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  • Kafka on the Shore | Haruki Murakami

    Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (846)
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    (841)

    With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.

    Dr. Curmudgeon says: "What's better than Murakami? More Murakami"
  • The Fall of Berlin 1945 | Antony Beevor

    The Fall of Berlin 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
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    (76)
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    (75)

    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc - tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known.

    Anthony says: "Another excellent book by Antony Beevor."
  • The Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco

    The Name of the Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

    Christopher D. Williams says: "Technical Problems Solved"
  • Bleak House | Charles Dickens

    Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

    Wendy Lohse says: "Ordinary Lives; Extraordinary Circumstances"
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1 | Gianrico Carofiglio

    Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
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    (1037)
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    (1037)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    chris says: "Surprisingly Poignant"
  • The Second World War | Antony Beevor

    The Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
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    (380)
    Story
    (381)

    Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, The Second World War. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on World War II.

    DJM says: "It Fills in Gaps I Didn't Know Existed"
  • Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge | Antony Beevor

    Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    On December 16, 1944, Hitler launched his "last gamble" in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes in Belgium, believing he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp and forcing the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.

    Reed says: "Beevor excellent as always"
  • Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources | Martin Lings

    Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Martin Lings
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    This excellent audiobook is the first of its kind and has been selected by a number of organizations as a worthy introduction to the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), including Muslim Welfare House, London, and the Muslim Council of Britain.

    Bebers says: "Excellent"
  • All That Man Is | David Szalay

    All That Man Is

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Szalay
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Mark Meadows, Huw Parmenter
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    Nine men. Each of them at a different stage in life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving - in the suburbs of Prague, in an overdeveloped Alpine village, beside a Belgian motorway, in a dingy Cyprus hotel - to understand what it means to be alive here and now. Tracing a dramatic arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, the ostensibly separate narratives of All That Man Is aggregate into a picture of a single shared existence.

  • Close Your Eyes | Michael Robotham

    Close Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
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    A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote coastal home, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other posed like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her prince. Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, trading on Joe's reputation by calling himself "the Mindhunter", jeopardizes the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.

    Joy B says: "Damn, that was good."
  • Waiting for Godot | Samuel Beckett

    Waiting for Godot

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, David Burke, Terence Rigby, and others
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    There is now no doubt that not only is Waiting for Godot the outstanding play of the 20th century, but it is also Samuel Beckett's masterpiece. Yet it is both a popular text to be studied at school and an enigma. The scene is a country road. There is a solitary tree. It is evening. Two tramp-like figures, Vladimir and Estragon, exchange words. Pull off boots. Munch a root vegetable. Two other curious characters enter. And a boy. Time passes. It is all strange yet familiar.

    Gene says: "Godot is here"
  • Shatter: Joseph O'Loughlin, Book 3 | Michael Robotham

    Shatter: Joseph O'Loughlin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
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    Joe O'Loughlin is in familiar territory--standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. "You don't understand," she whispers and lets go. Joe is haunted by his failure to save the woman until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother never would have committed suicide--not like that. She was terrified of heights.

    Linda says: "How Far Would You Go?"
  • The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 | Antony Beevor

    The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (94)
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    (84)
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    (86)

    Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter and hard-fought wars of the 20th century. With new material gleaned from Russian archives and numerous other sources, this brisk and accessible audiobook (Spain's number-one best seller for 12 weeks) provides a balanced and penetrating perspective, explaining the tensions that led to this terrible overture to World War II and affording new insights into the war - its causes, course, and consequences.

    CS Lewis says: "terrible performance "
  • Watching You | Michael Robotham

    Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
  • The Complete Short Stories | J. G. Ballard

    The Complete Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (65 hrs and 1 min)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrrom, William Gaminara, Sean Barrett, and others
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    A collection of 98 enthralling and pulse-quickening stories, spanning five decades, venerates the remarkable imagination of J. G. Ballard. With a body of work unparalleled in twentieth-century literature, J. G. Ballard is recognized as one of the greatest and most prophetic writers in the world. With the much-hailed release of The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard, readers now have a means to celebrate the unmatched range and mesmerizing cadences of a literary genius.

    anthony says: "horrid peroid references with blathering."
  • A Fine Line: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 5 | Gianrico Carofiglio

    A Fine Line: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    This suspenseful legal thriller tells the story of Judge Larocca, who, to quote The Brothers Karamazov, 'lies to himself and listens to his own lies, so gets to the point where he can no longer distinguish the truth'. A man always looking to justify his evil and corrupt behaviour, he is perhaps an apposite metaphor for Italy itself. When he becomes the subject of corruption allegations, fellow judge Guerrieri goes against his better instincts and takes the case.

    Francie Healy says: "A rich performance"
  • Golden Lion: A Novel of Heroes in a Time of War | Wilbur Smith,Giles Kristian

    Golden Lion: A Novel of Heroes in a Time of War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith, Giles Kristian
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    Overall
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    (135)
    Story
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    He saw his father executed in battle. He spent his youth avenging that death. And now Henry "Hal" Courtney is a man with a ship - and a family - of his own. But fate has not finished with Hal. On a voyage along the eastern shore of Africa, a powerful enemy abducts his wife, the fearless warrior Judith...and with her Hal's unborn child.

    Marco says: "gripping story"
  • Reign of Iron | Angus Watson

    Reign of Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Angus Watson
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Caesar's soldiers have murdered, massacred, and pillaged their way through Gaul and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon Britain - with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic. Somehow Queen Lowa must repel the invasion, although her best general is dead and her young druid powerless. She faces impossible odds, but when the alternative is death or slavery, a warrior queen will do whatever it takes to save her people.

    Marlene says: "I don't know if it can get better than this"
  • Kafka on the Shore | Haruki Murakami

    Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
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    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Mel says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
  • The Wealth of Nations | Adam Smith

    The Wealth of Nations

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adam Smith
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (30)
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    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    It was Adam Smith (1723 - 1790) who first established economics as a separate branch of knowledge, and many would say his work has never been surpassed. The Wealth of Nations, which appeared in 1776, is the definitive text for all who believe that economic decisions are best left to markets, not governments. At the heart of Smith’s doctrine is an optimistic view of the effects of self-interest.

    Mark says: "I'm glad I did the abridged version."
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