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    • Skellig

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: David Almond
    • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital. But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes forever.…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

    • By Clare on 04-12-13

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Colour of the Sun

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: David Almond
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar - the little Tyneside town that has always been his home - but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town. As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again.

    Regular price: £17.99

    • My Name Is Mina

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    'There's an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It's been there for an age. I keep on saying that I'll write a journal. So I'll start right here, right now. I open the book and write the very first words: My name is Mina and I love the night. Then what shall I write? I can't just write that this happened then this happened then this happened to boring infinitum. I'll let my journal grow just like the mind does, just like a tree or a beast does, just like life does. Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?'

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing! i wish i had read this when I was younger

    • By Michele on 29-08-16

    Regular price: £10.49

    • The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hamilton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Stanley Potts is just an ordinary boy, but when all the jobs in Fish Quay disappear his Uncle Ernie develops an extraordinary fascination with canning fish. Suddenly their home is filled with the sound of changing machinery and the stench of mackerel, and Uncle Ernie's obsession reaches such heights that he would even can Stan's beloved goldfish! Stan, however, has his own destiny, which leads him - via a hook-a-duck stall - to Pancho Pirelli, the blue-caped madman who swims with piranhas.

    Regular price: £17.49

    • My Dad's a Birdman

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hamilton
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Lizzie and Dad live in a rainy town in the north of England. But why is Dad building himself a pair of wings and studying the birds to see how they fly? The Great Human Bird Competition of course!

    Regular price: £17.49

    • Kit's Wilderness

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: David Almond
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Kit has just moved to Stoneygate with his family, to live with his ageing grandfather who is gradually succumbing to Alzheimer's Disease. Stoneygate is an insular place, scarred by its mining history - by the danger and death it has brought them. Where the coal mine used to be there is now a wilderness. Here Kit meets Askew, a surly and threatening figure who masterminds the game called Death, a frightening ritual of hypnotism; and Kit makes friends with Allie, the clever school troublemaker.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Savage

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hamilton
    • Length: 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Imagine you wrote a story and it came true. That is exactly what happens to Blue Baker who writes a story about a savage living alone in the woods near his home. After his dad’s death, Blue finds comfort in dreaming of this strange wild kid. But when the savage pays a visit to the local bully, boundaries become blurred and Blue begins to wonder where he ends and the savage begins

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rugged magical realism

    • By Nick on 19-01-19

    Regular price: £17.49

    • Half a Creature from the Sea

    • A Life in Stories
    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Richard Halverson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Master storyteller David Almond presents a beautiful collection of short fiction interwoven with pieces that illuminate the inspiration behind the stories. May Malone is said to have a monster in her house, but what Norman finds there may just be the angel he needs. Joe Quinn's house is noisy with poltergeists, or could it be Davie's raging causing the disturbance?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Geordie stories from up north

    • By m on 04-03-17

    Regular price: £9.89

    • Half a Creature from the Sea

    • A Life in Stories
    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hamilton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    It features coming of age stories on the theme of closeness to home, deftly interwoven with illuminating autobiographical pieces on the inspirations behind the fiction. Stories include: "The Missing Link", "Joe Quinn's Poltergeist", "Harry Miller's Run", "Slog's Dad", "Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads", "Mary Malone", "Half a Creature from the Sea", and, "When God Came to Kathleen's Garden".

    Regular price: £17.49

    • The Tale of Angelino Brown

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hamilton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Bert and Betty Brown have got themselves a little angel. Bert found him in his top pocket when he was driving his bus. Bert and Betty's friends think he's lovely. So do Nancy and Jack and Alice from Class 5K. What a wonder! But Acting Head Teacher Mrs Mole is not so sure. Nor is Professor Smellie, or the mysterious bloke in black who claims to be a School Inspector. Then there's Basher Malone - big, lumbering Basher Malone. He REALLY doesn't like Angelino. And it looks like he's out to get him....

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Fire-Eaters

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: David Almond
    • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    There he was, below the bridge, half-naked, eyes blazing. He had a pair of burning torches. He ran them back and forth across his skin. He sipped from a bottle, breathed across a torch, and fire and fumes leapt from his lips. The air was filled with the scent of paraffin. He breathed again, a great high spreading flag of fire. He glared. He roared like an animal. That summer, life had seemed perfect for Bobby Burns. But now it's autumn and the winds of change are blowing hard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fire and sacrifice

    • By Nick on 13-01-19

    Regular price: £14.99

    • A Song for Ella Grey

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Francesca Tomlinson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Winner of the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2015. Claire is Ella Grey's best friend. She's there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a Northeast landscape of gutted shipyards, of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic, it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world.

