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 Iliad of Homer  by Homer
Extended Sample David Copperfield (abridged) by Charles Dickens
Extended Sample Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë
Extended Sample Crime and Punishment  by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Extended Sample Anne of Green Gables  by L. M. Montgomery
Extended Sample Rebecca  by Daphne du Maurier
Extended Sample To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee
Extended Sample The Great Gatsby (abridged) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Extended Sample And Then There Were None  by Agatha Christie
Extended Sample A Wrinkle in Time  by Madeleine L’Engle
Extended Sample East of Eden  by John Steinbeck
Extended Sample Mrs. Dalloway  by Virginia Woolf
Extended Sample Invisible Man  by Ralph Ellison
Extended Sample The Adventures Huckleberry Finn  by Mark Twain
Extended Sample Atlas Shrugged  by Ayn Rand
Extended Sample The Secret Garden (abridged) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Extended Sample The Call of the Wild  by Jack London
Extended Sample The Crucible  by Arthur Miller
Extended Sample The Old Man and the Sea  by Ernest Hemingway
Extended Sample Sense and Sensibility  by Jane Austen
Extended Sample Frankenstein (abridged) by Mary Shelley
Extended Sample Great Expectations (abridged) by Charles Dickens
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