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  • How to Stop Time | Matt Haig

    How to Stop Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
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    (76)
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    (74)

    Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

    Lesley says: "Best book so far this year"
  • Apple Tree Yard | Louise Doughty

    Apple Tree Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Louise Doughty
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    (1689)

    Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair.Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can't control what happens next.

    Jill says: "Multi-layered and absorbing"
  • Stay with Me | Ayobami Adebayo

    Stay with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ayobami Adebayo
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    (55)
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    (53)
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    Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. When her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of '80s Nigeria, Stay with Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood.

    bookylady says: "A moving portrait of motherhood & family life"
  • Life of Pi | Yann Martel

    Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Sanjeev Bhaskar
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    One boy, one boat, one tiger.... British comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar, OBE performs this brilliant edition of a work of fiction that is loved by fans around the world. After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a 16 year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for an extraordinary adventure.

  • The Road to Wigan Pier | George Orwell

    The Road to Wigan Pier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
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    A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

    M says: "Road to Wigan Pier"
  • Burmese Days | George Orwell

    Burmese Days

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
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    An unabridged recording of Orwell's brilliant first novel read by Allan Corduner. The story is largely based on Orwell's own experiences as a police officer in Burma. Set in the dying days of the Raj, it depicts the harshness and darker side of colonial rule. And at its centre is John Flory, a lone individual hopelessly trapped in a vast political system; themes which set the agenda for much of his writing. Burmese Days was Orwell's first novel, and was issued in 1934 in America, then a year later in the UK where there had been fears and controversy initially that the material could be libellous.

    Chelin says: "A wonderful listen"
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain | David Eagleman

    Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Eagleman
    • Narrated By David Eagleman
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    Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you're consciously aware of danger? Why do you notice when your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate these surprising mysteries.

    Dr says: "Engaging but not ground breaking"
  • A Boy Called Christmas | Matt Haig

    A Boy Called Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin....

    Diane F says: "A lovely Christmas story"
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | Muriel Spark

    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes
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    "You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime." So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games....

    Patricia says: "So much more to the story than I remembered"
  • The Incomplete Tim Key: About 300 of His Poetical Gems and What-Nots | Tim Key

    The Incomplete Tim Key: About 300 of His Poetical Gems and What-Nots

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tim Key
    • Narrated By Tim Key
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    A wildly original poetry collection written and read by one of the UK's most exciting young comics. A poet who favours dark suits, lager and long hot baths, he works on BBC Four in Charlie Brooker's Newswipe and on Radio 4, doing his late night poetry show. In 2009 he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his poetical recital The Slutcracker and has filmed some of his verse in black and white to overwhelming critical approval.

    Jake says: "Audiobook version is a must"
  • Galahad at Blandings | P. G. Wodehouse

    Galahad at Blandings

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    (13)
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    A major mix-up at Blandings Castle, in which Galahad introduces yet another imposter to Lord Emsworth's residence and the Empress of Blandings gets sloshed in her sty. Formidable comic characters designed to interrupt Lord Emsworth's peace include his overbearing sister Lady Hermione Wedge who comes complete her own meddling secretary, and Dame Daphne Winkworth who has her eye on becoming the next Countess. As ever the stage is set for Gally to try and restore order to the ensuing chaos!

    Mrs. E. D'agostino says: "Great Nonsense!"
  • The Girl Who Saved Christmas | Matt Haig

    The Girl Who Saved Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Carey Mulligan
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    If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.

    N Gill says: "funny, heartwarming story for all the family"
  • Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best | P. G. Wodehouse

    Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    (16)
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    The Collected Blandings Short Stories. Blandings Castle is the home of Lord Emsworth, who likes nothing better than to potter at home in his enormous castle garden. But his rural idyll is once again set to be disturbed in these nine hilarious fables. No peace is possible when his sister Constance is let loose, and she is constantly trying to reorganise the household and its inhabitants! Without great success...

    Kingston1919 says: "Wonderfuld stories and narration BUT"
  • Pereira Maintains | Antonio Tabucchi

    Pereira Maintains

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Antonio Tabucchi
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi with great feeling and style who also read it for Radio 4's book at bedtime broadcast. Set in the sweltering summer of 1938 in Portugal, a country under the Fascist shadow of Spain, Pereira Maintains tells a tale of reluctant heroism. An editor at a second-rate Lisbon newspaper, Dr Pereira, wants nothing to do with European politics. Something of a recluse, his closest confidante is a photograph of his late wife, and he is happy to immerse himself in stories from 19th-century French literature.

    Caroline says: "Brilliant!"
  • A Bunch of Sweet Peas | Henry Donald

    A Bunch of Sweet Peas

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Henry Donald
    • Narrated By Judi Dench
    Overall
    (4)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    In 1911, in the Scottish Border village of Sprouston, the young parish minister wrote to the Daily Mail for entry forms for its sweet pea competition. The top prize was a staggering £1000 and organisers predicted that as many as 15,000 would enter. He could not foretell that the paper's estimate of the number of competitors would be more than doubled, or that a fortnight before the deadline a nation-wide drought would threaten the very existence of the sweet peas he was so painstakingly cultivating.

  • The Last Werewolf | Glen Duncan

    The Last Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
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    Jacob Marlowe has lost the will to live. For two centuries he has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appetites and tormented by the memory of his first and most monstrous crime. Now, the last of his kind, he knows he can't go on.But as Jake counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Couldn't put this down"
  • The Girls of Slender Means | Muriel Spark

    The Girls of Slender Means

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (35)
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    (29)
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    The Girls of Slender Means is the third Muriel Spark audio release of 2012, following The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Complete Short Stories. It is 1945; a time of cultural and political change, and also one of slender means. Spark's evocative and sharply drawn novel focuses on a group of women living together in a hostel in Kensington who face new challenges in uncertain times. The novel is at once dramatic and character-based, and shows Muriel Spark at the height of her literary powers.

    marie says: "Slender but spirited"
  • Wildwood | Colin Meloy

    Wildwood

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Meloy
    • Narrated By Amanda Plummer
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    When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, Prue McKeel begins an adventure that will take her and her friend Curtis way beyond her hometown and deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval, a world full of warring creatures, peace-loving mystics and powerful figures with the darkest intentions.

    Gabrielle says: "Hmmmm...."
  • The Complete Short Stories | Muriel Spark

    The Complete Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, Richard E. Grant
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    (28)
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    (19)
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    (17)

    The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished, from one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century. From the cruel irony of A member of the Family to the fateful echoes of The Go-Away Bird and the unexpectedly sinister The Girl I Left Behind Me, in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road, Muriel Spark coolly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent.

    T says: "Exceptional reading of substantial short stories"
  • Sarah Thornhill | Kate Grenville

    Sarah Thornhill

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Grenville
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding
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    (31)
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    (20)
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    (19)

    Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. Her stepmother calls her wilful, but handsome Jack Langland loves her and she loves him. 'Me and Jack', she thinks. 'How could it go wrong?' But there's an ugly secret in Sarah's family. That secret takes her into the darkness of the past, and across the ocean to the wild coasts of New Zealand.

    Katie says: "Good"
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