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    • Lady of Hay

    • By: Barbara Erskine
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    The book that wowed a generation, Lady of Hay has sold over a million copies worldwide.Jo Clifford, successful journalist, is all set to debunk the idea of past-life regression in her next magazine series. But when she herself submits to a simple hypnotic session, she suddenly finds herself reliving the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, the wife of a baron at the time of King John.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • If only it weren't abridged...

    • By Maggie on 16-07-14

    Regular price: £8.49

    • Henry VI, Part 1

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: David Tennant, Kelly Hunter, Clive Merrison, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    The all-conquering King Henry V is dead and the throne is occupied by his infant son, Henry VI. The good Duke Humphrey of Gloucester has been appointed protector, but a struggle for power soon develops between the young king's Lancastrian relatives and the powerful house of York under Richard Plantagenet. Meanwhile the French, led by Joan of Arc, the maid of Orleans, threaten to win back the territories lost to Henry V.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great if you're familiar with the context.

    • By Gavin Foely on 14-05-17

    Regular price: £16.39

    • Born to Run

    • By: Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound’s journey through life – and from owner to owner…“The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning.”

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Val on 07-05-18

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Falling Angels

    • By: Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated by: Kati Nicholl, Isla Blair
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    January 1901, the day after Queen Victoria's death. Two families visit neighbouring graves in a fashionable London cemetery. One is decorated with a sentimental angel, the other with an elaborate urn. The Waterhouses revere the late Queen and cling to Victorian traditions, while the Colemans look forward to a more modern society. To their mutual distaste, the families are inextricably linked when their daughters become friends behind the tombstones. And worse still, befriend the gravedigger's muddy son.

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Henry VI, Part 2

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: David Tennant, Kelly Hunter, Norman Rodway, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Young King Henry VI has married the beautiful Margaret of Anjou but the new queen is ruthless and ambitious. Supported by the powerful Duke of Suffolk, Margaret plots the overthrow of her enemies, chief among them the Duke of Gloucester. But the Duke of York also aspires to the crown, and the common people, led by Jack Cade, are in rebellion. To the despair of the mild young king, England descends into civil war.

    Regular price: £16.99

    • House of Echoes

    • By: Barbara Erskine
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    When Joss, an adopted child, discovers that her real mother has left the beautiful family home, Belheddon Hall, to her, she is thrilled, until she discovers that the Hall is haunted by a presence which will not tolerate husbands or sons living in the house.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it!!

    • By Mrs W. on 23-07-18

    Regular price: £8.49

    • While the Light Lasts

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Like many of her contemporaries, Agatha Christie wrote stories for a variety of magazines in the 1920s and '30s, and most of these eventually found their way into her books of short stories. Now, many years after her death, detective work worthy of Agatha Christie herself has unearthed "new" stories, most of which have never been published anywhere in the world since their original appearances.

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Brilliance of the Moon

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 3
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Isla Blair
    • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Otori Takeo and the beautiful Kaede are now married. But the inescapable forces of destiny that have bound their lives from birth make their happiness an impossible dream. Takeo, still only 17, must raise an army to reclaim his Otori lands, and fulfil the prophecy of the blind sage: "Peace comes at the price of bloodshed. Four battles to win and one to lose". And he can never be free from the invisible assassins of the secret Tribe who have vowed to kill him.

    Regular price: £10.49

    • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 27

    Antonia Fraser deals with each woman in turn with sympathy - the sympathy they deserve for having had the unenviable fate of being Henry's wife. Inevitably, there was great rivalry between them; there was jealousy too: the desperate jealousy of queens who found themselves abandoned, but also the sexual jealousy of the king who discovered himself betrayed. The story Antonia Fraser tells is romantic and cruel, funny and sad, dramatic and enthralling. This is historical biography at its best.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Six of one, and half a dozen of the other...

    • By G. HOLMES on 17-08-07

    Regular price: £11.89

    • Across the Nightingale Floor

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 1
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Isla Blair
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people, Takeo has learned only the ways of peace. Why, then, does he possess the deadly skills that make him so valuable to the sinister Tribe? These supernatural powers will lead him to his violent destiny within the walls of Inuyama and to an impossible longing for a girl who can never be his.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged too far....

    • By Mr.D R Grayling on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Midnight Is a Lonely Place

    • By: Barbara Erskine
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    A stunning novel of contemporary and historical betrayal and revenge, from the author of Lady of Hay. After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book until her landlord's daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed…In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? That the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed?

