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 The Hobbit  by J. R. R. Tolkien
Extended Sample Gone with the Wind  by Margaret Mitchell
Extended Sample The Count of Monte Cristo  by Alexandre Dumas
Extended Sample The Old Man and the Sea  by Ernest Hemingway
Extended Sample The Three Musketeers  by Alexandre Dumas
Extended Sample Middlemarch (abridged) by George Eliot
Extended Sample Gulliver’s Travels  by Jonathan Swift
Extended Sample Dracula & Carmilla  by Bram Stoker and Sheridan Le Fanu
Extended Sample The Sound and the Fury  by William Faulkner
Extended Sample Moby Dick  by Herman Melville
Extended Sample East of Eden  by John Steinbeck
Extended Sample The Grapes of Wrath  by John Steinbeck
Extended Sample Little Women  by Louisa May Alcott
Extended Sample Grimm's Fairy Tales  by Brothers Grimm
Extended Sample Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  by Lewis Carroll
Extended Sample Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  by Roald Dahl
Extended Sample Anna Karenina  by Leo Tolstoy
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 Les Misérables  by Victor Hugo
Extended Sample Romeo and Juliet  by William Shakespeare
Extended Sample The Wind in the Willows  by Kenneth Grahame
Extended Sample A Study in Scarlet  by Arthur Conan Doyle
Extended Sample Pride And Prejudice  by Jane Austen
Extended Sample Vanity Fair  by William Makepeace Thackeray
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