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About Classics

Did the thought of reading classic literature as a child seem daunting? Then let our stars of stage and screen read them to you!
These unique and unabridged  talking books can only be downloaded from Silksoundbooks. Our classics collection includes classic popular books from many genres from horror to comedy and romance to children’s.

Download our audio books online for just £7.95 each - great value!

Classics audio book downloads:

Washington Square Audiobook

Washington Square Audiobook
Written by Henry James
Read by Jennifer Ehle

Bafta award winning actress Jennifer Ehle reads this wonderful unabridged audiobook of one of Henry James’ funniest and most enjoyable  novels.

The battle between a father and a daughter is usually portrayed in literature as a struggle between a headstrong but feisty girl and a tradition-bound lead weight of a father. Henry James of course had to do it somewhat differently. He tells a story of an intelligent man riding the turn of the tide in mid-nineteenth century New York, and watching what he sees as his numbingly dull and conventional daughter making the mistake of her life in her choice of husband.

The fight between these two delicious characters keeps the suspense carried right up until the last page before you learn  how the contest will end.

Download Washington Square as an audio book today for just £7.95 - available only from silksoundbooks.com

Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There Audiobook

Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There Audiobook
Written by Lewis Carroll
Read by Julia McKenzie

Star actress Julia McKenzie reads this unabridged audio book of Alice Through the Looking Glass, the second of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical tales following the character of Alice into a wild and fantastical world where nothing is as it should be and all systems of logic and reason seem to be turned upside down.

The story of how the adventures that Alice has in Wonderland came to be written, and the author’s association with the Liddell family – and Alice Liddell in particular – is now the stuff of legend. One summer afternoon in 1862, the author, in the company of the Reverend Robinson Duckworth, took the three Liddell sisters, Lorina Charlotte, Alice Pleasance and Edith Mary out in a rowing boat on the River Thames, near Oxford. On that boat trip, he entertained the girls by telling them a story about a bored little girl called Alice who goes looking for an adventure. Alice, aged 10, loved the story so much, she asked Dodgson to write it down for her.

Download Julia McKenzie reading the audiobook Alice Through the Looking Glass and enjoy listening to this wonderful story for only £7.95 

The Water Babies Audiobook

The Water Babies Audiobook
Written by Charles Kingsley
Read by Nichola McAuliffe

There are very few children’s stories that have raised as much outrage in grown up politics as The Water Babies did when it first appeared in 1863. It was written by Charles Kingsley for his own little boy and shortly after he had been made tutor to the Prince of Wales. It seems fairly innocent at first, suggesting the gentle idea that when the poor little tykes who were used as human chimney brushes in the nineteenth century died, they were turned into water babies, small amphibious cherubs who headed off to paradise via an exciting and educational journey upstream in The Great River.

Innocent it wasn’t however, it changed minds, laws and eventually lives. Tom the young chimney sweep was responsible for more heartache amongst right thinking Victorians than any slightly wicked young chap off on an adventure has a right to be. This book is in fact a highly eloquent plea for the rights of child labourers, it also openly used the ideas of Darwin’s scandalous Theory of Evolution, and even put forward one of the earliest cries against pollution, but all this is hidden in one of the most moving and affecting children’s stories of all time.

The Secret Garden Audiobook

The Secret Garden Audiobook
Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Read by Virginia McKenna OBE

The celebrated English actress Virginia McKenna OBE reads this delightful unabridged audiobook of one of  Frances Hodgson Burnett's most popular novels. The Secret Garden has been adapted for film, stage and television, but it is hard to beat this wonderful audio book reading of the original story.

What the Narnia books did for wardrobes, The Secret Garden did for the walled garden. Few readers can fail to share with Mary Lennox that inexplicable thrill of anticipation at the notion of an enclosed and secret world, bursting with potential life and beauty but remaining hidden from view.

