensemble of actors led by Anton Lesser who portray the hatred between the two enemies and their followers. It's particularly compelling to hear brilliant and famous speeches from the eight plays, including "... Read More

  • A FAMILY CHRISTMAS Compilation

    by | Read by Philip Madoc, Jenny Agutter, Benjamin Zephaniah

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    A wonderful ensemble of actors entertain listeners with classic, Christmas stories and poems cherished by families all over the world. Actress Jenny Agutter shines as she uses her perfect English accent and enthusiastic delivery to bring the story of the Nutcracker magically to life, augmented with thrilling music from the play. The variety of vocal styles--Philip Madoc's deep... Read More

  • PORTRAIT OF A LADY

    by Henry James | Read by Elizabeth McGovern

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Superb acting by Elizabeth McGovern highlights this abridgment of Henry James's classic. McGovern's voice is lush and intimate as she recounts the tragic story of Isabel Archer, a young woman of bright future and promise who bucks the tide of social customs and pays dearly for her unconventional ways. McGovern's deep, husky voice lends itself well to male voices, and her range... Read More

  • THE SIGN OF FOUR

    by Arthur Conan Doyle | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Naxos Audiobooks once again demonstrates impeccable casting by entrusting one of Conan Doyle's best Holmes mysteries to master narrator David Timson. Timson KNOWS Holmes and Watson. With just the right amount of flair, he allows Sherlock his idiosyncrasies without overdoing them, and his Watson is stodgily concerned about his friend's dangerous habits. Timson recounts an... Read More

  • THE PROPHET & THE WANDERER

    by Khalil Gibran | Read by Robert Glenister

    Naxos AudioBooks | Anthology
    Classics

    Robert Glenister is outstanding narrating this collection of poetic essays from Lebanese poet and author Kahlil Gibran. Glenister's sensitive, well-considered performance gives new life to THE PROPHET, Gibran's first collection, and THE WANDERER, his last, and posthumously published, work. Glenister makes Gibran's messages resonate as if he is the author himself, speaking from... Read More

  • VALLEY OF FEAR

    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Sinister music opens this final Sherlock Holmes novella and adds dramatically to the atmosphere, particularly when murder is revealed. Narrator David Timson is sublime, whether he’s delivering narrative or portraying either Sherlock Holmes or Dr. Watson. Most unique are his renderings of Holmes's description of his archenemy, Professor James Moriarty, and Holmes’s impressive... Read More

  • THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE

    by Lewis Carroll | Read by Fiona Shaw

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Children

    Enchanting music opens the story and returns as a perfect accompaniment, particularly within the poetry segments. Fiona Shaw uses a lovely conversational style for telling the story. She brings characters to life: Alice conveys a sense of wonder and even pants as she gets away from the house, Humpty Dumpty is critical and grumpy, and the talking flowers are rude and impatient.... Read More

  • THE PLANETS AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM

    THE PLANETS AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM

    by Jen Green | Read by Ruth Sillers

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    Listeners are treated to an impressive scope of space information—from details about each planet to an overview of space exploration and the scientists who have contributed to our understanding of the solar system. While one could listen to this recording straight through, it also merits listening to chapter by chapter. Ruth Sillers is an unobtrusive narrator who lets the... Read More

  • THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP AND OTHER STORIES

    THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP AND OTHER STORIES

    by H.P. Lovecraft | Read by William Roberts

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator William Roberts evokes just the right amount of tension and terror to reflect the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft. Roberts delivers these stories in a subtly coarse voice that is well suited to horror, keeping listeners solidly engaged. Throughout the macabre tales, Roberts captures characters’ voices expertly—from Derby’s maniacal ravings in “The Thing on the Doorstep” to... Read More

  • JACOB'S ROOM

    JACOB'S ROOM

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Virginia Woolf | Read by Juliet Stevenson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    JACOB’S ROOM, a classic modernist text, is more about language and the art of fiction than it is actually a story, which means the narrator has to be as alive to the pleasure of the exact right word as a thriller narrator is to the power of a car bomb. Juliet Stevenson is a perfect actor for the challenge. Her voice is lovely, her diction clean and precise, and she is so... Read More

  • THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE

    THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE

    by Thomas Hardy | Read by Nicholas Rowe

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    A story of isolation, passion, and misplaced lovers, Hardy’s classic novel is moving and enigmatic. The almost druidic nature of the fictional Egdon Heath sets an ominous atmosphere that permeates the novel. Nicholas Rowe’s narration is both subtle and resonant. He has a soft, melodic way of speaking that resonates with Hardy’s vivid descriptive style. Rowe’s steady pace... Read More

  • SILAS MARNER

    SILAS MARNER

    by George Eliot | Read by Anna Bentinck

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    In Eliot’s classic, a bitter man finds happiness in the adoption of an orphaned child. Narrator Anna Bentinck’s pleasant cadence immediately draws listeners into the story. Because Eliot includes a diverse cast of characters, from illiterate farmers to country squires, Bentinck is frequently called upon to deliver unique accents and personalities. She does so splendidly. At one... Read More

  • DINOSAURS

    DINOSAURS

    by Jen Green | Read by Benjamin Soames

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    Benjamin Soames's welcoming narration combines the tones of a teacher and a kindly storytelling uncle. The amount of information on dinosaurs is vast, covering their types, history, locations, and much more. Short musical interludes conjuring images of the large beasts separate segments, preventing the plethora of information from being overwhelming. Periodically, the audio... Read More

  • THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, VOLUME 1

    THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, VOLUME 1

    by Edward Gibbon | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Gibbon’s monumental history of the later Roman Empire and its fall is given a spirited treatment by David Timson, who narrates with expressiveness, brisk pacing, and intonation and modulation sensitive to the sense of the text. He fully uses the rare opportunities for voice characterization or acting—in the reading of letters, for instance—but without overdoing, keeping the... Read More

  • THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, VOLUME 2

    THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, VOLUME 2

    by Edward Gibbon | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Gibbon's monumental history of the later Roman Empire and its fall is given a spirited treatment by David Timson, who narrates with expressiveness, brisk pacing, and intonation and modulation sensitive to the sense of the text. He fully uses the rare opportunities for voice characterization or acting--in the reading of letters, for instance--but without overdoing, keeping the... Read More

  • THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, VOLUME 3

    by Edward Gibbon | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Gibbon's monumental history of the later Roman Empire and its fall is given a spirited treatment by David Timson, who narrates with expressiveness, brisk pacing, and intonation and modulation sensitive to the sense of the text. He fully uses the rare opportunities for voice characterization or acting--in the reading of letters, for instance--but without overdoing, keeping the... Read More

  • SAMSON AGONISTES

    SAMSON AGONISTES

    Earphones Award Winner

    by John Milton | Read by Iain Glen, David de Keyser, Philip Madoc, Matthew Morgan, Samantha Bond, Michael Maloney

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    While Milton's closet drama was not intended to be performed onstage, it could have been written for audio. Iain Glen and his supporting cast give listeners everything we need to follow this seventeenth-century disquisition on faith, duty, and blindness, both physical and moral. Glen's Samson is agonized by guilt and faith but is energized out of his despair by the taunting... Read More

  • CATHEDRALS: IN A NUTSHELL

    CATHEDRALS: IN A NUTSHELL

    by Jonathan Gregson | Read by Roy McMillan

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Roy McMillan delivers this fascinating study of the great cathedrals of Europe with an authoritative tone and bell-like clarity. His pleasing accent, enunciation, and sublime rhythm make this performance extraordinary. McMillan uses his trained and professional voice to create a visual aspect to the work that brings these inspiring structures down to earth. He uses... Read More

