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A Gentleman in Moscow

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel — a beautifully transporting novel.  The mega best seller with more than two million listeners, soon to be a major television series “Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It's a manual for getting through the days to come.” (O, The Oprah Magazine) In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.  Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

©2016 Amor Towles (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Frankenstein

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Brought to you by Penguin.    This Penguin Classic is performed by Colin Salmon known for his starring roles in Resident Evil and Alien Vs Predator. He is also known for his role as Charles Robinson alongside Pierce Brosnan's James Bond. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Maurice Hindle, read by Peter Noble. A terrifying vision of scientific progress without moral limits, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein leads the reader on an unsettling journey from the sublime beauty of the Swiss alps to the desolate waste of the arctic circle. Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion a new being, shocking his creation to life with electricity. But this botched creature, rejected by its creator and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy Frankenstein and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Lord Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of Gothic horror, and Frankenstein's monster an instantly-recognisable symbol of the limits of human creativity.

©2019 Mary Shelley (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories

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Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Best Audio Drama Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Excellence in Production The magical storytelling and unforgettable characters in Bev Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well-known voices from film, TV, radio and comedy. Audible recommends an audience age of eight years plus for this title. This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 9 episodes to your Library now.

©1894 Rudyard Kipling (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.

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Alien: River of Pain

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Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope. Anne and Russell Jorden — two colonists who are seeking a fortune that eluded them on Earth — are expecting their firstborn child. The birth of Rebecca Jorden, known to her family as Newt, is a cause for celebration. But as the colony grows and expands, so, too, do the political struggles between a small detachment of Colonial Marines and the Weyland-Yutani scientists posted on Acheron. Willing to overlook their orders in order to serve the Company's interests, these scientists have another far more sinister agenda — to covertly capture a living Alien. The wildcatters discover a vast, decaying spaceship. The horseshoe-shaped vessel is of particular interest to Weyland-Yutani and may be the answer to their dreams. But what Anne and Russell find onboard proves to be the stuff not of dreams but of nightmares. This terrifying, cinematic, multicast dramatization — directed by the multiaward-winning Dirk Maggs, best known for his adaptations of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for the BBC — is the sequel to Audible Original's Alien: Out of the Shadows (nominated for Best Audio Drama at the 2017 Audies). Starring Golden Globe-nominated Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies, Limitless), Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Game of Thrones), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, Doctor Who), Colin Salmon (Alien vs Predator, Arrow, James Bond), Marc Warren (Mad Dogs, Saving Private Ryan, Hustle) and Philip Glenister (Outcast, Life on Mars), with special guest star William Hope returning as Lt. Gorman from James Cameron's Aliens.

©2017 20th Century Fox (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

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HiBrow: World Book Night 2012

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A celebration of adult literature and reading. The whole book industry, including booksellers, librarians and publishers, were invited come together and pick out their favourite titles to be included the final list of 25 books by authors from the UK and Ireland.  The final list included fiction, poetry and memoirs, among others. There were some best sellers, some classics and some lesser known.   Interviews with Rupert Everett, Kathy Lette, Colin Salmon, Akala, Edna O'Brien, Martina Cole, Monica Ali, Iain Banks, Jon Ronson, David Nicholls, Sarah Waters, DBC Pierre, Margaret Atwood, Tracy Chevalier, Jude Kelly, Owen Teale and Meg Rosoff.

