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The Prestige

17 ratings

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In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the end, their legacy will be passed on for generations to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.

©1995 Christopher Priest (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Jude The Obscure

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Exclusively from Audible Eager to escape the confines of his lower-class upbringing, Jude Fawley dreams of pursuing higher education, graduating from university and becoming a scholar. Slowly, we witness the resistance Jude is met with and, in keeping with Hardy's other works, the consequences of having dared to defy a society with long-held traditions. Thomas Hardy's last novel, Jude the Obscure, offers scathing commentary and insight into 19th century England. Widely considered Hardy's boldest and most avant-garde work, it was first published in serialised form, sending weekly shockwaves of outrage to its Victorian audiences. Despite being an able and driven young man, Jude's potential is squandered and his aspirations quashed when he relents and becomes a stonemason. Grounded by an unhappy marriage and a lack of opportunity, Jude's only escape comes in the form of his beloved cousin, Sue Bridehead. An unconventional yet extraordinary heroine, Sue becomes Jude's only chance at happiness, but in a society so unwilling to accept change, their love becomes their undoing. One of the most influential and prolific novelists and poets of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Thomas Hardy followed the naturalist movement and was greatly inspired by the works of Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth. In turn, his work enthused the likes of Robert Frost, W.H. Auden and Philip Larkin. Narrator Biography Stephen Thorne is a classically-trained radio, film, stage and television actor. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and has toured with The Old Vic Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. His voice experience is extensive and he is credited with over 2000 radio broadcasts and 300 unabridged audiobooks. These include works by James Henry, Dick King-Smith, Arthur Conan-Doyle and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Stephen famously voiced the character of Aslan in the 1979 adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. His unique narration style has won him various awards in both the UK and the USA, including a Talkies Award and several Golden Earphones Awards from Audiofile Magazine. Stephen is no stranger to the screen and his television roles include Z-Cars, Death of an Expert Witness, David Copperfield, Crossroads, Last of the Summer Wine and Doctor Who. He also appeared in the 1984 film, Runaway and the 1985 film, Lollipop Dragon: The Great Christmas Race.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
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Je me souviens

29 ratings

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À Montréal, juste avant Noël, un homme et une femme meurent le cou transpercé par ce qui semble être un instrument de torture. Auparavant, ils ont entendu la voix de Lee Harvey Oswald, l’assassin présumé du président Kennedy. Un sans-abri se jette du haut d’un édifice de la place d’Armes. Ayant séjourné à plusieurs reprises en psychiatrie, il prétendait avoir participé, avec le FLQ, à l’assassinat de Pierre Laporte. Sur le toit, avant de sauter, il laisse deux portefeuilles, ceux des victimes. Et la série de meurtres se poursuit... De retour à la section des crimes majeurs, le sergent-détective Victor Lessard mène l’enquête.

©2012, 2014 Les Éditions Goélette, Martin Michaud (première édition); Les Éditions Coup d'oeil, Martin Michaud (présente édition) (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
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Empire of Silver

15 ratings

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The eagerly awaited 4th novel in the bestselling Conqueror series, continuing the life and adventures of the mighty Khan dynasty. Genghis Khan is dead, but his legend and his legacy live on. His son Ogedai has built a white city on a great plain and made a capital for the new nation. Now the armies have gathered to see which of Genghis' sons has the strength to be khan. The Mongol empire has been at peace for two years, but whoever survives will face the formidable might of their great enemy, China’s Song dynasty. The great leader Tsubodai sweeps into the west: through Russia, over the Carpathian mountains and into Hungary. The Templar knights have been broken and there is no king or army to stop him reaching France. But at the moment of Tsubodai's greatest triumph, as his furthest scouts reach the northern mountains of Italy, Tsubodai must make a decision that will change the course of history forever.

