Audiobooks Narrated by Leighton Pugh

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  1. Over My Dead Body Audiobook Over My Dead Body
  2. The Whalebone Theatre: The instant Sunday Times bestseller Audiobook The Whalebone Theatre: The instant Sunday Times bestseller
  3. Bridgerton: Romancing Mister Bridgerton: Bridgertons Book 4 Audiobook Bridgerton: Romancing Mister Bridgerton: Bridgertons Book 4
  4. Lapvona Audiobook Lapvona
  5. You Are Not a Before Picture: How to finally make peace with your body, for good Audiobook You Are Not a Before Picture: How to finally make peace with your body, for good
  6. Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, 10th-Anniversary Edition Audiobook Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, 10th-Anniversary Edition
  7. The Murders at Fleat House Audiobook The Murders at Fleat House
  8. Modern Romance: An Investigation Audiobook Modern Romance: An Investigation
  9. Counterfeit Audiobook Counterfeit
  10. Richer Than Sin Audiobook Richer Than Sin
Atoms and Ashes: From Bikini Atoll to Fukushima Audiobook

Atoms and Ashes: From Bikini Atoll to Fukushima

Author: Serhii Plokhy Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: May 2022

Brought to you by Penguin. In 2011, a 43-foot-high tsunami crashed into a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. In the following days, explosions would rip buildings apart, three reactors would go into nuclear meltdown, and the surrounding area would be swamped in radioactive water. It is now considered one of the costliest nuclear disasters ever. But Fukushima was not the first, and it was not the worst. . . In Atoms and Ashes, acclaimed historian Serhii Plokhy tells the tale of the six nuclear disasters that shook the world: Bikini Atoll, Kyshtym, Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. Based on wide-ranging research and witness testimony, Plokhy traces the arc of each crisis, exploring in depth the confused decision-making on the ground and the panicked responses of governments to contain the crises and often cover up the scale of the catastrophe. As the world increasingly looks to renewable and alternative sources of energy, Plokhy lucidly argues that the atomic risk must be understood in explicit terms, but also that these calamities reveal a fundamental truth about our relationship with nuclear technology: that the thirst for power and energy has always trumped safety and the cost for future generations. © Serhii Plokhy 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

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Berlin: Life and Loss in the City That Shaped The Century Audiobook

Berlin: Life and Loss in the City That Shaped The Century

Author: Sinclair Mckay Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: May 2022

Brought to you by Penguin. Throughout the twentieth century, Berlin stood at the centre of a convulsing world. This history is often viewed as separate acts: the suffering of the First World War, the cosmopolitan city of science, culture and sexual freedom Berlin became, steep economic plunges, the rise of the Nazis, the destruction of the Second World War, the psychosis of genocide, and a city rent in two by competing ideologies. But people do not live their lives in fixed eras. An epoch ends, yet the people continue - or try to continue - much as they did before. Berlin tells the story of the city as seen through the eyes not of its rulers, but of those who walked its streets. In this magisterial biography of a city and its inhabitants, bestselling historian Sinclair McKay sheds new light on well-known characters - from idealistic scientist Albert Einstein to Nazi architect Albert Speer - and draws on never-before-seen first-person accounts to introduce us to people of all walks of Berlin life. For example, we meet office worker Mechtild Evers, who in her efforts to escape an oncoming army runs into even more appalling jeopardy, and Reinhart Cruger, a 12-year-old boy in 1941 who witnesses with horror the Gestapo coming for each of his Jewish neighbours in turn. How did those ideologies - fascism and communism - come to flower so fully here? And how did their repercussions continue to be felt throughout Europe and the West right up until that extraordinary night in the autumn of 1989 when the Wall - that final expression of totalitarian oppression - was at last breached? You cannot understand the twentieth century without understanding Berlin; and you cannot understand Berlin without understanding the experiences of its people. McKay's latest masterpiece shows us this hypnotic city as never before. © Sinclair McKay 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

