Seven superb stories, from the world's number-one storyteller Meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed. And find out about the treasure buried deep underground. A clever mix of fact and fiction, this collection also includes how master storyteller Roald Dahl became a writer. With Roald Dahl, you can never be sure where reality ends and fantasy begins.
Â©1977 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Follow Andrew Scott (BAFTA-winner, Sherlock, James Bond: Spectre) and Freema Agyeman (Sense8, Doctor Who) as they race against time to solve this multi-layered political thriller.Â On a sullen, cloudy July day, ten years since 7/7, the confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It's just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory.Â Suddenly, a man appears from the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.Â So starts this thrilling, action-packed drama series which defies expectations at every turn. Can two of MI5's finest agents unpick a web of deceit and identify who is responsible, when organised crime syndicates, corrupt government officials and international interests conspire to keep the truth hidden?Â This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 10 episodes to your Library now.
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This Penguin Classic is performed by Andrew Scott, star of Sherlock, Fleabag, and Black Mirror, also known for his on-stage roles in Present Laughter and Hamlet. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Terence Brown.Â Â
Joyce's first major work, written when he was only twenty-five, brought his city to the world for the first time. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism. He writes of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption and personal failure, yet creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience.
Â©2019 James Joyce (P)2019 Penguin Audio
Beatrix Potterâs enchanting tales are given new life in this Audible exclusive production of The Beatrix Potter Collection.Â Expertly narrated by Andrew Scott, the collection features some of the best loved characters and most popular stories in childrenâs literature. Beginning with a unique introduction, written and narrated by patron of the Beatrix Potter Society Patricia Routledge, the world of Beatrix Potter provides wonderful entertainment for the whole family, sure to delight listeners both young and old.Â The Beatrix Potter Collection is perfect for introducing a new generation to the magic of her adored classic stories. Featuring her much-loved childrenâs tales and showcasing some of the most recognisable characters in English literature, it will enthral and entertain young listeners whilst providing warm nostalgia for those already acquainted.Â The collection includes the classic tales of Peter Rabbit - a rebellious and disobedient young rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle - the diligent hedgehog washerwoman, Jemima Puddle-Duck - an innocent and loving mother duck, and many more as they cause mischief, confront danger and make new friends.Â Deeply influenced by her natural science studies and her love of wildlife, Beatrix Potterâs relatable characters continue to charm and inspire a century after their first publication.Â Â Â Cover artwork and illustrations: Margaux CarpentierÂ
Public Domain (P)2019 Audible, Ltd
Audie Award, Distinguished Achievement in Production, 2015 A full-cast audio edition of a perennial favorite - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold over one million copies. Special content in this edition includes the story behind The Graveyard Book, written and performed by Neil Gaiman. The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal (the only novel to ever win both awards), the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult Book, and Audiobook of the Year. This full-cast audio edition is performed by Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Reece Shearsmith, Lenny Henry, Elizabeth Bennett, Allan Corduner, Sean Baker, Tim Dann, Adjoa Andoh, Jenny Gannon, Dan Weyman, and Daniel Brocklebank.Â Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's familyâ¦.Â Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book by beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman is sure to enthrall listeners of all ages.Â
Â©2008 Neil Gaiman (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Depuis que je suis devenue la tueuse attitrÃ©e de la communautÃ© surnaturelle du Vermont, je n'ai plus une minute Ã moi, course-poursuite, exÃ©cutions, meurtres en sÃ©rie... Bref je n'ai ni le temps, ni l'envie de m'occuper de ma vie privÃ©e. Alors quand mon ex, Michael, un vampire aussi sexy que redoutable a dÃ©barquÃ© en ville, cela m'a un peu contrariÃ©e. Il faut dire que quand on se retrouve enceinte Ã seize ans et qu'on plaque son amant, on n'est gÃ©nÃ©ralement pas trÃ¨s pressÃ©e de le revoir dix ans plus tard et de lui annoncer qu'il est papa... Du moins, pas avant d'Ãªtre passÃ©e d'abord faire le plein chez Joe, le marchand d'armes du coin. >> Ce livre audio en version intÃ©grale vous est proposÃ© en exclusivitÃ© par Audible et est uniquement disponible en tÃ©lÃ©chargement.
