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    • The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Martin Shaw
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 209

    Heroes or villains? You decide.... In the 1960s, London’s gangland was ruled by two men: Reggie and Ronnie Kray. Building an empire of crime by intimidation, extortion, and terror on a scale never seen before or since, they feted stars of stage and screen, sportsmen, and even politicians to gain the respectability they craved. Read by acclaimed actor Martin Shaw, this is the true story of their rise and fall.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book but not all true

    • By Claire Evans on 30-10-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Life of Ian Fleming

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Peter McGowan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    It is now 50 years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducing 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in the history of cinema. But James Bond was invented by one man, Ian Fleming, a wartime intelligence officer and Sunday Times newspaper man who lived to see only the very beginning of the Bond cult. John Pearson's famous biography remains the definitive account of how only Ian Fleming could have dreamed up James Bond, for he led a life as colourful as anything in his fiction, which in turn became a covert autobiography.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good read

    • By brian stevenson on 27-08-18

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Gamblers

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    This is the inside story of the infamous Clermont Set: five friends who became the most stylish and exclusive gamblers in 1960s London. They included the Clermont Club's eccentric founder John Aspinall; Dominic Elwes, who was to betray the set's code of silence; the socialite owner of Annabel's, Mark Birley; flamboyant playboy James Goldsmith; and the infamous Lord "Lucky" Lucan.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • for admirers of aristos, the rich, and gamblers

    • By Colin on 17-07-08

    Regular price: £21.70

    • James Bond

    • The Authorised Biography
    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    It was a strong face, certainly - the eyes pale grey and very cold, the mouth was hard, the dark hair - greystreaked now - still fell in the authentic comma over the forehead. 'This is how John Pearson reacted to his first encounter with the real James Bond, an encounter probably unique in the annals of thriller writing.

    Regular price: £22.09

    • Biggles

    • The Authorised Biography
    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    For over 50 years James Biggles Worth, D.S.O., D.F.C., M.C., has flown the skies. The mythical ace to end all flying aces, the fearless pilot of everything from Sop with Camels to the earliest jets, he emerged with glory from devilish scrapes all over the world. Yet until now Biggles has often been seen as a storybook caricature. A dashed fine chap, certainly. But not the extraordinary man he really was. Here, for the first time, is an insight into the 'real' man who made these adventures possible.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A truely great listen.

    • By tim on 12-03-14
    • The Authorised Biography
    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 15-05-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 26 ratings

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Painfully Rich

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Martin Dew
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Oil tycoon J. Paul Getty created the greatest fortune in America - and came close to destroying his own family in the process. Of his four sons who reached manhood, only one survived relatively unscathed. One killed himself, one became a drug-addicted recluse and the third had to bear the stigma all his life of being disinherited in childhood. The unhappiness continued into the next generation, with the name Getty, as one journalist put it, 'becoming synonymous for family dysfunction'.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Remarkable tale, terrible narration

    • By Aldo on 22-01-18

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Private Lives of Winston Churchill

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    He was a lion of a man who helped shape the course of this century with his relentless ambition and fierce political instincts. Few have matched Winston Churchill's cunning or force of will. Few have seen the equal of his audacity on the battlefield or the determination with which he strove toward his own ideal of greatness. At the height of his power, he seemed to embody the ideals of the empire he helped sustain: valor, pride, and above all, tradition.

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Facades

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
    • Length: 28 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell were the children of possibly the most selfish and mismatched couple in the annals of the British aristocracy. They became in the 1920s, in Cyril Connolly's words, 'a dazzling monument to the English scene... had they not been there a whole area of life would have been missing.' John Pearson describes the public and private life of this strangest and most flamboyant of literary families.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A restrained insight into indulgent eccentricity.

    • By Alison St Pierre on 11-03-14

    Regular price: £29.99

    • The Ultimate Family

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    In recent times the British monarchy has become an 'ultimate family' of international superstars, their adventures and personalities transmitted round the globe like episodes in the world's most popular soap opera. The process began with Queen Mary's transformation of the family into symbols of middle-class morality, but accelerated greatly with the televising of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation and the euphoric sense of a 'new Elizabethan age' about to begin in gloomy postwar Britain.

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Blood Royal

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Jay Rodan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales in 1981, very little attention was given to her feudal family. The once powerful Spencer dynasty was in disarray and seemed to have outlived its usefulness. In the years following Diana's death, however, the spotlight has turned and remained on the Spencers. Members of what appeared to be a dysfunctional aristocratic family have more than come into their own.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Learn Me Good

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Adam Black
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Jack Woodson was a thermal design engineer for four years until he was laid off from his job. Now, as a teacher, he faces new challenges. Conference calls have been replaced with parent conferences. Product testing has given way to standardized testing. Instead of business cards, Jack now passes out report cards. The only thing that hasn't changed noticeably is the maturity level of the people surrounding him all day. Learn Me Good is a hilarious first-person account, inspired by real life experiences.

    Regular price: £9.69

    • Crusader in Pink

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Swan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A phenomenon and a legend in her lifetime, Barbara Cartland has held the world record four years running as the most prolific author alive. Now, with her novels being filmed and selling throughout the world, she has become a household name. But what of the woman behind the legend? Henry Cloud has looked back into her past life and tells of the unexpected hardships and the young girl's dreams that produced the first Barbara Cartland novels, written in her early twenties.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Edward the Rake

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    These chapters in the life of Edward the Rake are dealt with frankly and light-heartedly. It is the story of a man who enjoyed himself and his indelicate advantages to the full, a penetrating and yet not unsympathetic portrait of the monarch and of the discreetly swinging social world that he created around him.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Arena

    • By: John Pearson
    • Narrated by: Dan Hildebrand
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the Year AD 80 the Colosseum opened with quite the longest and most nauseating organized mass orgy in history. It was a mammoth celebration on the grandest scale, a fitting inauguration for an arena built to epitomize all the majesty and power of the Roman Empire, a building which also held the seeds of that Empire's decay and destruction. As well as his vivid account of the erection of the Colosseum, Mr Pearson discusses the origins of death spectacles and their evolution into highly organized games

    Regular price: £14.99