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  • It | Stephen King

    It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2083)
    Performance
    (1942)
    Story
    (1937)

    To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

    Catbark says: "Masterful - a horror classic"
  • A Column of Fire: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3 | Ken Follett

    A Column of Fire: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Young Will Willard is coming home to Kingsbridge at Christmas as A Column of Fire opens. The year 1558 will turn Will's life upside-down and change Europe for ever. The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. High principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love. Will finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.

  • The Throwaway Children | Diney Costeloe

    The Throwaway Children

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Diney Costeloe
    • Narrated By Anne Dover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage. It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

    Jeannette says: "A Gripping Book"
  • The Break | Marian Keyes

    The Break

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Aoife McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

    susanne H says: "She's done it again"
  • Munich | Robert Harris

    Munich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade.

    Simon says: "A Piece For Our Time?"
  • The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood

    The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Joanna David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1755)

    The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

    Caitriona says: "A great book to listen to :)"
  • The Power of One | Bryce Courtenay

    The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Sarah says: "Fantastic reading of a great book"
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman

    Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Gail Honeyman
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1249)

    Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

    Kaggy says: "Viva Eleanor!"
  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device | Ben Aaronovitch

    A Rare Book of Cunning Device

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (898)

    Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

    L E Saull says: "More please!"
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four | George Orwell

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1709)
    Story
    (1712)

    Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party's power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party's department for propaganda, Winston Smith's job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

    Jonny D says: "A Prophetic look at modern 'Politics of Fear'..."
  • The Keeper of Lost Things | Ruth Hogan

    The Keeper of Lost Things

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ruth Hogan
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (779)

    Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant, Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

    S. C. Manzi says: "Well woven"
  • Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman

    Norse Mythology

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1597)
    Story
    (1591)

    The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

    K. Bridges says: "Amazing tales from the North"
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1 | Robert Galbraith

    The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7826)
    Performance
    (7152)
    Story
    (7133)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Nicholas Moore says: "Excellent"
  • The Pillars of the Earth: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1 | Ken Follett

    The Pillars of the Earth: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1320)

    The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

    Robert says: "The Pillars of the Earth"
  • The Girl on the Train | Paula Hawkins

    The Girl on the Train

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, India Fisher, Louise Brealey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21194)
    Performance
    (19045)
    Story
    (19045)

    Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

    Andy says: "I had doubts, I never should have. Brilliant"
  • Wideacre: Wideacre, Book 1 | Philippa Gregory

    Wideacre: Wideacre, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Philippa Gregory's first story in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the 18th century. From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover. Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the 18th century, she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others.

  • The Nix | Nathan Hill

    The Nix

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nathan Hill
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

    Will J Bailey says: "Brilliant novel"
  • The Power | Naomi Alderman

    The Power

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Naomi Alderman
    • Narrated By Naomi Alderman, Adjoa Andoh, Thomas Judd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1091)

    'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

    bookylady says: "Wow! A shocking, visceral novel.Loved every minute"
  • Into the Water | Paula Hawkins

    Into the Water

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1038)

    The most hotly anticipated novel of the year, from the author of the best-selling novel The Girl on the Train....

    Simon says: "Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!"
  • World Without End: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2 | Ken Follett

    World Without End: The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (890)

    On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius, and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war.

    sally says: "Great for long journeys"
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