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  • Frost at Midnight | James Henry

    Frost at Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    August, 1983. Denton is preparing for a wedding. DS Waters should be on top of the world with less than a week to go until he marries Kim Myles. But the Sunday before the big day, the body of a young woman is found in the churchyard, and their wedding venue becomes a crime scene. DS Jack Frost has been homeless for the past three months. He's been staying with DC Sue Clarke but with a baby to take care of and the imminent arrival of her mother, she's given him his marching orders.

  • The Portrait of a Lady | Henry James

    The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    The Portrait of a Lady tells the compelling and ultimately tragic tale of a beautiful young American woman's encounter with European sophistication. Set principally in England and Italy, the story follows Isabel Archer's fortunes as a variety of admirers vie for her hand. Her choice will be crucial, and she is not wanting for advice, whether from the generous-spirited Ralph Touchett or the charming Madame Merle.

    Bob says: "Juliet Stevenson"
  • Washington Square (Blackstone Audio Edition) | Henry James

    Washington Square (Blackstone Audio Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    On New York City's Washington Square lives Catherine Sloper, a shy and plain-looking young woman who is tyrannized by her wealthy, overbearing father. When young Morris Townsend begins to court her, Dr. Sloper, distrusting his motives, threatens to disinherit Catherine. In accordance with her father's suspicions, young Townsend disappears, leaving Catherine to humiliation, heartache, and lonely spinsterhood.

    glassophile says: "impeccable reading
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  • The Wings of the Dove | Henry James

    The Wings of the Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Milly Theale is a young, beautiful, and fabulously wealthy American. When she arrives in London and meets the equally beautiful but impoverished Kate Croy, they form an intimate friendship. But nothing is as it seems: materialism, romance, self-delusion, and ultimately fatal illness insidiously contaminate the glamorous social whirl.

    gill says: "not for me!"
  • First Frost | James Henry

    First Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    Denton, 1981. Britain is in recession, the IRA is becoming increasingly active and the country's on alert for an outbreak of rabies. Detective Sergeant Jack Frost is working under his mentor, DI Bert Williams, and coping badly with his increasingly strained marriage. Superintendent Stanley Mullett has been at Denton for only six months and is desperately trying to restore order within the chronically depleted ranks, while refurbishing the dilapidated Eagle Lane HQ.

    Peter says: "Made me laugh out loud!"
  • The Turn of the Screw | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
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    Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

    bookylady says: "A Classic Ghost Story But I'm Still None The Wiser"
  • Fatal Frost | James Henry

    Fatal Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    May, 1982. Britain celebrates the sinking of the Belgrano, Jimmy Savile has the run of the airwaves and Denton Police Division welcomes its first black policeman, DC Waters -- recently relocated from Bethnal Green. While the force is busy dealing with a spate of local burglaries, the body of fifteen-year-old Samantha Evans is discovered in woodland next to the nearby railway track. Then a fifteen-year-old boy is found dead on Denton's golf course, his organs removed.

    Monsieur Ghost says: "Hurrah, another Frost!"
  • The Ambassadors | Henry James

    The Ambassadors

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    American Lambert Strether is sent to Paris on behalf of Mrs. Newsome, his fiancée, to collect her son, Chad. When Strether finds Chad, he discovers an altered man and becomes introduced to a free and unconventional style of life that soon intoxicates him. His views begin to change; the morality of Woollett, his hometown, becomes foreign, and the "ambassador" loses sight of his mission....

  • The Turn of the Screw | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Vanessa Benjamin
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    (30)
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    One of the world's most famous intellectual ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. A governess at a country house claims that Miles and Flora, two orphaned children in her care, are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. Are they being dominated by spectral forces, or are they hiding something? Is the governess simply paranoid, or is something else going on?

    jimthistle says: "A little impenetrable"
  • Blackwater | James Henry

    Blackwater

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Tim Bruce
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    January 1983, Colchester CID. A new year brings new resolutions for Detective Inspector Nicholas Lowry. With one eye on his approaching 40th birthday, he has given up his two greatest vices: smoking and the police boxing team. As a result the largest remaining threat to his health is now his junior colleague's reckless driving.

