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  1. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man Audiobook Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
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  3. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Be Audiobook Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Be
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  4. Near Dark: A Thriller Audiobook Near Dark: A Thriller
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  5. Coming Home to Island House Audiobook Coming Home to Island House
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  6. Outsider: A Novel of Suspense Audiobook Outsider: A Novel of Suspense
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  7. What You Wish For: A Novel Audiobook What You Wish For: A Novel
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  8. The Alchemist Audiobook The Alchemist
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  9. Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex Audiobook Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex
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The Invisible Man Audiobook

The Invisible Man

Author: H. G. Wells Narrator: Robert Glenister Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Robert Glenister who is best known, amongst other roles, as 'Three Socks' Morgan in the BBC series Hustle. He is also known for his roles in Spooks and Law and Order. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Christopher Priest, author of The Prestige. Depicting one man's transformation and descent into brutality, H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man is a riveting exploration of science's power to corrupt. This Penguin Classics edition is edited by Patrick Parrinder. With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin - the new guest at The Coach and Horses - Is at first assumed to be a shy accident-victim. But the true reason for his disguise is far more chilling: he has developed a process that has made him invisible, and is locked in a struggle to discover the antidote. Forced from the village and driven to murder, he seeks the aid of his old friend Kemp. The horror of his fate has affected his mind, however - and when Kemp refuses to help, Griffin resolves to wreak his revenge. (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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The Blazing World and Other Writings: Penguin Classics Audiobook

The Blazing World and Other Writings: Penguin Classics

Author: Margaret Cavendish Narrator: Abigail Thaw Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Abigail Thaw, best known for her role as Dorothea Frazil in Endeavour. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Kate Lilley, also read by Abigail Thaw. Flamboyant, theatrical and ambitious, Margaret Cavendish was one of the seventeenth century's most striking figures: a woman who ventured into the male spheres of politics, science, philosophy and literature. The Blazing World is a highly original work: part Utopian fiction, part feminist text, it tells of a lady shipwrecked on the Blazing World where she is made Empress and uses her power to ensure that it is free of war, religious division and unfair sexual discrimination. This volume also includes The Contract, a romance in which love and law work harmoniously together, and Assaulted and Pursued Chastity, which explores the power and freedom a woman can achieve in the disguise of a man. (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court: Penguin Classics Audiobook

A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court: Penguin Classics

Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Shazad Latif Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Shazad Latif, best known for his roles in Star Trek: Discovery and Spooks. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Justin Kaplan. When Connecticut mechanic and foreman Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious, he wakes not to the familiar scenes of nineteenth-century America but to the bewildering sights and sounds of sixth-century Camelot. Although confused at first and quickly imprisoned, he soon realises that his knowledge of the future can transform his fate. Correctly predicting a solar eclipse from inside his prison cell, Morgan terrifies the people of England into releasing him and swiftly establishes himself as the most powerful magician in the land, stronger than Merlin and greatly admired by Arthur himself. But the Connecticut Yankee wishes for more than simply a place at the Round Table. Soon, he begins a far greater struggle: to bring American democratic ideals to Old England. Complex and fascinating, A Connecticut Yankee is a darkly comic consideration of the nature of human nature and society. (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe: Penguin Classics Audiobook

The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe: Penguin Classics

Author: Edgar Allan Poe, Harold Beaver Narrator: Bettrys Jones, Joe Jameson, Kevin Eldon, Rory Alexander Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by the acclaimed comedian and actor Kevin Eldon (star of It's Kevin, Alan Partidge, Big Train, Brass Eye and Hot Fuzz) supported by Bettrys Jones, Joe Jameson and Rory Alexander. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Harold Beaver, read by Rory Alexander. One of the greatest of all horror writers, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) also composed pioneering tales that seized upon the scientific developments of an era marked by staggering change. In this collection of sixteen stories, he explores such wide-ranging contemporary themes as galvanism, time travel and resurrection of the dead. 'The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfall' relates a man's balloon journey to the moon with a combination of scientific precision and astonishing fantasy. Elsewhere, the boundaries between horror and science are elegantly blurred in stories such as 'The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar', while the great essay 'Eureka' outlines Poe's own interpretation of the universe. Powerfully influential on later authors including Jules Verne, these works are essential reading for anyone wishing to trace the genealogy of science fiction, or to understand the complexity of Poe's own creative vision (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Gulliver's Travels: Penguin Classics Audiobook

