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A. S. Byatt

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  • Possession | A. S. Byatt

    Possession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire - from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. What emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passion and ideas.

    Andrea says: "Absolutely Excellent"
  • The Children's Book | A. S. Byatt

    The Children's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
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    Taking us from the cliff-lined shores of England to Paris, Munich, and the trenches of the Somme, The Children's Book is a deeply affecting story of a singular family, played out against the great, rippling tides of the day. It is a masterly literary achievement by one of our most essential writers.

    Sara says: "A wandering story that goes on forever."
  • Angels & Insects | A. S. Byatt

    Angels & Insects

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    In two breathtakingly accomplished novellas, A. S. Byatt explores the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion.

  • A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction | Terry Pratchett,A. S. Byatt - foreword

    A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, A. S. Byatt - foreword
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
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    A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press and the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People, and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series.

    Julie says: "I kept busting out laughing."
  • Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection | Doris Lessing,Haruki Murakami,A. S. Byatt

    Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing, Haruki Murakami, A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter, Walter Lewis, Roslaind Eyres
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    Twenty-three stories, all unabridged, from a diverse group of star writers and readers. A truly memorable collection with a wide appeal. Includes "The Years Midnight" by Helen Simpson, read by Harriet Walter; "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful Morning" by Haruki Marukami, read by Walter Lewis; "Bablady" by A. S. Byatt, read by Roslaind Eyres; "Hotel des Vaoyaguerus" by William Boyd, read by Martin Jarvis; and "Who?" by Fay Weldon, read by Julie Christie.

    David says: "Not very modern collection"
  • The Game: A Novel | A. S. Byatt

    The Game: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    When they were little girls, Cassandra and Julia played a game in which they entered an alternate world modeled on the landscapes of Arthurian romance. Now, the sisters are grown and have become hostile strangers—until a figure from their past, a man they once both loved and suffered over, reenters their lives. It is the skittish, snake-obsessed Simon who draws Julia and Cassandra into his charismatic orbit … and into menacing proximity to each other, their discarded selves, and the game that neither of them has completely forgotten.

    Die Falknerin says: "Byatt, 1967"
  • The Matisse Stories | A. S. Byatt

    The Matisse Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    In The Matisse Stories, this Booker Prize-winning author offers three elegant tales that explore the subtle interplays between mind and eye, heart and hand. In the first, Medusa’s Ankles, a fashionable woman watches her life take on darker, more ominous shades in the mirror of a beauty salon.

  • Ragnarok: The End of the Gods | A. S. Byatt

    Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
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    As the bombs of the Blitz rain down on Britain, one young girl is evacuated to the countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new life, whose dark, war-ravaged days feel very removed from the peace and love being preached in church and at school. Then she is given a copy of Asgard and the Gods - a book of ancient Norse myths - and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. She feels an instant kinship with these vivid, beautiful, terrifying tales of the end of the gods - they seem far more real, far more familiar during these precarious days.

    Gary says: "What a great listen!"
  • A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction | Terry Pratchett,A. S. Byatt (introduction)

    A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, A. S. Byatt (introduction)
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens, Stephen Briggs
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    In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world’s best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett’s long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press, and the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the Discworld series.

    Mim says: "For the collector who can't bear a hole..."
  • The Children's Book | A. S. Byatt

    The Children's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
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    Olive Wellwood is a famous writer, interviewed with her children at her side. For each of them she writes a separate private book. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, those of their rich cousins and of their friends are already inscribed with mystery.

    Phillip says: "Adult book about the pleasures of knowledge"
  • The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye | A. S. Byatt

    The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    Glowing with narrator Virginia Leishman’s finely tuned phrasing, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye is the perfect introduction to A.S. Byatt, an author who continues to receive international awards and acclaim. Her wondrous fairy tales are iridescent stories full of spells, marvelous creatures, and beautiful princesses.

    Phebe says: "The title story is superb"
  • The Virgin in the Garden | A. S. Byatt

    The Virgin in the Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    In 1953, at an isolated boys’ school in the Yorkshire moors, is a young teacher, Alexander Wedderburn, whose imagination had been captured by the Queen Elizabeth of Shakespeare and Spenser and who has written an historical verse play about her. Now, suddenly, his play has been taken up by a wealthy patron of the arts who envisions its production on the most magnificent scale, for it is to be the climax of a local festival honoring the new Queen Elizabeth.

  • A Whistling Woman | A. S. Byatt

    A Whistling Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
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    In this intoxicating novel, Frederica falls almost by accident into a career in television in London, while tumultuous events in her home county of Yorkshire threaten to change her life and those of the people she loves.

    Through the author's wayward, lovingly drawn characters and breathtaking twists of plot, she illuminates the effervescence of the 1960s, both its excitements and its dangers, as no one has done before.

    Marie says: "I couldn't force myself to finish"
  • The Matisse Stories | A. S. Byatt

    The Matisse Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    In this elegant set of stories, three modern women are touched in different ways by the paintings of Henri Matisse. The three stories are "Medusa's Ankles", "Art Works", and "The Chinese Lobster".

    Die Falknerin says: "A dazzling feast for the senses"
  • Ragnarok: Gudernes undergang | A. S . Byatt

    Ragnarok: Gudernes undergang

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By A. S . Byatt
    • Narrated By Mikkel Bay Mortensen
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    I den nordiske mytologi er "Ragnarok" den store fortælling om afslutningen - om verdens undergang, livets ødelæggelse på jorden og om gudernes eget endeligt. Kunne en moderne forfatter vælge en mere relevant myte? Ligesom Wagner brugte denne dramatiske og katastrofale kamp som klimaks i "Ringen", har A. S. Byatt gendigtet den for vores tid.Mens bomberne regner ned over England under "The Blitz", flytter en ung pige og hendes mor i sikkerhed til en by på landet.

  • Ragnarok: The End of the Gods | A. S. Byatt

    Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
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    Ragnarok is the story of the end of the world. It is a tale of destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves. What more relevant myth could any modern writer find? As the bombs rain down in the Second World War, one young girl is evacuated to the English countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new wartime life.

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