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    • The Sea, the Sea

    • By: Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie - introduction
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 21 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pure pleasure

    • By laurel on 06-07-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Philosopher's Pupil

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    When George McCaffrey’s car plunges into a canal with his wife still inside, nobody knows whether George is to blame. Nobody, that is, except an Anglican priest who happened to witness the whole thing. And when George’s former teacher, the charismatic philosopher Rozanov, returns to town, George’s life begins to spin wildly out of control.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Trip Down a philosophical Lane

    • By John on 03-11-13

    Regular price: $34.94

    • Acastos

    • Two Platonic Dialogues
    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Acastos: Two Platonic Dialogues is Murdoch’s philosophical masterpiece featuring fictionalized discussions between the intellectual giants of the classical world, including Socrates and Plato. Described by Acastos, a friend of Plato’s, the riveting debates center on the nature of goodness and faith, told through the voices of history’s most celebrated thinkers.

    Witty and profound, these debates apply the timeless wisdom of history’s renowned philosophers to the most contentious issues of the modern day.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Good Apprentice

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
    • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity, and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Squabble of Smartypants

    • By Geoffrey on 09-10-12

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Flight from the Enchanter

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Businessman Mischa Fox has wealth, charisma, and an uncanny ability to influence those around him. When he moves to buy a small feminist magazine in London called the Artemis, Mischa becomes entangled in the lives of the Artemis’s editor, Hunter, his sister, Rosa, and her boarder, Annette, as well as their circle of friends. As Mischa instigates a series of ominous events that will change their lives, Murdoch’s masterful prose brings these rich characters - and their darkly humorous troubles - to vivid life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fables Vs. Real Life

    • By Nichole Long on 11-09-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Time of the Angels

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Father Carel Fisher’s London rectory - like his faith - is a shell. The rectory remains hollowed and broken from bombs dropped in the Second World War, while his religious passion abandoned him long ago. As Carel becomes a shut-in, his brother Marcus sets out to save him before it’s too late. Rich and complex, The Time of the Angels is a powerful story of a man’s descent into madness, and the destruction he wreaks along the way

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stranger than fiction

    • By Montcalm on 09-23-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Bruno's Dream

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Bruno, dying, obsessed with spiders and preoccupied with death and reconciliation, lies at the center of an intricate spider's web of relationships and passions: Bruno's estranged and grieving son Miles; Danby, Bruno's widowed son-in-law, consoling himself with the Adelaide the maid, one of Murdoch's finest comic creations; creepy Nigel the nurse and his besotted twin Will, fighter of duels. The flooding Thames brings about the climax, and all are left changed by love and forgiveness before the old man's death.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • got lost

    • By serine on 02-02-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Word Child

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Hilary Burde was a rising star in academia until a tragic accident plunged him and his mentor and rival, Gunnar Jopling, into two decades of depression and guilt. Hilary, unable to overcome his pain, abandoned his promising career for an unfulfilling job as a civil servant. But at age 41, Hilary crosses paths again with Gunnar - initiating a series of events that will change their lives forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A vortex

    • By Montcalm on 01-31-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Message to the Planet

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    For years, Alfred Ludens has pursued mathematician and philosopher Marcus Vallar in the belief that he possesses a profound metaphysical formula, a missing link of great significance to mankind. Luden's friends are more sceptical. Jack Sheerwater, painter, thinks Marcus is crazy. Gildas herne, ex-preist, thinks he is evil. Patrick Fenman, poet, is dying because he thinks Marcus has cursed him. Marcus has disappeared and must be found.

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Henry and Cato

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    When old friends Henry and Cato reunite after years apart, they quickly become embroiled in the drama of each other’s lives. Henry, who has just returned to England as the sole heir to his recently deceased brother’s estate, quickly begins to uncover secrets buried long ago. Meanwhile, Cato, a Catholic priest, has fallen in love with the criminal Beautiful Joe, and struggles to reform him despite the thief’s continual efforts to rob him.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Awful

    • By Sandra K. Parkins on 07-14-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Bell

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous homosexual relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved whatever that may mean.

    Regular price: $25.68

    • Jackson's Dilemma

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Juliet Mills
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Iris Murdoch's 26th novel is a romp as well as an homage to that master of convoluted comedy, Shakespeare. She has adopted a syncopated, slightly mocking tone, and many scenes have a distinctly theatrical air. She has also achieved a disarming sense of timelessness, due in part to the fact that her eccentric characters, a close-knit circle of friends, are extremely well-off and spend their days and nights dashing between their country estates and their London houses.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Demanding

    • By Sorella on 04-18-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Red and the Green

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    On the eve of the Easter Rising, a divided Irish family is pushed to the brink of destruction. In the dark days of the First World War, tensions between Catholic Pat Dumay and his Protestant cousin Andrew Chase-White threaten to tear their family apart along political and religious lines. As Ireland moves ever closer to the deadly Easter rebellion, the family is engulfed in an epic drama of love, loyalty, and loss that will change their lives forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By Montcalm on 09-10-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Italian Girl

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    The funeral of Edward’s mother brings him home for the first time in years. Though his return rekindles his affection for his childhood home, it also triggers a resurgence of the family tensions that caused him to leave in the first place. As Edward becomes tangled in his family’s web of corrosive secrets, his homecoming tips a precariously balanced dynamic into sudden chaos. The Italian Girl is a compelling story of a man’s reunion with his estranged family, and of the tragedy that shocks them all into confronting their past.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An artisanal book

    • By Dog Lady on 05-04-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Under the Net

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Iris Murdoch's first novel is set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful bookies, and film starlets with frantic philosophers. Its hero, Jake Donaghue, is a drifting, clever, likeable young man who makes a living out of translation work and sponging on his friends. A meeting with Anna, an old flame, leads him into a series of fantastic adventures.

    Regular price: $20.75