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Grass for His Pillow

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 2
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Isla Blair
    • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Takeo has pledged his life to the secret Tribe. His supernatural skills of invisibility and acute hearing make him their most deadly assassin. But he must deny the spiritual vows of his upbringing, his birthright of Otori wealth, land, and power, and his love for Kaede. If he does not serve the Tribe, they will kill him. In growing from boy to man, Takeo chooses a path of danger and vengeance, and learns of the prophecy that shapes his destiny.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Grass for His Pillow - Delightful

    • By Victoria on 08-10-09

    Regular price: £10.49

    • A Tiger's Wedding

    • My Childhood in Exile
    • By: Isla Blair
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The actress Isla Blair’s extraordinary, moving and uplifting story of her childhood in India and her separation from her parents. Born in Bangalore India, during the fading days of the Raj, Isla grew up on a tea plantation managed by her father. She spent her early years in the lush, verdant hills of Kerala with her much loved older sister Fiona, secure in the love and affection of her parents and her adored “Ayah”.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mostly Wonderful

    • By Robert on 15-01-12

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Kings and Queens

    • By: Eleanor Farjeon, Herbert Farjeon
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair, Julian Glover
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    First published in 1952, Herbert and Eleanor Farjeon’s Kings and Queens has attained the status of a children’s classic. The charming poems, each one dedicated to a different king or queen, tell the story of the 41 English monarchs from William I to Elizabeth II in a humorous and charming way that has delighted generations of children and their parents.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Memory Lane

    • By Judy Corstjens on 23-05-13

    Regular price: £7.49

    • The Girl with a Pearl Earring

    • By: Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated by: Kati Nicholl, Isla Blair
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Griet, the young daughter of a tile maker in 17th-century Holland, obtains her first job, as a servant in Vermeer's household. Tracy Chevalier shows us through Griet's eyes the complicated family, the society of the small town of Delft, and life with an obsessive genius. Griet loves being drawn into his artistic life, and leaving her former drudgery, but the cost to her own survival may be high.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • girl with the pearl earing

    • By Nicola on 09-10-09

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Teaching Someone to Drive Made Easy

    • By: Mark Johnston
    • Narrated by: Mark Johnston, Isla Blair
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Here's a jargon-free, easy to understand course with tried and tested tips and advice on how to give a driving lesson. The audio is organized in bite-sized tracks that you play in the car, with your trainee, before the day's drive - no theory, no books, no watching DVDs of someone else driving. This is an in-car, practical course designed to get you and your trainee on the road.

    Regular price: £12.99

    • A Dark Blue Perfume and Other Stories

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: George Baker, Isla Blair
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    A collection of sleek and sinister stories from the creator of Chief Inspector Wexford.

    Read by Isla Blair and George Baker, TV’s Inspector Wexford. A Dark Blue Perfume: A man with a gun and nothing left to live for brings this chilling tale to a fatal, but unexpected, climax. Hare’s House: Could simply knowing about the first murder in Hare’s house really have led Norman to a copy-cat crime?

    Regular price: £6.99

    • The Harsh Cry of the Heron

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 4
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Lord Otori Takeo and his consort Kaede have ruled for over 16 years. The Three Countries are rich, peaceful, and prosperous. The sacred birds, the houou, nest at Terayama and a fabled creature, the kirin, has appeared on their shores. Heaven seems to smile on them. Yet their very success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet all the wealth of the Three Countries, especially Takeo's heir, his eldest daughter, Shigeko, now of marriageable age.

    Regular price: £10.49

    • English Verse

    • The Best of the 20th Century
    • By: various
    • Narrated by: Julian Glover, Isla Blair
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Representing the work of more than 30 poets, and extending from Thomas Hardy's lines on the loss of Titanic to the present-day concerns of Seamus Heaney, The Best of 20th-Century Poetry offers an extensive survey of English poetry of the last hundred years.

    Regular price: £5.99

    • The Tree of Hands

    • By: Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    From the writer of the Wexford novels and read by Isla Blair. Once, when Benet was about fourteen, they had been in a train together, alone in the carriage, and Mopsa had tried to stab her with a carving knife. Threatened her with it, rather. Benet had been wondering why her mother had brought such a large handbag with her, a red one that didn’t go with the clothes she was wearing. Mopsa had shouted and laughed and said wild things and then she had put the knife back in her bag.

    Regular price: £6.99

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