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    • London

    • The Biography, Foundations
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Get under the skin of a city

    • By Nigel on 03-05-06

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Hawksmoor

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor was first published in 1985. Alternating between the eighteenth century, when Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Christopher Wren, builds seven London churches that house a terrible secret, and the 1980s, when London detective Nicholas Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sight of certain old churches, Hawksmoor is a brilliant tale of darkness and shadow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • London as a place of darkness and enlightenment

    • By Kaggy on 26-01-18

    Regular price: £18.49

    • London

    • The Biography, Districts and Suburbs
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • London

    • By c gardiner on 14-04-18

    Regular price: £11.99

    • London

    • The Biography, Street Life and the People
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Comprehensive, detailed

    • By RELish on 10-07-18
    • The Biography, Street Life and the People
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 02-11-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 61 ratings

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Canterbury Tales

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett, Anita Wright
    • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    A motley group of travellers meet at a London inn on their way to Canterbury, where they agree to take part in a storytelling competition. As they make their way on the road, they drink, laugh, flirt, argue, interrupt and try to outdo each other with their tales. Funny, moving, outrageous and life-affirming, the 24 stories here blend comedy and tragedy, heroic adventure, high romance and salacious humour.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a revelation!

    • By Ms. C. T. Bell on 06-10-13

    Regular price: £20.09

    • London

    • The Biography, Trade and Enterprise
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    • The Biography, Trade and Enterprise
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 02-11-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 34 ratings

    Regular price: £11.99

    • London

    • The Biography, Fire and Pestilence
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Thames

    • Sacred River, Volume 2: The Working River
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    The Thames has been a highway, a frontier, and an attack route; it has been a playground and a sewer, a source of water, and a source of power. Every stretch has its own character, atmosphere, and stories. Thames: Sacred River explores the river from source to sea. Peter Ackroyd, best-selling author of London: The Biography, tells the story of the river and the people who have lived on and by it over the centuries.

    • Sacred River, Volume 2: The Working River
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 29-08-07
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Death of King Arthur

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    An immortal story of love, adventure, chivalry, treachery and death brought to new life for our times. The legend of King Arthur has retained its appeal and popularity through the ages: Mordred's treason, the knightly exploits of Tristan, Lancelot's fatally divided loyalties and his love for Guinevere, the quest for the Holy Grail.

    Regular price: £15.79

    • Shakespeare

    • The Biography, The Upstart Crow: Ambitious Actor and Poet, Volume II
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Peter Ackroyd's insightful new biography positions Shakespeare in the close context of his world. In this way, Ackroyd not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare's life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background. Walk with Ackroyd through sixteenth century London and Stratford as he uncovers the intimate circumstances of Shakespeare's life.

    • The Biography, The Upstart Crow: Ambitious Actor and Poet, Volume II
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 26-09-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

    Regular price: £18.00

    • Thames

    • Sacred River, Volume 1: The Mirror of History
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The Thames has been a highway, a frontier, and an attack route; it has been a playground and a sewer, a source of water and a source of power. Every stretch has its own character, atmosphere and stories. Thames: Sacred River explores the river from source to sea. Peter Ackroyd, best-selling author of London: The Biography, tells the story of the river and the people who have lived on and by it over the centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An ent

    • By Edgar Livingstone on 21-03-17
    • Sacred River, Volume 1: The Mirror of History
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 29-08-07
    • 4 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Shakespeare

    • The Biography, The Onlie Begetter: Literary Stardom and Royal Patronage, Volume IV
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Peter Ackroyd's insightful new biography positions Shakespeare in the close context of his world. In this way, Ackroyd not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare's life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background. Walk with Ackroyd through sixteenth century London and Stratford as he uncovers the intimate circumstances of Shakespeare's life.

