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  • The Princess and the Goblin | George Macdonald

    The Princess and the Goblin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By George Macdonald
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Revolutionary for the time in encouraging children to think like children, the adventure of Princess Irene and Curdie, the boy miner, was to influence generations of writers, including Chesterton and Tolkien. Overflowing with fantastic ideas and images to delight the young and allegory to inspire their morality ‘The Princess and the Goblin’ has remained one of the most exciting tales for over 100 years.Irene lives in a castle on a mountain under which there is a labyrinth of tunnels inhabited by Goblins.

    Joseph says: "A Classic Fairy Tale for All Ages"
  • Billy Budd | Herman Melville

    Billy Budd

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    On one level...Melville’s tale is an historical adventure telling the story of life aboard ship shortly after the mutiny at Spithead in 1797. Billy is taken from a homeward bound merchantman to serve on the ‘Seventy Four’ HMS Indomitable. He falls foul of Claggart, the ‘Master at Arms’, and the final confrontation results in death. Billy becomes an unwilling martyr - what passes for justice must be implemented because of the rebellious climate of the time.

  • The Woodlanders | Thomas Hardy

    The Woodlanders

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Grace Melbury, the timber merchant's daughter, comes back to Little Hintock after some years at finishing school. She was the childhood sweetheart of Giles Winterborne, a compassionate, caring man who works in the village. Melbury senior has promised himself that Grace and Giles will be married to recompense for him taking Giles' father's betrothed many years before. However, Grace is a different woman now, a sophisticated creature, and the suave, knowledgeable local doctor Fitzpiers takes an interest in her.

  • The Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow | Jerome K. Jerome

    The Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The aptly titled sequel to Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow which is also recorded by Assembled Stories and proved immensely popular.In this succeeding outburst of whimsy Jerome reflects on a variety of subjects such as 'the art of making up one's mind', 'the care and management of women' and 'the minding of other peoples business'.

    Ben M. says: "extremely funny"
  • The Vicar of Bullhampton | Anthony Trollope

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    This comprehensive novel consists of three subplots which interlink to form the whole and supply a trio of targets at which Trollope aims his proselytising pen. The first treats on the courtship of a woman by a man whom she does not love and with whom she is not compatible. Mary Lowther will not accept such a marriage of dishonesty. The second deals with the plight of a young woman who has fallen prey to the wiles of an evil seducer and subsequently adopts a life of prostitution.

    R. Hughes says: "A Trollope discovery"
  • Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow | Jerome K. Jerome

    Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Over 100 years since it was first published Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow addresses subjects which are still relevant today – perhaps more so! Being hard up, being in the blues and being in love are just some aspects of the human condition on which Jerome K. Jerome reflects in his unique whimsical fashion. These insights are not given for the benefit of our education however, for as he says in his introduction, “This book would not elevate a cow.'

  • The Power House | John Buchan

    The Power House

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Buchan
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    John Buchan's hero Edward Leithen chances upon a worldwide plan for domination. With his own life (and those of his friends) depending on the outcome of his struggle, he engages in combat with the anarchic brain behind The Power-House. The author, despite being very busy in public service, wrote over 50 books during his life, but his particular talent was for writing fast-moving adventure stories. The Power-House, a good example of this genre, was first published in 1916.

    John says: "A Powerhouse of a Story"
  • Idle Ideas in 1905 | Jerome K. Jerome

    Idle Ideas in 1905

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    The third and final collection in this series of reflections written by one of the wittiest and most whimsical men to press pen against paper. As well as his usual take on the foibles of his fellow Englishmen and women, Jerome ruminates, in his typically liberal fashion, about far-flung countries such as Russia, Africa and China. Jerome was never a 'jelly-bellied flag-flapping imperialist', and his vision, experience and worldliness are revealed to us over multiple essays.

  • The Three Hostages | John Buchan

    The Three Hostages

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Hannay to the rescue once more! This time...our hero is summoned from his tranquil life in rural Oxfordshire to save the world from a financial conspiracy which threatens the global economy. Hannay comes to believe that the villain behind all this must be Dominick Medina. But can such a brilliant, charming idol of the nation be using Eastern magic to suborn industrialists, magnates and other such pillars of society as his slaves?

  • The Diary of a Pilgrimage | Jerome K. Jerome

    The Diary of a Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    This is a sensible book. I want you to understand that. This is a book to improve your mind. In this book, I tell you all about Germany – at all events all I know about Germany – and the Ober-Ammorgau Passion Play. I also tell you about other things. I do not tell you all I know about all these other things because I do not want to swamp you with knowledge. I wish to teach you gradually. I should only be defeating my own object that I, by making you think too much at first, give you a perhaps lasting dislike to the exercise.

