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    • The Inklings

    • C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends
    • By: Humphrey Carpenter
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    During the 1930s at Oxford, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams - remarkable friends, writers, and scholars - met regularly to discuss philosophy and literature and to read aloud from their own works in progress. Calling themselves the Inklings, their circle grew. It was in this company that such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first found an audience.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fascinating

    • By Christina Coombes on 30-07-18

    Regular price: £21.59

    • Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty

    • By: William Bligh
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    In 1787, William Bligh, commander of the Bounty, sailed under Captain Cook on a voyage to Tahiti to collect plants of the breadfruit tree, with a view to acclimatizing the species to the West Indies. During their six-month stay on the island, his men became completely demoralized, and on the return voyage mutinied. Yet a resentful crew, coupled with ravaging storms and ruthless savages, proved to be merely stages leading up to the anxiety-charged ordeal to come.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • amazing true story

    • By billy on 16-08-18

    Regular price: £22.89

    • Sailing Alone Around the World

    • By: Joshua Slocum
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 36
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      5 out of 5 stars 32

    Challenged by an expert who said it couldn’t be done, Joshua Slocum, a fearless New England sea captain, set out in April 1895 to prove that a man could sail alone around the world. A little over three years and forty-six thousand miles later, the proof was complete. This is Slocum’s own account of his remarkable adventures during the historic voyage of the Spray.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!

    • By Bob on 21-10-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • From the Earth to the Moon

    • By: Jules Verne
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 7

    The War of the Rebellion is over, and the members of the American Gun Club, bored with inactivity, look around for a new project. At last they have it: "We will build the greatest projectile the world has ever seen and make the moon our 38th state!" When From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865, it was regarded as pure fantasy. Who could imagine a rocket that would carry men and animals through space?

    Regular price: £16.39

    • The Histories

    • By: Herodotus
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 27 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
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      4 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Curiously successful

    • By Francis on 10-09-06

    Regular price: £36.69

    • Trollope

    • An Autobiography
    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Anthony Trollope is most famous for his portrait of the professional and landed classes of Victorian England, especially in his Palliser and Barsetshire novels. But he was also the author of one of the most fascinating autobiographies of the nineteenth century. Trollope was born in 1815, the product of a formidable mother and a tragically unsuccessful father who was socially ambitious for his sons. He was the victim of vicious bullying at Harrow and Winchester. But he had inherited his mother's determination, and managed later to carve out a successful career in the General Post Office while devoting every spare moment to writing. How he paid his groom to wake him every morning at 5:30 a.m. and disciplined himself to write 250 words every fifteen minutes has become part of literary legend. His efforts resulted in over sixty books, a sizable fortune, and fame, and his autobiography. Trollope looks back on his life with satisfaction. Perhaps as interesting as the facts he reveals and the opinions he records about Dickens and George Eliot, politics and the civil service are the judgments he passes on his own character.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Atrocious sound quality - But still worth it

    • By Kindle Kamper on 28-11-15

    Regular price: £19.29

    • Politics

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Over two millennia after its compilation, the Politics still offers much to consider with regards to political science. Aristotle's succinct and thoughtful analysis is based on his study of over 150 city constitutions and covers the gamut of political issues in order to establish which types of constitution are best, ideally as well as for particular circumstances, and how they may be maintained.

    Regular price: £20.29

    • The City of God

    • By: Saint Augustine
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 47 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Written between A.D. 413 and 426, The City of God is one of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought, a book which is vital to the understanding of modern Western society. Augustine originally intended it to be an apology for Christianity against the accusation that the Church was responsible for the decline of the Roman Empire, which had occurred just three years earlier. Indeed, Augustine produced a great amount of evidence to prove that paganism was responsible for this event. However, by the time the work was finished, the book had taken on a larger theme.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating, but with a tired reader

    • By G Douglas Whistler on 28-09-16

    Regular price: £39.39

    • Reflections on the Revolution in France

    • By: Edmund Burke
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 8

    This famous treatise began as a letter to a young French friend who asked Edmund Burke’s opinion on whether France’s new ruling class would succeed in creating a better order. Doubtless the friend expected a favorable reply, but Burke was suspicious of certain tendencies of the Revolution from the start and perceived that the revolutionaries were actually subverting the true "social order". Blending history with principle and graceful imagery with profound practical maxims, this book is one of the most influential political treatises in the history of the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book and reading

    • By Alan Michael Forrester on 08-07-13

    Regular price: £22.89

    • What’s Wrong with the World

    • By: G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    In this important book, G.K. Chesterton offers a remarkably perceptive analysis of social and moral issues, even more relevant today than in his own time. With a light, humorous tone but a deadly serious philosophy, he comments on errors in education, on feminism vs. true womanhood, on the importance of the child, and other issues, using incisive arguments against the trendsetters’ assaults on the common man and the family.

