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  • The Gentleman in the Parlour | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Gentleman in the Parlour

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    Somerset Maugham's success as a writer enabled him to indulge his adventurous love of travel, and he recorded the sights and sounds of his wide-ranging journeys with a unique urbane, wry style. The Gentleman in the Parlour is an account of the author's trip through what was then Burma and Siam, ending in Haiphong, Vietnam. Whether by river to Mandalay, on horse through the mountains and forests of the Shan States to Bangkok, or onwards by sea, Maugham's vivid descriptions bring a lost world to life.

  • Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation: Speeches and Scenes Performed as Shakespeare Would Have Heard Them | William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation: Speeches and Scenes Performed as Shakespeare Would Have Heard Them

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ben Crystal, Philip Bird, Rebecca Pownell, and others
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    How did Shakespeare sound to the audiences of his day? For the first time, this audio offers listeners the chance to hear England's greatest playwright performed by a company of actors using the pronunciation of his time. Under the guidance of Ben Crystal, actor, author of Shakespeare on Toast, and an expert in original Shakespearian pronunciation, the company performs some of Shakespeare's best-known poems, solo speeches, and scenes from the plays.

    Lizatish says: "Shakespeare Done Right"
  • The Mahé Circle | Georges Simenon,Sian Reynolds - Translator

    The Mahé Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Georges Simenon, Sian Reynolds - Translator
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    The first English publication of Georges Simenon's compelling novel about summer escape and elusive obsessions. 'The island itself. Its throbbing heat as if in a bell jar under the sun, the scorpion in his son's bed, the deafening sound of cicadas.' During his first holiday on the island of Porquerolles, Dr Mahé caught a glimpse of something irresistible. As the memory continues to haunt him, he falls prey to a delusion that may offer an escape from his conventional existence - or may destroy him.

  • King Jesus | Robert Graves

    King Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    Robert Graves's controversial historical novel is a bold reworking of the story of Christ. Here Jesus is not the son of God, but the result of a secret marriage - the descendant of Herod and true King of the Jews. Written from the perspective of a lowly official at the end of the first century AD, King Jesus recounts Jesus's birth, youth, life as a charismatic 'wonder worker' and the unorthodox, bitter nature of his death and resurrection. Portraying Jesus not as divine but as a flawed human bent upon his own doom, this retelling of the gospels is a compelling blend of research

    Darwin8u says: "Unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given"
  • Frequent Hearses | Edmund Crispin

    Frequent Hearses

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    Gervase Fen is more at home in his ivory tower than in a London film studio, but Murder can take place anywhere, and aspiring actress Gloria Scott's suicide definitely looks like murder. Oxford don Gervase Fen is at the film studios to advise about a film biography of Alexander Pope. Gloria Scott appears to have had little reason for wanting to kill herself by jumping off Waterloo bridge, but someone has taken great pains to hide Gloria's real identity, and Gervase Fen's detective nose begins to twitch.

    Constance says: "Intricate, Witty, Engrossing Classic Mystery"
  • The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst: Now filmed as The Mercy | Nicholas Tomalin,Ron Hall

    The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst: Now filmed as The Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Tomalin, Ron Hall
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    In 1968 Donald Crowhurst was trying to market a nautical navigation device he had developed and saw the Sunday Times Golden Globe 'round the world sailing race as the perfect opportunity to showcase his product. Few people knew that he wasn't an experienced deep-water sailor. His progress was so slow that he decided to shortcut the journey, falsifying his location through radio messages from his supposed course. Everyone following the race thought that he was winning, and a hero's welcome awaited him at home in Britain.

  • Beware of the Trains: And Other Stories | Edmund Crispin

    Beware of the Trains: And Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    Who burglarised the train heading for Victoria Station and whatever became of its conductor? Did the village idiot or Mrs Foley murder the mean-spirited Edgar Foley? Or could the constable be responsible for the devious deed? Who on earth will be able to untangle the affair of the disappearing car, the black necktie, and the abortive theft?

  • Glimpses of the Moon | Edmund Crispin

    Glimpses of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    Death and decapitation seem to go hand in hand in the Devon village of Aller. When the first victim's head is sent floating down the river, the village's rural calm is shattered. Soon the corpses are multiplying and the entire community is involved in the murder hunt. While the rector, the major, the police and a journalist, desperate for the scoop of the century, chase false trails, it is left to Gervase Fen, Oxford don and amateur criminologist, to uncover the sordid truth.

