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    • The Sparsholt Affair

    • By: Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated by: David Dawson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    In 1940, David Sparsholt arrives at Oxford to study engineering, though his sights are set on joining the Royal Air Force. Handsome, athletic, charismatic, he is unaware of his effect on others - especially on Evert Dax, the lonely son of a celebrated novelist who is destined to become a writer himself. With the world at war, and the Blitz raging in London, Oxford nevertheless exists at a strange remove: a place of fleeting beauty - and secret liaisons. A friendship develops between these two young men that will have unexpected consequences as the novel unfolds.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully written book

    • By J. Roose on 04-16-18

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Swimming Pool Library

    • By: Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 139

    This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Offers Insight

    • By Here-and-faraway on 07-06-13

    Regular price: $20.03

    • Offshore

    • By: Penelope Fitzgerald, Alan Hollinghurst - introduction
    • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Alan Hollinghurst, Stephanie Racine
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    On Battersea Reach, a mixed bag of the temporarily lost and the patently eccentric live on houseboats, rising and falling with the tide of the Thames. There is good-natured Maurice, by occupation a male prostitute, by chance a receiver of stolen goods. And Richard, an ex-navy man whose boat, much like its owner, dominates the Reach.

    Regular price: $9.05

    • The Sparsholt Affair

    • By: Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated by: David Dawson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In October 1940, the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others - particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place in which nightly blackouts conceal secret liaisons....

    Regular price: $25.58

    • The Line of Beauty

    • By: Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
    • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In the summer of 1983, 23-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the wealthy Feddens: Gerald, an ambitious Tory MP, his wife, Rachel, and their children, Toby and Catherine. Innocent of politics and money, Nick is swept up into the Feddens' world and an era of endless possibility, all the while pursuing his own private obsession with beauty. 

    Regular price: $28.35

    • The Stranger's Child

    • By: Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated by: James Daniel Wilson
    • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 63

    In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate—a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance—to his family’s modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Hated For It To End

    • By Here-and-faraway on 01-19-13

    Regular price: $38.50

    • The Spell

    • By: Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated by: Ben Allen
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    The Spell is a comedy of sexual manners that follows the interlocking affairs of four men: Robin, an architect in his late 40s who is trying to build an idyllic life in Dorset with his younger lover, Justin; Robin's 22-year-old son, Danny, a volatile beauty who lives for clubbing and casual sex; and the shy Alex, who is Justin's ex-boyfriend. 

    Regular price: $24.00

    • The Stranger's Child

    • By: Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated by: James Daniel Wilson
    • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at ‘Two Acres’, the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact, when Cecil writes her a poem which will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change for ever.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Very dissapointing - dreadful narration

    • By Stephanie Whitelock on 08-30-11

    Regular price: $23.44

    • The Folding Star

    • By: Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Edward Manners - 33 and disaffected - escapes to a Flemish city in search of a new life. Almost at once he falls in love with 17-year-old Luc and is introduced to the twilight world of the 1890s Belgian painter Edgard Orst.

    Regular price: $28.35