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    • Arcadia

    • A Novel
    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: John Lee, Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 487
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 441
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 440

    In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor, Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where storytellers are revered above all others.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great fun!

    • By Bonny on 03-01-16

    Regular price: $38.50

    • The Portrait

    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 15

    An influential art critic in the early years of the 20th century journeys from London to the rustic, remote island of Houat, off France's northwest coast, to sit for a portrait painted by an old friend, a gifted but tormented artist living in self-imposed exile.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good, but tedious

    • By Cranberry on 06-22-06

    Regular price: $21.00

    • An Instance of the Fingerpost

    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 77

    An utterly compelling historical mystery, in the tradition of Umberto Eco and John Fowles. The setting is England in the 1660s. Oliver Cromwell's short-lived republic is a thing of the past, and Charles II has been restored to the throne. At Oxford's New College, fellow Robert Grove is found dead under suspicious circumstances, and a young woman stands accused. We hear from four witnesses, only one of whom is telling the rather extraordinary truth. Who is it?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Eviscerated rather than abridged

    • By Lynn on 02-20-12

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Raphael Affair

    • Art History Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 100

    When Jonathan Argyll is arrested for breaking into an obscure church in Rome, he claims that it contains a long-lost Raphael hidden under a painting by Mantini. The painting disappears - then reappears in the hands of the top British art dealer, Edward Byrnes. How has Byrnes found out about the hidden masterpiece, and whom is he acting for? There is also the curious matter of the safe deposit box full of sketches closely resembling features of the newly discovered painting.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful art, elegant wit and amusing writing

    • By Marina on 05-04-12

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Stone's Fall

    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance
    • Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 490
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 314

    Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for.

    • By Marilyn Scher on 06-27-09

    Regular price: $51.93

    • The Last Judgement

    • An Art History Mystery
    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 110

    In an exchange of favors with an art dealer colleague, Jonathan Argyll unluckily offers to transport a painting from Paris back to Rome. It seems routine work, and Jonathan gets to meet his girlfriend, Flavia, who works for Rome's Art Theft Squad. But when a would-be thief tries to take the painting at the train station, and the art dealer seems less interested in his purchase once he sees it, Jonathan wonders why, as events unfold, someone is willing to kill for it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Winner

    • By Cookiesworld on 10-20-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Stone's Fall

    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Daniel Coonan, Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    This is the story of John Stone, financier and armaments manufacturer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Woven Tapestry

    • By Brodie on 12-27-10

    Regular price: $26.95

    • An Instance of the Fingerpost

    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Roger May, Christopher Oxford, and others
    • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Set in Oxford in the 1660s – a time and place of great intellectual, scientific, religious and political ferment – this remarkable novel centres around a young woman, Sarah Blundy, who stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow of New College. Four witnesses describe the events surrounding his death: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion;

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Slow Buildup, but worthwhile

    • By Tee on 08-17-17

    Regular price: $21.37

    • The Portrait

    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Peter Capaldi
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    In the early years of the 20th century, influential art critic William Nasmyth travels to a remote island off the coast of Brittany to sit for a portrait painted by his old friend, the gifted but tormented artist Henry MacAlpine. Over the course of the sitting, MacAlpine recalls their years of friendship, the double-edged gift of the critic's patronage, the power he wielded over aspiring artists, and his apparent callousness in anointing the careers of some and devastating the lives of others.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling read.

    • By Patricia Quinn on 09-30-17

    Regular price: $8.77