    Rogayah says: "Essex-on-sea"
  • The Bostonians | Henry James

    The Bostonians

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
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    From Boston's social underworld emerges Verena Tarrant, a girl with extraordinary oratorical gifts, which she deploys in tawdry meeting-houses on behalf of "the sisterhood of women". She acquires two admirers of a very different stamp: Olive Chancellor, devotee of radical causes, and marked out for tragedy; and Basil Ransom, veteran of the Civil War, with rigid views concerning society and women's place therein. Is the lovely, lighthearted Verena made for public movements or private passions?

  • The Aspern Papers | Henry James

    The Aspern Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
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    One of the wittiest and most scathing of Henry James' novellas, The Aspern Papers chronicles the attempt to extract the valuable letters of the famous and recently deceased poet Jeffrey Aspern from the hands of his past lover and formidable adversary in the battle Juliana Bordereau. The plot was reputedly suggested to James by a story he heard of an illicit attempt to get hold of several of Lord Byron's letters.

  • The Portrait of a Lady | Henry James

    The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By John Wood
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    When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors, declaring that she will never marry. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword.

    Mrs says: "James's writing is sublime"
  • The Real Thing and Other Stories | Henry James

    The Real Thing and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
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    Illusion and love - two of James' favourite things - grin thorough this collection of funny and wicked tales. The illusion of social class, a favourite stamping ground for James, is explored in the glittering social comedy "The Real Thing", first published in 1892, in which an artist attempts vainly to capture the nature of aristocracy via painting what he takes to be 'real' members of that social group.

  • The Europeans | Henry James

    The Europeans

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
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    Eugenia, an American expatriate brought up in Europe, arrives in rural New England with her charming brother Felix, hoping to find a wealthy second husband after the collapse of her marriage to a German prince. Their exotic, sophisticated airs cause quite a stir with their affluent, God-fearing American cousins, the Wentworth's - and provoke the disapproval of their uncle, suspicious of foreign influences.

    Peter Boyce says: "Upper class romances"
  • The Portrait of a Lady | Henry James

    The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    An American heiress newly arrived in Europe, Isabel does not look to a man to furnish her with destiny; instead, she desires, with grace and courage, to find it herself. Two eligible suitors approach her and are refused. She then becomes utterly captivated by the languid charms of Gilbert Osmond.

    Francis says: "A subtle portrait"
  • How to Play Golf: 2011 Edition: Based on the Original 1869 Book | Henry James Wingham

    How to Play Golf: 2011 Edition: Based on the Original 1869 Book

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Henry James Wingham
    • Narrated By Stephen Stephen W. Davis
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    Want to learn to play golf? This 2011 edition of a world-famous book will teach you the ins and outs of golfing. This is a revision of the world's most well-known book on the subject, How to Play Golf written by H. J. Whigham in 1892. This audiobook describes the rules of golf as revised by the Royal and ancient golf club of St. Andrews, in 1891. How to Play Golf covers every aspect of the game: it provides advice to beginners, swinging tips, putting instructions, and even a guide to building your own golf course.

  • Classic Tales of Horror | Ambrose Bierce,Bram Stoker,Charles Dickens,Henry James,H P Lovecraft,Daniel Defoe,Mary Shelley,W W Jacobs

    Classic Tales of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Sarah Douglas, Ben Onwukwe, and others
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    Classic Tales Of Horror offers up fifteen slices of powerful story-telling from the world's great mystery & classic horror authors. From Henry James and Ambrose Bierce to Bram Stoker and Charles Dickens. Read by John Waite (BBC Radio 4), Sarah Douglas (Superman I & II), Michael Fenton-Stevens (Spitting Image, KYTV, Hitch-Hiker's Guide) and Ben Onwukwe (London's Burning, Othello).

    Rose says: "Old favourites and a few new classics I hadn't heard"
  • Morning Frost | James Henry

    Morning Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    November 5th, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night chasing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human foot. And the night gets worse. Local entrepreneur Harry Baskin is shot inside his club, an off-licence is set on fire and a famous painting goes missing. And Superintendant Mullett's attempts to join the Freemasons are being rudely thwarted.

    Matthew Hewittt says: "Ignore other reviewer giving low score..."
  • The Turn of the Screw | Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Turn of the Screw has been described by many critics as the most sophisticated and terrifying ghost story in the English language. It is considered one of the great intellectual "spook tales" of all time. The story concerns a naive young governess who is hired to take care of two children in a large mansion in the English countryside. Everything is going fine, until she discovers that the children are not as innocent as they seem.

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