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The Orenda

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History reveals itself when, in the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts - the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, constantly illuminating and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing, and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur. Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed on to their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois. The relationships between these three are reshaped again and again as life comes at them relentlessly: A dangerous trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes, shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses the likes of which no one has ever witnessed. The Orenda traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly 400 years old, it is also timeless and eternal.

©2013 Joseph Boyden (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Neverwhere

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Neil Gaiman was the WINNER of the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama

A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door.

Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

An act of kindness sees Richard Mayhew catapulted from his ordinary life into the strange world of London Below. There he meets the Earl of Earl's Court, faces a life-threatening ordeal at the hands of the Black Friars, comes face to face with the Great Beast of London, and encounters an Angel called Islington.

Adapted for radio by the award-winning Dirk Maggs, this captivating dramatisation features a stellar cast including David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head and David Schofield.

Contains over 25 minutes of additional unbroadcast material, including extended scenes, bloopers and outtakes.

The full list of narrators includes: James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head, David Schofield, Bernard Cribbens, Romola Garai, George Harris, Andrew Sachs, Lucy Cohu, Johnny Vegas, Paul Chequer, Don Gilet, and Abdul Salis.

©2013 AudioGO Ltd (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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The Children of Hurin

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There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World. In that remote time, Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of Túrin and his sister Nienor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves. Their brief and passionate lives were dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bore them as the children of Húrin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire. Into this story of brutal conquest and flight, of forest hiding-places and pursuit, of resistance with lessening hope, the Dark Lord and the Dragon enter in direly articulate form. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulated the fates of Túrin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled. The earliest versions of this Tolkien story go back to the end of the First World War and the years that followed. But long afterwards, when The Lord of the Rings was finished, he revised and greatly enlarged it, enhancing complexities of motive and character. It became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth. But he could not bring it to a final and finished form. In this book, Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention.

©2007 J. R. R. Tolkien Copyright Trust and Christopher Reuel Tolkien (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

Narrator: Christopher Lee
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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The Golden Ball and Other Stories

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Is it a gesture of goodwill or a sinister trap that lures Rupert St. Vincent and his family to a magnificent estate? How desperate is Joyce Lambert, a destitute young widow whose only recourse is to marry a man she despises? What unexpected circumstance stirs old loyalties in Theodora Darrell, an unfaithful wife about to run away with her lover? In this collection of short stories, the answers are as unexpected as they are satisfying. The Queen of Mystery takes bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder to inventive new heights.

©1971 Agatha Christie Limited All Rights Reserved (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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The Stalls of Barchester / The Ash Tree / Number 13 / A Warning to the Curious

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Horror legend Christopher Lee reads the disturbing Victorian ghost stories of writer M.R. James. A century ago, it was James's habit to read one aloud by candlelight every Christmas Eve to a select group of students in his study at King's College, Cambridge.

©2019 Lübbe Audio (P)2019 Lübbe Audio

Narrator: Christopher Lee
Author: M.R. James
Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
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Monster Madness: The Gothic Revival of Horror

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Part three of a multi-part series with distinguished actors, directors, writers, composers, and special effects mavens examining the history of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction films from the groundbreaking silent 1920s through the Golden Age of Universal, the Silver Age of Hammer and up through the 1980s and beyond. The popularity of the Drive-In Theater peaked in the '60s with over 4000 in operation across the U.S. Samuel Z. Arkoff, Roger Corman, and others made films like I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Reform School Girl and Teenage Caveman specifically for teens at the Drive-In Movie Theater. In the same time frame, Hammer Films became known for a series of Gothic "Hammer Horror" films made from the mid-'50s until the '70s. Hammer also produced science fiction, thrillers, Film noir, comedies and in later years, television series. Hammer made stylized movies utilizing quality British actors and cleverly designed sets. During its most successful years, Hammer dominated the horror film market worldwide.

©2014 Filmlandia (P)2014 Filmlandia

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Monster Madness: The Golden Age of the Horror Film

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Part one of a multi-part series with distinguished actors, directors, writers, composers, and special effects mavens examining the history of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction films from the groundbreaking silent 1920s through the Golden Age of Universal, the Silver Age of Hammer and up through the 1980s and beyond. The Golden Age chapter covers the silent classics of Lon Chaney, to the great Universal Studios monsters of the 30s and 40s. Join Tom Proveaux, Forry Ackerman, Christopher Lee, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Janet Leigh, and historian Gregory W. Mank, perhaps the foremost expert on the subject of classic horror films, as they discuss such classics as: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Black Cat, The Wolfman, King Kong, Bride of Frankenstein, and countless others. Grab the popcorn and take a deep breath as we conjure up the thrills, chills and magic of the movies!

©2014 Filmlandia (P)2014 Filmlandia

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Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen

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Großalarm bei der Londoner Polizei: Innerhalb kürzester Zeit werden drei junge Frauen ermordet. Jedes Mal hinterlässt der Täter einen Strauß gelber Narzissen am Tatort. Oberinspektor Whiteside übernimmt die Ermittlungen. Handelt es sich um einen wahnsinnigen Einzeltäter? Oder gibt es tatsächlich eine Verbindung zur Drogenszene, wie Jack Tarling, smarter Sicherheitsexperte einer internationalen Fluggesellschaft, glaubt? Als sich schließlich ein Verdächtiger findet, kann dieser jedoch auf eindrucksvolle Weise den Verdacht widerlegen: Er wird selbst ermordet...

©2019 Maritim Verlag (P)2019 Maritim Verlag

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