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ONE PAIR OF HANDS by Monica Dickens
Unimpressed by the world of debutante balls, Monica Dickens shocked her family by getting a job. With no experience whatsoever, she gained employment as a cook-general. Monica’s cooking and cleaning skills left much to be desired, and her first few positions were short lived, but soon she started to hold her own.
Monica discovered the pleasure of daily banter with the milkman and grocer’s boy, and the joy of doing an honest day’s work, all the while keeping a wry eye on the childish pique of her employers. One Pair of Hands is a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining memoir of life upstairs and downstairs in the early 1930s.
Published: Soundings, 1st May 2014
Narrated by Carole Boyd
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
PAPER TRAIL by John Timpson
When young Charles Benson arrives in Toftham, a sleepy Norfolk market town, on a miserable Sunday afternoon in January 1952, he has only the vaguest idea what Fate has in store for him. It is at the hands of the editor of the Toftham and Wettleford Journal, Mr Juby, that Charles is introduced to local reporting and Norfolk ways.
Charles finds himself steering a perilous course through a minefield of WI meetings, funerals, fêtes, local dramatics, council shenanigans and point-to-points, floundering his way through a succession of debacles on his way to becoming a real journalist…and a real man of Norfolk.
Published: SOUNDINGS, 1st April 2014
Narrated by David Thorpe
Length: 11 hrs
WARRIORS: EXTRAORDINARY TALES FROM THE BATTLEFIELD by Max Hastings
With an introduction read by Max Hastings. An exhilarating and uplifting account of the lives of 16 ‘warriors’ from the last three centuries, hand-picked for their bravery or extraordinary military experience by the eminent military historian, author and ex-editor of the Daily Telegraph, Sir Max Hastings.
Over the course of 40 years of writing about war, Max Hastings has grown fascinated by outstanding deeds of derring-do on the battlefield (land, sea, or air) – and by their practitioners. He takes as his examples 16 people from different nationalities in modern history – including Napoleon’s ‘blessed fool’ Baron Marcellin de Marbot (the model for Conan Doyle’s Brigadier Gerard); Sir Harry Smith, whose Spanish wife, Juana, became his military companion on many a campaign in the early 19th century; Lieutenant John Chard, an unassuming engineer who became the hero of Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu wars; and Squadron Leader Guy Gibson, the ‘dam buster’ whose heroism in the skies of World War II earned him the nation’s admiration, but few friends. Every army, in order to prevail on the battlefield, needs a certain number of people capable of courage beyond the norm. In this book Max Hastings investigates what this norm might be – and how it has changed over the centuries. While celebrating feats of outstanding valour, he also throws a beady eye over the awarding of medals for gallantry – and why it is that so often the most successful warriors rarely make the grade as leaders of men.
Published: Audible, 2nd June 2014
Narrated by Nigel Carrington
Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
THE BOOKSTORE by Deborah Meyler
Ardent and idealistic, Esme Garland arrives in Manhattan to study art history at Columbia University. When she falls in love with New York blue-blood Mitchell van Leuven, life seems to be clear sailing, until she falls pregnant and he abruptly ends it all. To make ends meet Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore with a colorful crew of characters – but then Mitchell, glittering with charm and danger, comes back on the scene.
Published: WF Howes, 7th April 2014
Narrated by Lucy-Jane Quinlan
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
LAND GIRLS by Angela Huth
With the country’s men at war, it falls to the land girls to pitch in and do their bit….
Stella arrives at Hallows Farm in her Rayon stockings, having just waved goodbye to the love of life – naval officer Philip. Agatha has just graduated from Cambridge; life on the Farm is certainly going to offer her a different kind of education. Prue, a hairdresser from Manchester, is used to painting the town red, not manual labour. Joe dreams of leaving the family farm and becoming a fighter pilot. But with the arrival of these three beautiful young women, there’s enough to keep him busy on the farm for the time being….
Work is hard and the effects of war start to take their toll on the three women. But as the bonds of friendship start to form and excitement builds as the RAF dance looms, maybe life in the countryside isn’t so bad after all?
Published: Audible, 23rd December 2013
Narrated by Caroline Lennon
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
THE SEA OF INNOCENCE by Kishwar Desai
The thrilling new adventure starring Kishwar Desai’s enthralling heroine, Simran Singh. Simran Singh is desperate for a break and so the idyll of Goa seems perfect – white beaches, blue seas, and no crime. But when a video appears on her phone, featuring a girl being attacked by a group of men, she realises that darkness festers in this supposed paradise. And when she discovers out that the girl is Liza Kay, a British teenager who has gone missing, she knows she must act.