Â©2011 Les Ã©ditions J'ai lu (P)2016 Audible Studios
The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli arrive in America at the end of the 1960s, shortly after their arranged marriage in Calcutta, in order for Ashoke to finish his engineering degree at MIT. Ashoke is forward-thinking, ready to enter into American culture if not fully at least with an open mind. His young bride is far less malleable. Isolated, desperately missing her large family back in India, she will never be at peace with this new world. Soon after they arrive in Cambridge, their first child is born, a boy. According to Indian custom, the child will be given two names: an official name, to be bestowed by the great-grandmother, and a pet name to be used only by family. But the letter from India with the child's official name never arrives, and so the baby's parents decide on a pet name to use for the time being. Ashoke chooses a name that has particular significance for him: on a train trip back in India several years earlier, he had been reading a short story collection by one of his most beloved Russian writers, Nikolai Gogol, when the train derailed in the middle of the night, killing almost all the sleeping passengers onboard. Ashoke had stayed awake to read his Gogol, and he believes the book saved his life. His child will be known, then, as Gogol. Lahiri brings her enormous powers of description to her first novel, infusing scene after scene with profound emotional depth. Condensed and controlled, The Namesake covers three decades and crosses continents, all the while zooming in at very precise moments on telling detail, sensory richness, and fine nuances of character.
Â©2003 Jhumpa Lahiri (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.
An inspiring newÂ family saga by New York Times best-selling author Jude Deveraux Two headstrong sisters are bound by tradition but long to forge their own path. Itâs 1972, and times are changing. In the small farming community of Mason, Kansas, Vera and Kelly Exton are known for their ambitions. Vera is an activist who wants to join her boyfriend in the Peace Corps. But she is doing her duty caring for her widowed mother and younger sister until Kelly is firmly established. Kelly is studying to become a veterinarian. She plans to marry her childhood sweetheart and eventually take over his fatherâs veterinary practice. But itâs a tumultuous time, and neither sister is entirely happy with the path thatâs been laid out for her. As each evaluates her options, everything shifts. Do you do whatâs right for yourself or what others want? By having the courage to follow their hearts, these women will change lives for the better, and the effects will be felt by the generations that follow. Meant to Be delivers an emotional, smart, funny, and wise lesson about the importance of being true to yourself.
Â©2021 Jude Deveraux (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
A profound, powerful and moving collection of 100 letters from around the world responding to the climate crisis, introduced by Emma Thompson and lovingly illustrated by CILIP award winner Jackie Morris. How can we begin to talk about what is happening to the world? How can we explain to our children, and to ourselves, what the future of our planet might look and feel like? Letters to the Earth is the beginning of a new conversation. One that attempts to answer some of these questions by listening to the voices of parents and children; politicians and poets; songwriters and scientists. Gathering together over 100 letters written in response to a callout from Culture Declares Emergency, each entry begins to give language to the unspeakable and shows how our collective power is present when we are ready to slow down and listen to each other. Itâs natural to feel worried or concerned about what the future of the earth holds. These letters are an opportunity to reflect on our connection to the planet and the way it faithfully sustains us. But they are also an opportunity to act, to respond to this crisis. To put pen to paper and make your voice heard. Includes contributions from activist Yoko Ono, actor Mark Rylance, poet Kae Tempest, actor Mark Rylance, author Laline Paull, illustrator of The Lost Words Jackie Morris, novelist Anna Hope, environmental writer Jay Griffiths and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.