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  1. Me: Elton John Official Autobiography Audiobook Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
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  2. Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit T Audiobook Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit T
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  3. Christmas Shopaholic Audiobook Christmas Shopaholic
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  4. The Guilty Mother Audiobook The Guilty Mother
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  5. Girl, Woman, Other Audiobook Girl, Woman, Other
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  6. Postscript: The sequel to PS, I Love You Audiobook Postscript: The sequel to PS, I Love You
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  7. Indulge Audiobook Indulge
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  8. Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed Audiobook Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed
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  9. The Family Upstairs: The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone Audiobook The Family Upstairs: The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone
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  10. The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future Audiobook The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future
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Gulliver's Travels Audiobook

Gulliver's Travels

Author: Jonathan Swift Narrator: Arthur Darvill Release Date: October 2019

Jonathan Swift's classic satire, in a brand new dramatisation starring Arthur Darvill (Rory from BBC Television's Doctor Who) Gulliver is shipwrecked on the Island of Lilliput where the natives are tiny people living in a miniature society. With his unique overview of this realm, Gulliver discovers a world of petty politics and small minds. Coerced into a war between two nations who disagree on the best way to eat boiled eggs, Gulliver finds himself betrayed by friends and battered by enemies - escape is his only option if he wants to survive! Gulliver's adventures in Lilliput are hilarious, disturbing and profound. This is a story of dishonest politicians, mindless ceremony and wars based on unconvincing arguments. A satire as potent now as it ever was!

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The Penny Dreadfuls: Volume 3: Le Carré on Spying; Don Quixote; Hadrian's Beard Audiobook

The Penny Dreadfuls: Volume 3: Le Carré on Spying; Don Quixote; Hadrian's Beard

In these riotous revisionist plays, The Penny Dreadfuls present alternative takes on three icons, ably assisted by guests including Miles Jupp, Mark Heap, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Amanda Abbington and Sylvester McCoy. In The Penny Dreadful's Present: Le Carré on Spying, we follow David Cornwell's (Le Carré's real name) desperate efforts to uncover the latest mole in the secret service. John F Kennedy's official visit to Berlin looms and the pressure is on to get to the truth. In The Penny Dreadful's Present: Don Quixote, Cervantes' mighty tome has been condensed into an hour's entertainment. Join peasant Sancho and the man who thinks he's a Knight, locked in a quest to save those who don't want saving and unravel enchantments which may or may not only exist in their minds. The Penny Dreadful's Present: Hadrian's Beard will broadcast later on this year. Emperor Hadrian's instinct is to protect himself and Rome with a wall, but will the locals fall into line? Produced by Julia McKenzie

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Rumpole: The Primrose Path & other stories: BBC Radio 4 dramatisations Audiobook

Rumpole: The Primrose Path & other stories: BBC Radio 4 dramatisations

Author: John Clifford Mortimer Narrator: Timothy West Release Date: October 2019

Timothy West takes on the role of Rumpole in these four delightful dramas featuring the wily barrister Rumpole and the Primrose Path Rumpole exposes criminal practices at the nursing home where he was sent to recuperate after a heart attack, leaving him in dire need of claret, cheroots and good company. Rumpole and the Scales of Justice When Rumpole defends a senior policeman in court, his love for Shakespeare's Othello and his old acquaintances in the south London criminal fraternity prove very useful. Rumpole and the Vanishing Juror Rumpole's admiration for the integrity of the Old Bailey jury is legendary - but he is mystified when his most promising juror in a murder trial suddenly disappears... Rumpole Redeemed Invited to dinner at his local prison, Rumpole solves the conundrum of whether an ex-con can be reformed - while also seeking redemption himself. Timothy West stars as Rumpole, with Prunella Scales as Hilda, Michael Cochrane as Sam Ballard, Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown and Sophie Thompson as Luci Gribble.

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Marley Audiobook

Marley

Author: Jon Clinch Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies Release Date: October 2019

"By some uncanny act of artistic appropriation, [Clinch] has, without imitating Dickens, entered into the phantasmagoric realm that is the great novelist's quintessential territory…Startling and creative…Remarkable… Masterly." —The New York Times Book Review From the acclaimed author of Finn comes a masterful reimagining of Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol with this darkly entertaining exploration of the relationship between Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley. "Marley was dead, to begin with," Charles Dickens tells us at the beginning of A Christmas Carol. But in Jon Clinch's ingenious novel, Jacob Marley, business partner to Ebenezer Scrooge, is very much alive: a rapacious and cunning boy who grows up to be a forger, a scoundrel, and the man who will be both the making and the undoing of Scrooge. They meet as youths in the gloomy confines of Professor Drabb's Academy for Boys, where Marley begins their twisted friendship by initiating the innocent Scrooge into the gentle art of extortion. Years later, in the dank heart of London, their shared ambition manifests itself in a fledgling shipping empire. Between Marley's genius for deception and Scrooge's brilliance with numbers, they amass a considerable fortune of dubious legality, all rooted in a pitiless commitment to the soon-to-be-outlawed slave trade. As Marley toys with the affections of Scrooge's sister, Fan, Scrooge falls under the spell of Fan's best friend, Belle Fairchild. Now, for the first time, Scrooge and Marley find themselves at cross-purposes. With their business interests inextricably bound together and instincts for secrecy and greed bred in their very bones, the two men engage in a shadowy war of deception, false identities, forged documents, theft, and cold-blooded murder. Marley and Scrooge are destined to clash in an unforgettable reckoning that will echo into the future and set the stage for Marley's ghostly return. Meticulously crafted and beguilingly told, Marley revisits and illuminates one of Charles Dickens's most cherished works to spellbinding effect.