©2010 Conn Iggulden (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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The Golden Compass

486 ratings

Summary

His Dark Materials is now an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James Mcavoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda!  The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time”.  Philip Pullman takes listeners to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach. Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal - including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want. But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other.... A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. A Number One New York Times Best Seller Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction Published in 40 Countries "Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past 20 years." (The Washington Post) "Very grand indeed." (The New York Times) "Pullman is quite possibly a genius." (Newsweek) Don't miss Philip Pullman's epic new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials, the Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage The Secret Commonwealth 

©1995 Philip Pullman (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

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Churchill

106 ratings

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Brought to you by Penguin.  Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in 20th-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world.  There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. Andrew Roberts now draws on over 40 new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, used in no previous Churchill biography, to depict him more intimately and persuasively than any of its predecessors. Masterfully narrated by Stephen Thorne, this audiobook in no way conceals Churchill's faults, and it allows the listener to appreciate his virtues and character in full: his titanic capacity for work (and drink), his ability see the big picture, his willingness to take risks and insistence on being where the action was, his good humour even in the most desperate circumstances, the breadth and strength of his friendships and his extraordinary propensity to burst into tears at unexpected moments. Above all, it shows us the wellsprings of his personality - his lifelong desire to please his father (even long after his father's death) but aristocratic disdain for the opinions of almost everyone else, his love of the British Empire, his sense of history and its connection to the present. During the Second World War, Churchill summoned a particular scientist to see him several times for technical advice. 'It was the same whenever we met', wrote the young man. 'I had a feeling of being recharged by a source of living power.' Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt's emissary, wrote, 'Wherever he was, there was a battlefront.' Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, Churchill's essential partner in strategy and most severe critic in private, wrote in his diary, 'I thank God I was given such an opportunity of working alongside such a man, and of having my eyes opened to the fact that occasionally such supermen exist on this earth.'

©2018 Andrew Roberts (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
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Napoleon the Great

45 ratings

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Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of the most extraordinary of all human lives. In the space of just 20 years, from October 1795, when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the (horribly mismanaged) battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d'état, he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the revolution had descended. In a series of dazzling battles, he reinvented the art of warfare; in peace he completely remade the laws of France, modernised her systems of education and administration, and presided over a flourishing of the beautiful Empire style in the arts. The impossibility of defeating his most persistent enemy, Great Britain, led him to make draining and ultimately fatal expeditions into Spain and Russia, where half a million Frenchmen died, and his empire began to unravel. More than any other modern biographer, Andrew Roberts conveys Napoleon's tremendous energy, both physical and intellectual, and the attractiveness of his personality even to his enemies. He has walked 53 of Napoleon's 60 battlefields and has absorbed the gigantic new French edition of Napoleon's letters, which allows a complete reevaluation of this exceptional man. He overturns many received opinions, including the myth of a great romance with Josephine: She took a lover immediately after their marriage, and, as Roberts shows, he had three times as many mistresses as he acknowledged. Of the climactic Battle of Leipzig in 1813, as the fighting closed around them, a French sergeant major wrote, "No-one who has not experienced it can have any idea of the enthusiasm that burst forth among the half-starved, exhausted soldiers when the Emperor was there in person. If all were demoralised and he appeared, his presence was like an electric shock. All shouted 'Vive l'Empereur!' and everyone charged blindly into the fire." Andrew Roberts is a biographer and historian of international renown whose books include Salisbury: Victorian Titan (winner, the Wolfson Prize for History); Masters and Commanders; and The Storm of War, which reached number two on the Sunday Times best seller list. Roberts is a fellow of the Royal Societies of Literature and Arts. He appears regularly on British television and radio and writes for the Sunday Telegraph, Spectator, Literary Review, Mail on Sunday and Daily Telegraph.

©2014 Andrew Roberts (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 37 hrs and 23 mins
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Barchester Towers

Summary

Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor.

(P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
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Frost at Midnight

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August, 1983. Denton is preparing for a wedding. DS Waters should be on top of the world with less than a week to go until he marries Kim Myles. But the Sunday before the big day, the body of a young woman is found in the churchyard, and their wedding venue becomes a crime scene. DS Jack Frost has been homeless for the past three months. He's been staying with DC Sue Clarke but with a baby to take care of and the imminent arrival of her mother, she's given him his marching orders. But as best man to Waters, he's got a responsibility to solve the mystery of the dead girl in the churchyard.

©2017 The Estate of R. D. Wingfield (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: James Henry
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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First Frost

1 rating

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Denton, 1981. Britain is in recession, the IRA is becoming increasingly active, and the country’s on alert for an outbreak of rabies. Detective Sergeant Jack Frost is working under his mentor, DI Bert Williams, and coping badly with his increasingly strained marriage. Superintendent Stanley Mullett has been at Denton for only six months and is desperately trying to restore order within the chronically depleted ranks while refurbishing the dilapidated Eagle Lane HQ. But DI Williams is nowhere to be seen, and DI Allen has failed to return from his walking holiday. So when a 12-year-old girl goes missing from a department-store changing room, Mullett has no option but to put DS Frost in charge of the investigation.