Â This audiobook includes performances from over 60 actors, authors and activists, including:Â Emma ThompsonÂ Mark Rylance Andrew ScottÂ Juliet StevensonÂ Caroline Lucas MPÂ Alex LawtherÂ Kae TempestÂ Lee Ross Matthew ToddÂ Jumoke FasholaÂ Dr Gail BradbrookÂ Jackie MorrisÂ Morfydd ClarkÂ Danny SapaniÂ Hannah Scott Paapa Essiedu Anna HopeÂ Greg HicksÂ Sudha BhucharÂ Tyrone HugginsÂ and the Youth StrikersÂ Â The full cast also includes: Jo McInness, Jay Griffiths, Kay Michael, Jennifer Lim, Greg Hicks, Freya Manor, Leah Brotherhead, Isla Lee, Dolly Webb, Nia Towle, Chirag Lobo, Charlie Beck, Kiki May, Daniela Torres Perez, Justice Savage, Simreth Child, Olivia Dowd, Jessica Hayles, Jem Bendell, Hairkiran Dhingra, Simon McBurney, Sylvian, Stephen Dillane, Nimmi, Mickey Lyndon, Nicola Espitalier Noel, Joy Elias-Rilwan, Colin Brown, Jumoke Fashola, Jessica SiÃ¢n, Matthew Todd, Blythe Pepino, Dr Martin Shaw, Azul-Valerie ThomÃ©, Naomi Wirthner, Ashby Martin, Tia Khodabocus, Dr Rupert Read, MairÃ©ad Godber, Toni Spencer, Mina Andala, Paul-Ryan Carberry, Saba da Silva, Luzmira Zerpa, Farhana Yamin, and Sudha Bhuchar.Â Â Â© 2019 Emma Thompson, Daniel Joyce, Tilly Lunken, Jenny Ngugi, Laline Paull, Ottilie. Neser, Kayden Van Veldhoven, Sally Jane Hole, Jem Bendell, Niamh McCarthy, Simon Jay, Agnes Homer, Cate Chapman, Ella Crowley, Liz Darcy Jones, Simon McBurney, Ollie Barnes, Jackie Morris, Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, Tabitha Ravula, Stuart Capstick, Nicola Espitalier Noel, Jessica Tagg art Rose, Elliotte Mitchell, Joanna Pocock, Daniela Torres Perez, Tyrone Huggins, Haydon Bushell, Rob Cowen, Christopher Nicholson, Isobel Bruning, Saibh Da Silva, Justin Roughley, Clare Crossman, Mary Benefiel, Jessica SiÃ¢n, Lindsay Clarke, Veronika Schmidinger, Anna Hope, Blythe Pepino, Jo Baker, Katie Skiffington, Jay Griffiths, Ann Lowe, Polly Higgins, Claire Rousell, Nathan Bindoff, Emma Cameron, Evie Morrison Hoare, Tia Khodabocus, Tamara von Werthern, Bridget MacKenzie, Harriet Hulme, Dr Rupert Read, Steve Waters, Molly Wingate, Bob Langton, Eva Geraghty, Kerala Irwin, Mark Rylance, MairÃ©ad Godber, Renato Redentor Constantino, Nivya Stephen, Luke Jackson, Toni Spencer, Ashby Martin, Dr Gail Bradbrook, Hannah Palmer, Marian Greaves, Mike Prior, Minnie Rahman, Tamara Ashley, Casper Taylor, Professor Julia Steinberger, Luca Chantler, Caroline Lucas MP, Megan. Murray-Pepper, Silvia Rodriguez, Lilli Hearsey, Trilby Rose, Eve Houston, Fiona Glen, Dulcie Deverell and Edi Rouse, Bishop Rosa dos Santos Bassotto, Farhana Yamin, Claire Rousell, Harkiran S. S. Dhingra. Music Â© âIâm Going to Lift My People Upâ 2019 The Fire Choir, led by Blythe Pepino; âTurtle Doveâ 2019 Lee Ross; âOne Loveâ 2019 Jarvis Smith at the Rally for the Imagination, Youth Strike 4 Climate, 20th September, organised by Culture Declares, Music Declares, and Architects Declare; âPowerâ 2019 The Fire Choir, led by Blythe Pepino.Â Â
Â©2019 Emma Thompson (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Sean Gray, sailor and amateur detective, teams up with clever waitress Cindy Lu to solve a 50-year-old mystery of strange events and buried treasure in Thomas Bay, Alaska, a.k.a. the Bay of Devils. In 1918, the SS Princess Sophia sank in Alaska with 350 souls aboard. All perished when the ship, stranded on Vanderbilt reef, slid off into deep water. Going through her fatherâs effects in 1968, Cindy finds an old flask. The message inside is from the doomed ship. She delivers it to the original address, which is nearby. Elizabeth Hadley, now in her 70s, reads the letter from her former suitor with excitement. She hires Sean to lead an expedition and unravel the mystery. He tracks down Cindy, and the chemistry between them is immediate. Lizzy introduces the crew of her 110-foot classic yacht Lady L, including Ajax, an acid-tongued parrot. With Cindy as cook, and Levi, a mysterious Israeli ex-soldier, providing security, Sean prepares for the voyage to Alaska.Â However, they arenât alone.Â Â There are others after the booty, and they are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way.Â So, with pirates hot on their trail, will they find the treasure and unlock the secret behind the half-century-old mystery? Find out in Bay of Devils, from award-winning author Grahame Shannon.
