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  • The Golden Notebook | Doris Lessing

    The Golden Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Author Anna Wulf attempts to overcome writer’s block by writing a comprehensive "golden notebook" that draws together the preoccupations of her life, each of which is examined in a different notebook. Anna’s struggle to unify the various strands of her life – emotional, political, and professional – amasses into a fascinating encyclopaedia of female experience in the ‘50s.

    Victoria says: "Transcendent narration of a masterpiece."
  • Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection | Doris Lessing,Haruki Murakami,A. S. Byatt

    Short Stories: The Thoroughly Modern Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing, Haruki Murakami, A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter, Walter Lewis, Roslaind Eyres
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    Twenty-three stories, all unabridged, from a diverse group of star writers and readers. A truly memorable collection with a wide appeal. Includes "The Years Midnight" by Helen Simpson, read by Harriet Walter; "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful Morning" by Haruki Marukami, read by Walter Lewis; "Bablady" by A. S. Byatt, read by Roslaind Eyres; "Hotel des Vaoyaguerus" by William Boyd, read by Martin Jarvis; and "Who?" by Fay Weldon, read by Julie Christie.

    David says: "Not very modern collection"
  • The Fifth Child | Doris Lessing

    The Fifth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
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    Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England. While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are certain that their old-fashioned contentment can protect them from the world outside - until the birth of their fifth baby. Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong and violent, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "60's, English Family Drama"
  • The Good Terrorist | Doris Lessing

    The Good Terrorist

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    In contemporary London, a loose-knit group of political vagabonds drifts from one cause to the next, picketing and strategizing for hypothetical situations. But within this world, one particular small commune is moving inexorably toward active terrorism. At its center is Alice Mellings, a brilliant organizer who knows how to cope with almost anything, except the vacuum of her own life.

    David says: "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way"
  • Introduction to Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher | Doris Lessing

    Introduction to Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher

    • UNABRIDGED (2 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing
    • Narrated By Doris Lessing, Richard Holloway
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    Doris Lessing reads from her introduction to Ecclesiastes or, the preacher. Ancient tradition suggests that this world-weary lament is the work of Solomon in old age. Casting its eye over the transient nature of life, the book questions the story for wisdom and the truth, choosing instead to espouse the value of living for the moment. The introduction is preceded by a reading from the book by Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh.

  • Essential Doris Lessing: Excerpts from 'The Golden Notebook' | Doris Lessing

    Essential Doris Lessing: Excerpts from 'The Golden Notebook'

    • ABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing
    • Narrated By Doris Lessing
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    A feminist landmark, The Golden Notebook tells the story of writer Anna Wulf and the crises she faces in her personal, political, and professional life. Confounded by writer's block, the ferociously independent Wulf explores her situation in four notebooks, one for each of the strands in her life. The Golden Notebook is the one in which, struggling to retain her sanity, she brings these strands together.

  • Der Zauber ist nicht verkäuflich | Doris Lessing

    Der Zauber ist nicht verkäuflich

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing
    • Narrated By Anna König
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    Als Teddy, das einzige Kind der Farquars, sein Augenlicht zu verlieren droht, eilt ihm der schwarze Koch, Gideon, mit seinem geheimen Heilwissen zu Hilfe. Doch 'Der Zauber ist nicht verkäuflich'.

  • Hoger & Hoger lesen | Tania Blixen,Doris Lessing,Wolfgang Borchert,Ernest Hemingway,Gabriel García Márquez,Clarice Lispector

    Hoger & Hoger lesen

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tania Blixen, Doris Lessing, Wolfgang Borchert, and others
    • Narrated By Hannelore Hoger, Nina Hoger
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    Zwei großartige Schauspielerinnen lesen ihre Lieblingsgeschichten! Hannelore und Nina Hoger erzählen vom Salz des Lebens: Freiheit, Sehnsucht, Neid und Schadenfreude; Mord, Verzweiflung, Begehren und tiefe Liebe. All das und viel mehr sind Themen der Erzählungen der herausragenden Autoren Tania Blixen ("Der Ring"), Amos Oz ("Zwei Frauen"), Zsófia Bán ("Armani und die Liebe"), Doris Lessing, Wolfgang Borchert, Ernest Hemingway u.a.

  • Das Leben meiner Mutter | Doris Lessing

    Das Leben meiner Mutter

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Doris Lessing
    • Narrated By Katharina Thalbach
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    Erst im Alter von sechsundsechzig Jahren wagte es die britische Literaturnobelpreisträgerin Doris Lessing, sich mit der schwierigen Beziehung zu ihrer Mutter und der unglücklichen Kindheit in der britischen Kolonie Südrhodesien auseinanderzusetzen. Scharfsichtig und mit klaren Worten entwirft sie das unsentimentale Portrait zweier Frauen, die einander ein Leben lang fremd blieben - eine nachdenkliche Reflexion über das Aufwachsen und das Verhältnis zwischen Mutter und Tochter.

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