  • The Island of Sheep: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5 | John Buchan

    The Island of Sheep: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The last of John Buchan’s thrillers and the final appearance of Richard Hannay now in retirement reverie deep in the comfortable Cotswolds.However, he and Sandy [Lord Clanroyden] are roused to action once more to help the son of a recently deceased treasure hunter, called Haraldsen. The heir is receiving threats from Lancelot Troth, a man who believes himself ill treated financially by Haraldsen’s father and seeks revenge and reparation.

    Gavin Scott says: "A splendid thriller from the dawn of the genre"
  • The Hole in the Wall | Arthur Morrison

    The Hole in the Wall

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Arthur Morrison
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    Arthur Morrison... grew up in the East End of London and was familiar with life on the dockside. He tells the story of ‘The Hole in the Wall’ through the eyes of young Stephen Kemp, taken to live with his grandfather after the death of his mother. Nat Kemp is determined to keep his grandson apart from the seamier side of the Docklands but Stephen has a natural inquisitiveness that will not be quelled.

  • Puddnhead Wilson | Mark Twain

    Puddnhead Wilson

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
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    Puddn’head Wilson is Mark Twain’s novel of satirical wit aimed at the injustices in the southern states of America in the mid-19th century. It tells the story of two children, one born free, the other a slave. When the slaves’ mother, Roxana, switches the infants in their cradles she is not the only one who lives to regret the action. The tale has many facets to it. It is a murder mystery, a social commentary on the manners and beliefs of the time and a detective novel.

  • Sick Heart River | John Buchan

    Sick Heart River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Sir Edward Leithen is told that he has but one year left to live. He relinquishes his law practice and resigns from public office in order to make peace with himself and to reconcile himself with his maker. However, he also wants to die standing, not to creep into the 'bleak bag's end of life'. This will involve one last physical challenge.

  • Helen with the High Hand | Arnold Bennett

    Helen with the High Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Helen Rathbone meets her elderly uncle, James Ollerenshaw, in Bursley Park, after an estrangement of several years. Both are very strong-willed, independent characters. Helen has an extravagant lifestyle and likes to spend money while the old man has lived a thrifty life and intends to continue in the same way. However, they develop a friendship which progresses rapidly, and Helen moves in to James' house to look after him.

  • The Prisoner of Zenda | Anthony Hope

    The Prisoner of Zenda

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Anthony Hope
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The hugely successful romantic adventure story which continues to thrill a century after it was written. It has all the classic ingredients - a twisting plot of betrayal and deception, love interest, great swashbuckling action and a most beguiling villain in Rupert of Hentzau, who captured the public’s imagination and had them begging the author for a sequel. Rudolph Rassendyll visits Ruritania, with whose Royal Family he has a connection because of a scandalous sexual indiscretion in the past.

  • The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1 | John Buchan

    The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.

    Amazon Customer says: "epic!!!!!!!"
  • John Halifax, Gentleman: Volume One | Dinah Craik

    John Halifax, Gentleman: Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dinah Craik
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    This is Volume one of the greatest romantic narrative novel of the early 19th Century. John Halifax, Gentleman, tells the story of an orphan boy whose first words in the story are “Sir, I want work; may I earn a penny?” By hard work, diligent study and an unshakeable faith in his God John attains wealth and happiness, despite much hardship and heartbreak throughout his life.

    E. W. Sawyer says: "So boring I couldn't finish it"
  • The Frozen Deep | Wilkie Collins

    The Frozen Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Richard Wardour leaves England on a voyage to the African coast under the impression he is engaged to delicate orphan Clara Burnham. Despite sending him a letter stating the contrary Clara is anxious for her honour. She is aware that he may not have received the missive and is now betrothed to another, Frank Aldersley. When Richard returns and is refused, he immediately sets sail on an expedition to the Arctic, unaware that in the same party is Clara's accepted lover.

    Howard says: "A Good Book for a Plane Trip"
  • Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3 | John Buchan

    Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Once again Brigadier General Hannay is taken from the trenches of the front line to save his country on a desperate mission. This time he must find the genius behind a vast network of spies infiltrating English pacifists and conscientious objectors. Hannay finds the man only to have him evade capture at the last moment.

    Jazztyke says: "I think this is the best book in the Hannay series"
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