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  • Bleeding Heart Square | Andrew Taylor

    Bleeding Heart Square

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    Nineteen thirty-four, London. Into the decaying cul-de-sac of Bleeding Heart Square steps aristocratic Lydia Langstone fleeing an abusive marriage. However, unknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts Bleeding Heart Square. What happened to Miss Penhow, the middle-aged spinster who owns the house and who vanished four years earlier? Why is a seedy plain-clothes policeman obsessively watching the square? What is making struggling journalist Rory Wentwood so desperate to contact Miss Penhow?

    Miss says: "Atmospheric journey"
  • Senlin Ascends: The Books of Babel, Book 1

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    • By Josiah Bancroft
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    Mild-mannered headmaster Thomas Senlin prefers his adventures to be safely contained within the pages of a book. So when he loses his new bride shortly after embarking on the honeymoon of their dreams, he is ill-prepared for the trouble that follows. To find her, Senlin must enter the Tower of Babel - a world of geniuses and tyrants, of menace and wonder, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

  • Children of the Mill: True Stories from Quarry Bank | David Hanson

    Children of the Mill: True Stories from Quarry Bank

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Hanson
    • Narrated By John Lightbody
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    The Mill - set in early 19th-century Cheshire - was Channel 4's biggest drama launch of 2013, and captivated viewers with the tales of the lives of the young girls and boys in a northern mill. Focusing on the apprentices at Quarry Bank Mill, David Hanson's book uses a wealth of first-person source material including letters, diaries, and mill records, to tell the stories of the children who lived and worked at Quarry Bank throughout the 19th century.

  • Horusian Wars: Resurrection: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1 | John French

    Horusian Wars: Resurrection: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John French
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    War rages in the Caradryad Sector. Worlds are falling to madness and rebellion, and the great war machine of the Imperium is moving to counter the threat. Amongst its agents is Inquisitor Covenant. Puritan, psyker, expert swordsman, he reserves an especial hatred for those of his order who would seek to harness the power of Ruin as a weapon. Summoned to an inquisitorial conclave, Covenant believes he has uncovered such a misguided agent and prepares to denounce the heretic Talicto before his fellows.

    MothLady says: "Thoroughly entertaining."
  • Blades of Damocles: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles | Phil Kelly

    Blades of Damocles: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Phil Kelly
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    It is the 41st millennium, and an upstart alien empire has emerged on the Eastern Fringe. After a few skirmishes to retake human worlds from these blue-skinned invaders, the time has come to strike against the so-called Tau Empire. At the forefront of the Damocles Crusade stand the Ultramarines, commanded by Captain Atheus, the Chapter's Lord Executioner.

    josh says: "Pure action"
  • Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World | Adam LeBor

    Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Adam LeBor
    • Narrated By John Mawson
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    Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world’s most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials.

    F. I. Nance says: "Incredible story about the Bank no-one knows"
  • The Adjacent | Christopher Priest

    The Adjacent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    A photographer returns to a near-future Britain after the death of his wife in a terrorist incident in Afghanistan. And finds that the IRGB has, itself, been suffering terrorist attacks. But no-one knows quite what is happening or how. Just that there are similarities between what killed the photographer's wife and what happened in West London. Soon he is drawn into a hall of mirrors at the heart of government.

    Mrs. K. I. Richards says: "very good story."
  • Doctor Who - The Lost Stories - The Fourth Doctor Box Set | Robert Banks Stewart,Philip Hinchcliffe,John Dorney,Jonathan Morris

    Doctor Who - The Lost Stories - The Fourth Doctor Box Set

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Banks Stewart, Philip Hinchcliffe, John Dorney, and others
    • Narrated By Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Paul Freeman
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    Two lost stories from the Fourth Doctor's era: The Foe from the Future and The Valley of Death.

    Jim McPhilbin says: "Big Finish! Big Entertainment!!"
  • The Door in the Wall and Other Stories | H.G. Wells

    The Door in the Wall and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    A brand new collection of eight short stories by the master of supernatural suspense and thrillers, exploring science fiction and fantasy themes. The conflict between science and imagination is the major theme of the first story "The Door in the Wall", which was enormously popular when it first appeared.

  • Champions of the Eternal War: Warhammer 40,000 | David Guymer,Ian St Martin,Josh Reynolds

    Champions of the Eternal War: Warhammer 40,000

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By David Guymer, Ian St Martin, Josh Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Banks, Antonia Beamish, Robin Bowerman, and others
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    Heed now three tales of the Champions of the Eternal War.... 'The Calculus of Battle' by David Guymer. As the defenders of Varasine battle a tyranid invasion, Warleader Kardan Stronos and the Iron Hands come to their aid, measuring the Chapter's cold logic and strategy against the cost in human lives. 'The Embrace of Pain' by Ian St Martin. When blademaster Lucius the Eternal is challenged by a champion of the Death Guard, he accepts without hesitation...but could a daemonhost of Nurgle, or the voices inside his own head, be the undoing of his Slaaneshi curse?