©2011 The Estate of R. D. Wingfield (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: James Henry
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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Babe, The Sheep-Pig

Summary

Farmer Hoggett wins a piglet at the fair. It should fatten up nicely. However Fly, the sheep-dog trains Babe, the piglet, to herd sheep, making Babe an indispensable sheep-pig.

©1983 Dick King-Smith (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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Absolute Truths

Summary

Charles Ashworth is privileged, pampered, and pleased with himself. But when a catastrophe tears his life apart, his guilt drives him into the immoral and disordered life the Bishop of Starbridge has condemned so violently in others.

©1994 Leaftree Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 24 hrs and 6 mins
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Monk's-Hood

5 ratings

Summary

Gervase Bonel, with his wife and servants, is a guest of Shrewsbury Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul when he is suddenly taken ill. Luckily, the Abbey boasts the services of clever and kindly Brother Cadfael, a skilled herbalist. Cadfael hurries to the man's bedside, only to be confronted by two very different surprises. In Master Bonel's wife, the good monk recognises Richildis, whom he loved many years ago before he took his vows. And Master Bonel has been fatally poisoned by a dose of deadly monk's-hood oil from Cadfael's herbarium. The Sheriff is convinced that the murderer is Richildis' son Edwin, who had reasons aplenty to hate his stepfather. But Cadfael, guided in part by his tender concern for a woman to whom he was once betrothed, is certain of her son's innocence. Using his knowledge of both herbs and the human heart, Cadfael deciphers a deadly recipe for murder....

©1980 Ellis Peters (P)2011 Hachette Digital

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: Ellis Peters
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Classic Tales of Mystery

Summary

Sixteen classic stories: Who Killed Zebedee? by Wilkie Collins Read by Sean Barrett A Mysterious Case by Anna Katharine Green Read by Liza RossThe Limitations of Pambe Serang by Rudyard Kipling Read by Sean BarrettThe Crooked Man by Arthur Conan Doyle Read by Stephen ThorneThe Sapient Monkey by Headon Hill Read by Paul Panting Vendetta by Guy de Maupassant Read by Liza Ross The Worst Crime in the World by G. K. Chesterton Read by Stephen Thorne The Episode of the Mexican Seer by Grant Allen Read by Stephen GreifThe Black Narcissus by Fred M. White Read by Sean Barrett Death in the Wings by Bram Stoker Read by Hayward MorseAn Alpine Divorce by Robert Barr Read by Sean Barrett The Squire’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell Read by Hayward Morse A Personal Magnet by O. Henry Read by Garrick Hagon The Terrible Old Man by H. P. Lovecraft Read by Garrick Hagon Murder by Arnold Bennett Read by Paul Panting The Case of Lady Sannox by Arthur Conan Doyle Read by Hayward Morse

©2010 The Story Circle Ltd (P)2014 The Story Circle Ltd

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Doctor Who: The History Collection

Summary

Five classic novelisations of TV adventures set in Earth’s history. 

In Doctor Who: The Aztecs, the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan materialise in Mexico during the bloodthirsty Aztec civilisation. 

In Doctor Who and the Crusaders the First Doctor and his friends are embroiled in the 12th-century conflict between Richard the Lionheart and the Sultan Saladin. 

In Doctor Who: The Myth Makers, the First Doctor, Steven and Vicki arrive on the plains of Ursa Minor, in the middle of the Greek and Trojan battlefields. 

In Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah fight swords, sorcery and an alien influence in 15th-century Italy. 

In Doctor Who and the Visitation, the Fifth Doctor, Adric, Tegan and Nyssa materialise in 17th-century London and find themselves playing a key role in gruesome historical events....

Read by William Russell, Stephen Thorne, Tim Pigott-Smith and Matthew Waterhouse. Each purchase is accompanied by a PDF booklet featuring full cast and credits, chapter-by-chapter navigation, and sleeve notes for each book by David J. Howe. 

