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  • Dear Philip, Dear Kingsley: The Letters of Phillip Larkin & Kingsley Amis | Philip Larkin

    Dear Philip, Dear Kingsley: The Letters of Phillip Larkin & Kingsley Amis

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Philip Larkin
    • Narrated By Alan Bennett, Robert Hardy
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    A meeting at Oxford University during World War II signalled the beginning of a lifelong friendship between two outstanding contributors to 20th century English literature: Philip Larkin, poet, and Kingsley Amis, the prolific novelist. Selected from correspondence written between 1943 and 1985, these letters offer an entertaining and illuminating insight into the prejudices, exasperations and in-jokes of two literary greats. A linking commentary complements the writers' own words.

  • Rumpole's Return | John Mortimer

    Rumpole's Return

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Has Rumpole hung up his wig for good? Can it be? Yes, the beloved barrister is now retired (though far from retiring) and gently ripening to a rosy hue in the Florida sunshine. But a colleague's casual request for advice on a difficult case sends him winging back across the Atlantic, and before he's through, our hero will come up against a fanatical religious cult and a mysterious letter written in blood.

  • Macbeth (Dramatised) | William Shakespeare

    Macbeth (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Anthony Quayle, Robert Hardy, Ian Holm, and others
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    A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife - and a trio of witches. Anthony Quayle, Robert Hardy, Ian Holm, Stanley Holloway, and Jill Balcon star in an unabridged performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    Andrew says: "Most of Act III is missing"
  • Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo] | John Mortimer

    Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Wordsworth in a Wig"
  • The Moon And Sixpence | W. Somerset Maugham

    The Moon And Sixpence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Charles Strickland, a conventional stockbroker, abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti, to live his life as a painter. While his betrayal of family, duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness, his decision leads to an obsession which carries severe implications.

    W Perry Hall says: "Roman a clef-abominable french artist Paul Gauguin"
  • The Story of Chopin | John Sidgwick

    The Story of Chopin

    • ABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By John Sidgwick
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Frédéric François Chopin, in Polish Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher, of French-Polish parentage. Here is the story of Chopin, one of the world's greatest composers, in words and music.

  • Vile Bodies | Evelyn Waugh

    Vile Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    A satiric novel by Evelyn Waugh, published in 1930. Set in England between the wars, the novel examines the frenetic but empty lives of the Bright Young Things, young people who indulge in constant party-going, heavy drinking, and promiscuous sex. At the novel's end, the realities of the world intrude, with Adam Fenwick-Symes, the protagonist, serving on a battlefield at the onset of another world war.

  • Vanity Fair | William Makepeace Thackeray

    Vanity Fair

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Penguin Classics presents William Makepeace Thackeray adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Robert Hardy’s Vanitas Vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or, having it, is satisfied? No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder.

  • Under the Greenwood Tree | Thomas Hardy

    Under the Greenwood Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The four seasons of the Wessex year form the backdrop for the delightful romance of Dick Dewy and Fancy Day. The ups and downs of their courtship are set alongside the story of the rustics who form the church choir.

  • The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey | Patrick O'Brian

    The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    The story picks up from the end of Blue at the Mizzen when Jack Aubrey receives the news, in Chile, of his elevation to flag rank: Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron, with orders to sail to the South Africa station. This new novel, unfinished and untitled at the time of O’Brian’s death, would have been a chronicle of that mission, and much else besides. As the novel opens, we are able to visit these friends we have followed so very far in a rare state of almost perfect felicity.

  • No Pirates Nowadays and Other Stories: Three Nautical Tales | Patrick O'Brian

    No Pirates Nowadays and Other Stories: Three Nautical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Three previously unpublished short stories by the great Patrick O'Brian - Noughts and Crosses, Two's Company and No Pirates Nowadays. Noughts and Crosses: When Sullivan and Ross decide to go shark fishing among the atolls of the Great Barrier Reef little do they know what awaits them. With their schooner beached for cleaning they take a small whaler out to sea, but when the very devil of a storm turns the whole of the sea white, it drives them to the nearest atoll for shelter.

  • The Mauritius Command: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 4 | Patrick O'Brian

    The Mauritius Command: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 4

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    On half-pay and without a command, Captain Jack Aubrey is stranded at home in an over-crowded cottage with his large and frequently bad-tempered family. When Jack has almost given up hope of ever returning to sea, Stephen Maturin, ship's doctor, occasional intelligence agent, and Jack's closest friend, brings secret orders that Jack is to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a Commodore's pennant.

  • Blenheim Palace: The Churchills and Their Palace | Stephanie Forward

    Blenheim Palace: The Churchills and Their Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Stephanie Forward
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Blenheim Palace was built to reward and celebrate the achievements of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, who won a hugely significant victory against the armies of France and Bavaria on 13 August, 1704. The battle took place near Blindheim, or Blenheim, a little village on the north bank of the Danube, in Bavaria.

  • Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens

    Our Mutual Friend

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Our Mutual Friend, Dickens’ last completed novel portraying a dark, macabre London. Read by Robert Hardy. Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance - Old Harmons’ profitable dust heaps - and its legatees, young John Harmon, presumed drowned when a body is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults.

    Amazon Customer says: "This isn't the unabridged. Whomp, whomp."
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 1 | Patrick O'Brian

    Master and Commander: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O'Brian's now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

    Robert says: "abridged too far"
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 3 | Patrick O'Brian

    H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 3

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    H.M.S. Surprise follows the variable fortunes of Captain Jack Aubrey's career in Nelson's navy as he attempts to hold his ground against admirals, colleagues, and the enemy, accepting a commission to convey a British ambassador to the East Indies. The voyage takes him and his friend Stephen Maturin to the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent, and through the archipelago of spice island where the French have a near-overwhelming local superiority.

  • Beasts Royal: Twelve Tales of Adventure | Patrick O'Brian

    Beasts Royal: Twelve Tales of Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Beasts Royal is the second book written by Patrick O'Brian - made available, at last, for the first time since the 1930s. Published when Patrick O'Brian was just 19, this is the enchanting, often bloodthirsty collection of 12 tales of animal adventure that would be published in 1934 as the author's second book. His first, Caesar, had been published in 1930 and was an instant success, seeing O'Brian hailed as the ‘boy-Thoreau'.

  • Post Captain: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 2 | Patrick O'Brian

    Post Captain: Aubrey-Maturin, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining, and enjoying amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life.

  • The Yellow Admiral | Patrick O’Brian

    The Yellow Admiral

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick O’Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Life ashore may once again be the undoing of Jack Aubrey. Even Jack’s exploits at sea turn sour in the storm waters off Brest. Worst of all, in the spring of 1814 peace breaks out. But Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with news that the Chileans require the service of English officers. Jack is savouring this reprieve for his career when he receives an urgent dispatch ordering him to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from Elba.

  • The Wine-Dark Sea | Patrick O'Brian

    The Wine-Dark Sea

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    At the opening of a voyage filled with disaster and delight, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are in pursuit of a privateer sailing under American colours through the Great South Sea. Stephen's objective is to set the revolutionary tinder of South America ablaze to relieve the pressure on the British government which, already engaged in a death-struggle with a Europe dominated by Napoleon, has blundered into war with the young and uncomfortably vigorous United States.

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