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Utz Audiobook

Utz

Author: Bruce Chatwin Narrator: Julian Wadham Release Date: October 2019

Brought to you by Penguin. The audio edition of Utz by Bruce Chatwin. Bruce Chatwin's bestselling novel traces the fortunes of the enigmatic and unconventional hero, Kaspar Utz. Despite the restrictions of Cold War Czechoslovakia, Utz asserts his individuality through his devotion to his precious collection of Meissen porcelain. Although Utz is permitted to leave the country each year, and considers defecting each time, he is not allowed to take his porcelain with him and so he always returns to his Czech home, a prisoner both of the Communist state and of his collection.

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Who Has Seen the Wind Audiobook

Who Has Seen the Wind

Author: W.O. Mitchell Narrator: W.O. Mitchell Release Date: October 2019

When W.O. Mitchell died in 1998 he was described as “Canada's best-loved writer.” Every commentator agreed that his best – and his best-loved – book was Who Has Seen the Wind. Since it was first published in 1947, this book has sold almost a million copies in Canada. As we enter the world of four-year-old Brian O’Connal, his father the druggist, his Uncle Sean, his mother, and his formidable Scotch grandmother (“she belshes…a lot”), it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary book. As we watch Brian grow up, the prairie and its surprising inhabitants like the Ben and Saint Sammy – and the rich variety of small-town characters – become unforgettable. This book will be a delightful surprise for all those who are aware of it, but have never quite got around to reading it, till now.

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The Kite Audiobook

The Kite

Author: W.O. Mitchell Narrator: W.O. Mitchell Release Date: October 2019

W.O. Mitchell's The Kite, a beautiful story of intergenerational friendship and self-discovery, comes to life in this new, abridged audio edition read by the author in his own voice.   The Kite follows veteran reporter David Lang as he reluctantly arrives on assignment to the small prairie town of Shelby, Alberta, to write a piece on the 111st birthday of Daddy Sherry, the town's oldest resident. Uptight, jaded and eager to return to Toronto, David plans to file a simple story and leave Shelby as quickly as possible - but Daddy Sherry has other ideas. David's plans are thwarted when the curmudgeonly, elusive Daddy Sherry sends him on a wild goose chase that leads David to an entirely different story than he first expected - as well as his own journey to happiness and self-acceptance.    W.O. Mitchell's acclaimed novel is a funny, poignant look at leaving the past behind and embracing our future, no matter how old we are.

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How I Spent My Summer Holidays Audiobook

How I Spent My Summer Holidays

Author: W.O. Mitchell Narrator: W.O. Mitchell Release Date: October 2019

When How I Spent My Summer Holidays was first published in 1981 a Western reviewer wrote: "If Who Has Seen the Wind told the story of a young boy's coming to terms with death, How I Spent My Summer Holidays tells of a young man's attempt to come to terms with his own sexuality and that of the world around him." The twelve-year-old young man is Hugh, and in small-town Saskatchewan it is the hot summer of 1924. When Hugh and his friends dig a secret cave out on the Prairie, they soon find it occupied by an escaped patient from the mental hospital. Defying the adult world, the boys become involved with a former war hero and current rum-runner, King Motherwell, in sheltering and feeding the runaway. When passions aroused by sex explode into murder, Hugh leaves his boyhood behind him for ever.

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The Age of Innocence Audiobook

The Age of Innocence

Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Anna Lee Release Date: October 2019

'The Age of Innocence' is a 1920 novel by Edith Wharton, and the winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize. The title is an ironic comment on the smooth outward manners of New York society in comparison to its inner workings. The narrative revolves around the impending marriage of an upper-class couple, Newland Archer and the beautiful May Welland, which is disrupted by the appearance of the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska who shocks the New York aristocracy with her unconventional manners and revealing clothes. The novel's underlying theme is the loss of the pre-war world which was destroyed by World War I. The writing is rich in detail, and impressive in its descriptions of the golden age of New York in the 19th century.

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Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street & Other Stories Audiobook

Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street & Other Stories

Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Christine Rendel Release Date: October 2019

Here are short stories by the incomparable Virginia Woolf, including the story that was the original basis for the novel Mrs. Dalloway.

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The Man in the Iron Mask Audiobook

The Man in the Iron Mask

Author: Andrew Lang Narrator: Parker Griffiths Release Date: October 2019

Andrew Lang (1844 - 1912) was a British poet, novelist, literary critic, and collector of folk and fairy tales. In this essay, he investigates the mystery of the man in the iron mask of Alexander Dumas' novel. Lang traces the progress of the romantic legend, as it blossomed after the death of the man whose mask was not of iron, but of black velvet. The legend struck root and flowered, from the moment when the poor valet, Martin ("Eustache Dauger"), was immured in the French fortress of Pignerol. After an exhausting and fascinating look at the evidence, Lang comes to the conclusion that, whatever masked captive died in the Bastille in 1703, the valet Dauger was the real source of most of the legends about the Man in the Iron Mask.

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A Christmas Carol Audiobook

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Toby Scott Mclellan Release Date: October 2019

A holiday classic by Charles Dickens. Originally published in 1843, Dickens worried about the disparity between the wealthy and the impoverished, and it was his attempt to bring this disparity into the light of day, to appeal to the die-hard capitalists to take care of the downtrodden masses. Since this inequity continues, this story is still popular, and will probably continue to be so for the foreseeable future.

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