“Desai’s Simran Singh novels are endowed with something else: the sense that she is delving not just into mysteries but into subjects that matter deeply.” (Independent On Sunday)
Published: WF Howes, 5th June 2014
Narrated by Vayu Naidu
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
WAR DOG by Damien Lewis
After getting shot down in the skies over France in the winter of 1939, airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across a tiny German Shepherd puppy. He hid the dog, whom he named Ant, inside his jacket, and from that moment on an unbreakable bond was formed.
They flew together with Bomber Command, and when Ant was eventually grounded by the RAF top brass he waited patiently on the runway for his master to return from each and every sortie.
By the end of the war Ant had become a very British hero. Thrilling and moving in equal measure, War Dog is a story of loyalty in the face of extraordinary adversity, and of the unshakeable bond between a man and his best friend.
Published: ISIS PUBLISHING Ltd, 1st April 2014
Narrated by Gordon Griffin
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
BEAUTY by Louise Mensch
There isn’t a woman on earth who doesn’t have her beauty secrets. But for Dina Kane, beauty is more than just business. It’s power. And it is the secret. She’s dragged herself up from poverty to Park Avenue. She’s rolled with the punches, and she’s learned how to win. Now someone is out to destroy her, and all she’s built. They’ve underestimated Dina Kane. She’s staying at the top – and she’s happy to wait for the perfect moment to exact her revenge…
Published: ISIS, 1st May 2014
Narrated by Laurel Lefkow
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
CATASTROPHE: EUROPE GOES TO WAR 1914 by Max Hastings
A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. Unabridged and split into two parts.
1914: a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, Imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine-guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire War. But how had it happened?
In Catastrophe: 1914 Max Hastings, best-selling author of the acclaimed All Hell Let Loose, answers at last how World War I could ever have begun. Ranging across Europe, from Paris to St. Petersberg, from Kings to corporals, Catastrophe 1914 traces how tensions across the continent kindled into a blaze of battles; not the stalemates of later trench-warfare but battles of movement and dash where Napoleonic tactics met with weapons from a newly industrialised age.
A searing analysis of the power-brokering, vanity and bluff in the diplomatic maelstrom reveals who was responsible for the birth of this catastrophic world in arms. Mingling the experiences of humbler folk with the statesmen on whom their lives depended, Hastings asks: whose actions were justified? From the out-break of war through to its terrible making, and the bloody gambles in Sarajevo and Mons, Le Cateau, Marne and Tannenberg, this is the international story of World War I in its most severe and influential period. Published to coincide with its 100th Anniversary, Catastrophe: 1914 explains how and why this war, which shattered and changed the Western world for ever, was fought.
Published: HARPERCOLLINS, 12th September 2013
Narrated by Max Hastings and Nigel Carrington
Volume I: Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
Volume II: Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
GORMENGHAST by Mervyn Peake
Enter the world of Gormenghast…the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir. Gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age-old rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder.
Gormenghast is more than a sequel to Titus Groan - it is an enrichment and deepening of that book. The fertility of incident, character and rich atmosphere combine in a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.
Published: Random House Audiobooks, 19th June 2014
Narrated by Saul Reichlin
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
THE STORY OF THE JEWS: FINDING THE WORDS, 1000 BCE – 1492 by Simon Schama
It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. It spans the millennia and the continents – from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.
And a great story unfolds. Not – as often imagined – of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story, too.
Published: Audible, 14th October 2013
Narrated by Andrew Sachs, Saul Reichlin
Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
PEMBERLEY by Emma Tennant
Pemberley is Mr Darcy’s splendid house, and it is there that, amidst their relatives one Christmas, his pride and his wife Elizabeth’s prejudice find themselves once again provoked. Told with stylish irony combined with insights into the emotions and mores of 18th-century English high society, Pemberley is an elegant and diverting social comedy, a novel of genuine originality.
Published: Soundings, 1st June 2014
Narrated by Anne Dover
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
STAR WARTZ by Patrick Tilley
Andrew is transported to another galaxy where the inhabitants are over six foot tall and live for 600 years. A mind transplant transforms him into Daniel for a while as he tracks down Daniel’s killers and establishes Daniel’s brother in his place.
Published: AUDIBLE, 23rd May 2013
Narrated by Simon Brooks
Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
FLOWERS FOR THE JUDGE by Margery Allingham
As urbane as Lord Wimsey. As ingenious as Poirot. Meet one of crime fiction’s Great Detectives, Mr Albert Campion.
Scandal hits the staid publishing house of Barnabas when one of the directors is found dead in the strong-room. Suspicion immediately falls on his wife’s lover, the junior partner in the firm. But how does an unpublished Restoration comedy come to feature in the tragedy? And what of the odd disappearance of another director twenty years before?
