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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.

  • 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 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!"
  • Othello (Dramatized) (






ABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, Kelly Reilly

    Othello (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, Kelly Reilly
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    Shakespeare's Othello is one of his finest and most famous tragedies. This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success - each performance was a sell-out.

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  • BBC Radio Crimes: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery: Killing Orders  by Sara Paretsky Narrated by Kathleen Turner, Martin Shaw, Adjoa Andoh, Lorelei King

    BBC Radio Crimes: A V.I. Warshawski Mystery: Killing Orders

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Kathleen Turner, Martin Shaw, Adjoa Andoh, and others
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    Feisty Chicago private eye Vic 'V.I.' Warshawski is used to getting mixed up in complicated cases. But when three million dollars in share certificates are stolen from a Dominican priory, she really doesn't want to get involved. Because agreeing to investigate would mean doing a favour for Aunt Rosa, the priory's treasurer, and Vic has never forgiven Rosa for something she did a long time ago. Against her better judgement, Vic gets drawn in, only to be suddenly called off the case.

  • 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 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"
  • The Story of Music (






UNABRIDGED) by Howard Goodall Narrated by Howard Goodall

    The Story of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Howard Goodall
    • Narrated By Howard Goodall
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    Accompanies BBC2's major new TV series and The Story of Music in 50 Pieces on Radio 3. Music is an intrinsic part of everyday life, and yet the history of its development from single notes to multi-layered orchestration can seem bewilderingly specialised and complex. In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall does away with stuffy biographies, unhelpful labels and tired terminology.

    Michael says: "Needed Music!"
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  • 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"
  • 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.

  • How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: The Untold Story of a Noisy Revolution (






UNABRIDGED) by Leslie Woodhead Narrated by Simon Prebble

    How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: The Untold Story of a Noisy Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leslie Woodhead
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    Imagine a world where Beatlemania was against the law - recordings scratched onto medical X-rays, merchant sailors bringing home contraband LPs, spotty broadcasts taped from western AM radio late in the night. This was no fantasy world populated by Blue Meanies, but by the USSR, where a vast nation of music fans risked repression to hear the defining band of the British Invasion. The music of John, Paul, George, and Ringo played a part in waking up an entire generation of Soviet youth, opening their eyes to seventy years of bland official culture and rigid authoritarianism.

  • Hay Fever (Classic Radio Theatre)  by Noel Coward Narrated by Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Britton

    Hay Fever (Classic Radio Theatre)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Britton
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    Peggy Ashcroft and Tony Britton star in this 1971 BBC Radio production of Noël Coward's classic comedy about a disastrous weekend house party. Judith Bliss is a famous actress who, after a string of successful roles, has retired to her country retreat. Missing the adulation of her public, she has has invited a fan over for a weekend of uninterrupted adoration - unaware that the rest of her family has company arriving too.

  • Taken (






UNABRIDGED) by Kodi Roberts Narrated by Jessica D. Brown

    Taken

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Kodi Roberts
    • Narrated By Jessica D. Brown
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    A first collection of bittersweet poems from poet Kodi Roberts. Poems filled with love and heartache. Longing for the unobtainable and the ones who took your spirit. A deep and meaningful book full of words that will be valued by anyone who has ever whispered the words, "I love you" and gotten their heart handed back to them. These honest words will touch your soul and make you long for the past.

  • Sweet Home Everywhere: The Life and Times of an Unlikely Rock and Roll Anthem (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Bernstein, The New New South (Editor) Narrated by Kevin Stillwell

    Sweet Home Everywhere: The Life and Times of an Unlikely Rock and Roll Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Bernstein, The New New South (Editor)
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    Released in 1974, Sweet Home Alabama has become synonymous with Southern rock. From its opening guitar riff, it is instantly recognizable, a raucous, irreverent defense of a Deep South state and its segregationist governor against the jabs of Neil Young. But the roots of Lynyrd Skynyrd's best-selling anthem go much deeper than regional pride or resentment of a fellow rocker.

  • To Each Their Own: An Elizabethan-Style Comedie - 2nd Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by GregRobin A. Smith Narrated by Alex Hyde-White

    To Each Their Own: An Elizabethan-Style Comedie - 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By GregRobin A. Smith
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
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    To Each Their Own is a modern-writ comedy in the style of the Theatre of Elizabeth the First, written with a scholar's research and a modern Shakespearean actor's wit. It includes many of the elements we are used to seeing in Shakespeare (sassy servants, pompous Noblemen, love-at-first-sight, shipwrecks, magic, fights, sacrifice, and slapstick) and language that conveys much more than single emotions.

  • 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.

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  • 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
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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.