Sound design by Simon Power

TARDIS sound effect by Brian Hodgson

Executive producer: Michael Stevens

Cover illustration by Andrew Skilleter

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Digital Edition Chapter Listing

Doctor Who: The Aztecs

Files 1-15

Doctor Who and the Crusaders

Files 16-25

Doctor Who: The Myth Makers

Files 26-53

Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora

Files 54-65

Doctor Who and the Visitation

Files 66-76

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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A History of Britain: Volume 1

6 ratings

Summary

The story of Britain from the earliest settlements in 3000 BC to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney. From the successes and failures of the monarchy to the daily life of a Roman soldier stationed on Hadrian's Wall, Schama gives a vivid, fascinating account of the many different stories and struggles that lie behind the growth of our island nation. Simon Schama's major BBC2 series has shown him to be one of our most original and exciting historians.

©2012 Simon Schama (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: Simon Schama
Category: History, Europe
Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
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Fatal Frost

Summary

May, 1982. Britain celebrates the sinking of the Belgrano, Jimmy Savile has the run of the airwaves and Denton Police Division welcomes its first black policeman, DC Waters -- recently relocated from Bethnal Green. While the force is busy dealing with a spate of local burglaries, the body of fifteen-year-old Samantha Evans is discovered in woodland next to the nearby railway track. Then a fifteen-year-old boy is found dead on Denton's golf course, his organs removed. Detective Sergeant Jack Frost is sent to investigate -- a welcome distraction from troubles at home. And when the murdered boy's sister goes missing, Frost and Waters must work together to find her... before it's too late.

©2012 The Estate of R. D. Wingfield (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: James Henry
Length: 11 hrs
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Somebody Owes Me Money

Summary

Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race; which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings, Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. Chet knows he had nothing to do with it - but just try explaining that to the cops, to the two rival criminal gangs who each think Chet's working for the other, and to the dead man's beautiful sister, who has flown in from Las Vegas to avenge her brother's murder.

©1969 Donald E. Westlake (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Morning Frost

Summary

November 5th, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night chasing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human foot. And the night gets worse. Local entrepreneur Harry Baskin is shot inside his club, an off-licence is set on fire and a famous painting goes missing. And Superintendant Mullett's attempts to join the Freemasons are being rudely thwarted. As the week goes on, a cyclist is found dead in suspicious circumstances, and the arsonist strikes again. Frost is on the case.

©2013 The Estate of R. D. Wingfield (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: James Henry
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
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The Ngaio Marsh BBC Radio Collection

Summary

A collection of the BBC’s dramatisations of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous sleuth: Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn.  

This collection includes the following works by Ngaio Marsh:

'A Man Lay Dead' - the gentleman detective tackles a country house party murder. 

'A Surfeit of Lampreys' - gentleman sleuth Inspector Alleyn probes a grisly death of the head of a spendthrift aristocratic family. 

'Opening Night ' - when a leading actor is found gassed in his dressing room, it looks like suicide. But it transpires he was so detested that everyone had a motive for his murder. 

'When in Rome ' - 1970s Rome. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn is incognito and on the trail of a vast drugs syndicate - and some exceptionally unsavoury blackmail. But he hasn't reckoned on murder.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Author: Ngaio Marsh
Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
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Doctor Who

Summary

Another entry in our range of unabridged readings of classic Doctor Who novelisations, first published by Target Books in the 1970s and 1980s. Written by Donald Cotton.

Long, long ago on the great plains of Asia Minor, two mighty armies faced each other in mortal combat. The armies were the Greeks and the Trojans and the prize they were fighting for was Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world. To the Greeks it seemed the city of Troy was impregnable and only a miracle could bring them success. And then help comes to them in a most unexpected way as a strange blue box materializes close to their camp, bringing with it the Doctor, Steven and Vicki, who soon find themselves caught up in the irreversible tide of history and legend...

©1985 Donald Cotton (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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Night Frost

1 rating

Summary

A serial killer is terrorizing the senior citizens of Denton, and the local police are succumbing to a flu epidemic. In uncertain charge of the investigations is Detective Inspector Jack Frost, crumpled, slapdash, and foul-mouthed as ever. Trying to cope despite inadequate backup, but there is never enough time; the unsolved crimes pile up and the vicious killings go on.

©1992 R. D. Wingfield (P)1998 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
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The Sheep-Pig

4 ratings

Summary

When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can't be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.

