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    • A Passage to India

    • By: E. M. Forster
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 359
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 290

    Dr. Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs. Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves with his close friend Cyril Fielding, the trip results in a shocking accusation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Such a rewarding choice

    • By Julie on 26-03-10

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Kim

    • By: Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Splendid

    • By Sydney on 22-12-13

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Jewel in the Crown

    • Raj Quartet
    • By: Paul Scott
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    In the India of 1942, two rapes take place simultaneously - that of an English girl in Mayapore, and that of India by the British. In each, physical violence, racial animosity, the coercion of the weak by the strong all play their part, but playing a part too are love, affection, loyalty, and recognition that the last division of all to be overcome is the colour of the skin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good start - where's the rest of the Raj Quartet?

    • By K Bookworm on 27-02-15

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Printer's Coffin

    • The Blake and Avery Mystery Series, Book 2
    • By: M. J. Carter
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    London, 1841. Mr Jeremiah Blake and Captain William Avery, recently returned from India, are invited by Viscount Allington to examine the particulars of a grisly pair of murders. Two printers from the seditious gutter presses have been brutally dispatched in distinct but similar circumstances. Fearing the deaths will stoke the fires of Chartism sweeping the capital, Allington hopes Blake and Avery's determination to uncover the truth will solve these crimes and help restore civic order.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Increasingly Compelling

    • By K on 27-03-17

    Regular price: £22.09

    • The Strangler Vine

    • By: M. J. Carter
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 111

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of M. J. Carter's The Strangler Vine, read by the actor Sam Dastor. India, 1837: William Avery, a fresh young officer in the East India Company, arrives in Calcutta expecting to be seduced by its ancient traditions. Nine months later he hasn't learnt a word of Hindoostani, is in terrible debt, and longs to return home before the cholera epidemic finishes him off.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "Ripping Yarn" revises our view of Brits in India

    • By T on 15-05-15

    Regular price: £22.00

    • The Story of India

    • By: Michael Wood
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Story of India

    • By Andrew on 23-02-10

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Railway Viaduct

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    The Railway Detective faces his most dangerous adversary yet. It is 1852, and Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant Sergeant Victor Leeming are faced with their most complex and difficult case to date. As a train speeds over the Sankey Viaduct, a man is hurled from a carriage and plummets into the canal below. It later transpires that he has been stabbed to death. With no papers by which to identify the man, the detectives' investigation is hampered from the start. Suspecting that the victim may have come from continental Europe, Colbeck and Leeming take the case to France where a new railway is being built by a British contractor.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, gentle & entertaining historical mystery

    • By Learning is fun! on 29-05-16

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Case of the Missing Servant

    • By: Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Meet Vish Puri, India’s most private investigator. Portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe through modern India’s swindlers, cheats and murderers.In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centres and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puri’s main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Charming

    • By L on 11-03-15

    Regular price: £20.09

    • The Excursion Train

    • Railway Detective, Book 2
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    On the shocking discovery of a passenger's body on the Great Western Railway excursion train, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant, Sergeant Victor Leeming, are dispatched to the scene. Faced with what initially appears to be a motiveless murder, Colbeck is intrigued by the murder weapon - a noose. When it emerges that the victim had worked as a public executioner, Colbeck realises that this must be intrinsically linked to the killer's choice of weapon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly Enjoyable

    • By Learning is fun! on 17-05-16

    Regular price: £17.19

    • A House for Mr. Biswas

    • By: V.S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    A House for Mr. Biswas, by Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul, is a powerful novel about one man's struggle for identity and belonging. Born into poverty, then trapped in the shackles of charity and gratitude, Mr. Biswas longs for a house he can call his own. He loathes his wife and her wealthy family, upon whom he is dependent. Finding himself a mere accessory on their estate, his constant rebellion is motivated by the one thing that can symbolize his independence.

    Regular price: £37.29

    • The Devil's Feast

    • By: M. J. Carter
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    London, 1842. There has been a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London's newest and grandest gentleman's club. A death the club is desperate to hush up. Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate and soon discovers a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simmering behind the club's handsome façade - and in particular concerning its resident genius, Alexis Soyer, 'the Napoleon of food', a chef whose culinary brilliance is matched only by his talent for self-publicity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Too much food

    • By soosiewoosie on 30-09-17

    Regular price: £31.49

    • Great Explorers

    • By: David Angus
    • Narrated by: Frances Jeater, Sam Dastor, Kerry Shale
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Here are the stories of nine great adventures and the lives of the men who took part in them. They pushed back the frontiers of man's knowledge of the world by their vision, courage, and sheer doggedness. They were very different people, from bold adventurers facing the unknown with enjoyment to careful, more scientific individuals. Their journeys are placed within their historical context, but also contain the words of the men themselves.

