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  1. It Happened One Summer: A Novel Audiobook It Happened One Summer: A Novel
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  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me Audiobook The Viscount Who Loved Me
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  3. Manifest: The Sunday Times bestseller that will change your life Audiobook Manifest: The Sunday Times bestseller that will change your life
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  4. The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry that Forged the Medieval World Audiobook The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry that Forged the Medieval World
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  5. The Dictionary of Lost Words Audiobook The Dictionary of Lost Words
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  6. The Match: From the #1 bestselling creator of the hit Netflix series Stay Close Audiobook The Match: From the #1 bestselling creator of the hit Netflix series Stay Close
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  7. Arsenic and Adobo Audiobook Arsenic and Adobo
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  8. The Cabinet Audiobook The Cabinet
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  9. The Night Circus Audiobook The Night Circus
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  10. Open Mind Audiobook Open Mind
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Thriller Playhouse Box Set: Eight thrilling episodes from the popular BBC Drama series, set during t Audiobook

Thriller Playhouse Box Set: Eight thrilling episodes from the popular BBC Drama series, set during t

Set during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, we meet MAX CARRADOS, the celebrated blind detective who can read a newspaper headline with the touch of his fingers and shoot a villain by aiming at the sound of his beating heart... and NORMAN CONQUEST, the fast talking, hard hitting adventurer with a nose for trouble and a hell-rake disregard for danger, who keeps up good cheer while he biffs the baddies... and not forgetting BEN, the chivalrous and perky non-descript little man, whose thumbs itch just before 'something 'orrible 'appens' and dies a hundred deaths during every one of his unasked-for escapades. STARRING: Tony Robinson, Simon Callow, Christopher Cazenove, Leslie Phillips, Lionel Jeffries, Bonnie Langford, Bill Nighy & full supporting cast "Murder mysteries always work well... and Mr Punch's Thriller Playhouse is particularly good... Atmospheric and Great Fun" (Daily Express) "To all concerned "Jolly good show, chaps." (The Times) BEN SEES IT THROUGH A hat lost in the English Channel, a dagger buried in a toff's back and an incriminating letter from an MP entice Ben into the world of arms dealers and smugglers as he battles to save Europe from another World War! THE EYES OF MAX CARRADOS Carrados and his 'eyes' Parkinson discover a story of murder, suicide and a desperate daughter's quest to clear her father's name THE SECRET OF HEADLAM HEIGHT As the First World War rapidly approaches, we arrive in a sleepy south coast town where Max Carrados is soon investigating the sudden death of the local museum curator. THE INGENIOUS MIND OF RIGBY LACKSOME Lured to Stratford upon Avon following an explosion by a band of determined suffragettes. Carrados must solve the riddle of the missing body of William Shakespeare. BLONDE FOR DANGER The handsome desperado, Norman Conquest aka 1066, has to pit his wits against the evil crook Bosworth Field. KILLER CONQUEST Conquest with a nose for trouble and rake-hell disregard for danger keeps up good cheer and marches on while he biffs the baddies. MISS DYNAMITE Our gentleman adventurer, having met a beautiful young lady in the middle of the night soon finds himself on the trail of a gang of jewel thieves. CONQUEST MARCHES ON Off to the theatre, our fast talking, hard hitting hero finds himself accused of assaulting a pretty young lady on the underground, but she is the victim of a mysterious blackmailer known as "The Voice". Cast Tony Robinson, Simon Callow, Christopher Cazenove, Leslie Phillips, Lionel Jeffries, Bonnie Langford, Bill Nighy, Stephen Tompkinson, Lynsey Baxter, Kerry Shale, Alice Arnold, Neville Jason, John Woodvine, Jack Klaff, Jon Glover, Christopher Benjamin & full supporting cast Dramatisation: Bert Coules, Roger Danes, Joe Dunlop, Guy Fithen, Sue Rodwell, Music: Robert Rigby Director: Adrian Bean, Neil Cargill, Alan Drury Producer: Stewart Richards & Michael Cameron © & ? 2022 Mr Punch Audiobooks Ltd

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The Eyes of Max Carrados: A Max Carrados Mystery. Full-Cast BBC Radio Drama. Audiobook

The Eyes of Max Carrados: A Max Carrados Mystery. Full-Cast BBC Radio Drama.

