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- Agnes Grey, by Anne Brontë.
Offering a daring exposé on the life of a Victorian governess, presented in the form of a novel and based in large measure on Anne's own experiences.
- American Literature, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
This collection represents a cross-section of the best of American Literature and contains over 380 books on one CD.
- Anna Karenina, by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy.
Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky.
- Annie and James Fields, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of more than 170 books by the Fields, and the authors they knew and wrote about, from Charles Dickens to Harriet Beecher Stowe. This entire collection is contained on a single CD.
- Australia: Literature and History, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
This collection contains 13 works of Australian literature and 14 books that chronicle Australian history, all on one CD-ROM.
- Best-Loved Short Stories, edited by Evan Bates.
Eleven classic short stories from around the world, by writers such as Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant, Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Rudyard Kipling, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, Willa Cather, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- The Black Robe, by Wilkie Collins.
Lewis Romanyne is about to become the central figure in a struggle of cosmic proportions as a beautiful woman and a Jesuit priest vie for his soul, a struggle that will rip him from his beloved solitude and change his life forever...
- Books About Animals, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A one volume CD collection of more than 185 fiction and nonfiction books about animals ranging from Bambi to Darwin's The Origin of the Species.
- British Literature, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
Over 720 classic works of British Literature, all on one CD, ranging from Beowulf and The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle to Frankenstein and the works of H. Rider Haggard.
- Brook Farm: An American Attempt at Utopia, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of more than fifty books, on one CD-ROM, associated with Brook Farm and the Transcendental movement.
- Canada: Literature and History, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of 26 works of Canadian literature and history, all on one CD-ROM.
- Candide, by Voltaire.
From the landscapes of El Dorado to Constantinople, this is a tale of unending adventures and escapades. That optimism is not always the key to life's problems is elucidated. A tale of love amalgamated with suffering, sacrifice and pain.
- Castle Rackrent, by Maria Edgeworth.
This classic novel follows the misadventures of four generations of the Rackrents, a noble Irish family whose greed and mismanagement almost leads to bankruptcy and the family's ruin. They are destined to be saved, not by their own efforts, but by the actions of the son of a family servant.
- Children's Books, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
Over 200 Children's classics on one CD, ranging from Aesop's Fables to The Wizard of Oz.
- Christmas Books and Stories, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A one volume CD collection of 48 Christmas themed books and stories, including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.
- A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, little did he realize that this little story would become one of the best loved Christmas stories around. So step back in time and listen to this dramatic reading of Dickens' classic tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim.
- Classic American Short Stories, edited by Clarence C. Strowbridge.
Seventeen timeless short stories from some of the finest American authors, such as Kate Chopin, Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, Willa Cather, Henry James, Stephen Crane, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- The Clouds of Aristophanes, by Aristophanes.
The Clouds (Nephelae) is a comedy written by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes lampooning the sophists and the intellectual trends of late fifth-century Athens. Although it took last place in the comic festival Aristophanes entered it in, it is one of his most famous works because it offers a highly unusual portrayal of Socrates.
- The Club of Queer Trades, by G. K. Chesterton.
A collection of six interrelated, humorous mysteries that revolve the members of a unique Victorian social club where each member follows a unique profession - that they invented.
- Complete Book DVD, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of more than 7,000 books, in plain text format. The books are contained on a single DVD disc, which includes a variety of American, British, Canadian, and Australian literary classics as well as nonfiction subjects ranging from religion to world history.
- The Cossacks, by Leo Tolstoy.
This is a story about a young Russian soldier who is deployed to the Russian frontier. While there, he falls in love with a Cossack girl, about to wed a local man.
- Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot.
This was the last novel that Eliot wrote, and in this masterpiece she weaves a compelling tale around Daniel Deronda, the adopted son of an English aristocrat who discovers that he is of Jewish birth.
- The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy.
Ivan Ilych Golovin, is a high-court judge in St. Petersburg facing the threat of a terminal disease and the worthlessness of his past life. In this novella, Tolstoy depicts the protagonist rising to spiritual heights as his health continuously declines.
- The Devil, by Leo Tolstoy.
A novella, The Devil involves the lures of evil and the difficulty of following the right path. The protagonist, Eugene, is faced with a dilemma of his own making. A libertine in his youth, he is bent upon mending his ways and has married a young and loving woman. But the memories from the past persist and entice him to a path that can only lead to destruction.
- Eight Great Sherlock Holmes Stories, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
This large print collection of Sherlock Holmes stories contains eight of the best loved Holmes's stories.