  • CONFUCIUS: IN A NUTSHELL

    CONFUCIUS: IN A NUTSHELL

    by Neil Wenborn | Read by Nigel Carrington

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    Opening with delightfully mood-setting music, narrator Nigel Carrington takes the reins and uses his well-modulated authoritative voice to transmit the time-tested wisdom of the great philosopher. Carrington takes perfectly timed pauses to allow the listener a moment or two to digest the ideas gathered here. His tone is friendly and engaging, allowing the delivery of the... Read More

  • THE JUST MEN OF CORDOVA

    THE JUST MEN OF CORDOVA

    by Edgar Wallace | Read by Bill Homewood

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Bill Homewood narrates this classic tale of mystery and suspense with a pace like a marching army. He uses emphasis and pauses to build tension in this world of danger and intrigue. His expertise in performing accents and creating characters with sublime ease makes the story come alive. The tension in his voice matches the growing conflict between the hunted and the hunters.... Read More

  • CHARLES DICKENS: A PORTRAIT IN LETTERS

    CHARLES DICKENS: A PORTRAIT IN LETTERS

    by Charles Dickens | Read by Simon Callow, David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Not surprisingly, over his lifetime, Dickens wrote many letters. David Timson and Simon Callow find the man behind the letters, exploring Dickens’s emotions--from joy and humor to confusion, great sadness, and resignation. Timson is as interested in the material as the listener will be. His crisp tenor voice is a pleasant contrast to Callow’s deeper, rounder tones. Callow is a... Read More

  • ETHAN FROME

    by Edith Wharton | Read by William Hope

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    William Hope offers a sensitive performance of Edith Wharton's poignant story of Ethan and Zeena Frome and Mattie Silver, the young woman who brings a bit of warmth to their frozen lives. As the narrator pieces together Frome's tale, Hope makes the "stinging whiteness" of winter in Starkfield, Massachusetts, palpable. His rhythmic, almost droning, tone at times has the same... Read More

  • RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI AND OTHER STORIES

    by Rudyard Kipling | Read by Madhav Sharma

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Dazzling sitar music appears throughout this short story from THE JUNGLE BOOK. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a mongoose, and his story is presented with appropriate verve, and speed, by narrator Madhav Sharma. The many animals speak befitting their species: the snake hisses his demands and threats while the bird mournfully pretends to be injured to fool the snake. After Rikki saves a... Read More

  • NEW TREASURE SEEKERS

    by Edith Nesbit | Read by Teresa Gallagher

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Children

    Narrator Teresa Gallagher has an amazing ability to differentiate the voices of a wide-range of children by age. They're not just a bevy of kids. When she dramatically describes a family wedding, it's from the viewpoint of youngsters who see the 26-year-old bride as old. Equally entertaining is hearing the lengths the kids go to to make a real Christmas pudding after their... Read More

  • FAVOURITE POEMS FOR CHILDREN

    FAVOURITE POEMS FOR CHILDREN

    by Lewis Carroll, James Reeves, Oliver Herford, Edward Lear, Kenneth Grahame, Hilaire Belloc, William Blake, Thomas Hardy | Read by Anton Lesser, Roy McMillan, Rachel Bavidge, Katinka Wolf

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    Children of all ages will enjoy the wide range of poems, authors, and narrators in this spirited collection. There are many works by Edward Lear, including one about himself, which is somewhat negative but quite funny. Accents vary, even Cockney appears occasionally, as in "Framed in a First Story Window." The firemen yell, "Jump into this net what we are holding." "The Pied... Read More

  • ROBINSON CRUSOE

    ROBINSON CRUSOE Retold for Younger Listeners by Roy McMillan

    by Daniel Defoe | Read by Jonathan Keeble

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Robinson Crusoe was marooned for 28 years, during which he kept meticulous journals, which narrator Jonathan Keeble recounts in his understated style. However, when Crusoe survives the wild sea and an earthquake or describes his daily life or a dream-vision he experiences, Keeble's performance intensifies. Listeners will feel they're with Crusoe as he reacts with trepidation... Read More

  • HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER STORIES

    by Oscar Wilde | Read by Anton Lesser

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Oscar Wilde wrote this moving piece for his own children. Lovely music, often appropriately melancholy, can be heard throughout the story. The happy prince, which is a statue, is anything but joyful, a state that narrator Anton Lesser deftly captures. As the prince looks over his village, he sees the pain of those who live there and feels compelled to help. He's assisted by a... Read More

  • CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: VOLUME 1

    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    David Timson as Dr. Watson is as perfect a narrator as the listener could hope for. His light British accent makes for exceptional diction, while his superb acting provides appropriate pacing, pauses, and vocal fluidity. Each of his character voices is completely separate from the others, and when Holmes and Watson have a dialogue, it's as if two different men are speaking and... Read More

  • LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS

    by Alexandre Dumas | Read by Laura Paton, Daniel Philpott, and a Full Cast

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Setting the mood with music, the production unfolds with vignettes - mini-scenes with sound effects, including background and crowd noises, a horse and buggy on cobblestones, just enough to suggest, not too much to be intrusive. The cast is uniformly excellent as the story of the beautiful, dying courtesan and her passionate lover spirals to its inevitable conclusion. Cast... Read More

  • LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN

    LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN

    by Oscar Wilde | Read by Juliet Stevenson, Samuel West, Emma Fielding, Michael Sheen, Sarah Badel, and Full Cast

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    An outstanding group of actors performs this full-cast production of Oscar Wilde's droll look at society’s double standard. They deliver Wilde’s bon mots with the polished style of the period. "I can resist everything but temptation," is delivered by the roué Lord Darlington with great good humor. Maintaining the elevated energy necessary for good theater, the actors keep the... Read More

  • LES MISERABLES

    by Victor Hugo | Read by Bill Homewood

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    From the title announcement surrounded by thrilling music, you will be captured and held fast through this long, heartbreaking, beautiful audiobook. Prisoners, priests, prostitutes, revolutionaries, and romantics, from Jean Valjean to Javert, Bill Homewood is everyone at once. His ability to slip between characters at high speeds is astonishing. Women, men, children, old, and... Read More

  • SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT New Verse Translation by Benedict Flynn

    by Naxos AudioBooks | Read by Jasper Britton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Jasper Britton handles Benedict Flynn's new verse translation with ease, never allowing the rhymes to call attention to themselves. He draws clear portraits of King Arthur, Gawain, the mysterious Green Knight, and the many others who populate this literary classic, from Guinevere to Morgan le Fay. Britton's intensity and pacing make the magical saga live and breathe.... Read More

  • TEVYE THE MILKMAN

    TEVYE THE MILKMAN

    by Sholem Aleichem | Read by Neville Jason

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Neville Jason's performance makes Tevye's Yiddish wit, wisdom, and melancholy utterly believable. Tevye, whom listeners will know from the popular musical Fiddler on the Roof, recounts the tales of his family's daily life under the iron fist of the Russian tsar. Jason makes Tevye more than a milkman, but rather a philosopher of commonsense with a keen eye for irony. With... Read More

  • 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

    by Jules Verne | Read by John Carlisle

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    With a voice that insists on attention, John Carlisle performs Jules Verne's thrilling classic revolving around a gigantic sea monster that is reportedly roaming the seas and sinking ships. Carlisle masterfully delivers the tale of three men who set off on an American frigate; their goal: killing the "gigantic cetacean." Performing with passion, intensity, and impeccable... Read More

  • FOUR SHORT STORIES

    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Read by Carl Rigg

    Naxos AudioBooks | Anthology
    Classics

    Narrator Carl Rigg uses his extraordinary vocal talent to infuse this collection of Conan Doyle's most suspenseful stories with a sense of danger and horror. There is exactitude to Rigg's delivery that engages the listener both intellectually and emotionally, creating empathy with the characters and their plights. As Rigg employs an authoritative tone for the descriptions, he... Read More

  • THE MOONSTONE

    THE MOONSTONE

    by Wilkie Collins | Read by Clive Swift, Chris Larkin, Delia Paton, Bill Homewood, and Neville Jason