Set during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, where every story promises a 'Thousand Thrills!', with ingenious plots, full of twists and surprises, driven along with exciting action and tongue in cheek humour. Meet Max Carrados, the celebrated blind detective who can read a newspaper headline with the touch of his fingers and shoot a villain by aiming at the sound of his beating heart. In The Eyes of Max Carrados, our hero discovers a story of murder, suicide and a desperate daughter’s quest to clear her father’s name. “Bert Coules, Sherlock Holmes specialist, has adapted this story and is sensitive to the idiosyncratic Carrados with his instinctive sympathy for human weakness.” Sunday Times – Gillian Reynolds Choice “Atmospheric and Great Fun.” Daily Express Also available as part of the THRILLER PLAYHOUSE BOX SET, eight episodes featuring Max Carrados, Norman Conquest and Ben from the popular BBC Drama series. Cast Simon Callow as Max Carrados Lionel Jeffries as Parkinson Philip Glenister as Frank Teresa Gallagher as Madelaine Whitmarsh Matthew Marsh as William Whitmarsh Marianne Morley as Mrs Lawrence Michael Beint as Lawyer David Bannerman as Villain & full supporting cast. © & ℗ 2022 Mr Punch Audiobooks Ltd

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The Secret of Headlam Height: A Max Carrados Mystery. Full-Cast BBC Radio Drama. Audiobook

The Secret of Headlam Height: A Max Carrados Mystery. Full-Cast BBC Radio Drama.

Set during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, where every story promises a 'Thousand Thrills!', with ingenious plots, full of twists and surprises, driven along with exciting action and tongue in cheek humour. As the First world War rapidly approaches, we arrive in a sleepy south coast town where Max Carrados, the celebrated blind detective, is soon investigating the sudden death of the local museum curator. All is not as it seems, as our blind hero finds himself on the cliff top in a duel to the death with the ruthless German spymaster who is the one who knows The Secret of Headlam Height. “Good News... Simon Callow stars as the blind detective, Max Carrados, Lionel Jeffries as his servant and ‘eyes’, Parkinson.” Sunday Times – Gillian Reynolds Choice “Atmospheric and Great Fun.” Daily Express Also available as part of the THRILLER PLAYHOUSE BOX SET, eight episodes featuring Max Carrados, Norman Conquest and Ben from the popular BBC Drama series. Cast Simon Callow as Max Carrados Lionel Jeffries as Parkinson Charles Simpson as van der Burgh Brett Usher as Linmarsh Steve Hodson as Biles Kathryn Pogson as Miss Baker Paul Panting as Ferris Brian Orrell as Publican & full supporting cast. © & ℗ 2022 Mr Punch Audiobooks Ltd

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The Ingenious Mind of Rigby Lacksome: A Max Carrados Mystery. Full-Cast BBC Radio Drama. Audiobook

The Ingenious Mind of Rigby Lacksome: A Max Carrados Mystery. Full-Cast BBC Radio Drama.

Set during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, where every story promises a 'Thousand Thrills!', with ingenious plots, full of twists and surprises, driven along with exciting action and tongue in cheek humour. Max Carrados, the celebrated blind detective is lured to Stratford upon Avon following an explosion by a band of determined suffragettes. Faced with the ingenious mind of Mr Rigby Lacksome, Max and his trusty servant Parkinson must solve the riddle of the missing body of William Shakespeare “In no other play will you hear that Shakespeare went by train from Stratford-upon-Avon to Paddington. Not all of the Bard though. Just his bones... In Sue Rodwell's enjoyable dramatisation, everybody including a cockney manservant, quotes Shakespeare at the drop of a hat.” The Times “Good News... Simon Callow stars as the blind detective, Max Carrados, Lionel Jeffries as his servant and ‘eyes’, Parkinson.” Sunday Times – Gillian Reynolds Choice “Atmospheric and Great Fun.” Daily Express Also available as part of the THRILLER PLAYHOUSE BOX SET, eight episodes featuring Max Carrados, Norman Conquest and Ben from the popular BBC Drama series. Cast Simon Callow as Max Carrados Lionel Jeffries as Parkinson Stephen Tompkinson as Rigby Lacksome Lynsey Baxter as Moya Oona Benson as Maisie Deidra Morris as Miss Poppington Ian Armstrong as Lost Property Man Robert Oates as Doctor & full supporting cast. © & ℗ 2022 Mr Punch Audiobooks Ltd

