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    • Essays in Love

    • By: Alain de Botton
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 77

    Essays in Love is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not for the lonely ...

    • By M on 29-03-13

    Regular price: £15.99

    • In Search of Lost Time (Dramatised)

    • By: Marcel Proust
    • Narrated by: James Wilby, Jonathan Firth, Harriet Walter, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    Featuring a fictional version of himself - 'Marcel' - and a host of friends, acquaintances, and lovers, In Search of Lost Time is Proust's search for the key to the mysteries of memory, time, and consciousness. As he recalls his childhood days, the sad affair of Charles Swann and Odette de Crecy, his transition to manhood, the tortures of love and the ravages of war, he realises that the simplest of discoveries can lead to astonishing possibilities.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • BBC does Proust proud

    • By pss on 17-07-11

    Regular price: £18.00

    • Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

    • By: Siegfried Sassoon
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    George Sherston – the “I” of the book - is a shy, sensitive, and rather lonely boy living on the Kent/Sussex border in the early years of the 20th century. His great loves are sports, horses, and hunting, and the story is told through his gentle and comic adventures at point-to-point races or village cricket matches in a privileged pre-War England. The picture he paints of the Garden of England in the age of pony carts, bicycles, and very slow trains is enchanting. But this is also a poignant coming-of-age tale; with innocence and naivety abruptly crushed by the outbreak of War.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Douglas on 15-11-16

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Saturday

    • By: Ian McEwan
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man - a successful neurosurgeon, the devoted husband of Rosalind and proud father of two grown-up children. Unusually, he wakes before dawn, drawn to the window of his bedroom and filled with a growing unease. What troubles him as he looks out at the night sky is the state of the world - the impending war against Iraq, a gathering pessimism since 9/11, and a fear that his city and his happy family life are under threat.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Flawless narration by James Wilby

    • By John Imeson on 15-11-17

    Regular price: £20.09

    • The Shadow of the Wind

    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the "cemetery of lost books", a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out La Sombra del Viento by Julian Carax.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shadow of the Wind

    • By Lynne on 14-07-06

    Regular price: £11.89

    • It's a Battlefield

    • By: Graham Greene
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Drover, a Communist bus driver, is in prison, sentenced to death for killing a policeman during a riot at Hyde Park Corner. A battle for a reprieve with many participants ensues: the Assistant Commissioner, high-principled and over-worked; Conrad, a paranoid clerk; Mr Surrogate, a rich Fabian; Condor, a pathetic journalist feeding on fantasies; pretty, promiscuous Kay - all have a part to play in his fate. James Wilby reads Graham Greene’s absorbing novel set in 1930s London.

    Regular price: £14.69

    • The Collector

    • By: John Fowles
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect reading

    • By RabbitLemon on 10-05-16

    Regular price: £17.19

    • Seven Pillars of Wisdom

    • By: T. E. Lawrence
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Lawrence of Arabia's seminal work charts his time with British Military Intelligence in the Levantine territories, during the wars with the Turks. The manuscript is candid and action-packed (and was entirely re-written after Lawrence lost the original manuscript whilst changing trains).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • seven pillars of wisdom

    • By Paul on 16-11-08

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Professor

    • By: Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    The Professor is Charlotte Brontë's first novel albeit the last to have been published. Edited and distributed by Arthur Bell Nicholls, two years after Brontë's death, it is based on her experiences of living as a language student in Brussels. The Professor follows the career and love affairs of William Crimsworth, a reserved but compassionate aristocrat who has been ostracised by his family and left penniless.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautfil use of the English language

    • By Danielle on 20-04-07

    Regular price: £18.49

    • Carmilla

    • By: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
    • Narrated by: Phoebe Fox, Rose Leslie, David Tennant, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 210

    Audible Originals brings you a brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla - starring Rose Leslie ( Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant ( Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox ( Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing

    • By Kindling Micky on 29-10-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Girl at the Lion D'Or

    • By: Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    A beautifully controlled and powerful story of love and conscience, will and desire which begins when a mysterious young girl arrives to take up a post at the seedy H-tel du Lion d'Or in a small French town in the mid-1930s. The Girl at the Lion d'Or is the first book in Sebastian Faulks' French trilogy of novel. Birdsong and Charlotte Gray are also available from Random House Audio Books, read by Samuel West.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A modern classic

    • By Mikey on 15-04-16

    Regular price: £20.09

    • Chatterton

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Poet, forger, and genius, Thomas Chatterton died in 1770, aged 18. His death was thought to be suicide: But what really happened? Two hundred years later, Charles Wychwood and Harriet Scrope become obsessed with decoding the clues in an 18th-century manuscript. Their investigation raises some intriguing questions....

    A century before, as 19th-century artist Henry Wallis paints his celebrated portrait of Chatterton lying dead in an attic room, he, too, becomes fascinated by the mystery. Then Chatterton himself steps forward, with his own story....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By Peter on 06-12-15

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Man Within

    • By: Graham Greene
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Graham Greene tells the story of a man who betrayed his fellow smugglers and fears their vengeance. Fleeing from them, with no hope of pity, he takes refuge in a woman's house who persuades him to give evidence against his accomplices.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not his best work

    • By Andy Parsons on 17-09-09

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Border Crossing

    • By: Pat Barker
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Tom Seymour is a child psychologist who has worked in the north of England for many years. One day, while walking by a river near his home, he rescues a young man from drowning, and realizes that it's Danny Miller, a child murderer at whose trial he once gave evidence. Evidence he has since come to regard as flawed. Danny has served his sentence and is out of prison. But now he's asking for Tom's help.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Border Crossing

    • By Lipsticklula on 08-09-05

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Shuttlecock

    • By: Graham Swift
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Prentis, senior clerk in the 'dead crimes' department of police archives, is becoming more and more confused. Alienated from his wife and children, and obsessed by his father, a wartime hero now the mute inmate of a mental hospital, Prentis feels increasingly unsettled as his enigmatic boss, Mr Quinn, turns his investigation towards him and his father.

    Regular price: £14.69

    • The Sweet-Shop Owner

    • By: Graham Swift
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    The Sweet-Shop Owner is set during a single June day in the life of an outwardly unremarkable man whose inner world proves to be exceptionally resonant. As he tends to his customers, Willy Chapman, the sweet-shop owner, confronts the spectre’s of his beautiful and distant wife and his clever, angry daughter; the history through which he has passed; and the great, unrequited passion that has tormented him for 40 years.

    Regular price: £15.99

    • The Prisoner of Zenda

    • By: Anthony Hope
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The Prisoner of Zenda is the story of an Englishman who travels to the small European state of Ruritania where he impersonates the ruler and falls in love with Princess Flavia.

    Regular price: £13.49