Blackstone Audio presents another of its popular collections of childhood classics read by celebrity narrators. This time all the stories are centered around Christmas. Included are “The Little Match Girl” read by Robby Benson, “Waldo, Tell Me about Christmas” read by Ralph Waite, “Santasaurus” read by Jonathan Winters, “The History of Christmas” read by Jack Lemmon, “The Gift of the Magi” read by Dudley Moore, and “Miracle on 34th Street” read by Carl Reiner.
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“Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding,” says Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas … until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life overnight. You know the story; now experience the marvel of the book. Read more »
This Jane Austen novel tells the story of the Dashwood sisters: cautious, level-headed Elinor and the impulsive, lively Marianne. A satire of the romantic novel, a popular genre in eighteenth-century Britain, this timeless story is a study of love and marriage through the eyes of two very different heroines, one representing sense, or logic, and... Read more »
A young Gascon nobleman, d’Artagnan, makes his way to Paris hoping to join the Musketeers, that legion of heroes held in high esteem by the king and feared by the wicked Cardinal Richelieu. D’Artagnan quickly proves he has the heart of a Musketeer and earns himself a place in their ranks. Relying on their wits and skills with the sword, the... Read more »
Jane Austen's first major novel, a parody of the popular literature of the time, is an ironic tale of the romantic folly of men and women in pursuit of love, marriage, and money. The humorous adventures of young Catherine as she encounters "the difficulties and dangers of a six weeks' residence in Bath" lead to some of Austen's most brilliant... Read more »
This retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s classic tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is read by Sharon Stone, an American actress, film producer, and former fashion model best known for her Oscar-nominated role in the film Casino, for which she won a Golden Globe.
When the stepmother queen, who thinks much of her own beauty, hears the magic mirror... Read more »
This recording of three fairy tales, including background music and sound effects, is a delight for children of all ages. Included are “Rapunzel,” read by Robby Benson, and “Rumplestiltskin” and “The Princess on the Glass Hill,” both read by Dudley Moore.
“Rapunzel” is a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm and... Read more »
The March family lives in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother, Marmee, while their father serves as chaplain during the American Civil War. Jo at fifteen is ungainly, unconventional, and enterprising, with an ambition to be an author. Meg, a year older, is pretty and... Read more »
A neurotic governess at a country house claims that the two orphaned children in her care are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. The psychological ambiguities in this tale have made it one of the world's most famous intellectual ghost stories. Read more »
This collection of best-loved tales includes the following childhood favorites: Pocahontas, Quite Remarkable Owl and the Pussycat, One Dalmatian Named Digit, Big Galoot, Pinocchio, and Punxsutawney Phil and His Weather Wisdom Read more »
In James Fenimore Cooper’s classic frontier adventure story, a disillusioned man of great moral courage severs all ties with a society whose values he cannot accept and retreats to the vast unspoiled forests of upper New York State to live as a simple woodsman.
But the bloody French and Indian wars intrude, and Hawkeye and his loyal Mohican... Read more »
Audrey Hepburn’s narration brings to life four entertaining fairy tales for children and adults alike. Included here are “The Sleeping Princess,” “Tom Thumb,” “Laideronette, Empress of the Pagodas,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” charming stories that demonstrate the power of unselfish devotion and courage and the triumph of true love.
This is a delightful introduction to the fifty states and the District of Columbia, presented through stories, statistics, legends, descriptions, and music. Three former US presidents and four first ladies join with sixteen actors and actresses to narrate this work, presented from the point of view of the individual states.
Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Misérables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and... Read more »
Four well-known actresses read these poems by one of the greatest American poets of the nineteenth century. Beginning always with particulars of personal experience, her poems encompass life and death, love and longing, joyfulness and sorrow. With sparse, precise language, she conveys a penetrating vision of the natural world and an acute... Read more »
Charles Dickens, at the height of his creative powers in this great work, pursues two great themes: the murky institutional fog that darkens and cripples all of England, symbolized by the endless litigation of the Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce case in the High Court of Chancery, and the familiar Dickensian concern with the capricious treatment and... Read more »
In this mischievous yarn by Mark Twain, a Yankee mechanic named Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious in a fight and awakens to find himself at Camelot in AD 528. Brought before the Knights of the Round Table, he is condemned to death, but saves himself by using his nineteenth-century scientific knowledge to pose as a powerful magician.
This epic story of Captain Ahab's incredible quest for the elusive great whale is widely regarded as the Great American Novel. Narrator Ishmael's longing for the sea is his sustenance. "Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every... Read more »
Jack London’s masterpiece describing the timeless bonds between man, dog, and wilderness
Buck, half St. Bernard and half Scotch shepherd, is a bold-spirited dog living the good life in the Santa Clara Valley. But when a treacherous act of betrayal results in his kidnapping, he is stripped from his comfortable life on the California estate and... Read more »
This classic tale of Tarzan, the young English boy in the deepest African jungle, is one of imagination, adventure, and ultimate action. Raised by apes, he learns to speak to the animals, swing through the jungle, and survive happily as one of their own. Only when he meets a group of British tourists on safari does his world change completely.... Read more »
The Time Traveler steps into his machine to embark upon an astonishing journey beyond the frontiers of time, space, and the human imagination. When he emerges, he finds himself in the year 802,700, observing a utopian age in which creatures coexist in peace and harmony. He plans to study this society and return to his own time to implement its... Read more »
Blackstone Audio presents another of its popular collections of childhood classics read by celebrity narrators. This time all the stories are centered around Christmas. Included are “The Little Match Girl” read by Robby Benson, “Waldo, Tell Me about Christmas” read by Ralph Waite, “Santasaurus” read by Jonathan Winters, “The History of... Read more »
Jane Eyre, the plain yet spirited governess, introduced a new kind of heroine in literature—one whose virtuous integrity, sharp intellect, and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she loved.
Orphaned and subjected to cruelty at Lowood charity school, Jane nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and... Read more »
This production of "Aladdin's Lamp" is read by Lou Diamond Phillips, an accomplished actor with numerous film, television, and theater credits. Among his films are La Bamba, Young Guns, Young Guns II, and Stand and Deliver.The sorcerer can possess the magic lamp only if received from the hand of another, so he fools young Aladdin into going down... Read more »
A masterpiece of nineteenth-century gothic horror, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein also has the distinction of being the first science fiction novel. Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot creature and succeeds in animating him but, horrified by his... Read more »
This collection of children’s stories offers a mix of some best-loved tales as well as newer favorites. Included are: “Puss in Boots,” read by Robby Benson; “A Day at Santa’s Workshop,” read by Betty White; “Elfis, the Elf Who Saved Christmas,” read by Brian Austin Green; “Jack and the Beanstalk,” read by John Ritter; “Peter Pan,” read by Sandy... Read more »
This volume of the ongoing collection of children's stories offers six well-known and well-loved classic fairy tales. Included are: "The Princess and the Pea" read by Jaclyn Smith;"The Emperor's New Clothes" read by Michael York;"Thumbelina" by Jaclyn Smith;"The Ugly Duckling" read by Michael York;"Aladdin's Lamp" read by Lou Diamond... Read more »
Children will enjoy hearing Betty White, the popular television personality, narrate these seven stories for a whole week of adventures. The stories in this collection will take children on seven enjoyably entertaining outings with the delightful Betty White as their companion. Included here are: "A Day at the Aquarium," "A Day at the Farm," "A... Read more »
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