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  • Black Beauty: An Audible Original Drama | Anna Sewell,R. D. Carstairs - adaptation

    Black Beauty: An Audible Original Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Samantha Bond, Tamzin Outhwaite, and others
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    Framed as a first-person narrative from the eponymous horse, this much-loved family classic follows Black Beauty's journey from a well-born colt to a painfully overworked cab horse. Brimming with vivid detail and relatable characters, each chapter of Black Beauty's long and varied life communicates an important message about kindness, sympathy and understanding.

  • Forces of Nature | Professor Brian Cox,Andrew Cohen

    Forces of Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Story
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    Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond. From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday.

    Philomath says: "Complicated in its simplicity"
  • For Your Eyes Only, and Other Stories: James Bond, Book 8 | Ian Fleming

    For Your Eyes Only, and Other Stories: James Bond, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    When sudden emergencies arise, James Bond is there to meet them. Whether dealing with the assassination of a Cuban thug in America, the destruction of an international heroin ring, or a mysterious death in the Seychelles, 007 gets the job done in his own unmistakable style.

    Rev. Zombie says: "Better than expected"
  • Much Ado about Nothing: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    Much Ado about Nothing: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Saskia Reeves, Samuel West, Paul Jesson, and others
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    Young Claudio has fallen for the lovely heiress Hero, who also loves him. Their path to the altar looks smooth, until the evil Don John intervenes. All ends happily, thanks to his incompetent assassins and the lucky discoveries of the bungling constable Dogberry. Central to the play, one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, are Beatrice and Benedick, masters of wit and sworn foes to marriage - until a plot is hatched to bring them together.

    Christina Henry says: "loved it!"
  • Slaves of the Mastery: Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 2 | William Nicholson

    Slaves of the Mastery: Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By William Nicholson
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Five years have passed. The city of Aramanth has become kinder - weaker. When the ruthless soldiers of the Mastery strike, the city is burned, and the Manth people are taken into slavery. Kestrel Hath is left behind, separated from her beloved brother, Bowman, and vowing revenge. Now Kestrel must find Bowman again, and Bowman must learn the secrets of the Singer people. Only then will they break the power of the Mastery.

    Erica says: "Great Book, Great Series"
  • Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks

    Birdsong

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Set before and during the Great War, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives to the unprecedented experience of the war itself.

    Kim says: "Fantastic narration of a modern classic"
  • Faust | Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Faust

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Auriol Smith, Derek Jacobi, and others
    Overall
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    Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules, until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe’s life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.

    Kyle says: "Mixed Feelings"
  • The Woodlanders | Thomas Hardy

    The Woodlanders

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Set in the Dorset landscape familiar to Hardy novels, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-do-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of a dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.

    Molly Aultz says: "Thomas Hardy lesser known work"
  • Grimm Tales for Young and Old | Philip Pullman

    Grimm Tales for Young and Old

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    In this enchanting selection of fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman presents his 50 favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm in a 'clear as water' retelling, making them feel fresh and unfamiliar with his dark, distinctive voice.

    Virginia Waldron says: "Fresh and Fast"
  • Brighton Rock | Graham Greene

    Brighton Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
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    An unabridged audio edition of Graham Greene's classic gang-war thriller. A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.... Read by Samuel West.

    Pita says: "Chilling classic novel. Authetically read"
  • The Great Poets: John Keats | John Keats

    The Great Poets: John Keats

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By John Keats
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Michael Sheen
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    John Keats was largely unappreciated during his lifetime and died in Rome at the age of 26. Most of his 150 poems were written in just nine extraordinary months in 1819. This selection contains some of his finest works, including the principal "Odes", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci", "Old Meg", and "Much Have I Travelled".

    C. Cobb says: "Here is the list of poems in this collection"
  • Last Bus to Woodstock: Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 1 | Colin Dexter

    Last Bus to Woodstock: Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man - facing charges of willful murder, sexual assault and rape. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key....

  • No Night Is Too Long | Barbara Vine

    No Night Is Too Long

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Shelley Thomson, Samuel West
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    Tim Cornish thought he'd gotten away with murder. For months after he'd killed his lover off the Alaskan coast, there hadn't been a word. But then the letters started to arrive. It seems that someone knows what Tim has done.... This compelling thriller delivers such a dark picture of romantic love that murder seems its natural mate. Frightening, suspenseful, and deeply unsettling, No Night Is Too Long is a modern crime masterpiece and will be enjoyed by readers of P. D. James and Ian Rankin.

    Cathy J Hunter says: "Humbert Humbert"
  • Human Universe | Professor Brian Cox,Andrew Cohen

    Human Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Human life is a staggeringly strange thing. On the surface of a ball of rock falling around a nuclear fireball in the blackness of a vacuum, the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from. What is a human being? Objectively, nothing of consequence. Particles of dust in an infinite arena, present for an instant in eternity.

    albaraa says: "Poetic and informative"
  • Realms of Gold | John Keats

    Realms of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Keats
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Matthew Marsh
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    John Keats' letters paint an unforgettably vivid and moving picture of the richly productive but also tragic final years of the poet's life. As he ponders on the nature of the writer's craft, he must first confront his brother's death from tuberculosis and then the imminent prospect of his own, tormented by the fear that he will not live to consummate his relationship with Fanny Brawne.

    Josh says: "Ashes in Italy, but alive in my Ipod"
  • The Swimming Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst

    The Swimming Pool Library

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

    Aoife says: "Beautifully Written and Read"
  • Jude the Obscure | Thomas Hardy

    Jude the Obscure

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Jude Fawley, the stonemason excluded not by his wits but by poverty from the world of Christminster privilege, finds fulfilment in his relationship with Sue Bridehead. Both have left earlier marriages. Ironically, when tragedy tests their union it is Sue, the modern emancipated woman, who proves unequal to the challenge. Hardy’s fearless exploration of sexual and social relationships and his prophetic critique of marriage scandalised the late Victorian establishment and marked the end of his career as a novelist. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives.

  • All's Well That Ends Well: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    All's Well That Ends Well: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Emily Woof
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    The young and virtuous physician's daughter Helena desperately loves Count Bertram, but he regards her as beneath his notice. When Helena cures the king of France of a mortal illness, he rewards her with Bertram's hand, but before their marriage can be consummated the count flees. To win her husband back again, Helena forms a daring and resourceful plan. A plot to unmask the strutting soldier Parolles makes up another strand in this sometimes disturbing comedy of deception and disguise.

    Darwin8u says: "“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”"
  • The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn: Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 3 | Colin Dexter

    The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn: Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    Morse had never ceased to wonder why, with the staggering advances in medical science, all pronouncements concerning times of death seemed so disconcertingly vague. The newly appointed member of the Oxford Examinations Syndicate was deaf, provincial and gifted. Now he is dead.... And his murder, in his north Oxford home, proves to be the start of a formidably labyrinthine case for Chief Inspector Morse, as he tries to track down the killer through the insular and bitchy world of the Oxford Colleges....

  • Great Narrative Poems of the Romantic Age | Samuel Taylor Coleridge,George Crabbe,John Keats, more

    Great Narrative Poems of the Romantic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Crabbe, John Keats, and others
    • Narrated By John Moffatt, Samuel West, Sarah Woodward
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    Here are some of the finest narrative poems in the English language, dating from an age of rich inspiration.

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