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    • Nicholas Nickleby

    • The Dickens Collection: Original Audio Show
    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 36 hrs and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    When 19-year old Nicholas Nickleby is left destitute after his father's death, he appeals to his wealthy uncle to help him find work and to protect his mother and sister. But Ralph Nickleby offers little help and proves to be both hard-hearted and unscrupulous, leaving Nicholas to make his own way in the world. Nicholas' adventures take him to Yorkshire boarding school, Dotheboys Hall, and then back to London, meeting an extraordinary gallery of rogues and eccentrics along the way. Like many of Dickens' novels, Nicholas Nickleby is characterised by his outrage at cruelty and social injustice, but it is also a flamboyantly exuberant work, revealing his comic genius.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not my usual listen...... but so good!

    • By Ms. H. J. Stephenson on 16-10-18

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Rivers of London

    • Rivers of London, Book 1
    • By: Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,797
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,787

    My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant original story great narrator

    • By valb on 05-08-11

    Regular price: £14.99

    • A Rare Book of Cunning Device

    • By: Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,285

    Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short vignette for the fans

    • By Beccameriel on 16-05-17

    Regular price: £0.00

    • Skald: The Short Story Collection

    • 6 Original Crime & Thriller Short Stories
    • By: Martin Edwards, Ben Okri, Sophie Hannah, and others
    • Narrated by: John Banks, Jessica Dennis, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Commissioned by Audible and written especially for audio format this collection brings together six crime stories through the themes of discovery, destination and arrival. Top narrators bring these gripping tales to life acknowledging the Scandinavian tradition of oral storytelling.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable listen overall

    • By PavLove on 04-05-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Moon over Soho

    • Rivers of London, Book 2
    • By: Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,362
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,472
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,456

    I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good sequel

    • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Hanging Tree

    • Rivers of London, Book 6
    • By: Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,029
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016

    Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As usual, a great read.

    • By Justine on 12-12-16

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Lies Sleeping

    • Rivers of London, Book 7
    • By: Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,701
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689

    Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love these characters and these books.

    • By Pegs on 23-11-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Whispers Under Ground

    • Rivers of London, Book 3
    • By: Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,512
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,870
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,849

    Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

    • By Jane on 04-07-12

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Broken Homes

    • Rivers of London, Book 4
    • By: Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,823
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,801

    Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the best-seller list with his superb London crime series - a unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil: an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his caseload.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magic and Mayhem...

    • By Sharon on 28-07-13

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Foxglove Summer

    • Rivers of London, Book 5
    • By: Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,348
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,062
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048

    In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

    • By Sarah on 17-11-14

    Regular price: £24.99

    • A Wizard of Earthsea

    • The First Book of Earthsea
    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My first experience of Earthsea, truly excellent.

    • By Dr Ward on 08-01-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Furthest Station

    • A PC Peter Grant Novella
    • By: Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,770
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762

    There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Much better but

    • By Sararara on 01-10-17

    Regular price: £9.99

    • Black and British

    • A Forgotten History
    • By: David Olusoga
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 232

    David Olusoga's Black and British is a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastically detailed Exceptionally informative

    • By lionel on 30-04-17

    Regular price: £29.99

    • The Farthest Shore

    • Earthsea, Book 3
    • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Darkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: the world and its wizards are losing their magic. Despite being wearied with age, Ged Sparrowhawk - Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord - embarks on a daring, treacherous journey, accompanied by Enlad's young Prince Arren, to discover the reasons behind this devastating pattern of loss. Together they will sail to the farthest reaches of their world - even beyond the realm of death - as they seek to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it.   

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Memory of Love

    • By: Aminatta Forna
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    A poignant story about friendship, betrayal, obsession and second chances – this novel is an immensely powerful portrayal of human resilience. Sierra Leone: civil war has left an entire population with terrible secrets to keep. In the capital's hospital Kai, a gifted young surgeon, is plagued by demons. Elsewhere in the hospital lies Elias Cole, a university professor who recalls the love that drove him to acts that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect, Kai and Elias are drawn unwittingly closer and into the path of one woman at the centre of their stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interwoven lives in conflict-affected Sierra Leone

    • By Anthony on 22-08-13

    Regular price: £26.08

    • Safe

    • On Black British Men Reclaiming Space
    • By: Derek Owusu
    • Narrated by: Derek Owusu, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Gbontwi Anyetei, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    What is the experience of black men in Britain? With continued conversation around British identity, racism and diversity, there is no better time to explore this question and give black British men a platform to answer it. Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space is that platform. Including essays from top poets, writers, musicians, actors and journalists, this timely and accessible book brings together a selection of powerful reflections exploring the black British male experience and what it really means to reclaim and hold space in the landscape of our society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing! Just what the Literature world needs- more black, male voices!

    • By Caren on 15-08-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Girl, Balancing & Other Stories

    • By: Helen Dunmore
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Haunting, uplifting, beautiful: the final work from Helen Dunmore. Helen Dunmore passed away in June 2017, leaving behind this remarkable collection of short stories. With her trademark imagination and gift for making history human, she explores the fragile ties between passion, love, family, friendship and grief, often through people facing turning points in their lives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good

    • By Jennifer Jefferson on 06-09-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Who Is Tom Ditto

    • By: Danny Wallace
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 201

    We join the action just as our ‘hero’ Tom, (early thirties, reads the ‘news’ on the radio) finds out that his girlfriend has not left him. Tom, I have not left you. But I am gone. Please carry on as normal. Love always, Hayley. Has Hayley gone or hasn’t she? Is she coming back? If she has gone, but is coming back, when is she coming back? And what is he supposed to bloody do in the meantime? And what if she’s never coming back?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly entertaining...and masterfully read!

    • By S. Cocks on 02-05-14

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Blue Remembered Earth

    • By: Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 387
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 271

    One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Superior space opera

    • By Amazon Customer on 24-06-14

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The Old Drift

    • By: Namwali Serpell
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Richard E. Grant, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Length: 24 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus that calls itself man’s greatest nemesis. The tale? A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. The moral? To err is human. In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By Halimah on 15-05-19

    Regular price: £23.99

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