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The Echo Man Audiobook

The Echo Man

Author: Sam Holland Narrator: Leighton Pugh, Sarah Lambie Release Date: April 2022

An incredible new thriller from an exciting new talent! The murders have begun… Across England, a string of murders is taking place. Each different in method, but each horrifying and brutal. But the killer is just getting started… Jess Ambrose is plunged into the investigation when her house is set ablaze. With her husband dead and the police pointing at her, she runs. Her only hope is disgraced detective Nate Griffin, who is convinced Jess is innocent. And he’s going to shock the world… Soon, Jess and Griffin discover the unthinkable; this murderer is copying the world’s most notorious serial killers. And now, imitation isn’t enough. The killer dubbed The Echo Man is ready to create his own masterpiece, and it will be more terrifying than anything that has come before… ‘Evokes a classic, satisfying, red-blooded fear…a stellar debut’ A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window ‘Sam Holland has created one of the most disturbing, shocking serial killers in recent memor’ M.W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show ‘Utterly compelling, the story rushes forward relentlessly…a writer to watch’ Daily Mail ‘I loved this book and absolutely devoured it…brilliant’ Catherine Cooper, author of The Chalet ‘I raced through this absolute page-turner and slept with the light on after finishing it!’ Elle Croft, author of The Guilty Wife ‘Sam Holland will keep you gripped’ Jo Furniss, author of All the Little Children

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Darklands Audiobook


Author: Niels Krause-Kjær Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: March 2022

'Darklands' is Niels Krause-Kjær's independent sequel to the filmed bestselling novel 'Solitaire'. Suspicion of fraud at the highest level turns out to have threads reaching far into Danish democracy. A young civil servant in the Ministry of the Interior is murdered, the day before parliamentary elections are called. The journalist Ulrik Torp, who after a round of job cuts has ended up on social security, is sent by the Job Centre to a company internship at the Daily News and starts writing about the murder. The young civil servant had allegedly got wind of a widespread deception and, together with a journalist student intern, Ulrik Torp comes upon the trail of a small circle of former politicians and top officials who seem ready to use all means at their disposal to defend society against an illiberal agenda ruled by tweets and Facebook posts. Like 'Solitaire', 'Darklands' moves in the border zone between media and politics and describes current political dilemmas, just as it draws on the factual story about The Firm - a private intelligence service set up in Denmark after World War II and allegedly closed down in the 1960s - into a contemporary context. - Niels Krause-Kjær (born 1963) is a Danish journalist. After a period as press chief for the Danish Conservative Party's Parliamentary Group, he wrote the political thriller 'Solitaire', which became an award-winning film by Nikolaj Arcel. 'Darklands' is the second volume in the series about journalist Ulrik Torp. This thriller is also being filmed.

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Luck Audiobook


Author: David Flusfeder Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: March 2022

A fascinating, enchanting and painfully personal look at the meaning of luck, and the way in which it has shaped our shared history and continues to inflect our day to day lives. What does it mean to be lucky? How might we mitigate the effects of bad luck and maximise those of good? Is there actually such a thing as ‘luck’—some force that intervenes between desire and its consummation, that impedes or hastens it?  To answer these questions, David Flusfeder sets out on a search for the definition of luck. This quest will take him to Siberia, Versailles, the Old Testament desert; play roulette in Baden-Baden with Dostoevsky; visit a Cambridge fairground with Wittgenstein; meet the sixteenth-century poet Thomas Bastard, who challenged Fortune, and lost; find Nietzsche on the slopes of Vesuvius; learn about the pioneers of probability; the twentieth-century art investigators of chance and possibility; and the intensely personal story of his father’s good fortune in escaping war-time Poland. Starting at the British Library in London, and following the dictates of an online randomiser that decided the chapter order, Flusfeder follows in the footsteps of some victors of luck and those who were defeated by it, from ancient times to the modern day. Luck asks fundamental questions about the world, ourselves, our place in it. In these questions, about our relationships to fortune, to risk, to opportunity, to chance, destiny and fate, we find ourselves deciding who we are and how we might choose to live.

