Audiobooks Narrated by Simon Hester

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  1. The Silence of Scheherazade Audiobook The Silence of Scheherazade
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  3. Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food Audiobook Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food
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  4. A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders Audiobook A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders
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  5. Such a Quiet Place Audiobook Such a Quiet Place
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  6. 1979 Audiobook 1979
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  7. The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal Audiobook The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal
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  8. Land of Big Numbers Audiobook Land of Big Numbers
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  9. Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose Audiobook Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose
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  10. What We Find Audiobook What We Find
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Pinocchio Audiobook

Pinocchio

Author: Carlo Collodi Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: July 2021

It may be that we are too sophisticated in this day and age for as simple a morality tale as Carlo Collodi’s “Pinocchio”. It is certainly true that the original tale is much darker in its tone than the later versions which smooth out some of sharper edges of the narrative.  Pinocchio himself is at first a very unlikeable character; he feels only for himself, and his apparent remorse is only self-pity. His creator, Geppetto, is initially a reluctant father figure to the self-centred marionette, and the lessons that Pinocchio must endure in order to gain boyhood are often harsh. In this classic tale, Pinocchio, through his many adventures, learns that the virtues of hard work and study, obedience to one’s parents, politeness and generosity are are the only true path to becoming a real boy. Narrated by Simon Hester. Original music by Simon Hester.

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Audiobook

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Author: Jules Verne Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: June 2021

Today we take for granted the exploration of the fascinating submarine depths of the oceans, so ubiquitous are its many representations on our screens. It is therefore surprising to realise that in his thrilling 1869 novel Jules Verne was anticipating much which was then not even imagined by science. The enigmatic Captain Nemo takes his awe-inspiring Nautilus around the Oceans of the world exploring the deep with its wonders and horrors. The story is narrated by Professor Aronax, who, though enthralled and fascinated by all that Captain Nemo shows him, fears that he and his companions may never escape from this submarine fortress. Head Stories Audio presents the classic tale of underwater science fiction, narrated by Simon Hester. With original music.

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The Prince and the Pauper Audiobook

The Prince and the Pauper

Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: April 2021

Perhaps it took an American to so skilfully write of Tudor history through the lens of US democracy. Mark Twain perfectly captures the flavour of 16th Century England as we wish it had been and at the same time explores the themes of power, poverty, privilege, identity and destiny.he then weaves these seamlessly into an adventure story which pleases young and old alike. Narrated by Simon Hester. With original music.

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The Pilgrim's Progress Audiobook

The Pilgrim's Progress

Author: John Bunyan Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: March 2021

John Bunyan's classic allegory of the Christian journey of pilgrimage has never lost its power to teach the important truths of Faith. We may prefer our allegories to be a little more sophisticated these days, and feel that characters such as Mr Worldy Wise, Mr Talkative, Giant Despair , Mercy and Great Heart are far from subtle.  Yet Bunyan never wanted us in any doubt as to the thrust of his story, and if we can lay aside our 21st Century tendency to equate plain speaking with naivety then 'A Pilgrim's Progress' speaks to us as plainly as it has to generations before about the simple yet profound truths of the Christian Faith. Narrated by Simon Hester. With original music.

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Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow Audiobook

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

Author: Jerome. K. Jerome Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: January 2021

-  Jerome. K. Jerome allows us to laugh, with and at, both himself and ourselves in his writing. As we peruse his “Idle Thoughts” on subjects ranging from babies to ambition, from dogs to poverty, we find that the dust of over a hundred years have not dimmed the mirror in which we look. Jerome, as in his other comic works presents a seeming stream of consciousness that can shift in a moment from the ridiculous to the sublime, from self-deprecation to intense longing.    Such “Idle Thoughts” will not be in vain while we can still recognise that humanity changes very little over the ages, and while we can still laugh at ourselves. Narrated by Simon Hester with original music.

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Audiobook

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: January 2021

After first introducing Sherlock Holmes in 'A Study in Scarlet', Sir Arthur Conan Doyle then began his series of shorter Holmes' adventures as chronicled by the famous detective's friend and companion Dr John Watson. Here we have many classics of the Holmes series. The gothic horror of 'The Speckled Band', the bizzare and clever deception of 'The Red Headed League', the unique and frightening experience of the 'Engineer'sThumb' and the lofty client from 'A Scandal in Bohemia', a case which finds Holmes up against 'The Woman'. Simon Hester gives a compelling narration with specially composed theme music.

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The Jungle Book Audiobook

The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: December 2020

To return to the Jungle Book in its literary form after encountering it in the popular culture of the last 50 years is to be bathed in the fresh, cold, bracing water of a jungle waterfall such as Mowgli himself would have enjoyed. Head Stories audio presents this compelling telling of the classic Rudyard Kipling book which goes well beyong the confines of the Indian Jungle! SImon Hester narrates, with specially composed music.  

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The Happy Prince & Other Stories Audiobook

The Happy Prince & Other Stories

Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: December 2020

It is all to easy to be familiar with Oscar Wilde the aesthete. The limpid sophisticate ever ready with a witty epigram designed to both shock and stimulate. However, here in this set of short stories Wilde, at least partly, lays aside his barbs and is careful to not let cynicism cloud the parable like innocence of these tales.  There is an undeniable purity in these tales which Wilde’s simple lyrical style beautifully enhances. For all the hypocrisy of the Remarkable Rocket and the Miller we find the self-sacrifice of the Nightingale and the Swallow, the true repentance of the Giant and the heart-breaking compassion of the once Happy Prince deeply moving. Narrated by Simon Hester with original music.

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Selected Tales of Mystery & Terror Audiobook

Selected Tales of Mystery & Terror

Author: Various Authors Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: November 2020

Here is a selection of chilling tales only to be enjoyed of a dark evening when safely by the warmth of the fire. The Monkey's Paw In The Penal Colony O Whistle and I'll Come to You my Lad A Warning to the Curious Afterwards The Haunted and the Haunter The Red Room Tell Tale Heart The Signal Man August Heat The Bus Conductor In the Dark Stories by E.Nesbit, Charles Dickens, Franz Kafka, Edgar Alan Poe, E.F Benson, H.G Wells, M.R James and others; narrated with perfect intensity by Simon Hester. Each with specially composed atmospheric music.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray Audiobook

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: November 2020

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel which shocks us still. The sensibilities of its original Victorian readership may have blanched at the exoticism and barely disguised eroticism which drip from Wilde’s prose, but for us today who barely look twice at such things, we find something much more horrific at the heart of the book.

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The Time Machine Audiobook

The Time Machine

Author: H.G Wells Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: October 2020

H.G Wells takes us on a fascinating and frightening journey forwards in time to find that the Human Race has divided into two distinct types. One, devoid of all obstacles to progress has become saturated in pleasure and leisure to the point of feebleness. The other, dwelling underground has become so acclimatised to its subterranean existence that only at night is it able to venture above ground. The Time Traveller slowly becomes aware of the horrific connection between these two races.

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Around the World in 80 Days Audiobook

Around the World in 80 Days

Author: Jules Verne Narrator: Simon Hester Release Date: October 2020

The imperturbable Englishman Phileas Fogg attempts to makes an exciting journey around the World in 80 Days. By his side is the ever resourceful and faithful Passpartout and on his heels is the determined Detective Fix. Jules Verne's classic story brims with colour and adventure as we follow Mr Fogg around the globe through all the travails of Victorian transportation, death defying escapes and ferocious weather. Will he return to London in time to win his wager? Will he return home with more than he anticipated? Simon Hester narrates this classic adventure story for Head Stories Audio. With original music.

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