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    • War and Peace

    • By: Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 61 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 121

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I knew I'd never read it

    • By Judith on 09-08-08

    Regular price: £39.39

    • The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

    • By: Robert Southey
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Having entered the British Navy at the age of 12, Horatio Lord Nelson achieved the rank of captain at the age of 20. As captain, he was quickly recognized as a magnetic and controversial figure. He triumphed at Cape St. Vincent and the Nile, but failed at Tenefife and Boulogne. With the glories of Copenhagen and Trafalgar yet ahead of him, his ardent passion for Emma Hamilton, the wife of a British Ambassador, cast a heavy shadow over his career.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Struggled with This One

    • By Alex Brounger on 04-06-10

    Regular price: £18.19

    • Le Morte D'Arthur

    • By: Sir Thomas Malory
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 32 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur's rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad's appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating stories, dreadful narration

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-13

    Regular price: £29.59

    • My Early Life

    • By: Winston Churchill
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    One of the classic volumes of autobiography, My Early Life is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan - where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account - and finally in South Africa.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A very good listen

    • By M. K. Slaughter on 07-01-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Dead Room Farce

    • A Charles Paris Mystery
    • By: Simon Brett
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Charles Paris' old friend Mark, who runs a recording studio in Bath where Charles is making a talking book, has a drinking problem that amounts to a death wish. But it's not the drink that kills Mark, it's somebody in the cast of Charles' play who has a dirty little secret that Mark must not be allowed to reveal...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable romp

    • By Kirstine on 14-01-09

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Decameron

    • By: Giovanni Boccaccio
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 29 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Giovanni Boccaccio, Dante, and Petrarch were the leading lights in a century that is considered the beginning of the Italian Renaissance. The Decameron, or Ten Days' Entertainment, is his most famous work, a collection of stories considered representative of the Middle Ages, as well as a product of the Renaissance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Victorian translation

    • By Schlock Horror on 20-04-15

    Regular price: £35.29

    • The Inimitable Jeeves

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Wodehouse weaves his wit through a wide collection of terrifying aunts, miserly uncles, love-sick friends, and unwanted fiancés. Bertie gets into a bit of trouble when one of his pals, Bingo Little, starts to fall in love with every second girl he lays his eyes on. But the soup gets really thick when Bingo decides to marry one of them and enlists Bertie's help. Luckily, he has the inimitable Jeeves to pull him out of it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great narration and a treat for all Jeeves fans

    • By Harihar on 08-07-13

    Regular price: £20.29

    • Short Stories by Saki

    • By: H. H. Munro
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson, Nadia May
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Hector Munro, writing under the pseudonym of Saki, is justly renowned for his urbane and witty short stories. His eccentric characters, humorous dialogue and engaging domestic situations all reveal a penetrating and sometimes disturbing insight into human nature. As a quixotic tour guide, Saki leads the reader from garden party to pig sty to political convention with the ease of one who is intimately familiar with the cares and foibles of the human condition, showing us this vista of life through the well tempered lens of his gentle, British irony. In this definitive collection of stories we can browse and sightsee at our leisure, cross borders of fresh insight, admire and enjoy each whimsical tale as we journey through the imaginative landscape of a truly artful writer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply brilliant.

    • By Dr. R. Brompton on 15-12-15

    Regular price: £20.29

    • What's Bred in the Bone

    • By: Robertson Davies
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, an expert art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis' life were not always what they seemed. This wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of international renown is told in stylish, elegant prose and endowed with lavish portions of Davies' wit and wisdom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A book greater than the sum of its words

    • By CMoon on 27-10-11

    Regular price: £27.09

    • Charles de Gaulle

    • By: Don Cook
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    This magnificent volume by veteran European correspondent Don Cook is the first major biography of de Gaulle written by an American from an American perspective. Rich with new anecdotal material, it offers fresh evaluations and sheds new light on Europe's most controversial and enigmatic general, politician, and statesman.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting content, AWFUL narrator

    • By Amazon Customer on 20-02-13

    Regular price: £30.49

    • The Wreck of the Titan

    • By: Morgan Robertson
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Robertson's story, written 14 years before the historic event it presaged, parallels the descriptions and fate of the Titanic with psychic precision. His tale, however, doesn't end with the passengers' watery demise; rather, it chronicles the detective work instigated by members of Lloyd's of London, embroiling Scotland Yard, when word comes in that the heavily insured ship has sunk to the bottom of the ocean.

    Regular price: £20.29

    • Ivanhoe

    • By: Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    During the reign of Richard I, Wilfred of Ivanhoe earns his father's disapproval by falling in love with Rowena, his father's ward. His father had planned to wed her himself, and reestablish the Saxon line.

    Regular price: £36.69

    • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    • By: Anne Bronte
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson, Nadia May
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Just as Anne had to use a male pseudonym in order to publish, Helen Graham, the novel's protagonist and a battered wife, must assume an alias in order to gain freedom from her suffering. With her young child, Helen takes up residence at Wildfell Hall, shrouding her past in secrecy, yet earning the attentions of a young, unmarried country gentlemen.

    Regular price: £25.69

    • Twenty Years After

    • By: Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 27 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Twenty years later, time has weakened the resolve of the Musketeers and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titanic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of Evil.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • After Simon Vance on others this is disappointing

    • By Barry on 14-10-16

    Regular price: £33.89

    • Rhetoric, Poetics and Logic

    • By: Aristotle
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    All effective debaters, whether they know it or not, employ Aristotle's 3 basic principles of effective argument that form the spine of Rhetoric. In Poetics, Aristotle draws a dramatic distinction between poetry and history. This collection also includes Aristotle's body of work that has come to be identified as Logic.

    Regular price: £21.69

    • Mr. Standfast

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Reluctantly posing as a pacifist, Richard Hannay infiltrates an anti-war league to capture an unimpeachable German spy. The only instructions he's given are to take up his old identity as a mining engineer from South Africa and pose as a staunch pacifist. As Hannay himself puts it: "To go into Germany as an anti-British Afrikaner was a stoutish adventure, but to lounge about at home talking rot was a very different-sized job."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • For the Buchan die-hard

    • By James on 17-08-08

    Regular price: £21.19

    • Arthur

    • Pendragon Cycle Book 3
    • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    They called him unfit to rule - a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty - who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war, who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity, and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life. This is the third book of The Pendragon Cycle.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Spoilt by a bad narration

    • By Peter on 24-07-12

    Regular price: £13.59

    • Titanic

    • A Survivor's Story
    • By: Colonel Archibald Gracie
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    It was one of the most traumatic events in maritime history, and Archibald Gracie was probably among the last to leave the sinking Titanic on that cold April night in 1912. In this unique account, he describes his personal experiences and remarkable escape from death in the icy waters of the Atlantic, painting a vivid picture of what it was like on board the Titanic in its final hours.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must read for a Titanic fan

    • By Anonymous User on 11-11-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Webster's Dictionary gives the meaning of the word "miasma" as "an infection floating in the air; a deadly exhalation". And in the opinion of Mr. Robert Ferguson, that description, though perhaps a little too flattering, on the whole summed up Master Roland Bean pretty satisfactorily. Until the previous day, Master Bean had served Mr. Ferguson in the capacity of office-boy. But there was that about Master Bean which made it practically impossible for anyone to employ him for long.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A useful anthology for short listens

    • By George on 08-04-13

    Regular price: £20.29

    • Les Miserables

    • By: Victor Hugo
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 164

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A slog but well worth it.

    • By Alan on 07-06-11

    Regular price: £32.89

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