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    • The Etymologicon

    • A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 868
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 752
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 739

    A quirky, entertaining and thought-provoking tour of the unexpected connections between words, read by Simon Shepherd. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces? The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant and hilarious book

    • By Will on 06-01-13
    • A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 01-05-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 868 ratings

    Regular price: £14.69

    • The Elements of Eloquence

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 325
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317

    In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listen to to be a better listener.

    • By Swing Swang on 28-08-14

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Incurable Romantic

    • And Other Unsettling Revelations
    • By: Frank Tallis
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Love is a great leveller. Everyone wants love, everyone falls in love, everyone loses love, and everyone knows something of love's madness. But the experience of obsessive love is no trivial matter. In the course of his career, psychologist Dr Frank Tallis has treated many unusual patients, whose stories have lessons for all of us.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Churchill Factor

    • How One Man Made History
    • By: Boris Johnson
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154

    The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Blood, toil, tears and sweat...

    • By FictionFan on 19-11-14

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The Horologicon

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    The Horologicon - which means 'a book of things appropriate to each hour' - follows a day in the life of unusual, beautiful, and forgotten English words. From the moment you wake to the second your head hits the pillow, there's a cornucopia of hidden words ready for every aspect of your day.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully funny and informative

    • By Penguin on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Danger Close

    • Commanding 3 Para in Afghanistan
    • By: Colonel Stuart Tootal
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    3 PARA was the first unit into Helmand in 2006. Sent on a peace mission, it became engaged in a level of combat that had not been experienced by the British Army since the end of the Korean War. Undermanned and suffering from equipment shortages, 3 PARA fought doggedly to win the break in battle. Numerous gallantry decorations were awarded, but they were not without cost. This is a dramatic, and often moving, insight into the leadership of soldiers at the sharp end of war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Honest and accurate

    • By mac on 25-01-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • My Outdoor Life

    • By: Ray Mears
    • Narrated by: Ray Mears, Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265

    Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.

    He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now. In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book ... But

    • By Matthew on 29-09-16

    Regular price: £20.99

    • The Panama Papers

    • How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money
    • By: Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels he then receives documents showing a mysterious bank transfer for $500,000,000 in gold. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in a secret world where complex networks of shell companies help to hide people who don't want to be found.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must-read. Simple as that

    • By phil chadwick on 18-12-16

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Armadillo

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    One winter’s morning, Lorimer Black - young, good-looking but with a somewhat troubled expression - goes to keep a perfectly routine business appointment and finds a hanged man. A bad start to the day by any standards and an ominous portent. Sure enough, Lorimer’s life is turned upside down and inside out in ways he could never have foreseen...An unabridged reading by Simon Shepherd.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Armadillo

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-11

    Regular price: £19.69

    • After Hitler

    • The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe
    • By: Michael Jones
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, also killed himself, and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Dönitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the rest of Europe went on for another 10 days. After Hitler looks at these days as a narrative day-by-day countdown but also as a broader global history of a European war that had seen some of the most savage battles in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you love WW2 history get this now

    • By mat brown on 31-07-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Total War

    • From Stalingrad to Berlin
    • By: Michael Jones
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    The powerful story of the Red Army's battle of liberation against the Nazi invader - from Stalingrad all the way to Berlin. In February 1943, German forces surrendered to the Red Army at Stalingrad, and the tide of war turned. By May 1945 Soviet soldiers had stormed Berlin and brought down Hitler's regime. Total War follows the fortunes of these fighters as they liberated Russia and the Ukraine from the Nazi invader and fought their way into the heart of the Reich. It reveals the horrors they experienced - the Holocaust, genocide and the mass murder of Soviet POWs - and shows the Red Army, brutalised by war, taking its terrible revenge on the German civilian population.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Eastern Front in Perspective

    • By Evelyn O'Connor on 18-08-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The History Keepers: The Storm Begins

    • By: Damian Dibben
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    The swashbuckling first book in an explosive new series. Imagine if you lost your parents - not just in place, but in time. Jake Djones' mum and dad have gone missing and they could be anywhere in the world - at any time in history. Because the Djones family have an astonishing secret, which for years they've managed to keep - even from each other. They belong to the History Keepers: a secret society which travels through the centuries to prevent evil enemies from meddling with history itself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The storm begins

