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  • Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family | Thomas Mann

    Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    First published in 1900, when Thomas Mann was 25, Buddenbrooks is a minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family - a work so true to life that it scandalized the author’s former neighbours in his native Lübeck.

    W Perry Hall says: "Condemnation of Materialistic Decadence"
  • The Consolation of Philosophy | Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

    The Consolation of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    The Consolation of Philosophy is one of the key works in the rich tradition of Western philosophy, partly because of the circumstances in which it was written. Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (c480-c524) was of aristocratic Roman birth and became consul and then master of offices at Ravenna, one of the highest posts under the Ostrogothic Roman ruler Theodoric. But Boethius was unjustly charged with treason in 524, and this led to house arrest, then torture and execution.

    John says: "A Self-Help Bestseller since 524 AD"
  • Munich | Robert Harris

    Munich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade.

  • An Officer and a Spy: A Novel | Robert Harris

    An Officer and a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

    Ryan says: "Top Notch Historical Fiction"
  • The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1: The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion |  Plato,Benjamin Jowett - translator

    The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1: The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be - living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato's Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

  • The Fourth Protocol | Frederick Forsyth

    The Fourth Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill, is a plan within a plan that, in its spine-chilling ingenuity, breaches the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a jigsaw of devastation.

    Thomas Burch says: "As usual, Forsyth is Fantastic"
  • In Praise of Shadows | Junichiro Tanizaki

    In Praise of Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Junichiro Tanizaki
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    In Praise of Shadows is an eloquent tribute to the austere beauty of traditional Japanese aesthetics. Through architecture, ceramics, theatre, food, women, and even toilets, Tanizaki explains the essence of shadows and darkness, and how they are able to augment beauty. He laments the heavy electric lighting of the West and its introduction to Japan, and shows how the artificial, bright, and polished aesthetic of the West contrasts unfavorably with the moody and natural light of the East.

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight |  Creative Content

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Creative Content
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    A New Year challenge goes horribly wrong for one noble knight of the Round Table. King Arthur loved Christmas and New Year - it was an excellent excuse for feasting, exchanging gifts and a time for general good fellowship among the knights at Camelot. And he wouldn't stop feasting until some marvellous adventure had befallen either him or one of his companions. One year, there was an adventure to top the lot. An enormous knight rides into the hall dressed in green. Everything is green. His hair and beard are green. Even his horse is green.

    Ivan says: "A classic story well read"
  • The Golden Egg: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 22 | Donna Leon

    The Golden Egg: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaners has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

    PhilR says: "A British Brunetti"
  • The Wisdom of Life, Counsels and Maxims | Arthur Schopenhauer

    The Wisdom of Life, Counsels and Maxims

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Arthur Schopenhauer
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    'The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom.' Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was one of the most influential philosophers of the 19th century because his humanistic, atheistic, if pessimistic views chimed with a new secularism that was emerging from a Western society dominated by religion. Despite his rather forbidding image (and a few outdated views), he is one of the most approachable German philosophers, and this is certainly evident in these two key works, The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims.

    Sebastian huerta says: "depressingly hopeful"
  • The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East | Alistair Urquhart

    The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alistair Urquhart
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai , but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese ‘hellships’ which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a whaling ship. He was taken to Japan and then forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki.

    Jacob says: "FANTASTIC"
  • Pied Piper | Nevil Shute

    Pied Piper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

    Susan says: "One of My All Time Favorires"
  • The Secret of Crickley Hall | James Herbert

    The Secret of Crickley Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family. But all is not well with the house....

    Hope says: "The SECRETS of Crickley Hall"
  • The Boggart | Susan Cooper

    The Boggart

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Cooper
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    When Emily and Jess Volnik's family inherits a remote, crumbling Scottish castle, they also inherit the Boggart - an invisible, mischievous spirit who's been playing tricks on residents of Castle Keep for generations. Then the Boggart is trapped in a rolltop desk and inadvertently shipped to the Volniks' home in Toronto, where nothing will ever be the same - for the Volniks or the Boggart. In a world that doesn't believe in magic, the Boggart's pranks wreak havoc. And even the newfound joys of peanut butter and pizza and fudge sauce eventually wear thin for the Boggart. He wants to go home....

    Xander C. says: "Under appreciated masterpiece"
  • Dictator: A Novel | Robert Harris

    Dictator: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    At the age of 48, Cicero - the greatest orator of his time - is in exile, separated from his wife and children, tormented by his sense of failure, his great power sacrificed on the altar of his principles. And yet, in the words of one of his most famous aphorisms, "While there is life, there is hope." By promising to support Caesar - his political enemy - he is granted return to Rome. There, he fights his way back to prominence....

    Andre J. says: "Rerecord with Simon Jones"
  • Hunting the Eagles | Ben Kane

    Hunting the Eagles

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ben Kane
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three Roman legions in the wilds of Germania. Varus, the general who led the ill-fated army, is long dead, and the bones of his 15,000 legionaries moulder in the forests. But not all the Romans were slain in the ambush. Centurion Tullus, a seasoned veteran, survived, and now he lives for revenge upon the tribal chieftain Arminius, who masterminded the ambush. Tullus will stop at nothing to kill his bitterest enemy or to recover his legion's lost Eagle.

    Jim Dupuis says: "Excellent!"
  • Kidnapped | Robert Louis Stevenson

    Kidnapped

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    When the naive David Balfour sets out on his quest for a long-lost relative, a terrifying chain of events is set in motion. He is plunged into a world of infamy and violence from which there seems no escape - until, that is, he meets the enigmatic and valiant Highlander, Alan Breck....

    Eric says: "great story"
  • The Destroyers | Douglas Reeman

    The Destroyers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Reeman
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    From the author of The First to Land, a novel set during World War II. They called them the Scrapyard Flotilla. After a quarter of a century of service, the eight destroyers had seen all kinds of action. Now they were to be used in raids to open the way for the invasion of Occupied Europe.

    profile says: "Well done"
  • East West Street: On the Origins of

    East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity"

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philippe Sands
    • Narrated By David Rintoul, Philippe Sands
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    When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would take him halfway around the world in an exploration of the origins of international law and the pursuit of his own secret family history, beginning and ending with the last day of the Nuremberg Trials.

    K. Handy says: "A wondrous tale well told"
  • Sacred Hunger | Barry Unsworth

    Sacred Hunger

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Barry Unsworth
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    In this Booker Prize-winning work, Barry Unsworth follows the failing fortunes of William Kemp, a merchant pinning his last chance to a slave ship; his son, who needs a fortune because he is in love with an upper-class woman; and his nephew, who sails on the ship as its doctor because he has lost all he has loved. The voyage meets its demise when disease spreads among the slaves and the captain's drastic response provokes a mutiny.

    S. Coldsmith says: "Wise, Perceptive, Heart-breaking"
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