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Miss Benson's Beetle

31 ratings

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It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist.  Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules and, at the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves. This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story, but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries.

©2020 Rachel Joyce (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Author: Rachel Joyce
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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Brought to you by Penguin. Winner: New Writer of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012. When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life. Harold Fry is the most ordinary of men. He just might be a hero for us all. Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent has starred in a huge range of films, from British favourites including Bridget Jones, Hot Fuzz and The Iron Lady, to Hollywood blockbusters such as Moulin Rouge, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and the Harry Potter films. He is set to star in the upcoming film adaptation of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

©2012 Rachel Joyce (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

Narrator: Jim Broadbent
Author: Rachel Joyce
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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The Bronte BBC Radio Drama Collection

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The complete canon of the Brontë sisters' classic novels, dramatised by best-selling author Rachel Joyce 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë Orphan Jane falls in love with the enigmatic Rochester, but he is concealing a dark secret. 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë On the bleak Yorkshire moors, Heathcliff and Cathy’s elemental passion runs wild – but their obsession has devastating consequences. 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë Determined to make her way in the world, penniless young Agnes Grey becomes a governess. 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Brontë Gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham is powerfully drawn to Helen Graham, the mysterious resident of Wildfell Hall. 'Shirley' by Charlotte Brontë A poignant tale of friendship, romantic entanglements and turbulent times, set in Yorkshire in 1811. 'Villette' by Charlotte Brontë Leaving England to teach in Villette, Lucy Snowe experiences the pangs of unrequited love. 'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë As a teacher at a boarding-school in Belgium, William Crimsworth encounters trouble and true love. Adapted by Rachel Joyce, these radio dramas boast star casts including Ellie Kendrick, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Paul Venables, Robert Lonsdale, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ben Batt and Chloe Pirrie.  Also included is a one-hour bonus programme featuring Rachel Joyce in conversation with producer Tracey Neale.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

4 ratings

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When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for 20 years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey, too.’ Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novel about the journey we all must take to learn who we are; it is about loving and letting go. And most of all it is about finding joy in unexpected places and at times we least expect.

©2014 Rachel Joyce (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Celia Imrie
Author: Rachel Joyce
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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The Music Shop

3 ratings

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From the author of the worldwide best seller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen and how to feel and about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds. Because in the end, music can save us all.... It's 1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk - as long as it's vinyl, he sells it. Day after day Frank finds his customers the music they need. Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann. Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music. His instinct is to turn and run. And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman, with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems. And Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen and a past he will never leave behind....

©2017 Rachel Joyce (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Steven Hartley
Author: Rachel Joyce
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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Logan Likes Mary Anne!

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Mary Anne used to have to wear her hair in braids, keep her room painted pink, and ask her dad before she did anything. But not anymore. Mary Anne's been growing up...and the Baby-Sitters Club members aren't the only ones who have noticed.  Logan Bruno likes Mary Anne! He has a dreamy southern accent, he's awfully cute - and he wants to join the Baby-Sitters Club.  The baby-sitters aren't sure Logan will make a good club member. And Mary Anne thinks she's too shy for Logan. Life in the BSC has never been this complicated - or this fun!  The best friends you'll ever have - with classic BSC covers and a letter from Ann M. Martin!

©1988 Ann M. Martin (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
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Perfect

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In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school. But how could time change? The steady movement of hands around a clock was as certain as their golden futures. Then Byron’s mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake. Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right?

©2013 Rachel Joyce (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

Narrator: Paul Rhys
Author: Rachel Joyce
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
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Halloween: Scary Halloween Short Stories for Kids

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Ten Spooky Halloween Stories for Kids! Listen to 10 bone-chilling Halloween stories from the best-selling author, Arnie Lightning! These Halloween short stories are quick and easy to understand and enjoy. You and your children will enjoy the spooky tales! This audiobook is especially great for traveling, waiting rooms, and listening aloud at home! These stories are perfect for early and beginner listeners and super fun to use as campfire ghost stories. Story List: Night Landscape The Phone The House Party Under the Bed The Thing in My Dreams Behind You The Man in the Dark Blue Suit Do Not Look Don't Believe in Ghosts A Familiar House These spooky short stories about Halloween will give you chills up and down your spine! Scroll up and click "buy" to crack open these scary stories!

©2014 Arnie Lightning (P)2015 Arnie Lightning Books

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