When she finds the key to the secret garden, Mary embarks on a journey of self-discovery and enables other characters in the novel to open doors and windows into their own lives, bringing vitality and vigour back to the inhabitants of Misselthwaite Manor. The author’s interest in Theosophy is perhaps reflected in the journey of the crippled Colin, who believes he can heal himself through positive thinking. And, as the roses return to the garden, so they bloom in Mary’s cheeks - as she discovers an ancient and timeless magic that every gardener will recognise and understand.

The Return of the Native Audiobook

The Return of the Native Audiobook
Written by Thomas Hardy
Read by Oliver Cotton

Eustacia Vye’s great desire in life was to be loved to madness, and in this, one of Hardy’s best loved novels, one of his most superb female characters conducts her wild and lethal campaign against her rival the innocent, rather conventional Thomasin against the back drop of Egdon Heath, the equally wild and lethal Dorset moorland on which Hardy grew up.

When Hardy first published the book, it was greeted with both acclaim and outrage, the response to the unfashionably shocking initial ending meant that Hardy was forced to add the sixth and last book to create the happy outcome that the public demanded for the characters he’d persuaded them to mind so much about. This being a book about desire, gratification and marvellous manipulation he did, however, naturally give them a happy ending on his own terms…!

The Railway Children Audiobook

The Railway Children Audiobook
Written by Edith Nesbit
Read by Margaret Tyzack

Forced by the wrongful arrest of their father on spying charges to move from their idyllic life to a rundown cottage by a railway line, three children battle through to one of the greatest tear jerking happy endings of them all in this superb children’s classic novel by Edith Nesbit. Margaret Tyzack brings to life the joys and adversities of the delightful Waterbury family lovingly and touchingly in this unabridged audio book of The Railway Children available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to download immediately.

The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales Audiobook

The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales Audiobook
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Read by Terry Jones

Our recording of The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales is a translation from the Middle English into modern language. It is translated by the leading Chaucerian enthusiast Terry Jones, yes the Monty Python one, who adds to his truly scholarly rendition of the text a smattering of vital and fascinating notes, recorded as he read.

A meeting between pilgrims at the Tabard Inn on the road to Canterbury provides the linking narrative for The Canterbury Tales. A group of pilgrims swap their tales, with a thoroughly human competitiveness and retaliatory jousting. The choice of pilgrims for his characters allowed Chaucer to put together types that wouldn’t usually associate let alone talk. This allowed him to put a tale of courtly love along side a political treatise, and in this case a filthy and very funny tale of adultery, the feared coming of the second flood and burnt bums.

Download "The Prologue" and get "The Miller's Tale" Read by Terry Jones Absolutely FREE!

The Picture of Dorian Gray Audiobook

The Picture of Dorian Gray Audiobook
Written by Oscar Wilde
Read by Crispin Bonham-Carter

In this exclusive audiobook, available only from Silksoundbooks, the celebrated English actor Crispin Bonham-Carter brings Oscar Wilde’s classic story of the beautiful, vain, sinful and indulgent Dorian Gray stunningly to life.

The Picture of Dorian Gray must surely be one of the greatest works of classic gothic horror fiction. As the story of Dorian Gray unfolds, we learn how he houses his conscience in a portrait which slowly and hideously decays while he, ever more indulgent and under the influence of a poisonous “French” novel, remains untouched by age…  but at a terrifying price…

Available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format, download The Picture of Dorian Gray for just £7.95. exclusively from Silksoundbooks.

The Miller's Tale Audiobook

The Miller's Tale Audiobook
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Read by Terry Jones

Our recording of The Miller’s Tale is a translation from the Middle English into modern language. It is translated by the leading Chaucerian enthusiast Terry Jones, yes the Monty Python one, who adds to his truly scholarly rendition of the text a smattering of vital and fascinating notes, recorded as he read.

