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  • A Passage to India | E. M. Forster

    A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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....

    Julie says: "Such a rewarding choice"
  • Kim | Rudyard Kipling

    Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    Sydney says: "Splendid"
  • The Story of India | Michael Wood

    The Story of India

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Wood
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    Andrew says: "The Story of India"
  • The Excursion Train: Railway Detective, Book 2 | Edward Marston

    The Excursion Train: Railway Detective, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    Learning is fun! says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
  • A House for Mr. Biswas | V.S. Naipaul

    A House for Mr. Biswas

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By V.S. Naipaul
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

  • Last Man In Tower | Avarind Adiga

    Last Man In Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Avarind Adiga
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    JGO says: "Bad Narration can spoil a good book"
  • The Strangler Vine | M. J. Carter

    The Strangler Vine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By M. J. Carter
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    T says: ""Ripping Yarn" revises our view of Brits in India"
  • The Jewel in the Crown: Raj Quartet | Paul Scott

    The Jewel in the Crown: Raj Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Scott
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    K Bookworm says: "Good start - where's the rest of the Raj Quartet?"
  • The Printer's Coffin: The Blake and Avery Mystery Series, Book 2 | M. J. Carter

    The Printer's Coffin: The Blake and Avery Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By M. J. Carter
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    judith says: "Excellent."
  • The Buddha and the Sahibs: The men who discovered India's lost religion | Charles Allen

    The Buddha and the Sahibs: The men who discovered India's lost religion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Allen
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    For nearly 1,000 years, from the destruction of temples and monasteries by Muslim invaders in the 11th and 12th centuries, followed by Hinduism’s increasing power, Buddhism vanished from the country of its origin. Though hugely influential throughout Asia, the religion was forgotten in India.

  • Inspector Ghote Goes by Train | H. R. F. Keating

    Inspector Ghote Goes by Train

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By H. R. F. Keating
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    The assignment was routine - to bring a notorious confidence trickster, arrested in Calcutta, back to Bombay for trial. But Inspector Ghote devised a plan to make it almost a holiday - but Ghote's fellow passengers soon prove anything but restful.

  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing | Tarquin Hall

    The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    Early one morning, on the lawns of a grand boulevard in central Delhi, a group of professionals are attending their therapeutic Laughing Club when a 20-foot apparition of the Goddess Kali appears, and strikes one of their number dead.The goddess disappears without trace, and soon news of the crime has all India agog. For the victim is celebrated sceptic and rationalist Dr Suresh Jha, enemy of all gurus and mystics, and he has been silenced in a manner calculated to unnerve even his most loyal supporters.

    Jane says: "Fed up with the predictable then try this series"
  • The Railway Viaduct | Edward Marston

    The Railway Viaduct

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    Learning is fun! says: "Good, gentle & entertaining historical mystery"
  • Joseph Anton | Salman Rushdie

    Joseph Anton

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Salman Rushdie, Sam Dastor
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    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.

    Thomas says: "Where to start..."
  • The Case of the Love Commandos | Tarquin Hall

    The Case of the Love Commandos

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    B Gumbrell says: "Entertaining, funny and clever"
  • The Devil's Feast | M. J. Carter

    The Devil's Feast

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By M. J. Carter
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    soosie says: "Too much food"
  • Great Explorers  | David Angus

    Great Explorers

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Angus
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor, Frances Jeater, Kerry Shale
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    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.

  • The Case of the Missing Servant | Tarquin Hall

    The Case of the Missing Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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

    L says: "Charming"
  • Joseph Haydn: His Life and Works | Jeremy Siepmann

    Joseph Haydn: His Life and Works

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jeremy Siepmann
    • Narrated By Jeremy Siepmann, David Timson, Nigel Anthony, and others
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    No great composer’s story is more predominantly happy than Haydn’s, though even his has its share of clouds. A classic rags-to-riches tale, it sees him move from humble beginnings through decades as a liveried servant to his emergence as the most popular and successful composer of his time. One of the healthiest and least neurotic artists in musical history, he did more than any other single figure to pioneer the symphony, the piano sonata and the string quartet - and he was the first truly great practitioner of each.

  • Murder on the Brighton Express | Edward Marston

    Murder on the Brighton Express

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward Marston
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
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    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.

    Kindle Customer says: "Brilliant"
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