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  • Persuasion | Jane Austen

    Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Phlegmatic Anne is the unappreciated strength within her family - a vain, pompous father, a self-regarding and self-deluding older sister and a dissatisfied and selfish younger one. At the age of 19, Anne is persuaded out of an engagement to Frederick Wentworth, an ambitious, highly principled and determined naval gentleman who departs in angry indignation. Eight years later, by coincidental circumstances, he is brought into her social circle once more, having obtained wealth and reputation.

  • 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.

  • Captains Courageous | Rudyard Kipling

    Captains Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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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.

  • The Two Destinies | Wilkie Collins

    The Two Destinies

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Mary and George love each other in early childhood, but George's father tears them apart, not believing that Mary, a bailiff's daughter, will be a fit match for his son. The family travel to America to pursue the father's dream of wealth. During George's absence, Mary moves to Scotland and, in order to survive, is forced into a marriage of convenience. George returns after 10 years to search for his promised bride and becomes obsessed and infatuated with a Mrs Van Brandt. Is the pursuit beginning to affect his sanity?

  • Idle Ideas in 1905 | Jerome K. Jerome

    Idle Ideas in 1905

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    The third and final collection in this series of reflections written by one of the wittiest and most whimsical men to press pen against paper. As well as his usual take on the foibles of his fellow Englishmen and women, Jerome ruminates, in his typically liberal fashion, about far-flung countries such as Russia, Africa and China. Jerome was never a 'jelly-bellied flag-flapping imperialist', and his vision, experience and worldliness are revealed to us over multiple essays.

  • The Lodger | Marie Belloc Lowndes

    The Lodger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marie Belloc Lowndes
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Mr Sleuth is a good guest, pays handsomely and in advance, needs very little looking after and seems to be a harmless gentleman. But when the murderous exploits of a serial killer known only as 'The Avenger' start occurring closer to home, Mrs Bunting begins to worry about her guest, his curious experiments and nocturnal habits.

  • Judith Paris | Hugh Walpole

    Judith Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Hugh Walpole
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Newly born Judith is found in by eccentric Squire Gauntry in the chilled sombre ruin of a house on a bitter winter's night, her parents having died at her birth. With such a tenuous start, the child grows up to have an intense lust for life and curiosity for every new experience. She is the natural heir to both her parents' temperaments. With the wilfulness of her mother and the stubbornness of her father, she is redeemed by a compulsion to tell the truth and a willingness to help anyone she loves in time of trouble or distress.

  • 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.

  • 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..."
  • Rupert of Hentzau | Anthony Hope

    Rupert of Hentzau

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Anthony Hope
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Anthony Hope was constrained to return to the fictional land of Ruritania by an appreciative public who wanted more swashbuckling and derring-do from the hero Rudolph and more Machiavellian moustache twirling from the suave villain Rupert. The author came up with a literary construction which ensured he would never again have to visit fictional Ruritania - but nothing he subsequently wrote appealed as much as the two Zenda stories.

  • 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 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 Wrong Box | Robert L. Stevenson

    The Wrong Box

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert L. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Victorian humour generally doesn't translate well across time. The Wrong Box is one of the exceptions. The plot revolves around the supposed death of Joseph Finsbury who, as a youth, with his brother Masterman joined a tontine - a scheme whereby each entrant pays a fixed amount and the sum total, with interest, is given to the one who lives the longest. At the beginning of the story there are three survivors and then two - the Finsbury brothers.

  • 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.

  • The Beast in Man | Emile Zola

    The Beast in Man

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Sex, betrayal, murder and corruption form the basis of this sensational novel by one of the leading French authors of the 19th century. Jacques Lantier is a man with a hereditary homicidal lust. When he sees Roubaud and his wife Severine slit the throat of a wealthy nobleman, it is the catalyst for a string of murders in a convoluted plot full of horror and suspense.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • The Island of Sheep: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5 | John Buchan

    The Island of Sheep: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The last of John Buchan’s thrillers and the final appearance of Richard Hannay now in retirement reverie deep in the comfortable Cotswolds.However, he and Sandy [Lord Clanroyden] are roused to action once more to help the son of a recently deceased treasure hunter, called Haraldsen. The heir is receiving threats from Lancelot Troth, a man who believes himself ill treated financially by Haraldsen’s father and seeks revenge and reparation.

    Jessica says: "good"
  • New Grub St | George Gissing

    New Grub St

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By George Gissing
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    One of the greatest novels to have come from the 19th century, a realistic, gritty exposure of the lives, loves, intrigue and rivalry that existed in the literary world of London. The art form and culture of writing is becoming a business, expanding rapidly, and profit is more important than integrity of purpose.

  • Prester John | John Buchan

    Prester John

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    What is sinister preacher John Laputa doing on a remote Scottish shore in the moonlight hours? Young David Crawfurd and his friends are lucky to escape with their lives when they disturb his rituals. Years later David travels to Africa and meets the minister again, this time in company with the evil Henriques.

    d says: "fantasic book"
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