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    • Dominion

    • The History of England Series, Book 5
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Spanning the end of the Regency, Ackroyd takes listeners from the accession of the profligate George IV, whose government was steered by Lord Liverpool, whose face was set against reform, to the "Sailor King" William IV, whose reign saw the modernization of the political system and the abolition of slavery. But it was the accession of Queen Victoria, at only 18 years old, that sparked an era of enormous innovation. Technological progress - from steam railways to the first telegram - swept the nation, and the finest inventions were showcased at the first Great Exhibition in 1851.

    Regular price: $16.07

    • Foundation

    • The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors: The History of England, Book 1
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 591
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 544
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 542

    In Foundation the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death of the first Tudor king, Henry VII, in 1509. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past - a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Most Annoying Narrator EVER

    • By JudieBee on 12-25-15

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Revolution

    • The History of England, Book 4
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    In Revolution, Peter Ackroyd takes listeners from William of Orange's accession following the Glorious Revolution to the Regency, when the flamboyant Prince of Wales ruled in the stead of his mad father, George III, and England was - again - at war with France, a war that would end with the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. Late Stuart and Georgian England marked the creation of the great pillars of the English state. The Bank of England was founded, as was the stock exchange.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Shakespeare

    • The Biography
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    In a magnificent feat of re-creating sixteenth-century London and Stratford, best-selling biographer and novelist Peter Ackroyd brings William Shakespeare to life in the manner of a contemporary rather than a biographer. Following his magisterial and ingenious re-creations of the lives of Chaucer, Dickens, T. S. Eliot, William Blake, and Sir Thomas More, Ackroyd delivers his crowning achievement with this definitive and imaginative biographical masterpiece.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shakespeare by Peter Ackroyd

    • By Susan on 10-16-06

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Tudors

    • The History of England From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I: History of England, Book 2
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental audiobook in his History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Listen for Any Anglophile

    • By Leslie on 07-02-15

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Rebellion

    • The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton, and Thomas Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Rebellion also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential Background Plus A Good Story

    • By Kathy on 02-01-15

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Queer City

    • Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Will Watt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 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 11

    In Queer City, the acclaimed Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way - through the complete history and experiences of its gay and lesbian population. In Roman Londinium, the city was dotted with lupanaria (“wolf dens” or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels), and thermiae (hot baths). Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops, monks, and missionaries. And so began an endless loop of alternating permissiveness and censure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating and informative

    • By Madeira Darling on 07-05-18
    • Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Will Watt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Release date: 07-02-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

    Regular price: $18.20

    • Hawksmoor

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 114

    Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor was first published in 1985. Alternating between the eighteenth century, when Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Christopher Wren, builds seven London churches that house a terrible secret, and the 1980s, when London detective Nicholas Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sight of certain old churches, Hawksmoor is a brilliant tale of darkness and shadow.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • unusual structure and style

    • By Russ on 08-17-17

    Regular price: $19.71

    • Venice

    • Pure City
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    The Venetians' language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This latest work from the incomparable Peter Ackroyd, like a magic gondola, transports its listeners to that sensual and surprising city. His account embraces facts and romance, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges, and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the festivals and the flowers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Repeats himself A LOT...

    • By Kellie on 04-25-11

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Life of Thomas More

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    The Life of Thomas More went straight to #1 on the London Times best seller list when published in the United Kingdom. It remained in that position for over a month, garnering the kind of praise that is rarely given. Thomas More was not only a great man of the church, he was also arguably the most brilliant lawyer the English-speaking world has ever known.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic novel; passable narration

    • By Bryan on 08-02-13

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Keith Moore, Toby Leonard Moore, Colin McPhillamy, and others
    • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Author Peter Ackroyd has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, and the Guardian Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s immortal work, this retelling of The Canterbury Tales follows a party of travelers as they tell stories amongst themselves about love and chivalry, saints and legends, travel and adventure. Through allegory, satire, and humor, the tales help pass the time during their journey.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So little has changed!

    • By KD on 03-17-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Chatterton

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: James Wilby
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Poet, forger, and genius, Thomas Chatterton died in 1770, aged 18. His death was thought to be suicide: But what really happened? Two hundred years later, Charles Wychwood and Harriet Scrope become obsessed with decoding the clues in an 18th-century manuscript. Their investigation raises some intriguing questions....

    A century before, as 19th-century artist Henry Wallis paints his celebrated portrait of Chatterton lying dead in an attic room, he, too, becomes fascinated by the mystery. Then Chatterton himself steps forward, with his own story....

    Regular price: $25.94

    • Alfred Hitchcock

    • A Brief Life
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become one of the most respected film directors of the 20th century?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent intro to a great film director's legacy

    • By An Alexandria music lover on 11-13-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • London

    • The Biography, Foundations
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    • The Biography, Foundations
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 11-02-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

    Regular price: $12.78

    • Wilkie Collins

    • A Brief Life
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Peter Ackroyd follows his hero, "the sweetest-tempered of all the Victorian novelists", from his childhood as the son of a well-known artist to his struggling beginnings as a writer, his years of fame, and his lifelong friendship with the other great London chronicler, Charles Dickens. In addition to his enduring masterpieces, The Moonstone - often called the first true detective novel - and the sensational The Woman in White, Collins produced an intriguing array of lesser-known works.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you enjoy Wilkie Collins, this is a must read.

    • By Kelli Ryan on 11-30-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Charlie Chaplin

    • A Brief Life
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    He was the very first icon of the silver screen and is one of the most recognizable of Hollywood faces, even a hundred years after his first film. But what of the man behind the moustache? Peter Ackroyd's biography turns the spotlight on Chaplin's life as well as his work, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to winning an honorary Academy Award.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • This Long Time Chaplin Fan Wanted More

    • By wally on 08-04-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Chaucer

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 was taken prisoner in France and ransomed. Through his wife, Philippa, he gained the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a career at Court. His posts included Controller of Customs at the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on numerous adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • first rate

    • By hh on 09-16-07

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Mystery of Charles Dickens

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    In this BBC Radio adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's spectacular one-man show, Simon Callow portrays both Charles Dickens and many of his best-loved characters, from Mr. Micawber and Bill Sikes to Oliver Twist and Nancy. Readings from his novels interweave with the author's own words and an incisive, compassionate narrative. Dickens' idyllic childhood in Chatham was swapped for his family's penurious existence in London.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another "WOW!" book!

    • By Puppy Cat on 07-08-17

    Regular price: $10.33

    • The Trial of Elizabeth Cree

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht, Simon Prebble, Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    If your tastes run to Victorian mysteries and murder, you’ll enjoy Peter Ackroyd’s special blending of fact and fiction in this magnificent recreation of the bizarre murders that rocked Victorian England. Drawing on surviving police records and court transcripts, Ackroyd paints a fascinating portrait of a savage murderer, the terror that rippled across London, and the innocent woman charged with the crimes.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good!

    • By Jean on 07-06-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Canterbury Tales

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett, Anita Wright
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    A motley group of travellers meet at a London inn on their way to Canterbury, where they agree to take part in a storytelling competition. As they make their way on the road, they drink, laugh, flirt, argue, interrupt and try to outdo each other with their tales. Funny, moving, outrageous and life-affirming, the 24 stories here blend comedy and tragedy, heroic adventure, high romance and salacious humour.

    Regular price: $20.72

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