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  • How to Stop Time | Matt Haig

    How to Stop Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
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    Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

    Lesley says: "Best book so far this year"
  • A Boy Called Christmas | Matt Haig

    A Boy Called Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
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    (472)
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    (470)

    You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin....

    DF says: "A lovely Christmas story"
  • The Girl Who Saved Christmas | Matt Haig

    The Girl Who Saved Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Carey Mulligan
    Overall
    (50)
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    (43)
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    (43)

    If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.

    N Gill says: "funny, heartwarming story for all the family"
  • Apple Tree Yard | Louise Doughty

    Apple Tree Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Louise Doughty
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    (1921)
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    (1770)
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    (1763)

    Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair.Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

    Jill says: "Multi-layered and absorbing"
  • Father Christmas and Me | Matt Haig

    Father Christmas and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Natascha McElhone
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    It isn't always easy growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold. But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it's up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it's too late...

  • The Road to Wigan Pier | George Orwell

    The Road to Wigan Pier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
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    Overall
    (330)
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    (274)
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    (272)

    A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

    M says: "Road to Wigan Pier"
  • Burmese Days | George Orwell

    Burmese Days

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
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    An unabridged recording of Orwell's brilliant first novel read by Allan Corduner. The story is largely based on Orwell's own experiences as a police officer in Burma. Set in the dying days of the Raj, it depicts the harshness and darker side of colonial rule. And at its centre is John Flory, a lone individual hopelessly trapped in a vast political system; themes which set the agenda for much of his writing. Burmese Days was Orwell's first novel, and was issued in 1934 in America, then a year later in the UK where there had been fears and controversy initially that the material could be libellous.

    Chelin says: "A wonderful listen"
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain | David Eagleman

    Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Eagleman
    • Narrated By David Eagleman
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    Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you're consciously aware of danger? Why do you notice when your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate these surprising mysteries.

    Marc says: "fascinating"
  • Howards End | E. M. Forster

    Howards End

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Susannah Harker
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    (6)
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    (6)

    First published in 1910, Howards End is considered by many to be Forster's greatest novel. Set at the beginning of the 20th century it follows the fortunes and interrelations between three family groups of differing backgrounds and outlooks. At the top of the money tree are the Wilcoxes who represent broadly materialism and an upper-class English archetype. The family has made money in the colonies and also have a property - Howards End - owned by the terminally-ill mother, Ruth Wilcox, who must decide how best to pass on the estate.

    Amanda Giles says: "A level memories"
  • Life of Pi | Yann Martel

    Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Sanjeev Bhaskar
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    (22)
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    One boy, one boat, one tiger.... British comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar, OBE performs this brilliant edition of a work of fiction that is loved by fans around the world. After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a 16 year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for an extraordinary adventure.

    Steven wisniewski says: "great production and narration"
  • Stay with Me | Ayobami Adebayo

    Stay with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ayobami Adebayo
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    (87)
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    Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. When her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of '80s Nigeria, Stay with Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood.

    bookylady says: "A moving portrait of motherhood & family life"
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | Muriel Spark

    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes
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    Overall
    (240)
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    (194)
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    (193)

    "You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime." So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games....

    Patricia says: "So much more to the story than I remembered"
  • The Incomplete Tim Key: About 300 of His Poetical Gems and What-Nots | Tim Key

    The Incomplete Tim Key: About 300 of His Poetical Gems and What-Nots

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tim Key
    • Narrated By Tim Key
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    A wildly original poetry collection written and read by one of the UK’s most exciting young comics. A poet who favours dark suits, lager and long hot baths, he works on BBC Four in Charlie Brooker's Newswipe and on Radio 4, doing his late night poetry show. In 2009 he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his poetical recital The Slutcracker and has filmed some of his verse in black and white to overwhelming critical approval.

    Jake says: "Audiobook version is a must"
  • Solar Bones | Mike McCormack

    Solar Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Mike McCormack
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
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    Marcus Conway has come a long way to stand in the kitchen of his home and remember the rhythms and routines of his life. Considering with his engineer's mind how things are constructed - bridges, banking systems, marriages - and how they may come apart. Mike McCormack captures with tenderness and feeling, in continuous, flowing prose, a whole life suspended in a single hour.

    Gavin Jones says: "Not Bad"
  • The Complete Short Stories | Muriel Spark

    The Complete Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, Richard E. Grant
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    (20)
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    The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished, from one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century. From the cruel irony of A member of the Family to the fateful echoes of The Go-Away Bird and the unexpectedly sinister The Girl I Left Behind Me, in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road, Muriel Spark coolly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent.

    T says: "Exceptional reading of substantial short stories"
  • Heather, the Totality | Matthew Weiner

    Heather, the Totality

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Matthew Weiner
    • Narrated By Matthew Weiner
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    (1)
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    (1)

    The Breakstone family arrange themselves around their daughter, Heather, and the world seems to follow: beautiful, compassionate, entrancing, she is the greatest blessing in their lives of Manhattan luxury. But as Heather grows - and her empathy sharpens to a point, and her radiance attracts more and more dark interest - their perfect existence starts to fracture. Meanwhile, a very different life, one raised in poverty and in violence, is beginning its own malign orbit around Heather.

  • Dragon's Green: Worldquake, Book 1 | Scarlett Thomas

    Dragon's Green: Worldquake, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Scarlett Thomas
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
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    (7)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    Effie Truelove has made a promise to keep her grandfather's magical books safe from danger. Whatever it takes. But it's not always easy when you're a pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange. Together with her new school friends, Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven, Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe.

    Cameron says: "Scarlett Thomas on top form"
  • In Highland Harbours: With Para Handy | Neil Munro

    In Highland Harbours: With Para Handy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Neil Munro
    • Narrated By Robert Trotter
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    (5)

    A collection of humorous stories featuring Munro's best-loved creation: master mariner Para Handy. Read by Robert Trotter, all stories are unabridged, self-contained, and describe the numerous adventures aboard Para Handy's ship, The Vital Spark.

  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Margareta Magnusson, Jane Magnusson
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Döstädning, or the art of death cleaning, is a Swedish phenomenon by which the elderly and their families set their affairs in order. Whether it's sorting the family heirlooms from the junk, downsizing to a smaller place, or setting up a system to help you stop misplacing your keys, death cleaning gives us the chance to make the later years of our lives as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whatever your age, Swedish death cleaning can be used to help you de-clutter your life, and take stock of what's important.

  • The Penelopiad | Margaret Atwood

    The Penelopiad

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    (67)
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    For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan War was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours, and keep over 100 lustful, greedy, and bloodthirsty suitors at bay.... And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he hangs Penelope's 12 maids.

    Mrs Trellis says: "Alright I suppose"
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