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  • Human Universe | Professor Brian Cox,Andrew Cohen

    Human Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Human life is a staggeringly strange thing. On the surface of a ball of rock falling around a nuclear fireball in the blackness of a vacuum, the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from. What is a human being? Objectively, nothing of consequence. Particles of dust in an infinite arena, present for an instant in eternity.

    W M Richards says: "Excellent and we'll explained."
  • Forces of Nature | Professor Brian Cox,Andrew Cohen

    Forces of Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond. From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday.

    Andrew Christopher Parr says: "Brilliant."
  • Brighton Rock | Graham Greene

    Brighton Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    An unabridged audio edition of Graham Greene's classic gang-war thriller. A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.... Read by Samuel West.

    Abi says: "Excellent."
  • Last Bus to Woodstock: Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man - facing charges of willful murder, sexual assault and rape. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key....

  • Black Beauty: An Audible Original Drama | Anna Sewell,R. D. Carstairs - adaptation

    Black Beauty: An Audible Original Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Samantha Bond, Tamzin Outhwaite, and others
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    Framed as a first-person narrative from the eponymous horse, this much-loved family classic follows Black Beauty's journey from a well-born colt to a painfully overworked cab horse. Brimming with vivid detail and relatable characters, each chapter of Black Beauty's long and varied life communicates an important message about kindness, sympathy and understanding.

    Nigel says: "Samuel West portrays Black Beauty wonderfully"
  • Grimm Tales for Young and Old | Philip Pullman

    Grimm Tales for Young and Old

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    In this enchanting selection of fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman presents his 50 favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm in a 'clear as water' retelling, making them feel fresh and unfamiliar with his dark, distinctive voice.

    Margy Otter says: "Spellbinding"
  • Slaves of the Mastery: Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 2 | William Nicholson

    Slaves of the Mastery: Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By William Nicholson
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Five years have passed. The city of Aramanth has become kinder - weaker. When the ruthless soldiers of the Mastery strike, the city is burned, and the Manth people are taken into slavery. Kestrel Hath is left behind, separated from her beloved brother, Bowman, and vowing revenge. Now Kestrel must find Bowman again, and Bowman must learn the secrets of the Singer people. Only then will they break the power of the Mastery.

    Sophie Geall says: "I've read this book many times, never gets old."
  • Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Morse had solved so many mysteries in his life. Was he now, he wondered, beginning to glimpse the solution to the greatest mystery of them all? How can the discovery of a short story by a beautiful Oxford graduate lead Chief Inspector Morse to her murderer? What awaits Morse and Lewis in Room 231 of the Randolph Hotel? Why does a theft at Christmas lead the detective to look upon the festive season with uncharacteristic goodwill? And what happens when Morse himself falls victim to a brilliantly executed crime?

  • The Wind Singer: The Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 1 | William Nicholson

    The Wind Singer: The Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Nicholson
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In Aramanth, exams are everything. When Kestrel rebels, her family are sentenced to the harshest punishment. To save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer and she sets out to discover the true source of the evil that grips Aramanth.

    Knucklebones says: "Imaginative, unpredictable and absorbing"
  • Last Seen Wearing: Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth. After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold. Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case....

  • Toads Revisited | Philip Larkin

    Toads Revisited

    • ORIGINAL (1 min)
    • By Philip Larkin
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Samuel West reads Philip Larkin's Toads Revisited. 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.

    Highlight says: "SAMUEL WEST the BEST"
  • The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn: Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Morse had never ceased to wonder why, with the staggering advances in medical science, all pronouncements concerning times of death seemed so disconcertingly vague. The newly appointed member of the Oxford Examinations Syndicate was deaf, provincial and gifted. Now he is dead.... And his murder, in his north Oxford home, proves to be the start of a formidably labyrinthine case for Chief Inspector Morse, as he tries to track down the killer through the insular and bitchy world of the Oxford Colleges....

  • Death Is Now My Neighbour

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    The murder of a young woman... A cryptic 17th-century love poem... And a photograph of a mystery grey-haired man... More than enough to set Chief Inspector E. Morse on the trail of a killer. And it's a trail that leads him to Lonsdale College, where the contest between Julian Storrs and Dr Denis Cornford for the coveted position of Master is hotting up. But then Morse faces a greater, far more personal crisis....

  • The Jewel That Was Ours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    For Oxford, the arrival of 27 American tourists is nothing out of the ordinary...until one of their number is found dead in Room 310 at the Randolph Hotel. It looks like a sudden - and tragic - accident. Only Chief Inspector Morse appears not to overlook the simultaneous theft of a jewel-encrusted antique from the victim's handbag.... Then, two days later, a naked and battered corpse is dragged from the River Cherwell. A coincidence? Maybe. But this time Morse is determined to prove the link....

  • Service of All the Dead: Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    The sweet countenance of Reason greeted Morse serenely when he woke and told him that it would be no bad idea to have a quiet look at the problem itself before galloping off to a solution. Chief Inspector Morse was alone among the congregation in suspecting continued unrest in the quiet parish of St Frideswide's. Most people could still remember the churchwarden's murder. A few could still recall the murderer's suicide. Now even the police had closed the case.

  • The Woodlanders | Thomas Hardy

    The Woodlanders

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Set in the Dorset landscape familiar to Hardy novels, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-do-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of a dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.

    linda says: "Excellent read"
  • The Swimming Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst

    The Swimming Pool Library

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

    common reader says: "Gay lit. of the highest order"
  • For Your Eyes Only and Other Stories (with Interview) | Ian Fleming

    For Your Eyes Only and Other Stories (with Interview)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    When sudden emergencies arise, James Bond is there to meet them. Whether dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America, the destruction of an international heroin ring or a mysterious death in the Seychelles, 007 gets the job done in his own unmistakable style. Contains the short stories: From a View to a Kill; For Your Eyes Only; Quantum of Solace; Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity.

    Philip says: "Another Great Listen"
  • The Great Poets: John Keats | John Keats

    The Great Poets: John Keats

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By John Keats
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Michael Sheen
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    John Keats was largely unappreciated during his lifetime and died in Rome at the age of 26. Most of his 150 poems were written in just nine extraordinary months in 1819. This selection contains some of his finest works, including the principal "Odes", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci", "Old Meg", and "Much Have I Travelled".

    Kristina says: "Nice readings but lacks titles and spaces"
  • Firesong: The Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 3 | William Nicholson

    Firesong: The Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Nicholson
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Led by Hanno and Ira Hath, 32 mostly Manth survivors of the fall of the Mastery search for the fabled Homeland. Ira knows that as long as she feels the warmth on her face, despite the wintry conditions, they are heading in the right direction. She also knows that, according to the prophecy, she will die when they reach the homeland. She grows weaker with every step. Hanno must keep up the spirits of the marchers on the gruelling.

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