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  • Anna of the Five Towns | Arnold Bennett

    Anna of the Five Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Set in stifled, industrial Staffordshire in the late 19th century, against a strong evangelical background, Anna of the Five Towns tells of the courting of hard businessman Ephraim Tellright's daughter by prosperous and accomplished Henry Mynors. As her father's fortune grows, so does Anna understanding. She realises her legacy and responsibility for the possible ruination of her father's tenants, Titus Price and his son, Willie, who also loves her.

    Vanna says: "Brilliantly read and totally absorbing"
  • The Three Hostages | John Buchan

    The Three Hostages

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    (12)
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    (10)
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    Hannay to the rescue once more! This time...our hero is summoned from his tranquil life in rural Oxfordshire to save the world from a financial conspiracy which threatens the global economy. Hannay comes to believe that the villain behind all this must be Dominick Medina. But can such a brilliant, charming idol of the nation be using Eastern magic to suborn industrialists, magnates and other such pillars of society as his slaves?

    s says: "Interesting Stiry Line"
  • The Vicar of Bullhampton | Anthony Trollope

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    This comprehensive novel consists of three subplots which interlink to form the whole and supply a trio of targets at which Trollope aims his proselytising pen. The first treats on the courtship of a woman by a man whom she does not love and with whom she is not compatible. Mary Lowther will not accept such a marriage of dishonesty. The second deals with the plight of a young woman who has fallen prey to the wiles of an evil seducer and subsequently adopts a life of prostitution.

    P says: "How I missed Timothy West"
  • Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2 | John Buchan

    Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (35)
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    (23)
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    (24)

    The second of Richard Hannays' adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive.

    Lee Grant says: "Peter Joyce brings Buchan to life..."
  • The Adventures of Raffles | E. W. Hornung

    The Adventures of Raffles

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By E. W. Hornung
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    (10)
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    (7)
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    'Why should I work when I could steal?' Thus speaks A. J.Raffles, gentleman, the finest slow bowler of his generation and a shameless thief. When Bunny, an old school acquaintance, confesses that he will be dishonourably disgraced for writing cheques that his bank will not meet, Raffles persuades him to assist in a burglary. From that moment, Bunny is locked into a life of crime and, fortunately for his audience, recounts their adventures in a most thrilling way.

  • Sketches by Boz Vol 2 | Charles Dickens

    Sketches by Boz Vol 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The 'sketches' in this... volume are more the substance and length of short stories illustrating the development of the tools of the Masters trade: farce, parody, irony, black humour and wonderful one liners which unerringly hit the mark. The ensuing narrative, however, brings the listener bumpily back to earth with a reminder of the mean and often tragic lives that were being endured in the busy, uncaring metropolis.

  • A Child of the Jago | Arthur Morrison

    A Child of the Jago

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Arthur Morrison
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    A Child of the Jago is both thriller and condemnation of social conditions in the East End slums at the turn of the century. Boy hero Dicky Perrott is at heart full of humane instinct but his environment ensures his down fall. "It was my fate to encounter a place in Shoreditch where children were born and reared in circumstances which gave them no reasonable chance of living decent lives: where they were born fore-damned to a criminal or semi criminal career.

  • Raffles: The Third Over | E. W. Hornung

    Raffles: The Third Over

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. W. Hornung
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The next volume in the series of exciting stories about A. J. Raffles, first class slow bowler and gentleman thief. The author must have been delighted when his fictional character was such a success. Raffles would have said 'timing is everything' and the advice should have been delivered to his creator. Hornung made a grave error in finishing the master burglar's life and career so soon, realised his mistake and brought him back to the printed page.

  • The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1 | John Buchan

    The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (36)
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    (25)
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    Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay's struggle against the evil that is the 'Black Stone'.

    Paul says: "It's good enough, but perhaps aclaim is overdone"
  • Moonfleet | J. Meade Falkner

    Moonfleet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. Meade Falkner
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    A tale of smuggling and mystery on the Dorset coast as told by John Trenchard, a boy obsessed with discovering the secret of Colonel 'Blackbeard' Mohune's hidden treasure. One night, trapped in the Mohune family vault beneath the church, John finds a locket round the Colonel's neck which contains verses from the Psalms of David. What could it mean?

