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    • Rumpole of the Bailey

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Fun Listen

    • By PB on 02-08-16

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Vile Bodies

    • By: Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    A satiric novel by Evelyn Waugh, published in 1930. Set in England between the wars, the novel examines the frenetic but empty lives of the Bright Young Things, young people who indulge in constant party-going, heavy drinking, and promiscuous sex. At the novel's end, the realities of the world intrude, with Adam Fenwick-Symes, the protagonist, serving on a battlefield at the onset of another world war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful narration

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Dear Philip, Dear Kingsley

    • The Letters of Phillip Larkin & Kingsley Amis
    • By: Philip Larkin
    • Narrated by: Alan Bennett, Robert Hardy
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    A meeting at Oxford University during World War II signalled the beginning of a lifelong friendship between two outstanding contributors to 20th century English literature: Philip Larkin, poet, and Kingsley Amis, the prolific novelist. Selected from correspondence written between 1943 and 1985, these letters offer an entertaining and illuminating insight into the prejudices, exasperations and in-jokes of two literary greats. A linking commentary complements the writers' own words.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Petulant listener wants more

    • By Earnest on 02-02-15

    Regular price: £8.00

    • Under the Greenwood Tree

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    The four seasons of the Wessex year form the backdrop for the delightful romance of Dick Dewy and Fancy Day. The ups and downs of their courtship are set alongside the story of the rustics who form the church choir.

    Regular price: £13.49

    • Vanity Fair

    • By: William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Penguin Classics presents William Makepeace Thackeray adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Robert Hardy’s Vanitas Vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or, having it, is satisfied? No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder.

    Regular price: £20.00

    • Rumpole's Return

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Has Rumpole hung up his wig for good? Can it be? Yes, the beloved barrister is now retired (though far from retiring) and gently ripening to a rosy hue in the Florida sunshine. But a colleague's casual request for advice on a difficult case sends him winging back across the Atlantic, and before he's through, our hero will come up against a fanatical religious cult and a mysterious letter written in blood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By Jenny Murphy on 10-02-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • Words That Burn

    • By: Josephine Hart
    • Narrated by: Charles Dance, Jeremy Irons, Dominic West, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Following the success of Catching LIfe by the Throat, Josephine Hart compiles more poetry from the like of such poets as Milton, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Browning, Frost and Lowell.

    Read by a dazzling cast of actors including Eileen Atkins, Nancy Carroll, Alan Cox, Charles Dance, Joanna David, Lindsay Duncan, Edward Fox, Emilia Fox, Robert Hardy, Tom Hollander, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Kendal, Elizabeth McGovern, Mark Strong, Dominic West, Greg Wise.

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Master and Commander

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 1
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O'Brian's now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing abridgement

    • By Mr on 28-01-10

    Regular price: £7.99

    • The Moon And Sixpence

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. While his betrayal of family, duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness, his decision leads to an obsession which carries severe implications.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story - Excellent narrator

    • By Barbara on 02-03-11

    Regular price: £15.99

    • The Commodore

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 17
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Jack Aubrey's long service is at last rewarded: he is promoted to the rank of Commodore and given a squadron of ships to command. His mission is twofold: to make a large dent in the slave trade off the coast of Africa and, on his return, to intercept a French fleet set for Bantry Bay with a cargo of weapons for the disaffected among the Irish. Invention and surprise follow at every turn in this tale of 19th-century seamanship, as rich, as compelling, and as masterly as any of its predecessors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another good yarn

    • By Rupert on 15-06-10

    Regular price: £6.99

    • The Wine-Dark Sea

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 16
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    At the opening of a voyage filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are in pursuit of a privateer sailing under American colours through the Great South Sea. Stephen's objective is to set the revolutionary tinder of South America ablaze to relieve the pressure on the British government which, already engaged in a death-struggle with a Europe dominated by Napoleon, has blundered into war with the young and uncomfortably vigorous United States.

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Clarissa Oakes

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 15
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the brutal Australian prison colonies, returned to his favourite ship the Surprise, but pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. Furthermore, he soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime's experience he does not know what the foremast hands or even his own officers are thinking.

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Desolation Island

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 5
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon, Stephen Maturin, sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy...and a treacherous disease which decimates the crew.

    Regular price: £6.99

    • The Ionian Mission

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 8
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior Captain commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, not the best in the series

    • By Thorin Seex on 03-07-18

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Post Captain

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 2
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining, and enjoying amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • There are better versions out there

    • By J. Egan on 25-12-09

    Regular price: £7.99

    • The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The story picks up from the end of Blue at the Mizzen when Jack Aubrey receives the news, in Chile, of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to the South Africa station. This new novel, unfinished and untitled at the time of O’Brian’s death, would have been a chronicle of that mission, and much else besides. As the novel opens, we are able to visit these friends we have followed so very far in a rare state of almost perfect felicity.

    Regular price: £5.99

    • The Mauritius Command

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 4
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    On half-pay and without a command, Captain Jack Aubrey is stranded at home in an over-crowded cottage with his large and frequently bad-tempered family. When Jack has almost given up hope of ever returning to sea, Stephen Maturin, ship's doctor, occasional intelligence agent, and Jack's closest friend, brings secret orders that Jack is to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Mauritus Command

    • By crumbly on 20-02-06

    Regular price: £6.99

    • The Fortune of War

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 6
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a despatch vessel. But the war of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

    Regular price: £6.99

    • Treason's Harbour

    • Aubrey-Maturin, Book 9
    • By: Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Uniquely among authors of naval fiction, Patrick O'Brian's characters develop with experience, and although the Jack Aubrey of Treason's Harbour has a record of successes to equal that of the most brilliant of Nelson's band of brothers, and is no less formidable or decisive in action, he has grown wiser, kinder, and gentler too.

    Regular price: £6.99

    • The Story of Chopin

    • By: John Sidgwick
    • Narrated by: Robert Hardy
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Frédéric François Chopin, in Polish Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher, of French-Polish parentage. Here is the story of Chopin, one of the world's greatest composers, in words and music.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Few words, lots of music

    • By Alfie on 01-04-11

    Regular price: £5.59

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