Gulliver's Travels: Penguin Classics

Author: Jonathan Swift Narrator: Rafe Spall Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. A wickedly clever satire uses comic inversions to offer telling insights into the nature of man and society, the Penguin Classics edition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels is edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Demaria, Jr. Gulliver's Travels describes the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon. In Lilliput he discovers a world in miniature; towering over the people and their city, he is able to view their society from the viewpoint of a god. However, in Brobdingnag, a land of giants, tiny Gulliver himself comes under observation, exhibited as a curiosity at markets and fairs. In Laputa, a flying island, he encounters a society of speculators and projectors who have lost all grip on everyday reality; while they plan and calculate, their country lies in ruins. Gulliver's final voyage takes him to the land of the Houyhnhnms, gentle horses whom he quickly comes to admire - in contrast to the Yahoos, filthy bestial creatures who bear a disturbing resemblance to humans. 'A masterwork of irony ... that contains both a dark and bitter meaning and a joyous, extraordinary creativity of imagination' Malcolm Bradbury (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Fortunata y Jacinta, parte tercera Audiobook

Fortunata y Jacinta, parte tercera

Author: Benito Pérez Galdós Narrator: Esperanza De La Encarnación Release Date: July 2020

Fortunata y Jacinta, dos historias de casadas, es un extraordinario relato decimonónico que metaforiza a la perfección la sociedad española de su época, describiendo con lupa científica a Madrid y sus habitantes. Los usos y costumbres, las ideologías, los cambios sociales, políticos, económicos e ideológicos, se reflejan en la historia de una familia, en sus intrigas, infidelidades, pasiones y amores, que igual se lee desde el punto de vista analítico y sociológico, que desde el espectador de culebrón. Con la maestría narrativa de Galdós, en su escritura hecha para ser leída en voz alta abundan el ritmo, el buen humor, las descripciones minuciosas, los dejes y acentos en el habla de sus personajes, que confieren a esta obra gran riqueza de matices para su escucha. Fortunata y Jacinta es una obra que tradicionalmente se ha publicado en 2 volúmenes en sus ediciones en papel, y que el autor dividió en cuatro partes. Nuestra Audioedición ha respetado la división natural del autor y ofrece la novela completa en estas cuatro partes, siendo ésta la tercera.

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Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces: A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation Audiobook

Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces: A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: John Clifford Mortimer Narrator: Desmond Barrit, Tim Mcinnerny Release Date: July 2020

Desmond Barrit stars as Horace Rumpole in this full-cast, feature-length radio drama Rumpole has no special objection to Christmas - except that with the Old Bailey closed, he has no opportunity to exercise his skills in court. But over the course of one unusual holiday, he nonetheless manages to triumph in two very different cases... Dragooned into spending Christmas in Norfolk, at the home of one of Hilda's old schoolfriends, Rumpole is feeling less than festive. Chilly Coldsands Rectory does not offer much in the way of enjoyment - but a trip to the local church and a surprise encounter with an old acquaintance leads to a God-given opportunity to indulge in a little seasonal, charitable blackmail. A New Year outing to see Aladdin also provides more excitement than expected. The traditional British pantomime is one of Rumpole's favourite institutions, but he has a vague feeling that there's something odd about this particular production. A post-panto drink, some overheard remarks and a glance at the programme confirm his suspicions - and put him on the path to solving an audacious crime... Starring Desmond Barrit as Rumpole and Joanna David as Hilda, with Tim McInnerny as Donald Compton and Nigel Anthony as Fred Timson. Cast Horace Rumpole - Desmond Barrit Hilda Rumpole - Joanna David Rev Eric Longstaff - Oliver Ford Davies Donald Compton - Tim McInnerny Fred Timson - Nigel Anthony Phillida Erskine-Brown - Patience Tomlinson Judge Bullingham - Philip Voss Skimpy Simpson - Ioan Meredith Bonny Bernard - Bruce Alexander Detective Inspector Grimble - John Hartley Aladdin - Rebecca Lacey Denis Timson - Tom George Widow Twanky - Tilly Vosburgh Tristan - Lewis Reece Isolde - Lauren Bird Production credits Written by John Mortimer Directed by Marilyn Imrie Produced by Catherine Bailey Pantomime music written by Neil Brand A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4