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The Mysteries of Max Carrados Box Set: Three Max Carrados Mysteries. Full-Cast BBC Radio Drama. Audiobook

The Mysteries of Max Carrados Box Set: Three Max Carrados Mysteries. Full-Cast BBC Radio Drama.

Following the success of the popular BBC Drama series, we meet Max Carrados, the celebrated blind detective in a series of three thrilling mysteries, set during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, where every story promises a 'Thousand Thrills!', with ingenious plots, full of twists and surprises, driven along with exciting action and tongue in cheek humour. “Murder mysteries always work well as spoken word and Mr Punch’s Thriller Playhouse is particularly good... Atmospheric and Great Fun ” Daily Express “Good News... Simon Callow stars as the blind detective, Max Carrados, Lionel Jeffries as his servant and ‘eyes’, Parkinson.” Sunday Times – Gillian Reynolds Choice In The Eyes of Max Carrados, our blind hero, who can read a newspaper headline with the touch of his fingers and shoot a villain by aiming at the sound of his beating heart, discovers a story of murder, suicide and a desperate daughter’s quest to clear her father’s name. As the First world War rapidly approaches, we arrive in a sleepy south coast town where Max Carrados, the celebrated blind detective, is soon investigating the sudden death of the local museum curator. All is not as it seems, as our blind hero finds himself on the cliff top in a duel to the death with the ruthless German spymaster who is the one who knows The Secret of Headlam Height. Max Carrados is lured to Stratford upon Avon following an explosion by a band of determined suffragettes. Faced with the Ingenious Mind of Mr Rigby Lacksome, Carrados and his trusty servant Parkinson must solve the riddle of the missing body of William Shakespeare Also available as part of the THRILLER PLAYHOUSE BOX SET, eight episodes featuring Max Carrados, Norman Conquest and Ben from the popular BBC Drama series. Cast Simon Callow as Max Carrados Lionel Jeffries as Parkinson Philip Glenister, Teresa Gallagher, Charles Simpson, Brett Usher, Stephen Tompkinson, Lynsey Baxter, Matthew Marsh, Marianne Morley, Michael Beint, David Bannerman, Steve Hodson, Kathryn Pogson, Paul Panting, Brian Orrell, Oona Benson, Deidra Morris, Ian Armstrong, Robert Oates & full supporting cast. © & ℗ 2022 Mr Punch Audiobooks Ltd

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Daniel, at sea Audiobook

Daniel, at sea

Author: Philip Dundas Narrator: Simon Callow Release Date: October 2020

It’s 2014 and retired professor Daniel Sale, 77, is the wealthy descendent of a New England family. All of his life he has harboured the guilt of being responsible for the murder of his lover, 50 years before. And now he is alone, following the death of his wife, he fears the approach of dementia. One day, he is introduced to New York lawyer Chester Bowery and his two young daughters. As they start to become friends, something unexpected from Daniel’s past confronts him with the bitter truth that everything he believed in his life up until that moment, may have been a lie. He confesses to his friend the brutal end to a love story half a century before. Together they take a journey back to 1961 to relive his experiences in Barcelona, a city recovering from war, where he became involved in a world of Catalan intrigue, poverty and resistance but most of all a deep and overwhelming love affair in a world far different from his New England upbringing and his socialite mother. This is an unfolding tale of an old man who, having become lost in the world, suddenly learns that life can begin at any time and that true love is never what you think and is never to be found where you expect it. It is both an elegy for a lifetime of grief and a celebration of the importance of being true to ourselves. Narrated by world-renowned British actor Simon Callow OBE, star of stage and screen, with roles in films including Room with a View, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Postcards from the Edge and Shakespeare in Love. His rich, mellifluous tones bring charm and sensitivity to this story, sometimes uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking.