A meeting between pilgrims at the Tabard Inn on the road to Canterbury provides the linking narrative for The Canterbury Tales. A group of pilgrims swap their tales, with a thoroughly human competitiveness and retaliatory jousting. The choice of pilgrims for his characters allowed Chaucer to put together types that wouldn’t usually associate let alone talk. This allowed him to put a tale of courtly love along side a political treatise, and in this case a filthy and very funny tale of adultery, the feared coming of the second flood and burnt bums.

Download The Miller's Tale audiobook today and get The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales Free!

The Just So Stories Audiobook

The Just So Stories Audiobook
Written by Rudyard Kipling
Read by Art Malik

‘In the High and Far off times…’ begins Rudyard Kipling’s ‘How the Elephant got his Trunk’, read by star actor Art Malik in this unabridged audio book. Then off we are taken, by one of the greatest storytellers, into a world where children’s questions are turned neatly on their heads and questions provided which far from stopping the stream of enquiries only serve to make it gush faster.

These astonishingly funny and remarkably clever tales follow on directly from the tale told to Mowgli in the second ‘Jungle Book’ (1895) of ‘How the Tiger got his Stripes’.

Art Malik reads The Just So Stories brilliantly, with the perfect soft and gentle voice… an absolute must for any child (or adult!)

We have embedded Kipling’s own original illustrations into this audiobook so that they will appear on your screen with each chapter, whether you are listening on a computer or your iPod.

Frankenstein Audiobook

Frankenstein Audiobook
Written by Mary Shelley
Read by Derek Jacobi

This audio book, read by star actor Sir Derek Jacobi tells the tale of Dr Frankenstein and the horrendous monster he unleashes on the world when he tinkers with the laws of Nature.

Frankenstein was the product of one of the most famous ghost story telling sessions in history; Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and several others were stranded on the shores of Lake Geneva during a particularly sodden summer. They challenged each other to come up with the most ghastly and soul rending story their sizable literary talents could muster and the hands-down winner came from Shelley’s wife – Mary Shelley.

The novel that emerged several years later has been recognised as one of the most chilling and gruesome horror stories ever written and it is certainly one of the most famous. It is however fathoms more than this, it’s a moving account of a battle for independence, it’s a warning against man’s pride in his ability to change the world with his blind pursuit of science.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Audiobook

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Audiobook
Written by Lewis Carroll
Read by Julia McKenzie

The Silksoundbooks audio book Alice in Wonderland, read by star actress Julia McKenzie starts with Alice on a rather unadventurous picnic...  but as her attention wanders she is suddenly brought face to face with a passing white rabbit who happens to be wearing a waistcoat and muttering to himself “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”.

As he disappears down a rabbit hole and Alice, for want of anything better to do, follows him, she finds herself in Wonderland – a fantastical world where the characters Alice meets and the situations in which she finds herself have the whiff of symbol and allegory about them, but are much too funny to be pinned down as such.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  is read by Julia McKenzie as an unabridged audiobook and is  perfect for children of all ages

The Chimes Audiobook

The Chimes Audiobook
Written by Charles Dickens
Read by George Cole

The second of Dickens’ five Christmas novels, The Chimes is filled with an array of comic characters. It tells the story of Toby Veck, a humble porter whose loses his faith in human nature at the hands of his presumed social superiors, but regains it thanks to the spirits of the bells.

Like its predecessor, A Christmas Carol, it carries a heartfelt plea for charity and brotherhood and examines such distressing themes as suicide and infanticide, as well as the question of whether the poor have any right to live at all. The book also continues its predecessor’s vigorous satire on the social injustices of its day, and is perhaps more explicit and confrontational in its approach. The supernatural is also present, this time in the form of the spirits of the bells in a church tower.

The Diary of a Nobody Audiobook

The Diary of a Nobody Audiobook
Written by George Grossmith
Read by Geoffrey Palmer

In this very funny unabridged audio book The Diary of A Nobody, read by star actor Geoffrey Palmer, we meet Mr Charles Pooter, a city clerk of lower middle-class status but with significant social aspirations.

