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    • The Old Wives' Tale

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: David Haig
    • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    The Old Wives' Tale is broken up into four parts, and the lives of two sisters are laid bare: one timid and unassuming, the other romantic and adventurous. From working as children in their family's drapery shop to their later years, Constance and Sophia's journey through life could not be more different. While one travels the world and defies male expectations, the other becomes a dutiful wife and mother.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slow down and let yourself go

    • By Jane on 24-04-10

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Anna of the Five Towns: Complete (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Riley, Cast
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Arnold Bennett's tale of love, tyranny and rebellion. Brough up in the repressive tradition of Methodism by her miserly father, Anna Tellwright dreams of independence and freedom. On coming of age she learns that she is to inherit a fortune and realises that she is loved by the charismatic Henry Mynors. But with the money comes responsibility, and Anna's growing concern for William, the son of one of her tenants, leads her to a defiant act that threatens everything....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not fundamentally a faithful adaptation

    • By catsatcastle on 20-09-12

    Regular price: £10.00

    • China Towns: Based on the Five Towns Novels

    • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Kate O'Flynn, Neil Dudgeon, Tim McInnerny, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
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    In this radical reinterpretation of six brilliant Arnold Bennett novels, it’s the 19th-century Midlands and over 10-and-a-half sweeping hours individuals rise and fall, they age, flourish, and try to keep up as the world around them changes into something unrecognisable, transformed by new technology. Fortunes are made and lost, hearts broken, empires built and deals made. These tales of aspiration and passion, damage and danger are told with Bennett's forensic, (journalist’s) eye for human psychology and a surprising degree of witty comedy.

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Anna of the Five Towns

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Set in stifled, industrial Staffordshire in the late 19th century, against a strong evangelical background, Anna of the Five Towns tells of the courting of hard businessman Ephraim Tellright's daughter by prosperous and accomplished Henry Mynors. As her father's fortune grows, so does Anna understanding. She realises her legacy and responsibility for the possible ruination of her father's tenants, Titus Price and his son, Willie, who also loves her.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly read and totally absorbing

    • By Vanna on 25-04-13

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The Card

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Arnold Bennett's... splendidly comic portrayal of Edward Henry Machin, known as Denry to his mother to save time, is set in Bursley, one of the author's Five Towns of Staffordshire. Starting in 1897, when Denry first saw the smoke of the potbanks, the tale chronicles his rise to fame and wealth including such events as improving his exam results to guarantee success, adjusting the guest list of the municipal ball to include himself and then daring to ask the Countess of Chell to dance!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Old fashioned but wonderful

    • By R on 12-02-16

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Riceyman Steps

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    It is 1919 shortly after the termination of the 1st European holocaust. Henry Earlforward, a middle aged North London Bookseller, courts and marries Violet Arb, a widow who has inherited the confectioners shop opposite his own premises in Riceyman Square. Henry and Violet engage the services of Elsie as ‘charwoman’.

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Grand Babylon Hotel (Classic Serial)

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Full Cast Sessions
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Murder mystery by Arnold Bennett, adapted in two parts by Chris Harrald. Episode 1. American tycoon Theodore Racksole buys Europe's most exclusive hotel on a whim, but is warned by the seller that he will live to regret it. Soon, a mysterious death occurs and Theodore and his daughter Nella find themselves in danger in their own hotel. Episode 2: Having bought Europe's most exclusive hotel, American tycoon Theodore Racksole is thrown in to a world of intrigue, espionage and murder. Starring John Sessions with full cast.

    Regular price: £10.00

    • How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Arnold Bennett was an English novelist and author. Among his most popular novels are The Grand Babylon Hotel and Anna of the Five Towns. However, none of his novels approached the popularity of his little book, "How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day." It caused a sensation when first printed and continues to be printed and widely read today. In it, he offers practical advice on how one might live (as opposed to just existing ) within the confines of 24 hours a day.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Total waste of time

    • By Ysera on 23-06-14

    Regular price: £3.39

    • Helen with the High Hand

    • By: Arnold Bennett Peter
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Helen Rathbone meets her elderly uncle, James Ollerenshaw, in Bursley Park, after an estrangement of several years. Both are very strong-willed, independent characters. Helen has an extravagant lifestyle and likes to spend money while the old man has lived a thrifty life and intends to continue in the same way. However, they develop a friendship which progresses rapidly, and Helen moves in to James' house to look after him.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Yacht

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    When Alice joins her husband, whom due to the war she has barely seen since their marriage two years earlier, on his yacht for a belated honeymoon, she discovers that a boat is far from an ideal location to get to know one's spouse. For a start, there is no privacy anywhere. The crew can hear everything. Secondly, life about ship is run by men and operates on male terms. Alice sets out to establish herself as mistress of both her husband and his ship.

    Regular price: £4.99

    • The Burglary

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) was an English author, born in one of the "Five Towns" which form the background of so many of his witty stories. In The Burglary, Bennett tells the story of a highly respectable and distinguished citizen who hires a burglar to rob his house.

    Regular price: £3.99

    • The Old Wives Tale

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eileen Atkins
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Spanning nearly half a century, The Old Wives Tale is epic in scale and scope, tracing as it does the effects of time on two sisters and their surroundings. The novel is a domestic story told with tenderness, and is concerned not with heroic statesmen or soldiers, but with small details of daily life in a way which demonstrates Bennett’s great debt to French realist writers. The action is concentrated mainly within the provincial town of Bursley, a startling contrast to Paris where Sophia and Gerald elope.

