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Readers Series

Whether you are a student, or an English language learner, or just looking for something great to read in English, the Word Power English Readers are a new series of books with abridged, retold texts that capture the best and key elements of the novels they are based on, with character notes, author biography and details about the time in which each novel was written. There is also a glossary of the less familiar words in each book. The English used in the Readers is very clear and the elegance of the language will inspire calm in the reader. This series will help both students of the novels, as well as students of English, who are looking to gain fluency in English.

Each book comes with an audio recording on a CD placed into the back of the book. The recording is read by an actor who speaks clearly and slowly for those less familiar with the English language. The book and audio recording can be used together to help students learn the correct pronunciation as they read and to improve their sight word recognition. Audio-assisted reading also helps to build fluency skills by allowing students to hear the tone and pace of a skilful reader.

The level of the Readers is B1/B2, and they are suitable for age 10+ because of story content and theme. We recommend them to you strongly.

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Around the World in Eighty Days: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Around the World in Eighty Days: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Our price: £5.99View Featuring the world-famous characters Phileas Fogg and Passepartout, Around the World in Eighty Days is an exciting, fun story adapted since publication into films and dramas. This retold edition is more simply told than Verne’s original novel but it is nonetheless as exciting. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Our price: £5.99ViewThe story concerns Dr Henry Jekyll who feels he is struggling the good and evil within himself, that leads to a struggle between his dual personalities of Jekyll and Edward Hyde. Jane Eyre: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Jane Eyre: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Our price: £5.99ViewCharlotte Bronte was born on 21 April 1816 and died in 1855. She grew up with her sisters and brother amid the bleak moorlands and hills of Yorkshire, in the north of England. She lived in the rectory at Haworth near Keighley where her father was curate for forty years.
Little Women: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Little Women: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Our price: £5.99ViewThis edition of Little Women contains a retold novel, an introduction, notes on the author, notes on the period when the book is set, the book’s themes, a simple glossary, and a free CD (running time 2 hours). The book on the CD is read slowly and clearly to aid comprehension. Pride and Prejudice - Webster's Word Power English ReadersPride and Prejudice - Webster's Word Power English ReadersOur price: £5.99ViewThis edition of Pride and Prejudice contains a retold novel, an introduction, notes on the Jane Austen notes on the Regency period, the book’s themes, a simple glossary, and a free CD(running time 2 hours). The book on the CD is read slowly andclearly to aid comprehension.Jane Austen’s classic novel is an ironic comedy of manners in the society of the late 18th century, and early 19th century. Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet who has four sisters, and Mr Bennet, her long-suffering but loving father, and Mrs Bennet, her mother, anxious to marry her daughters to wealthy young gentlemen. At a local ball, Elizabeth meets one such wealthy young man, Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy. MrDarcy is cold, rude and proud, and it is dislike at first sight. As Elizabeth’s older sister Jane falls in love with Mr Bingley, Mr Darcy’s best friend, and her youngest sister Lydia flirts with anyone in a military uniform, Lizzie finds herself fighting off the attentions of the oily Mr Collins but is quite taken by the charms of MrWickham – who also happens to be the godson of Mr. Darcy's father, and is now an enemy of Mr. Darcy through his bad behaviour (gambling and irresponsible use of money and position). But, as the young people succumb in many ways to pride and prejudice, Lizzie learns that not all is quite as it seems … and that Mr Darcy might be more agreeable than she first thought. In Jane Austen’stime, a social hierarchy in English society governed what one couldsay or do. Social rank determined one’s social class and whom onecould marry. Pride and Prejudice is an entertaining, skilfully writtennovel written with ironic observation of social behaviour andstands up today because of Austen’s storytelling, wit and phrasing, and humour.About the Author:Jane Austen (1731–1805) was an English author who wrote sixnovels. She is revered around the world and has millions of fans.Her books have been made into plays and films. She set her novelsamong the landed gentry.This book was abridged and retold by John Kennett. He felt manypeople were missing out on some great stories as the originalbooks were too long, and people had less time to read than whenthe books were first published. He set out to shorten the novelsbut he retained the most entertaining and vital parts of the story,and hoped readers would go on to read the original later.Robinson Crusoe: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Robinson Crusoe: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Our price: £5.99ViewThis edition of Robinson Crusoe contains a retold novel, an introduction, notes on the author, notes on the background when the book was written and the book’s themes, a glossary, and a free CD (running time 2 hours). The CD is read slowly and clearly to aid comprehension. It is suitable for students, schools, ELT, ESOL.
The Three Musketeers: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)The Three Musketeers: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Our price: £5.99ViewThis edition of The Three Musketeers contains a retold novel, an introduction, notes on the author, notes on the period when the book is set, the book’s themes, a simple glossary, and a free CD (running time 2 hours). The book on the CD is read slowly and clearly to aid comprehension.Wuthering Heights: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Wuthering Heights: Chosen Classics Retold with Book, Notes and Audio Book (MP3)Our price: £5.99ViewEmily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights tells the story of the ill-fated love of Catherine Earnshaw for the dark and brooding Heathcliff. It is one of the most passionate novels written in English literature. Set on the bleak Yorkshire moors in the north of England, the story tells of Heathcliff’s revenge against Catherine’s husband, and his sister, but ends with the hope of redemption through the next generation. This novel was the only one written by Emily Bronte, and when it first appeared the book's reception was controversial, as it challenged Victorian ideals of morality, social hierarchy, and the position of women in society. Today the novel is read all over the world and judged to be one of the greatest novels written.
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