Realising that his life does not appear to be remarkable enough to attract the attention of a biographer, he decides to jolly well write one for himself.  The result is his hilarious diary detailing his unconscious gaffes and self-importance, as well as the snubs he receives from those he considers socially inferior.

George Grossmith’s description of the seemingly ordinary life of this most wonderful of nobodies is one of the most entertaining and famously funny books in classical literature.

Geoffrey Palmer’s perfectly lugubrious tones make this a dangerous choice for listening to on the train – laughing out load is inevitable!

Download The Diary of a Nobody audiobook today for just £7.95

Father and Son Audiobook

Father and Son Audiobook
Written by Edmund Gosse
Read by Geoffrey Palmer

The hugely popular English actor Geoffrey Palmer reads this superbly funny, agonising account of a very strange childhood.

Probably everyone has a swipe at their parents and the way they were brought up at some point in their lives, very few of us exact revenge to the extent that Edmund Gosse did upon his father.

The subtitle of the book is A Study of Two Temperaments and these were temperaments not destined to get on, Gosse Sr. was an eminent naturalist and zoologist and a keen follower of the Plymouth Brethren. Gosse Jr. had a natural leaning towards the arts and would grow up to be one of Victorian England’s leading literary figures. The battle lines were drawn. Throw into the picture the struggle already taking place within Gosse Sr (and most of the rest of the country) to reconcile his faith with the new Theory of Evolution as expounded by his fellow naturalist Charles Darwin and backed up by his own zoological studies and you have the makings of a seriously entertaining fight..

Black Beauty Audiobook

Black Beauty Audiobook
Written by Anna Sewell
Read by Colin Salmon

In this unabridged audio book, star actor Colin Salmon reads one of the most famous children’s stories ever written.   Black Beauty  is the story of the highly spirited and gorgeous black stallion and his transfer from owner to increasingly abusive owner until his final happy rescue.

The book was originally intended to be a campaigning work distributed to those who worked with horses in the middle of the nineteenth century, but has become a firm favourite with children of all ages!

A Christmas Carol Audiobook

A Christmas Carol Audiobook
Written by Charles Dickens
Read by George Cole

Financier & Money changer, Ebenezer Scrooge, is an old and bitter miser, who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season. Over the course of one night he undergoes a profound experience of redemption having been visited first by Marley’s Ghost, then three different spirits who show him how his life could turn out…

First of the five Charles Dickens' Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol deals extensively with two of his recurrent themes, social injustice and poverty, the relationship between the two, and their causes and effects.

Download A Christmas Carol audiobook today for just £7.95

The Snow Queen and other Fairy Stories Audiobook

The Snow Queen and other Fairy Stories Audiobook
Written by Hans Christian Andersen
Read by Greta Scacchi

The astonishingly sharp original versions of some of Hans Christian Andersen’s best loved stories are brought vividly to life in this marvellous audio book for download. Classic Fairy Tales such as The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen are given a glittering reading by Greta Scacchi in this classic and exclusive recording available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to download immediately.

Silas Marner Audiobook

Silas Marner Audiobook
Written by George Eliot
Read by Sian Phillips CBE

Silas Marner is a weaver in a small religious community, Lantern Yard. He is also a well-regarded member of a dissenting chapel. Silas is engaged to a young servant-woman named Sarah and thinks that his future happiness is assured… that is until he is betrayed by a fellow parishioner, who blames him for a theft that he did not commit, and he is expelled from the congregation... he finds out later that his former fiancée married the man who had betrayed him.

Silas settles in a new town, only to be robbed of all his gold and worldly goods, but his life is turned around when he adopts a young orphan, whos opium-addicted mother has died in the bleak snowy winter.

Silas Marner is a tale of familial love and loyalty, reward and punishment, and simple, humble friendships.

Sian Phillips gives a wonderful performance on Silksoundbooks' Silas Marner audiobook - available for immediate download in MP3 or iPod audiobook format.

