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    • A Passage to India

    • By: E. M. Forster
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 450
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 372
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      4 out of 5 stars 378

    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

    • The Jewel in the Crown

    • Raj Quartet
    • By: Paul Scott
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    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

    • A House for Mr. Biswas

    • By: V.S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Full of Life

    • By Anonymous User on 21-03-19

    Regular price: £37.29

    • Kim

    • By: Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
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      5 out of 5 stars 131
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 131

    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 Story of India

    • By: Michael Wood
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    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 Silver Locomotive Mystery

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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

    • 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 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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
    • Hard to spot the clued which is good!

    • By Amber on 30-08-18

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Railway Viaduct

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    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 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 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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
    • A Fantastic Murder Mystery for a Railway Enthusiast

    • By Anonymous User on 24-04-18

    Regular price: £17.19

    • 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 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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
    • Looking forward to more

    • By Valerie on 14-09-12

    Regular price: £17.19

    • 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 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • first listen

    • By Mrs. S. Hill on 03-01-19

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Strangler Vine

    • By: M. J. Carter
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    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

    • Joseph Anton

    • By: Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated by: Salman Rushdie, Sam Dastor
    • Length: 27 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    On 14 February 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Where to start...

    • By Thomas on 24-10-12

    Regular price: £27.99

    • North of Dawn

    • A Novel
    • By: Nuruddin Farah
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they've led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. Their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, however, is driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia, where he kills himself in a suicide attack. The couple reluctantly offers a haven to his family. But on arrival in Oslo, their daughter-in-law cloaks herself even more deeply in religion, while her children hunger for the freedoms of their new homeland, a rift that will have lifealtering consequences for the entire family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great novel

    • By Sahar Abdulla on 13-01-19

    Regular price: £25.69

    • The Case of the Missing Servant

    • By: Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    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 Anonymous User on 11-03-15

    Regular price: £20.09

    • 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 49
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      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    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 Mimic Men

    • By: V. S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Former government minister Ralph Singh is the perpetual outsider: displaced, disillusioned, and now living in exile, Ralph reflects on his earlier life and the searing effects of colonialism. Ralph's constant estrangement sees him ever attempting to fit into various communities, only to find home in more transient spaces. Born on the tropical island of Isabella, he is one of West India's many "Mimic Men".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very perceptive and possessing a haunting tragedy

    • By Omar on 04-11-18

    Regular price: £40.69

    • Last Man In Tower

    • By: Avarind Adiga
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Real estate developer Dharmen Shah’s offer to buy out the residents of Vishram Society - a formerly respectable, now crumbling apartment complex that abuts the infamous Dharavi slums - is more than generous. But one man stands in the way of Shah’s luxury high- rise: Masterji, a retired schoolteacher who will not leave his home in Vishram’s Tower A.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bad Narration can spoil a good book

    • By JGO on 27-05-16

    Regular price: £30.49

    • 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 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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: £9.19

    • We That Are Young

    • By: Preti Taneja
    • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal, Sam Dastor
    • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Bapuji family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence - only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing Devraj Bapuji from the vast corporation he founded, Company India. On the same day, Sita, Devraj's youngest daughter, absconds - refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her. Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita's older sisters, are left to run the Company.... And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the Palaces and slums of New Delhi, the luxury resorts and spas of Amritsar and Srinagar. 

    Regular price: £22.99

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