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  • Fifth Business: The Deptford Trilogy, Book 1 | Robertson Davies

    Fifth Business: The Deptford Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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    This first novel in The Deptford Trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way.

    Vinity says: "Been waiting for this"
  • The Manticore: The Deptford Trilogy, Book 2 | Robertson Davies

    The Manticore: The Deptford Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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    The Manticore, the second book in The Deptford Trilogy after Fifth Business, follows David Staunton, a man pleased with his success but haunted by his relationship with his larger-than-life father. As he seeks help through therapy, he encounters a wonderful cast of characters who help connect him to his past and the death of his father.

    Jonelle says: "Unusual Plot Continues Series"
  • The Rebel Angels: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 1 | Robertson Davies

    The Rebel Angels: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    A goodhearted priest and scholar, a professor with a passion for the darker side of medieval psychology, a defrocked monk, and a rich young businessman who inherits some troublesome paintings are all helplessly beguiled by the same coed. Davies weaves together the destinies of this remarkable cast of characters, creating a wise and witty portrait of love, murder, and scholarship at a modern university.

    connie says: "must love academe circa mid 20th C"
  • What's Bred in the Bone | Robertson Davies

    What's Bred in the Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, an expert art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis' life were not always what they seemed. This wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of international renown is told in stylish, elegant prose and endowed with lavish portions of Davies' wit and wisdom.

    Nancy says: "More Fabulous Robertson Daview"
  • A Mixture of Frailties: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 3 | Robertson Davies

    A Mixture of Frailties: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    A Mixture of Frailties is so much more than the story of Monica Gall's life in London and her education as a singer. It is an account of her education as a human being, and the result is an absorbing novel, comic in the true sense, vivid and frequently moving.

    Mary says: "even better than on paper, and that's saying a lot"
  • World of Wonders: The Deptford Trilogy, Book 3 | Robertson Davies

    World of Wonders: The Deptford Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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    Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as a modern classic, Robertson Davies' acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived series of novels, around which a mysterious death is woven. World of Wonders, the third book in the series after The Manticore, follows the story of Magnus Eisengrim - the most illustrious magician of his age - who is spirited away from his home by a member of a traveling sideshow, the Wanless World of Wonders.

    Sarah R. Jacobs says: "Great North American Novel"
  • Tempest-tost: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 1 | Robertson Davies

    Tempest-tost: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    An amateur production of The Tempest provides a colorful backdrop for a hilarious look at unrequited love. Mathematics teacher Hector Mackilwraith, stirred and troubled by Shakespeare's play, falls in love with the beautiful Griselda Webster. When Griselda shows she has plans of her own, Hector despairs on the play's opening night.

    Mary says: "First of the first (and shows it)"
  • The Cunning Man | Robertson Davies

    The Cunning Man

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    "Should I have taken the false teeth?" This is what Dr. Jonathan Hullah, a police surgeon with "a high degree of cunning", wonders after he signs the death certificate for St. Aidan's Father Hobbes. What made the good father drop dead while celebrating Communion? In his search for the answer, Hullah whisks us back on a tour of his own rich and colorful life.

    E Azevedo says: "Philosophical and also interesting at the same time"
  • Murther and Walking Spirits | Robertson Davies

    Murther and Walking Spirits

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Connor Gilmartin's inauspicious, but much beloved, mortal life comes to an untimely end when he discovers his wife in bed with one of his more ludicrous associates, Randall Allard Going. Death becomes a bit complicated when Gilmartin's out-of-body experience stays an out-of-body experience. Enraged at being so unceremoniously cut down, he avenges himself against his now panic-stricken murderer.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable if meandering"
  • The Lyre of Orpheus: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 3 | Robertson Davies

    The Lyre of Orpheus: The Cornish Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    The Cornish Foundation, set up with money left by the late art expert, collector, and notable eccentric Francis Cornish, must choose a worthy undertaking upon which to expend a portion of its considerable funds. It is decided that the Foundation will fund the doctoral work of one Hulda Schnakenburg: a grumpy, difficult, and extraordinarily talented music student.

    Suzanne Haraburd says: "A worthy successor to Dickens."
  • Leaven of Malice: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 2 | Robertson Davies

    Leaven of Malice: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    The following announcement appeared in the Salterton Evening Bellman: "Professor and Mrs. Walter Vambrace are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Pearl Veronica, to Solomon Bridgetower, Esq., son of ..."

    CJW says: "Gentle part 2 of trilogy"
  • Selected Shorts: Pets! | Gail Godwin,Ana Menendez,Robertson Davies,Molly Giles,T. C. Boyle,Max Steele

    Selected Shorts: Pets!

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gail Godwin, Ana Menendez, Robertson Davies, and others
    • Narrated By Jane Curtin, Jacqueline Kim, Charles Keating
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    The cast of characters in this compilation is a menagerie of animals: cats, dogs, birds, even a dragon - and their owners. These stories look at the myriad of experiences, and adventures, that pet ownership can bring. Join a medieval scholar who discovers that not all mythical creatures are extinct, stalk the night with the Cat of Frankenstein, kick that caffeine habit with a class of kindergartners, dance along with a divorcée and her dog, and more!

    Edward M. Tashjian says: "Great stories but Not for Kids"
  • The Cunning Man | Robertson Davies

    The Cunning Man

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Should I have taken the false teeth?" This is what Dr. Jonathan Hullah, a former police surgeon, thinks after he watches Father Hobbes die in front of the High Altar at Toronto's St. Aidan's on the morning of Good Friday. How did the good father die? We do not learn the answer until the very end of this "Case Book" of a man's rich and highly observant life.

    But we learn much more about many things, and especially about Dr. Hullah.

    victoria says: "What a shame!"
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