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    • Middle England

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258

    Beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever, Middle England follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly absorbing 'political Gogglebox'

    • By K. J. Noyes on 17-11-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Rotters' Club

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    Against a distant backdrop of strikes, terrorist attacks, and growing racial tension, a group of young friends inherit the editorship of their school magazine and begin to put their own distinctive spin onto events in the wider world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • you will find yourself in this novel

    • By Zoe on 01-12-09

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Closed Circle

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Set against the backdrop of the Millenium celebrations and Britain's increasingly compromised role in America's war against terrorism, The Closed Circle lifts the lid on an era in which politics and presentation, ideology and the media have become virtually indistinguishable. Darkly comic, hugely engaging, and compulsively readable, it is the much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Coe's best-selling novel The Rotters' Club, and reintroduces us to the characters first encountered in that book.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Closed but not forgotten

    • By Ronald on 11-06-08

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Number 11

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Jessica Hynes, Rory Kinnear
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 219

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Number 11 by Jonathan Coe, read by Rory Kinnear and Jessica Hynes. This is a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all. It's about the legacy of war and the end of innocence. It's about how comedy and politics are battling it out, and comedy might have won. It's about how 140 characters can make fools of us all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Get listening to this Jack-in-the-box satire!

    • By Rachel Redford on 20-11-15

    Regular price: £22.00

    • What a Carve Up!

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    A Radio 4 Book Club Selection.
    Newspaper columnist Hilary gets thousands for telling it like it is; Henry's turning hospitals into carparks; Roddy's selling art in return for sex; down on the farm Dorothy's squeezing every last pound from her livestock; Thomas is making a killing on the stock exchange; and Mark is selling arms to dictators.

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Expo 58

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 154
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 148

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jonathan Coe's brilliant new comic novel Expo 58, read by the actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. Expo 58 - Good-looking girls and sinister spies: a naive Englishman at loose in Europe in Jonathan Coe's brilliant comic novelLondon, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk at the Central Office of Information and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable comic novel that tries to be poignant

    • By David on 04-04-14

    Regular price: £20.00

    • The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Colin Buchanan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom. Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realises that while he may have 74 friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems. Then a business proposition comes his way - a strange exercise in corporate PR that will require him to spend a week driving from London to a remote retail outlet on the Shetland Isles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quite brilliant

    • By Ian on 27-08-10

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Accidental Woman

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Sophie Ward
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    For Maria, nothing is certain. Her life is a chain of accidents. Friendship passes her by, and she's unimpressed by the devoted Ronny and his endless proposals of marriage. Maria lives in a world of her own - yet not of her own making. Stumbling through university, work, marriage and motherhood, she finds it hard to see what all the fuss is about. Will she ever be able to control the direction of her life? Or will it end as it began, by accident? What does chance have in store for the accidental woman?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The first Coe: a memorable listen

    • By Blind Girl on 04-09-18

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The Rain Before It Falls

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    As 73-year-old Rosamund sits alone in her remote Shropshire house, her dying thoughts turn to her cousin's granddaughter, Imogen, who has been blind from an early age. Rosamund realises that she has one last duty to perform: to put down on tape the tragic story of Imogen's grandmother.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good holiday listen

    • By blueskythinker on 21-07-10

    Regular price: £15.99

    • The Rotters' Club

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Jeff Rawle
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Jonathan Coe's new novel is set in the 1970s against a distant backdrop of strikes, terrorist attacks, and growing racial tension. A group of young friends inherit the editorship of their school magazine and begin to put their own distinctive spin onto events in the wider world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant if you've ever lived in the Midlands

    • By Amazon Customer on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The House of Sleep

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Sarah is a narcoleptic who has dreams so vivid she mistakes them for real events; Robert has his life changed forever by the misunderstandings arising from her condition; Terry, the insomniac, spends his wakeful nights fuelling his obsession with movies; and the increasingly unstable Dr Gregory Dudden sees sleep as a life-shortening disease which must be eradicated...A group of students sharing a house. They fall in and out of love, they drift apart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A terrific listen

    • By Stephen on 04-05-11

    Regular price: £19.29

    • The Dwarves of Death

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Music, murder...and Madeleine. William has a lot on his mind. Firstly there's The Alaska Factory, the band he plays in. They're no good, and they make his songs sound about as groovy as an unpressed record. In fact they're so bad he's seriously thinking of leaving to join a group called The Unfortunates. Secondly, there's Madeleine, his high-maintenance girlfriend, whose idea of a night of passion is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical followed by a doorstep peck on the cheek. Maybe they're not soul mates after all? Lastly, there's the bizarre murder he's just witnessed. 

