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    • A Classical Education

    • The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School
    • By: Caroline Taggart
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 335
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 199

    Is the Greek alphabet all Greek to you? Is geometry your Achilles heel and does your knowledge of Homer have more to do with The Simpsons than the Sirens? From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancient World, yet our understanding of it is episodic at best. But it's never too late to learn....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Light but not insubstantial

    • By catherine on 01-12-10

    Regular price: £12.29

    • Imperium

    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,020
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb story, utterly superb narration.

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-01-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Lustrum

    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 671
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 621
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 620

    Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy. The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best reader

    • By Hugo on 09-05-16

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

    • By: Helen Simonson
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 966
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 859
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 862

    Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women; his grasping, ambitious son; and the ever-spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Ali, the widowed village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, the Major is drawn out of his regimented world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Old age is not for softies

    • By Morag on 24-05-11

    Regular price: £19.19

    • The Trials of Rumpole

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole whose court scenes are proverbial, and whose home is ruled by Mrs Rumpole, is back in these short stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very enjoyable read

    • By Flint on 07-12-14

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Rumpole and the Angel of Death

    • By: Sir John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    In this collection of Rumpole stories the comic, courageous, and corpulent 'great defender of muddled and sinful humanity' is joined by a winning cast of villains and victims in tales whose wry humour and sparkling wit deftly send up the legal system. In Rumpole and the Angel of Death our hero achieves resounding triumphs over the forces of prejudice and mean-mindedness. Rumpole and the Way through the Woods involves Rumpole in the world of hunters and the hunted, animal rights and human wrongs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage Rumpole

    • By Hilary T. on 29-09-12

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Rumpole and the Golden Thread

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole continues to juggle the vagaries of the law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As if Leo MKern was still with us.

    • By Lesley on 08-08-10

    Regular price: £18.49

    • Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    In the dark days of the war on terror, only one man can be counted on to fight injustice, defend the innocent, and insist on a fair and decent trial for all, contrary to New Labour's new anti-terrorism laws. Rumpole's wig may be yellowing at the roots, his gown might be in tatters, but the oldest inhabitant of 4 Equity Court has no use for the word 'retirement'.

    Regular price: £12.29

    • Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder

    • Oscar Wilde Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    "I see murder in this unhappy hand...." When Mrs. Robinson, palmist to the Prince of Wales, reads Oscar Wilde's hand she cannot know what she has predicted. Nor can Oscar know what he has set in motion when, that same evening, he proposes a game of "Murder" in which each of his Sunday Supper Club guests must write down those whom they would like to kill. For the fourteen "victims" begin to die mysteriously, one by one, and in the order in which their names were drawn from the bag....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping yet easy listening

    • By Claire on 23-03-14

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Closed Circle

    • By: Robert Goddard
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    The year is 1931. The new and luxurious transatlantic liner Empress of Britain is on her eastward passage. Among the first-class passengers on board are two English confidence tricksters, making a discreet exit from a little awkwardness they have left behind them in the United States.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More twist & turns than a corkscrew

    • By Kirstine on 02-05-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives

    • By: Michael Bond
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Having delivered a particularly stirring speech at his recently deceased colleague's funeral, Monsieur Pamplemousse is more than a little disturbed when the coffin explodes during the ceremony. Luckily, his faithful hound Pommes Frites gave out a warning cry just in time, so there were no casualties. But, who exactly is behind this explosion? And was the same person responsible for his late co-worker's demise?

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Last Friends

    • By: Jane Gardam
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize. Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat told with bristling tenderness and black humour the stories of that titan of the Hong Kong law courts, Old Filth QC, and his clever, misunderstood wife, Betty. Last Friends, the final volume of this trilogy, picks up with Terence Veneering, Filth's great rival in work and - though it was never spoken of - in love.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jane will transport you to another time & place making you wish you knew the characters personally

    • By barbara on 26-11-17

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Rumpole and the Primrose Path

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    We last left Rumpole in his hospital bed after his sudden collapse in court. Now our hero finds himself in the Primrose Path nursing home - or a hospice as he persists in describing it. Things aren't looking good for Rumpole - until suddenly he begins to sense there's something wrong with the place, and all his intelligence and formidable insight into human behaviour come to the fore again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rumpole Wins Again

    • By Val Pope on 16-03-11

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Great Love Poems

    • By: William Blake, Robert Burns, Edward Lear
    • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter, Bill Paterson, Maxine Peake, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    An anthology of over 60 classic love poems, read by some of our finest actors. Love has always been the supreme inspiration for poets, whether romantic or platonic, reciprocated or unrequited. This collection contains a range of the very best love poems, including Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress", Keats' "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and Byron's "So We'll Go No More A-Roving" - as well as several sonnets from the master himself, William Shakespeare.

    Regular price: £6.79

    • Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Horace Rumpole - cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients - often speaks of the great murder trial which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man. Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the Penge Bungalow Murders case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A little too long. Probably for Rumpole fans only

    • By Mark H on 11-05-14

    Regular price: £13.49

    • The Wreck of the Mary Deare

    • By: Hammond Innes
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    They dismissed the Mary Deare as ‘a piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap’. For 40 years this 6,000-ton freighter had tramped the seas, suffered shipwreck twice, and been torpedoed three times in two world wars. Then one March night, battered and bruised and empty, she emerged from severe Biscay gales into the English Channel - and into the newspaper headlines. Here was a ship of mystery and tragedy... in one of the greatest sea stories of all time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great Seafaring Yarn

    • By R on 21-01-15

    Regular price: £18.49

    • Rumpole for the Defence

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole continues to juggle the vagaries of the law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it

    • By Hydee on 01-03-19

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Rumpole's Last Case

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole is back with seven marvelous stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rumpole's Last Case

    • By Carol on 23-05-11

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Mark of the Pasha

    • A Mamur Zapt Mystery
    • By: Michael Pearce
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Gareth Cadwallader Owen is the Mamur Zapt, the Head of the Khedive's Secret Police. However, unlike his British colleagues, Owen works for the Khedive. It's not a comfortable perch, as agitation for political and social restructuring grows. Furthermore, Owen is married to a pasha's daughter, Zeinab, herself straddling a cultural divide.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intrigue in Egypt

    • By K. Spraggs on 13-02-19

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Downhill All the Way

    • By: Edward Enfield
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Fed up with questions about what he was going to do when he retired, Edward decided to get on his bicycle and ride from Le Havre to the Mediterranean. He struggled in Normandy to get directions from old men tipsy on Calvados by 9 am, passed by prairies of corn and acres of sunflowers, and hit his stride on the towpath of the Burgundy canal. He explored the mystery of what an ouvrier eats for lunch, and was barred from a swimming pool because his trunks were too decent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hugely entertaining

    • By Clare C on 22-02-19

    Regular price: £13.49

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