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  • Mr Bliss | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Mr Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    Mr Bliss, a man notable for his immensely tall hats and for the girabbit in his garden, takes the whimsical decision to buy a motor car. But his first drive to visit friends quickly becomes a catalogue of disasters. Some of these could be blamed on Mr Bliss’s style of driving, but even he could not anticipate being hijacked by three bears.

    Joshua says: "Narrator is perfect"
  • Brother Cadfael's Penance: The Twentieth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael | Ellis Peters

    Brother Cadfael's Penance: The Twentieth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    It is nearing the end of the Year of Our Lord 1145. A monk vows to abandon all earthly ties, but how can Brother Cadfael obey when his son is captured in battle? Olivier de Bretagne is one of many young knights taken prisoner in the current power dispute in Britain, but he is also Cadfael's son, and the monk cannot be objective. A council is planned at Coventry to try to appease the warring factions, and Brother Cadfael asks leave to attend, knowing he must do all in his power to find and deliver his son. This most thrilling and humane of Ellis Peters's novels is filled with excitement, intrigue, and a meticulously depicted medieval background.

    Joanna says: "Disappointed in Abridged"
  • The Emperor's New Clothes and Other Fairy Tales | Hans Christian Andersen,David Tennant

    The Emperor's New Clothes and Other Fairy Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen, David Tennant
    • Narrated By Anne-Marie Duff, Penelope Wilton, Sir Derek Jacobi
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    Here are four of Hans Christian Andersen’s best-loved short stories, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain’s most well-known actors. The Emperor’s New Clothes: An emperor is promised a special suit of clothes by a pair of tailors. The Little Mermaid: A beautiful mermaid falls in love with a prince. The Fir Tree: A little fir tree is desperate to grow up and be like the other trees in the forest.

  • The Brave Tin Soldier and Other Fairy Tales | Hans Christian Andersen

    The Brave Tin Soldier and Other Fairy Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By David Tennant, Anne-Marie Duff, Sir Derek Jacobi, and others
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    Here are four of Hans Christian Andersen’s best-loved short stories, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain’s most well-known actors. The Brave Tin Soldier: A one-legged toy soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina. Thumbelina: A tiny but beautiful girl grows from a barleycorn which has been enchanted by a witch. The Nightingale: An emperor prefers a sparkling mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. The Ugly Duckling: A little bird is called ugly by others until he matures into a swan.

    Hez H- says: "Excellent Narration"
  • The Wind in the Willows (Dramatised) | Kenneth Grahame

    The Wind in the Willows (Dramatised)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    When Mole goes boating with the Water Rat instead of spring-cleaning, he discovers a new world. As well as the river and the Wild Wood, there is Toad's craze for fast travel and motor-cars that leads them all on a timeless adventure.

    Julia P says: "Wonderful narration, not the full text though..."
  • St. Peter's Fair: The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael | Ellis Peters

    St. Peter's Fair: The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    It is Summer in the Year of Our Lord 1139 when the grand festive event, St. Peter's Fair, is held in the town of Shrewsbury. The event brings pause to the ongoing civil war, as tradesman from across England and beyond arrive in the town for some much needed gaiety. That is, until the body of a wealthy trader is found in the River Severn. Was Thomas of Bristol the victim of murderous thieves? And if so, why were his valuables abandoned nearby? Brother Cadfael offers to help the merchant's lovely niece Emma. But while he is searching for the killer, the man's wares are ransacked and two more men are murdered. Emma almost certainly knows more that she is telling, as others will soon realise. Cadfael desperately races to save the young girl, knowing that in a country at war with itself, betrayal can come from any direction, an even good intentions can kill. Performed by Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, this fourth chronicle of Brother Cadfael weaves history and intrigue into an intricate web of adventure.

  • The Heretic's Apprentice: The Sixteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael | Ellis Peters

    The Heretic's Apprentice: The Sixteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    It is June in the Year of Our Lord 1143 when Elave, young clerk to William of Lythwood, returns from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his elderly master's body. His mission is twofold, to bury William in his home abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, and to deliver a dowry to William's adopted daughter Fortunata. But Elave, suspected of harboring views inimical to church doctrine, is held for ecclesiastical trial. And when Aldwin, the Lythwood family clerk hired in Elave's absence, is stabbed to death, Elave is incarcerated not only for heresy, but for murder. Fortunata's dowry, an intricately carved box with mysterious contents, holds the key to the mysteries that spring up around Elave and the Lythwood family. Shrewd and patient, Brother Cadfael is at his best here. Performed by Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, this sixteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael is sure to delight old friends and new fans.