    Regular price: £11.89

    • Murder on the Brighton Express

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    When the engines finally met, there was a deafening clash and the Brighton Express twisted and buckled, tipping its carriages on to the other line. It was a scene of utter devastation. October 1854. As crowds of passengers rush to make the departure of the London to Brighton Express, a man watches from the shadows nearby, grimly satisfied as the train pulls out of the station. Chaos, fatalities and unbelievable destruction are the scene soon after when the train derails on the last leg of its journey.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Kindle Customer on 18-08-15

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Perfect Murder

    • By: H. R. F. Keating
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    The First Inspector Ghote Mystery. It is just Inspector Ghote’s bad luck to be landed with solving a seemingly perfect murder at the very start of his career with the Bombay police. For in this baffling crime there is no corpse…. But he also has the cunning tycoon Lala Varde to contend with and the mysterious theft of one rupee from the desk of the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sub Continent Police Escapades.

    • By Adrian on 19-01-13

    Regular price: £15.99

    • The Silver Locomotive Mystery

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    An exquisite silver coffee-pot in the shape of a locomotive is on its way to Cardiff in the care of silversmith, Hugh Kellow. When the coffee-pot is stolen and a murder is committed, Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are called in to investigate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Most enjoyable

    • By Maureen on 16-07-13

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes

    • By: H.R.F. Keating
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    An American visitor to India is killed on the road from Bombay to Poona. Called in to investigate the murder, Inspector Ghote soon makes the acquaintance of the victim's brother, Professor Gregory Strongbow. But the professor is both stubborn and evasive, refusing to tell Ghote what he knows about the events leading up to Hector's death. Soon Ghote finds his own life in danger, as he is faced with a conspiracy that reaches to the very highest levels of Indian politics... This is the third book in the hugely popular 'Inspector Ghote' series from H.R.F. Keating.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story and narration, but sack the editor!

    • By Kei on 05-05-16

    Regular price: £15.99

    • The Iron Horse

    • Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Derby Day at Epsom Downs and a multitude of people crowd to watch the races: dukes and dustmen, bishops and beggars, privileged ladies and prostitutes. The gamut of Victorian society, though, is also a hotbed for crime and crooks of all kinds. With the country a-flutter in the run-up to this national occasion, events reach fever pitch when a disembodied head is discovered on a passenger train at Crewe; the first in a murky course of events that takes in murder, fraud and race-fixing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyable,easy listening mystery

    • By Learning is fun! on 01-06-16

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Case of the Love Commandos

    • By: Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    The wonderful fourth outing for Delhi detective Vish Puri. When Ram and Tulsi fall in love, the young woman’s parents are dead set against the union. She’s from a high-caste family; he’s an Untouchable, from the lowest strata of Indian society. Young Tulsi’s father locks her up and promises to hunt down the “loverboy dog.” Fortunately, India’s Love Commandos, a group of volunteers dedicated to helping mixed-caste couples, come to the rescue. But just after they liberate Tulsi, Ram is mysteriously snatched from his hiding place.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining, funny and clever

    • By B Gumbrell on 21-06-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken

    • By: Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    Vish Puri is as fond of butter chicken as the next Punjabi. And when there's plenty on offer at the Delhi Durbar hotel where he's attending an India Premier League cricket match dinner, he's the first to tuck in. Irfan Khan, father of Pakistani star cricketer Kamran Khan, can't resist either. But the creamy dish proves his undoing. After a few mouthfuls, he collapses on the floor, dead. Clearly this isn't a case of Delhi Belly. But who amongst the stars, politicians, bureaucrats, and industrialists poisoned Khan is a mystery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entrancing from start to finish

    • By N on 09-04-13

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Railway to the Grave

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Yorkshire 1855. When Colonel Aubrey Tarleton walks into the path of a speeding train, he is crushed to death on the track. The famous Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck, is immediately put on the case to determine why such a well-respected man would have resorted to suicide. Tarleton's wife had recently gone missing, but was the colonel responsible for her disappearance? It's up to Colbeck and his trusty sergeant Victor Leeming to uncover the truth.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • reading too slow plot drawn out

    • By D R on 25-12-15

    Regular price: £17.19

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