Sherlock Holmes

Classics, Mysteries & Thrillers17/03/2017 • 128kbps

Sherlock Holmes

“…it was reading the Sherlock Holmes stories as a boy that first turned me on to the power of writing and storytelling” (Stephen Fry)

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle’s detective fiction, Fry has narrated a striking collection of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, including four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful, intimate and deeply personal introductions, one for each title.

He writes: “Popular fiction offers different kinds of superheroes to save the world by restoring order to the chaos, confusion and criminality of our times. Heroes with remarkable gifts are as in vogue now as they have been since they first appeared, perhaps even more in vogue. But although the very first one was launched in serial published form just like his masked and body-suited successors, it was not in DC or Marvel comic books that he made his appearance; rather it was in the sedate and respectable pages of Mrs Beeton’s Christmas Annual in the mid-Victorian year 1887.”

Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure. He is the acclaimed narrator of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and most recently recorded The Tales of Max Carrados for Audible Studios – a performance that earned Fry the accolade of “quite irresistible” from The Washington Post. Stephen has contributed columns and articles to newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on radio and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography.

Chapter 1: Opening Credits and Introduction to A Study in Scarlet
Chapters 2-15: A Study in Scarlet
Chapter 16: Introduction to The Sign of Four
Chapters 17-28: The Sign of Four
Chapter 29: Introduction to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 30-43: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 44: Introduction to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 45-56: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 57: Introduction to The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapters 58-72: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapter 73: Introduction to The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapters 74-86: The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Chapter 87: Introduction to The Valley of Fear
Chapters 88-102: The Valley of Fear
Chapter 103: Introduction to His Last Bow
Chapters 104-112: His Last Bow

©2017 Stephen Fry (introductions); original text public domain. (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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The Way We Live Now

Classics03/03/2017 • 128kbps

The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now is a complex and compulsive tale that traces the career of Augustus Melmotte, a strange and mysterious financier who bursts into London society like a guided missile. In setting up a dubious scheme based on speculative money and stock market gambles, Melmotte manages to lure in several members of the English aristocracy, for whom money is the summum bonum. The world is at his feet – until the corruption catches up with him.

Considered one of Trollope’s greatest works, The Way We Live Now leaves the listener questioning whether much has changed in the last century or whether this, after all, is the way we live now.

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Public Domain (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks

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We Should All Be Feminists

Self Development, Social Sciences25/02/2017 • 128kbps

We Should All Be Feminists

The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times best seller – a personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name – from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah. Here she offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now – and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

©2017 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Vanity Fair

Classics, Fiction25/01/2017 • 128kbps

Vanity Fair

Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp.

© and (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

History & World, Science & Technology22/01/2017 • 128kbps

A magnificent, beautifully written “biography” of cancer – from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.

The Emperor of All Maladies reveals the many faces of an iconic, shape-shifting disease that is the defining plague of our generation. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer”. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary. The audiobook is like a literary thriller with cancer as the central character.

From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the 19th-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through toxic, bruising, and draining regimens in order to survive – and to increase the store of human knowledge.

©2010 Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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