    Joanna says: "Simon Prebble Preferred"
  • The Potter's Field: The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael | Ellis Peters

    The Potter's Field: The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    It is the Summer and Autumn of the Year of Our Lord 1143 in which the gentle monk, Brother Cadfael, is forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden to find the whole truth behind the murder of a young women whose body was unexpectedly discovered in a newly tilled field recently acquired by the Shrewsbury Abbey in a land exchange.

    Lorraine Poirier says: "Jacobi is Cadfael"
  • Merrick | Anne Rice

    Merrick

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    Anne Rice's richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches' world and the vampires' world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.

    T. D. Howell says: "Louie"
  • Monk's Hood: The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael | Ellis Peters

    Monk's Hood: The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    It is December in the Year of our Lord 1138 when Gervase Bonel dies after eating sauce laced with poison served which had been served with a partridge. The active ingredient found in the sauce was monkshood, poison if ingested and otherwise known as Wolfsbane. Brother Cadfael made the oil. Who used it as poison? Cadfael assesses the motives of Bonel’s Welsh natural son and his stepson, and deals with Bonel’s widow, who at one time long ago was Cadfae's sweetheart. Drawing upon his knowledge of both herbs and the human heart, Cadfael ultimately uncovers a deadly recipe for murder.

  • The Finest Nonsense of Edward Lear | Edward Lear

    The Finest Nonsense of Edward Lear

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Edward Lear
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    Nearly 150 years since his poetry was first published, Lear's nonsense rhymes are still popular today. In this lively and colorful audiobook recording, Derek Jacobi reads Lear's most famous poems and most fantastic creations, including "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat", "The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly", "The Jumblies", "The Dong with the Luminous Nose", and a collection of assorted limericks.

  • Ep. 4: The Last of the Spirits | Charles Dickens,RD Carstairs - adaptation

    Ep. 4: The Last of the Spirits

    • ORIGINAL (31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, RD Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Jenna Coleman, Brendan Coyle, and others
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    With the final visitor of the night, Mr. Scrooge gets to peak at a rather grim future: his. A funeral attended only for the free lunch and no one to feel grief over his death, only relief, are enough to convince Mr. Scrooge. It's time to change his ways.

  • Ep. 1: Marley's Ghost | Charles Dickens,RD Carstairs - adaptation

    Ep. 1: Marley's Ghost

    • ORIGINAL (46 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, RD Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Jenna Coleman, Brendan Coyle, and others
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    On a freezing, bleak Christmas Eve in London, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his counting house, resenting the holiday and all who celebrate it. But, contrary to what he has planned for, Mr. Scrooge won't be spending the evening alone. He's about to get a visit from a very old friend--one he thought he'd never see again.

  • Ep. 3: The Second of the Three Spirits | Charles Dickens,RD Carstairs - adaptation

    Ep. 3: The Second of the Three Spirits

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, RD Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Jenna Coleman, Brendan Coyle, and others
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    The next spectral visitor takes a more current approach, bringing Mr. Scrooge into the cheerful but painfully sparse home of his only employee, Bob Cratchit. Watching the family celebrate, despite their circumstances, Scrooge experiences something he hasn't felt in a long time--empathy.

  • Ep. 5: The End of It | Charles Dickens,RD Carstairs - adaptation

    Ep. 5: The End of It

    • ORIGINAL (20 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, RD Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Jenna Coleman, Brendan Coyle, and others
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    Finally, it's Christmas morning, and Mr. Scrooge awakens a changed man. His greed, selfishness and spite have been transformed into generosity and selflessness. He has been taught a lesson about kindness that he will not soon forget.

  • Ep. 2: The First of the Three Spirits | Charles Dickens,RD Carstairs - adaptation

    Ep. 2: The First of the Three Spirits

    • ORIGINAL (42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, RD Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Jenna Coleman, Brendan Coyle, and others
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    It's the middle of the night, and Mr. Scrooge, with a little ghostly help, is returning to buried memories of his youth: childhood friends, holidays spent alone, broken engagements. It's all a litte too much to bear.

  • A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens,R. D. Carstairs - adaptation

    A Christmas Carol

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
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    'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

    Amazon Customer says: "Classic"
  • Tales of the Unexpected | Saki

    Tales of the Unexpected

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Saki
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    Master storyteller, H.H. Munro, better known by the pen name Saki, is famous for his witty, mischievous, and macabre stories of suspense. He specialized in impudent practical jokes, devilish trickery, and incredible yarns and his writing became popular in the early 1900s for its witty and satirical look at the pretensions and ignorance of bourgeois English society.

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