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    • The Haunted House

    • By: Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and others
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends reconvene on Twelfth Night at a great feast and share their stories of spectral encounters.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Scary--But Rather Romantic

    • By Tomsde on 08-23-12

    Regular price: $9.80

    • Glimpses of the Moon

    • By: Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    Death and decapitation seem to go hand in hand in the Devon village of Aller. When the first victim's head is sent floating down the river, the village's rural calm is shattered. Soon the corpses are multiplying and the entire community is involved in the murder hunt. While the rector, the major, the police and a journalist, desperate for the scoop of the century, chase false trails, it is left to Gervase Fen, Oxford don and amateur criminologist, to uncover the sordid truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Narration of A Satirical British Mystery

    • By Sires on 04-28-13

    Regular price: $19.62

    • The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

    • Now filmed as The Mercy
    • By: Nicholas Tomalin, Ron Hall
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    In 1968 Donald Crowhurst was trying to market a nautical navigation device he had developed and saw the Sunday Times Golden Globe 'round the world sailing race as the perfect opportunity to showcase his product. Few people knew that he wasn't an experienced deep-water sailor. His progress was so slow that he decided to shortcut the journey, falsifying his location through radio messages from his supposed course. Everyone following the race thought that he was winning, and a hero's welcome awaited him at home in Britain.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wallowing in failure

    • By Mike on 03-27-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation

    • Speeches and Scenes Performed as Shakespeare Would Have Heard Them
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Ben Crystal, Philip Bird, Rebecca Pownell, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    How did Shakespeare sound to the audiences of his day? For the first time, this audio offers listeners the chance to hear England's greatest playwright performed by a company of actors using the pronunciation of his time. Under the guidance of Ben Crystal, actor, author of Shakespeare on Toast, and an expert in original Shakespearian pronunciation, the company performs some of Shakespeare's best-known poems, solo speeches, and scenes from the plays.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shakespeare Done Right

    • By Lizatish on 08-12-14

    Regular price: $7.74

    • Buried for Pleasure

    • By: Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    In the sleepy English village of Sanford Angelorum, Professor Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books to run for Parliament. At first glance, the village he's come to canvass appears perfectly peaceful, but Fen soon discovers that appearances can be deceptive: Someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it for blackmail. Anyone who comes close to uncovering the blackmailer's identity is swiftly dispatched. As the joys of politics wear off, Fen sets his mind to the mystery but finds himself caught up in a tangled tale of eccentric psychiatrists, escaped lunatics, beautiful women and lost heirs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Marvelous!

    • By Kindle Customer on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $15.48

    • The Gentleman in the Parlour

    • By: W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Somerset Maugham's success as a writer enabled him to indulge his adventurous love of travel, and he recorded the sights and sounds of his wide-ranging journeys with a unique urbane, wry style. The Gentleman in the Parlour is an account of the author's trip through what was then Burma and Siam, ending in Haiphong, Vietnam. Whether by river to Mandalay, on horse through the mountains and forests of the Shan States to Bangkok, or onwards by sea, Maugham's vivid descriptions bring a lost world to life.

    Regular price: $15.98

    • King Jesus

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Robert Graves's controversial historical novel is a bold reworking of the story of Christ. Here Jesus is not the son of God, but the result of a secret marriage - the descendant of Herod and true King of the Jews. Written from the perspective of a lowly official at the end of the first century AD, King Jesus recounts Jesus's birth, youth, life as a charismatic 'wonder worker' and the unorthodox, bitter nature of his death and resurrection. Portraying Jesus not as divine but as a flawed human bent upon his own doom, this retelling of the gospels is a compelling blend of research

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given

    • By Darwin8u on 12-25-13

    Regular price: $23.75

    • The Adventures of Mr Verdant Green, Volume III

    • Married and Done For
    • By: Cuthbert Bede
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    In this final installment of the Adventures of Mr Verdant Green, the eponymous hero finds himself perplexed thricefold: by travelling North, by events at Oxford, and by his confused and loving heart. A tale told with enormous charm and wit.

    Regular price: $10.00

    • The Adventures of Mr Verdant Green, Volume II

    • By: Cuthbert Bede
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In this second adventure, our hero learns more useful lessons at Oxford and experiences the first disconcerting flutters of his heartstrings. A joyous alternative to the satirical university novel. Philip Bird, narrator, numbers Charles Dickens and PG Wodehouse among his favourite writers and has found Mr Verdant Green to be a very agreeable mixture of the two. Cuthbert Bede, B.A. is the nom de plume of the Rev. Edward Bradley.

