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  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation) (






UNABRIDGED) by Anthony Trollope Narrated by Anna Massey, Alex Jennings

    The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
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    Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

    Ian says: "Barchester comes alive!"
  • 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 Symphonies of Beethoven  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Robert Greenberg

    The Symphonies of Beethoven

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Ludwig van Beethoven is justifiably acclaimed as one of the most revered composers in the history of Western music-a genius once characterized as a "Titan, wrestling with the gods." There is no better way for you to understand the full impact of that description than to not only listen to all nine of his magnificent symphonies, but to do so with a full understanding of what this great composer was saying and the circumstances that drove him up to and beyond what had once been considered the limits of musical expression.

  • Spoonface Steinberg  by Lee Hall Narrated by Becky Simpson

    Spoonface Steinberg

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Lee Hall
    • Narrated By Becky Simpson
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    The listener response to this play when it was first broadcast as part of the God's Country series was overwhelming, and it has gone on to become an audio best seller. Performed by Becky Simpson, Spoonface Steinberg is about a young autistic Jewish girl who, learning that she is terminally ill, contemplates the meaning of life and death in a dramatic monologue interwoven with operatic extracts from the magical voice of Maria Callas.

    Theresa says: "Superb story"
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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.

  • 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"
  • The Music of Richard Wagner  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Robert Greenberg

    The Music of Richard Wagner

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    In these 24 lectures filled with musical excerpts, enjoy a rich and multifaceted exploration of the trailblazing works and outsized life of this historically pivotal composer. The sheer outlandishness of Wagner's life makes for an endlessly intriguing story, from his desperate escapades outrunning creditors to his obsessive personal relationships to his utopian artistic schemes.

    Mr says: "Wagner, the man and the mythos"
  • How to Listen to and Understand Opera  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Robert Greenberg

    How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    To watch any opera lover listen to a favorite work, eyes clenched tight in concentration and passion, often betraying a tear, is to be almost envious. What must it be like, you might think, to love a piece of music so much?And now one of music's most gifted teachers is offering you the opportunity to answer that very question, in a spellbinding series of 32 lectures that will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art that has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years.

    Andy says: "Never knew opera could be so much fun or so funny"
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  • 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"
  • 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"
  • The Chamber Music of Mozart  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Robert Greenberg

    The Chamber Music of Mozart

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Nowhere is Mozart's maturity and mastery more apparent than in the chamber music he wrote during the last 10 years of his life. These 16 lectures take you deep inside the structure of Mozart's chamber masterworks to reveal his hand at work. This is an amazing opportunity to hear, study, and enjoy a selection of immortal musical compositions that Professor Greenberg calls "a blessing of inconceivable richness". You will learn the basic "language" that all 18th-century composers used to write Classical music. You'll also explore the subtleties of Mozart's technique as a composer: his ability to make art "artless".

  • Season's Greetings (Classic Radio Theatre)  by Alan Ayckbourn Narrated by Frances Barber, Phil Daniels, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Palmer, John Sessions

    Season's Greetings (Classic Radio Theatre)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Ayckbourn
    • Narrated By Frances Barber, Phil Daniels, Bill Nighy, and others
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    Christmas is the season of good cheer and harmony among men, but things are not working out quite that way in the Bunker household. As a motley collection of friends and relatives fill the house with their own wishes, dreams and attitudes, the stage is set for seasonal disharmony and romantic intrigue. It's Christmas Eve and while Belinda is rushing around decorating the tree and seeing to all the guests and their needs, Eddie and Pattie are having a serious bust-up.

    miss says: "One of the best"
  • Deutschland, Deine Sachsen: Eine respektlose Liebeserklärung (