Northanger Abbey Audiobook

Northanger Abbey Audiobook
Written by Jane Austen
Read by Lynn Redgrave

The great British actress Lynn Redgrave brings Jane Austen's first novel Northanger Abbey vividly to life in this unabridged audio book.

The story follows the 17 year old Catherine Morland,  one of those Austen girls who, in spite of her ironic portrait as a romantic heroine in training, ends up being someone whose story you’d follow to the end of the world. The villains and suitors somehow acquire those extra sixteen layers that Austen cannot help herself writing.

Northanger Abbey is a wonderful piece of gothic horror - but at the same time as you’re grinning at the terrifying manuscript Catherine finds in her bedroom, you’ll be delighting in the sheer brilliance of the first of Jane Austen’s great novels.

Lady Chatterley's Lover Audiobook

Lady Chatterley's Lover Audiobook
Written by D H Lawrence
Read by Samantha Bond

This unabridged audio book tells the story of Lady Chatterley and her love for her husband’s gamekeeper and when first published, it outraged the sensibilities of Edwardian England.

D.H. Lawrence had already been dismissed as a purveyor of the obscene for the attitudes to sex that he had shown in 'The Rainbow' which had been fiercely suppressed on its publication in 1915. Chatterley was a deliberate choice on D H Lawrence’s part to address sex head on, describe the act and its pleasures in detail and put forward his belief that mankind had lost touch with its pagan and natural root, its link to the earth and therefore its strength. Lawrentian sex although tender and loving is feral and robust. He despised what he called “the miserable sodding rutters, the flaming sods, the sniveling, dribbling, dithering, palsied, pulse-less lot that make up England today”.

Samantha Bond reads Lady Chatterley's Lover audiobook, in her truely engrossing style.

Wuthering Heights Audiobook

Wuthering Heights Audiobook
Written by Emily Bronte
Read by Juliet Stevenson

The wild passion of Cathy’s doomed love for Heathcliffe set against the stormy moors of Yorkshire is brought dramatically to life in Juliet Stephenson’s intensely moving recording of Emily Brontë’s great classic Wuthering Heights. This unabridged audio book is available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to download immediately.

The Mill on the Floss Audiobook

The Mill on the Floss Audiobook
Written by George Eliot
Read by Fiona Shaw CBE

The story of the rebellious Maggie Tulliver’s tumultuous life in nineteenth century Britain is given a definitive reading by the phenomenal Fiona Shaw.


The Mill on the Floss
details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up on the river Floss near the village of St. Oggs, evidently in the 1820s and spans a period of 10-15 years, from Tom and Maggie’s childhood up until their deaths in a flood on the Floss.

Maggie Tulliver holds the central role in the book, as both her relationship with her older brother Tom, and her romantic relationships with Philip Wakem, a hunchbacked, but sensitive and intellectual, friend, and with Stephen Guest, a vivacious young socialite in St. Oggs and fiancé of Maggie’s cousin Lucy Deane, constitute the most significant narrative threads.

Persuasion Audiobook

Persuasion Audiobook
Written by Jane Austen
Read by Olivia Williams

English actress Olivia Williams, well known for her star performances in The Sixth Sense, Rushmore and Miss Austen Regrets reads this unabridged audiobook of one of the world’s favourite classic novels exclusively for Silksoundbooks.

Persuasion, written by Jane Austen is a very funny exploration of the eighteenth century sport of trying to find a decent husband and how to resist the persuasions of those around you who think they know what it is to be successful.

My Lady Ludlow Audiobook

My Lady Ludlow Audiobook
Written by Elizabeth Gaskell
Read by Susannah York

Highly acclaimed actress Susannah York reads this exclusive unabridged audio book of My Lady Ludlow.

Written by Elizabeth Gaskell, creator of the characters that were to become the basis for the hugely successful TV series Cranford, My Lady Ludlow paints a brilliant picture of the shift in power in a rural Northern village, from the velvety feudal Ludlows to the glitter of the new money rattling through the system courtesy of the brazen baker from Birmingham.

