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    • Frankenstein

    • By: Mary Shelley
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    The tale of Dr. Frankenstein and the horrendous monster he unleashes on the world when he tinkers with the laws of nature had almost as strange a birth as the monster itself. It was the product of one of the most famous ghost story telling sessions in history. Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and several others were stranded on the shores of Lake Geneva during a particularly sodden summer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jacobi relishes the language - Superbly read.

    • By Bounce on 03-03-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Wuthering Heights

    • By: Emily Bronte
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    The wild and passionate tale of Cathy and Heathcliff's impossible love for each other and its phenomenal setting on the blasted Yorkshire moors has to be one of the best-known love affairs in literature.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully read

    • By sharie on 17-09-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Treasure Island

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    First conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland in an attempt to amuse his stepson, Treasure Island began with the map. Young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an island, and Stevenson, looking over the boy's shoulder, began to elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of Skeleton Island and Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses marking the buried treasure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Characterisation

    • By RobS on 13-08-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Tale of Two Cities

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done...." With these words and a superb act of bravery and sacrifice, one of the most badly behaved heroes of all time ends Charles Dickens' great tale of the French Revolution. This is a firework display of a book, a crackling picture of the ravages and excesses of starving, furious men and the astonishing acts of heroism that usually accompany them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Anonymous User on 05-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Evelina

    • By: Frances Burney
    • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench, Finty Williams, Geoffrey Palmer
    • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Fanny Burney's wickedly funny satire follows the trials and romantic adventures of the young and beautiful Evelina as she tries to make her way through 18th-century Britain handicapped by her three great problems: being poor, being illegitimate - and being a girl. Evelina was a raging best seller when it was first published in 1778 and is widely credited with being the first of the great British domestic novels. Burney was a direct influence on her immediate follower, Jane Austen.

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    • By: D H Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    The story of Lady Chatterley and her love for her husband's gamekeeper outraged the sensibilities of Edwardian England. Lawrence had already been dismissed as a purveyor of the obscene for the attitudes to sex that he had shown in The Rainbow, which had been fiercely suppressed on its publication in 1915. Chatterley, written in several versions around 1928 in Italy in the final part of Lawrence's life, was a deliberate choice on the author's part to address sex head on.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Probably a five 🌟 book, but my courage failed me.

    • By Cara on 30-12-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Ivanhoe

    • By: Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated by: James Cosmo
    • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    This is one of Sir Walter Scott’s greatest adventures, set amongst the roaring battles of the struggle between the Normans and the Saxons for control of medieval England. It deals with the rivalry between King Richard the Lion-Heart and his brother, John. We follow the adventures, skirmishes and romances of the hero, Ivanhoe, a Saxon knight loyal to King Richard, as he attempts to survive the England of King John alongside the disguised Richard and, of course, Robin Hood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great narration

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Mill on the Floss

    • By: George Eliot
    • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
    • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    The Mill on the Floss is one of the great works of English literature. It is perhaps the most autobiographical of all Eliot's novels. The relationship between its heroine, Maggie Tulliver, and her brother, Tom, closely resembles that of George Eliot and her own brother, Isaac. The subject of sibling affection was clearly a deeply poignant one for George Eliot - she also wrote a series of beautiful and evocative sonnets entitled 'Brother and Sister'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it

    • By Anonymous User on 24-04-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Tom Brown's Schooldays

    • By: Thomas Hughes
    • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    The story of young Tom Brown's seemingly hideous years spent at rugby school and his spirited and astonishingly stalwart response to the institutionalised bullying prevalent at the 'Great' British public schools became exactly the campaigning tool its author hoped it would. The regimes at these schools had been largely unchallenged, with the assumption being that the education and training received were the best.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unexpectedly brilliant

    • By D on 09-04-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Water Babies

    • By: Charles Kingsley
    • Narrated by: Nicola McAuliffe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    There are very few children's stories that have raised as much outrage in grown-up politics as The Water Babies did when it first appeared in 1863. It was written by Charles Kingsley for his own little boy and shortly after he had been made tutor to the Prince of Wales.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mostly good

    • By Seagull on 22-07-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Aspern Papers

    • By: Henry James
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
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      5 out of 5 stars 7
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      5 out of 5 stars 7

    One of the wittiest and most scathing of Henry James' novellas, The Aspern Papers chronicles the attempt to extract the valuable letters of the famous and recently deceased poet Jeffrey Aspern from the hands of his past lover and formidable adversary in the battle Juliana Bordereau. The plot was reputedly suggested to James by a story he heard of an illicit attempt to get hold of several of Lord Byron's letters.

