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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything | Bill Bryson

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

    Michael says: "Not what I expected but brilliant!"
  • Down Under | Bill Bryson

    Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

    Extraordinary Gent. says: "It's OK but --------------------"
  • A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson

    A Walk in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

    Lina says: "A walk in the woods, without the personal effort."
  • Notes From a Small Island | Bill Bryson

    Notes From a Small Island

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

    Adam Webb says: "Just not for me"
  • Made in America | Bill Bryson

    Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    Aileen says: "Very entertaining account of American vocabulary"
  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America | Bill Bryson

    The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    oceanjasper says: "Highly entertaining"
  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories | H. P. Lovecraft

    Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do.

    K. Ryan says: "Erm, interesting."
  • Neither Here nor There | Bill Bryson

    Neither Here nor There

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

    J Woods says: "If you are amused by sexually deviant things"
  • The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism | A. C. Grayling

    The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By A. C. Grayling
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    What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief - all of them - right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality?

  • Notes From a Big Country | Bill Bryson

    Notes From a Big Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
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    After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.

    Sara says: "Interesting"
  • Larry's Party | Carol Shields

    Larry's Party

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    • By Carol Shields
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    Larry's Party covers the life of Larry Weller, a modern man in the 20th century. Following Larry between the ages of 27 and 47, from 1977 to 1997, the novel illustrates what it’s like to be a man in Larry’s era, and how men have had to change; exploring how masculinity is defined in the post-feminist world. Read by William Roberts.

  • Classic Tales of Horror | Robert Bloch,Charles L. Grant,David Drake,Henry Kuttner,Ray Bradbury,Ramsey M. Campbell,C. Kornbluth,Robert Silverberg,Martin Greenberg

    Classic Tales of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Bloch, Charles L. Grant, David Drake, and others
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills, Robert Forster, Roscoe Lee Browne, and others
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    This collection of classic horror stories is sure to give you goose bumps, raise the hair on the back of your neck, and put some fright in your night. Includes Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Robert Bloch, Coin of the Realm by Charles L. Grant, Something Had to be Done by David Drake, The Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner, The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury, Calling Card by Ramsey Campbell, The Words of Guru by C.M. Kornbluth, and Passengers by Robert Silverberg.

  • The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum | Edgar Allan Poe

    The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum

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    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares - premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.

  • At the Mountains of Madness | H. P. Lovecraft

    At the Mountains of Madness

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    • By H. P. Lovecraft
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    At the Mountains of Madness first appeared in 1936, in the February, March and April editions of the American magazine Astounding Stories. One of H.P. Lovecraft’s most chilling works, it draws on Edgar Allan Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, as well as Lovecraft’s deep fascination with the Antarctic. The sinister discoveries made by a group of explorers in At the Mountains of Madness are testament to the author’s enormous powers of imagination.

  • The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Whisperer in Darkness | H. P. Lovecraft

    The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Whisperer in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Whisperer in Darkness are counted amongst H.P. Lovecraft's most popular stories. In the first we are transported to the decrepit coastal town of Innsmouth, whose amphibian-like citizens betray a dark and sinister secret. The second takes us to Vermont, where a university professor becomes embroiled in a mind-bending celestial mystery after strange things are seen floating in the rivers.

  • Orfeo | Richard Powers

    Orfeo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Powers
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab has come to the attention of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid on his house, Els flees and turns fugitive, waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over. But alarm turns to national hysteria.

  • World In the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement | Robert P. Crease

    World In the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement

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    • By Robert P. Crease
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    The epic story of the invention of a global network of weights, scales, and instruments for measurement.

    Millions of transactions each day depend on a reliable network of weights and measures. This network has been called a greater invention than the steam engine, comparable only to the development of the printing press.

  • Cymbeline (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3) | William Shakespeare

    Cymbeline (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis, Nia Roberts, William Houston, and others
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    A BBC Radio 3 full-cast dramatisation of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Cymbeline’, starring Bill Wallis. Originally broadcast in December 2006 as part of the ‘Drama on 3’ collection.Shakespeare's play, set during the Roman invasion of Britain, centres around the banishment of the man who has incurred the wrath of the king by secretly marrying his daughter. Confusion follows in an intricate plot in which nobody is quite who they seem to be.

  • The Swimmer | Joakim Zander

    The Swimmer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Joakim Zander
    • Narrated By William Roberts, Yolanda Kettle
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    The truth weighs nothing… Klara Walldeen, orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandparents, is now a political aide in Brussels. And she has just seen something she shouldn't. On the other side of the world, an old spy hides. Once, he was a man so dedicated that he abandoned his daughter. Now the only thing he lives for is swimming. Then Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase through Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out.

    Mari says: "Fascinating Thriller"
  • Nazis and the Occult | Paul Roland

    Nazis and the Occult

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    • By Paul Roland
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    The Nazis and the Occult reveals the true nature of the Third Reich's link with arcane influences and of evil itself, as well as explaining how an ill-educated, psychologically unbalanced nonentity succeeded in mesmerizing an entire nation. Forget what you have read, seen, and heard. This is the real secret history of Nazi Germany and its dark Messiah - Adolf Hitler.

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