    • The Biography, The Onlie Begetter: Literary Stardom and Royal Patronage, Volume IV
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Release date: 26-09-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Regular price: £18.00

    • Shakespeare

    • The Biography, Aspiring Spirit: From Stratford to London, Volume I
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Peter Ackroyd's insightful new biography positions Shakespeare in the close context of his world. In this way, Ackroyd not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare's life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background. Walk with Ackroyd through sixteenth century London and Stratford as he uncovers the intimate circumstances of Shakespeare's life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Masterly Written and Performed

    • By Soranus on 20-07-15
    • The Biography, Aspiring Spirit: From Stratford to London, Volume I
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 26-09-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

    Regular price: £18.00

    • Shakespeare

    • The Biography, A Muse of Fire: Successful Playwright and Businessman, Volume III
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Peter Ackroyd's insightful new biography positions Shakespeare in the close context of his world. In this way, Ackroyd not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare's life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background. Walk with Ackroyd through sixteenth century London and Stratford as he uncovers the intimate circumstances of Shakespeare's life.

    • The Biography, A Muse of Fire: Successful Playwright and Businessman, Volume III
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 26-09-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

    Regular price: £18.00

    • The Trial of Elizabeth Cree

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht, Simon Prebble, Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    If your tastes run to Victorian mysteries and murder, you’ll enjoy Peter Ackroyd’s special blending of fact and fiction in this magnificent recreation of the bizarre murders that rocked Victorian England. Drawing on surviving police records and court transcripts, Ackroyd paints a fascinating portrait of a savage murderer, the terror that rippled across London, and the innocent woman charged with the crimes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Trial of Elizabeth Cree

    • By mr eric hughes on 01-10-17

    Regular price: £23.79

    • Chatterton

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Poet, forger, and genius, Thomas Chatterton died in 1770, aged 18. His death was thought to be suicide: But what really happened? Two hundred years later, Charles Wychwood and Harriet Scrope become obsessed with decoding the clues in an 18th-century manuscript. Their investigation raises some intriguing questions....

    A century before, as 19th-century artist Henry Wallis paints his celebrated portrait of Chatterton lying dead in an attic room, he, too, becomes fascinated by the mystery. Then Chatterton himself steps forward, with his own story....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By Peter on 06-12-15

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Thames

    • Sacred River, Volume 3: Shadows and Depths
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    The Thames has been a highway, a frontier, and an attack route; it has been a playground and a sewer, a source of water, and a source of power. Every stretch has its own character, atmosphere, and stories. Thames: Sacred River explores the river from source to sea. Peter Ackroyd, best-selling author of London: The Biography, tells the story of the river and the people who have lived on and by it over the centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing! a great description of a great river!

    • By Carlos M. Saavedra on 05-01-19
    • Sacred River, Volume 3: Shadows and Depths
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 29-08-07
    • 5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Mystery of Charles Dickens

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 19

    In this BBC Radio adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's spectacular one-man show, Simon Callow portrays both Charles Dickens and many of his best-loved characters, from Mr. Micawber and Bill Sikes to Oliver Twist and Nancy. Readings from his novels interweave with the author's own words and an incisive, compassionate narrative. Dickens' idyllic childhood in Chatham was swapped for his family's penurious existence in London.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Charles Dickens

    • By Anonymous User on 31-01-18

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Three Brothers

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Three Brothers follows the fortunes of Harry, Daniel and Sam Hanway, born on a post-war council estate in Camden Town. Marked out from the start by curious coincidence, each boy is forced to make his own way in the world – a world of dodgy deals and big business, of criminal gangs and crooked landlords, of newspaper magnates, back-biters and petty thieves. London is the backdrop and the connecting fabric of these three lives, reinforcing Ackroyd’s grand theme that place and history create, surround and engulf us.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An intriguing and original story

    • By Karen on 04-02-14

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Fall of Troy

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    Sophia Chrysanthis is in her 20s when the celebrated German archaeologist, Herr Obermann, seeks her out; he wants a Greek bride who is able to read Homer. Sophia passes his test, and soon she is tying canvas sacking to her legs so that she can kneel on the hard ground in the trench. Obermann is very good in the art of archaeology - perhaps too good. Obsessive and intuitive, he is a romantic visionary.

    Regular price: £14.69