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  • The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come | John Bunyan

    The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Bunyan
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    For 300 years, The Pilgrim's Progress has remained perhaps the best-loved and most read of devotional fictions. In plain yet powerful and moving language, Bunyan tells the story of Christian's struggle to attain salvation and the Gates of Heaven. He must pass through the Slough of Despond, ward off the temptations of Vanity Fair, and fight the monstrous Apollyon. In Part II, his wife and children follow the same path, helped and protected by Great-heart, until for them, too, "the trumpets sound on the other side."

    Adam says: "Two books in one! Terrific narration!"
  • The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes: Incredible Real-Life Murders | Robin Odell

    The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes: Incredible Real-Life Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robin Odell
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    A gripping collection of stories of human criminality at its most bizarre.

    These unusual, sensational murders recall not only gruesome historical crimes, but also touch on shocking and macabre modern murders. Included are details of groundbreaking advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science. This is the top-secret report on the most grisly, and unusual, criminal activity of our time.

    Sires says: "True Crime for the Beach or Vacation Reader"
  • Framley Parsonage: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 4 | Anthony Trollope

    Framley Parsonage: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    In Framley Parsonage, the fourth novel of Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire, the author leaves the confines of Barchester and looks to the countryside, where he relates the moral difficulties of Mark Robarts, the young clergyman who has recently been appointed Vicar of Framley. Desperate to keep up with the local aristocracy, the country parson is persuaded to underwrite the debts of Sowerby, a well-respected peer.

  • The Great Poets: John Clare | John Clare

    The Great Poets: John Clare

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By John Clare
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    John Clare was the forgotten Romantic poet, until the late 20th century. Known by his contemporaries as the Peasant Poet, he recorded in his poems the natural landscape of rural England before the Industrial Revolution. His poems rival Wordsworth’s for their sensitivity to nature and pantheism: ‘I feel a beautiful providence ever about me,’ Clare wrote. But his life was a long struggle against poverty and mental collapse. Some of his finest poems were written in the local asylum

  • Dr Thorne: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 3 | Anthony Trollope

    Dr Thorne: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    It tells the tale of Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne, a couple intent on marriage despite their conflicting social backgrounds. Frank is engaged in a fierce battle with his family as his mother vehemently opposes the marriage and pushes him to marry a wealthy heiress; however, Frank shuns her attempts and is determined to accept Mary on her own terms.

    Ollie says: "Trollope and a worthy narrator"
  • Can You Forgive Her? | Anthony Trollope

    Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    Young, attractive and wealthy, Alice Vavasor is a woman in the prime of her life. And yet one question torments her: "What should a woman do with her life?" Torn between the kind but dull Mr. Grey and her dangerous and exciting cousin George, she is prone to constant indecision and uncertainty, much to the detriment of Mr. Grey. Can You Forgive Her? is a crisp and engaging novel, brimming with romance, humor, and pathos. It is the first of six in Trollope's celebrated Palliser series.

  • To Peking | Peter Fleming

    To Peking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Fleming
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    Peter Fleming, brother of James Bond author Ian Fleming, was one of the greatest adventurers and travel writers of the 20th century and author of several classic and best-selling books. This is the first paperback edition. It presents an exciting adventure that could never be made today - it will appeal to all interested in the region.

  • The Warden - Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 1 | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden - Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    Loved and appreciated by all with whom he works, Harding lives an ordered, regular life in his protected religious environment. Then one day, a young reformer feels he has uncovered a mismanagement of funds and Harding is held to blame. The accusation comes as a shock not only to Harding himself but also to the cathedral community. It then comes to wider notice when the cause is taken up by a national newspaper.

    Joan says: "I kept waiting for something to happen"
  • The Small House at Allington: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 5 | Anthony Trollope

    The Small House at Allington: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    The fifth novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, The Small House at Allington, concerns the lives of the two Dale girls, Lily and Bell, who live at the Small House. While Bell is in love with the local doctor James Crofts, Lily is pursued by two men: the worldly, rich and handsome Adolphus Crosbie and the poor but honest Johnny Eames. With each determined to gain her hand in marriage, who will she choose?

    Esther Juon Veitch says: "A great story and I will listen to it again!"
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 6 | Anthony Trollope

    The Last Chronicle of Barset: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    In The Last Chronicle of Barset, Trollope concludes his saga of ecclesiastical life. At the heart of the novel is the plight of Josiah Crawley, a proud, impoverished clergyman who faces difficult legal circumstances. Caught amid poverty, Josiah appears to have stolen a check and is forced to stand trial - despite the fact that he cannot remember its origins. To make matters worse, his daughter, Grace, desperately seeks the approval of Archdeacon Grantly, whose son she intends to marry.

  • The Brontes' Poetry, Volume 2 | Charlotte Bronte,Anne Bronte,Emily Jane Bronte,Branwell Bronte

    The Brontes' Poetry, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte, Anne Bronte, Emily Jane Bronte, and others
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck, David Shaw-Parker, Eve Karpf, and others
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    Perhaps England's greatest literary family. To find one brilliant novelist in a family is extremely rare. But two? Three?

