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An engaging history of 20th century music

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  • 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 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."
  • Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert M. Edsel Narrated by Jeff Harding

    Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robert M. Edsel
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
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    As Hitler was attempting to conquer the western world, his armies were methodically pillaging the finest art in Europe, from Michelangelos to Vermeers, all stolen for the Führer. The Monuments Men had a mandate from President Roosevelt to find these artworks, but no vehicles, typewriters, or authority. In a race against time to save the world's greatest cultural treasures from destruction at the hands of Nazi fanatics, each man constructed his own treasure map....

    Ramona says: "Soon to be a movie"
  • 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"
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  • 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"
  • John Betjeman: A First Class Collection  by John Betjeman Narrated by John Betjeman

    John Betjeman: A First Class Collection

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Betjeman
    • Narrated By John Betjeman
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    Sir John Betjeman, poet, broadcaster, journalist, prose writer and critic, was one of the best-loved figures of the 20th century. Betjeman was a prolific writer and his poems still resonate today. This release celebrates the centenary of Betjeman's birth.

  • 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!"
  • 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.

    Frank says: "Unbeatable"
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  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance (






UNABRIDGED) by Edmund de Waal Narrated by Michael Maloney

    The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
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    Winner of the 2010 COSTA Biography Award. A total of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his Great Uncle Iggie. Later, when Edmund inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined....

    Zoe says: "My favourite book of all time"
  • Poets of the Great War (






UNABRIDGED) by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg Narrated by Michael Maloney, Jasper Britton

    Poets of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney, Jasper Britton
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    Here are the extraordinary writings of a generation who fought through a war of unprecedented destructive power, and who had to find new voices to express the horror of what they discovered. The great names - Owen, Sassoon - are fully represented, but there are also many poems by lesser-known or unexpected figures, ranging from serving soldiers like Isaac Rosenberg and Richard Aldington to women such as Edith Nesbit and Vera Brittain.

    A. says: "moving"
  • The Telegraph: 30 Minutes With Simon Schama  by The Telegraph Narrated by Simon Schama

    The Telegraph: 30 Minutes With Simon Schama

    • ORIGINAL (30 mins)
    • By The Telegraph
    • Narrated By Simon Schama
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    In the first interview in the new monthly audio interview series presented by The Telegraph, Matthew Stadlen talks to British historian Simon Schama about his heritage, religious beliefs and views on Israeli policy. Schama also reflects on his childhood, his desires to become a historian and storyteller, and the importance of visual art in his field. Simon Michael Schama, CBE (born 13 February 1945) is a British historian specialising in art history and French history.

  • Poetic License: 100 Poems - 100 Performers (






UNABRIDGED) by Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, William Wordsworth, Billy Collins, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and many more Narrated by and many more, Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, Charles Busch, Chris Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael York

    Poetic License: 100 Poems - 100 Performers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, William Wordsworth, and others
    • Narrated By and many more, Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, and others
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    Why a Poetry Album? Easy answer: I love poetry. I love reading it. I love memorizing it. I love hearing great actors recite it. As the poet Mark Strand wrote, "Ink runs from the corners of my mouth / There is no happiness like mine / I have been eating poetry." In the past, when I was full from eating, I have had the audacity to set poetry to music. But, on this audiobook, you will hear the music of the poems.

  • Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day (






UNABRIDGED) by Phil Cousineau Narrated by Nick Hahn

    Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Phil Cousineau
    • Narrated By Nick Hahn
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    The night writers in Cousineau's vesperal collection range from saints, poets, and shamans to astronomers and naturalists, and tells of ancient tales and shining passages from the most brilliant (albeit insomniac) writers of today. These poetic ponderances sing of the falling darkness, revel in dream-time, convey the ache of melancholy, conspire against sleeplessness, vanquish loneliness, contemplate the night sky, rhapsodize on love, and languorously greet the first rays of dawn.

  • Flora (






UNABRIDGED) by Wale Owoeye Narrated by Marc Powell

    Flora

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Wale Owoeye
    • Narrated By Marc Powell
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    Flora celebrates the Greek goddess of flowers and fertility in sparkling verses created specially for children and the young at heart. Lyrical, mystical, and original; it is an audiobook that will make you fall in love with flowers again.

  • Breve historia de la música (






UNABRIDGED) by Javier María López Narrated by Juan Manuel Martínez

    Breve historia de la música

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Javier María López
    • Narrated By Juan Manuel Martínez
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    La música es una manifestación artística presente en la totalidad de la historia. Desde el nacimiento de las primeras sociedades tribales hasta la actualidad, ha acompañado al hombre no sólo en los acontecimientos históricos más relevantes, sino en la vida cotidiana de los seres humanos. Es por esto que un acercamiento a la historia de la música es necesario para cualquier hombre, pero muchas veces los conceptos musicales pueden ser complejos o nuevos para el oyente.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • The Explorers Club  by Nell Benjamin Narrated by Jennifer Westfeldt, David Furr, Lorenzo Pisoni, Carson Elrod, Jack Cutmore-Scott, John Getz, Martin Jarvis, David Krumholtz, Matthew Wolf

    The Explorers Club

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Nell Benjamin
    • Narrated By Jennifer Westfeldt, David Furr, Lorenzo Pisoni, and others
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    It's London, 1879, and the hapless members of the Explorers Club must confront their most lethal threat yet: the admission of a woman into their hermetically-sealed ranks. But the intrepid Phyllida Spotte-Hume turns out to be the least of their troubles, in this hilarious farce starring members of the original Broadway cast.

  • 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.