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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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    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"
  • 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.

  • 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"
  • 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.

  • Harry Lipkin, P.I. | Barry Fantoni

    Harry Lipkin, P.I.

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barry Fantoni
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Meet Harry Lipkin, the world's oldest private detective: part Sam Spade, part Woody Allen, all mensch. Harry Lipkin is a tough-talking, soft-chewing, rough-around-the-edges, slow-around-the-corners private investigator who carries a .38 along with a spare set of dentures. Harry specializes in the sort of cases that cops can't be bothered with, but knows where to find good chopped liver for a fair price. He might not be the best P.I. in Miami, but at 87, he's certainly the oldest. His latest client, Norma Weinberger, has a problem.

  • 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 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.

  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge | Ambrose Bierce

    An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    This is a story from the Classic American Short Stories collection.

  • 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 Essential Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe

    The Essential Edgar Allan Poe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale, John Chancer, William Roberts
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    Released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the author's birth in January 1809, this selection of well-loved, chilling tales from the master of the supernatural is a perfect Christmas gift. The short stories include "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Masque of the Red Death", and "The Fall of the House of Usher". This release also features additional poetry by Poe and a new biography especially written for Naxos AudioBooks by Roy McMillan.

  • 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.

  • 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"
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Suzy says: "Great narration"
  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

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