©1983 ©1983 Dick King-Smith (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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Demon Storm

2 ratings

Summary

With Treoir Island in shambles after a Medb attack that left the survival of the missing Belador warrior queen in question and Belador powers compromised, the Beladors have one hope for their queen's return and their own future: Evalle Kincaid, whose recent transformation has turned her into an even more formidable warrior. First Evalle has to locate Storm, the Skinwalker she's bonded with, whom she believes can find the Belador queen, but Storm stalks the witch doctor threatening Evalle's life. The hunter becomes the hunted, and Evalle must face her greatest nightmare to save Storm and the Beladors - or watch the future of mankind fall to deadly preternatural predators.

©2015 Dianna Love (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: Dianna Love
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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The Death of King Arthur

Summary

An immortal story of love, adventure, chivalry, treachery and death brought to new life for our times. The legend of King Arthur has retained its appeal and popularity through the ages: Mordred's treason, the knightly exploits of Tristan, Lancelot's fatally divided loyalties and his love for Guinevere, the quest for the Holy Grail. Now retold by Peter Ackroyd with his signature clarity, charm and truth to the spirit of the text, the result is not only one of the most readable accounts of the Knights of the Round Table but also one of the most moving.

©2010 Peter Ackroyd (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
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A History of Britain: Volume 3

1 rating

Summary

Timothy West reads the third and concluding volume of award-winning historian Simon Schama's compelling chronicle of the British Isles. Here he illuminates the period from 1776 to 2000 through a variety of historical themes, including Victorian advances in technology and industry, women's increasing role in society, and the burgeoning British Empire which promised civilisation and material betterment for all. This volume also looks at key characters from the period, including Wordsworth, Burke, Queen Victoria, Churchill, and Orwell, whilst examining some lesser-known lives, such as Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman doctor, and Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse in the Crimea. Finally, Schama reflects on the overwhelming presence of the past in the 20th century, and the struggle of our leaders to find a way of making a different national future.

©2012 Simon Schama (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: Simon Schama
Category: History, Europe
Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
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Return to Akenfield

Summary

Thirty-five years after the publication of Ronald Blythe's classic portrait of an English village, Akenfield, Craig Taylor returned to the Suffolk village on which the book was based. He sought out locals who appeared in the original book to learn how their lives had changed, met newcomers, and interviewed Ronald Blythe himself. The result reverberates with the voices of the villagers: young farmers, retired orchardmen, and Eastern European migrant workers talk about farming in an age of globalisation; commuters, weekenders, and retirees discuss the realities behind the rural idyll; and the local priest, teacher, and pub owner describe the daily pleasures and tribulations of village life.

©2006 Craig Taylor (P)2007 Soundings

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: Craig Taylor
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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Wolf of the Plains

43 ratings

Summary

The first book in the best-selling Conqueror series featuring Genghis Khan and his descendants. "I am the land and the bones of the hills. I am the winter." Temujin, the second son of the khan of the Wolves tribe, was only 11 when his father died in an ambush. His family were thrown out of the tribe and left alone, without food or shelter, to starve to death on the harsh Mongolian plains. It was a rough introduction to his life, to a sudden adult world, but Temujin survived, learning to combat natural and human threats. A man, a small family, without a tribe was always at risk, but he gathered other outsiders to him, creating a new tribal identity. It was during some of his worst times that the image of uniting the warring tribes and bringing the silver people together came to him. He will become the khan of the sea of grass, Genghis.

©2007 Conn Iggulden (P)2005 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
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The Next Big Thing

Summary

At seventy-three, Herz is facing an increasingly bewildering world. He cannot see his place in it or even work out what to do with his final years. Questions and misunderstandings haunt Herz like old ghosts. Should he travel, sell his flat, or propose marriage to a friend he has not seen in thirty years? The letters he writes and does not send and the passers-by he encounters remind him how out of touch he is, how detached from the modern world. Yet Herz believes that he must do something, only he doesn't know what this next big thing in life should be...

©2002 Anita Brookner (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
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Frost at Christmas

2 ratings

Summary

With a healthy disregard for rules, he attracts trouble like a magnet. He has a newly assigned apprentice - the unfortunate Detective Constable Barnard - the Chief Constable’s nephew. Fresh to the provinces, just up from London in an embarrassingly flash suit, he’s ripe for Frost’s satire.

