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    • The Story of India

    • By: Michael Wood
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The story of India

    • By dave on 15-04-2016

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • A Passage to India

    • By: E. M. Forster
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Dr. Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs. Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves with his close friend Cyril Fielding, the trip results in a shocking accusation....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Crapy performance of an insightful work.

    • By ravi on 25-12-2016

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • Kim

    • By: Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Good Narrator Brings a Classic Alive

    • By Philip on 02-08-2018

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • The Jewel in the Crown

    • Raj Quartet
    • By: Paul Scott
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    In the India of 1942, two rapes take place simultaneously - that of an English girl in Mayapore, and that of India by the British. In each, physical violence, racial animosity, the coercion of the weak by the strong all play their part, but playing a part too are love, affection, loyalty, and recognition that the last division of all to be overcome is the colour of the skin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fine work, beautifully read

    • By Graeme H on 08-07-2015

    Non-member price: $34.34

    • We That Are Young

    • By: Preti Taneja
    • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal, Sam Dastor
    • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1

    Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Bapuji family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence - only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing Devraj Bapuji from the vast corporation he founded, Company India. On the same day, Sita, Devraj's youngest daughter, absconds - refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her. Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita's older sisters, are left to run the Company.... And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the Palaces and slums of New Delhi, the luxury resorts and spas of Amritsar and Srinagar. 

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Dreadful.

    • By Anonymous User on 25-09-2018

    Non-member price: $34.94

    • A House for Mr. Biswas

    • By: V.S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    A House for Mr. Biswas, by Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul, is a powerful novel about one man's struggle for identity and belonging. Born into poverty, then trapped in the shackles of charity and gratitude, Mr. Biswas longs for a house he can call his own. He loathes his wife and her wealthy family, upon whom he is dependent. Finding himself a mere accessory on their estate, his constant rebellion is motivated by the one thing that can symbolize his independence.

    Non-member price: $55.84

    • Between the Assassinations

    • By: Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed.

    Non-member price: $27.33

    • Great Explorers

    • By: David Angus
    • Narrated by: Frances Jeater, Sam Dastor, Kerry Shale
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Here are the stories of nine great adventures and the lives of the men who took part in them. They pushed back the frontiers of man's knowledge of the world by their vision, courage, and sheer doggedness. They were very different people, from bold adventurers facing the unknown with enjoyment to careful, more scientific individuals. Their journeys are placed within their historical context, but also contain the words of the men themselves.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By Lindy on 15-08-2016

    Non-member price: $13.86

    • The Silver Locomotive Mystery

    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    An exquisite silver coffee-pot in the shape of a locomotive is on its way to Cardiff in the care of silversmith, Hugh Kellow. When the coffee-pot is stolen and a murder is committed, Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are called in to investigate.

    Non-member price: $23.96

    • Joseph Anton

    • By: Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated by: Salman Rushdie, Sam Dastor
    • Length: 27 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    On 14 February 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a story

    • By Mr on 25-10-2017

    Non-member price: $41.94

    • The Hamilton Case

    • By: Michelle de Kretser
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    The place is Ceylon, the time the 1930s. Set amid tea plantations, decay and corruption, this sinuous, subtle, surprising novel is a masterly evocation of time and place, of colonialism and the backwash of empire.

    Non-member price: $30.53

    • The Strangler Vine

    • By: M. J. Carter
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of M. J. Carter's The Strangler Vine, read by the actor Sam Dastor. India, 1837: William Avery, a fresh young officer in the East India Company, arrives in Calcutta expecting to be seduced by its ancient traditions. Nine months later he hasn't learnt a word of Hindoostani, is in terrible debt, and longs to return home before the cholera epidemic finishes him off.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous adventure, narrated by a master

    • By @GlobalCrimeFict on 11-07-2016

    Non-member price: $32.97

    • The Printer's Coffin

    • The Blake and Avery Mystery Series, Book 2
    • By: M. J. Carter
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    London, 1841. Mr Jeremiah Blake and Captain William Avery, recently returned from India, are invited by Viscount Allington to examine the particulars of a grisly pair of murders. Two printers from the seditious gutter presses have been brutally dispatched in distinct but similar circumstances. Fearing the deaths will stoke the fires of Chartism sweeping the capital, Allington hopes Blake and Avery's determination to uncover the truth will solve these crimes and help restore civic order.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another superb book by M J Carter

    • By Denys on 16-06-2017

    Non-member price: $33.10

    • The Buddha and the Sahibs

    • The men who discovered India's lost religion
    • By: Charles Allen
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    For nearly 1,000 years, from the destruction of temples and monasteries by Muslim invaders in the 11th and 12th centuries, followed by Hinduism’s increasing power, Buddhism vanished from the country of its origin. Though hugely influential throughout Asia, the religion was forgotten in India.

    Non-member price: $48.84

    • North of Dawn

    • A Novel
    • By: Nuruddin Farah
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they've led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. Their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, however, is driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia, where he kills himself in a suicide attack. The couple reluctantly offers a haven to his family. But on arrival in Oslo, their daughter-in-law cloaks herself even more deeply in religion, while her children hunger for the freedoms of their new homeland, a rift that will have lifealtering consequences for the entire family.

    Non-member price: $39.01

    • The Devil's Feast

    • By: M. J. Carter
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    London, 1842. There has been a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London's newest and grandest gentleman's club. A death the club is desperate to hush up. Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate and soon discovers a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simmering behind the club's handsome façade - and in particular concerning its resident genius, Alexis Soyer, 'the Napoleon of food', a chef whose culinary brilliance is matched only by his talent for self-publicity.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too long, but enjoyable enough

    • By J. A. Burman on 01-08-2018

    Non-member price: $47.19

    • The Iron Horse

    • Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Derby Day at Epsom Downs and a multitude of people crowd to watch the races: dukes and dustmen, bishops and beggars, privileged ladies and prostitutes. The gamut of Victorian society, though, is also a hotbed for crime and crooks of all kinds. With the country a-flutter in the run-up to this national occasion, events reach fever pitch when a disembodied head is discovered on a passenger train at Crewe; the first in a murky course of events that takes in murder, fraud and race-fixing.

    Non-member price: $25.76

    • The Case of the Missing Servant

    • By: Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Meet Vish Puri, India’s most private investigator. Portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe through modern India’s swindlers, cheats and murderers.In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centres and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puri’s main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests

    Non-member price: $30.11

    • The Excursion Train

    • Railway Detective, Book 2
    • By: Edward Marston
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    On the shocking discovery of a passenger's body on the Great Western Railway excursion train, Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant, Sergeant Victor Leeming, are dispatched to the scene. Faced with what initially appears to be a motiveless murder, Colbeck is intrigued by the murder weapon - a noose. When it emerges that the victim had worked as a public executioner, Colbeck realises that this must be intrinsically linked to the killer's choice of weapon.

    Non-member price: $26.84

    • The Perfect Murder

    • By: H. R. F. Keating
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    The First Inspector Ghote Mystery. It is just Inspector Ghote’s bad luck to be landed with solving a seemingly perfect murder at the very start of his career with the Bombay police. For in this baffling crime there is no corpse…. But he also has the cunning tycoon Lala Varde to contend with and the mysterious theft of one rupee from the desk of the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts.

    Non-member price: $23.96

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