  • Black Venus | James MacManus

    Black Venus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James MacManus
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    A fictional biographical slice of Baudelaire's life and love with his famous Haitian muse, Jeanne Duval, Black Venus captures the artistic scene in the great French capital city, at a time when the likes of Dumas and Balzac argued literature in the cafés of the Left Bank. Among the bohemians, the young Charles Baudelaire stood out, dressed impeccably thanks to an inheritance that was quickly vanishing.

  • A Thirsty Evil | P.M. Hubbard

    A Thirsty Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By P.M. Hubbard
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    A story of muffled menace and contained romance, framed by the pleasant hills of the West Country. Writer Ian Mackellar is increasingly obsessed with Julia Mellors, an unforthcoming woman and surrogate mother to her difficult and dangerous younger siblings, Beth and Charlie. As events unfold, near to an artificial 18th-century folly pool, it becomes clear that at least one of the children is as murderous as a sea serpent - but are they mad, or simply evil?

  • The Time Machine | H.G. Wells

    The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. But they have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity - the sinister Morlocks.

    Amazon Customer says: "interesting thoughts"
  • Fool's Gold: The Dragon Lords, Book 1 | Jon Hollins

    Fool's Gold: The Dragon Lords, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Hollins
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    It's not easy to live in a world ruled by dragons. The taxes are high, and their control is complete. But for one group of bold misfits, it's time to band together and steal back some of that wealth. No one said they were smart.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spectacular in its irreverence."
  • Painkiller | NJ Fountain

    Painkiller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By NJ Fountain
    • Narrated By John Banks, Nicola Bryant
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    I cannot go on like this. I feel such a burden to you. You are young and can start again. You deserve that chance. By the time you read this, I will be dead. Do not grieve for me, for I am now without pain. Yours truly forever, Monica. Monica suffers from chronic neuropathic pain. Every second of her life is spent in agony, and she is coping with it the best she can. However, there are whole years of her life which are a blur to her. But when she finds a suicide note, written in her handwriting, she begins to question everything.

    miss joanne jones says: "Was addicted to this book from the first chapter"
  • False Idols: The Dragon Lords, Book 2 | Jon Hollins

    False Idols: The Dragon Lords, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jon Hollins
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    A heist story with a difference: Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure. The dragons who once ruled over the land are dead. The motley crew that stole the dragons' gold and stumbled through a revolution are rich and praised as saviours. Everyone gets to live happily ever after, right? Well, it might have worked out that way if the dragons in Kondorra had been the only ones. If they hadn't been just the tip of the spear about to fall upon the whole world....

  • War Without End: The Horus Heresy, Book 33 | David Annandale,John French,Graham McNeill,Dan Abnett,Gav Thorpe,Aaron Dembski-Bowden

    War Without End: The Horus Heresy, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Annandale, John French, Graham McNeill, and others
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring, Gareth Armstrong, John Banks, and others
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    The Emperor's vision of mankind ascendant lies in tatters. The Great Crusade is naught but a fading memory. The dream of Unity is no more. But with Horus's rebellion spreading to every corner of the Imperium and war engulfing new worlds and systems almost daily, there are some who now ask: were the signs there to be seen all along?

  • Corax: Horus Heresy, Book 40 | Gav Thorpe

    Corax: Horus Heresy, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Gav Thorpe
    • Narrated By Gav Thorpe, John Banks
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    After Isstvan, after Deliverance, the Raven Guard still endure. Their primarch Corvus Corax has rallied countless warriors to his banner, striking back at the forces of the Warmaster on every front - from the degenerate hereteks of the Mechanicum to the cruel legionaries of the Sons of Horus, none shall escape his wrath. But although Corax has managed to stall the physical corruption of his own Space Marines, what of their spirit? And what sinister end must await those who dwell forever in the darkness?

  • Twelve Stories and a Dream | H. G. Wells

    Twelve Stories and a Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    A brand new collection of 13 short stories by the master of supernatural suspense and thrillers, exploring science fiction and fantasy themes. All of the stories in this volume follow a simple and classic pattern: exposition, conflict, resolution. Because of the short story format, there is not much room for complication or denouement, so these stories by nature are simpler than some of Wells' other work, and therefore will keep the listener entertained and engrossed!

  • Return of the Crimson Guard: A Novel of the Malazan Empire | Ian C. Esslemont

    Return of the Crimson Guard: A Novel of the Malazan Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ian C. Esslemont
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    The return of the mercenary company the Crimson Guard could not have come at a worse time for the Malazan Empire. Drained by constant warfare, betrayals and rivalries, many see the grip of Empress Laseen weakening. Conquered kingdoms and principalities test their old independence. Into this fermenting civil war on Quon Tali - the empire's homeland - comes the Guard and the ingrained memory of their vow of undying opposition to the existence of the empire.

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