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Heaven Eyes

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Imogen Stubbs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Erin, January and Mouse live in a children's home, Whitegates. They often dream of escape, and frequently journey into the outside world. Running away is something they know all about. But this time January builds a raft, and the three of them head precariously down river. Towards the Black Middens. This time they might never come back. When they stumble across a disused factory and its strange inhabitants - Grampa and Heaven Eyes - they wonder if they'll even have the choice. Heaven Eyes is the girl who should have drowned at sea.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Harry Miller's Run

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hamilton
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A joyful, uplifting story of times gone by from the internationally acclaimed author of Skellig. Liam just wants to go out running with his mates - it's not long till the Junior Great North Run, and there's training to be done. But Mam needs him today to help old Harry clear out his house. Harry knows a thing or two about running. When he was a lad, he says, he ran all the way from Newcastle to South Shields. "But Harry," says Mam, "that's 13 miles!" Harry grins. "Different times," he says.

    Regular price: £20.99

    • Clay

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Stephen Tompkinson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    With fascination, Davie and his friend Geordie watch the arrival of a new boy, Stephen Rose, in their town. He seems to have come from nowhere, and when he arrives to live with his distant aunt, the local Crazy Mary, no one envies his new home. But perhaps he's the answer to Davie and Geordie's prayers - a secret weapon in their war against monstrous Mouldy and his gang. Intrigued, Davie and Geordie befriend Stephen.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic, strange but fantastic.

    • By Anonymous User on 12-08-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hamilton
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    A magnificent tale of crackpot notions and sky-high courage - from David Almond, the master of magical realism. Paul believes that the moon is not the moon but is a great hole in the sky. It's one of many strange ideas that he's never told anyone (at school he was told that he had no ideas at all) until he meets Molly, his irrepressible neighbour, who begins to convince him that his theory might just change the world....

    Regular price: £20.99

    • Secret Heart

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: David Almond
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Joe lives with his mother in Helmouth, a forgotten village crumbling on the edge of the suburbs. His days are spent trying to evade the demands of school and the taunts of the local bullies. Joe's friend, Stanny, insists that Joe must toughen up, become a survivor - and he is adamant that a weekend in the wilderness with Stanny and his Uncle Joff will do the trick. Into Joe's unhappy world comes Hackenschmidt's Circus, and with it the strangely familiar Corinna.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: David Almond
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    I wos a secrit shy and tungtied emptyheded thing. I wos tort to read and rite and spell by my tenda littl muther & by Mr McCaufrey the butcha & by Missus Malone and her gosts. So I am not cleva, so please forgiv my folts and my mistayks. I am the won that glares into your harts & that prowls insyde yor deepist dremes. Wonce I was The Anjel Childe. Now I am The Monster. Just lissen and take note. Let the words enter yor blud & boans.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a sensory experience

    • By Kim on 18-11-11

    Regular price: £20.00

    • Der Junge, der mit den Piranhas schwamm

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Jörg Pohl
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Manege frei für Stanley Potts! Waisenjunge Stanley Potts lebt bei Tante und Onkel. Zum Geburtstag darf er auf den Jahrmarkt. An einem Stand entdeckt er Goldfische in Plastikbeuteln, die ihm furchtbar leid tun. Er macht abends die Bude des Standbesitzers sauber und darf dafür die Fische mit nach Hause nehmen. Doch da die Fischkonservenfabrik des Onkels schlecht läuft, stiehlt dieser Stanleys Goldfische und kreiert daraus ein neues Produkt: die Goldfischkonserve.

    Regular price: £10.39

    • The Tightrope Walkers

    • By: David Almond
    • Narrated by: Tom Machell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "I was born in a hovel on the banks of the Tyne...” Dominic Hall grows up in the sixties on a brand-new estate, along with the other families who escaped the river. But the Tyne is still an overwhelming presence, and most of the fathers work in the shipyards. Dom is torn between his new mates: Holly Stroud, his enchanting neighbour, and Vincent McAlinden, who's something else altogether - a wild, dangerous boy with murderous instincts.

    Regular price: £18.59