    Regular price: $10.00

    • Frequent Hearses

    • By: Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    Gervase Fen is more at home in his ivory tower than in a London film studio, but Murder can take place anywhere, and aspiring actress Gloria Scott's suicide definitely looks like murder. Oxford don Gervase Fen is at the film studios to advise about a film biography of Alexander Pope. Gloria Scott appears to have had little reason for wanting to kill herself by jumping off Waterloo bridge, but someone has taken great pains to hide Gloria's real identity, and Gervase Fen's detective nose begins to twitch.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intricate, Witty, Engrossing Classic Mystery

    • By Constance on 06-26-13

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Beware of the Trains

    • And Other Stories
    • By: Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Who burglarised the train heading for Victoria Station and whatever became of its conductor? Did the village idiot or Mrs Foley murder the mean-spirited Edgar Foley? Or could the constable be responsible for the devious deed? Who on earth will be able to untangle the affair of the disappearing car, the black necktie, and the abortive theft?

    Regular price: $15.48

    • The Adventures of Mr Verdant Green, Volume I

    • By: Cuthbert Bede
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    A wonderfully amusing and engaging account of the escapades of a naive student thrown into university life amongst the hallowed halls of Oxford c. 1850. Widely regarded as a comic masterpiece of its time (it sold over 200,000 copies) it brings to mind the writing of Jerome K Jerome or an adventure PG Woodhouse might have penned for a slightly more academic Bertie Wooster. Cuthbert Bede, B.A. is the nom de plume of the Rev. Edward Bradley.

    Regular price: $10.00

    • Next Season

    • A Novel
    • By: Michael Blakemore
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    A novel from the director of the film Country Life. A young actor struggles to make his way in the theatre, experiencing the quick, intense relationships that flare within the closed world of the theatre as he acts out small, solid roles with a famous classical company outside of London.

    Regular price: $20.23

    • Diary of a Pilgrimage

    • By: Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A story bubbling with Jerome's wit and whimsy, this tale fully deserves its place in the sun.

    Regular price: $7.74

    • Somebody's Luggage

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    A completely charming rediscovered collection of ten short stories, four by Dickens himself, others by Chalres Allston Collins , Arthur Locker, John Oxenford and Julia Cecelia Stratton. Together they gradually uncover the identity of the owner of the lost luggage.

    Regular price: $9.05

    • A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World

    • Brief Histories
    • By: Thomas Crump
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    From the beginning of the eighteenth century to the high water mark of the Victorian era, the world was transformed by a technological revolution the like of which had never been seen before. Inventors, businessmen, scientists, explorers all had their part to play in the story of the Industrial Revolution and in this Brief History Thomas Crump brings their story to life, and shows why it is a chapter in English history that can not be ignored.

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Swan Song

    • By: Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    When an opera company gathers in Oxford for the first post-war production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger its happiness is soon soured by the discovery that the unpleasant Edwin Shorthouse will be singing a leading role. Nearly everyone involved has reason to loathe Shorthouse, but who amongst them has the fiendish ingenuity to kill him in his own locked dressing room?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Clever, elegant classic British mystery

    • By Constance on 06-20-13

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Little Parachute

    • By: J. Robert Janes
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The moment Angelique arrives in Paris, she is taken prisoner by the SS. In a lonely little room, she is put in a chair with leather straps and a bloodstained seat and ordered to tell her captors everything she knows about the resistance. But Angelique knows nothing. She cares only for Martin, the boy who has been unable to speak since the bombs first fell during the Blitzkrieg. He has a secret - and she will protect it until her dying breath.

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Fen Country

    • By: Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Dandelions and hearing aids, a bloodstained cat, a Leonardo drawing, a corpse with an alibi, a truly poisonous letter...just some of the unusual clues that Oxford don/detective Gervase Fen and his friend Inspector Humbleby are confronted with in this sparkling collection of short mystery stories by one of the great masters of detective fiction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • . . .almost like playing chess

    • By JaneN on 04-26-18

    Regular price: $15.48

    • The Immorality Engine

    • By: George Mann
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by new inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen and journalists. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side.

    Regular price: $15.48

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