Lady Ludlow’s appalling snobbery, prejudice and her bred-in-the-bone conviction as to the superiority of the English aristocracy and their feudal way of life are tested, and found wanting, in this radical tale of the collapse of a social system.

One of the extraordinary things about My Lady Ludlow as a book is that in spite of the creation of a monster of hide bound arrogance and pretention Gaskell cannot help but produce a character that you end up rooting for right up to the wide grin induced by the final twist in the plot.

This very special unabridged audio book of  My Lady Ludlow is available for download as mp3 files and in audiobook format for your iPod - only from Silksoundbooks.

Madame Bovary Audiobook

Madame Bovary Audiobook
Written by Gustave Flaubert
Read by Julie Christie

Very few novels have created as much outrage and adoration as Madam Bovary. This unabridged audio book, read by the aclaimed actress Julie Christie tells of  Emma Bovary’s attempts to escape the maddening boredom of being married to the wrong man, in the wrong town, with the wrong picture of her life via a series of very realistically described adulterous affairs.

This ensured that author Gustave Flaubert had practically the whole of France involved in the hullabaloo that greeted the novel’s publication in 1856. He was prosecuted for it (unsuccessfully), and then wildly fêted for it and his establishment as one of the most popular of literary geniuses is based on it.

Jane Eyre Audiobook

Jane Eyre Audiobook
Written by Charlotte Bronte
Read by Emily Woof

Attraction, desire and sex were not proper subjects for a nineteenth century novel and Charlotte Brontë’s clear and open handling of all three in Jane Eyre was shocking, exciting and revolutionary.

Jane Eyre - a small, plain-faced, intelligent and honest English orphan is abused by her aunt and cousins as a child, acquires role models during her education at Lowood Academy, becomes the governess of Thornfield Manor, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester; spends time with the Rivers family at Marsh's End and Morton, where cousin St John Rivers proposes to her; and is finally reunited with and marries her beloved Rochester at his house of Ferndean.

Beowulf Audiobook

Beowulf Audiobook
Written by Anonymous
Read by Julian Glover

Julian Glover’s audio book version of Beowulf takes the poem back to its origins as a spoken tale. He has taken the essence of the poem and with a scholarly eye to the British Museum’s manuscript, created a truly Bardic performance. Beowulf’s battles against Grendel (the monster who takes you in your sleep) and the original lethal female – his mother who comes to avenge her son’s killing, are faithfully transformed into a roaring reality.

Nursery Rhymes Audiobook

Nursery Rhymes Audiobook
Written by Anonymous
Read by Jane Horrocks

The wonderful 'Little Voice' of Jane Horrocks brings this exclusive downloadable audiobook collection of your favourite childhood Nursery Rhymes out of the dust covers of Mother Goose’s books and into strange and merry life.

Recorded with all the, often surprising, original words and verses this classic audiobook is absolutely perfect for very young children learning to speak!

Available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to download and enjoy immediately.

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) Audiobook

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) Audiobook
Written by Jerome K Jerome
Read by Nickolas Grace

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), read as an unabridged audio book by star performer Nickolas Grace,  was intended to be a serious travel guide. It failed dismally in this respect, but succeeded in becoming an hilarious account of a boating holiday on the Thames, between Kingston and Oxford.

The three men were based on the author and two of his friends. The holiday was a typical boating holiday of its time carried out on what was known as a Thames Camping Skiff. The dog, Montmorency, however, was entirely fictional, but, as Jerome remarked, *had much of me in it.*

The book was denounced as “vulgar” by the literary establishment, but it was hugely popular amongst what were known as the clerking classes who yearned to be “free from that fretful haste, that vehement striving that is every day becoming more and more the bane of nineteenth century life”. It has coined one of the great quotes about the pressures of the modern working life – “I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”

Treasure Island Audiobook

Treasure Island Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Timothy West

This highly entertaining audio book, read by star actor Timothy West, was first conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland in an attempt to amuse the author's step-son.  Treasure Island began with the map - young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an island and Stevenson, looking over the boy’s shoulder began to elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of Skeleton Island, Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses marking the buried treasure. From this gentlest of beginnings has come one of the fiercest and best loved novels of piracy and fortune in the history of literature. It is Lloyd’s lasting legacy that he insisted there be no girls in the story!