The trial of Mike Wedgwood for murder is nail-bitingly tense, and Albert Campion needs all his resources to uncover the truth.
“Don’t start reading these books unless you are confident that you can handle addiction” (Independent)
Published: AUDIBLE, 28th February 2013
Narrated by David Thorpe
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
PIETR THE LATVIAN: INSPECTOR MAIGRET, BOOK 1 by Georges Simenon
The first audiobook which appeared in Georges Simenon’s famous Maigret series, in a gripping new translation by David Bellos.
Inevitably Maigret was a hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body that the hotel’s atmosphere could not assimilate. Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn’t have a moustache and he didn’t wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted. He shaved every day and looked after his hands. But his frame was proletarian. He was a big, bony man. His firm muscles filled out his jacket and quickly pulled all his trousers out of shape. He had a way of imposing himself just by standing there. His assertive presence had often irked many of his own colleagues.
In Simenon’s first novel featuring Maigret, the laconic detective is taken from grimy bars to luxury hotels as he traces the true identity of Pietr the Latvian. Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.
David Bellos is Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University and has won many awards for his translations including the Man Booker International Translator’s Award (2005).
Audible will be producing all 75 Maigret titles. The next two in the series are:
The Late Monsieur Gallet on 5th Dec 2013
The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien on 2nd January 2014
“Compelling, remorseless, brilliant” (John Gray)
“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century…. Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories” (Guardian)
“A supreme writer… unforgettable vividness” (Independent)
Published: Audible, 7th November 2013
Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
THE WAITING GAME by Bernice Rubens
At “The Hollyhocks” old people’s home, the inhabitants are “waiting for the scythe”. But while they are waiting…Lady Celia is running a blackmailing business, Mr Cross keeps a tally of fellow residents’ deaths on the back of his wardrobe, and then there is the rabid old Scots nationalist, and Mrs Green, a woman with a mysterious past. Hardly surprising in this environment that Mrs Bellamy decides she can’t take any more and slits her throat.
When Matron hushes it up, Lady Celia sees an opportunity to expand her blackmailing operation. Meanwhile two new incomers disturb the life of the home further; Mrs Feinberg, a sprightly Jewish woman of whom the other residents are immediately suspicious, and the elegant Mr Rufus.
Published: ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1st June 2014
Narrated by Anna Bentinck
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
GLIMPSES OF THE MOON by Edmund Crispin
As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P.G. Wodehouse – discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best.
Death and decapitation seem to go hand in hand in the Devon village of Aller. When the first victim’s head is sent floating down the river, the village’s rural calm is shattered. Soon the corpses are multiplying and the entire community is involved in the murder hunt. While the rector, the major, the police and a journalist, desperate for the scoop of the century, chase false trails, it is left to Gervase Fen, Oxford don and amateur criminologist, to uncover the sordid truth.
Published: AUDIBLE Ltd, 24th January 2013
Narrated by Philip Bird
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
THE BLUE ICE by Hammond Innes
What makes a man love metals more than anything else in the world? What makes a man lose all sense of moral perspective when he is on the trail of mineral wealth? What makes a man throw love away for something a women can’t understand. Hammond Innes supplies the answer in one word: Excitement. In this spell binding story he tells of a mining engineer who commits every known crime – including murder – in his relentless search for the precious metal.
A thriller which tells of George Farnell’s legacy, which came to light ten years after his disappearance. Two lines of poetry and a lump of mineral ore were all he left, yet they were enough to send Bill Gansert into a maze of ambition and treachery.
Published: AUDIBLE, 11th March 2013
Narrated by David Thorpe
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
THE FORBIDDEN TERRITORY by Dennis Wheatley
Dennis Wheatley’s first published novel, introducing his modern trinity of musketeers in the epicurean Duc de Richleau, financier Simon Aron, and the wealthy young American, Rex Van Ryn.
The Duc receives a coded message from his missing friend Van Ryn who, while hunting for treasure lost during the Soviet takeover of Russia, is now in prison somewhere in that vast country. Along with the Duc, good friends Simon Aron and Richard Eaton set off on a secret mission to secure his escape. Without official papers they lead a thrilling caper, hunted by the Secret Police, through Siberia and across the plains of Soviet Russia.
Published: Audible, 20th January 2014
Narrated by Nick Mercer
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
DOC MARTIN: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT by Sam North
Doc Martin arrives in the picture postcard fishing village of Portwenn, Cornwall. Once a high-flying London surgeon, his suddenly developed blood phobia means he has to take a job in a local practice. But while the Doc’s medical skills are second to none, his bedside manner leaves a lot to be desired. He immediately starts infuriating the locals, none more so than school teacher Louisa Glasson…
Published: W F Howes, 1st April 2014