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  • The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Whisperer in Darkness | H. P. Lovecraft

    The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Whisperer in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Whisperer in Darkness are counted amongst H.P. Lovecraft's most popular stories. In the first we are transported to the decrepit coastal town of Innsmouth, whose amphibian-like citizens betray a dark and sinister secret. The second takes us to Vermont, where a university professor becomes embroiled in a mind-bending celestial mystery after strange things are seen floating in the rivers.

  • 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.

  • The Web Between the Worlds | Charles Sheffield

    The Web Between the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Rob Merlin was the best engineer who had ever lived. That was why "The King of Space" had to have him for the most spectacular construction project ever - even though Rob was a potentially fatal threat to his power... Thus begins a breakthrough novel by the former President of the American Astronautical Society, about an idea whose time has come: a shimmering bridge between Earth and space that mankind will climb to the stars!

  • A Stab in the Dark | Lawrence Block

    A Stab in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Nine long years have passed since the killer last struck - nine years since eight helpless young women were brutally slaughtered by an icepick-wielding maniac. The trail grew cold and the book was unofficially closed on a serial killer who stopped killing. But now "The Icepick Prowler" has confessed - but only to seven of the killings. Not only does he deny the eighth, he has an airtight alibi. Barbara Ettinger's family had almost come to accept that the young woman was the victim of a random killing.

  • Classic Tales of Horror | Robert Bloch,Charles L. Grant,David Drake,Henry Kuttner,Ray Bradbury,Ramsey M. Campbell,C. Kornbluth,Robert Silverberg,Martin Greenberg

    Classic Tales of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Bloch, Charles L. Grant, David Drake, and others
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills, Robert Forster, Roscoe Lee Browne, and others
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    This collection of classic horror stories is sure to give you goose bumps, raise the hair on the back of your neck, and put some fright in your night. Includes Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Robert Bloch, Coin of the Realm by Charles L. Grant, Something Had to be Done by David Drake, The Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner, The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury, Calling Card by Ramsey Campbell, The Words of Guru by C.M. Kornbluth, and Passengers by Robert Silverberg.

  • The Swimmer | Joakim Zander

    The Swimmer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Joakim Zander
    • Narrated By William Roberts, Yolanda Kettle
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    The truth weighs nothing... Klara Walldeen, orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandparents, is now a political aide in Brussels. And she has just seen something she shouldn't. On the other side of the world, an old spy hides. Once, he was a man so dedicated that he abandoned his daughter. Now the only thing he lives for is swimming. Then Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase through Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out.

  • The Girl Who Couldn't Read | John Harding

    The Girl Who Couldn't Read

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Harding
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    New England, 1890. Doctor John Shepherd arrives at a women's mental hospital to begin work as assistant to the owner. As Shepherd struggles to conceal his secrets, he finds the asylum has plenty of its own. Intrigued by a girl who is fascinated by books but cannot read, Shepherd embarks upon an experiment to help her. In this chilling literary thriller everyone has something to hide and no one is what they seem.

  • Larry's Party | Carol Shields

    Larry's Party

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carol Shields
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Larry's Party covers the life of Larry Weller, a modern man in the 20th century. Following Larry between the ages of 27 and 47, from 1977 to 1997, the novel illustrates what it's like to be a man in Larry's era, and how men have had to change; exploring how masculinity is defined in the post-feminist world. Read by William Roberts.

  • 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?

  • The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Stories | H. P. Lovecraft

    The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    H.P. Lovecraft never found fame during his lifetime and died in 1937 in relative obscurity. But in the decades that followed his death, his importance as a unique and original visionary in the genre of science fantasy and 'weird fiction' has grown monumentally, so that even talents such as author Stephen King and film-maker John Carpenter have described him as a prime influence upon their creative lives. Here, then, is a selection of his stories.

  • Nothing Gold Can Stay | Ron Rash

    Nothing Gold Can Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ron Rash
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Ron Rash has been acclaimed as "the best American novelist I have come upon in the last 20 years" by The Scotsman. Set deep in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, this new collection of short stories confirms his reputation again and again. Nothing Gold Can Stay transports the listener to another place, and illuminates the world around us in unexpected ways.

  • Portrait of a Lady | Henry James

    Portrait of a Lady

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    An American heiress newly arrived in Europe, Isabel Archer does not look to a man to furnish her with her 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. To him, she represents a superior prize worth at least seventy thousand pounds; through him, she faces a tragic choice.

  • At the Mountains of Madness | H. P. Lovecraft

    At the Mountains of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    At the Mountains of Madness first appeared in 1936, in the February, March and April editions of the American magazine Astounding Stories. One of H.P. Lovecraft's most chilling works, it draws on Edgar Allan Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, as well as Lovecraft's deep fascination with the Antarctic. The sinister discoveries made by a group of explorers in At the Mountains of Madness are testament to the author's enormous powers of imagination.

  • Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917 | Michael Punke

    Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Punke
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    From the number-one international best-selling author of The Revenant - the book that inspired the award-winning movie - comes the remarkable true story of the worst mining disaster in American history. In 1917, the lives of a company of miners changed forever when the underground labyrinth of tunnels in which they worked burst into flames. Within an hour, more than 400 men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, 164 of them would be dead.

  • 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.

  • The Fall of the House of Usher | Edgar Allan Poe

    The Fall of the House of Usher

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    This is a story from the Fall of the House of Usher collection. 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.

  • Cymbeline (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3) | William Shakespeare

    Cymbeline (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis, Nia Roberts, William Houston, and others
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    A BBC Radio 3 full-cast dramatisation of Shakespeare's classic 'Cymbeline', starring Bill Wallis. Originally broadcast in December 2006 as part of the 'Drama on 3' collection.Shakespeare's play, set during the Roman invasion of Britain, centres around the banishment of the man who has incurred the wrath of the king by secretly marrying his daughter. Confusion follows in an intricate plot in which nobody is quite who they seem to be.

  • Orfeo | Richard Powers

    Orfeo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Powers
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab has come to the attention of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid on his house, Els flees and turns fugitive, waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over. But alarm turns to national hysteria.

  • 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.

  • 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".

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