It tells the story of Jim Hawkins who having acquired a map to the vast treasure of the fabled Captain Flint, sets out with a sponsor, Squire Trelawney, who has been tricked into crewing up his ship with the remaining members of the notorious Flint’s band of pirates. Mutiny, maroonings and treasure follow, with the wonderful character of Long John Silver, not only providing a truly sophisticated analysis of the fact that morality is never simple but also forever fixing peg legs and parrots as the only uniform of the true buccaneer.

The Warden Audiobook

The Warden Audiobook
Written by Anthony Trollope
Read by Edward Fox

The distinguished Edward Fox delights us with the engrossing story of the downfall of Septimus Harding, the gentle and respected warden of Barchester Cathedral, in The Warden the first of Anthony Trollope’s hugely successful Barchester Chronicles. This exclusive and unabridged audio book is available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to download immediately.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Audiobook

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Alan Howard


The celebrated English actor Alan Howard reads Robert Louis Stevenson’s masterpiece - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde -  in this unabridged audiobook available exclusively from Silksoundbooks.

A nightmare from which he was furious to have been woken was the inspiration for this successful and famous work. Having been stirred from what he termed “a fine bogey tale” Stevenson set about putting his nightmare onto paper. It reputedly took him only three days to write but the story of a split personality, warring with itself between righteousness and immorality is as much a part of modern thought as it became in 1885.

The story of the upright and moral Dr Jekyll and his horrific and uncontrollable other within has been seen as an allegory for the chronic duality of the Victorian Era with its insistence on outward respectability and its underbelly of vice and exploitation. History has it that the first draft of the novella was burnt by Stevenson in response to his wife’s criticisms, possibly about the explicitly sexual nature of the wild Mr Hyde’s nocturnal exploits, and the chilling vagueness of the final version’s descriptions of his pursuits adds to the Victorian nature of the story as much as to the horror of the man.

Download Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and receive A Lodging for the Night by Robert Louis Stevenson FREE!

Heart of Darkness Audiobook

Heart of Darkness Audiobook
Written by Joseph Conrad
Read by Toby Stephens

Classical actor and James Bond villain Toby Stephens brings his brooding intensity to Joseph Conrad’s terrifying and exhilarating exploration of evil that served as the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola’s movie Apocalypse Now. This unabridged audio book sees Conrad’s iconic characters, Marlow and Kurtz, on a journey to the very depths of human nature.

It follows Marlow as he recounts, from dusk through to late night, his adventure into the Congo transporting ivory, and his more pressing assignment - to return Kurtz in a cover up, to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary.

Heart of Darkness is available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to download immediately.

Tom Brown's Schooldays Audiobook

Tom Brown's Schooldays Audiobook
Written by Thomas Hughes
Read by Hugh Bonneville

The ultimate tale of bullying and how to survive it, Thomas Hughes’ hugely successful novel Tom Brown’s Schooldays charts a young boy’s tough but formative years at Rugby School and his battle with the great schoolboy baddie - Flashman. This unabridged classic audio book is brought to robust life in the lively and exhilarating reading exclusively recorded for us by Hugh Bonneville and available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to download immediately.

The Cricket on the Hearth Audiobook

The Cricket on the Hearth Audiobook
Written by Charles Dickens
Read by George Cole

Unlike his other seasonal stories, The Cricket on the Hearth is not a supernatural tale, but one of the perfect domestic scene with which Dickens was so obsessed throughout his writing. It is all here, the warmth of home, the loving little woman, the children, the food and the laughter all rolled into one very warming story

Ever since its publication, The Cricket on the Hearth has been the subject of dramatisation, including this latest audiobook download version from Silksoundbooks read by George Cole.

