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    • Jack the Ripper: Case Closed

    • By: Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Gyles Brandreth
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    London, 1894. 'I am not a detective, chief constable.' 'No, but you are a poet, a freemason and a man of the world. All useful qualifications for the business in hand.' So says Police Chief Macnaghten to Oscar Wilde in a Chelsea drawing room, in the company of Arthur Conan Doyle. The business they are gathered to discuss is none other than the case of Jack the Ripper, the most notorious murderer in England. And thus the three men set out to solve one of the world's most famous mysteries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By Wanny on 30-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Have You Eaten Grandma?

    • By: Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Gyles Brandreth
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Have You Eaten Grandma? written and read by Gyles Brandreth. It can be much harder than it seems; commas, colons, semicolons and even apostrophes can drive us all mad at times, but it riles no one more than the longest-serving resident of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, grammar guru Gyles Brandreth. In this brilliantly funny tirade and guide, Gyles anatomises the linguistic horrors of our times, tells us where we've been going wrong (and why) and shows us how, in future, we can get it right every time. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very funny but hard to follow in this format

    • By K. J. Noyes on 09-12-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Tales from Hans Andersen, Brothers Grimm and Pantomime

    • By: Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Leslie Crowther, Gyles Brandreth, Dora Bryan, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Pantomime Stories – "Babes in the Wood"; "Cinderella"; "Dick Whittington"; "Jack and the Beanstalk"; "Puss in Boots"; "The Sleeping Beauty". Brothers Griimm Fairy Tales – "Rapunzel"; "Rumplestiltskin"; "The Frog Prince"; "The Three Musicians". Hans Andersen Fairy Tales – "The Nightingale"; "The Emperor's New Clothes"; "The Little Match Girl"; "The Tinder Box"; "The Ugly Duckling"; "Thumbelina".

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Word Play

    • A cornucopia of puns, anagrams and other contortions and curiosities of the English language
    • By: Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Gyles Brandreth
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    The aim of this audiobook is entertainment - and surprise - but there will be a fair bit of erudition and incidental education along the way. We discover the oldest words, the newest, the longest, the shortest, the most frequently used, the costliest (yes, words can come with prices attached), the funniest, the most fatal, the most unusual...From the words Shakespeare gave us to the latest in sexting, the best and the worst, the most amusing and amazing words are here.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly entertaining

    • By Amazon Customer on 15-03-17
    • A cornucopia of puns, anagrams and other contortions and curiosities of the English language
    • By: Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Gyles Brandreth
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Release date: 24-09-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 16 ratings

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Charles and Camilla

    • Portrait of a Love Affair
    • By: Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    This is a story of the most well documented, most commented on love affair of our times. Yet the personalities behind the facade remain elusive and the nature of their relationship is an enigma. This is the first major biography of Charles and Camilla, two people who have battled against the curious lot that fate has thrown their way. Gyles Brandreth returns to the same ground as his last book, the bestselling "Philip and Elizabeth"; "Portrait of a Marriage".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating Detailed Account Of Royal Life

    • By Joan on 03-03-18

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The 7 Secrets of Happiness

    • An Optimist’s Journey
    • By: Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Raymond Scully
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    On June 17, 2013, Gyles Brandreth delivered the Baggs Memorial Lecture at the University of Birmingham - an annual conference on the theme of happiness and how it can be achieved. His speech was met with thunderous applause and a widespread demand to know more about the secrets of being happy, so he set about writing this poignant book of truths, sprinkled with British wit and humor throughout. With extensive research backing him, Brandreth travels the world over and meets numerous luminary figures, asking the questions: What is happiness?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • By Chris F on 27-03-15

    Regular price: £6.59

    • Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder

    • Oscar Wilde Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    "I see murder in this unhappy hand...." When Mrs. Robinson, palmist to the Prince of Wales, reads Oscar Wilde's hand she cannot know what she has predicted. Nor can Oscar know what he has set in motion when, that same evening, he proposes a game of "Murder" in which each of his Sunday Supper Club guests must write down those whom they would like to kill. For the fourteen "victims" begin to die mysteriously, one by one, and in the order in which their names were drawn from the bag....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping yet easy listening

    • By Claire on 23-03-14

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Beautiful and Impossible Things

    • By: Oscar Wilde, Gyles Brandreth - introduction
    • Narrated by: John Telfer, Gyles Brandreth - introduction
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    This selection of essays by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) demonstrate the varied power of his genius. Compiled from his lecture tours, newspaper articles, essays and epigrams, these writings show that beneath his trademark wit and love of paradox, Oscar Wilde was an original and remarkably modern writer.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Trials of Oscar Wilde

    • By: Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    On 18th February 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry left a visiting card at the Albemarle Club on which he had written: "To Oscar Wilde posing as a sodomite." The accusation led to a series of three trials and the imprisonment of Wilde. This compelling dramatic recreation has been carefully compiled from the original trial transcripts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Astonishing performance by Martin Jarvis

    • By Nicholas on 26-11-10

    Regular price: £9.99