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    • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not what I expected but brilliant!

    • By Michael on 27-11-2015

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • Down Under

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 269

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent content, xenophobic reading

    • By Henry on 26-06-2015

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • Neither Here nor There

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too Too Droll

    • By Amazon Customer on 24-08-2017

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • A Walk in the Woods

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Anonymous User on 11-02-2019

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • Notes From a Small Island

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Laugh out loud

    • By Jennifer A Garley on 22-11-2018

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

    • By: H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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      5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Erm, interesting.

    • By K. Ryan on 10-12-2015

    Non-member price: $29.72

    • Made in America

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very entertaining account of American vocabulary

    • By Aileen on 03-07-2015

    Non-member price: $32.77

    • The Lost Continent

    • Travels In Small Town America
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Half glass empty.

    • By G. Harvey on 21-08-2017

    Non-member price: $30.74

    • Notes From a Big Country

    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • as good as expected

    • By Kindle Customer on 11-09-2017

    Non-member price: $28.87

    • Nature Girl

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Honey Santana has a Plan. She's working on a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference and dinner-time telemarketers. She's also taking part-time telephonist Boyd Shreve and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress to Dismal Key for a gentle lesson in civility. What Honey doesn't know is that lurking in the island's undergrowth is Sammy Tigertail, half-blood Seminole Indian and wholly failed alligator wrestler, with death on his mind; and Honey's deranged co-worker, Louis Piejack, intent on revenge.

    Non-member price: $31.30

    • The God Argument

    • The Case Against Religion and for Humanism
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • very poor

    • By jason on 10-05-2018

    Non-member price: $29.22

    • Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence

    • By: Michael Marshall Smith
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    It's not every day that the devil knocks on your door. From the critically acclaimed author of Only Forward comes a delightful new tale about Hannah, a young girl living a mundane existence in California, who discovers that her grandfather has been friends with the devil for the past 150 years...and now they need her help.

    Non-member price: $19.47

    • Queen Elizabeth

    • The Queen Mother: The Official Biography
    • By: William Shawcross
    • Narrated by: William Shawcross, Sophie Roberts
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon,the youngest daughter of the Earl of Strathmore, was born on 4 August 1900. It might reasonably have been expected that she would lead a life of ease and privilege but few could have imagined the profound effect she would have on Britain and its people. Her life spanned the whole of the 20th century and this official biography tells not only her story but, through it, that of the country she loved so devotedly.

    Non-member price: $20.96

    • A Stab in the Dark

    • By: Lawrence Block
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Nine long years have passed since the killer last struck - nine years since eight helpless young women were brutally slaughtered by an icepick-wielding maniac. The trail grew cold and the book was unofficially closed on a serial killer who stopped killing. But now "The Icepick Prowler" has confessed - but only to seven of the killings. Not only does he deny the eighth, he has an airtight alibi. Barbara Ettinger's family had almost come to accept that the young woman was the victim of a random killing.

    Non-member price: $20.25

    • The Cask of Amontillado

    • By: Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is a story from the Fall of the House of Usher collection. 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.

    Non-member price: $1.38

    • At the Mountains of Madness

    • By: H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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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.

    Non-member price: $29.72

    • Billy Budd, Sailor

    • By: Herman Melville
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Written some 40 years after Moby Dick, Melville's Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil. Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor's charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship's cold-blooded superior officer.

    Non-member price: $23.34

    • Classic Radio Sci-Fi: BBC Drama Collection

    • Five BBC radio full-cast dramatisations
    • By: H G Wells, Stanislaw Lem, Karel Čapek, and others
    • Narrated by: William Gaunt, full cast, Robert Glenister, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    Five seminal science fiction classics are brought vividly to life in these gripping BBC Radio dramatisations, with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Joanne Froggatt. Titles include Frankenstein (1994), The Time Machine (2009), The Lost World (1975), R.U.R. (1989) and Solaris (2007). Accompanying this collection is a bonus PDF file featuring extensive sleeve notes by Andrew Pixley.

    Non-member price: $29.96

    • Nazis and the Occult

    • By: Paul Roland
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Non-member price: $28.94

    • Orfeo

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

    Non-member price: $31.30

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