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    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,441
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,395

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's fascinating and humorous quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A short Review of Nearly Everything

    • By Roy on 08-08-05

    Regular price: £20.99

    • Notes From a Small Island

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

    After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Note From A Small Islander

    • By Jo on 05-11-08

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Notes From a Big Country

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 488
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365

    After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bitter or Sweet ? I'm not sure !

    • By J-H2O on 03-10-06

    Regular price: £18.49

    • Neither Here nor There

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 710
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 545
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 545

    In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable.

    • By Sara on 05-01-12

    Regular price: £18.49

    • Down Under

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 936
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 753
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 748

    Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hilarious

    • By Lynette Morris on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £19.69

    • A Walk in the Woods

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

    The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wilderness adventure from the comfort of home

    • By John on 28-04-07

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

    • By: H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gain Entrance

    • By Diane on 23-06-14

    Regular price: £19.09

    • The Lost Continent

    • Travels In Small Town America
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 790
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 789

    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The road trip you're dying to take

    • By Miss on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Made in America

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 699
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 491
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 492

    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A history of America through its language

    • By Tom on 12-05-10

    Regular price: £20.99

    • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: BBC Drama Collection

    • Five BBC radio full-cast dramatisations
    • By: H G Wells, Stanislaw Lem, Karel Čapek, and others
    • Narrated by: William Gaunt, full cast, Robert Glenister, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    Five seminal science fiction classics are brought vividly to life in these gripping BBC Radio dramatisations, with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Joanne Froggatt. Titles include Frankenstein (1994), The Time Machine (2009), The Lost World (1975), R.U.R. (1989) and Solaris (2007). Accompanying this collection is a bonus PDF file featuring extensive sleeve notes by Andrew Pixley.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Two great - Two fine - One really bad

    • By Nigel on 14-06-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Honour Among Thieves

    • By: Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The time, 1993. The place, Washington, D.C. Of the adversaries in the Gulf War, the sole survivor is Saddam Hussein. And Saddam is planning a revenge so diabolical that the United States will be left with no choice but to retaliate.

    Regular price: £9.09

    • Queen Elizabeth

    • The Queen Mother: The Official Biography
    • By: William Shawcross
    • Narrated by: William Shawcross, Sophie Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 21

    Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon,the youngest daughter of the Earl of Strathmore, was born on 4 August 1900. It might reasonably have been expected that she would lead a life of ease and privilege but few could have imagined the profound effect she would have on Britain and its people. Her life spanned the whole of the 20th century and this official biography tells not only her story but, through it, that of the country she loved so devotedly.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A charming period piece

    • By Kl Love on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £13.99

    • At the Mountains of Madness

    • By: H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    At the Mountains of Madness first appeared in 1936, in the February, March and April editions of the American magazine Astounding Stories. One of H.P. Lovecraft’s most chilling works, it draws on Edgar Allan Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, as well as Lovecraft’s deep fascination with the Antarctic. The sinister discoveries made by a group of explorers in At the Mountains of Madness are testament to the author’s enormous powers of imagination.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Wearisome Tosh

    • By C. P. McGregor on 29-10-13

    Regular price: £19.09

    • The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum

    • By: Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares - premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.

    Regular price: £19.69

    • What Comes Next

    • By: John Katzenbach
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 7

    A retired university professor has just been diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease. Returning home from the doctor’s office, he witnesses a pretty young girl being kidnapped. Believing the police are dragging their feet, he vows to find her on his own. He knows that if he doesn’t act, she may never be found alive. Jennifer Riggins, the kidnapped girl, is being held prisoner by a depraved couple who have started an exclusive website called What Comes Next. Viewers can watch her terrifying ordeal in real time.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great idea for a story spoilt by holding back

    • By Gavingks on 09-12-13

    Regular price: £25.69

    • Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence

    • By: Michael Marshall Smith
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    It's not every day that the devil knocks on your door. From the critically acclaimed author of Only Forward comes a delightful new tale about Hannah, a young girl living a mundane existence in California, who discovers that her grandfather has been friends with the devil for the past 150 years...and now they need her help.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I agree, Hannah is unlikable.

    • By Debra K on 06-06-18

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917

    • By: Michael Punke
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    From the number-one international best-selling author of The Revenant - the book that inspired the award-winning movie - comes the remarkable true story of the worst mining disaster in American history. In 1917, the lives of a company of miners changed forever when the underground labyrinth of tunnels in which they worked burst into flames. Within an hour, more than 400 men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, 164 of them would be dead.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great narration

    • By Suzy on 05-01-17

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The God Argument

    • The Case Against Religion and for Humanism
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief - all of them - right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A house divided

    • By Je suis Charlie on 26-07-17

    Regular price: £18.79

    • The Great Gatsby

    • By: F Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    When The Great Gatsby was published, commercially it was a failure but critically it was a success. It is still the most admired and well-read of all Scott Fitzgerald’s novels and it is considered a handbook of the 'Jazz Age'. Scott Fitzgerald put much of himself and his life into the book. He created the character of Jay Gatsby to illustrate his own experiences of the illusory and morally bankrupt aspects of 1920s' America, and the character of Nick Carraway to show his disapproval of its destructive effects.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfection

    • By Debra K on 06-06-18

    Regular price: £7.99

    • Orfeo

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab has come to the attention of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid on his house, Els flees and turns fugitive, waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over. But alarm turns to national hysteria.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A novel take on recent history

    • By chimneyman on 19-09-18

    Regular price: £20.89

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