- ELF Large Print Classics Library, produced by the Virginia M. Woolf Foundation.
A collection of 89 books presented on a single DVD. Each title is offered in a plain-text version, and both a 28 and 48 point font size versions. This DVD is being offered free to libraries.
- Emerson's Representative Men, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A one-volume CD collection of more than two-hundred books by Emerson and the six men he focused on in his book, Representative Men - Plato, Swedenborg, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Napoleon, and Goethe.
- Emma, by Jane Austen.
Emma Woodhouse is a spoilt aristocrat who has nothing better to do than to play match-maker to all around her. The only problem is, her matches tend to go horribly wrong in this delightful comedy of errors.
- A Fair Penitent and Other Stories, by Wilkie Collins.
A Fair Penitent and Other Stories is collection of stories by Wilkie Collins, and in addition to the title tale, this collection also includes The Traveller's Story of a Terribly Strange Bed and Mr. Lismore and the Widow.
- Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights, by E. Dixon
A collection of 15 stories from an 1821 edition of the Galland translation of the Arabian Nights. It includes seven voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.
- Family Happiness, by Leo Tolstoy.
An array of beautifully drawn characters presents the complexities of emotions and feelings in this work, in which the protagonist finds herself in the midst of a situation where her own feelings are not comprehensible to her.
- Father Sergius, by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy.
A story that chronicles the life of Prince Stefan Kasatzky. Enjoying a successful career and a high place in society, he discovers that he has been betrayed by those he held dearest. This revelation makes him renounce the world and he becomes a monk.
- Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.
The world's most famous monster comes to life in this 1818 novel, a compelling narrative that combines Gothic romance and science fiction to tell of an ambitious young doctor's attempts to breathe life into an artificial man.
- The Fruits of Culture, by Leo Tolstoy.
A stage play in four acts, this comedy follows the misadventures of a well-to-do man whose family is in disarray.
- Gilgamesh: A New English Version, by Stephen Mitchell.
Acclaimed translator Stephen Mitchell's lithe, muscular rendering allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time, to see how startlingly beautiful, intelligent, and alive it is.
- Goethe, Schiller, and Their Contemporaries, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of more than 140 books, on a single CD, featuring the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich von Schiller, and their compatriots. Works are presented in German, and in English translation.
- Gogol and Russian Literature, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
This CD collection includes the complete text of Gogol's Art by Tikos, plus a variety of great books by the Russian literary masters Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Chekhov, Andreyev, Gorky, Kuprin, and Lermontov.
- Great Expectations,
by Charles Dickens.
Dicken's classic work about a young orphan boy's coming of age in Victorian England.
- Great Horror Stories, by Edgar Allan Poe.
This anthology features nine of Poe's most macabre short stories.
- The Greek Myths, Volumes I and II, by Robert Graves.
This is a massive book, and it is the standard reference book on Greek Mythology. It delves into the various creation myths, and births and lives of the various Greek gods, the role of the elemental forces in Greek mythology such as Chaos and Eros, as well as exploring the roles and stories of the Titans, the lesser gods, and other supernatural figures, such as witches.
- Hadji Murad, by Leo Tolstoy.
A simmering feud between Russians and residents of Chechnya boils over into a bitter, bloody war. Tolstoy's little known but critically acclaimed novella draws upon the legends surrounding the Avar warrior chieftain known as Hadji Murád.
- Hamlet, by William Shakespeare.
Hamlet's quest for vengeance destroys not only himself, but everyone around him in this tragic tale.
- Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.
Based upon Conrad's own forays into Africa, this haunting novel presents some compelling insights in the psychological nature of those who ventured into darkest Africa.
- The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton.
A dark romantic comedy of manners that follows the descent of Lily Bart from an accepted member of high society to that of a lonely, penniless, out-of-work shop assistant.
- Humor and Comedy, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
The complete text of 198 humorous books on one CD, with titles ranging from Balzac's Droll Stories to The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare.
- Italian and Roman Literature and History, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of more than 135 books, on one CD, organized into five main categories: Italian Literature, Latin / Roman Literature, General Histories of Ancient Rome, by non-Roman Authors, Italian History, and Historical Novels about Ancient Rome.
- Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott.
High adventure can be found in this classic tale of chivalry and adventure, which pits a Saxon knight and a beautiful and intelligent Jewish heroine against Prince John and the evil Templar, Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert.
- A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe.
