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    • The Princess and the Goblin

    • By: George Macdonald
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 178

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Classic Fairy Tale for All Ages

    • By Joseph on 03-05-12

    Regular price: $11.72

    • The Vicar of Bullhampton

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Trollope discovery

    • By R. Hughes on 04-30-17

    Regular price: $23.44

    • All Sorts and Conditions of Men

    • By: Mr Walter Besant
    • Narrated by: Mr Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 20 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    This book was the inspiration for an enormous achievement. The Peoples Palace for the entertainment and instruction of the working class was opened in the East End in 1887, five years after the book was published. It had changed peoples lives and was an incredible support for those who had previously no art gallery, theatre, library, concert hall or gymnasium.

    Regular price: $24.78

    • The Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

    • By: Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    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'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • extremely funny

    • By Ben M. on 08-03-13

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Woodlanders

    • By: Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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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.

    Regular price: $22.38

    • Pictures from Italy

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    In 1843 the material that Dickins had gathered on his trip to America was published with the title American Notes [also produced by Assembled Stories]. The book was viewed with disdain from both sides of the Atlantic and in some quarters, strong disapproval, his criticism having done little for Anglo-American relations.

    Regular price: $16.35

    • The Marvellous Land of Snergs

    • By: Edward Wyke-Smith
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Once upon a... time there was a marvellous land of Snergs. Miss Watkyns, a teacher who loved children, lived there. Just over the river lived Golithos, a not so friendly giant, who also loved children – with a lot of salt! He had a friend called Mother Meldrum, the wickedest witch that ever lived. When Sylvia and Joe run away for a big adventure their lives are in deadly peril when they fall into the clutches of these two evil characters.

    Regular price: $14.18

    • The Virgin and The Gypsy

    • By: D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Written in 1926... and published posthumously [without the authors customary revision] in 1930, The Virgin and the Gypsy is a minor masterpiece in short story writing. It provides an excellent introduction to Lawrence’s work, being a succinct distillation of his ideas about sexuality and its ability to transcend class barriers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice, short story

    • By Mick on 02-26-17

    Regular price: $8.25

    • Martin Eden

    • By: Jack London Peter
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    The phrase 'this book will change your life' has become one of the clichés of the publishing world, but Martin Eden is certainly a novel that merits that observation. Set in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, Jack London's semiautobiographical narrative tells of working class sailor Eden's struggle to elevate himself to a level of society wherein, he believes, reside the intellect and culture he craves. One of the reasons for this endeavour is Ruth Morse, with whom he has fallen in love.

    Regular price: $23.44

    • The Diary of a Pilgrimage

    • By: Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $13.18

    • The Thirty Nine Steps

    • A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1
    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 164

    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'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • epic!!!!!!!

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-10

    Regular price: $10.65

    • Idle Ideas in 1905

    • By: Jerome K. Jerome Peter
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $11.72

    • Martin Rattler

    • By: R. M. Ballantyne
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Robert Michael Ballantyne was one of the most popular adventure story writers during Victoria's reign. He believed that boys should grow up taking risks, and his hero, Martin Rattler, certainly has a thrilling time in this tale. Aunt Dorothy Grumbit thinks him a very bad boy, but Martin possesses all the manly virtues that one expects from a Ballantyne hero, and the story has all the traditional elements of a rollicking yarn: jolly jack tars, pirates, shipwreck, travel up the Amazon, diamond mines and capture by savage tribes.

    Regular price: $13.85

    • Greenmantle

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    The second of Richard Hannays’ adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Drags a bit in the middle

    • By Patrick on 11-28-17

    Regular price: $18.07

    • Sketches by Boz: Volume 1

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Charles Dickens started his literary career as a journalist reporting for ‘The Morning Chronicle,’ a profession which encouraged his observing eye. This collection of essays and short stories was first published in that journal and anticipates, and frequently demonstrates, the genius that was to come.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply Fascinating

    • By Virginia Waldron on 04-11-11

    Regular price: $18.58

    • Billy Budd

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well done, a pleasure to listen to!

    • By ros on 10-17-18

    Regular price: $10.32

    • American Notes

    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    In 1842, Charles Dickens visited America. His reception was somewhat colder than that which usually greeted him - already a successful author in both Britain and the United States. This lack of enthusiasm from the Americans was partly due to his criticism of the pirating of English books in that country and partly due to his outspoken distaste for the custom of slavery in the southern states.

    Regular price: $19.18

    • Captains Courageous

    • By: Rudyard Kipling Peter
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Harvey Cheyne, the pampered son of an American millionaire, is swept overboard from the deck of a liner and picked up by a small fishing boat, one of several trawling the Grand Banks. He is rapidly confronted by the harsh realities of life and comes to terms with himself amid the hard labour and morality of the redoubtable New England fishermen.

    Regular price: $13.85

    • Raffles Run Out

    • By: E. W. Hornung
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    The resurrected Raffles has his final innings in these whimsical adventurous reminiscences recounted by his accomplice and friend Bunny Manders. The author skillfully manages to tie up a few loose ends from preceding plots and the final revelation is a moving tribute to his fictional hero, the finest slow bowler of his generation and best known gentleman thief in literary history.

    Regular price: $7.94

    • New Grub St

    • By: George Gissing Peter
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    One of the greatest novels to have come from the 19th century, a realistic, gritty exposure of the lives, loves, intrigue and rivalry that existed in the literary world of London. The art form and culture of writing is becoming a business, expanding rapidly, and profit is more important than integrity of purpose.

    Regular price: $23.44

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