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  • George's Marvellous Medicine | Roald Dahl

    George's Marvellous Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Penguin presents a brand new, downloadable audiobook recording of Roald Dahl's classic George's Marvellous Medicine. George Kranky is eight-years-old and wondering what sort of mischief he might get into. George's Grandma is a grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson . . .And when Grandma's finished drinking George's marvellous medicine, she'll really have something to grumble about.

    says: "Good Book"
  • The House of Silk | Anthony Horowitz

    The House of Silk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (48)
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    (47)

    It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

    Magnesium Oil Australia says: "Great performance - not so keen on the story line"
  • Leaf by Niggle | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Leaf by Niggle

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    'Leaf by Niggle' recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle, who sets out to paint the perfect tree. But he senses that he will be snatched away from his work long before it is finished - if indeed it could ever be finished in this world. For it is in another and brighter place that Niggle finds his tree is finished and learns that it is indeed a real tree, a true part of creation.

    Karen says: "Revommended for all ages."
  • The Zahir | Paulo Coelho

    The Zahir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Emilia Fox
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    It begins with a glimpse or a passing thought. It ends in obsession. One day a renowned author discovers that his wife, a war correspondent, has disappeared leaving no trace. Though time brings more success and new love, he remains mystified - and increasingly fascinated - by her absence. Was she kidnapped, blackmailed, or simply bored with their marriage? The unrest she causes is as strong as the attraction she exerts.

  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3 | C.S. Lewis

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Lucy and Edmund, stuck with their awful cousin Eustace, suddenly find themselves in a picture of a sailing ship, the Dawn Treader, and realise they have been drawn back into the land of Narnia. They are reunited with old friends, the young King Caspian and Reepicheep, the mouse on a voyage of discovery to the End of the World.

  • Moriarty | Anthony Horowitz

    Moriarty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.

    Steve says: "A well worth it read particularly for homes fans"
  • A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens,R. D. Carstairs - adaptation

    A Christmas Carol

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
    Overall
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    (47)
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    'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

    C.P. says: "Great Listen"
  • Farm Boy | Michael Morpurgo

    Farm Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Set on a farm in rural Devon, Farm Boy is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories, touchingly told to his grandson. Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Grandpa's eye. In War Horse, Joey was sent away from the farm to be a warhorse in World War I. Grandpa had joined the cavalry in order to find, and fight, with Joey. Farm Boy brings us forward 50 years....

  • Sir Derek Jacobi: Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview | Robin Morgan

    Sir Derek Jacobi: Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview

    • ORIGINAL (17 mins)
    • By Robin Morgan
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Sir Derek Jacobi, one of Britain's most distinguished performers on stage and screen. Primarily known for his work in the theatre, he's also made a number of films and perhaps is best known to television audiences for his iconic portrayal of the titular Roman emperor in I, Claudius. He joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss his illustrious career, including his work in audio on In Another Country and A Christmas Carol.

  • Frankenstein | Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    The tale of Dr. Frankenstein and the horrendous monster he unleashes on the world when he tinkers with the laws of nature had almost as strange a birth as the monster itself. It was the product of one of the most famous ghost story telling sessions in history. Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and several others were stranded on the shores of Lake Geneva during a particularly sodden summer.

    Russ Holdaway says: "Well worth is."
  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae | Steven Pressfield

    Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Here is a mesmerizing depiction of one man's indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary tale that brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century.

    Jack Cox says: "Another great escape from Mister Pressfield"
  • Tales from the Perilous Realm | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Tales from the Perilous Realm

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Combined into one volume, this is the definitive collection of Tolkien's five acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tales in the vein of The Hobbit, read by Derek Jacobi. The five tales are written with the same skill, quality and charm that made The Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths, they are joined here in one volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for listeners young and old.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great to hear these tales, by Tolkien "
  • Gentlemen and Players | Joanne Harris

    Gentlemen and Players

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    The place is St Oswald's, an old and long-established boys' grammar school in the north of England. A new year has just begun, and for the staff and boys of the school, a wind of unwelcome change is blowing. Suits, paperwork, and information technology rule the world, and Roy Straitley, Latin master, eccentric, and veteran of St Oswald's, is finally, reluctantly, contemplating retirement. But beneath the little rivalries, petty disputes, and everyday crises of the school, a darker undercurrent stirs.

  • Le Morte d'Arthur | Sir Thomas Malory

    Le Morte d'Arthur

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sir Thomas Malory
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Hear the immortal story of Arthur, the once and future king! The legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a superb story of adventure, love, honor, and betrayal. Originally published in 1485, Malory's epic poem, Le Morte d'Arthur, is filled with dramatic power and deep, tragic irony. Guenever, Launcelot, Mordred, the quest for the Holy Grail and the ultimate doom of Arthur's realm - it's all here.

  • I, Claudius (Dramatised) | Robert Graves

    I, Claudius (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Tom Goodman Hill
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    A full-cast dramatisation of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius and Derek Jacobi as Augustus. The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination.

  • Letters from Father Christmas | J.R.R. Tolkien

    Letters from Father Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt, Christian Rodska
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    Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply? Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole. These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music.

  • Lust | Roald Dahl

    Lust

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Gillian Anderson, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Two husbands secretly agree to a night of passion - with each other's wives; a slighted old man takes an elaborate and chilling revenge on his tormentor; a sculpture comes between a scheming wife and her put-upon husband.... Lust highlights a domestic familiarity always on the edge of something much, much darker.

  • A Severed Head | Iris Murdoch

    A Severed Head

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.

    Lachlan says: "Farce in all its glory"
  • I, Claudius | Robert Graves

    I, Claudius

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    The politics of empire-building and the hypocrisies, back-stabbings, and corruptions of Rome's first family come to light. First published in 1934, the book retains a marvelously modern and often comic tone, and is written in the form of Claudius' autobiography. This is gripping stuff, read by one of our finest actors, who also starred as Claudius in the classic television series.

  • Doctor Who: Tales of Terror | Jacqueline Rayner,Mike Tucker,Paul Magrs,Richard Dungworth,Scott Handcock,Craig Donaghy

    Doctor Who: Tales of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Rayner, Mike Tucker, Paul Magrs, and others
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred, Rachael Stirling, Adjoa Andoh, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A new spine-chilling collection of 12 adventures packed with terrifying Doctor Who monsters and villains, just in time for Halloween. Written by Jacqueline Rayner, Mike Tucker, Paul Magrs, Richard Dungworth, Scott Handcock and Craig Donaghy, each story stars an incarnation of the Doctor on a brand-new adventure in time and space. Each also features a frightening nemesis for the Doctor to face, plus appearances from favourite friends and companions such as Sarah Jane, Jo, Ace and Donna.

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