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  • Play Alif the Unseen

    Alif the Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By G. Willow Wilson
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients - dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups - from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif - the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state's electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line.

    Jaspal says: "Meandering story, awful voices, interesting idea"
    Winner 2013 World Fantasy Award
  • Play Norwegian by Night

    Norwegian by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Derek B. Miller
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.

    Christina says: "Intriguing"
    Winner 2013 John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award by the UK Crime Writers Association
  • Play The Luminaries

    The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (388)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Barbara says: "Ideal choice for listening"
    Winner 2013 Man Booker Prize
  • Play May We Be Forgiven

    May We Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. M. Homes
    • Narrated By Nathan Osgood
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Harold Silver, a Richard Nixon Scholar, has spent a lifetime watching his younger, taller, and more successful brother, George. But Harry knows that George has a murderous temper, and when he finally loses control the result is an act of violence which hurls the two brothers into entirely new lives. A savage and dizzyingly inventive vision that penetrates the dark heart of contemporary America to tell a darkly comic tale of 21st-century domestic life and how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.

    L Scott says: "Brilliant"
    Winner 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction
  • Play Dark Eden

    Dark Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Beckett
    • Narrated By Oliver Hembrough, Jessica Martin
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    A marooned outpost of humanity struggles to survive on a startlingly alien world. John Redlantern, one of the 532 degenerating descendants of two marooned space explorers, will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will be the first to abandon hope, the first to abandon the old ways, the first to kill another, the first to venture into the Dark, and the first to discover the truth about Eden....

    Stephen says: "It just ended ..... what?"
    Winner 2013 Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction
  • Play Maggot Moon

    Maggot Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sally Gardner
    • Narrated By Robert Madge
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Narrated against the backdrop of a ruthless regime determined to beat its enemies in the race to the moon, Maggot Moon is the stunning new novel from award-winning author Sally Gardner. When his best friend, Hector, is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of the Motherland. Utterly original and stunning, it is impossible not to be moved by Maggot Moon's powerful story and the unforgettable heroism of Standish.

    Ilari says: "A brilliant, deeply moving tale very well told"
    Winner 2013 Carnegie Medal
  • Play Bring Up the Bodies

    Bring Up the Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (293)

    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

    Madeline says: "Superb"
    Winner 2012 Man Booker Prize
  • Play Sweet Tooth

    Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (126)

    Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

    Graeme says: "McEwan Takes Us Back To The Seventies"
    Political Fiction Book of the Year, Political Book Awards 2013
  • Play Society's Child: My Autobiography

    Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Ernesta says: "The Story That Becomes Your Own"
    Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2013
  • Play The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects.

    Richard says: "I couldn't switch this one off!"
    The 2012 Audies Winner
  • Play A Tiny Bit Marvellous

    A Tiny Bit Marvellous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dawn French
    • Narrated By Dawn French
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    Everyone hates the perfect family. So you'll love the Battles. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn't understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey, inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children....

    Mark says: "Indeed a whole lot of marvellous"
    Popular Fiction Book of the Year, 2011 Galaxy British Book Awards
  • Play I Claudius

    I Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    MaDr8y says: "wonderful story - wrong narrator for my ears!"
    The 2012 Audies Winner
  • Play Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shatner, Chris Regan
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill's illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

    S says: "This octogenarian rules!"
    The 2012 Audies Winner
  • Play The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide to Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom

    The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide to Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Carrie Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Carrie Wilkerson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Don't think you have what it takes to run a business? It's time to reconsider. Carrie Wilkerson offers the opportunity to live life on your terms. Want to start your workday with e-mail and coffee on the back patio? Want the flexibility of joining your fourth grader on an all-day field trip? Are you ready to take that vacation you've been planning for years? Then you have a choice to make, and The Barefoot Executive will help jump-start your transition. You'll learn: Your "why." The most important question.

    vera says: "Very positive"
    The 2012 Audies Winner
  • Play Atlas Shrugged

    Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Alan Michael Forrester says: "John Galt would have liked it"
    The 2012 Audies Winner
  • Play The Sense of an Ending

    The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired.

    Carol says: "The Sense of an Ending"
    Winner 2011 Man Booker Prize
  • Play A Visit from the Goon Squad

    A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively readable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the pasionate, troubled young woman he employs. Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, but the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other people whose paths intersect with theirs in the course of nearly 50 years.

    Christina says: "All American Novel"
    2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Play Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a 17-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

    Laura says: "ASTONISHING"
    The 2012 Audies Winner
  • Play Django: World's Greatest Guitarist

    Django: World's Greatest Guitarist

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By Bonnie Christensen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    From extreme poverty in a gypsy camp, through a debilitating injury, Django Reinhardt overcame tremendous obstacles to become a world-renowned, much beloved and highly acclaimed jazz guitarist. This production captures the spirit of the man, his music and his inspiring life story.

    The 2012 Audies Winner
  • Play The Tiger's Wife

    The Tiger's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs, Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    A tiger escapes from a zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic - Shere Khan awoken from The Jungle Book. Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages after another war has devastated the Balkans. On this journey, she receives word of her beloved grandfather's death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.

    Christine says: "Irritating narration"
    Winner 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction
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