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  • The Divine Comedy (






UNABRIDGED) by Dante Alighieri Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    One of the greatest works in literature, Dante's story-poem is an allegory that represents mankind as it exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice. A single listen will reveal Dante's visual imagination and uncanny power to make the spiritual visible.

  • Under Milk Wood (Dramatised)  by Dylan Thomas Narrated by Richard Burton

    Under Milk Wood (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Dylan Thomas
    • Narrated By Richard Burton
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    A classic BBC Radio full-cast production of Dylan Thomas' poetic play for voices starring Richard Burton as the narrator. To begin at the beginning: it is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black.... When Richard Burton breathed the opening words of 'Under Milk Wood' into a microphone, broadcasting history was made.

    Mr Rene Coutts says: "Under Milk Wood"
  • Creativity Inc. (






UNABRIDGED) by Ed Catmull Narrated by Peter Altschuler

    Creativity Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ed Catmull
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: To make the world's first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream first as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged an early partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986. Nine years later and against all odds, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever.

    Kim says: "A truly inspiring book"
  • Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series  by Mark Evans Narrated by uncredited

    Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark Evans
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    A Victorian epic of awful schools inc the aptly named St Bastards, worse prisons, nuns at St Bitches, giant rabbits, and long lost super-hero aunts, in the style of Charles Dickens after far too much gin.

    Karen says: "Dicken's with tonque firmly in cheek"
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  • Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies (






UNABRIDGED) by Sol Stein Narrated by Christopher Lane

    Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

    Ralph says: "This book has improved all my writing"
  • What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye (






UNABRIDGED) by Will Gompertz Narrated by Roy McMillan

    What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Gompertz
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz, read by Roy McMilllan. What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art.

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Robert Greenberg

    How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    S. Mercer says: "A treat for ears and heart"
  • How Music Works (






UNABRIDGED) by David Byrne Narrated by Andrew Garman

    How Music Works

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Byrne
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
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    Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

    Anthony says: "Listen enthralled - music to your ears!"
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  • The Incomplete Tim Key: About 300 of His Poetical Gems and What-Nots (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Key Narrated by Tim Key

    The Incomplete Tim Key: About 300 of His Poetical Gems and What-Nots

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tim Key
    • Narrated By Tim Key
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    A wildly original poetry collection written and read by one of the UK's most exciting young comics. A poet who favours dark suits, lager and long hot baths, he works on BBC Four in Charlie Brooker's Newswipe and on Radio 4, doing his late night poetry show. In 2009 he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his poetical recital The Slutcracker and has filmed some of his verse in black and white to overwhelming critical approval.

    Rebecca says: "Tim Key - the definition of 'off the wall'..."
  • Alan Bennett: Talking Heads 2  by Alan Bennett Narrated by various

    Alan Bennett: Talking Heads 2

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By various
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    In these six new pieces Alan Bennett retains the gripping stories, intensity of delivery, and masterly style of his original monologues. The suburban normality of the world his characters inhabit once again belies their lives of secrets, revelations, fears, crimes, and passions. They tell their stories, and in doing so reveal more than they know of the humour, passion, and sadness of their lives.

    Martin says: "AMAZING STUFF"
  • The Gruffalo (






UNABRIDGED) by Julia Donaldson Narrated by Imelda Staunten

    The Gruffalo

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Julia Donaldson
    • Narrated By Imelda Staunten
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    Here's a rhyming story of a mouse and a monster. Little mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest. To scare off his enemies, he invents tales of a fantastical creature called the Gruffalo. So imagine his surprise when he meets the real Gruffalo.

    Mrs says: "Poor free book"
  • Alan Bennett: A Question Of Attribution (Dramatisation)  by Alan Bennett Narrated by Full Cast

    Alan Bennett: A Question Of Attribution (Dramatisation)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    In 1956, Sir Anthony Blunt, pillar of the Establishment and respected Knight of the Realm, is working as Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures. Perfectly at home in the corridors of Buckingham Palace, he frequently encounters Her Majesty as he works on her paintings and has a special fondness for one particular Titian. However, there is one small problem: the painting, like Blunt himself, is a fake.

  • Yellow & Green: Not an Autobiography of Marcy Chen (






UNABRIDGED) by Marcy Chen, Michael Simon Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

    Yellow & Green: Not an Autobiography of Marcy Chen

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Marcy Chen, Michael Simon
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
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    Twenty-five, Chinese-American, and agoraphobic, Marcy Chen navigates love, sex, gourmet food, family and a desperate fear of people and intimacy. Living in the trendy Fremont district of Seattle, Washington, Marcy has created a life insulated from the people around her. Slowly she realizes that she must make a choice between seclusion and safety, or living the life she wants - in fear.

  • Be a Better Guitar Player with Hypnosis & Meditation: Unlock Your Inner Rock Star  by Erick Brown Narrated by Erick Brown

    Be a Better Guitar Player with Hypnosis & Meditation: Unlock Your Inner Rock Star

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Erick Brown
    • Narrated By Erick Brown
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    Unleash your musical talent and inner rock starand be the best guitar player you can be with this hypnosis program, Be a Better Guitar Player with Hypnosis and Meditation: Musical Talent and UnlockYour Inner Rock Star from hypnotherapist Erick Brown.

  • What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye (






UNABRIDGED) by Will Gompertz Narrated by Roy McMillan

    What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Gompertz
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz, read by Roy McMilllan. What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art.

  • The Innocence of Father Brown, Vol. 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by M. J. Elliott, G. K. Chesterton Narrated by The Colonial Radio Players, J. T. Turner

    The Innocence of Father Brown, Vol. 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By M. J. Elliott, G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By The Colonial Radio Players, J. T. Turner
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    From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest takes on bandits, traitors and killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it. The award winning Colonial Theatre on the Air has dramatized G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown stories from The Innocence of Father Brown with a full cast, music score, and sound effects.

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  • O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic, & Profound (






UNABRIDGED) by Garrison Keillor Narrated by Garrison Keillor

    O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic, & Profound

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
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    In his second collection of poetry (the first, 77 Love Sonnets) Keillor writes - with his characteristic combination of humor and insight - on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and other facets of daily life. Keillor's verses are charming and playful, locating sublime song within the humdrum of being human.

  • The Innocence of Father Brown Vol. 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by M. J. Elliott, G. K. Chesterton Narrated by J.T. Turner and the Colonial Radio Players

    The Innocence of Father Brown Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By M. J. Elliott, G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By J.T. Turner and the Colonial Radio Players
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    From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest takes on bandits, traitors and killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it.

  • Lone Wolf (






UNABRIDGED) by Felix Dennis Narrated by Felix Dennis

    Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Felix Dennis
    • Narrated By Felix Dennis
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    The second collection of original verse by the maverick multimillionaire publisher Felix Dennis.

  • Poetry Please (






UNABRIDGED) by Adjoa Andoh Narrated by Anton Lesser

    Poetry Please

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Adjoa Andoh
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of the most asked-for and most broadcast pieces ever: 50 of those poems are read here by Adjoa Andoh and Anton Lesser.