Robert Herrick´s poetic tribute to his mistress´ beautifully carefree style of dress, which he finds more strangely attractive than absolute perfection, read by Bill Wallis. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Wallis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/bbcw/001432/pf_bbcw_001432_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Scarlet Letter is one of the great classics of American literature. Set in the harsh Puritan environment of 17th-century Boston, it describes the plight of Hester Prynne, an independent-minded woman who stands alone against society. Having given birth to a child after an illicit affair, she refuses to name the father and is forced to wear the letter ´´A´´, for Adulteress, embroidered on her dress. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Sims. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001933/bk_naxo_001933_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a gloomy, neglected house Miss Havisham sits, as she has sat year after year, in a wedding dress and veil that were once white, and are now faded and yellow with age. Her face is like a death’s head; her dark eyes burn with bitterness and hate. By her side sits a proud and beautiful girl, and in front of her, trembling with fear in his thick country boots, stands young Pip. Miss Havisham stares at Pip coldly, and murmurs to the girl at her side: ’Break his heart, Estella. Break his heart!’ An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Charles Dickens original by Clare West. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gordon Griffen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oxfr/000082/bk_oxfr_000082_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The red letter A on her dress marks young mother Hester Prynne among her Puritan neighbors, who demand to know who fathered her child. Rumors swirl, but the shunned and shamed Hester keeps her secret - and his - for years, until a guilt-ridden confession reveals the truth, with unexpected consequences.Set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts, Hawthorne’s masterwork was originally subtitled ´´a romance,” though its themes include the limits of law, the power of religion, and the nature of sin. Equal parts tragic love story and social commentary, The Scarlet Letter brings to life the undying human need to keep secrets.Revised edition: Previously published as The Scarlet Letter, this edition of The Scarlet Letter (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dick Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008958/bk_brll_008958_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The story begins in 1881, when Dr. Watson, having returned to London after serving in the Second Anglo-Afghan War, visits the Criterion Restaurant and runs into an old friend named Stamford, who had been a dresser under him at St. Bartholomew´s Hospital. Watson confides in Stamford that due to a shoulder injury he sustained at the Battle of Maiwand, he has been forced to leave the armed services and is now looking for a place to live. Stamford mentions that an acquaintance of his, Sherlock Holmes, is looking for someone to split the rent at a flat at 221B Baker Street, but he cautions Watson about Holmes´s eccentricities.The book´s title derives from a speech given by Holmes, a consulting detective, to his friend and chronicler Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story´s murder investigation as his ´´study in scarlet´´: ´´There´s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Keith Higinbotham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/126467/bk_acx0_126467_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jerusha Abbott is the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. Every day she helps scrub and dress the younger children - all 97 of them. Soon she will graduate from high school and be on her own. Where will she go, and how will she support herself? When an anonymous wealthy donor decides to send her to college, Jerusha can hardly believe her good fortune. All she must do in return is send him a letter once a month. With all the excitement of college life - classes, parties, new friends, and a special gentleman - Jerusha can hardly stop writing! Jean Webster’s entertaining tale of a high-spirited orphan girl coming-of-age in the early 1900s has been made into a play, several movies, and a musical comedy. Kate Forbes’ fresh portrayal of Jerusha will win the hearts of a new generation of readers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Forbes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006407/bk_reco_006407_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´Ovsyanikov reminded me of the Russian boyars of the times before Peter the Great...The national holiday dress would have suited him well. He was one of the last men left of the old time. All his neighbours had a great respect for him, and considered it an honour to be acquainted with him. His fellow peasant-proprietors almost worshipped him, and took off their hats to him from a distance: they were proud of him.´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Max Bollinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mxbo/000286/bk_mxbo_000286_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A country girl named Polly is visiting city friends and comes to realize that this world is quite different than which she has left. Here people are judged according to their dress and manner of speech rather than for their honesty and hard work. Yet all who meet Polly cannot help but be enamored of her; her sweet simplicity is unlike any that they have ever seen, and soon everyone comes to realize that Polly is not someone to be laughed at and ridiculed, but someone to put upon a pedestal for failing to become willing prey to the cynicism of the times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Johnstonbrown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016145/bk_adbl_016145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.