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Letters of Note: Art Audiobook

Letters of Note: Art

In Letters of Note: Art, Shaun Usher celebrates extraordinary correspondence about art, from missives on the agony of being overlooked, the ecstasy of producing work that excites, to surprising sources of inspiration and rousing manifestos. A star-studded cast of readers brings the letters to life, with contributions from Sanjeev Bhaskar, Louise Brealey, Simon Callow, Crystal Clarke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Toby Jones, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Stephen Mangan, Clarke Peters, Juliet Stevenson, Mark Strong and Meera Syal. The collection features letters by Michelangelo, Frida Kahlo, Oscar Howe, Martin Scorsese, Henri Matisse, Augusta Savage, Vincent van Gogh and many more. Letters of Note: Art also includes audio exclusive bonus content drawn from recordings made at performances of Letters Live, the live events series produced by Canongate in partnership with SunnyMarch and Shaun Usher. Enjoy Noel Fielding reading Salvador Dali’s letter to Federico García Lorca at London’s Union Chapel and Ian McKellen reading Kurt Vonnegut’s letter to the students of Xavier High School at the Freemasons’ Hall. A donation will be made to The National Literacy Trust – one of the regular partner charities for Letters Live – for each audiobook sold.

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Letters of Note: Love Audiobook

Letters of Note: Love

In this moving collection, Shaun Usher gathers together some of the most powerful letters about love ever written. Whether inspired by love’s first blush or the recriminations at its ending, the regrets of unrequited feelings and the joys of passions known, Letters of Note: Love is essential listening for anyone with a heart. A star-studded cast of readers brings the letters to life, with contributions from Sanjeev Bhaskar, Louise Brealey, Simon Callow, Crystal Clarke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Danny Huston, Toby Jones, Jude Law, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Mangan, Miriam Margolyes, Clarke Peters, Juliet Stevenson, Mark Strong and Meera Syal. The collection features letters by Simone de Beauvoir, Vladimir Nabokov, Zora Neale Hurston, Nelson Mandela, Maud Gonne, Johnny Cash and many more. Letters of Note: Love also includes audio exclusive bonus content drawn from recordings made at performances of Letters Live, the live events series produced by Canongate in partnership with SunnyMarch and Shaun Usher. Hear Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey read Chris Barker’s letter to Bessie Moore at the Royal Albert Hall, Tom Hiddleston reading Gerald Durrell’s letter to his wife at the Freemasons’ Hall and Nick Cave perform his song, Love Letter, at the Union Chapel. A donation will be made to The National Literacy Trust – one of the regular partner charities for Letters Live – for each audiobook sold.

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Letters of Note: War Audiobook

Letters of Note: War

In Letters of Note: War, Shaun Usher brings together some of the most remarkable letters that encapsulate the human experience of war, from unimaginable feats of courage and compassion, to unthinkable episodes of violence and horror. A star-studded cast of readers brings the letters to life, with contributions from Sanjeev Bhaskar, Louise Brealey, Simon Callow, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrian Edmondson, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Danny Huston, Toby Jones, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jude Law, Natascha McElhone, Clarke Peters, Juliet Stevenson and Mark Strong. The collection features letters by Mark Twain, June Wandrey, Evelyn Waugh, Lord Horatio Nelson, Alexander Hamilton, Luis Alvarez and many more. Letters of Note: War also includes audio exclusive bonus content drawn from recordings made at performances of Letters Live, the live events series produced by Canongate in partnership with SunnyMarch and Shaun Usher. Listen to Ben Kingsley reading Mohandas Gandhi’s letter to Adolf Hitler and Colin Firth and Taron Egerton read letters exchanged between Rudyard Kipling and his son, John. A donation will be made to The National Literacy Trust – one of the regular partner charities for Letters Live – for each audiobook sold.