ABRIDGED) by Peter Ufer, Tom Pauls Narrated by Tom Pauls

    Deutschland, Deine Sachsen: Eine respektlose Liebeserklärung

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter Ufer, Tom Pauls
    • Narrated By Tom Pauls
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    Ein kurioses Völkchen sind sie, die Sachsen! Warum, weiß Kabarettist Tom Pauls. Launig erzählt er von seinen Landsleuten: Dass der Sachse lautstark alles kommentiert, ihn halb Deutschland jedoch nicht versteht, weiß jeder. Nicht gebührend beachtet werden hingegen seine ebenso einfallsreichen wie nützlichen Erfindungen. Mit Teebeutel, Kaffeefilter und Bierdeckel hat der Sachse unsere Trinkkultur geprägt. Und als er künstliches Gold erzeugen sollte, schenkte er uns stattdessen das Porzellan.

  • Vocal Awareness: How to Discover, Nuture, and Project Your Natural Voice  by Arthur Samuel Joseph Narrated by Arthur Samuel Joseph

    Vocal Awareness: How to Discover, Nuture, and Project Your Natural Voice

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Arthur Samuel Joseph
    • Narrated By Arthur Samuel Joseph
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    Your voice is your identity. It can tell people everything about who you are, how you feel about yourself, and what you believe in. Now you can gain perfect command of your voice with Vocal Awareness. Created by Arthur Joseph, an international voice specialist, Vocal Awareness is a complete system for mastering your voice and integrating it into your life. Your voice has the power to instantly reach out and connect with people.

  • The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5 (






UNABRIDGED) by Will Durant Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In this masterful work, listeners will encounter: the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance; the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Milan, Florence, and Venice; the life and accomplishments of Leonardo DaVinci; the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome; the politicians and philosophers of Italy, including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli; the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.

  • Poems of Jesus Volume II (






UNABRIDGED) by John McKee Narrated by John A. McKee

    Poems of Jesus Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By John McKee
    • Narrated By John A. McKee
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    I have found poetry to be a wonderfully spiritual way for me to commune with God, and it matters not whether I am writing the poems, or simply reading them; a quiet serenity comes over me during those times that is a great comfort to my soul. I began my writings more than 30 years ago during a time in my life when I was unable to sleep well at night because of a painful back. As a consequence, throughout the night, I would have to get up to apply a heating pad to get relief.

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  • Freeze Frame: International Poetry Anthology (






UNABRIDGED) by Oscar Sparrow Narrated by Oscar Sparrow, Paul Tobin, Jo VonBargen, Jefferson Hansen, Claude Nougat, Candy Bright, Isabelle Fuller

    Freeze Frame: International Poetry Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Oscar Sparrow
    • Narrated By Oscar Sparrow, Paul Tobin, Jo VonBargen, and others
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    Freeze Frame brings together six international poets, each with their own vision of what would appear in the static frame if we captured the flow of our ceaseless contemporary narrative. Read and recorded by the poets themselves in their home locations, the listener may experience their full presence and intention.

  • A Suffering Soul: Dark Love Poems, Dark Love Poetry, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Darren Heart Narrated by Darren Heart

    A Suffering Soul: Dark Love Poems, Dark Love Poetry, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Darren Heart
    • Narrated By Darren Heart
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    A Suffering Soul is the first volume in the Dark Love Poems series of short poetry audiobooks written and narrated by Darren Heart. Containing a collection of poems by the author that, not only investigates the lighter side of love, but also dares to delve deeper, taking the reader on a journey into the darker aspects of love, such as indecision, rejection, fear, betrayal, loss and finally death.

  • Poems of Devotion: Volume I (






UNABRIDGED) by John McKee Narrated by John A. McKee

    Poems of Devotion: Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By John McKee
    • Narrated By John A. McKee
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    I have found poetry to be a wonderfully spiritual way for me to commune with God, and it matters not whether I am writing the poems, or simply reading them; a quiet serenity comes over me during those times that is a great comfort to my soul. I began my writings more than 30 years ago during a time in my life when I was unable to sleep well at night because of a painful back. As a consequence, throughout the night, I would have to get up to apply a heating pad to get relief.