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  • 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"
  • 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
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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"
  • The Silver Pigs: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 1 (Dramatised)  by Lindsey Davis Narrated by Full Cast

    The Silver Pigs: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 1 (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

    Judith says: "Silver pigs."
  • Rock Stars Stole My Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair with Music (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Ellen Narrated by Mark Ellen

    Rock Stars Stole My Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair with Music

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Ellen
    • Narrated By Mark Ellen
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    In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll. From his time at the NME and Smash Hits to Radio One, Old Grey Whistle Test, Live Aid, Q, Select, Mojo, and The Word magazines, he's been at the molten core of its evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective.

    Mark says: "Highly entertaining autobiography in music"
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  • Farewell to the East End (






UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Worth Narrated by Saskia Butler

    Farewell to the East End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Saskia Butler
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    Written by Jennifer Worth, Farewell to the East End is one of the trilogy of memoirs upon which the popular BBC series Call the Midwife is based. London's East End in the 1950s was a vibrant place-a close-knit community of families where children made playgrounds on bombsites and a lively social scene emerged.

    Helen says: "Brilliant !"
  • 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.

  • Cider with Rosie (Dramatised)  by Laurie Lee Narrated by Full Cast

    Cider with Rosie (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Laurie Lee
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    A new, and for the first time, full-cast dramatisation of Laurie Lee's lyrical autobiography of his childhood in a secluded Cotswold valley. Recorded on location at Westley Farm and the Woolpack Inn in Gloucestershire, Cider with Rosie stars Tim McInnerny as the narrator and Niamh Cusack as Mother.

  • The Story of Classical Music (






UNABRIDGED) by Darren Henley Narrated by Aled Jones

    The Story of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Darren Henley
    • Narrated By Aled Jones
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    The lives and music of the great composers of classical music unfold in this entertaining account, introduced by singer and presenter Aled Jones. In 1200 years, classical music grew from the chanting of medieval monks through the symphonies of Beethoven and the grand operas of Wagner to the huge orchestral sound-world of the 21st century, with its electronics and its film music.

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  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: Hamlet (Dramatised)  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Michael Sheen, Kenneth Cranham, Juliet Stevenson, Full Cast

    BBC Radio Shakespeare: Hamlet (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Michael Sheen, Kenneth Cranham, Juliet Stevenson, and others
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    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    Ms says: "Gripping Version"
  • Music for the People: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music (






UNABRIDGED) by Gareth Malone Narrated by Gareth Malone

    Music for the People: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gareth Malone
    • Narrated By Gareth Malone
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    Have you ever been carried away by a piece of classical music? The sad song of a single violin might make us cry, but the idea of finding out more about classical music can often be intimidating. In this funny, evocative, personal book, Gareth takes us on a journey of musical discovery that explains and entertains in equal measure.

    Keith says: "Good but opportunities missed"
  • Paul Temple and the Alex Affair (Dramatised)  by Francis Durbridge Narrated by Peter Coke, Marjorie Westbury, Full Cast

    Paul Temple and the Alex Affair (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Francis Durbridge
    • Narrated By Peter Coke, Marjorie Westbury, Full Cast
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    This adventure begins with a body on a train, the word 'Alex' scrawled on the compartment window, and the discovery of a visiting card bearing the name 'Mrs Trevelyan'. More bodies follow, and the two names recur on each occasion.

    Amazon Customer says: "even better than Sherlock Holmes"
  • The History of Jazz, Second Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Ted Gioia Narrated by Bob Souer

    The History of Jazz, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ted Gioia
    • Narrated By Bob Souer
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    Ted Gioia's History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic - acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history.

  • The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age (






UNABRIDGED) by Jeffrey J. Noonan Narrated by Jack Chekijian

    The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jeffrey J. Noonan
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
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    This volume opens a new chapter on the guitar in America, considering its cultivated past and documenting how banjoists and mandolinists aligned their instruments to it in an effort to raise social and cultural standing. At the same time, the audiobook considers the BMG community within America's larger musical scene, examining its efforts as manifestations of this country's uneasy coupling of musical art and commerce.