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Micromegas and Other Short Fictions: Penguin Classics Audiobook

Micromegas and Other Short Fictions: Penguin Classics

Author: Francois Voltaire Narrator: Roy Mcmillan Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Roy McMillan, narrator of Underland by Robert MacFarlane, The Second Sleep by Robert Harris and Love is Blind by William Boyd. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Haydn Mason and is translated by translated by Theo Cuffe. Something between a tale and a polemic, these 'fables of reason' are feats of narrative compression and contain much of Voltaire's best and funniest writing. From ribald tales of adultery to conversations between cosmic travellers, the stories in this collection pose moral, philosophical and social questions. Reader and protagonist alike find their assumptions challenged as Voltaire mingles rationality and fantasy. (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Penguin Classics Audiobook

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Penguin Classics

Author: Jules Verne Narrator: Oliver Hembrough, Tony Law Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Tony Law, the award-winning comedian and actor who is best known for his surreal stand-up routines and flights of fancy. This definitive recording includes an introduction by David Coward, read by Oliver Hembrough. In this thrilling adventure tale, three men embark on an epic journey under the sea with the mysterious Captain Nemo aboard his submarine, the Nautilus. Over the course of their fantastical voyage, they encounter the lost city of Atlantis, the South Pole and the corals of the Red Sea, and must battle countless adversaries, both human and monstrous. This new version by acclaimed translator David Coward brings Verne's novel vividly to life for a new generation of readers. (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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The Purple Cloud: Penguin Classics Audiobook

The Purple Cloud: Penguin Classics

Author: M P Shiel Narrator: Clifford Samuel Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Clifford Samuel. This definitive recording includes an introduction by John Sutherland. The Purple Cloud tells the grandly bleak story of Adam Jeffson: the first man to reach the North Pole and the last man left alive on earth. A sweet-smelling, deadly cloud of poisonous gas has devastated the world, and as Jeffson travels the stricken globe in search of human life, he slowly succumbs to madness, and unleashes fire and destruction on his planet. Dark, desolate and fantastical, The Purple Cloud was a pioneer in the genre of apocalyptic novels, and the first great science fiction work of the twentieth century. (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Anna Karenina: Penguin Classics Audiobook

Anna Karenina: Penguin Classics

Author: Leo Tolstoy Narrator: Miranda Pleasence Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Miranda Pleasence, the stage and television actress best known for her roles in Notes on a Scandal, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and The Affair of the Necklace. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Richard Pevear. Tolstoy's epic novel of love, destiny and self-destruction. Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Their subsequent affair scandalizes society and family alike and soon brings jealously and bitterness in its wake. Contrasting with this tale of love and self-destruction is the vividly observed story of Levin, a man striving to find contentment and a meaning to his life - and also a self-portrait of Tolstoy himself. This acclaimed modern translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky won the PEN/ Book of the Month Club Translation Prize in 2001. 'The new and brilliantly witty translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky is a must' - Lisa Appignanesi, Independent, Books of the Year 'Pevear and Volokhonsky are at once scrupulous translators and vivid stylists of English, and their superb rendering allows us, as perhaps never before, to grasp the palpability of Tolstoy's 'characters, acts, situations'' - James Wood, New Yorker Translation copyright © Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky 2003 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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Uncommon Danger Audiobook

Uncommon Danger

Author: Eric Ambler Narrator: Simon Bubb Release Date: July 2020

Brought to you by Penguin. Kenton's career as a journalist depends on his facility with languages, his knowledge of European politics and his quick judgement. Where his judgement sometimes fails him, however, is in his personal life. When he travels to Nuremberg to investigate a story about a top-level meeting of Nazi officials, he inadvertently finds himself on a train bound for Austria after a bad night of gambling. Stranded with no money, Kenton jumps at the chance to earn a fee helping a refugee smuggle securities across the border. Yet he soon discovers that the documents he holds have far more than cash value - and that they could cost him his life ... © Eric Ambler 1937 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

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