    Chris says: "It's a classic"
  • The Coral Island | R. M. Ballantyne

    The Coral Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By R. M. Ballantyne
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Heroes Ralph, Jack and Peterkin set sail on the Arrow and are the only three survivors of a fearful shipwreck. They are washed ashore on a seemingly idyllic coral island.This tranquillity is violently disturbed, first by a tribe of bloodthirsty cannibals and then by the invasion of a vicious pirate and his gang of cut-throats. Will the boys thwart their enemies and live to see England again?

    Paul says: "The Coral Island - An old fashioned adventure"
  • Under the Greenwood Tree | Thomas Hardy

    Under the Greenwood Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    A wonderfully evocative tale of the courtship of Fancy Day, newly arrived schoolmistress, by Dick Dewy, carrier of goods, during the four seasons of one year in Wessex. Most of Hardy's work had tragedy woven into the narrative but 'Under the Greenwood Tree' is full of whimsy and good humour. The story is not without its serious comment, however, as Hardy reflects on class division and the disappearance of heritage in the rural community.

  • Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3 | John Buchan

    Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Once again Brigadier General Hannay is taken from the trenches of the front line to save his country on a desperate mission. This time he must find the genius behind a vast network of spies infiltrating English pacifists and conscientious objectors. Hannay finds the man only to have him evade capture at the last moment.

    PGA Eyre says: "Brilliant -- but with blemishes"
  • The Forsyte Saga, Volume 1 | John Galsworthy

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (10)
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    (4)
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    A compelling drama and a merciless scrutiny of a newly monied upper-middle-class family at the turn of the 20th century, The Forsyte Saga has a sumptuous range of characters. If you have enjoyed The Forsyte Saga on television in the past, you will be familiar with this engrossing story; if not, prepare to be completely captivated and engaged by one of the best tales ever told.

    JUDITH says: "Impressive and Enjoyable but a bit short"
  • The Forsyte Saga, Volume 4 | John Galsworthy

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    It is 1899. Old Jolyon has long since been buried at Robin Hill, and with the death of Aunt Susan in 1895 and Roger's funeral opening this instalment of the Saga, the Forsytes are fast becoming aware of their mortality. Yet more problems beset the family.

  • The Courts of the Morning | John Buchan

    The Courts of the Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Sir Richard Hannay introduces this last adventure involving his old friends.

    John Blenkiron discovers that a ruthless industrialist is plotting to destabilise America and cause global turmoil. Although Bavarian born, Castor plans to dominate the world from Olifa, a small country in Latin America. Hannay realises he is now too old for the job of thwarting these evil designs and enlists the aid of his old friend Sandy Arbuthnot, now Lord Clanroyden.

  • The Island of Sheep: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5 | John Buchan

    The Island of Sheep: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (34)
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    (16)
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    The last of John Buchan's thrillers and the final appearance of Richard Hannay now in retirement reverie deep in the comfortable Cotswolds.However, he and Sandy [Lord Clanroyden] are roused to action once more to help the son of a recently deceased treasure hunter, called Haraldsen. The heir is receiving threats from Lancelot Troth, a man who believes himself ill treated financially by Haraldsen's father and seeks revenge and reparation.

    Jessica says: "good"
  • The Professor | Charlotte Bronte

    The Professor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    William Crimsworth escapes the brutal employment of his brother in a Yorkshire mill town, changes profession and takes a position as tutor in a boys' school in Brussels.The authoress is unusually frank, for the time, in her scrutiny of the relationship between the teacher and the domineering headmistress of the adjoining girls' school, Zoraide Reuter.

    mollyeyre says: "Feel so sad"
  • The Forsyte Saga, Volume 3 | John Galsworthy

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    (3)
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    The house at Richmond is finished at last, but Soames takes Bosinney to court for exceeding the budget. The final judgment of their case turns on 'a very fine point' in their correspondence.... The architect does not heed Young Jolyon's warning and continues to pursue Irene - with fatal consequences.

  • Cousin Phillis | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cousin Phillis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The tale of a rural habitation in the late 19th Century and the effect of industrialisation on the local community.Seventeen year old Phillis lives on Hope Farm with her parents Minister Ebenezer Holman and his simple wife. Her second cousin Paul Manning, at first reluctantly, comes to visit. He is the son of a rising inventor from Birmingham and is employed as a clerk to Edward Holdsworth, the managing engineer of a railway company laying a line close to the farm.

    Susan Whitehead says: "Cousin Phillis"
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