    Regular price: £17.99

    • A Touch of Love

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Peter Caulfield
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Robin, a postgrad student in Coventry, has spent four and a half years not writing his thesis. He and his academic colleagues, united by pallor, social ineptitude and sexual inexperience, once spent hours discussing their theories, but they somehow never made it into print. Now his unfinished thesis languishes in a drawer, and Robin hides in his room, increasingly frightened by a world he doesn't understand. His friends have failed him, and romance eludes him. His only outlet is his short stories, scribbled in notebooks and expressing his secret obsessions and frustrations.

    Regular price: £17.99

    • La banda dei brocchi

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Jesus Emiliano Coltorti
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Trotter, Harding, Anderton e Chase: sembra il nome di un prestigioso studio legale; in realtà si tratta di un quartetto di giovani amici, che frequenta un liceo elitario di Birmingham, quel tipo di scuola che preleva giovani intelligenti dal loro background ordinario e li fa atterrare in una classe sociale diversa da quella dei loro genitori. I ragazzi sono destinati a Cambridge e Oxford, a carriere importanti, mentre i loro genitori rimangono impantanati nel loro mondo di matrimoni sciovinisti, scontri sindacali, guerre di classe e di razza, di ignoranza culturale.

    Regular price: £22.79

    • The Closed Circle

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Jeff Rawle
    • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Set against the backdrop of the Millennium celebrations and Britain's increasingly compromised role in America's war against terrorism, The Closed Circle lifts the lid on an era in which politics and presentation, ideology and the media, have become virtually indistinguishable. Darkly comic, hugely engaging, and compulsively readable, it is the much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Coe's best-selling novel The Rotters' Club and reintroduces us to the characters first encountered in that book.

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Circolo chiuso

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Jesus Emiliano Coltorti
    • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Alle soglie del capodanno del 2000 Claire Newman, reduce da un matrimonio fallito e da un lungo soggiorno in Italia, decide di tornare in Inghilterra, nella sua vecchia città di Birmingham. Pensa sia venuto il momento, dopo più di vent'anni, di scoprire definitivamente cosa sia successo a sua sorella Miriam, scomparsa misteriosamente all'improvviso nel 1978. Tornare a Birmingham significa anche rientrare in contatto con amici e conoscenti persi di vista e riannodare rapporti complessi, quello con suo figlio, per esempio, che aveva deciso di restare a vivere con il padre in Inghilterra.

    Regular price: £22.79

    • Pentatonic

    • A Story of Music
    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Coe
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    When a family celebrates the prize-giving day at their daughter’s secondary school, thoughts turn to their own childhoods. The father remembers his living room piano recital, recorded on a well-worn cassette tape. The mother remembers her own father’s war tragedy. As the father searches for the physical reminder of his past and the mother longs to forget her own, they confront the breakdown of their marriage in the present.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • The Story of Gulliver

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Jon Cartwright
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Gulliver is a travel-hungry and adventurous ship's doctor who has the odd misfortune of being ship-wrecked four times in as many voyages. Gulliver finds himself a giant among tiny humans in Lilliput; a tiny human among giants in Brobdignag; on the flying island of Laputa, with its most impractical intellectuals; and finally in the land of the Houyhnhnms, talking horses who think precious little of human ‘Yahoos’.

    Regular price: £5.29

    • Numero undici

    • Storie che testimoniano la follia
    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Jesus Emiliano Coltorti, Mattea Serpelloni
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    L'undicesimo romanzo di Jonathan Coe è una storia dei nostri tempi: dal suicidio di David Kelly, lo scienziato britannico che aveva rivelato le bugie di Tony Blair sulla guerra in Iraq, agli anni austeri della Gran Bretagna che conosciamo oggi. È un romanzo su quell'infinità di piccole connessioni tra la sfera pubblica e quella privata, e su come queste connessioni finiscano per toccarci, tutti. Un romanzo sui lasciti della guerra e sulla fine dell'innocenza.

    Regular price: £20.69

    • La pioggia prima che cada

    • By: Jonathan Coe
    • Narrated by: Claudia Razzi
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    La Zia Rosamond non è più. È morta nella sua casa nello Shropshire, dove viveva sola, dopo l'abbandono di Rebecca e la morte di Ruth, la pittrice che è stata la sua ultima compagna. A trovare il cadavere è stato il suo medico. Aveva settantatré anni ed era malata di cuore, ma non aveva mai voluto farsi fare un bypass. Quando è morta, stava ascoltando un disco - canti dell'Auvergne - e aveva un microfono in mano. Sul tavolo c'era un album di fotografie. Evidentemente, la povera Rosamond stava guardando delle foto e registrando delle cassette.

    Regular price: £8.29

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