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  • Out of the Silent Planet: Ransom Trilogy, Book 1 | C.S. Lewis

    Out of the Silent Planet: Ransom Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

    David says: "Original, complex, not middle of the road"
  • Mere Christianity | C.S. Lewis

    Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
  • Perelandra: Ransom Trilogy, Book 2 | C.S. Lewis

    Perelandra: Ransom Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.

    Tim says: "An Insightful Look at the Nature of Temptation"
  • That Hideous Strength: Ransom Trilogy, Book 3 | C.S. Lewis

    That Hideous Strength: Ransom Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    In this, the final book in C.S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom.

    Amazon Customer says: "Cloning, stem cell research, psycho-chemistry."
  • King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa | Adam Hochschild

    King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    In the late 1890s, Edmund Dene Morel, a young British shipping company agent, noticed something strange about the cargoes of his company's ships as they arrived from and departed for the Congo. Incoming ships were crammed with valuable ivory and rubber. Outbound ships carried little more than soldiers and firearms. Correctly concluding that only slave labor could account for these cargoes, Morel almost singlehandedly made this slave-labor regime the premier human rights story in the world.

    Edith says: "Fascinating"
  • Odds Against | Dick Francis

    Odds Against

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    It’s amazing what bodily injury can do for a man. A fall from a racehorse left brilliant jockey Sid Halley dangerously depressed, with a wrecked hand and the need for a new career. It was a bullet wound that helped him find one.

    Philosophile says: "Francis' Wordcraft"
  • Otto of the Silver Hand | Howard Pyle

    Otto of the Silver Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Howard Pyle
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Young Otto is born into a warring household in a lawless age. Having no mother, he is sent by his father, a valiant robber baron, to be safely raised by the monks until the age of 12. But when he returns, gentle Otto can no longer escape the bitter blood feud between his father and the rival house of Trutz-Drachen. He is kidnapped by the rival family and his hand is cut off, to be replaced forever by a silver one. Can his brave father and his captor's kind daughter, Pauline, help him escape?

    Amazon Customer says: "We wished it could have been much longer!"
  • High Stakes | Dick Francis

    High Stakes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Steven Scott is relatively new to horses. A successful, wealthy inventor, he takes up horse racing as a hobby - a hobby that soon brings him winner after winner under the inspired guidance of his trainer, Jody Leeds. Currently both their reputations are wrapped up in a beautiful black hurdler named Energise. But just when Steven is winning at both women and horses, he discovers deceit in his own stables. Termination of the troublemaker marks Steven for his own termination - and much sooner than he can imagine...

    James says: "Never a bad book"
  • The Romanovs: The Final Chapter | Robert K. Massie

    The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered 73 years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family? Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than 60 years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia?

    Grant says: "Interesting but fringe history"
  • South | Ernest Shackleton

    South

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ernest Shackleton
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    His destination Antarctica, his expectations high, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out, on the eve of the First World War, in pursuit of his goal to lead the first expedition across the last unknown continent. Instead, his ship, the Endurance, became locked in sea ice, and for nine months Shackleton fought a losing battle with the elements before the drifting ship was crushed and his crew marooned.

    Matthew says: "Gripping, moving, brilliant story"
  • The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy | Jacob Burckhardt

    The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jacob Burckhardt
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    In this landmark study of Italy from the 14th through the early 16th centuries, Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt chronicles the rise of Florence and Venice as powerful city-states, the breakup of the medieval worldview that came with the rediscovery of Greek and Roman culture, and the new emphasis on the role of the individual. All these, Burckhardt explains, went hand in hand with the explorations of science and the more naturalistic depiction of the world in art and literature.

    Henry says: "A Learned Book from 150 Years Ago"
  • The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto | Pico Iyer

    The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Pico Iyer
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    When Pico Iyer decided to go to Kyoto and live in a monastery, he did so to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside, to get to know Kyoto, one of the loveliest old cities in the world, and to find out something about Japanese culture today—not the world of businessmen and production lines, but the traditional world of changing seasons and the silence of temples, of the images woven through literature, of the lunar Japan that still lives on behind the rising sun of geopolitical power.

    Duane says: "Informative, Poetic, Engaging"
  • The Master | Colm Toibin

    The Master

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    In The Master, his brilliant and profoundly moving fifth novel, Colm Toibin tells the story of Henry James, a famous novelist born into one of America's intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War. James left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

    Kathy says: "Perfect"
  • The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery | Simon Brett

    The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Recently retired, Carole Seddon is residing in Fethering in the cottage she purchased with her ex-husband. There she maintains a quiet and sensible life with the companionship of Gulliver, her Labrador retriever. But everything changes when she and Gulliver, while taking their daily constitutional, find a corpse on the beach. What's more, there are two wounds on its neck. The body mysteriously disappears and the police dismiss Carole as a befuddled middle-aged woman.

    John L says: "I loved it!"
  • Beau Geste | P.C. Wren

    Beau Geste

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By P.C. Wren
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    A shot rang out. The Arabs surged forward under a savage fusillade of heavy fire. Nearer and nearer they came, shouting with hate and blood-lust. Geste rushed up and down his side of the roof, pausing only long enough to load his rifle and fire into the shrieking mob below, hoping to trick the Arabs into believing the fort was heavily manned.

    Loren D. says: "Definitely a classic."
  • The Magna Charta | James Daugherty

    The Magna Charta

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Daugherty
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    In the rich turbulence of English history, one day stands magnificently apart: June 15, 1215, the day of the signing of the Magna Charta. On this day, the first blow for English freedom was struck and forever affected the Western world. Here is the story of three true men, Stephen Langton, Williams Marshall, and Hubert de Burgh, whose heroic deeds are set against those of the ever deceitful and crafty King John.

    Dan says: "A Morality Tale"
  • Smokescreen | Dick Francis

    Smokescreen

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Edward Lincoln is a worldwide celebrity who plays impossibly daring detectives on the big screen. But in reality he is an ordinary man currently stuck in an extraordinary spot. Nerissa, his ailing godmother, had pleaded with him to travel to South Africa to investigate whether someone was tampering with her racehorses. He could not refuse her.

    Kathleen says: "Resilience thy name is Dick Francis!"
  • Death on the Downs | Simon Brett

    Death on the Downs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    It isn't the rain that upsets Carole Seddon during her walk on the West Sussex Downs. It isn't the dilapidated barn in which she is forced to seek shelter. No, what upsets her is the human skeleton she discovers there, neatly packed into two blue fertilizer bags.

    Byron says: "Quirky characters and British satire!"
  • Blood Sport | Dick Francis

    Blood Sport

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

    David says: "A reliable antidote to listener's ennui"
  • The Castle | Franz Kafka

    The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    The story of K - the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle and yet cannot go home - seems to depict, like a dream from the deepest recesses of consciousness, an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. A perpetual human condition lies at the heart of this labyrinthine world: dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, reason and nonsense, harmony and disintegration.

    Stephen says: "Wonderful reading (but will strange interruptions)"
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