©2012 One Media iP Ltd (P)2018 One Media iP Ltd

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Blake's 7 - A Rebellion Reborn

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Blake's 7: A Rebellion Reborn brings together the epic trilogy Rebel, Traitor and Liberator with the complete collection of Blake's 7: The Early Years audio adventures, revealing the lives of the Liberator crew be before they encountered the freedom fighter Roj Blake. Blake's 7 - The Audio Adventures: Rebel, Traitor and Liberator follow Blake’s incarceration; the forging of his legendary crew; and their capture of a mysterious alien spacecraft. On the run from the Federation, the crew of the Liberator fight back against a totalitarian regime personified by the manipulative Servalan and her loyal commander, Travis. 'Rebel' by Ben Aaronvitch - In the third century of the second calendar, the galactic Federation, once a beacon of democracy and peace, has become a corrupt tyranny. Freedom and Justice are things of the past. Roj Blake stood up for ordinary people. When the establishment tried intimidation, he laughed in their faces; when they tried to crush him, he fought back. They tried to brainwash him into obedience, but he broke their conditioning. Finally, they framed him for crimes he didn't commit and sentenced him to permanent exile on the notorious prison planet of Cygnus Alpha. The Federation thinks it has seen the last of Roj Blake. The Federation will wish it had. 'Traitor' by Marc Platt - Roj Blake is on the run... He has a ship, but the ship has plans of its own. He has a crew, but who are his friends and who are his enemies? Blake thought space meant freedom, but space is cold, cruel and steeped in blood. The power of the Federation reaches further and deeper then Blake dared imagine. Freedom is nowhere to be found. 'Liberator' by James Swallow - The Federation's grip is tightening, and Roj Blake and the crew of the Liberator have nowhere left to hide. As time runs out, old friendships are shattered and new alliances are forged. Choices are made and battle lines are drawn across the galaxy. A path of betrayal, lies and deceit leads to only one destination...toward a deadly confrontation that will change everything. Covering the escapades of Avon, Jenna, Cally, Vila, Gan and Zen before they joined Blake’s rebellion and a pivotal moment in Commander Travis’ life, The Early Years series reintroduced the original cast and added many other impressive names to the world of Blake’s 7 on audio. 'When Vila Met Gan' by Ben Aaronovitch - Earth. AD 2230. A time of social and political turmoil. Olag Gan wants to marry the woman of his dreams. Vila Restal wants to steal anything that isn’t nailed down. When they form a partnership, a perfect combination of strength and skill, it seems that nothing stands between them and the easy life. But fate hates to give a sucker an even break, and the course of true love never did run smooth. 'Point of No Return' by James Swallow - London, in the year 2230. On the eve of a tense election that will send shockwaves throughout the Federation, Major Stefan Travis finds his liberty unexpectedly cancelled and a new assignment thrust upon him. A key political activist and opponent of the government has been arrested, accused of hate crimes and incitement to violence, but a trail of murder and conspiracy leads Travis to doubt the truth presented. When a deadly terrorist atrocity looms, how far will he go to prevent millions of deaths? 'Eye of the Machine' by Ben Aaronovitch - Oxford University. It is the Freedom Spring of 2230, and the student campus is a hotbed of protests as Roj Blake’s Freedom Party seeks to sweep away a century of corrupt rule. Kerr Avon, a young man from the frontier, brilliant, ambitious and naïve, has arrived to make his mark on the future. Avon is here to work with Professor Ensor, the Federation’s most brilliant cyberneticist. Avon has no intention of getting involved in politics – he may be naïve but he isn’t stupid – and then he meets Anna Grant, activist and girl about town, and all bets are off! 'Blood and Earth' by Ben Aaronovitch - Cally belongs to the Auron Unity, a society of clones. Fierce, militaristic and always under threat from the Terran Federation. A place of solidarity – or so the people are told – where Unity is paramount and individuals struggle to be heard. Auron is a world of clones, where everyone is buoyed by the constant murmur of telepathic support, gossip and opinions. When Ariane Cally’s plane crashes in the middle of a wilderness park she finds herself cut off not only from rescue but the voices that have sustained her all her life. Her only hope is the mysterious Aunty, the single voice she can still hear, a woman who claims to have been the second Cally ever to be born on Auron. From Aunty she will learn the true and secret history of her people, but only if the wilderness doesn’t kill her first.

©2013 B7 Media (P)2013 Big Finish Productions

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