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  • Queen Elizabeth: The Queen Mother: The Official Biography | William Shawcross

    Queen Elizabeth: The Queen Mother: The Official Biography

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Shawcross
    • Narrated By William Shawcross, Sophie Roberts
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    (38)
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    Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon,the youngest daughter of the Earl of Strathmore, was born on 4 August 1900. It might reasonably have been expected that she would lead a life of ease and privilege but few could have imagined the profound effect she would have on Britain and its people. Her life spanned the whole of the 20th century and this official biography tells not only her story but, through it, that of the country she loved so devotedly.

    Alison says: "Queen Elizabeth: The Queen Mother"
  • 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.

  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: The Time Machine (Dramatised) | H.G. Wells

    Classic Radio Sci-Fi: The Time Machine (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister, William Gaunt
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    (21)
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    It opens in 1943, when Wells is recording a talk for the Home Service in which he questions mankind's future. After the broadcast, he spends the evening with American journalist Martha, and tells her the astonishing news that his bestselling book The Time Machine was not fantasy but fact. Wells explains that he was actually present at the dinner party in Richmond fifty years earlier, when the Time Traveller returned from his first fateful journey into the future.

    steve says: "great adaption "
  • 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.

  • 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 Naked Face | Sidney Sheldon

    The Naked Face

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    (2)
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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"
  • Black River: Frank Corso, Book 2 | G. M. Ford

    Black River: Frank Corso, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By G. M. Ford
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The high-profile, tight-security trial of a thug charged with 63 counts of murder has become a media-circus...and a real nightmare for a loner type like Frank Corso, the only writer allowed to observe the proceedings. And that's before his close friend, photojournalist Meg Dougherty, is rushed to Intensive Care after a terrifying and brutal attack.

  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    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.

  • 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.

  • Billy Budd, Sailor | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd, Sailor

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Written some 40 years after Moby Dick, Melville's Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil. Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor's charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship's cold-blooded superior officer.

  • 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
    Overall
    (4)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    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.

  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (23)
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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.

    C. P. McGregor says: "Wearisome Tosh"
  • What Comes Next | John Katzenbach

    What Comes Next

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Katzenbach
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    (4)
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    A retired university professor has just been diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease. Returning home from the doctor's office, he witnesses a pretty young girl being kidnapped. Believing the police are dragging their feet, he vows to find her on his own. He knows that if he doesn't act, she may never be found alive. Jennifer Riggins, the kidnapped girl, is being held prisoner by a depraved couple who have started an exclusive website called What Comes Next. Viewers can watch her terrifying ordeal in real time.

    Gavingks says: "Great idea for a story spoilt by holding back"
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nature Girl | Carl Hiaasen

    Nature Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Honey Santana has a Plan. She's working on a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference and dinner-time telemarketers. She's also taking part-time telephonist Boyd Shreve and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress to Dismal Key for a gentle lesson in civility. What Honey doesn't know is that lurking in the island's undergrowth is Sammy Tigertail, half-blood Seminole Indian and wholly failed alligator wrestler, with death on his mind; and Honey's deranged co-worker, Louis Piejack, intent on revenge.

  • Johnny Montana: A Western Story | Michael Zimmer

    Johnny Montana: A Western Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Zimmer
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the Redhawk Mining District, he is known as Johnny Montana. It is the name given to him by those who followed him to the Northwest gold fields in the spring of 1863. Now, with a harsh Montana winter about to descend upon them, all Johnny and his partners want to do is go home. And all that stands in their way is a highly organized gang of thieves and murderers. Others have tried to escape the Redhawk District with their summer's cache of gold, but none have succeeded. Now they are turning to one man, asking him to accomplish what heavily-armed parties have so far failed to achieve - get their gold out of Montana, before the outlaws come for it.

  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Charlotte Brown says: "Gloriously Grim & Bleak"
  • World In the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement | Robert P. Crease

    World In the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert P. Crease
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The epic story of the invention of a global network of weights, scales, and instruments for measurement.

    Millions of transactions each day depend on a reliable network of weights and measures. This network has been called a greater invention than the steam engine, comparable only to the development of the printing press.

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