    Naxos AudioBooks | Abridged
    Classics

    Clive Swift and Chris Larkin lead an ensemble of talented storytellers to take on this classic story of mystery and suspense. Accents are handled with professionalism and round out the creation of the characters’ clearly defined personalities. The narrators also build tension in their deliveries and are both haunting and detailed in their descriptions. Musical interludes add to... Read More

  • DOMBEY AND SON

    DOMBEY AND SON

    by Charles Dickens | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator and Dickens expert David Timson becomes a partner with the great novelist to bring to life this classic tale about a shipping magnate and his family and business interests. With his appealing voice and understanding of the story, Timson handles the accents and dramatic scenes with a thoroughly professional performance, but it’s his sensitivity to the portrayals of the... Read More

  • LIFE & WORKS: ANTONIN DVORAK

    by Jeremy Siepmann | Read by Jeremy Siepmann, Sean Barrett, Jonathan Keeble, Garrick Hagon, Caroline Friend, Daniel Philpott, Michael Tudor Barnes

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Author and narrator Jeremy Siepmann leads a large, talented cast through this behind-the-scenes biography of the popular classical music composer. The perfectly chosen narrators play their parts with professionalism and subtlety in the extraordinary drama of the great man's life. Siepmann lets his authoritative voice and knowledge of the subject lead listeners through the... Read More

  • FALSTAFF: OPERA EXPLAINED

    by Thomson Smillie | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator David Timson brings his vast knowledge of Shakespeare's much loved comic character and his energetic, talented voice to this discussion of the classic opera of Falstaff. Interspersed with bits of music, Timson interprets the work of Smillie to expound on the history of the work and why it still works for worldwide audiences. Timson's enunciation and rhythm perfectly... Read More

  • GILBERT AND SULLIVAN: OPERA EXPLAINED

    by Thomson Simillie | Read by David Timson

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Master narrator and theater historian David Timson delivers this story, which is augmented by the stirring music created by Gilbert and Sullivan. With an authoritative tone, Timson delivers an energetic rendering of the behind-the-scenes drama about the team who created the classic operas. Timson brings a palatable joy to his performance as well as a depth of clarity about the... Read More

  • THE LIFE OF WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

    THE LIFE OF WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART A Musical Biography

    by Perry Keenlyside | Read by Nigel Anthony, Paul Rhys

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Talented narrators Nigel Anthony and Paul Rhys work well together in rendering this fascinating look at one of the greatest composers in history. They use their prodigious vocal talents and experience to pull back the curtain on the strained relationship between Mozart and his father and his early success as a composer and performer for the royals of Europe. Using an... Read More

  • THE GREAT POETS: JOHN CLARE

    THE GREAT POETS: JOHN CLARE

    by John Clare | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Even many people who know poetry aren't familiar with John Clare. Why listen to this reading of some of his work, then? "The Peasant Poet," as he was known, fit in with his contemporaries, the Romantics, but, unlike them, his knowledge of nature was from working in it, not strolling in it. Narrator David Shaw-Parker takes advantage of the poetry's strong structural elements and... Read More

  • THE GREAT POETS: JOHN MASEFIELD

    THE GREAT POETS: JOHN MASEFIELD Selections

    by John Masefield | Read by Ronald Pickup

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    This appears to be the first recording of a Masefield collection since the poet's own LPs in the late 1950s and early '60s. The now unfashionable long narrative poems are only excerpted here, but the selection of Masefield's shorter works is well considered. It includes "Sea Fever," of course, but there's a great range of tone in the rest. Ronald Pickup finds the right voice... Read More

  • THE BLACK MOTH

    THE BLACK MOTH

    by Georgette Heyer | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Julian Rhind-Tutt is simply superb in his narration of this delightful and charming Regency romance, written in 1921, the first novel by Georgette Heyer, "the Queen of Regency Romance." In this tale, the hero turns highwayman after he takes the blame for his younger brother's cheating at cards. The handsome hero must save the beautiful lady who helps him when he is wounded when... Read More