    Regular price: £9.99

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is an exploration of the nature of evil and how far a man can go towards it when released from the constraints of what can be called civilisation. Before beginning his life as a writer at the age of 36, Conrad spent 16 years as a merchant seaman. In 1889 he became captain of a steamboat in the Congo Free State, and the atrocities he witnessed there, perpetrated by the representatives of the Belgian colonial powers, led him to write what he called his Congo Diary.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tough, but worthwhile.

    • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Secret Garden

    • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated by: Virginia McKenna
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17

    What the Narnia books did for wardrobes, The Secret Garden did for the walled garden. Few readers can fail to share with Mary Lennox that inexplicable thrill of anticipation at the notion of an enclosed and secret world, bursting with potential life and beauty but remaining hidden from view. As Mary herself observes, 'Here was another locked door, added to the hundred in the strange house'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully read

    • By Ms. H. C. Sutton on 16-02-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Tales of Terror and Mystery

    • By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: BIll Paterson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Trapped by the strength of the public adoration of his character Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle was desperate to write other works not involving the sleuth. The Tales of Terror and Mystery have all the recognisable qualities that made Conan Doyle's work so popular - the attention to gruesome detail, the meticulous logic and the intricate and wittily bemusing plotting - yet they are free of the constraints put on Conan Doyle by Mr. Holmes.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Chronicles of Clovis

    • By: H. H. Munro - Saki
    • Narrated by: Ian Richardson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The Chronicles of Clovis, published in 1911, was the third in Saki (H. H. Munro)'s series of very funny and very vicious stories. As an insider, Saki was ideally poised to eviscerate the Edwardian middle class way of life, and his pitiless and magnetic sense of humour - teamed with an ability to wield that sharpest of writer's tools, the (very) short story - makes these some of the funniest and most quotable of tales. All of the running themes in Saki's work are here.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Joy of Saki

    • By Hawfinch on 11-12-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Plain Tales from the Hills

    • By: Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated by: Tim Piggott-Smith
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Rudyard Kipling's short stories of life in the British Raj began in 1888 as journalistic snippets written to supplement his more serious factual output when he was employed as the assistant editor, at the meagre age of 20, of the Lahori-based Civil and Military Gazette.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Heartwarming stories from another place and time

    • By Avid listener on 10-08-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Fairy Stories

    • By: Brothers Grimm
    • Narrated by: Anna Massey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    These fairy tales are nasty. This is the land of goblins and sorceresses, with serious lines in revenge, not the land of unicorns and once upon a Barbie. The tales that the Brothers Grimm collected during their time as linguistics professors, first at the University of Göttingen and then in Berlin, at the request of the King of Prussia, were an attempt to map the folklore of the German-speaking people.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Perfect Brilliant Stillness

    • By: David Carse
    • Narrated by: Terence Stamp
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 19
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      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17

    The legendary British actor Terence Stamp reads the book that he says 'changed his life'. This is an exploration of our existence and a journey towards enlightenment. In what the author calls 'the fine print' at the start of the book, David Carse wrote: 'There are many books out there that will help you to live a better life, become a better person, and evolve and grow to realise your potential as a spiritual being. This is not one of them....'

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No words for this

    • By tarquino on 11-05-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Dupin Mysteries

    • By: Edgar Allen Poe
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The three tales that make up Edgar Allan Poe's The Dupin Mysteries introduce us to the cracking character of Chevalier Auguste Dupin. As a rationalist and practitioner of brilliant deduction, he was to become the template for most of the detective fiction that followed speedily in his wake. The first tale, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", details a form of murder solving that was to become only too familiar.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bill Nighy is snsx

    • By Barbara Murray on 25-02-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Study in Scarlet

    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    In 1886 Arthur Conan Doyle, whilst struggling to make a success of a failing medical practice in Portsmouth, set about writing a novel in order to boost his income. He began a story about a fiercely intelligent sleuth called Sheridan Hope. A year later A Study in Scarlet was published, and one of the most successful of literary characters began to take hold of the public's affections.

    Regular price: £19.99

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