Â©2020 Grahame Shannon (P)2021 Grahame Shannon
One for the Trouble: Book Slam, Volume One is the first release from the UKâs premier literary event. Eighteen Book Slam alumni, from household names like Irvine Welsh and William Boyd to newcomers like Kate Tempest and Sophie Woolley, were approached to take a song title for inspiration for a new short story or poem. Some took this literally (Jon McGregorâs moving reimagining of A Houseâs 'Endless Art', for example); others suggestively (whoâd have thought Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message' would have lead Paul Murray to a heartbreaking tale of schoolboy rugby?). The resulting collection is unique, diverse, and thoroughly entertaining. With most contributions read by the authorsâ themselves, others by some of our best-loved actors, One for the Trouble provides a perfect snapshot of the very best contemporary British writing, including: 1. 'Grave Architecture' (Pavement, 1995) by Richard Milward (read by author) 2. 'New Gold Dream' (Simple Minds, 1982 )by Hari Kunzru (read by author) 3. 'New Dawn Fades' (Joy Division, 1979) by Simon Armitage (read by author) 4. 'Comeback Girl' (Republic of Loose, 2005) by Irvine Welsh (read by Andrew Scott) 5. 'I'm Going Slightly Mad' (Queen, 1991) by Bernardine Evaristo (read by author) 6. 'The Bed's Too Big Without You' (Sheila Hylton, 1981) by Kate Tempest (read by author) 7. 'When I'm Sixty-Four' (The Beatles, 1967) by Joe Dunthorne (read by author) 8. 'Tears of a Clown' (Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, 1967) by William Boyd (read by Olivia Colman) 9. 'The Message' (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, 1982) by Paul Murray (read by Chris OâDowd) 10. 'Ascension' (John Coltrane, 1966) by Roger Robinson (read by author) 11. 'Violet Stars Happy Hunting!' (Janelle MonÃ¡e, 2007) by Helen Oyeyemi (read by author) 12. 'I Read My Sentenceâ¦' (Radka Toneff, 1986) by Don Paterson (read by author) 13. 'Let Me Entertain You' (Robbie Williams, 1998) by Patrick Ness (read by Mark Strong) 14. 'Bank Holiday' (Blur, 1994) by Luke Wright (read by author) 15. 'I Am the Walrus' (The Beatles, 1967) by Sophie Woolley (read by author) 16. 'That Summer Feeling' (Jonathan Richman, 1984) by Jon Ronson (read by author) 17. 'Underground' (Ben Folds Five, 1995)by Tim Key (read by author) 18. 'Endless Art' (A House, 1992) by Jon McGregor (read by author)
Â©2011 Patrick Neate (P)2011 Patrick Neate
Edgar Allan Poe's most celebrated stories, as heard on BBC Radio - plus bonus documentaries and two thrilling original dramas. The master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe has inspired generations of horror writers with his chilling Gothic tales and is also credited with inventing the detective fiction genre in 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue'. This radio collection features five of his classic tales - 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'The Oblong Box', 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Masque of the Red Death', read by David Horovitch, Brian Gear, James Aubrey, Sean Barrett and Don Gilet. Also included is his renowned poem 'The Raven', read by Patrick Romer. Here, too, are adaptations of Poe's suspenseful story of piracy and slavery, 'The Gold Bug', starring Clarke Peters and Rhashan Stone, and his pioneering mystery story 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', starring James Fleet and Andrew Scott. Radio 3's The Essay: Loving the Raven sees Poe enthusiasts Andrew Taylor, Joanne Harris, Louise Welsh, Mark Lawson and Kim Newman discussing the author's enduring legacy and cult status, while in Adventures in Poetry: The Raven, Peggy Reynolds explores Poe's most iconic work. Also included are two original dramas featuring Poe himself. Obsessed by a woman's unsolved murder, Edgar Allan Poe is presented with a disturbing revelation on the night before his death in Peter Mackie's The Real Mystery of Marie Roget, starring Ed Bishop. And in Christopher Cook's The Strange Case of Edgar Allan Poe, starring Kerry Shale and John Moffatt, Poe's famous detective C. Auguste Dupin investigates the bizarre death of his creator. Content warning: 'The Gold Bug' is set in a time when slavery was still prevalent in America and contains racist language from that era. Track listing: 'The Pit and the Pendulum' 'The Tell-Tale Heart' 'The Oblong Box' 'The Fall of the House of Usher' 'The Masque of the Red Death' 'The Raven' 'The Gold Bug' 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' The Essay: Loving the Raven Adventures in Poetry: The Raven The Real Mystery of Marie Roget The Strange Case of Edgar Allan Poe
Â©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
Enthralling radio dramatisations of eight of Charles Dickens' much-loved novels.
Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this second digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes eight of his classic novels.
This collection includes the epic masterpiece David Copperfield, described by Dickens as his 'favourite child'; suspenseful mystery Bleak House; Dickens' most openly political novel, Hard Times; and Little Dorrit, a sweeping tale of imprisonment, poverty and riches. Also included are A Tale of Two Cities, set during the French Revolution; coming-of-age novel Great Expectations; sweeping satire of wealth and corruption Our Mutual Friend; and Dickens' final, unfinished story, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
With a star cast including Robert Glenister, Robert Lindsay, Honeysuckle Weeks, Kenneth Cranham, Sir Ian McKellen, Alison Steadman, Geraldine McEwan, Andrew Scott and Ian Holm, these radio adaptations bring Dickens' imaginative world to colourful, captivating life.
Â©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd
Chandler Gray is a sailor and app developer that has created Saga. A virtual AI detective that lives on his phone. The duo embark on an unlikely adventure together across the globe after Gina Lee, a wealthy and glamorous yacht owner, is kidnapped during the famous Swiftsure boat race.Â Along with a group of friends, the two must work together to track down the missing woman. Their journey leads them far and wide; from piracy in the Aleutians to being attacked in the backwoods of Vancouver Island.Â Chan stops at nothing to find the truth and is often at odds with Sagaâs hilariously sassy attitude. Despite their differences, the duo make an effective team as they drive, sail, and fly along the Northwest Coast; going as far as Alaska on their fierce rescue mission.
Â©2017 Grahame H Shannon (P)2020 Grahame H Shannon
Three BBC radio productions of major works by James Joyce - plus Gordon Bowkerâs fascinating biographical account of his life.
In this full-cast dramatisation of Joyceâs epic modernist novel, the stories of Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom combine as they meander through Dublin in the course of one day, 16 June 1904. Andrew Scott stars as Stephen, with Henry Goodman as Bloom, Niamh Cusack as Molly Bloom and Stephen Rea as the Narrator.Â
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
An abridged reading of James Joyce's autobiographical masterpiece portraying the adolescence of Stephen Dedalus, who must question the culture and religion of his native land before he can break free to become an artist. Read by Andrew Scott.
This abridged collection of 15 naturalistic tales depicts an array of characters from childhood through adolescence to maturity. Stories of love, loss, friendship, marriage, politics and family combine to create a unified world and a celebration of a city. Read by Stephen Rea.
James Joyce - A Biography
Gordon Bowkerâs comprehensive study explores Joyceâs years spent in exile in Europe and examines how his life shaped his genius. Read by Jim Norton, with Andrew Scott as the voice of Joyce.
Â©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd
Boots on the ground manufacturing professionals with over 50 collective years of experience on the plant floor. The book provides a practical guide to daily leadership in the manufacturing environment. The work is educational, inspiring, and entertaining to all markets interested in management and leadership improvements.
Â©2012 Bryan Geary & Carl Sorrell (P)2019 Bryan Geary
When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides? This standalone short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the number-one New York Times best-selling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.
Â©2013 Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan (P)2013 Simon & Schuster