Three top opening paragraphs of English fiction, read wonderfully by top-flight narrators, can be heard right here on AudioPod. Even if the book as a whole wouldn't interest you, DO listen to the samples of:
Scaramouche, by Raphael Sabatini,
Pride and Prejudice, byt Jane Austin, and
Sudden Death, by David Rosenfelt.
If you have a sardonic sense of humour, also dip into the Acknowledgement (Chaper 54) from Play Dead, also by David Rosenfeld. If you liked those two snippets, you'll lke the whole set. centred around Andy Carpenter, North Jersey trial lawyer.