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An engaging history of 20th century music

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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.

  • 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 !"
  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond (






UNABRIDGED) by John Powell Narrated by Walter Dixon

    How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Powell
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don't break it first), and more.

    M.J. says: "Music is my business"
  • 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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  • 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"
  • BBC Radio Crimes: A Charles Paris Mystery: The Dead Side of the Mic  by Simon Brett, Jeremy Front (adaptation) Narrated by Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Charlotte Green

    BBC Radio Crimes: A Charles Paris Mystery: The Dead Side of the Mic

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett, Jeremy Front (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Charlotte Green
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    Actor and reluctant sleuth Charles Paris is facing chaos on the domestic front. He's lodging with his ex-wife Frances, and now their pregnant daughter has moved in as well. It's all a bit much.... So he is over the moon when he lands a job on the BBC Radio Rep - but the ink is barely dry on his contract when a murder takes place in Broadcasting House. A young female studio manager is found dead in an editing suite, and Charles steps in to investigate....

    Helen says: "Great fun"
  • 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"
  • Alan Bennett: Three Plays (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Bennett Narrated by Full Cast

    Alan Bennett: Three Plays

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    Alan Bennett's three classic BBC Radio full-cast dramas: Kafka's Dick, Forty Years On, and An Englishman Abroad.

    Kirstine says: "Three first class plays"
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  • The Cazalets: Confusion (Dramatised)  by Elizabeth Jane Howard Narrated by Full Cast

    The Cazalets: Confusion (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    For the Cazalet family the war has brought tragedy. Rupert has been missing since Dunkirk and only his daughter Clary refuses to believe he is dead, whilst her stepmother, Zoe, devotes her energy to bringing up their daughter Juliet. Sybil has lost her battle with cancer leaving Polly bereft and trying to comfort her father, Hugh. Even Edward seems wracked with doubt over whether he should give up his mistress, Diana, who is carrying his child, and try and make a go of things with Villy.

  • On Photography (






UNABRIDGED) by Susan Sontag Narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck

    On Photography

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Susan Sontag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
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    First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images, which are continually inserted between experience and reality. When anything can be photographed, and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely, with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, with the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

    Paul says: "hard going"
  • The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Ross Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Ross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The Rest Is Noise takes the listener inside the labyrinth of modern music, from turn-of-the-century Vienna to downtown New York in the '60s and '70s. We meet the maverick personalities and follow the rise of mass culture on this sweeping tour of 20th-century history through its music.

    Sara says: "Adding colour and context to 20thC Compositions"
  • 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"
  • Homeless in My Heart (






UNABRIDGED) by Felix Dennis Narrated by Felix Dennis

    Homeless in My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Felix Dennis
    • Narrated By Felix Dennis
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    Now, with the publication of Homeless in My Heart, Felix Dennis' extraordinary talents have come to fruition - from ironic tales of darkness and savagery to hymns of praise for the glories of nature. Homeless in My Heart fulfils the promise predicted by the author and critic Tom Wolfe, who has called Dennis 'a 21st-century Kipling [whose poetry] rollicks and rolls with rhyme, meter, and melody'.

  • When Jack Sued Jill (






UNABRIDGED) by Felix Dennis Narrated by Felix Dennis

    When Jack Sued Jill

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Felix Dennis
    • Narrated By Felix Dennis
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    When Jack Sued Jill is the latest collection of original verse by maverick multimillionaire publisher Felix Dennis. Taking the innocence of nursery rhymes and turning them into something altogether darker, Dennis turns his piercing eye on the follies and absurdities of modern life. From ASBOs to Osama Bin Laden, creationism to crack houses, Humpty Dumpty to Tony Blair, nothing and no one is spared.

  • Contemplations: An Anthology of Short Fiction & Poetry (






UNABRIDGED) by L.M. Stull Narrated by Hollie Jackson

    Contemplations: An Anthology of Short Fiction & Poetry

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By L.M. Stull
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
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    Before penning her first novel, L.M. Stull found her voice and style by crafting a variety of short stories, poems, and flash fiction. Comprised of the very first words she uttered as a writer, Contemplations is a collection of tales and prose about life. Some happy. Some sad. Contemplations is filled with a multitude of writings that are sure to touch each listener in one way or another.

  • American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose (Dramatized)  by Richard Montoya, Culture Clash Narrated by Richard Montoya, Keith Jefferson, Todd Nakagawa, Sean San Jose, Kimberly Scott, Herbert Siguenza, Tom Virtue

    American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Montoya, Culture Clash
    • Narrated By Richard Montoya, Keith Jefferson, Todd Nakagawa, and others
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    In this wild satire, a Mexican immigrant has a feverish dream while studying for his American citizenship exam. He meets a parade of characters ranging from Sacagawea to Teddy Roosevelt to Jackie Robinson, who take him on a mind-bending, hilarious, and poignant trip through American history

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  • A Vampire's Lament (






UNABRIDGED) by Edward Petty Narrated by Jim Morris

    A Vampire's Lament

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    • By Edward Petty
    • Narrated By Jim Morris
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    This poem, although it was written by gay author Edward Petty almost 12 years ago, still captures Halloween's chilling and scary feel, and depicts how some spirits can remain restless. A Vampire's Lament speaks about how monotonous and mundane it can be trying to sustain a sense of life, even in an not-so-dead state.

  • Music for a New Depression (






UNABRIDGED) by Elihu Blotnick Narrated by Elihu Blotnick

    Music for a New Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Elihu Blotnick
    • Narrated By Elihu Blotnick
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    Written on a mountain top in New Mexico, the poems are arrows to the heart of Washington, meant to light the sky as they travel there, by taking to task the national political scene and the current politics of language. Elihu looks down from the clouds at the herd rushing toward a cliff, to lyricize the thunder. His warnings strike like lightning and reflect the popular contempt for politics.

  • Post-Mortem Poetry (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Twain Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    Post-Mortem Poetry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    Who but Mark Twain could express humor about the obituaries? In the end, however, we come face to face with an editorial bent Twain discovered (or slightly embellished) in postmortem poetry. An odd bit of honor, humor, and an example of what not to share in an obituary from one of the greatest American writers. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.