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Stephen Fry

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In this interview Stephen Fry talks to us about the process of narrating the complete adventures of London's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. He touches on the genius of Arthur Conan Doyle and reveals how joining the 'Sherlock Holmes Society' played a part in his expulsion from school and subsequent imprisonment. Coming round full circle, Stephen admits to having jumped at the chance of voicing Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection. Keen to delve once more into the 'majestic swing, rhythm and pulse of the text,' Stephen describes his experience in the recording studio, all the while expressing a general fondness for the magic of stories told aloud. As a renowned and beloved actor, writer, and presenter, Stephen Fry has imprinted himself into British culture. He has voiced all seven of the Harry Potter audiobooks, as well as titles such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mythos and Winnie the Pooh. His flawless rendition of literary classics is always second to none and in Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, Stephen immediately draws you in and leaves you wanting more. Including personal introductions written by and narrated by Stephen, The Definitive Collection is a truly unique literary gem. Audible Members' Choice Winner of the Year, the audiobook has been described by listeners as 'superb' and 'over 70 hours of pure brilliance.'

©2016 Audible Studios (P)2016 Audible Studios

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Number-one New York Times Best Seller Now a Netflix Film A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. “Treat yourself to this book, please - I can’t recommend it highly enough.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love) “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”  January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....  As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends - and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island - boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.  Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. Praise for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society “A jewel... Poignant and keenly observed, Guernsey is a small masterpiece about love, war, and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends.” (People) “A book-lover’s delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary.” (Chicago Sun-Times) “A sparkling epistolary novel radiating wit, lightly worn erudition and written with great assurance and aplomb.” (The Sunday Times [London])  “Cooked perfectly à point: subtle and elegant in flavour, yet emotionally satisfying to the finish.” (The Times [London])

©2008 Marry Ann Shaffrer and Annie Barrows (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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We Must Be Brave

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The New York Times best seller "A powerful story that proves how love itself requires courage." (Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing) Spanning the sweep of the 20th century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself. A woman. A war. The child who changed everything. December 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, England, during World War II, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl asleep, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Little Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone. Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home, the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband, Selwyn, had dreamed for themselves. As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all. But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep. Spanning the sweep of the 20th century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself.

©2019 Frances Liardet (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
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The Complete Sonnets of William Shakespeare

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For sustained dramatic intrigue and sophistication of plot, William Shakespeare's sonnets are at least the equal of his greatest plays. Throughout the centuries since their first publication in 1609, critics, psychologists and curiosity-seekers alike have pondered the nature of the poet's relationships with the mysterious young man, "Mr. W.H.", and the "ill-coloured" Dark lady. With or without the mystery, with or without the epic greatness of their author's other works, the sonnets would still have their place among the greatest poems ever written. Compelling, subtle, intellectually rigorous yet taut with intense emotion, each poem survives reading, study and vibrant interpretation from one generation to the next. On this recording, great contemporary actors present the entire sequence, delivering the full range and power of virtuosity, emotional power and bristling intelligence that made Shakespeare great.

Public Domain (P)2009 Phoenix

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Jane Eyre

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A young governess finds romance, mystery, and heartbreak when she accepts a position in the home of the brooding and arrogant Mr. Rochester.

Public Domain (P)?1996 / ?2019 Dove Audio / Phoenix Books

Narrator: Juliet Mills
Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
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Great Moments in History