©1984 R. D. Wingfield (P)1996 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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Nikita Khrushchev

Summary

Nikita Krushchev: a miner's son, a rough and simple peasant, a revolutionary, an ardent party worker, and eventually one of the two most powerful men in the world. A cheerful figure at ease among cornfields, or on a factory floor; or hostile at the United Nations, taunting and accusing the West. On a state visit to the USA, he famously said, "We will bury you"; at the UN he once removed a shoe to bang it on the desk to make a point. He sparked the Cuban missile crisis that almost led to nuclear war and was responsible for the erection of the Berlin Wall. This intriguing audio biography tells of the fears and conspiracies abounding in the post-war Soviet Union during this charismatic figure's 10 tumultuous years in the Kremlin. The part of Nikita Krushchev is played by Michael Sheard, with other parts played by Michael Burrell, Shirley Dixon, and Michael Kilgarriff.

©1976 Alan Reid (P)1976 Ivan & Inge Berg

Author: Alan Reid
Length: 54 mins
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The Elmer Treasury

Summary

A modern classic, Elmer the Colourful Patchwork Elephant has been a nursery favourite since his creation in 1989 and has sold over four million copies around the world. Elmer is not your normal grey elephant - his colourful exuberance cannot be contained for long! With his trademark cheeky humour, Elmer shows us that it's okay to be different. This audiobook collection features eight of the best-selling Elmer books, including: 'Elmer', 'Elmer’s Christmas', 'Elmer and the Monster', 'Elmer and the Flood', 'Elmer and the Lost Teddy', 'Elmer and the Rainbow', 'Elmer and Aunt Zelda' and 'Elmer and Rose'.

©2015 David McKee (P)2016 Bolinda

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: David McKee
Length: 42 mins
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Strangers

Summary

Paul Sturgis is a retired bank manager who lives alone in a dark little flat. He walks alone and dines alone, seeking out and taking pleasure in small exchanges with strangers: the cheerful Australian girl who cuts his hair, the lady at the dry cleaners. His only relative - and only acquaintance - is a widowed cousin by marriage, herself a virtual stranger, to whom he pays ritualistic visits on a Sunday afternoon. Trying to make sense of his current solitary state, and fearing that his destiny may be to die among strangers, Sturgis trawls through memories of his failed relationships and finds himself longing for companionship, or at the very least a conversation. But then a chance encounter with a stranger - a recently divorced and demanding younger woman - shakes up his routine, and when an old girlfriend appears on the scene, Sturgis is forced to make a decision about how (and with whom) he wants to spend the rest of his days.... Anita Brookner was born in South London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her 24th, Strangers, in 2009. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.

©2009 Anita Brookner (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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A Killing Frost

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Summary

The discovery of two teenage girls' bodies and a video of a snuff movie showing the death of one of the victims leaves Detective Inspector Jack Frost in a race against time before the killer can strike again.

Meanwhile, someone is poisoning foodstuffs at a local supermarket chain. When the owner receives threatening demands to pay up or be put out of business, it is up to Frost to catch the blackmailer. As all leads dry up and Frost faces questions over the handling of the cases, he faces a threat to his professional life with the arrival of DCI Skinner at Denton Police Station. Is this the end for Jack Frost?

©2008 The Estate of R. D. Wingfield (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
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The Elmer Treasury: Volume 2

Summary

The second volume featuring eight classic stories about Elmer, our favourite colourful patchwork elephant! A modern classic, Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since his creation in 1989 and has sold over four million copies around the world. Elmer is not your normal grey elephant - his colourful exuberance cannot be contained for long! With his trademark cheeky humour, Elmer shows us that it's OK to be different. This second audiobook collection features another eight of the best-selling Elmer picture books, including: Elmer and the Big Bird, Elmer and Wilbur, Elmer and the Hippos, Elmer in the Snow, Elmer and Super El, Elmer and Butterfly, Elmer Again and Elmer and the Race.

©2016 David McKee (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: David McKee
Length: 41 mins
Available on Audible
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The Elmer Treasury: Volume 3

Summary

The third volume featuring classic stories about Elmer, our favourite colourful patchwork elephant! A modern classic, Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since his creation in 1989 and has sold over four million copies around the world. Elmer is not your normal grey elephant - his colourful exuberance cannot be contained for long! With his trademark cheeky humour, Elmer shows us that it's OK to be different. This third audiobook collection features more of the best-selling Elmer books, including: Elmer on Stilts, Elmer, Rose and Super, Elmer and the Wind, Elmer and Snake, Elmer and the Stranger, Elmer and Grandpa Eldo, Elmer's Special Day, and Elmer and the Whales.

©2016 David Mckee (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Author: David McKee
Length: 42 mins
Available on Audible