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    • The Communist Manifesto

    • By: Karl Marx
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 403
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 359
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 355

    ‘It was a sweet finish after the bitter pills of floggings and bullets with which these same governments, just at that time, dosed the German working-class risings’. The Communist Manifesto is, perhaps surprisingly, a most engaging and accessible work, containing even the odd shaft of humour in this translation by Samuel Moore for the 1888 English edition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My advice, set speed to 1.5

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-05-17

    Regular price: $9.60

    • H. G. Wells Sci-Fi Omnibus: Four Great Novels

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    H. G. Wells is rightly regarded as one of the founding fathers of the science fiction genre. This compilation of nearly 20 hours' duration comprises four of his finest sci-fi works, and they really need little introduction. They are, in order: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. They are complete and unabridged and narrated by Greg Wagland.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating perspective on the future

    • By Brent J. Maxwell on 02-14-16

    Regular price: $27.71

    • A Collection of Ghost Stories

    • By: E. F. Benson
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    E. F. Benson's (1867-1940) ghost and supernatural stories are marvellous jewels, that combine elegant writing with moments of blood-curdling horror. This collection comprises thirteen of his finest stories: The Man Who Went Too Far; The Horror Horn; The Other Bed; Gavon's Eve; The Room in the Tower; Ali Abdul's Grave; How Fear departed from the Long Gallery; The Shootings of Achnaleish; The Dust-Cloud; The Confession of Charles Linkworth; Caterpillars; At the Farmhouse; The Bus-Conductor.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A baker's dozen from Benson

    • By Zaubermond on 12-26-13

    Regular price: $18.07

    • Six Short Stories

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    This wide-ranging collection comprises the following six short stories by Joseph Conrad: Youth: A Narrative (1902); Karain: A Memory (1898); An Outpost of Progress (1898); The Lagoon (1898); Amy Foster (1909); The Anarchist - A Desperate Tale (1903). 'Youth: A Narrative' is an epic tale of a perilous voyage under sail to Bangkok, with a cargo of coal, narrated by Charles Marlow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Charting the geography of the soul

    • By Zaubermond on 12-20-13

    Regular price: $6.08

    • Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One's Life]

    • By: Cardinal John Henry Newman
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua (A Defence Of His Life) by Cardinal Newman offers a marvellous insight into the mind of a devout Christian, a colossal figure of the nineteenth century. It is, moreover, one of the greatest spiritual autobiographies ever written in the English language, laying out the development of John Henry Newman's religious opinions up to the year 1845 when he finally converted to Roman Catholicism.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • newman's intellectual and spiritual journey

    • By Ashton Wilkins on 12-20-13

    Regular price: $19.71

    • A Personal Record

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    A Personal Record is a "fragment of biography", an autobiographical work by Joseph Conrad, published in 1912. It is also a masterpiece of atmospheric writing and the main contemporary source to detail his early life. Conrad, Polish by birth, who goes on to become one of the greatest novelists of the English language, describes his childhood and adolescence, discusses his forebears, one of whom fought on the side of Napoleon and ate a Lithuanian dog, the exile of his parents, the death of his mother and his relationship with his Uncle Tadeusz.

    Regular price: $8.41

    • Witch Mania: The History of Witchcraft

    • By: Charles Mackay
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Published in 1841 it is a stylish and comprehensive dissection of the witch mania which beset much of Europe in the 16th and 17th century. In his easygoing journalistic style Mackay describes in some detail many celebrated outbreaks of this hysteria including the trials of Dr. Fian and Gellie Duncan in Scotland, the progress of Matthew Hopkins through East Anglia as the self-styled Witch-Finder General, and further episodes in New England, Wurzburg and Geneva. Herein are speeches made from the dock, the scaffold, from the foot of the ‘bonnie fire’ itself, gruesome accounts of the many tortures endured and several chilling spells and incantations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Pleasant Surprise

    • By Slade on 12-13-12

    Regular price: $10.12

    • The Art of War

    • By: Sun Tzu
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 295

    The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu. This version by Magpie Audio offers the original 13 chapters in their entirety. Stripped of all notes and commentary, it adopts the classic translation by Lionel Giles, dispenses with the numbering of paragraphs, and is read by British narrator and actor, Greg Wagland.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Godfrey Melhado on 06-10-15

    Regular price: $2.99

    • The Island of Doctor Moreau

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    The Island of Doctor Moreau is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1896. It recounts the adventures of shipwrecked Edward Prendick, who is rescued only to be set adrift near the volcanic, tropical island of Doctor Moreau, an obsessive vivisectionist who 'artistically' carves human beings from animals.

