Librivox is an organization devoted to free, volunteer recorded audiobooks of public domain works (where the copyright, if there ever was one, has expired). It is a great source for listening to stories by older authors like Dickens and Jane Austen, and for some newer (20th century) authors as well, like H.G. Wells and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Today I learned that sadly, my favourite Librivox reader, Andy Minter, passed away in April of this year. His reading of The Prisoner of Zenda (by Anthony Hope) was one of the first things I listened to on Librivox, and it is an absolute delight. I feel like Mr. Minter could have been a professional audiobook narrator if he had wanted to; his voice was calm, friendly, and full of warmth and personality that infused the characters he brought to life in his readings.
I was surprised at how modern the writing was in The Prisoner of Zenda, even though it was written in 1894; it is a humorous adventure tale of Rudolf Rassendyll, an ordinary young Englishman who travels to a (fictional) European country named Ruritania. While there, he is persuaded by palace officials to act as a political decoy for the king, who has been abducted by his brother in an attempt to take over the throne. Rassendyll reluctantly accepts the job, and adventures and romance ensue.
So if you are looking for a well-read audiobook, give The Prisoner of Zenda a try. You will have the pleasure of being introduced to a good story and Andy Minter’s wonderful voice.