The 1665 saw the third, and last, major bubonic plague epidemic to strike London. This novel offers a chilling account of that year of plague, a year in which the Black Death killed nearly 17,500 people in London.
- Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare.
This gripping tragedy revolves around the assassination of Julius Caesar and the ensuing civil war.
- King Lear, by William Shakespeare.
King Lear has said that he will divide his kingdom among those of his daughters who can best, obsequiously, express their love for him. What ensues is a tragic tale of avarice that finds Lear's most beloved daughter disowned and her conniving sisters as sole heirs to his kingdom.
- The Kreutzer Sonata, by Leo Tolstoy.
Tolstoy presents radical views on sex and marriage in this magnificent tale.
- The Law and the Lady, by Wilkie Collins.
Valeria's new husband isn't the man she thought he was. He not only married her, using an assumed name, but he is also under suspicion of having poisoned his first wife! Undaunted by this devastating news, she sets out to prove her husband innocent in this cozy Victorian thriller.
- Leo Tolstoy, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of over thirteen books by one of Russia's greatest authors, all on one CD. Includes Anna Karenina, War and Peace, The Cossacks, and more.
- The Letter of Aristeas, by Henry St. John Thackeray.
The story of how the Hebrew Bible came to be translated into Greek.
- The Man Who Would Be King and Other Short Works, by Rudyard Kipling.
A collection of seventeen short stories written while Kipling was working as a journalist in India. The Man Who Would Be King is the cenerpoint of this collection.
- Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen.
This is a Regency era comedy that dwells upon the matchmaking machinations of an upper-crust English family, and which features the rags-to-riches story of Fanny Price, a kind hearted and unpretentious young woman who is taken from her impoverished home to live with wealthy relatives.
- The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton.
Anarchists, poets, hot-air balloon chases, and English sensibilities all come together in this complex, humorous mystery / social commentary.
- Mark Twain, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A CD collection of the works of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), ranging from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to his essay, Concerning the Jews, about antisemitism in Austria.
- Master and Man, by Leo Tolstoy.
The story of a land owner who voyaged to another town with his servant, but lost his way. Tolstoy has portrayed the character of an ambitious person who leaves his servant in a pitiable condition but finally attains spiritual revelation.
- The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare.
A jovial comedy that finds Sir John Falstaff trying to wheedle his way into the purses of two wealthy men by seducing their wives.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare.
This is a comedy of errors that occurs when a magic fairy potion that causes a sleeper to fall in love with the first person they see upon awakening, is misused.
- The Mysterious Stranger, by Mark Twain.
Set in medieval Austria at the dawn of the printing craft. This is a psychic adventure, full of phantasmagoric effects, in which youthful, mysterious stranger with the curious name - 44, gradually reveals his otherworldly powers and the hidden possibilities of the mind.
- The Heroes: or Greek Fairy Tales for My Children, by Charles Kingsley.
Written in 1855, these tales are designed to introduce children to the Greek myths.
- A Modern Mephistopheles, by Louisa May Alcott.
A suspenseful psychological thriller from the author of Little Women, which follows the downward spiral of a young poet after he makes an ill-conceived deal with a man so evil he might be the devil incarnate.
- Nicomachean Ethics, by Aristotle.
This translation of Aristotle's classic treatise contains ten books based on the famous doctrine of the golden mean which advocates taking the middle course between excess and deficiency.
- Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen.
In this satirical work that pokes fun at gothic novels, we follow Catherine Morland on her first visit to the city of Bath. Catherine is fond of reading gothic novels, a fondness which makes her prey to seeing horrors where none exist!
- Otto of the Silver Hand, by Howard Pyle.
A delightful adventure / fairy tale set in Medieval Germany that follows Otto as he struggles to secure his birth right.
- Persuasion, by Jane Austen.
Anne Elliot broke her engagement with Frederick Wentworth because he was poor and was not her social equal. Now, eight years later, their roles are reversed. After all this time, can their love be rekindled?
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde.
The quest for eternal youth is a theme that runs throughout literature. Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is a work that explores the consequences, physical and psychological, that occurs when the ideal of eternal beauty and youth is achieved.
- Pride and Prejudice, By Jane Austen.
This is one of Austen's most beloved novels. It follows the adventures of the five Bennet daughters as they try to find rich husbands. (Audio Edition)
- Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.
This is an amusing tale about the five Bennet sisters, and their mother's unrelenting drive to get them rich husbands. (Large Print Edition)
- Richard III, by William Shakespeare.
