This made me think of this. If the British phone company were really smart, they’d just negotiate a price to use the Book-A-Minute Classics. The versions are a bit different, though. Here’s Dante’s Inferno: “Some woman puts Dante through Hell. THE END.”
These are really quite good. I especially like the War and Piece classic.
HT: Betsy’s Page (It made her think of the connection, too)