  • Maestro Mario: How Nintendo Transformed Videogame Music into an Art (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Schartmann Narrated by Kaleo Griffith

    Maestro Mario: How Nintendo Transformed Videogame Music into an Art

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrew Schartmann
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
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    "Pa-dum-pum-pa-dum-pum - PUM!" Super Mario Bros. for the NES contains some of the most recognizable tunes in popular culture, and yet it's safe to say that only a handful of people have thought beyond the music's entertaining surface. After all, what could possibly be art-worthy about an early Mario score? Or any early game sound for that matter? In search of answers to these questions, Andrew Schartmann takes us on a journey from the primitive "pongs" of arcade machines to the complex musical fabrics woven by composers of the NES era.

  • Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 10 (






UNABRIDGED) by Azeem Baig Chughtai, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Noon M. Rashid, Syed Ahmad, Josh Malih Abadi, Meera Jee, Nasir Kazmi Narrated by Zia Mohyeddin

    Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 10

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Azeem Baig Chughtai, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Noon M. Rashid, and others
    • Narrated By Zia Mohyeddin
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    A classical collection of recitations by the master narrator Zia Mohyeddin. Volume 10 includes: "Angrezi Adab Para"; "Ek Tukra"; "Kuttay", by Sir Syed Ahmad; "Josh Malih Abadi"; "Nazm Noon Meem Rashid"; "Nazm Meera Jee"; "Khat Mohammad Ali Redolvi"; "Baccha Nahin Hota"; "Ghazal Nasir Kazmi"; "Al Shajri", by Azeem Baig Chughtai: "Nazm", by Noon Meem Rashid; "Ghazal", by Faiz; and "Ghazal", by Faiz and Khamooshi.

  • The Iliad: Unabridged for Audible (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer, F L Light (translator) Narrated by Jack Nolan

    The Iliad: Unabridged for Audible

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Homer, F L Light (translator)
    • Narrated By Jack Nolan
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    Frederick Lazarus Light's resolve to write a greater Iliad in English than Homer composed in Greek is manifest. This translation impersonates Homeric Greek. It runs with Achilleus and like man-shattering Hector in the shock of arms is resolutely sharp. As unrelenting as sublimity, not yielding lyrically, unprosaically vindicating Homer's vision, the brightest labor has been attempted and is brought over as a consummate attempt.

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  • Gethsemane: An Epic Poem about Us (






UNABRIDGED) by R. Douglas Jacobs Narrated by R. Douglas Jacobs

    Gethsemane: An Epic Poem about Us

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By R. Douglas Jacobs
    • Narrated By R. Douglas Jacobs
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    Gethsemane is a sweeping poetic narrative that is a modern day version of John Milton's Paradise Lost. Philosophically told in three acts from the point-of-view of Lucifer, the story tells of his fall from grace, how his manipulation of his heavenly brothers, The Watchers, brought about the advent of Hell, and how Mankind adopted his ominous nature in making his purgatory (Earth) secular. In the last act, irony finally confronts Lucifer when he realizes the affection he has for a particular woman, and the notion of seeking redemption by virtue of his love for her becomes the seminal moment of his existence, and that of Mankind.

  • Let's Use Free Speech to Promote Revolution (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Bushard Narrated by Mark Stahr

    Let's Use Free Speech to Promote Revolution

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    • By Andrew Bushard
    • Narrated By Mark Stahr
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    Why does the world have the good things? Because of Revolutions! Thank Revolutions for all they have done and for what you most enjoy!

  • Social Media in the Classroom: A Discussion with Dr. Rick Sheridan  by Dr. Rick Sheridan Narrated by Dr. Rick Sheridan

    Social Media in the Classroom: A Discussion with Dr. Rick Sheridan

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    • By Dr. Rick Sheridan
    • Narrated By Dr. Rick Sheridan
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    In this 30-minute interview, Dr. Rick Sheridan, a longtime university professor and author of the book Social Media in the Classroom, helps teachers understand why using social media in the classroom is so important, and the effective ways to use it. Topics include: Why is social media use in the classroom so valuable for both teachers and students. Ways to promote cultural understanding. Developing an online portfolio. What can students and teachers do to protect their privacy online.

  • Poetry in Motion (






UNABRIDGED) by Chandre Bronkhorst, Cody Toye, Sophie Phillips Narrated by Bryan Keith

    Poetry in Motion

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    • By Chandre Bronkhorst, Cody Toye, Sophie Phillips
    • Narrated By Bryan Keith
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    A collaboration of poem's from author Chandre Bronkhorst, author Cody Toye and Sophie Phillips. with poem's such as "Promise Me a Lie", "Moonatic Wolf and Magic". Let their words fill your imagination and allow your emotions to run free.