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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    Roy says: "A short Review of Nearly Everything"
  • Neither Here nor There | Bill Bryson

    Neither Here nor There

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

    Sara says: "Very enjoyable."
  • Notes From a Small Island | Bill Bryson

    Notes From a Small Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

    Jo says: "A Note From A Small Islander"
  • A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson

    A Walk in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

    joan wright says: "A walk in the woods"
  • Down Under | Bill Bryson

    Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

    Lynette Morris says: "Hilarious"
  • Made in America | Bill Bryson

    Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    Tom says: "A history of America through its language"
  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America | Bill Bryson

    The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    Miss says: "The road trip you're dying to take"
  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: BBC Drama Collection: Five BBC radio full-cast dramatisations

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By H G Wells, Karel Kapek, Mary Shelley, and others
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister, Joanne Froggatt, William Gaunt, and others
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    Five seminal science fiction classics are brought vividly to life in these gripping BBC Radio dramatisations, with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Joanne Froggatt. Titles include Frankenstein (1994), The Time Machine (2009), The Lost World (1975), R.U.R. (1989) and Solaris (2007). Accompanying this collection is a bonus PDF file featuring extensive sleeve notes by Andrew Pixley.

  • Death Will Have Your Eyes | James Sallis

    Death Will Have Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Sallis
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    David was one of an elite corps of spies trained during the Cold War. But those days are gone and for nine years he has been an ordinary citizen... until a phone call in the middle of the night. The only other known survivor of that elite corps has gone rogue. They need David to stop him. What ensues is an existential cat-and-mouse game played out across the American landscape.

  • Notes From a Big Country | Bill Bryson

    Notes From a Big Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.

    J-H2O says: "Bitter or Sweet ? I'm not sure !"
  • Nature Girl | Carl Hiaasen

    Nature Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Honey Santana is determined to set up her own tour business, paddling tourists around the Florida Everglades in ocean kayaks. The result is a kayaking trip from hell, and an unplanned overnight stay on Dismal Key, one of the Everglades' islands.

    Vyonne says: "hilarious"
  • The Naked Face | Sidney Sheldon

    The Naked Face

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Hanson died quickly - with a knife in his back. Carole was next - covered with acid and tortured to death. Now it's Judd's turn - a New York pschoanalyst, he'd known them both. Two faceless executioners on a murderous mission, searching for a secret which is unknown to Judd. Not safe at home or at work, Judd feels his professional grip slipping while he faces constant threat of imminent attack. To whom can he ultimately turn?

    Zoska says: "Very good Sheldon"
  • The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism | A. C. Grayling

    The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief - all of them - right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality?

    R. Roberts says: "Worth listening to"
  • Nazis and the Occult | Paul Roland

    Nazis and the Occult

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Paul Roland
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The Nazis and the Occult reveals the true nature of the Third Reich's link with arcane influences and of evil itself, as well as explaining how an ill-educated, psychologically unbalanced nonentity succeeded in mesmerizing an entire nation. Forget what you have read, seen, and heard. This is the real secret history of Nazi Germany and its dark Messiah - Adolf Hitler.

  • World's Worst Crimes: An A-Z of Evil Deeds | Charlotte Greig

    World's Worst Crimes: An A-Z of Evil Deeds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charlotte Greig
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The World's Worst Crimes takes you deep into the disturbing world of psychopaths, career criminals, and serial killers. From the Woman in the Box and the Online Murderer to the Dusseldorf Vampire and the House of Horror, this book delves into every major category of crime, sifting through the evidence to present a grisly, compelling, and blood-spattered history of the worst crimes ever committed.

    Paul C says: "Good"
  • Introducing Postmodernism | Richard Appignanesi

    Introducing Postmodernism

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Appignanesi
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Postmodernism claims that "modernity", which grew from the Enlightenment to the Industrial Revolution and Marxism, has collapsed. We now live in an endlessly "contemporary" culture, a virtual world of "hyperreality" containing such strange phenomena as post-Holocaust amnesia, Disneyland, cyberspace, and Fukuyama's proclaimed "end of history".

    Melina says: "Disappointing"
  • The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum | Edgar Allan Poe

    The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares - premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.

  • The Great Gatsby | F Scott Fitzgerald

    The Great Gatsby

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By F Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    When The Great Gatsby was published, commercially it was a failure but critically it was a success. It is still the most admired and well-read of all Scott Fitzgerald's novels and it is considered a handbook of the 'Jazz Age'. Scott Fitzgerald put much of himself and his life into the book. He created the character of Jay Gatsby to illustrate his own experiences of the illusory and morally bankrupt aspects of 1920s' America, and the character of Nick Carraway to show his disapproval of its destructive effects.

  • Honour Among Thieves | Jeffrey Archer

    Honour Among Thieves

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The time, 1993. The place, Washington, D.C. Of the adversaries in the Gulf War, the sole survivor is Saddam Hussein. And Saddam is planning a revenge so diabolical that the United States will be left with no choice but to retaliate.

  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories | H. P. Lovecraft

    Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft's work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who - like all humans - know not what they do.

    Diane says: "Gain Entrance"
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