Richard III is willing to do anything, including killing off members of his own family, in order to wrest the crown off of the head of the King of England, his very own brother Edward IV, in this compelling story based, in part, on historical facts.
- Richard Burton's Arabian Nights and Victorian Books of Exploration in Asia and Africa, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
This CD contains the complete edition of the Arabian Nights, plus a fascinating collection of books that chronicle the adventures of various Victorian Explores.
- Right Ho, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse.
Reginald Jeeves is a "gentleman's personal gentleman" (a valet) to the foppish Bertie Wooster. Subtle and clever, Jeeves carefully oversees Wooster's life, often coming up with complicated plans to extricate young Wooster from the latest calamity in his life, be it legal, social, or womanly.
- Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott.
This is a swashbuckling adventure story set against the backdrop of the 1715 Jacobite uprising in Scotland. The story follows the adventures of Francis Osbaldistone, an Englishman out to save his family's business, and Robert MacGregor the legendary Scottish hero.
- Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocum.
This is the story of Joshua Slocum's epic journey as he single-handedly sailed around the world in a 34-foot sloop called the Spray.
- Salome of the Tenements, by Anzia Yezierska.
When the Yiddish newspaper she is working for gives her the assignment of interviewing a millionaire philanthropist, Sonya thinks she has found her way out of the tenement, and sets out to marry her interviewee - with unexpected results.
- The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy.
One of the first 'masked' hero stories, this story follows Sir Percy Blakeney, a.k.a., the Scarlet Pimpernel, as he rescues French aristocrats from Madame la Guillotine.
- The Sea and Ships, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of more than 175 books related to the sea and maritime lore, all on one CD.
- The Secret Sharer, by Joseph Conrad.
This novella is a psychological drama about a young sea captain and his first command, a task that is complicated when he decides to allow an escaped murderer to hide out on his ship.
- Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen.
Left impoverished by their father's death, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood must secure wealthy husbands, or face a life of genteel poverty in this classic tale of love and social mores, and manners.
- Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, Volume I, Retold by Bruce Coville.
Audio productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Twelfth Night, performed by a full cast.
- The Symposium, by Plato.
An examination of the nature of love and the different philosophies advocated by Plato and his student, Aristotle.
- A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.
This is both a commentary on the French Revolution and a heart pounding thriller that will have you holding your breath as you wait to see what will happen to Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, two men whose lives are inextricably entwined.
- Tales of Old Japan, by Baron Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford.
This is a collection of 28 tales and 4 sermons that were first published in 1871, and which deal with Japan and Japanese lore.
- Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The fifth exciting adventure in the stories of Tarzan.
- Tom Brown's Schooldays, by Thomas Hughes.
This classic tale follows the adventures and school life of Tom Brown and his friends at the Rugby Public School in the 1830's.
- Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare.
This comic Elizabethan soap opera features Orsino, who is in love with Olivia, who is in love with Cesario, who is a woman disguised as a man, who happens to be in love with Orsino!
- The Vicar of Wakefield, by Oliver Goldsmith.
In this humorous melodrama, Dr. Primose and his family are faced with all the trials of Job. Unlike Job, however, Primose meets all his trials with a light heart and high spirits, and in the end, his family emerges stronger, and happier, than when their trials began.
- The Vita Nuova, by Dante Alighieri.
La Vita Nuova marked a turning point in European literature, introducing personal experience into the strict formalism of medieval love poetry.
- The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells.
This ground breaking science fiction story was originally published in 1898. It chronicles the events surrounding the Martian invasion of England, and one man's struggle to survive and help defeat this deadly foe.
- We, by Eugene Zamiatin.
We is the archetype of the modern dystopian novel. It is a story set well into the future, in a world where the state takes care of all the needs of its citizens, and in return the citizens live complacent and productive lives - that is until a group of dissidents begin to disrupt the state's stability.
- The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, by D. H. Lawrence.
Originally published in 1914, this is a scanned and bound copy of The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, made from the copy found in the Cornell University Library's own collection.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.
Follow the adventures of Dorothy and her friends as they journey to the City of Emeralds and to meet the Great Wizard, Oz, who sets them on an even more dangerous quest.
- World History and Literature - From the Middle Ages through the 18th Century, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
Four interrelated CD's containing hundreds of books written in, or related to, specific periods in World History - the Medieval / Renaissance period, the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries.
- World Literature, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
This collection contains over 470 books, from around the world, on one CD. .
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