The Pavilion on the Links Audiobook

The Pavilion on the Links Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Alan Howard

Robert Louis Stevenson’s lengthy short story The Pavilion on the Links, was considered by Arthur Conan-Doyle to be “the first short story in the world”. This unsettlingly nerve-wracking tale is every bit as chilling as its much wider known follower The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and at the time of its publication was every bit as successful

Stevenson makes the choice in the story of having two fairly unpleasant characters for his main protagonists. Both deeply antipathetic to the rest of humankind, he is wickedly funny about the two men’s friendship which as the narrator himself confesses was “scarcely a companionship, but a coexistence of unsociability”.

Download The Pavilion on the Links, and get Alan Howard's reading of 'Markheim' by Robert Louis Stevenson   FREE!

The Man of Property Audiobook

The Man of Property Audiobook
Written by John Galsworthy
Read by Michael Cochrane

The Man of Property is the first in the vastly successful series of novels by John Galsworthy that became known as The Forsyte Saga, made world famous by the BBC production of the same name.

Soames Forsyte desires to own things, including his beautiful wife, Irene. He is jealous of her friendships and is determined that she should be his alone. He concocts a plan to move her to the country, away from everyone, but she resists his grasping intentions and falls in love with architect Philip Bossinney. However, Bossinney is the fiancé of her friend June Forsyte, the daughter of Soames's cousin Jolyon...

Brought to life by the crisp tones of Michael Cochrane, The Man of Property audiobook is available only by download from Silksoundbooks.

A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook

A Tale of Two Cities Audiobook
Written by Charles Dickens
Read by Andrew Sachs

Acclaimed British actor Andrew Sachs reads this unabridged audio book of A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Set between London and Paris, A Tale of Two Cities has adventure, betrayal and great heroism woven through this thrilling tale of the French Revolution.

A Tale of Two Cities follows the lives of several protagonists through the events of the French Revolution, most notably Charles Darnay, a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.

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Ivanhoe Audiobook

Ivanhoe Audiobook
Written by Sir Walter Scott
Read by James Cosmo

This is one of Sir Walter Scott’s greatest adventures set amongst the roaring battles of the struggle between the Normans and the Saxons for control of Medieval England. It deals with the rivalry between King Richard the Lion-Heart and his brother John. We follow the adventures, skirmishes and romances of the hero, Ivanhoe, a Saxon knight loyal to King Richard, as he attempts to survive the England of King John along side the disguised Richard and of course, Robin Hood.

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Kidnapped Audiobook

Kidnapped Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Nicholas Rowe

This unabridged audio book download of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, read by star actor Nicholas Rowe, starts with the newly orphaned David Balfour travelling to his uncle’s terrifying House of Shaws.

Having failed in an attempt to murder young David the miserly Ebeneezer Balfour, who would rather keep the fortune to which the child is now entitled, arranges for a kidnapping aboard a ship bound for the New World. A fortunate collision with a small craft from France carrying young Balfour’s saviour in the shape of Alan Breck Stewart, saves the boy from the intended slavery and sets him on the extraordinary journey across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland that has become one of the most famous adventure stories of our time.

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Robinson Crusoe Audiobook

Robinson Crusoe Audiobook
Written by Daniel Defoe
Read by David Warner

This unabridged audio book of Daniel Defoe’s adventure story of the marooned mariner Robinson Crusoe is wonderfully painted for us by the compelling voice of David Warner.

Crusoe leaves England, setting sail from Hull on a sea voyage in September, 1651, against the wishes of his parents. After several voyages he is shipwrecked on a remote tropical island in the south pacific. Spending 28 years there, Crusoe encounters native Americans, captives, cannibals and mutineers before being rescued.

Download Robinson Crusoe as an audiobook for your iPod or mp3 player  read by David Warner for just £7.95

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