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    • Animal Farm

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,021
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011

    Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant classic, superbly read by Simon Callow

    • By Anthony on 15-06-14

    Regular price: £9.99

    • The Hundred and One Dalmatians

    • By: Dodie Smith
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 81

    Pongo and Missis Pongo are a pair of Dalmatians who live with the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and their two nannies. Mr. Dearly is a "financial wizard" who has been granted life-long tax exemption and lent a house on the Outer Circle in Regent's Park in return for wiping out the government debt. The dogs consider the humans their pets, but allow the humans to think that they are the owners. Missis gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 101 Dalmatians

    • By Freddi on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Down and Out in Paris and London

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 677
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 579
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 572

    An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Richard Blant on 20-07-15

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Homage to Catalonia

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 427
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 429

    Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell’s account of his experiences fighting in the Spanish Civil War, and a portrait of disillusionment with his early politics. Orwell’s experiences include being shot in the neck by a sniper, and being forced into hiding as factions of the Left battled on the streets of Barcelona. Orwell entered Spain intending to gather an experience worth writing as well as to fight Fascism, and wrote Homage to Catalonia within months of his return.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Alastair Ball on 14-01-15

    Regular price: £22.99

    • On the Origin of Species

    • By: Charles Darwin
    • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something Old made Something New

    • By Tim on 05-03-11

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Day of the Triffids

    • By: John Wyndham
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136

    Bill Masen wakes up one morning in his hospital bed. His eyes are completely bandaged after an eye operation so he is unable to see. He immediately notices how still and quiet everything is. Having taken off his bandages, he discovers that both inside the hospital and out, the majority of the population (who watched a display of startlingly bright comets in the night sky the previous evening) have all gone blind, and realises that there is a terrifying new enemy for humankind to contend with.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully narrated but RUINED by "music"

    • By uksub on 12-03-15

    Regular price: £10.99

    • A Room of One's Own

    • By: Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Empathetic , intelligent reading

    • By carole on 22-03-16

    Regular price: £13.29

    • Our Man in Havana

    • By: Graham Greene
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 770
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 667
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 663

    In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Shame about the music

    • By DD Kaplan on 27-07-10

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Kraken Wakes

    • By: John Wyndham
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 519
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 438

    Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous

    • By Malcolm on 01-01-13

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Philip Glenister
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181

    Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. Read by gritty and accomplished actor Philip Glenister from the acclaimed crime series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narration brings 1984 alive in 2009

    • By Scullywag on 08-10-09

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Prince

    • By: Nicolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated by: Ian Richardson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    How remarkable that an Italian living in the 15th and 16th centuries should lend his name to a word still in common usage in the English language today. Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) wrote only one major work as a gift for his ruling Prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli held office as a senior civil servant for 14 years until the downfall of the Republic in 1512. No longer officially employed to impart advice, instead Machiavelli poured out his ideas and resentment in his writings.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Machiavelli is Alive!

    • By Tim on 05-03-11

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The Third Man

    • By: Graham Greene
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292

    The Third Man is one of the truly great post-war films. It's a thrilling story of black-marketeering set against a backdrop of Vienna in the immediate post-war era, when the city was divided into four zones amongst the major powers: Russia, Britain, France, and America.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent novel and narration

    • By Frankiesam on 01-12-15

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Candide

    • By: Voltaire
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Candide and his tutor Pangloss travel the globe trying to follow the philosophy "All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds". However, they are stung and let down at every turn, being robbed, tortured, and ridiculed, amongst other trials. On hearing about their often disasterous travels, a listener feels unfortunately less than empathetic, and can't help themselves laughing out loud at this very funny account of the trail our optimistic travellers take.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Tres bizarre

    • By Miss on 28-03-13

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Three Men in a Boat

    • By: Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Three Men in a Boat is one of the most amusing and durable books in the English language. Semi-autobiographical, it recounts the adventures and mishaps of George, Harris, J. (the author), and his remarkable dog Montmorency during a boat trip along the Thames from London to Oxford. Jerome K. Jerome originally intended the book to be a guide to the Thames Valley, but his publisher thought it so entertaining it was published as a comic novel and has endured as a classic of the genre ever since.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Classic English Reminiscence

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-06

    Regular price: £9.99

    • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222

    Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unfairly neglected gem of a master novella!

    • By Raphael on 04-01-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Wise Children

    • By: Angela Carter
    • Narrated by: Eileen Atkins
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Nora and Dora, the 'famous' Chance sisters, prepare to go to their perennially absent father's 100th birthday party. With a wide and colourful, often rather crazy cast, the story veers off in a multitude of directions as Dora's reminiscent narrative slips from past to present suddenly and seamlessly throughout. The illegitimate 'bastard' Chance twins are the black sheep of the family. The all-singing, all-dancing, sweary, aging, make-up caked, high-heeled, bawdy, gritty and overall magnetic Chance twins, that is.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engrossing storytelling

    • By Stephanie Jane on 08-07-13

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The Code of the Woosters

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    Abridged novel depicting the sinister affair of the 18th century cow-creamer and the small, brown, leather-covered notebook tests the Wooster soul as it has never been tested before. Friends and relations, in urgent need, queue up to beg for assistance in a variety of troublesome situations, and ruthless enemies stop at nothing in their determination to bring Bertie down.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What's not to love

    • By Caroline Detnon on 09-05-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • I, Claudius

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 84

    The politics of empire-building and the hypocrisies, back-stabbings, and corruptions of Rome's first family come to light. First published in 1934, the book retains a marvelously modern and often comic tone, and is written in the form of Claudius' autobiography. This is gripping stuff, read by one of our finest actors, who also starred as Claudius in the classic television series.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Shame it's abridged.

    • By Mary Carnegie on 11-04-16

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Very Good Jeeves, Volume 2

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
    • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 35

    The second instalment of this wonderful collection of short stories sees Bertie Wooster in the proverbial soup as usual and Jeeves invariably shimmering to the rescue. Love, comic reunions and errant Uncles are all on the agenda, plus bucket loads of laughter. Where would Wooster be without his infinitely brainy valet? Where would audio listeners be without Wodehouse's sparkling comic invention?

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Dubliners

    • By: James Joyce
    • Narrated by: T. P. McKenna
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in 1882 in Dublin but spent most of his life living with Nora Barnacle in various parts of Europe. Apart from a collection of verse, Dubliners was his first published work in 1914. In Dubliners, Joyce portrays quite brilliantly human relationships in Ireland at the turn of the century. His characters are so vital and exciting and the stories so fresh, evocative, and entertaining that they could well have been written today.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Life, Death and Dublin

    • By Francis on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £14.99

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