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  • The Everlasting Man | G. K. Chesterton

    The Everlasting Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Few people had a more profound effect on Christianity in the 20th century than G. K. Chesterton. The Everlasting Man, written in response to an anti-Christian history of humans penned by H.G. Wells, is considered Chesterton’s masterpiece. In it, he explains Christ’s place in history, asserting that the Christian myth carries more weight than other mythologies for one simple reason—it is the truth.

    J. Glemby says: "well narrated audio of a masterpiece."
  • Orthodoxy | G. K. Chesterton

    Orthodoxy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Orthodoxy was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s 10 indispensable spiritual classics of the past 1500 years. It is the personal journal of one man’s search for understanding culminating in his conversion to Catholicism. Written with wisdom and wit, G.K. Chesterton captures the very nature of faith.

    James Hammell says: "Christianity versus everything else"
  • The Golden Ocean | Patrick O'Brian

    The Golden Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    This is the first novel Patrick O'Brian ever wrote about the sea, a precursor to the Aubrey/Maturin series. The Golden Ocean shares the high-seas adventure and rich humor of this triumphant series, invoking the eloquent style and authentic historic atmosphere that O'Brian fans love so much. In 1740, two young Irishmen, lifelong friends Peter and Sean, join Commodore Anson and his crew on their quest for fortune and fame on the golden ocean.

    Collcolleen says: "Patrick O'Brien at His Best!"
  • Howards End | E.M. Forster

    Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    E.M. Forster's Howards End is a vivid portrait of London's golden age, before World War I forever changed its values and culture. Forster brings the great city's upper classes to life, detailing their grandiose spending habits, popular fads, Monet and Debussy, the rise of feminism, and the beginnings of urbanization. More than a mere idealization of pre-war London, Howards End provides insightful commentary on the rapid societal changes that occurred at the onset of the 20th century. Masterfully blending the stories of three vastly different groups of people - the independently wealthy, educated Schlegels; the nouveau riche Wilcoxes; and the ambitious but struggling Leonard Bast - Forster weaves a wonderfully rich, unforgettably poignant novel.

    carolyn benaroya says: "very poor recording"
  • The Innocent | Ian McEwan

    The Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    War-weary Berlin has much to offer Leonard Markham, a young, naive postal engineer: first the arts of sophisticated intrigue, then the delights of sexual pleasure. But Leonard's new knowledge carries a heavy price, dragging him and the listener into a new type of story that is exhaustively suspenseful and utterly irresistible.

    Kenneth says: "A Lifelike Knot of Possibilities"
  • A Room with a View | E.M. Forster

    A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By John Franklyn Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    E.M. Forster's masterful, romantic comedy of manners tells the tale of an Englishwoman who steps out of her rigid, hierarchical society to find love. Lucy Honeychurch lives in Windy Corners, her family's country estate in Suffolk, England, where she is engaged to the respectable, fastidious Cecil Vyse. But she cannot forget a man named George Emerson, whom she met by chance on a trip to Florence.

  • The War with Hannibal | Titus Livius Livy

    The War with Hannibal

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Titus Livius Livy
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    Hannibal’s military campaign against Rome inspired its citizens with the same panic that would later terrify Europeans beset by Mongol invaders from the East. A sworn enemy of Rome, Hannibal succeeded as leader of the Carthaginian forces at the age of 26, following the death of his brother-in-law Hasdrubal. On joining his troops, Hannibal launched an attack on the Roman-held city of Saguntum, beginning the Second Punic War and a process that seemed almost predestined as his army swept like a scourge round the Mediterranean shores.

    Rebecca says: "NOT unabridged"
  • The Fist of God | Frederick Forsyth

    The Fist of God

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    During those fateful weeks before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, a fragment of radio intercept had referred to Qubth-ut-Allah, a devastating secret weapon that could rain death and destruction on the Allied forces. Despite Allied scepticism, Major Mike Martin, an SAS man who can pass as an Arab, is sent into Kuwait to assess Iraqi strength and help the resistance.

    lloyd says: "ALONZO"
  • The Haunting of Lamb House | Joan Aiken

    The Haunting of Lamb House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Joan Aiken
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins, Davina Porter, Simon Prebble
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    Aiken makes use of the hallmark of Gothic fiction—the haunted house—in this story of three authors whose lives become inextricably tied to Lamb House, a Georgian mansion situated in the town of East Sussex, England: Toby Thomas, who lived there in the 18th century; followed by Henry James, who discovered Toby’s mysterious diary a century later; and ending with E.F. Benson, who struggled to put the agitated ghosts of Toby and Henry James to rest.

    Kerrie says: "Wanted to like it"
  • The Holy Grail | Sir Thomas Malory

    The Holy Grail

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Thomas Malory
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    Merlin, Arthur, Galahad, Lancelot - the names conjure images of knights in armor during the age of chivalry. When Le Morte D'Arthur was first published in 1485, it was the first time the mélange of medieval tales had been given unity, form, and the English language. Sir Thomas Malory, an English knight born in the early 1400s, wrote Le Morte D'Arthur - a set of 8 romances having to do with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - when he was in Newgate Gaol. The Holy Grail is one of the most famous.

    Phebe says: "Four hours to find the Holy Grail"
  • The Conquest of Constantinople | Geoffroy de Villehardouin

    The Conquest of Constantinople

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Geoffroy de Villehardouin
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    This first-hand account of the noble, barbaric Fourth Crusade was written by Geoffroy de Villehardouin, a French nobleman who played a leading role in the war. The First, Second, and Third Crusades were an effort by Christians to free the Holy Land from the Turks, but the Fourth Crusade degenerated into a war of conquest amongst fellow Christians.

    James says: "A too often forgotten time in History"
  • Restoration | Rose Tremain

    Restoration

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rose Tremain
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    Restoration is a panoramic novel of life in 17th-century England, from the restoration of vitality to the empire after the onslaughts of the London fire and the plague, to the restoration of purpose and wakefulness in the life of Robert Merivel, who places his faith in the greatest symbol of a forward-moving era - the King.

    Linda J. Westerschulte says: "Disappointing"
  • The Voyage of the Beagle | Charles Darwin

    The Voyage of the Beagle

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
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    Charles Darwin was appointed naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, which left England in 1831 to map the coast of South America and then circumnavigate the globe. As Darwin explored, he came to dispute the idea that catastrophic upheaval created mountains and shaped the earth - and if geological change came slowly, could not living species also evolve the same way?

    steve says: "Good version ruined by poor quality audio"
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