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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 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 87

    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 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    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

    • 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 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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

    • Treasure Island

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    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

    • 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 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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

    • Fairy Stories

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

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems

    • By: Alexander Pope
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    'The Rape of the Lock' was one of Alexander Pope's most popular poems. It was a satirical attempt to reconcile the real-life warring of two Catholic families whose feud had started with the supposed nicking of a lock of hair from the undeniably beautiful head of Arabella Fermor by her admirer, Lord Petre.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great reading: selection of poems could be better

    • By Stewart Gardiner on 15-01-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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

    • 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 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    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

    • Perfect Brilliant Stillness

    • By: David Carse
    • Narrated by: Terence Stamp
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    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

    • A Tale of Two Cities

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 34

    "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

    • Kidnapped

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The wild adventure that David Balfour takes in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped starts with the newly orphaned boy travelling to his uncle's terrifying House of Shaws. Having failed in an attempt to murder young David, the miserly Ebeneezer Balfour, who would rather keep the fortune to which the child is now entitled, arranges for a kidnapping aboard a ship bound for the new world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Classic

    • By Joe on 18-12-15

    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 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • The Dupin Mysteries

    • By: Edgar Allen Poe
    • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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

    • Tom Brown's Schooldays

    • By: Thomas Hughes
    • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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

    • Beowulf

    • By: Julian Glover
    • Narrated by: Julian Glover
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14

    The epic story of this hero’s battle against dragons, monsters, and their mothers is particularly suited to being recorded as an audiobook given that for the first 300 years of its existence it was only ever spoken. The first known (and indeed the only surviving manuscript) of the poem was written in AD 1,000. It survived Henry VIII’s attempts to destroy it (as a religious artifact) and a catastrophic fire that destroyed many other historical British documents.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beowulf

    • By aaa on 03-04-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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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