    • By someone someone on 10-06-17

    Regular price: £17.19

    • Horowitz Horror

    • By: Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Welcome to a world where everything seems normal. At least, at first. But the sinister and truly terrifying lurk just beneath the surface. Like a bathtub with a history so haunted, no one dares get in it ... or an ordinary-looking camera that does unspeakable things to its subjects ... or a mysterious computer game that has terrible consequences if you lose ...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great stories but I feel conned

    • By franwan on 25-12-17

    Regular price: £17.49

    • Osbert the Avenger

    • Tales from Schwartzgarten, Book 1
    • By: Christopher William Hill
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Meet Osbert Brinkhoff, the unlikeliest of avengers. His is a tale of dark delights and ghastly goings-on, of injustice and revenge. The villains are vicious. The settings are sinister. And good does NOT always prevail.... If you prefer cleavers to kittens and fiends to fairies...then welcome to the dark, hilarious world of Schwartzgarten.

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Election Notebook

    • By: Nick Robinson
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125

    Just after 10 o’clock on Thursday, 7th May 2015, Nick Robinson stared down the lens of camera five in the BBC’s Election Night Studio to explain to millions the significance of an exit poll that shocked the country and heralded an earthquake in British politics. That moment was a personal milestone for the BBC’s political editor, who had been discharged from hospital just hours earlier following weeks of treatment for cancer and the loss of his voice after surgery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Elizabeth Stewart on 21-10-15

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Third Reich Is Listening

    • Inside German Codebreaking 1939-45
    • By: Christian Jennings
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    The codebreakers at Bletchley Park have been immortalised in films such as The Imitation Game and Enigma, but the Germans were also breaking Allied ciphers. The Third Reich Is Listening is the comprehensive account of the successes, failures and science of Germany's codebreaking and signals intelligence operations from 1935 to 1945. This fast-moving blend of modern history and popular science is told through colourful personal accounts of the Germans at the heart of the story.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, bad editing.

    • By Alex König on 05-02-19

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Stalin's Englishman

    • The Lives of Guy Burgess
    • By: Andrew Lownie
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    Guy Burgess is the most important, complex and fascinating of 'The Cambridge Spies' - the group of British men recruited to pass intelligence to the Soviets during World War Two and the Cold War. Burgess' story takes us from his student days in 1930s Cambridge, where he was first approached by Soviet scouts, through his daring infiltration of the BBC and the British government to his final escape to Russia and lonely, tragic-comic exile there.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beilliant

    • By Allan Robb-McLeod on 21-12-15

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The History Keepers: Nightship to China

    • By: Damian Dibben
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    The History Keepers embark on their third adventure, and this is the most explosive one yet! The time-travelling agents voyage from Shakespeare's England to Imperial China in pursuit of their most villainous foe yet, Xiang Xi, whose aim is to decimate the population and destroy the world's trade links. Jake, Nathan and Topaz must join forces with international agents in order to prevent mayhem on a global scale.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant book in a great series

    • By leanne on 11-12-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • In Between the Sheets

    • By: Ian McEwan
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A two-timing pornographer becomes the unwilling object of one of his victim's vengeful fantasies. A millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress - passive, yet beautiful - but the union soon becomes a nightmare of jealousy and despair. And an ape reflects on the relationship with a young female writer, mourning their fading love and musing on the fateful deceptions of art. In these seven stories of dreamlike lucidity, the wasteland of the human psyche is mapped with deadly precision.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The History Keepers: Circus Maximus

    • By: Damian Dibben
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    The History Keepers are in terrible danger once more. Stocks of Atomium - the crucial ingredient which allows them to travel through time - are perilously low, and the agents must embark on a risky mission to find more. And now a new and even more evil member of the Zeldt family is planning a hideous take-over of the Ancient world, and they are forced to travel further back into history than ever before in order to save the day. Well, all of the days actually.

    Regular price: £18.49

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