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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

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English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory. But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr. Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England's magical past and regained some of the powers of England's magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French. All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative, the very opposite of Mr. Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington's army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr. Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr. Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange's heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear. Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke's magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that 32 hours leave readers longing for more.

©2004 Susanna Clarke (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, and Bloomsbury Publishing

Narrator: Simon Prebble
Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
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Piranesi

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Bloomsbury presents Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, read by Chiwetel Ejiofor. A Sunday Times best seller. A New York Times best seller. The spectacular new novel from the best-selling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, ‘one of our greatest living authors.’ (New York Magazine) Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has. In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders: the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls. On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend, the Other. At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone. Messages begin to appear, scratched out in chalk on the pavements. There is someone new in the House. But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims? Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous. The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.

©2020 Susanna Clarke (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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Princes of Ireland

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The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the listener on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters (druids and chieftains, monks and smugglers, noblewomen and farmwives, merchants and mercenaries, rebels and cowards) we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.   While vividly and movingly conveying the passions and struggles that shaped the character of Dublin, Rutherfurd portrays the major events in Irish history: The tribal culture of pagan Ireland; the mission of St. Patrick; the coming of the Vikings and the founding of Dublin; the glories of the great nearby monastery of Glendalough and the making of treasures like the Book of Kells; the extraordinary career of Brian Boru; and the trickery of Henry II, which gave England its first foothold in Medieval Ireland. The stage is then set for the great conflict between the English kings and the princes of Ireland, and the disastrous Irish invasion of England, which incurred the wrath of Henry VIII and where this book, the first of the two-part Dublin Saga, draws to a close, as the path of Irish history takes a dramatic and irrevocable turn. Rich, colorful, and impeccably researched, The Princes of Ireland is epic entertainment spun by a master.

©2004 Edward Rutherfurd (P)2004 Books on Tape

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Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Volume 1: Jedi Search

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As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two children, the Jedi twins, will come into their powers in a galaxy on the brink of vast changes and challenges. In this time of turmoil and discovery, an extraordinary new Star Wars saga begins. While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes - going from one danger to a far greater one. On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face to face with a weapon so awesome it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself.

©1994 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. (P)1994 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM.

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Les robots

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Première Loi : Un robot ne peut porter atteinte à un être humain ni, restant passif, laisser cet être humain exposé au danger. Deuxième Loi : Un robot doit obéir aux ordres donnés par les êtres humains, sauf si de tels ordres entrent en contradiction avec la Première Loi. Troisième Loi : Un robot doit protéger son existence dans la mesure où cette protection n’entre pas en contradiction avec la Première ou la Deuxième Loi.

©2019 Editions Gallimard. Traduit par Pierre Billon (P)2012 Editions J’ai Lu

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Tails of Wonder and Imagination

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What is it about the cat that captivates the creative imagination? No other creature has inspired so many authors to take pen to page. Mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories have all been written about cats. From legendary editor Ellen Datlow comes Tails of Wonder and Imagination, showcasing 40 cat tales by some of today's most popular authors. With uncollected stories by Stephen King, Carol Emshwiller, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Hand, Dennis Danvers, and Theodora Goss and a previously unpublished story by Susanna Clarke, plus feline-centric fiction by Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, George R. R. Martin, Lucius Shepard, Joyce Carol Oates, Graham Joyce, Catherynne M. Valente, Michael Marshall Smith, and many others. Tails of Wonder and Imagination features more than 200,000 words of stories in which cats are heroes and stories in which they're villains; tales of domestic cats, tigers, lions, mythical part-cat beings, people transformed into cats, cats transformed into people. And yes, even a few cute cats. Table of Contents: "Through the Looking Glass (excerpt)" - Lewis Carroll"No Heaven Will Not Ever Heaven Be..." - A. R. Morlan "The Price" - Neil Gaiman "Dark Eyes, Faith, and Devotion" - Charles de Lint "Not Waving" - Michael Marshall Smith "Catch" - Ray Vukcevich "The Manticore Spell" - Jeffrey Ford "Catskin" - Kelly Link "Mieze Corrects an Incomplete Representation of Reality" - Michaela Roessner "Guardians" - George R. R. Martin "Life Regarded as a Jigsaw Puzzle of Highly Lustrous Cats" - Michael Bishop "Gordon, the Self-Made Cat" - Peter S. Beagle "The Jaguar Hunter" - Lucius Shepard "Arthur's Lion" - Tanith Lee "Pride" - Mary A. Turzillo "The Burglar Takes a Cat" - Lawrence Block "The White Cat" - Joyce Carol Oates "Returns" - Jack Ketchum "Puss-Cat" - Reggie Oliver "Cat in Glass" - Nancy Etchemendy "Coyote Peyote" - Carole Nelson Douglas "The Poet and the Inkmaker's Daughter" - Elizabeth Hand "The Night of the Tiger" - Stephen King "Every Angel is Terrifying" - John Kessel "Candia" - Graham Joyce "Mbo" - Nicholas Royle "Bean Bag Cats(R)" - Edward Bryant "Antiquities" - John Crowley "The Manticore's Tale" - Catherynne M. Valente "In Carnation" - Nancy Springer "Old Foss is the Name of His Cat" - David Sandner "A Safe Place to Be" - Carol Emshwiller "Nine Lives to Live" - Sharyn McCrumb "Tiger Kill" - Kaaron Warren "Something Better than Death" - Lucy Sussex "Dominion" - Christine Lucas "Tiger in the Snow" - Daniel Wynn Barber "The Dweller in High Places" - Susanna Clarke "Healing" - Benjamin Dennis Danvers "The Puma" - Theodora Goss

©2010 Ellen Datlow (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

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Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses, vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice. The heroines and heroes who must grapple with these problems include the Duke of Wellington; a conceited Regency clergyman; an 18th-century Jewish doctor; and Mary, Queen of Scots; as well as Jonathan Strange and the Raven King. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories introduces readers to a world where charm is always tempered by eeriness, and picaresque comedy is always darkened by the disturbing shadow of magic.

©2006 Susanna Clarke (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a divison of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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Thalia Book Club: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with Author Susanna Clarke

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Susanna Clarke discusses her remarkable debut novel, the BookSense Book of the Year, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with her friend, novelist Neil Gaiman. Set in an alternate version of England in the early 1800s, an England in which the people yearn to recapture the practical magic of an earlier era, this fantasy novel combines the wit of Jane Austen with rollicking adventure and hilarious scholarly footnotes.

©2005 The Symphony Space, Inc. (P)2005 The Symphony Space, Inc.

Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

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Vor vielen Jahrhunderten gab es in England noch Magie. Jetzt, zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts, glaubt niemand mehr an wirkliche Zauberei. Bis der zurückgezogen lebende Mr. Norrell auftaucht und die Statuen der Kathedrale von York sprechen und tanzen lässt. Die Nachricht über dieses Ereignis verbreitet sich, und Mr. Norrell geht nach London. Er nimmt den brillanten jungen Zauberer Jonathan Strange als Schüler auf und begründet mit ihm eine neue Tradition englischer Magie. Doch bald wird aus der Partnerschaft Rivalität... Dieses in über 20 Sprachen übersetzte, elegante Fantasy-Epos - laut Time Magazine "Ein Meisterwerk, das Tolkien Konkurrenz macht" - wurde 2015 als BBC-Serie verfilmt.

©2004 Berlin Verlag, Berlin. Übersetzung von Anette Grube und Rebekka Göpfert (P)2016 Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH, Hamburg

Narrator: Peter Lontzek
Length: 37 hrs and 33 mins
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