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Letters of Note: Cats Audiobook

Letters of Note: Cats

In Letters of Note: Cats, Shaun Usher collects together the most engaging missives that celebrate, eulogise, rail against and analyse the idiosyncratic ways of our feline companions. A star-studded cast of readers brings the letters to life, with contributions from Sanjeev Bhaskar, Louise Brealey, Simon Callow, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrian Edmondson, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Danny Huston, Toby Jones, Ferdinand Kingsley, Helen McCrory, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Mangan, Miriam Margolyes, Clarke Peters, Juliet Stevenson, Mark Strong and Meera Syal. The collection features letters by Nikola Tesla, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Frank, Raymond Chandler, John Cheever, Rachel Carson, Jack Lemmon and many more. Letters of Note: Cats also includes audio exclusive bonus content drawn from recordings made at performances of Letters Live, the live events series produced by Canongate in partnership with SunnyMarch and Shaun Usher. Listen to Toby Jones reading John Cheever’s letter to Susie Herbst and an ensemble cast reading a flurry of letters to the Guardian on the hotly contested topic of ‘cats vs dogs’. A donation will be made to The National Literacy Trust – one of the regular partner charities for Letters Live – for each audiobook sold.

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Letters of Note: Music Audiobook

Letters of Note: Music

In Letters of Note: Music, Shaun Usher brings together a riveting collection of letters by and about some of the musicians and music that enrich our lives. Wonderfully wide-ranging and illuminating, it will delight music lovers of all stripes. A star-studded cast of readers brings the letters to life, with contributions from Sanjeev Bhaskar, Louise Brealey, Simon Callow, Nick Cave, Crystal Clarke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrian Edmondson, Stephen Fry, Danny Huston, Toby Jones, Jude Law, Stephen Mangan, Miriam Margolyes, Clarke Peters, Juliet Stevenson and Mark Strong. The collection features letters by Nick Cave, Helen Keller, Keith Richards, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane, Kim Gordon and many more. Letters of Note: Music also includes audio exclusive bonus content drawn from recordings made at performances of Letters Live, the live events series produced by Canongate in partnership with SunnyMarch and Shaun Usher. Savour Jarvis Cocker reading Iggy Pop’s letter to a fan named Laurence and Matt Berry reading Robert Crumb’s letter to free jazz saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. A donation will be made to The National Literacy Trust – one of the regular partner charities for Letters Live – for each audiobook sold.

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Michelangelo, God's Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece Audiobook

Michelangelo, God's Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece

Author: William E. Wallace Narrator: Simon Callow Release Date: October 2019

In this audiobook, acclaimed actor Simon Callow narrates the gripping untold story of Michelangelo's final decades-and his transformation into one of the greatest architects of the Italian Renaissance As he entered his seventies, the great Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo despaired that his productive years were past. Anguished by the death of friends and discouraged by the loss of commissions to younger artists, this supreme painter and sculptor began carving his own tomb. It was at this unlikely moment that fate intervened to task Michelangelo with the most ambitious and daunting project of his long creative life. Michelangelo, God's Architect is the first book to tell the full story of Michelangelo's final two decades, when the peerless artist refashioned himself into the master architect of St. Peter's Basilica and other major buildings. When the Pope handed Michelangelo control of the St. Peter's project in 1546, it was a study in architectural mismanagement, plagued by flawed design and faulty engineering. Assessing the situation with his uncompromising eye and razor-sharp intellect, Michelangelo overcame the furious resistance of Church officials to persuade the Pope that it was time to start over. Leading Michelangelo expert William Wallace sheds new light on this least familiar part of Michelangelo's biography, revealing a creative genius who was also a skilled engineer and enterprising businessman. The challenge of building St. Peter's deepened Michelangelo's faith, Wallace shows. Fighting the intrigues of Church politics and his own declining health, Michelangelo became convinced that he was destined to build the largest and most magnificent church ever conceived. And he was determined to live long enough that no other architect could alter his design.

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