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  • Moonfleet | J. Meade Falkner

    Moonfleet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. Meade Falkner
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    A tale of smuggling and mystery on the Dorset coast as told by John Trenchard, a boy obsessed with discovering the secret of Colonel 'Blackbeard' Mohune's hidden treasure. One night, trapped in the Mohune family vault beneath the church, John finds a locket round the Colonel's neck which contains verses from the Psalms of David. What could it mean?

    Chris says: "It's a classic"
  • The Vicar of Bullhampton | Anthony Trollope

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    This comprehensive novel consists of three subplots which interlink to form the whole and supply a trio of targets at which Trollope aims his proselytising pen. The first treats on the courtship of a woman by a man whom she does not love and with whom she is not compatible. Mary Lowther will not accept such a marriage of dishonesty. The second deals with the plight of a young woman who has fallen prey to the wiles of an evil seducer and subsequently adopts a life of prostitution.

    P says: "How I missed Timothy West"
  • The Woodlanders | Thomas Hardy

    The Woodlanders

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Grace Melbury, the timber merchant's daughter, comes back to Little Hintock after some years at finishing school. She was the childhood sweetheart of Giles Winterborne, a compassionate, caring man who works in the village. Melbury senior has promised himself that Grace and Giles will be married to recompense for him taking Giles' father's betrothed many years before. However, Grace is a different woman now, a sophisticated creature, and the suave, knowledgeable local doctor Fitzpiers takes an interest in her.

  • More Raffles | E. W. Hornung

    More Raffles

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By E. W. Hornung
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    In this, the second collection of Hornungs’ stories to be recorded by Assembled Stories, the darker side of Raffles is laid bare. Inspector Mackenzie begins to suspect that the finest cricketer of his generation may not be wielding a straight bat, a suspicion further confirmed by the appearance of Reginald Crawshay, master criminal, late residence HM Prison, Dartmoor, at Raffles’ rooms at the Albany.

  • Sick Heart River | John Buchan

    Sick Heart River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Sir Edward Leithen is told that he has but one year left to live. He relinquishes his law practice and resigns from public office in order to make peace with himself and to reconcile himself with his maker. However, he also wants to die standing, not to creep into the 'bleak bag's end of life'. This will involve one last physical challenge.

  • Captains Courageous | Rudyard Kipling

    Captains Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Harvey Cheyne, the pampered son of an American millionaire, is swept overboard from the deck of a liner and picked up by a small fishing boat, one of several trawling the Grand Banks. He is rapidly confronted by the harsh realities of life and comes to terms with himself amid the hard labour and morality of the redoubtable New England fishermen.

  • Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2 | John Buchan

    Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The second of Richard Hannays’ adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive.

    Lee Grant says: "Peter Joyce brings Buchan to life..."
  • Martin Rattler | R. M. Ballantyne

    Martin Rattler

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By R. M. Ballantyne
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Robert Michael Ballantyne was one of the most popular adventure story writers during Victoria's reign. He believed that boys should grow up taking risks, and his hero, Martin Rattler, certainly has a thrilling time in this tale. Aunt Dorothy Grumbit thinks him a very bad boy, but Martin possesses all the manly virtues that one expects from a Ballantyne hero, and the story has all the traditional elements of a rollicking yarn: jolly jack tars, pirates, shipwreck, travel up the Amazon, diamond mines and capture by savage tribes.

  • Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow | Jerome K. Jerome

    Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Over 100 years since it was first published Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow addresses subjects which are still relevant today – perhaps more so! Being hard up, being in the blues and being in love are just some aspects of the human condition on which Jerome K. Jerome reflects in his unique whimsical fashion. These insights are not given for the benefit of our education however, for as he says in his introduction, “This book would not elevate a cow.'

    Stewart Gibson says: "Preamble to 3 Men in a Boat"
  • The Lost World | Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Lost World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Edward Malone, an enthusiastic and ambitious columnist for the Daily Gazette, is urged by the woman he loves to undertake a heroic deed so that he may earn her love in return. In a few weeks, he is bound for the shores of South America in the company of the irascible academic Summerlee and debonair adventurer Lord John Roxton on an expedition to prove the claims of a bombastic genius. They venture to an isolated prehistoric land on top of a huge mountain in the tropical rain forests of the Amazonian jungle.

  • Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3 | John Buchan

    Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Once again Brigadier General Hannay is taken from the trenches of the front line to save his country on a desperate mission. This time he must find the genius behind a vast network of spies infiltrating English pacifists and conscientious objectors. Hannay finds the man only to have him evade capture at the last moment.

    PGA Eyre says: "Brilliant -- but with blemishes"
  • She | Henry Rider Haggard

    She

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Ludwig Horace Holly, a Cambridge professor, travels to Africa with his adopted son Leo to investigate the death of Kallicrates, Leo’s ancestor, who was murdered by an unknown woman centuries before.They encounter the Amahagger, a fierce tribe of cannibals who live in the caves of Kôr, a huge burial ground of an ancient civilisation decimated by plague

  • The Forsyte Saga, Volume 8 | John Galsworthy

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume 8

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Jon and his mother go to Spain. The son manages to curtail the visit after six weeks.Meanwhile, Jolyon strengthens his relationship with his eldest daughter, June, who reveals that she sympathises with the young lovers. It is June who helps Fleur in her search for the history of the feud within the family. Prosper Profond, who continues to ingratiate himself with the Forsyte clan, inadvertently discloses the truth.

  • The Forsyte Saga, Volume 2 | John Galsworthy

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    In this, the second volume of the Saga to be released in an unabridged recording by Assembled Stories, Soames’ house continues to be built as his marriage disintegrates. Is Irene having an affair? Certainly her relationship with the architect Bosinney is causing ructions in the family. While attempting reconciliation with his son, Old Jolyon, spurred by June’s suffering as she feels herself losing her lover, sends Young Jolyon to sound the man’s intentions.

  • The Forsyte Saga, Volume 4 | John Galsworthy

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    It is 1899. Old Jolyon has long since been buried at Robin Hill, and with the death of Aunt Susan in 1895 and Roger’s funeral opening this instalment of the Saga, the Forsytes are fast becoming aware of their mortality. Yet more problems beset the family.

  • The Forsyte Saga, Volume 5 | John Galsworthy

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The Forsyte feud continues into the next generation with Jolly and Val involved in a drunken bout of fisticuffs.Soames continues to pursue Irene driving her to seek refuge in Paris. Believing that she has a lover, he puts her under surveillance to obtain evidence. Jolyon travels to Paris on the pretext of discussing business and he and Irene spend some time together unaware their movements are being watched.

  • The Three Hostages | John Buchan

    The Three Hostages

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Hannay to the rescue once more! This time...our hero is summoned from his tranquil life in rural Oxfordshire to save the world from a financial conspiracy which threatens the global economy. Hannay comes to believe that the villain behind all this must be Dominick Medina. But can such a brilliant, charming idol of the nation be using Eastern magic to suborn industrialists, magnates and other such pillars of society as his slaves?

    Steve says: "Interesting Stiry Line"
  • The Coral Island | R. M. Ballantyne

    The Coral Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By R. M. Ballantyne
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Heroes Ralph, Jack and Peterkin set sail on the Arrow and are the only three survivors of a fearful shipwreck. They are washed ashore on a seemingly idyllic coral island.This tranquillity is violently disturbed, first by a tribe of bloodthirsty cannibals and then by the invasion of a vicious pirate and his gang of cut-throats. Will the boys thwart their enemies and live to see England again?

    Paul says: "The Coral Island - An old fashioned adventure"
  • The Adventures of Raffles | E. W. Hornung

    The Adventures of Raffles

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By E. W. Hornung
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    'Why should I work when I could steal?' Thus speaks A. J.Raffles, gentleman, the finest slow bowler of his generation and a shameless thief. When Bunny, an old school acquaintance, confesses that he will be dishonourably disgraced for writing cheques that his bank will not meet, Raffles persuades him to assist in a burglary. From that moment, Bunny is locked into a life of crime and, fortunately for his audience, recounts their adventures in a most thrilling way.

  • American Notes | Charles Dickens

    American Notes

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    In 1842, Charles Dickens visited America. His reception was somewhat colder than that which usually greeted him - already a successful author in both Britain and the United States. This lack of enthusiasm from the Americans was partly due to his criticism of the pirating of English books in that country and partly due to his outspoken distaste for the custom of slavery in the southern states.

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