Posts Tagged ‘English Literature’

The Eight ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Susan Denake
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A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. Then an antiques dealer approaches Cat with a mysterious offer: He has an anonymous client who is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.

In the south of France of 1790, Mireille de Rémy and her cousin Valentine are young novices at the fortress-like Montglane Abbey. With France aflame in revolution, the two girls burn to rebel against constricted convent life – and their means of escape is at hand. Buried deep within the abbey are pieces of the Montglane Chess Service, once owned by Charlemagne. Whoever reassembles the pieces can play a game of unlimited power. But to keep the Game a secret from those who would abuse it, the two young women must scatter the pieces throughout the world.


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The Tudors ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Robins Sachs

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“More than four centuries after the death of the last Tudor, there continues to be an immense gap between who the various members of the family actually were and what most people–including most people with some knowledge of English history–think they know about them. The real Henry VIII was both a greater and lesser man than the lusty Bluff King Hal of legend, the man who famously had six wives. Elizabeth was vastly more complicated, more pathetic and less noble than the glorious façade behind which she concealed herself. The now-obscure Henry VII, Edward VI, and Mary I were both more important as rulers and far more fascinating as human beings than is commonly understood.” (GJ Meyer) Amazon

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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerdan, John Lee, Rosalyn Landor and Juliet Mills

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As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II when writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey Island. After friends are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island they come up with the book club as a spur-of-the-moment alibi. Yet the book club seems to be the answer to much of their anxiety during the war.

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The Children’s Book ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Rosalyn Landor
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When Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a runaway named Philip sketching in the basement of the new Victoria and Albert Museum, the talented working-class boy is introduced into a completely new world.   Olive takes Philip home to meet her family and friends all of whom could be characters out of one of  her magical tales.  Yet this world conceals more treachery and darkness than Philip has ever imagined and that will soon be eclipsed by far greater forces.

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Frankenstein ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Wanda McCaddon and David Case

Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of creating life and fashions an eight-foot monster. Its impulses are benevolent, but its ugliness reviles even its creator. When schooled by a blind man about morality, its benevolence becomes hatred. Its exacting of revenge for the immorality of its existence takes creature and creator from the Swiss countryside to the desolation of the Arctic.

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84 Charing Cross Road  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Miriam Karlin and Frank Finlay

crossA true story revolving around correspondence between Helen Haniff and agents of the Marks & Co. rare book dealers.  The hilarious letters between a cranky Jewish script writer with a passion for books and a staid English bookseller who develops a passion for her letters spanned 20 years.  There correspondence created a small corner of warmth and wit in the unsettling years following World War II.

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Possession ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Virginia Leishman

aposRoland Mitchell has devoted his life to studying the life and works of 19th-century writer Randolph Henry Ash. When Roland discovers a provocative letter to an unnamed woman, he begins a quest for information. Along with fellow academician Maud Bailey, Roland discovers an unconventional love story that echoes through their own modern lives.

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