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    • How to Stop Time

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,853
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,717

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

    • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

    Regular price: £17.99

    • A Boy Called Christmas

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 732
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 672
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 668

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A lovely Christmas story

    • By DF on 16-12-16

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Notes on a Nervous Planet

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Matt Haig
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266

    The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Reasons looked inward, Notes looks back out again.

    • By K. J. Noyes on 09-07-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Girl Who Saved Christmas

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Perfect Christmas Listen.

    • By Farniboy on 08-02-17

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Incognito

    • The Secret Lives of the Brain
    • By: David Eagleman
    • Narrated by: David Eagleman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not for experts

    • By Trisha on 05-12-13

    Regular price: £17.99

    • Burmese Days

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 378
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful listen

    • By Chelin on 05-12-12

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Father Christmas and Me

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Technical Issue Spoils a Great Story

    • By Donn Edwards on 24-12-17

    Regular price: £12.99

    • When

    • The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
    • By: Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 355
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 310

    Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of 'when' decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art; in When, Pink shows that timing is, in fact, a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work and succeed.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Should've been a blog post

    • By readysetrun on 19-07-18
    • The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
    • By: Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 09-01-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 355 ratings

    Regular price: £17.99

    • The Road to Wigan Pier

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 586
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 501
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 497

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Road to Wigan Pier

    • By M on 15-10-12

    Regular price: £7.59

    • The Truth Pixie

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Matt Haig
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    From number one best-selling author Matt Haig comes a hilarious and heartwarming story. Wherever she is, whatever the day, she has only one kind of thing to say. Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo, The Truth Pixie can say only things that are true.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good for Adults Too

    • By D. Boot on 05-12-18

    Regular price: £1.99

    • The Truth Pixie

    • By: Matt Haig
    • Narrated by: Olivia Colman
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    From number one best-selling author Matt Haig comes a hilarious and heartwarming story. Wherever she is, whatever the day, She only has one kind of thing to say. Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo, The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true. A very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself. The Truth Pixie is an enchanting, rhyming story that will delight younger children.

    Regular price: £1.99

    • Room to Dream

    • A Life
    • By: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
    • Narrated by: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
    • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 71

    In this memoir, David Lynch - cocreator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive - opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced - sometimes successful, sometimes not - to bring his projects to fruition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential Listening

    • By Kevin on 21-06-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 333
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 276

    "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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sharp wit that doesn't date

    • By Adrienne on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Life of Pi

    • By: Yann Martel
    • Narrated by: Sanjeev Bhaskar
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Georgina Gyetvai on 20-03-18

    Regular price: £13.39

    • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

    • Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
    • By: Samin Nosrat
    • Narrated by: Samin Nosrat
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    While cooking at Chez Panisse at the start of her career, Samin Nosrat noticed that amid the chaos of the kitchen there were four key principles that her fellow chefs would always fall back on to make their food better: salt, fat, acid and heat. By mastering these four variables, Samin found the confidence to trust her instincts in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients. And with her simple but revolutionary method, she has taught master classes to give both professionals and amateurs the skills to cook instinctively.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ideal for anyone interested in cooking

    • By Frequent Buyer on 12-12-18

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Breaking News

    • By: Alan Rusbridger
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    The President of the United States regularly lies to the public and accuses anyone who criticises him of being fake. Politicians openly rubbish the views of 'so called experts', dissemble and mislead. So how do we hold those in power accountable? Fox News, Breitbart Media and the Murdoch papers peddle views not news, pushing politically motivated agendas. So, where can we look for reliable, verifiable sources of news and information? What does it mean for democracy? And what will the future hold?  

    Regular price: £20.99

    • The Way of All Flesh

    • By: Ambrose Parry
    • Narrated by: Bryan Dick, Louise Brealey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Simpson's patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great historical background

    • By Brian on 15-10-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Girls of Slender Means

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 173

    The Girls of Slender Means is the third Muriel Spark audio release of 2012, following The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Complete Short Stories. It is 1945; a time of cultural and political change, and also one of slender means. Spark's evocative and sharply drawn novel focuses on a group of women living together in a hostel in Kensington who face new challenges in uncertain times. The novel is at once dramatic and character-based, and shows Muriel Spark at the height of her literary powers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slender but spirited

    • By marie on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Stay with Me

    • By: Ayobami Adebayo
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful realism

    • By Linn on 13-03-17

    Regular price: £12.49

    • The Flame

    • By: Leonard Cohen
    • Narrated by: Margaret Atwood, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen's last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life. Featuring lyrics, prose pieces and illustrations, the book also contains an extensive selection from Cohen's notebooks, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb!

    • By Allegria on 05-12-18

    Regular price: £24.99

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