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  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight | Simon Armitage

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    The famous Middle English poem by an anonymous Northern England poet is beautifully translated by fellow poet Simon Armitage in this edition. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" narrates in crystalline verse the strange tale of a green knight who rudely interrupts the Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager.

    Mary says: "great original, translation, and reader"
  • Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of those Who Survived | Andrew Wilson

    Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of those Who Survived

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Andrew Wilson
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night?

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful"
  • Eclipse | John Banville

    Eclipse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Banville
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Alexander Cleave, actor, has left his career and his family behind and banished himself to his childhood home. He wants to retire from life, but finds this impossible in a house brimming with presences, some ghostly, some undeniably human. Memories, anxiety for the future, and more particularly, for his beloved but troubled daughter, conspire to distract him from his dreaming retirement.

  • Imperium | Robert Harris

    Imperium

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

    Paul says: "A Step Back in Time"
  • Great Love Poems | William Blake,Robert Burns,Edward Lear

    Great Love Poems

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By William Blake, Robert Burns, Edward Lear
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter, Bill Paterson, Maxine Peake, and others
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    An anthology of over 60 classic love poems, read by some of our finest actors. Love has always been the supreme inspiration for poets, whether romantic or platonic, reciprocated or unrequited. This collection contains a range of the very best love poems, including Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress", Keats' "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and Byron's "So We'll Go No More A-Roving" - as well as several sonnets from the master himself, William Shakespeare.

  • The Reavers | George MacDonald Fraser

    The Reavers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Spoiled, arrogant, filthy rich, and breathtakingly beautiful, the young Lady Godiva Dacre is exiled from the court of Good Queen Bess (who can't abide red-haired competition) to her lonely estate in distant Cumberland, where she looks forward to bullying the peasantry and getting her own imperious way.

  • Lustrum | Robert Harris

    Lustrum

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy. The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel.

    D. Landau says: "Interesting for History Lovers"
  • The Untouchable | John Banville

    The Untouchable

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Banville
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Victor Maskell has been betrayed. After the announcement in the Commons, the hasty revelation of his double life of wartime espionage, his photograph is all over the papers. His disgrace is public, his position as curator of the Queen’s pictures terminated… Maskell writes his own testament, in an act not unlike the restoration of one of his beloved pictures, in order for the process of verification and attribution to begin.

    David says: "Brilliant writer writes the most boring spy story"
  • Rumpole and the Primrose Path | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Primrose Path

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    We last left Rumpole in his hospital bed after his sudden collapse in court. Now our hero finds himself in the Primrose Path nursing home - or a hospice as he persists in describing it. Things aren't looking good for Rumpole - until suddenly he begins to sense there's something wrong with the place, and all his intelligence and formidable insight into human behaviour come to the fore again.

    kgohl says: "Rumpole and Wallis--an excellent combination!"
  • Cymbeline (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3) | William Shakespeare

    Cymbeline (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis, Nia Roberts, William Houston, and others
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    A BBC Radio 3 full-cast dramatisation of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Cymbeline’, starring Bill Wallis. Originally broadcast in December 2006 as part of the ‘Drama on 3’ collection.Shakespeare's play, set during the Roman invasion of Britain, centres around the banishment of the man who has incurred the wrath of the king by secretly marrying his daughter. Confusion follows in an intricate plot in which nobody is quite who they seem to be.

    Richard R says: "Not "Unabridged" as Advertised !"
  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare | Hammond Innes

    The Wreck of the Mary Deare

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hammond Innes
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    They dismissed the Mary Deare as ‘a piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap’. For 40 years this 6,000-ton freighter had tramped the seas, suffered shipwreck twice, and been torpedoed three times in two world wars. Then one March night, battered and bruised and empty, she emerged from severe Biscay gales into the English Channel - and into the newspaper headlines. Here was a ship of mystery and tragedy... in one of the greatest sea stories of all time.

    Richard says: "Sea tale"
  • Tumtum and Nutmeg | Emily Bearn

    Tumtum and Nutmeg

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emily Bearn
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Tumtum and Nutmeg is the first of a series of children's books by author Emily Bearn. The book is about Mr and Mrs Nutmouse who live in Nutmouse Hall, situated within the broom cupboard of Rose Cottage. Tumtum and Nutmeg have a wonderful life but the children who live in Rose Cottage, Arthur and Lucy, are miserable. So, one day Tumtum and Nutmeg decide to cheer them up.

  • Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance | Gyles Brandreth

    Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    London, 1889. Oscar Wilde, celebrated poet, wit, playwright, and raconteur is the literary sensation of his age. All Europe lies at his feet. Yet when he chances across the naked corpse of sixteen-year-old Billy Wood, posed by candlelight in a dark stifling attic room, he cannot ignore the brutal murder. With the help of fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle he sets out to solve the crime - but it is Wilde's unparalleled access to all degrees of late Victorian life, from society drawing rooms to the underclass, that will prove the decisive factor in their investigation....

    connie says: "needs glue"
  • The Trials of Rumpole | John Mortimer

    The Trials of Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole whose court scenes are proverbial, and whose home is ruled by Mrs Rumpole, is back in these short stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    Angus says: "I love Rumpole"
  • Father Brown | G. K. Chesterton

    Father Brown

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    These four stories test Father Brown in many ways, creating headaches a plenty. However, Father Brown is nothing if not redoubtable and whilst Chesterton's stories are, in his own words, "very slight and improbable", his method is all his own. Bill Wallis captures perfectly the mood and tone of Father Brown in this collection.

  • The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation | Simon Armitage (translator)

    The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage (translator)
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    First appearing around 1400, The Alliterative Morte Arthur, or The Death of King Arthur, is one of the most widely beloved and spectacularly alliterative poems ever penned in Middle English. Now, from the internationally acclaimed translator of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, comes this magisterial new presentation of the Arthurian tale, rendered in unflinching and gory detail. Following Arthur's bloody conquests across the cities and fields of Europe, all the way to his spectacular and even bloodier fall, this masterpiece features some of the most spellbinding and poignant passages in English poetry.

    Christopher says: "Hardcore Arthur Fans and Medievalists Will Love It"
  • Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives | Michael Bond

    Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Bond
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Having delivered a particularly stirring speech at his recently deceased colleague's funeral, Monsieur Pamplemousse is more than a little disturbed when the coffin explodes during the ceremony. Luckily, his faithful hound Pommes Frites gave out a warning cry just in time, so there were no casualties. But, who exactly is behind this explosion? And was the same person responsible for his late co-worker's demise?

  • Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines | Michael Bond

    Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Bond
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    During his time as an inspector with the Paris Sûreté, Monsieur Pamplemousse had been 'in at the death' on more than one occasion, but even he had to admit that the phrase took on an entirely new meaning when he was present at the spectacular ending to Cuisine de Chavignol, France's premier television cookery programme.

  • A Dead Man in Istanbul | Michael Pearce

    A Dead Man in Istanbul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Pearce
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The undersecretary of the British embassy in Istanbul has died while attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits. The circumstances of his death have to be investigated, so the Foreign Office sends out an officer: Sandor Seymour, an unobtrusive Special Branch detective.

    connie says: "This series is worth a listen"
  • A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School | Caroline Taggart

    A Classical Education: The Stuff You Wish You'd been Taught at School

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Caroline Taggart
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Is the Greek alphabet all Greek to you? Is geometry your Achilles heel and does your knowledge of Homer have more to do with The Simpsons than the Sirens? From engineering and architecture to drama and democracy, the world around us is founded on the principles and discoveries of the Ancient World, yet our understanding of it is episodic at best.

    William says: "Reader's Digest approach to the classics"
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