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  • 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.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Great Poems |  Audible Studios

    Great Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Audible Studios
    • Narrated By Maxine Peake, Bill Wallis, Rupert Penry-Jones, and others
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    An anthology of over 50 classic poems, read by some of our finest actors. This collection contains a selection of the very best poems, from verses inspired by love to war poetry, nature poems and children's rhymes.

    Clare says: "Not for Poetry Snobs. Full Listing in Review."
  • A Dozen Red Roses: To His Coy Mistress | Andrew Marvell

    A Dozen Red Roses: To His Coy Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Andrew Marvell
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Andrew Marvell's classic plea to his mistress to show her love for him while they are both still young and passionate, read by Bill Wallis.

  • Rumpole at Christmas: Rumpole and the Health Farm Murder | John Mortimer

    Rumpole at Christmas: Rumpole and the Health Farm Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Rumpole and the Health Farm Murder finds the corpulent barrister spending a most untypical Christmas at a health spa, where he is gloomily trying to survive on a not-so-festive diet of yak's milk and steamed spinach. He is soon enlivened, however, when a murder is committed and he is asked to represent the chief suspect. Bill Wallis reads this special seasonal story starring Horace Rumpole, scourge of all QCs and friend of the criminal classes.

  • Betjeman | A. N. Wilson

    Betjeman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By A. N. Wilson
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    John Betjeman was by far the most popular poet of the 20th century. His collected poems sold over two million copies. As Poet Laureate, he became a national icon, but behind the public man were doubts and demons. The poet led a tempestuous emotional life. This book was written using the vast archive of personal material relating to Betjeman's private life.

  • Rumpole's Last Case | John Mortimer

    Rumpole's Last Case

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole is back with seven marvelous stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

  • 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.

  • The Crowded Grave | Martin Walker

    The Crowded Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Life in south-west rural France is not the sleepy idyll you might suppose. Local duck and goose farms are being attacked by animal rights protestors attempting to halt the production of foie gras. A senior policeman has been shot by terrorists believed to be the Basque Separatists of ETA. And if that weren’t enough, a group of students have just unearthed a ‘modern’ skeleton during a dig at one of the ancient sites of this famous region and home to prehistoric man - a dig that has brought an influx of foreigners to the Dordogne.

    Sandy says: "Bill Wallis reading is the 'Icing on this Cake'"
  • Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (45)
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    Horace Rumpole - cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients - often speaks of the great murder trial which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man. Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the Penge Bungalow Murders case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold.

    Septimus MacGhilleglas says: "Finally, the infamous Penge Bungalow Murder!!"
  • 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"
  • 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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    (40)
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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!"
  • 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"
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