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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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Catch up on classics with BBC Audiobooks

It was revealed last week in a survey conducted for World Book Day that 65% of the nation's population have lied about reading a book, with many of these being classics by authors such as Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Charles Dickens. The survey also uncovered that:

  • 1984 was the most popular book to pretend to have read
  • 41% of respondents admitted to have turned to the last page before finishing a book

Giving the nation a chance to redeem itself and update the number of books they have actually read, BBC Audiobooks has an extensive range of both abridged and unabridged classic novels available on CD and download. Audiobooks are the perfect way to conveniently enjoy acclaimed titles such as Pride and Prejudice and can be listened to on the commute to work, long journeys and rainy days.

Available to buy now are titles such as Brideshead Revisited read by Jeremy Irons and Lark Rise to Candleford read by Olivia Hallinan, both of which have recently been adapted for television and film. Visit for the full range and more information.

Released this month:

Released: 12th March 2009
ISBN: 9781408410561
Price: £18.99
Duration: 11 hours 30 mins on 9 CDs

The most well-known of Jane Austen's novels, reveals her acerbic and amusing critique of manners and morals in 19th century England. Hear how the daughters of the bookish and indolent Mr. Bennett search for husbands. Read by Irene Sutcliffe.


Released: 12th March 2009
ISBN: 9781408410608
Price: £14.99
Duration: 6 hours 44 mins on 6 CDs

An enchanting tale of guilt and innocence and the redemptive power of love. Read by Andrew Sachs.

Released: 12th March 2009
ISBN: 9781408410585
Price: £14.99
Duration: 11 hours 20 mins on 10 CDs

One of the greatest treats in all world literature, offers both brilliant humour and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Read by Patrick Fraley.


Released: 12th March 2009
ISBN: 9781408410578
Price: £14.99
Duration: 7 hours 40 mins on 6 CDs

The sun shines on Tom Sawyer. The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life along the banks of the Mississippi, is filled with robust good humour and high-spirited adventure. Read by Patrick Fraley.

Released: 12th March 2009
ISBN: 9781408410554
Price: £14.99
Duration: 8 hours 20 mins on 7 CDs

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media - has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our twenty-first centruy existence? With a Storyteller's genius he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that drawns in the 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). Read by Michael York.

Ben Griffiths

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