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Seizing the Enigma

    • The Race to Break the German U-Boats Codes, 1939–1943
    • By: David Kahn
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    For almost four desperate years between 1939 and 1943, British and American navies fought a savage, losing battle against German submarine wolf packs. The Allies might never have turned the tide of that historic battle without an intelligence coup. The race to break the German U-boat codes is one of the last great untold stories of World War II.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very revealing story about WWII

    • By jeffrey on 09-02-13

    Regular price: £27.49

    • A Rogue's Life

    • By: Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Propelled into society by his ever-hopeful father, Frank is introduced to a variety of professions in order to make his fortune. Not industrious by nature, however, Frank finds working life a challenge, and by his 25th birthday, he has failed medicine, portrait-painting, caricaturing, and even forgery. Disenchanted with life, he despairs of ever finding something to commit to — until he meets Alicia Dulcifer and her inexplicably wealthy father.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Miss on 21-02-13

    Regular price: £20.29

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 41 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 57
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stupendous

    • By melmoth2 on 28-01-08

    Regular price: £36.69

    • The Rights of Man

    • By: Thomas Paine
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Written in the late 18th century as a reply to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man is unquestionably one of the great classics on the subject of democracy. A vindication of the French Revolution and a critique of the British system of government, it defended the dignity of the common man in all countries against those who would discard him as one of the “swinish multitude.”

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Does not disappoint

    • By Dan Boresjo on 27-08-17

    Regular price: £20.29

    • Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense (Dramatized)

    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated by: Richard Lewis, Rick Cimino, Bernard Mayes, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    This recording contains fully dramatized versions of some the world's best loved classic tales of horror and suspense, complete with sound effects and music.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Patchwork and sometimes unintentionally comical

    • By Daniel on 10-04-13

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Two Years Before the Mast

    • By: Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Richard Henry Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 aboard the brig Pilgrim on a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. Drawing from his journals, Two Years Before the Mast gives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor's wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time.

    Regular price: £27.09

    • The Life of Samuel Johnson

    • By: James Boswell
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 54 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    James Boswell forever changed the genre of biography when he painstakingly transformed a scholarly profusion of detail into a perceptive, lifelike portrait of Dr. Samuel Johnson. James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson reveals a man of outsized appetites and private vulnerabilities and is the source of much of what we know about one of the towering figures of English literature.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Antony on 30-11-17

    Regular price: £38.69

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 3

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 39 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    This third volume of Gibbon's masterpiece covers the years A.D. 1185 to A.D. 1453 and explores the rise of Islam, the Crusades, the invention of gunpowder, Genghis Khan and the Mongol invasions, the Turkish conquests, and the beginning of the Renaissance.

    Regular price: £36.69

    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 40 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Famous for its unflagging narrative power, fine organization, and irresistibly persuasive arguments, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has earned a permanent place of honor in historical literature. Gibbon's elegantly detached erudition is seasoned with an ironic wit, and remarkably little of his work is outdated.

    Regular price: £36.69

    • The Life of Samuel Johnson

    • By: James Boswell
    • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
    • Length: 54 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    James Boswell forever changed the genre of biography when he painstakingly transformed a scholarly profusion of detail into a perceptive, lifelike portrait of Dr. Samuel Johnson. James Boswell’s biography reveals a man of outsized appetites and private vulnerabilities and is the source of much of what we know about one of the towering figures of English literature. Boswell spent a great deal of time with Johnson in his final years and from his scrupulously accurate memory and copious journal was able to faithfully record the brilliance and wit of Dr. Johnson’s conversation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This is it. Life in the 1700s

    • By Nico on 23-01-14

    Regular price: £32.89

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