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    • The Sense of an Ending

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Richard Morant
    • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 866
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 602
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 598

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Sense of an Ending

    • By Carol on 01-09-11

    Regular price: £12.29

    • The Only Story

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Guy Mott
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 137

    'Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.' First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at 19. At 19, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love's Labour Lost?

    • By Rachel Redford on 21-02-18

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Noise of Time

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 224

    In May 1937, a man in his early 30s waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now, and few who are taken to the Big House ever return.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The noise in his head

    • By Annelie on 15-02-16

    Regular price: £10.49

    • The Lemon Table

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Timothy West, Prunella Scales
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In a collection that is wise, funny, clever and moving, Julian Barnes has created characters whose passions and longings are made all the stronger by the knowledge that, for them, time is almost at an end.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bit of a lemon

    • By GRANIA on 26-05-11

    Regular price: £14.49

    • A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    This is one of the defining novels of English writer Julian Barnes. An entertaining melange of stories starting with a contemporary account of the launch of Noah's Ark takes us into unexpected areas of human foibles, activities, and tendencies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining, often funny

    • By Martin on 13-05-09

    Regular price: £39.39

    • Flaubert's Parrot

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Richard Morant
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Flaubert’s Parrot deals with Flaubert, parrots, bears and railways; with our sense of the past and our sense of abroad; with France and England, life and art, sex and death, George Sand and Louise Colet, aesthetics and redcurrant jam; and with its enigmatic narrator, a retired English doctor, whose life and secrets are slowly revealed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Never Abridge A Parrot!

    • By Aquilina Christophorus on 24-04-17

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Arthur and George

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Julian Barnes's Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel is based on Arthur Conan Doyle's extraordinary real-life fight for justice. Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur becomes a doctor, and then a writer; George a solicitor in Birmingham. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, George remains in hardworking obscurity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well written, intriguing story.

    • By Mary Carnegie on 07-08-16

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Levels of Life

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Julian Barnes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truthful and painful

    • By Susan on 05-12-13

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Love, etc

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey, Alex Jennings, Clare Higgins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    In Talking It Over, Gillian and Stuart were married until Oliver - witty, feckless Oliver - stole her away. In Love, etc, Julian Barnes revisits Stuart, Gillian, and Oliver, using the same intimate technique of allowing the characters to speak directly to the listener, to whisper their secrets, to argue for their version of the truth… Love, etc is a compelling exploration of contemporary love and its betrayals.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • witty, clever, but not engaging

    • By T on 02-10-14

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Keeping an Eye Open

    • Essays on Art
    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    "Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting. But we are very far from reaching that state. We remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things, to form opinions, to argue.... It is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence."

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • 'allo 'allo

    • By Matthew on 26-08-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Nothing to Be Frightened Of

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Julian Barnes
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Julian Barnes' new book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with his brother (a philosopher), a meditation on morality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and homage to the French writer Jules Renard. Though he warns us that 'this is not my autobiography', the result is a tour of the mind of one of our most brilliant writers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Frustrating but worth persevering with.

    • By A Reader on 15-06-09

    Regular price: £19.69

    • A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Beginning with an unlikely stowaway’s account of life on board Noah’s Ark, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters presents a surprising, subversive, fictional history of earth told from several kaleidoscopic perspectives. Noah disembarks from his ark but he and his voyage are not forgotten: they are revisited in on other centuries and other climes - by a Victorian spinster mourning her father, by an American astronaut on an obsessive personal mission....

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Pulse

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The brilliant new collection of short stories from Man Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes. The stories in Julian Barnes’ long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. Each character is bent to a pulse, propelled on by success and loss, by new beginnings and endings.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mixed bag

    • By Jackie in London on 20-11-15

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Talking It Over

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey, Alex Jennings, Clare Higgins
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    Introducing Stuart, Gillian and Oliver. One by one they take their turn to speak straight out to the camera - and give their side of a contemporary love triangle. What begins as a comedy of misunderstanding slowly darkens and deepens into a compelling exploration of the quagmires of the heart.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-18

    Regular price: £15.69

    • England, England

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Julian Barnes
    • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    As every schoolboy knows, you can fit the whole of England on the Isle of White. Grotesque, visionary tycoon Sir Jack Pitman takes the saying literally and does exactly that. He constructs on the island 'The Project', a vast heritage centre containing everything 'English', from Big Ben to Stonehenge, from Manchester United to the white Cliffs of Dover. The project is monstrous, risky, and vastly successful. In fact, it gradually begins to rival 'Old' England and even threatens to supersede it....

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Metroland

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Greg Wise
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 12

    The adolescent Christopher and his soul mate, Toni, had sneered at the stifling ennui of Metroland, their cosy patch of suburbia on the Metropolitan line. They had longed for Life to begin - meaning Sex and Freedom - to travel and choose their own clothes. Then Chris, at 30, starts to settle comfortably into bourgeois contentment himself. Luckily, Toni is still around to challenge such backsliding.

    Regular price: £13.29

    • Through the Window

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 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

    In these 17 essays (and one short story) the 2011 Man Booker Prize winner examines British, French, and American writers who have meant most to him, as well as the cross-currents and overlappings of their different cultures. From the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling's view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the many translations of Madame Bovary to the fabulations of Ford Madox Ford, from the National Treasure status of George Orwell to the despair of Michel Houellebecq, Julian Barnes considers what fiction is.

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Vice President Mike Pence Vows U.S. Support for European Union

    • By: Julian E. Barnes, Laurence Norman
    • Narrated by: Alexander Quincy
    • Length: 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Vice President Mike Pence Vows U.S. Support for European Union" is from the February 20, 2017 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Julian E. Barnes and Laurence Norman and narrated by Alexander Quincy.

    Regular price: £0.89

    • La seule histoire

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Théo Frilet
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Un premier amour détermine une vie pour toujours : c'est ce que j'ai découvert au fil des ans. Il n'occupe pas forcément un rang supérieur à celui des amours ultérieures, mais elles seront toujours affectées par son existence. Il peut servir de modèle, ou de contre-exemple. Il peut éclipser les amours ultérieures ; d'un autre côté, il peut les rendre plus faciles, meilleures.

    Regular price: £17.39

    • Cross Channel

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Julian Barnes
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    No one has a better perspective on life on both sides of the channel than Julian Barnes. In these exquisitely crafted stories spanning several centuries, he takes as his universal theme the British in France; from the last days of a reclusive English composer, the beef consuming 'navvies' labouring on the Paris-Rouen railway to a lonely woman mourning the death of her brother on the battlefields of the Somme.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating

    • By jane on 28-04-18

    Regular price: £11.99

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