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    • 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 25
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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 Bookshop

    • By: Penelope Fitzgerald, David Nicholls - introduction
    • Narrated by: Eve Karpf, David Nicholls, Stephanie Racine
    • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important but natural and even supernatural forces, too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • On my to read list for a long time

    • By theenglishmajor on 02-23-18

    Regular price: $8.25

    • The Gate of Angels

    • By: Penelope Fitzgerald
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    It is 1912, and at Cambridge University the modern age is knocking at the gate. In lecture halls and laboratories, the model of a universe governed by the Mind of God is at last giving way to something wholly rational, a universe governed by the Laws of Physics. To Fred Fairly, a junior fellow at the College of St. Angelicus, this comes as a great comfort. Science, he is certain, will soon explain everything.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • quiet brilliance

    • By Will on 04-18-06

    Regular price: $13.97

    • The Blue Flower

    • By: Penelope Fitzgerald, Candia McWilliam - introduction
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd, Stephanie Racine
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    The year is 1794, and Fritz - passionate, idealistic and brilliant - is seeking his father's permission to announce his engagement to his heart's desire: 12-year-old Sophie. His astounded family and friends are amused and disturbed by his betrothal. What can he be thinking? Tracing the dramatic early years of the young German who was to become the great romantic poet and philosopher Novalis, The Blue Flower is a masterpiece of invention, evoking the past with a reality that we can almost feel.

    Regular price: $12.78

    • The Bookshop

    • By: Penelope Fitzgerald
    • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    In 1959, Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop - the only bookshop - in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors' lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence's warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn't always a town that wants one. 

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Blue Flower

    • By: Penelope Fitzgerald
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    The Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late 18th-century Germany. It tells the true story of Friedrich von Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the romantic poet Novalis. Fritz seeks his father's permission to wed his "heart's heart," his "spirit's guide" - a plain, simple child named Sophievon Kühn. It is an attachment that shocks his family and friends.

    Regular price: $20.97