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  • All Quiet on the Western Front (Adaptation) | Erich Maria Remarque,Tony Evans

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    "There is a whistling sound behind us. Shells pass overhead and explode in a sheet of flame a hundred meters away." When Paul Büumer and his classmates join the army, nothing has prepared them for the death and destruction they witness. Machine guns, huge artillery shells, and poison gas create a nightmare world for these young men and their older comrades. For months and years, attack is followed by counterattack.

  • Inferno | Dante Alighieri,Isabel Coe

    Inferno

    • ABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Isabel Coe
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    "Abandon hope all ye who enter here." Dante, our young, naive hero, has woken from a deep sleep to find himself in a cold, dark wood. Before he can begin to work out where he is, his path is blocked by a leopard, a lion, and a she-wolf. Things get worse from there, and our pilgrim finds himself on a journey through the very depths of hell. Why is he there, and will he ever make it out alive?

    J.R. Thomas says: "Great Story, Great Narrator. Too short."
  • The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers,Tony Evans

    The Riddle of the Sands

    • ABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Erskine Childers, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    "It seems pretty clear to me that sooner or later we’ll be at war with Germany, whether we like it or not."

    Carruthers is looking forward to a relaxing holiday when he sets off for the Baltic Sea. Instead he finds himself at the centre of a complicated and deadly plot. Will Carruthers and his friend, Arthur Davies, discover why the sinister and mysterious Herr Dollman is so interested in their little yacht, the Dulcibella? What does Clara Dollman know about her father’s plans?

    Katherine Herrin says: "Excellently written and narrated"
  • Frankenstein | Mary Shelley,Gill Tavner

    Frankenstein

    • ABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley, Gill Tavner
    • Narrated By Patrick Howell, Rob Penman, Phil Collins
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    This retelling of Shelley's classic tale is one of a series published by Real Reads. It is true to the original in plot, character and themes as well as in style and syntax. It makes a great introduction to this classic tale, and is an enjoyable read in its own right. 'You must hear my tale. You must hear my terrible, terrible tale.' Committed to the deadly pursuit of the monster he created, Victor Frankenstein tells his chilling story. It all began with a desire to help mankind, but where will it end?

  • Romeo and Juliet: Shakepeare's Plays Made Accessible for Children | William Shakespeare,Helen Street (adaptation)

    Romeo and Juliet: Shakepeare's Plays Made Accessible for Children

    • ABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Helen Street (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy made accessible as drama for younger listeners whilst remaining true to the Bard's verse and vocabulary. What could be worse than falling in love with your enemy? Romeo Montague thinks he's in love until he meets Juliet Capulet. With her, he discovers what true love really feels like. But their two families are bitter rivals, and no one must know about their secret passion. When Romeo kills Juliet's cousin in a brawl, their hopes of happiness seem doomed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not so child friendly"
  • A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle,Tony Evans

    A Study in Scarlet

    • ABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    When Dr. Watson agrees to share lodgings with Sherlock Holmes, he soon finds himself involved in a shocking and mysterious murder case. What will Holmes discover when he examines the body? There are no marks on the dead man, so why is there so much blood at the scene of the crime? Inspector Lestrade and Inspector Gregson have asked Holmes to help them. But will they listen to his advice?

    ingraham says: "Missing too many details"
  • Around the World in Eighty Days | Jules Verne,Tony Evans

    Around the World in Eighty Days

    • ABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Jules Verne, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    "Today is Wednesday 2nd October. If I am back in this very room in the Reform Club on Saturday 21st December by eight forty-five in the evening, I win." Phileas Fogg bets £20,000 that he can go round the world in eighty days--a huge sum of money in 1872, worth more than a million pounds today. When he sets off on his amazing journey with his clever servant, Passepartout, they cannot afford the slightest delay.

  • The Thirty Nine Steps | John Buchan,Tony Evans

    The Thirty Nine Steps

    • ABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By John Buchan, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    "It wouldn’t be pleasant sharing my flat with a dead body, but there was nothing else I could do."

    Richard Hannay is bored with life in London. Then he discovers a horrible crime and finds himself in the middle of a clever and frightening plot. Can he find the proof he needs to save his country from disaster? When Hannay hides out on the wild Scottish moors, will he escape from the dangerous gang that wants to silence him forever? Who can he trust on his journey?

    M. Coughlin says: "I. Will. Read. It. Agin"
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles | Arthur Conan Doyle,Tony Evans

    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    • ABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    Upon the ground around the body were the footprints of a gigantic hound!

    When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead, his face distorted with shock and horror, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are faced with a sinister and difficult puzzle.

    A fearsome creature stalks the wild and barren hills of Dartmoor. Is it a demon from the spirit world? Will it defeat their skill and courage? Who is the tall, mysterious figure seen lurking on the moor at night?

  • The War of the Worlds (Adaptation) | H G Wells,Eric Brown

    The War of the Worlds (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By H G Wells, Eric Brown
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    No one would have believed that planet Earth was being watched by creatures more intelligent than humankind. But planet Earth was not only being watched--soon it would be invaded by monstrous creatures from Mars who strode about the land in great mechanical tripods, bringing death and destruction with them. What could possibly stop an invading army equipped with heat rays and poisonous black gas, intent on wiping out the human race?

  • The Time Machine (Adaptation) | H G Wells,Eric Brown

    The Time Machine (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By H G Wells, Eric Brown
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    "On this machine, I intend to explore time..." The time traveller has invented a time machine. Its capabilities are beyond even his fertile imagination. Hundreds of thousand of years in the future, the beautiful Eloi people live in a Garden of Eden. But why are they so fearful of the dark? What horrors lurk beneath the surface of their world? What will the time traveller learn about the future? Will he survive the evil he encounters? Even if he can find his stolen machine, will it return him safely home?

  • The Sign of the Four | Arthur Conan Doyle,Tony Evans

    The Sign of the Four

    • ABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Tony Evans
    • Narrated By Rob Penman
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    When Miss Mary Morstan is invited to meet a secretive stranger, she asks Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson to help her.

    Captain Morstan has disappeared from his hotel without a trace. Should Miss Morstan dare to hope that her father is still alive?

    What horrible scene awaits the famous detective and his friend when they break down the door to Bartholomew Sholto’s attic room? Who is the man with the wooden leg, and why is he so full of bitterness and hatred?

  • Dracula (Adaptation) | Bram Stoker,Chaz Brenchley

    Dracula (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker, Chaz Brenchley
    • Narrated By Graham Bill, Rob Penman, Patrick Howell, and others
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    When Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to sell a house, he little expects the horrors that await. As the guest and prisoner of the sinister Count Dracula, Jonathan is plunged into a terrifying world of ancient evil and unbearable fear. Back in England Jonathan’s wife, Mina, is concerned about her friend, Lucy, who is mysteriously ill and growing weaker by the day. Can Lucy’s friends save her from the worst horror of all, or are they all doomed to a similar fate?

  • Frankenstein (Adaptation) | Mary Shelley,Gill Tavner

    Frankenstein (Adaptation)

    • ABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley, Gill Tavner
    • Narrated By Patrick Howell, Rob Penman
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    "You must hear my tale. You must hear my terrible, terrible tale." Committed to the deadly pursuit of the monster he created, Victor Frankenstein tells his chilling story. It all began with a desire to help mankind, but where will it end? Frankenstein leads us through vast mountainous landscapes and over frozen seas. Can he stop the fiend’s murderous course? Is he prepared to do what the monster demands? The reader will be shocked and surprised. Is the monster as evil as he seems?

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