    The Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily Jane and Anne, together with their brother Patrick, are famed throughout the world. And amongst their many talents was poetry. Of course, being Brontë's, they were rather good at that too.

  • One's Company: A Journey to China in 1933 | Peter Fleming

    One's Company: A Journey to China in 1933

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peter Fleming
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    Catching all the fascination and humour of travel in out-of-the-way places, One's Company is Peter Fleming's account of his journey through Russia and Manchuria to China when he was Special Correspondent to The Times in the 1930s. Fleming spent seven months with the "object of investigating the Communist situation in South China" at a time when, as far as he knew, "no previous journey had been made to the anti-communist front by a foreigner", and on its publication in 1934, One's Company won widespread critical acclaim.

  • Barchester Towers, Book 2 | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    Barchester Towers, the sequel to The Warden, is the second novel in Trollope's major series, the Chronicles of Barsetshire. It focuses on the power struggle between Archdeacon Grantly, Mr. Slope and the Proudies as they fight for control of the diocese of Barchester. Meanwhile, another struggle is taking place for the heart of Eleanor Bold. Who will win her? The vile Mr. Slope, the idling Bertie Stanhope or someone else entirely?

    jdukuray says: "Gentle comedy, good company"
  • The Way We Live Now | Anthony Trollope

    The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    The Way We Live Now is a complex and compulsive tale that traces the career of Augustus Melmotte, a strange and mysterious financier who bursts into London society like a guided missile. In setting up a dubious scheme based on speculative money and stock market gambles, Melmotte manages to lure in several members of the English aristocracy, for whom money is the summum bonum. The world is at his feet - until the corruption catches up with him.

    Tad Davis says: "Fun, but no heroes here"
  • The Brontes' Poetry, Volume 1 | Charlotte Bronte,Anne Bronte,Emily Jane Bronte,Branwell Bronte

    The Brontes' Poetry, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte, Anne Bronte, Emily Jane Bronte, and others
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck, David Shaw-Parker, Eve Karpf, and others
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    Perhaps England’s greatest literary family. To find one brilliant novelist in a family is extremely rare. But two? Three?

    The Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily Jane and Anne, together with their brother Patrick, are famed throughout the world. And amongst their many talents was poetry. Of course, being Brontë’s, they were rather good at that too.

  • Spitfire Ace | Martin Davidson,James Taylor

    Spitfire Ace

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Martin Davidson, James Taylor
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey, Tyler Butterworth, David Shaw Parker
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    Spitfire Ace provides a vivid portrait of the few that flew in the Battle of Britain. The battle, in 1940, was one of the most famous air battles in the history of warfare. It is a story of ruthless organisation, and brilliant control and command. And at its heart is a legendary figure, the RAF fighter pilot, and one particular plane, a piece of machinery of almost mythic historical glamour: the Supermarine Spitfire.

  • Shamela: An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews | Henry Fielding

    Shamela: An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Tom Burke, Neville Jason, and others
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    Shamela is a bawdy, spirited, and hilarious response to Samuel Richardson's hugely popular 1740 novel, Pamela. In this pointed satire, Shamela (which transpires to be the real name of Richardson's Pamela) reveals the ulterior motives behind the events that took place in Pamela. Shamela is unlike the virtuous young lady portrayed in Richardson's novel and she takes command of her master, Squire Booby. Our heroine has planned it all out from the start and she is determined to entrap her master into marriage.

    Johanna says: "A fun listen after Pamela"
  • The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places | John Keay

    The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Keay
    • Narrated By Alex Norton, Charles Reston, Constantine Gregory, and others
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    The great explorers were the celebrities of their day - the romance and danger of their daring expeditions captured the public imagination and the world's headlines to an extraordinary degree. Not all of them lived to tell the tale, of course, but those who emerged triumphant from jungle, desert, or polar wasteland were hailed as if returning from beyond the grave. Journalists vied for their stories and publishers rushed their firsthand accounts of exciting and dangerous journeys into print for a wide and voracious readership.

  • The Siege at Peking | Peter Fleming

    The Siege at Peking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Peter Fleming
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    In June 1900 the foreign legations at Peking were attacked by troops of the Boxer rebellion and Imperial Chinese troops. The ensuing siege lasted 55 days and shook the world. In this work, Peter Fleming traces its history and impact.

    J. says: "Old school, but engaging"
  • The Jungle Book: Oxford Bookworms Library | Rudyard Kipling,Ralph Mowat (editor)

    The Jungle Book: Oxford Bookworms Library

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    • By Rudyard Kipling, Ralph Mowat (editor)
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    In the jungle of Southern India the Seeonee Wolf-Pack has a new cub. He is not a wolf - he is Mowgli, a human child, but he knows nothing of the world of men. He lives and hunts with his brothers the wolves. Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther are his friends and teachers. And Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger, is his enemy.Kipling’s famous story of Mowgli’s adventures in the jungle has been loved by young and old for more than a hundred years.

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