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  • George's Marvellous Medicine | Roald Dahl

    George's Marvellous Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Penguin presents a brand new, downloadable audiobook recording of Roald Dahl's classic George's Marvellous Medicine. George Kranky is eight-years-old and wondering what sort of mischief he might get into. George's Grandma is a grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson . . .And when Grandma's finished drinking George's marvellous medicine, she'll really have something to grumble about.

  • A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens,R. D. Carstairs - adaptation

    A Christmas Carol

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
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    'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens' ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • FREE: Tea at the Midland | David Constantine

    FREE: Tea at the Midland

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By David Constantine
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Like the kite surfers in this opening scene, the characters in David Constantine's fourth collection are often delicately caught in moments of defiance. Disregarding their age, their family, or the prevailing political winds, they show us a way of marking out a space for resistance and taking an honest delight in it.

  • The House of Silk | Anthony Horowitz

    The House of Silk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

  • Kensuke's Kingdom | Michael Morpurgo

    Kensuke's Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents' yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. He can't find food and he can't find water, and as Michael and his dog curl up to sleep, he knows they cannot last long. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive.

  • Frankenstein | Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    The tale of Dr. Frankenstein and the horrendous monster he unleashes on the world when he tinkers with the laws of nature had almost as strange a birth as the monster itself. It was the product of one of the most famous ghost story telling sessions in history. Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and several others were stranded on the shores of Lake Geneva during a particularly sodden summer.

  • Tales from the Perilous Realm | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Tales from the Perilous Realm

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Combined into one volume, this is the definitive collection of Tolkien's five acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tales in the vein of The Hobbit, read by Derek Jacobi. The five tales are written with the same skill, quality and charm that made The Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths, they are joined here in one volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for listeners young and old.

  • The Compleat Angler | Izaak Walton,Charles Cotton

    The Compleat Angler

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, David Timson, Sean Barrett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler, long considered the bible of fishing, is a joyful celebration of the English countryside and the relaxed and reflective lifestyle of the devoted fisherman. Through dialogue between teacher and student, the book sheds a unique light on fishing, baiting, and cooking, including an original recipe for trout. Its music, rhymes, poetry, and humor are all brought to life by a full cast.

  • Moriarty | Anthony Horowitz

    Moriarty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.

  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock | T. S. Eliot

    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

    • ORIGINAL (9 mins)
    • By T. S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Derek Jacobi reads T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. The Poetry Hour brings together outstanding actors and internationally renowned poetry from literary greats. From T.S. Eliot to Sylvia Plath, there's something for every mood.

  • I, Claudius | Robert Graves

    I, Claudius

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    The politics of empire-building and the hypocrisies, back-stabbings, and corruptions of Rome's first family come to light. First published in 1934, the book retains a marvelously modern and often comic tone, and is written in the form of Claudius' autobiography. This is gripping stuff, read by one of our finest actors, who also starred as Claudius in the classic television series.

  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old | Hendrik Groen

    The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hendrik Groen
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (38)
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    Hendrik Groen is 83¼ years old, and he has decided that it is time to make something of his life. He may be rich in years, but he refuses to give in to all the trappings of old age just yet. Hendrik's hilarious and touching diary documents his life as an OAP living in a care home. When he recruits some similarly young-at-heart friends to join his Old but Not Dead Club, Hendrik proves that love can blossom, rules can be broken and fun is within reach, even at their age.

  • Farm Boy | Michael Morpurgo

    Farm Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Set on a farm in rural Devon, Farm Boy is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories, touchingly told to his grandson. Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Grandpa's eye. In War Horse, Joey was sent away from the farm to be a warhorse in World War I. Grandpa had joined the cavalry in order to find, and fight, with Joey. Farm Boy brings us forward 50 years....

  • I, Claudius (Dramatised) | Robert Graves

    I, Claudius (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Tom Goodman Hill
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    A full-cast dramatisation of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius and Derek Jacobi as Augustus. The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination.

  • Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund | Oscar Wilde

    Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, and others
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    Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

  • The Daughter of Time | Josephine Tey

    The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    'Truth is the Daughter of Time' is an old proverb. And The Daughter of Time is Josephine Tey's search for the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Was the hunchback, Richard III, the monster that Shakespeare and the history books have made him out to be?

  • Deception | Roald Dahl

    Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Andrew Scott, Derek Jacobi, Juliet Stevenson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From Roald Dahl, the master of the sting in the tail, a newly collected audiobook of his darkest stories, read by Richard Griffiths, Andrew Scott, Derick Jacobi, Mark Heap, Juliet Stevenson and Stephen Mangan. Why do we lie? Why do we deceive those we love most? What do we fear revealing? In these 10 tales of deception, master storyteller Roald Dahl explores our tireless efforts to hide the truth about ourselves.

  • Ghost Stories, Volume One | M. R. James

    Ghost Stories, Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By M. R. James
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Sir Derek Jacobi reads a collection of tales from the master of ghost stories, M. R. James, whose stories have for many years inspired the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas TV adaptations. M. R. James was described as "a man who, in company with Sheridan le Fanu, is the best ghost-story writer England has ever produced".

  • Claudius the God | Robert Graves

    Claudius the God

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    (51)
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    Read in the style of a secret diary, this famous sequel to I, Claudius gives a wry and human view of the Roman world, bringing to life some of the most scandalous and violent times in history. Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to become, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. He recounts his surprisingly successful rule; how he cultivates the loyalty of the army to repair the damage caused by his nephew Caligula; his friendship with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of Britain.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles | Arthur Conan Doyle

    Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Could the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville have been caused by the gigantic ghostly hound which is said to have haunted his family for generations? Arch-rationalist Sherlock Holmes characteristically dismisses the theory as nonsense.

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