    Regular price: $14.45

    • The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

    • By: Charles Darwin
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    This work, unsurprisingly, offers invaluable insights into the life and times of Charles Darwin, his personality and the formative influences that made him what he was, for here we have his own words and ‘voice’ at the close of a prodigiously productive career. He tells of his childhood, his student days at Edinburgh and Cambridge, his love of beetles, shooting and geology and of his grandfather, Josiah Wedgwood. He talks at some length about his meetings with the great scientific men of the age, his attitudes to his critics, to religion and of his theories of evolution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent and important for understanding the man.

    • By Chris Grooms on 10-01-12

    Regular price: $11.18

    • The South Sea Bubble and Tulipomania: Financial Madness and Delusion

    • By: Charles Mackay
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    These two unabridged chapters from Charles Mackay’s two-volume evergreen work, Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841) deal with the disastrous South Sea Bubble and the extraordinary outbreak of Tulipomania in Holland.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Satire Well Worth $6 Sales Price

    • By David on 07-03-14

    Regular price: $8.77

    • An Inland Voyage

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Robert Louis Stevenson’s An Inland Voyage is his first published book (1878). It is a travelogue, a pioneering work of touristic adventure, which records his canoeing holiday in the summer of 1876, with a friend (Sir Walter Grindlay Simpson), through the waterways of Belgium and France. RLS, then 26 years old, is The Arethusa, named after his vessel, and his friend, The Cigar. It is, for the most part, a gentle journey, written in the Romantic style, full of humour, philosophical reflection, bygone charm and very frequent rain.

    Regular price: $8.25

    • The Prince

    • By: Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    The Prince, Machiavelli's 'little book', was written in 1513 and is dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici. It remains a compelling and controversial treatise on politics, dispensing often cynical, sometimes brutal advice on gaining power and retaining it. Essential listening for our masters perhaps, but most certainly for those of us who would not be mastered. The text used here is the unabridged and classic translation by W. K. Marriott.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Easy access and well transposed by the narrator.

    • By David on 02-07-15

    Regular price: $2.87

    • A Christmas Carol

    • A Ghost Story of Christmas
    • By: Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    A Christmas Carol is a work of power and beauty. It has delighted and enthralled readers since it was first published in 1843. Perhaps Charles Dickens’ best-loved work, the story follows the trials and tribulations of Ebenezer Scrooge, man of business and notorious skinflint even by the City’s stringent standards, who is taken on a journey of self-discovery by his late business partner, the spirit Jacob Marley, with the help of three supernatural apparitions: the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Touching Christmas Classic

    • By Jem Jem on 12-12-11

    Regular price: $8.41

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    H. G. Wells' classic science fiction work, first serialized in 1897, is one of many invasion narratives prevalent in British literature towards the end of the 19th century. However, The War of the Worlds not only introduces the extraterrestrial element of brutal Martian forces on the rampage but also explores many other contemporary issues and themes.

    Regular price: $16.41

    • The Life and Teaching of Karl Marx

    • By: Max Beer
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Written to commemorate the centenary of Karl Marx’s birth, Max Beer, an Austrian historian of the socialist and Marxist movements, presents a clear, detailed and highly accessible work: the first half comprises a biography, full of fascinating quotations and insightful observations whilst the second analyses many aspects of Marx’s historical and economic teachings, with useful exemplars.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a way of time that's more than time, in the time

    • By Carlyle on 11-22-16

    Regular price: $9.18

    • The First Men in the Moon

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The First Men in the Moon, published in 1901, is the gripping tale of man's first journey to the moon, undertaken by one Mr. Bedford, a bankrupt businessman; and the eccentric scientist Mr. Cavor. Here they discover a sophisticated civilization, dominated by an insectlike race they call the Selenites. It is exciting, funny, profound and tragic by turns: a beautifully written scientific romance, in fact. It is read by Greg Wagland.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unusual

    • By Tad Davis on 04-05-16

    Regular price: $16.52

    • Heart of Darkness

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    In fading light on the Thames Estuary near London, as Charles Marlow and his companions relax on deck, waiting for the turn of the tide, he tells of the time he turned ‘freshwater sailor’ on the River Congo. His perilous journey upriver in a little steamboat with a band of white colonialists and a group of cannibals takes him closer to the coveted ivory, closer to Kurtz the rogue agent, closer to certain unspeakable rites and the heart of darkness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great reading

    • By Flea on 01-09-15

    Regular price: $8.15

    • Heart of Darkness and A Personal Record

    • By: Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This audiobook comprises two works: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and his autobiographical A Personal Record. The opening of Heart of Darkness finds Charles Marlow in fading light on the Thames Estuary, as he and his companions relax on deck, waiting for the turn of the tide.

    Regular price: $13.70

    • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a chilling novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson and published in 1886. The subject matter may be partly that of a shilling shocker but the whole is executed with great panache and a fine Gothic sensibility. Lawyer Gabriel Utterson leads us apace through the rain-swept streets of Victorian London in pursuit of the diminutive but thoroughly monstrous Mr. Hyde.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unfortunately a Mark Twain Classic

    • By Joseph on 09-07-12

    Regular price: $8.41

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