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Compiled here are original broadcasts that changed the face of the 20th century along with dramatization of classic speeches, including:  Socrates - "Apology" (399 BC) - Performed by Christopher Cazenove Joan of Arc - "Inquisition" (1431) - Performed by Susan Anspach Martin Luther - "I Cannot and Will Not Retrace" (1521) - Performed by Julian Holloway Queen Elizabeth I "The Golden Speech" (1601) - Performed by Stephanie Beacham Robespierre - "Festival" (1794) - Performed by David Warner Nikolai Lenin - "Proletariat" (1919) - Performed by Theodore Bikel Lady Astor - "Women in Politics" (1922) - Performed by Juliet Mills David Ben Gurion - "A Jewish State" (1948) - Performed by Theodore Bikel King Edward VIII - "Abdication" (1936) - Original Broadcast  Adolf Hitler - "Sudetenland Occupation" (1938) - Original Broadcast  Winston Churchill - "Radio Address" (1936) - Original Broadcast  Winston Churchill "Address" (1940) - Original Broadcast  Franklin D. Roosevelt - "War Against Japan" (1941) - Original Broadcast  Jonathan Edwards - "An Angry God" (1741) - Performed by Harlan Ellison Patrick Henry - "Give Me Liberty" (1775) - Performed by David Birney Samuel Adams - "American Independence" (1776) - Performed by Frank Muller George Washington - "Inaugural Address" (1789) - Performed by William Windom George Washington - "Farewell Address" (1796) - Performed by William Windom Thomas Jefferson - "Inaugural Address" (1801) - Performed by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.  John Brown - "Death" (1859) - Performed by Michael Gross Jefferson Davis - "Withdrawal" (1861) - Performed by Robert Gilliland Abraham Lincoln - "Gettysburg Address" (1863) - Performed by Burt Reynolds Susan B. Anthony - "On Woman’s Suffrage" (1873) - Performed by Loretta Swit Booker T. Washington - "The American Standard" (1896) - Performed by James Reynolds Williams Jennings Bryan - "The Ideal Republic" (1923) - Original Broadcast Amelia Earhart - "Women in Flying" (1931) - Original Broadcast Franklin D. Roosevelt - "Inaugural Address" (1933) - Original Broadcast Franklin D. Roosevelt - "Inaugural Address" (1937) - Original Broadcast Lou Gehrig - "Farewell to Baseball" (1939) - Original Broadcast Babe Ruth - "Farewell to Baseball" (1947) - Original Broadcast Harry S. Truman - "Inaugural Address" (1949) - Original Broadcast General Douglas MacArthur - "Address to Congress" (1951) - Original Broadcast John F. Kennedy - "Inaugural Address" (1961) Original Broadcast John F. Kennedy - "Cuban Missile Crisis" (1962) - Original Broadcast Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - "Civil Rights Address" (1963) - Original Broadcast Malcolm X - "On Black Power" (1964) - Original Broadcast Edward Kennedy - "Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy" (1968) - Original Broadcast Neil Armstrong - "Moon Landing" (1969) - Original Broadcast Gloria Steinem - "To Women" (1971) - Original Broadcast Richard Nixon - "End of The Vietnam War" (1973) - Original Broadcast Jimmy Carter - "Energy and National Goals" (1979) - Original Broadcast Ronald Reagan - "The Berlin Wall" (1987) - Original Broadcast George Bush - "The Bombing of Iraq" (1991) - Original Broadcast William J. Clinton - "Convocation" (1993) - Original Broadcast

Public Domain (P)2019 Phoenix Books

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Classic Tales of Horror

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This collection of classic horror stories is sure to give you goose bumps, raise the hair on the back of your neck, and put some fright in your night. Includes Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Robert Bloch, Coin of the Realm by Charles L. Grant, Something Had to be Done by David Drake, The Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner, The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury, Calling Card by Ramsey Campbell, The Words of Guru by C.M. Kornbluth, and Passengers by Robert Silverberg.

©1998 Martin Greenberg (P)2016 Phoenix Books

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The Divine Sister

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A crumbling convent school is on the verge of insolvency, when a young postulant begins to display strange heavenly powers. And when a dashing film executive arrives to buy the rights to her story, the Reverend Mother refuses to put profits over prayer. Playwright Charles Busch made his name with genre-skewering hits like Psycho Beach Party, Die Mommie Die, and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, which L.A. Theatre Works recorded in 2007. This time around, we present Busch's high-voltage spoof of religious melodramas, starring three of the principal players from its original 2010 Off-Broadway run. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Emily Bergl as Agnes, Charles Busch as Mother Superior, Maxwell Caulfield as Jeremy/Brother Venerius, Alison Fraser as Sister Walburga/Mrs. MacDuffie,Julie Halston as Sister Acacius/Juliet Mills/ Mrs. Levinson/Timothy Directed by Carl Andress. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.

©2011 Charles Busch (P)2013 L.A. Theatre Works

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Murder in Manhattan

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Beginning in 1982, The Adam's Round Table, a group of America's most talented and successful mystery writers, convened every month in New York to discuss their craft. When author/agent Bill Adler suggested they each write a short story located in a different section of Manhattan, their enthusiastic response was Murder in Manhattan, a collection of short stories featuring a suspenseful cast of characters and plots set in the world's greatest city. Stories in this collection include: "Lucky Day" by Mary Higgins Clark, performed by Betsy Palmer. A young bride suspects her husband's complicity in a mysterious disappearance. "Vaudeville" by Whitley Strieber, performed by Roddy McDowell. An aging vaudeville comedienne dies, but not laughing. "Till Death Do Us Part" by Dorothy Salisbury Davis, performed by Juliet Mills. A high-powered literary agent's sword is mightier than her pen. "Directed Verdict" by Thomas Chastain, performed by Peter Graves. A veteran homicide cop unravels a complicated web of deception.

©1986 Mary Higgins Clark / Whitley Strieber / Dorothy Salisbury Davis / Thomas Chastain (P)2016 Dove Morrow Books-on-Tape / Phoenix Books

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