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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 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    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

    • The Diary of a Nobody

    • By: George Grossmith
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Palmer
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Written as the diary of someone who would not normally merit a memoir but considers that he should have one written about him anyway, The Diary of a Nobody chronicles in agonizing but very funny detail everyday life in the lower middle class suburbs of Victorian England and the attempts of a social climber to better himself. It was published in 1892. First published in the satirical magazine Punch as a serial between 1888 and 1889, with illustrations by the author’s brother, Weedon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everyone should read or hear this!

    • By nick on 25-03-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Treasure Island

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    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

    • Wuthering Heights

    • By: Emily Bronte
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    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 Teachy McTeach Face on 17-09-16

    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 45
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    "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

    • 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 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 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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'.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • About being good!

    • By Claire on 17-10-18

    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
    • Performance
      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

    • Father and Son

    • By: Edmund Gosse
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Palmer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Everyone has a swipe at their parents and the way they were brought up at some point in their lives. Very few of us exact revenge to the extent that Edmund Gosse did upon his father in this superbly funny, agonising account of a very strange childhood. The subtitle of the book is A Study of Two Temperaments, and these were temperaments not destined to get on. Gosse, Sr. was an eminent naturalist and zoologist and a keen follower of the Plymouth Brethren.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully written and absolutely riveting

    • By nigeyb on 04-12-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Evelina

    • By: Frances Burney
    • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench, Finty Williams, Geoffrey Palmer
    • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      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

    • A Study in Scarlet

    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      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

    • Ivanhoe

    • By: Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated by: James Cosmo
    • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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

    • 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 Schmick 23 on 10-08-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Aspern Papers

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

    • The Card

    • By: Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thompkinson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Written in 1911, The Card is the story of Edward Henry (Denry) Machin, who rises from washerwoman's son to the Mayor of Bursley (Burslem in the Potteries town of Stoke-on-Trent) via a mixture of gentle deceit and personal hype. He is literally a trickster of confidence. His rise to fame is begun at an exclusive ball to which he has got himself invited, where he has the audacity to claim a dance with the glamourous but imposing Countess of Chell.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Just So Stories

    • By: Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated by: Art Malik
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    'In the high and far off times...' begins Rudyard Kipling’s 'How the Elephant Got His Trunk', and off we are taken by one of the most supreme storytellers into a world where children’s questions are turned neatly on their heads, and questions are provided which, far from stopping the stream of enquiries, only serve to make it gush faster.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Tom Brown's Schooldays

    • By: Thomas Hughes
    • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    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

    • Northanger Abbey

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    This is Jane Austen's lighthearted lesson in what you get for reading too many gothic novels. It is a mark of the astonishing talent of the woman, however, that even a flippant swipe at the trashy reading of the day turned out to be an elegant if extremely funny classic. Catherine Morland is another one of those Austen girls who, in spite of her gloriously ironic portrait as a romantic heroine in training, ends up being someone whose story you'd follow to the end of the world, or at least until the end of the book.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bath as a marriage market...

    • By Esteban on 25-09-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Persuasion

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Olivia Williams
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Persuasion tells the story of one of the most popular of literary heroines, the glorious Anne Eliot. Persuaded out of marrying the man she loves due to his not being a good enough match, Anne calmly and wittily takes us through her journey from her life as the middle daughter of a spendthrift and vain baronet through a sojourn in the marriage market that the City of Bath became in the 19th century to a final and merry resolution of the long search for the ideal match.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not great narration

    • By Sparks on 16-12-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • My Lady Ludlow

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Susannah York
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Lady Ludlow's appalling snobbery, prejudice and bred-in-the-bone conviction as to the superiority of the English aristocracy and their feudal way of life are deliciously tested, and found wanting, in this gently radical tale of the collapse of a social system. Elizabeth Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow is a brilliant picture of the shift in power in a rural northern village, from the velvety feudal Ludlows to the glitter of the new money rattling through the system courtesy of the brazen baker from Birmingham.

    Regular price: £19.99

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