  • THE NAME OF THE ROSE

    THE NAME OF THE ROSE

    by Umberto Eco | Read by Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Sean Barrett adopts a reminiscent air as Adso, now an old man, tells of a time when he was a novice traveling with Brother William. Brother William was tasked with investigating charges of heresy at an abbey in 1327 and ended up also solving a series of murders. Barrett deftly handles the Latin phrases (no translation provided) and the long passages of church history and... Read More

  • BARCHESTER TOWERS

    BARCHESTER TOWERS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Anthony Trollope | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    David Shaw-Parker's exemplary reading of Trollope's masterpiece is like sitting in your club in a comfortable chair after a good meal and listening to one of the particularly good-natured other members tell you a story about some people he knows. His tone is confiding and personal, perfectly capturing the spirit of Trollope's narrative voice. There’s no attempt to impersonate... Read More

  • THE GRAND SOPHY

    THE GRAND SOPHY

    by Georgette Heyer | Read by Sarah Woodward

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Heyer’s novels tend to be filled with sly wit and great fun, and narrator Sarah Woodward captures both of these qualities perfectly. It’s immediately obvious that Woodward understands the characters and their motivations very well, in particular the titular Sophy, who is both kindhearted and strong headed, and who is determined to put the world to rights as she sees it.... Read More

  • GREAT MEN AND WOMEN IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE

    GREAT MEN AND WOMEN IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE

    by David Angus | Read by Benjamin Soames

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Children

    Benjamin Soames breathes life into this chronological compendium of men and women who dramatically changed the practice of preventing, diagnosing, and treating illness and disease. His crisp English accent is easy on the American ear and gives an air of scholarliness to the production. From Hippocrates (460-370 BC) to modern DNA explorers Crick and Watson, the audiobook details... Read More

  • THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART

    THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART

    by Peter Whitfield | Read by Sebastian Comberti

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    History

    Author Whitfield and narrator Sebastian Comberti do an excellent job of guiding the listener on a quick tour of Western art. (Five minutes and 42 seconds on Roman Art, four minutes and 40 seconds on French Impressionism, etc.) Why would anyone produce an audio history of Western art? No pictures? The production does provide graphics that are available as a PDF, but not an... Read More

  • AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

    AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

    by H.P. Lovecraft | Read by William Roberts

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Frigid, mysterious, and awe-inspiring are the words to describe this classic story of a doomed trip to Antarctica by a group of scientists. William Roberts's blustery, haggard tones help listeners imagine the horror of the the scientists as the expedition goes massively wrong, and his older voice is a good match for the vintage text. The anxiety is palpable when Roberts... Read More

  • THE PRELUDE

    THE PRELUDE Growth of a Poet's Mind: An Autobiographical Poem

    by William Wordsworth | Read by Nicholas Farrell

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Wordsworth's poem is one of the fundamental documents of the Romantic period. Written and revised over a period of more than 50 years, it expresses Wordsworth's moral and aesthetic autobiography in blank verse. It isn't easy to maintain the listener's interest in such an abstract subject, but Nicholas Farrell finds the passion and intensity that must have struck readers when... Read More

  • THE WARDEN

    THE WARDEN

    by Anthony Trollope | Read by David Shaw-Parker

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    One of Trollope's most notable works tells the story of a clergyman who is set on doing right in the face of a judgmental legal system and press. Narrator David Shaw-Parker's reading is both thoughtful and sympathetic to the events of the story. With his mastery of British accents he captures the 12 temperamental bedesmen of Hiram's Hospital. His portrayal of the kindhearted... Read More

  • VANITY FAIR

    VANITY FAIR

    by W.M. Thackeray | Read by Georgina Sutton

    Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
    Classics

    Although all the characters in Thackeray’s famous “novel without a hero” ultimately disappoint in terms of heroic attributes, they provide a telling view of Victorian high society. Georgina Sutton’s colorful narration provides an enjoyable medium for listeners to experience this literary classic. She masters the irony of the author’s narrative voice with careful attention to... Read More

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