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The Secret Prison Governor Audiobook

The Secret Prison Governor

Author: Anonymous Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: February 2022

An eye-opening, thought-provoking and mind-blowing account from a genuine prison governor of what it's really like behind bars. How do you bring order to the lawless? The Secret Prison Governor has spent decades surrounded by every type of prisoner known to man, from petty thieves and common drug dealers to crime bosses and dangerous serial killers. Since starting as a rookie, he has experienced the reality of the UK's harsh prison system and the hard challenge of ruling those within it. In his own words, the Secret Prison Governor spares no detail of prison life, whether that's breaking up shiv fights, investigating and crushing vast networks of contraband, negotiating with hardened criminals or dealing with full-scale cellblock gang wars. This is the brutal truth of what life is really like behind bars.

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Solitaire Audiobook


Author: Niels Krause-Kjær Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: December 2021

Corruption, conspiracies and the cynicism of true Machiavellian villains... Move over Frank Underwood there is a new bunch of power-hungry sociopaths in town. Just three weeks before the election the leader of the Democratic Party is seriously injured in a severe car accident. This catapults the party into a grubby power struggle between the parliamentary group chairman and the political spokesman. Only one of the two will be taking over the future leadership of the party. Past events, malignant arm-twisting and document forgery are all used in their efforts to reach the very top. Here everyone is a pawn in this high stakes game of political chess where even the journalists covering the Danish parliament have their own agendas. Enter young, ambitious journalist, Ulrik Torp, who is made Dagbladet's correspondent in Parliament. An opportunity of a lifetime. But Ulrik gets caught up in the power struggle the parties two successors and slowly uncovers a cynical plot that involves the country's incumbent Prime Minister. Obsessed with learning the truth Ulrik must slowly watch as his ideals crack and eventually forced to take action himself... Something is definitely rotten in the state of Denmark. Great for fans of Borgen, House of Cards and Narcos. - Niels Krause-Kjær (born 1963) is a Danish journalist. After a period as press chief for the Danish Conservative Party's Parliamentary Group, he wrote the political thriller 'Solitaire', which became the award-winning film 'King's Game' by Nikolaj Arcel. In 2019, 'Darklands', the second volume in the series about journalist Ulrik Torp was published. This thriller is also being filmed.

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The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World Audiobook

The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World

Author: Claire Tomalin Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: November 2021

Brought to you by Penguin. A fascinating journey into the life of H.G. Wells, from one of Britain's best biographers. How did the first forty years of H. G. Wells' life shape the father of science fiction? From his impoverished childhood in a working-class English family, to his determination to educate himself at any cost, to the serious ill health that dominated his twenties and thirties, his complicated marriages, and love affair with socialism, the first forty years of H. G. Wells' extraordinary life would set him on a path to become one of the world's most influential writers. The sudden success of The Time Machine and The War of The Worlds transformed his life and catapulted him to international fame; he became the writer who most inspired Orwell and countless others, and predicted men walking on the moon seventy years before it happened. In this remarkable, empathetic biography, Claire Tomalin paints a fascinating portrait of a man like no other, driven by curiosity and desiring reform, a socialist and a futurist whose new and imaginative worlds continue to inspire today. 'The finest of biographers' Hilary Mantel 'A most intelligent and sympathetic biographer' Daily Telegraph 'One of the best biographers of her generation' Guardian © Claire Tomalin 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

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In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918–1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust Audiobook

In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918–1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust

Author: Jeffrey Veidlinger Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: November 2021

