The 50 Best Classic Novels

"It's such a classic."

Those words are thrown around an awful lot amongst avid readers, authors, critics, and those in the publishing industry. Many are left to wonder, though, what really makes a book a true classic? Is it simply that it's old or written by a well-known author? Or, is there something else to it?

Truth be told, there's a lot more to it. Classic novels meet certain criteria that earn them the right to be called classic, to be revered by readers and scholars alike, and to be passed down from generation to generation.

What standards must be met, and what books are considered must-read classic novels?

Want to know what makes these audiobooks classics? Head over to the blog to read: 4 Criteria Required to Make a Novel a True Classic.

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Extended Sample Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Extended Sample The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Extended Sample Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Extended Sample To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Extended Sample The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Extended Sample East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Extended Sample Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Extended Sample Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Extended Sample The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Extended Sample The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Extended Sample Great Expectations (abridged) by Charles Dickens
Extended Sample Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Extended Sample The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Extended Sample The Adventures Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Extended Sample The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Extended Sample Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Extended Sample And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Extended Sample Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Extended Sample Dracula & Carmilla by Bram Stoker
Extended Sample The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Extended Sample A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Extended Sample Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Extended Sample The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Extended Sample The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka
Extended Sample Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Extended Sample Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Extended Sample Grimm's Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm
Extended Sample A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
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