    Sires says: "Excellent Narration of A Satirical British Mystery"
  • The Immorality Engine | George Mann

    The Immorality Engine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By George Mann
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by new inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen and journalists. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side.

  • Swan Song | Edmund Crispin

    Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    When an opera company gathers in Oxford for the first post-war production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger its happiness is soon soured by the discovery that the unpleasant Edwin Shorthouse will be singing a leading role. Nearly everyone involved has reason to loathe Shorthouse, but who amongst them has the fiendish ingenuity to kill him in his own locked dressing room?

    Constance says: "Clever, elegant classic British mystery"
  • Myths of the Norsemen | Jo Whiteley

    Myths of the Norsemen

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jo Whiteley
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    In the frozen lands of the North gods, men and giants battle in a ceaseless round of adventure. The mighty sagas of the Norsemen are brought vividly to life in another classic recording.

    Susan says: "pretty good "
  • The Haunted House | Charles Dickens,Elizabeth Gaskell,Wilkie Collins,Hesba Stretton,George Augustus Sala,Adelaide Anne Proctor

    The Haunted House

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and others
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends reconvene on Twelfth Night at a great feast and share their stories of spectral encounters.

    Tomsde says: "Not Scary--But Rather Romantic"
  • Fen Country | Edmund Crispin

    Fen Country

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    Dandelions and hearing aids, a bloodstained cat, a Leonardo drawing, a corpse with an alibi, a truly poisonous letter...just some of the unusual clues that Oxford don/detective Gervase Fen and his friend Inspector Humbleby are confronted with in this sparkling collection of short mystery stories by one of the great masters of detective fiction.

  • Buried for Pleasure | Edmund Crispin

    Buried for Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    In the sleepy English village of Sanford Angelorum, Professor Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books to run for Parliament. At first glance, the village he's come to canvass appears perfectly peaceful, but Fen soon discovers that appearances can be deceptive: Someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it for blackmail. Anyone who comes close to uncovering the blackmailer's identity is swiftly dispatched. As the joys of politics wear off, Fen sets his mind to the mystery but finds himself caught up in a tangled tale of eccentric psychiatrists, escaped lunatics, beautiful women and lost heirs.

    Joy says: "Classic Treasure"
  • Diary of a Pilgrimage | Jerome K. Jerome

    Diary of a Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    A story bubbling with Jerome's wit and whimsy, this tale fully deserves its place in the sun.

  • A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World: Brief Histories | Thomas Crump

    A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Thomas Crump
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    From the beginning of the eighteenth century to the high water mark of the Victorian era, the world was transformed by a technological revolution the like of which had never been seen before. Inventors, businessmen, scientists, explorers all had their part to play in the story of the Industrial Revolution and in this Brief History Thomas Crump brings their story to life, and shows why it is a chapter in English history that can not be ignored.

  • A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire | Charles Dickens,Elizabeth Gaskell

    A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    A Victorian family gathers round the hearth, and one by one they tell each other their Winter's tales. Charles Dickens begins 'the round of stories they were to relate, as they sat in a goodly circle by the Christmas fire', and then hands over to Elizabeth Gaskell, Samuel Sidney and other respected contributors to the Christmas 1852 number of Household Words.

  • Wreckers Must Breathe | Hammond Innes

    Wreckers Must Breathe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hammond Innes
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    The spectre of another world war haunts journalist Walter Craig and disturbs the peace of his seaside holiday. But below the Cornish cliffs, hidden by churning seas, the enemy is very real indeed, and much closer than anyone could suspect. Craig and his singularly resourceful fisherman friend alone discover the terrible truth - a potentially devastating threat to Britain's merchant ships - and alone must risk their lives against the might of the German navy.

    Essam Shabana says: "A typical Hammond Innes masterpiece"
  • Alfred Tennyson: A Collection | Alfred Tennyson

    Alfred Tennyson: A Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Alfred Tennyson
    • Narrated By Philip Bird, Jan Hartley
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    Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (6 August 1809 - 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom and remains one of the most popular poets in the English language. He was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, a rector's son and fourth of 12 children and reportedly a descendant of King Edward III of England.

  • Career for the Baron: The Baron Series, Book 12 | John Creasey

    Career for the Baron: The Baron Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Creasey
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    John Mannering is adapting well to his new, respectable life. However, when he tries to buy an antique shop he is forced to revive the skills of his former occupation as the Baron - master cracksman and jewel thief. Before the deal is sealed, Mannering faces murders, smuggling, and antique switching, and works with the Yard to beat the criminals once and for all.

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