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    • Imperium

    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 940
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 940

    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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 559
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 559

    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

    • 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 296
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 163

    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

    • The Trials of Rumpole

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    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

    • 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 905
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 802
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 805

    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 Dark Vineyard

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Just before dawn one late-summer morning, Captain Bruno Courrèges is roused from sleep by the wail of the town siren atop the Mairie, summoning the volunteer firemen of St Denis. Bruno, the only policeman in the small Périgord town, follows the fire engines towards the site of a large barn, now engulfed in flames, the surrounding fields ablaze. Everything points to arson. A Californian wine maker is planning to buy up half the valley to create a huge wine-producing operation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An unfortunate mismatch

    • By Kl Love on 11-12-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Rumpole at Christmas

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Rumpole isn't particularly fond of Christmas; he finds it has a horrible habit of dragging on as he and She Who Must Be Obeyed go through the usual rituals in Froxbury Mansions. After the exchange of presents (lavender water for her, a tie for him) they settle down to a supermarket turkey with all the trimmings, followed by a glass of port. The only excitement comes in deciding whether to stand for the national anthem after the Queen's Speech.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok collection of short Rumpole stories with a Xmas theme

    • By Maggie on 22-08-17

    Regular price: £12.29

    • Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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

    • IQ

    • How Psychology Hijacked Intelligence
    • By: Stephen Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    IQ scores have the power to determine the chances we have in life: the people we meet, the schools we attend, the jobs we get, the lives we live. Very few of us, however, understand what IQ tests and ratings really mean. In this fascinating, provocative book, Stephen Murdoch explains the turbulent history and controversial current uses of intelligence testing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding, provides masses of food for thought.

    • By Leon on 23-05-11
    • How Psychology Hijacked Intelligence
    • By: Stephen Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 20-08-09
    • 4 out of 5 stars 26 ratings

    Regular price: £18.49

    • 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 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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

    • The Crowded Grave

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Life in south-west rural France is not the sleepy idyll you might suppose. Local duck and goose farms are being attacked by animal rights protestors attempting to halt the production of foie gras. A senior policeman has been shot by terrorists believed to be the Basque Separatists of ETA. And if that weren’t enough, a group of students have just unearthed a ‘modern’ skeleton during a dig at one of the ancient sites of this famous region and home to prehistoric man - a dig that has brought an influx of foreigners to the Dordogne.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable read

    • By G. Barber on 14-04-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    ASBOs may be the pride and joy of New Labour, but they don't cut much ice with Horace Rumpole - he takes the old-fashioned view that if anyone is going to be threatened with a restriction of their liberty then some form of legal proceeding ought to be gone through first. When one of the Timson children is given an ASBO for playing football in the street, Rumpole soon realizes something fishy is going on.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sheer Genius

    • By Dasmon on 16-02-13

    Regular price: £10.99

    • 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 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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

    • Black Diamond

    • By: Martin Walker
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    France’s Périgord region is the home of the black truffle and at five thousand euros a kilo, the exquisite ‘Black Diamond’ is a treasured local asset. When reports come in that this unique delicacy is being adulterated with a cheaper Chinese version, Captain Bruno Courrèges is asked to investigate the scam. But matters take a much darker turn when a horrific murder occurs, and Bruno has his work cut out to find the connection between present crimes and long-buried ones that are linked to France’s colonial past.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good suspense story

    • By Mary Carnegie on 17-09-16

    Regular price: £18.49

    • Conclave (BBC Radio 4: Friday Play)

    • By: Hugh Costello
    • Narrated by: David Calder, Alison Reid, Nicholas Le Prevost, and others
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    After the short reign and mysterious death of Pope John Paul I, the election of a new Pope takes place in an atmosphere of high tension between opposing factions within the Vatican, including those who want to elect the first non-Italian Pope for over four hundred years. Starring David Calder, Alison Reid, Nicholas Le Prevost, Andrew Hilton, Nigel Anthony, Paul Humpoletz, Paul Nicholson, Christian Rodska, Jonathan Nibbs, Bill Wallis, David Collins, and Paul Dodgson. With John Sandeman and Kristian Phillips.

    Regular price: £8.00

    • 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 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    "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

    • 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 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    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

    • Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors

    • Children of the Red King, Book 5
    • By: Jenny Nimmo
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Charlie and his friends are back in danger, and the balance of power between the Children of the Red King has never been more dangerous. In a dark laboratory deep within Bloor’s Academy, Manfred and Ezekiel are brewing up a very nasty kind of trouble for Charlie Bone...The fifth fantastic story in the Charlie Bone series, from acclaimed author Jenny Nimmo.

    Regular price: £17.19

    • 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 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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

    • The Untouchable

    • By: John Banville
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Victor Maskell has been betrayed. After the announcement in the Commons, the hasty revelation of his double life of wartime espionage, his photograph is all over the papers. His disgrace is public, his position as curator of the Queen’s pictures terminated… Maskell writes his own testament, in an act not unlike the restoration of one of his beloved pictures, in order for the process of verification and attribution to begin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent match of narrator and text

    • By Harrow on 26-04-12

    Regular price: £20.99

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