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    • The Bell

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous homosexual relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved whatever that may mean.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb reading of modern classic

    • By Rodney Wetherell on 08-01-2017

    Non-member price: $37.61

    • Under the Net

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Iris Murdoch's first novel is set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful bookies, and film starlets with frantic philosophers. Its hero, Jake Donaghue, is a drifting, clever, likeable young man who makes a living out of translation work and sponging on his friends. A meeting with Anna, an old flame, leads him into a series of fantastic adventures.

    Non-member price: $30.11

    • The Good Apprentice

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
    • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity, and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives.

    Non-member price: $48.69

    • The Message to the Planet

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 24 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For years, Alfred Ludens has pursued mathematician and philosopher Marcus Vallar in the belief that he possesses a profound metaphysical formula, a missing link of great significance to mankind. Luden's friends are more sceptical. Jack Sheerwater, painter, thinks Marcus is crazy. Gildas herne, ex-preist, thinks he is evil. Patrick Fenman, poet, is dying because he thinks Marcus has cursed him. Marcus has disappeared and must be found.

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • Jackson's Dilemma

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Juliet Mills
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Iris Murdoch's 26th novel is a romp as well as an homage to that master of convoluted comedy, Shakespeare. She has adopted a syncopated, slightly mocking tone, and many scenes have a distinctly theatrical air. She has also achieved a disarming sense of timelessness, due in part to the fact that her eccentric characters, a close-knit circle of friends, are extremely well-off and spend their days and nights dashing between their country estates and their London houses.

    Non-member price: $34.09