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  • 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"
  • 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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    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"
  • 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"
  • 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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    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.

    Andrew J Nolan says: "Very good"
  • 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.

  • 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.

    sunflower says: "interestingly different, differently interesting"
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Paul Chester says: "A sophisticated and enjoyable listen/read!"
  • 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.

  • Monster Madness: The Counter Culture to Blockbusters | Gary Svehla,Susan Svehla

    Monster Madness: The Counter Culture to Blockbusters

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Gary Svehla, Susan Svehla
    • Narrated By Tom Proveaux, Janet Leigh, William Shallert, and others
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    Part four of a multi-part documentary series with distinguished actors, directors, writers, composers, and special effects mavens examining the history of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction films, from the groundbreaking silent 1920s through the Golden Age of Universal, the Silver Age of Hammer, and up through the 1980s and beyond. Enjoy never-before-seen interviews and fun-filled facts about the stars, the producers, and the movies that made America want to go to the theater!

  • 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
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bartleby the Scrivener and Other Stories | Herman Melville

    Bartleby the Scrivener and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Herman Melville is now seen as one of the great figures in American literature, a man who expanded the role of the novel and gave new and complex depths to the meaning of a story. His best work uses the form of the novel or the story as a means of carrying and discussing concerns about the nature of humanity, the role of God, and a sometimes satiric, sometimes bitter, examination of colonialism and capitalism.

  • 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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    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.

    GavinOutlook says: "Great idea for a story spoilt by holding back"
  • The Masque of the Red Death | Edgar Allan Poe

    The Masque of the Red Death

    • UNABRIDGED (16 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.

  • 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 Revelation: Legacy: A Musical Indictment, Episode 1 | November Christine

    The Revelation: Legacy: A Musical Indictment, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By November Christine
    • Narrated By Brant Rotnem, David Haley, Robert Fleet, and others
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    Hip-hop meets history in this four-part series about Martin Luther, the Father of the Protestant Reformation. Not merely a retelling of Martin Luther's life, this musical indictment sheds a cold and questioning light on the controversial man of God. Will Luther's legacy be his salvation, or the nail in his coffin?

  • 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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    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.

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