Back to Basics With Classic Novels
Classics can be an intimidating genre.
But audiobooks bring classics to life in new and interesting ways. They add nuance and spirit to the prose, agenda and voice to the characters, and reawaken these stories to be enjoyed yet again. If you want to name-drop George Orwell, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Aldous Huxley, or Victor Hugo and know what you’re talking about, this is a great place to start!
To make it even easier for you to get started, we’ve discounted these books for the month of August!
By George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell (published in 1945) exposes the dangers of Stalinism. By using an allegory of animals attempting to self-govern on a farm, Animal Farm demonstrates how greed and power turn humans into animals, perpetuating systems of oppression that only benefit the few who run them.
By Aldous Huxley
Lenina and Bernard live in a nightmarish socialist utopia of sorts. The Brave New World in which they preside is home to a whole host of unprecedented horrors which serve as a warning for the future and a meditation on the present. Written by Aldous Huxley in 1932 and still applicable to this day.
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By Alexandre Dumas
Edmond Dantes is on the verge of having everything he ever dreamed of: The woman of his dreams, command of his own ship, and a close childhood friend as his second-hand man. But when he is framed by his best friend and sent to an isolated prison island—the Chateau D’Ife—for fourteen years and without explanation, all he can think of is revenge. The Count of Monte Cristo is a riveting classic.
By Jane Austen
The eponymous Emma continually promotes her own ability to play matchmaker, though most of her efforts to set people up go terribly, terribly wrong. Satirical and tender all at once, Emma is one of Jane Austen’s most-loved novels and inspired the 90’s hit movie, Clueless.
By Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo’s beautiful and tragic story of Jean Valjean’s reentry into society and reinvention of his self after years of incarceration takes us on a journey of love and desperation that the world cannot forget. With self-sacrifice and immense spirit, Valjean works to protect Collette, Fantine’s daughter, to try to attone for a past he cannot change. Set against the backdrop of the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, Les Misérable is a French masterpiece.
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