In riveting prose, In the Midst of Civilized Europe repositions the pogroms as a defining moment of the twentieth century. Between 1918 and 1921, over a hundred thousand Jews were murdered in Ukraine and Poland by peasants, townsmen, and soldiers who blamed the Jews for the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. In hundreds of separate incidents, ordinary people robbed their Jewish neighbors with impunity, burned down their houses, ripped apart their Torah scrolls, sexually assaulted them, and killed them. Largely forgotten today, these pogroms – ethnic riots – dominated headlines and international affairs in their time. Aid workers warned that six million Jews were in danger of complete extermination. Twenty years later, these dire predictions would come true. Drawing upon long-neglected archival materials, including thousands of newly discovered witness testimonies, trial records, and official orders, acclaimed historian Jeffrey Veidlinger shows for the first time how this wave of genocidal violence created the conditions for the Holocaust. Through stories of survivors, perpetrators, aid workers, and governmental officials, he explains how so many different groups of people came to the same conclusion: that killing Jews was an acceptable response to their various problems.

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The Soaring Life of the Lark Audiobook

The Soaring Life of the Lark

Author: John Lewis-Stempel Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: October 2021

Brought to you by Penguin. 'How to describe the ecstatic song of larks? How the writers and poets have tried...' Skylarks are the heralds of our countryside. Their music is the quintessential sound of spring. The spirit of English pastoralism, they inspire poets, composers and farmers alike. In the trenches of World War I they were a reminder of the chattering meadows of home. Perhaps you were up with the lark, or as happy as one. History has seen us poeticise and musicise the bird, but also capture and eat them. We watch as they climb the sky, delight in their joyful singing, and yet we harm them too. The Soaring life of the Lark explores the music and poetry; the breath-taking heights and struggle to survive of one of Britain's most iconic songbirds. © John Lewis-Stempel 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

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Poetics/Rhetoric Audiobook


Author: Aristotle Narrator: Leighton Pugh Release Date: October 2021

The Art of Rhetoric, a guide on the principles behind oratorical skill, is a core text on the art of persuasion. Aristotle contends that rhetoric is one of the key elements of philosophy - along with logic and dialectic. The work consists of three books: the first is a general overview, the second concerns the means of persuasion that an orator must deploy, and the third discusses elements of style and arrangement. This recording also includes The Poetics, the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory, which has exerted a huge influence on Western drama and literature. It demonstrates how plot, character and spectacle can be combined to produce maximum impact in drama - and tragedy in particular.

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The Chateau Audiobook

The Chateau

Author: Catherine Cooper Narrator: Genevieve Swallow, Hannah Donelon, Leighton Pugh, Sid Sagar, Sophie Aldred Release Date: September 2021

THE TOP TWENTY SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘A brilliant new story-teller has arrived’ ERIN KELLY ‘A read-in-one-sitting thriller’ LUCY CLARKE ‘Chilling, devious’ JANICE HALLETT ‘Glorious escapism with a murderous twist’ TAMMY COHEN They thought it was perfect. They were wrong… A glamorous chateau Aura and Nick don’t talk about what happened in England. They’ve bought a chateau in France to make a fresh start, and their kids need them to stay together – whatever it costs. A couple on the brink The expat community is welcoming, but when a neighbour is murdered at a lavish party, Aura and Nick don’t know who to trust. A secret that is bound to come out… Someone knows exactly why they really came to the chateau. And someone is going to give them what they deserve. The Sunday Times bestseller is back with a rollercoaster read, perfect for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware. ‘A read-in-one-sitting thriller’ LUCY CLARKE, author of THE CASTAWAYS ‘Chilling, devious’ JANICE HALLETT, author of THE APPEAL ‘The definition of unputdownable’ SINEAD CROWLEY ‘Hot on the heels of her debut thriller, Cooper has crafted yet another gripping page-turner that kept me second guessing myself until the very end’ Karin Nordin Praise for Catherine Cooper: ‘Pure adrenaline’ Erin Kelly ‘Agatha Christie with glamour’ Sunday Times Style ‘Intense and claustrophobic’ Heat The Chalet was a Sunday Times No.5 bestseller for w/e 28/11/20

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