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    • A Far Cry from Kensington

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 283

    First published in 1988 and described by Ali Smith as 'one of Muriel Spark's most liberating, and meditative novels' - A Far Cry from Kensington shows Muriel Spark at the mature height of her powers.The narrator is one Mrs. Hawkins. She writes from Italy, a far cry from Kensington indeed, taking us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. As a young, rather fat war-widow she spent her days working for a crazy, almost bankrupt publisher; and her nights offering advice from her boarding-house in South Kensington.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • some writer some narrator good story.

    • By Amazon Customer on 16-04-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 361
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 303

    "You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime." So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sharp wit that doesn't date

    • By Adrienne on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Loitering with Intent

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    "How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Loitering about London in 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world", as secretary to the odd Autobiographical Association. Are they a group of mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance, or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of her best

    • By jacqueline jenkins on 31-08-16

    Regular price: £16.39

    • The Girls of Slender Means

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 193

    The Girls of Slender Means is the third Muriel Spark audio release of 2012, following The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Complete Short Stories. It is 1945; a time of cultural and political change, and also one of slender means. Spark's evocative and sharply drawn novel focuses on a group of women living together in a hostel in Kensington who face new challenges in uncertain times. The novel is at once dramatic and character-based, and shows Muriel Spark at the height of her literary powers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slender but spirited

    • By marie on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Driver's Seat

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 95

    Lise is thin, neither good-looking nor bad-looking. One day she walks out of her office, acquires a gaudy new outfit, adopts a girlier tone of voice and heads to the airport to fly south. On the plane she takes a seat between two men. One is delighted with her company, the other is deeply perturbed. So begins an unnerving journey into the darker recesses of human nature.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Elegant and creepy

    • By marie on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Complete Short Stories

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished, from one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century. From the cruel irony of A member of the Family to the fateful echoes of The Go-Away Bird and the unexpectedly sinister The Girl I Left Behind Me, in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road, Muriel Spark coolly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Exceptional reading of substantial short stories

    • By T on 07-05-15

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Memento Mori

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Eve Karpf
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    "Remember you must die" says the telephone caller.This the voice, and message communicated in a series of anonymous calls made to many elderly people. Including; Dame Lettie, a blue-blooded reformer, Godfrey - her rather irritating brother, and his once fabulous novelist wife Charmian. But who is the caller? And why are they reminding them of this final truth? It's unsettling and mysterious. The activity increases and soon a witch-hunt is in full force, with nobody beyond suspicion.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing story, one performance.

    • By Alice on 09-09-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Ballad of Peckham Rye

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    When the firm of Meadows, Meade & Grindley hires Dougal Douglas (a.k.a. Douglas Dougal) to do "human research" into the private lives of its workforce, they are in no way prepared for the mayhem, mutiny, and murder he will stir up. In fact, this Music Man of the thoroughly modern corporation changes the lives of all the eccentric characters he meets, from Miss Merle Coverdale, head of the typing pool, to V.R. Druce, unsuspecting Managing Director.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dougal Douglas comes to town

    • By L on 21-10-16

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Symposium

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Glen McCready
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Ten stylish Londoners assemble for a smart dinner party - a knot of people with pasts and connections that at first seem few but are later found to be many. As the wine flows and conversation continues, the guests anticipate the arrival of the distinguished Hilda Damien, a rich widow, who is expected to look in after dinner. But Hilda is inexplicably absent for a very grim reason.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Imaginative tale

    • By Kirstine on 21-01-08

    Regular price: £19.79

    • The Mandelbaum Gate

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    The Mandelbaum Gate divides the conflict-torn realm of Jerusalem, separating Israel from Jordan. Barbara Vaughn, a stubborn young English woman and half-Jewish Catholic convert, insists upon crossing the divide in order to rendezvous with her fiancé, in spite of the very real danger. Her quest sets off a series of bizarre situations and adventures, set against the backdrop of the Eichmann trial of 1961.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narration Problem

    • By A. Hill on 02-05-13

    Regular price: £21.69

    • The Bachelors

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    First found contentedly chatting in their London clubs and shopping at Fortnum's, the cozy bachelors are not set to stay cozy for long. Soon enough, the men are variously tormented - defrauded, stolen from, blackmailed, or pressed to attend horrid séances - and then plunged, all together, into the nastiest of lawsuits. At the center of that suit hovers pale, blank Patrick Seton, the medium.

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Cats

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse, James Thurber, Edgar Allan Poe, and others
    • Narrated by: Liza Goddard, Richard Griffiths
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    This wonderful collection, ideal for cat lovers and feline fanatics, brings together the best and worst of catty behaviour. Ranging from the very funny to the profound, this collection has something to please everyone - without running the risk of developing an allergy!

    Regular price: £9.99

    • Miss Jean Brodies bästa år

    • By: Muriel Sparks
    • Narrated by: Cecilia Walton Agrell
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    På en flickskola i mellankrigstidens Edinburgh samlar Miss Jean Brodie en frigjord, passionerad och högst målmedveten lärarinna en skara noggrant handplockade elever: de allra, allra bästa, hennes flickor, Brodies gäng. De mer konventionella skolämnena får ge vika för kärlek, politik och konst, och Miss Jean Brodie gör allt för att forma flickorna till starka och oberoende kvinnor. Samtidigt har hon kärleksaffärer med två av skolans manliga lärare, varav den ena är gift.

    Regular price: £5.39