    Regular price: £7.99

    • How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eric Brooks
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    This classic personal time-management book, originally published in 1908, has inspired generations of men and women to live deliberate lives. Not just another collection of timesaving tips, this book is more of a challenge to leave behind mundane everyday concerns, focus on pursuing one's true desires, and live the fullest possible life. Reflection, concentration, and study techniques make it easier to accomplish more truly rewarding undertakings than anyone ever dreamed possible.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent wisdom

    • By Quincy by the sea on 19-04-15

    Regular price: £6.59

    • Curious Tales

    • 46 Weird and Wonderful Stories
    • By: A. J. Alan, Arnold Bennett, Wilkie Collins, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Red Door audiobooks presents 46 classic tales of the strange from some of the greatest writers of all time. 1. A Joy Ride by A. J. Alan 2.The Death Mask by H. D. Everett 3. Query by Austin Small 4 . The Dancing Partner by Jerome K. Jerome 5. The Furnished Room by O. Henry 6. The Squaw by Bram Stoker 7. The Interruption by W. W. Jacobs 8. The 19 Club by A. J. Alan 9 . The Giraffe Problem by Barry Pain10. The Man who Stole a Meeting House by John Townsend Trowbridge 11. The Lightning-Rod Man by Herman

    Regular price: £49.99

    • The Grim Reaper's Bedside Story Book

    • Tales of Gruesome and Unusual Deaths
    • By: Edgar Allan Poe, Sherwood Anderson, Alexander Pushkin, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    A highly unsettling collection of macabre stories in which death and the dead are key themes. Moon’s Gibbet by Egerton Castle, A Strange Goldfield by Guy Boothby, The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy, The Pistol Shot by Alexander Pushkin, The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe, The Dead Hand by Wilkie Collins, The Famous Race between the Hearse and the Steamroller by Sidney Keyes, The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, Nine O’Clock by Wilkie Collins, The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin.

    Regular price: £29.99

    • The Card

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thompkinson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Written in 1911, The Card is the story of Edward Henry (Denry) Machin, who rises from washerwoman's son to the Mayor of Bursley (Burslem in the Potteries town of Stoke-on-Trent) via a mixture of gentle deceit and personal hype. He is literally a trickster of confidence. His rise to fame is begun at an exclusive ball to which he has got himself invited, where he has the audacity to claim a dance with the glamourous but imposing Countess of Chell.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Great Classic Crime Stories

    • Tales of Murder, Robbery, Extortion, Blackmail, Forgery, and Worse
    • By: G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens, O. Henry, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    A grisly collection of despicable crimes told by some of the world's best writers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great stories, terrible narrator

    • By Marilyn Burn on 07-12-15

    Regular price: £49.99

    • Fifty Weird Tales

    • Strange and Intriguing Stories
    • By: Barry Pain, Arthur Conan-Doyle, E. F. Benson, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 23 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A rich collection of diverse and fascinating stories by famous classic authors. 1.The Bus Conductor by E. F. Benson 2.The Murderer by Perceval Gibbon 3.The Death Mask by H. D. Everett 4.Caterpillars by E. F. Benson 5.His Brother’s Keeper by W. W. Jacobs 6.The Secret of the Black Bag by William Le Queux 7.A Joy Ride by A. J. Alan 8.The Perfect Murder by Stacy Aumonier 9.The Furnished Room by O. Henry 10.The Squaw by Bram Stoker 11.The Dust Cloud by E. F. Benson 12.The Idiot by Arnold Bennett

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Couldn’t get through the first story

    • By babytree on 15-07-19

    Regular price: £49.99

    • Thirty-Minute Stories

    • A Bumper Anthology of Great Classic Short Stories
    • By: Hugh Walpole, Edith Wharton, George Gissing, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    A spectacular collection of outstanding half-hour short stories...perfect for commuters or bedtime listening. 'The Whistle' by Hugh Walpole, 'The Well' by W. W. Jacobs, 'The Scrupulous Father' by George Gissing, 'The Debt' by Edith Wharton, 'The Problem of the Five Marks' by Melville Davisson Post, 'The Purple Wig' by G. K. Chesterton, 'Pickman's Model' by H. P. Lovecraft, 'Humplebee' by Geroge Gissing.

    Regular price: £89.99

    • Strange Riddles

    • Stories of Puzzles and Intrigues
    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, W. F. Harvey, and others
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    1. "The Mysterious Card" by Cleveland Moffett 2. "The Card Unveiled" by Cleveland Moffett 3. "The Problem of the Five Marks" by Melville Davisson Post 4. "A Terribly Strange Bed" by Wilkie Collins 5. "The Gold Bug" by Edgar Allan Poe 6. "Who Killed Charlie Winpole" by Ernest Bramah 7. "The Comedy at Fountain Cottage" by Ernest Bramah 8. "The Secret of the Smoked Spectacles" by William Le Queux 9. "The Hair" by A. J. Alan 10. "The Haunted Dolls’ House" by M. R. James, and many more....

    Regular price: £79.99

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