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Classic Audiobook Collection

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Explore over a thousand great books by authors from the ancient world through to the twentieth century. From Jane Austen to Herman Melville to Sun Tzu, from the ancient Greeks to American modernists: If a book changed the world, it's here. Share these full-length audiobooks with friends and start an audiobook club!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare ~ Full Audiobook

2h 10m · Published 30 Jun 19:25

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare audiobook.

Magic, fairies, young lovers chasing each other through a forest, a man with a donkey's head, and impish Puck wreaking havoc right and left. What's going on here? It's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare at his most fanciful. The play opens with Theseus, Duke of Athens, preparing for his wedding. Egeus complains to Theseus that his daughter Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius. When Hermia is given the choice between marriage to Demetrius or life as a nun, she and her true love Lysander flee into the forest. Demetrius follows them; and Helena, who loves Demetrius, follows him. Also in the forest are Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, at odds with one another. At Oberon's behest, Puck causes Demetrius to fall in love with Helena -- oops, he missed, that was Lysander instead. Mayhem ensues. In the meantime, a group of bumbling craftsmen rehearses a play. Puck gives one of them, Bottom, the head of an ass and makes Titania fall in love with him. Further hilarity results as Bottom sees nothing at all odd about this. Eventually everything is straightened out, Bottom and the rest "perform" their play, there is a triple wedding, and Puck assures us the whole thing has been a dream.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare ~ Full Audiobook

2h 8m · Published 30 Jun 19:24

Macbeth by William Shakespeare audiobook.

Murder and madness, witches and war: Librivox presents a recording of Macbeth, perhaps Shakespeare's best known tragedy. Macbeth, a general in King Duncan's army, is given a prophecy by a trio of witches: he himself will become king. Fired by ambition and goaded by his ruthless wife, he murders Duncan and assumes the throne. More killings follow as Macbeth attempts to retain his crown, until he discovers that prophecies are not always what they seem.

King Lear by William Shakespeare ~ Full Audiobook

3h 21m · Published 30 Jun 19:22

King Lear by William Shakespeare audiobook.

King Lear is widely held as the greatest of Shakespeare's tragedies; to some, it is the greatest play ever written. King Lear abdicates the British throne, to divide his kingdom among his three daughters in proportion to their professed love of him. His plan misfires when Cordelia, his youngest and favourite daughter, refuses to flatter her father; she is disinherited and banished.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare ~ Full Audiobook

2h 26m · Published 30 Jun 19:21

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare audiobook.

William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, based on true events, concerns the conspiracy against Julius Caesar, his assassination in 44 BC, and its immediate aftermath. Probably written in 1599 and among the first of Shakespeare's plays to be performed at the Globe Theater, Julius Caesar is one of his best-known dramas and has received innumerable performances throughout the centuries.

Henry V by William Shakespeare ~ Full Audiobook

2h 59m · Published 30 Jun 19:20

Henry V by William Shakespeare audiobook.

After the turmoil and uncertainty of Henry IV a new era appears to dawn for England with the accession of the eponymous Henry V. In this sunny pageant Chorus guides us along Henry's glittering carpet ride of success as the new king completes his transformation from rebellious wastrel to a truly regal potentate. Of course, there is an underlying feeling that the good times won't last, and this is all the more reason to enjoy the Indian summer before the protracted and bitter fall of the house of Lancaster.

King Henry IV by William Shakespeare ~ Full Audiobook

6h 1m · Published 30 Jun 19:19

King Henry IV by William Shakespeare audiobook.

As the play opens, King Henry IV (formerly Henry Bolingbroke) and Henry Percy (Hotspur) argue over the disposition of prisoners from the Battle of Holmedon. The King’s attitude toward Mortimer and the Percy family prompts them to plot rebellion. In the meantime, his son Prince Hal is living the low life in the company of Sir John Falstaff. As the time of battle nears, Prince Hal joins his father and is given a high command. The play’s climax is the Battle of Shrewsbury, in which Prince Hal and Hotspur meet and fight, with Prince Hal and the forces of the King prevailing.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare ~ Full Audiobook

4h 7m · Published 30 Jun 19:18

Hamlet by William Shakespeare audiobook.

Hamlet is commonly regarded as one of the greatest plays ever written. Drawing on Danish chronicles and the Elizabethan vogue for revenge tragedy, Shakespeare created a play that is at once a philosophic treatise, a family drama, and a supernatural thriller. In the wake of his father's death, Prince Hamlet finds that his Uncle Claudius has swiftly taken the throne and married his mother, Queen Gertrude. The ghost of the dead king then appears and charges Claudius with 'murder most foul.' Hamlet is called to revenge his father's death: but will he be able to act before it is too late?

As You Like It by William Shakespeare ~ Full Audiobook

2h 45m · Published 30 Jun 19:16

As You Like It by William Shakespeare audiobook.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, As You Like It is a pastoral comedy of mistaken identity, wit, and love. Daughter of a banished duke and forced to flee the court, Rosalind hides in the Forest of Arden disguised as a man. When her true love Orlando also shows up in the forest, she courts him without revealing her identity. Meanwhile, Phebe mistakenly falls in love with her disguise, Silvius pines for Phebe, Jacques philosophizes, and Touchstone makes fun of it all, and love and happiness triumph (for the most part) as Rosalind orchestrates a happy ending amid the confusion.

Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor ~ Full Audiobook

12h 16m · Published 30 Jun 19:15

Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor audiobook.

This is a group of Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor. It is a series of dialogues of historical and mythical characters. Marcellus and Hannibal, Queen Elizabeth and Cecil, Peter the Great and Alexis, Louis XIV and Father La Chaise, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are just a few of the delights on offer. Plenty to choose from and some great reads.

The Science of Being Great by Wallace D. Wattles ~ Full Audiobook

2h 19m · Published 30 Jun 19:12

The Science of Being Great by Wallace D. Wattles audiobook.

The Science of Being Great is the second book of Wattles' trilogy. In this volume he argues that the power of thought and positive self-esteem is the only true measure of a person's greatness.

Classic Audiobook Collection has 1577 episodes in total of non- explicit content. Total playtime is 11616:08:18. The language of the podcast is English. This podcast has been added on February 26th 2023. It might contain more episodes than the ones shown here. It was last updated on February 29th, 2024 14:45.

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