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message 1: by Nigeyb (new)

Nigeyb | 10365 comments Mod
Spotted a good deal at Audible that could be of interest to other Reading the 20th Century group members? Please share the good news here.


message 2: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4673 comments Mod
Not 20th century, but I was excited to see that today's Audible daily deal is Hard Times by Dickens, read by Martin Jarvis, for £1.99 - usually £19.99. I've snapped this one up.


message 3: by Nigeyb (new)

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I'm v tempted too Judy - I like to have a few classic books lined up on Audible


message 4: by Haaze (last edited Oct 27, 2017 11:30PM) (new)

Haaze | 146 comments Judy wrote: "Not 20th century, but I was excited to see that today's Audible daily deal is Hard Times by Dickens, read by Martin Jarvis, for £1.99 - usually £19.99. I've snapped this one up."

Ah, very nice!


message 5: by Susan (new)

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Yesterday I downloaded three BBC drama adaptations of Lord Peter Wimsey books and I also pre-ordered the new drama of Murder on the Orient Express. They sounded like perfect cosy crime for the Christmas holidays :)


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Bronwyn (nzfriend) | 384 comments For my birthday I had my husband get me the audiobooks of Les Parisiennes, New World Coming, and The Curse of Beauty. He keeps up better with the sales and deals and I just tell him when I want something in particular that I can't find on Overdrive through our library.


message 7: by Nigeyb (new)

Nigeyb | 10365 comments Mod
In the UK today on Audible and yours for £1.99....


The Secret Agent (1907) by Joseph Conrad

The Secret Agent is based on an actual attempt made in 1894 to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. A labyrinth of greed, corruption, and betrayal, it is the most darkly humorous of all Conrad's tales.

It follows a European secret agent, Adolf Verloc, 'a London shop owner' with anarchist leanings who becomes reluctantly involved in a plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. Full of great characters, melodramatic irony and psychological intrigue the tale is far from simple, involving politicians, policemen, foreign diplomats and London's fashionable society.




This classic was written at a time when terrorist activity was increasing. Due to its themes of anarchism, espionage, and terrorism, the book still retains great interest from its audience and was regularly cited by the American media after the September 11 attacks. The New York Times described it as acquiring 'a kind of cult status as the classic novel for the post-9/11 age.'

Though the story did not attain popularity during Conrad's lifetime it is still considered to be one of his finest novels.

Narrator Biography: Having studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, David Horovitch has had a television career spanning over 40 years. One of his most notable roles was in 1984 as Detective Inspector Slack in the first BBC Miss Marple adaptation The Body in the Library. Due to the success of his character, he returned for four Christmas specials. He has had roles in other shows such as Just William (1994), Foyle’s War (2002) and Wire in the Blood (2005) as well as film appearances in The Young Victoria (2009), 102 Dalmatians (2000), The Infiltrator (2016) and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner (2014). A long time star of the stage, in 2015 he played the role of George Frideric Handel in All the Angels by Nick Drake at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. As well as narrating numerous audiobooks David Horovitch narrated Audible’s multicast drama The Oedipus Plays.


message 8: by Haaze (new)

Haaze | 146 comments I think Audible UK has a much better selection than here in the US... *sighs deeply*

*adds an additional item to the notebook labeled "Good reasons for moving to the UK"*


message 9: by Nigeyb (new)

Nigeyb | 10365 comments Mod
I must admit I'm quite excited about listening to The Secret Agent, having snapped up my copy.

Lots of reasons not to move to the UK at the moment Haaze. I love the place, but these are tumultuous times we're living through.


message 10: by Haaze (new)

Haaze | 146 comments Yes, I keep two different notebooks... ha ha!


message 11: by Haaze (last edited Oct 28, 2017 11:50PM) (new)

Haaze | 146 comments Hmm, yes, our daily offer here is (*trumpets*)
Starship Liberator
Starship Liberator: Galactic Liberation, Book 1
By B. V. Larson , David VanDyke
Narrated by Mark Boyett

*yawns*

Yes, well, I think I will pass.... (dreams about an audio copy of the Secret Agent)


message 12: by Susan (new)

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Yes, while we've had Dickens and Conrad. Obviously, somebody in charge of the UK audible offers wants to improve our reading :)


message 13: by Haaze (new)

Haaze | 146 comments Clearly!


message 14: by Susan (new)

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This morning we have Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors by David Starkey. Three good choices in a row, can't be bad!


message 15: by Haaze (last edited Oct 28, 2017 11:47PM) (new)

Haaze | 146 comments Susan wrote: "This morning we have Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors by David Starkey. Three good choices in a row, can't be bad!"

This is kind of fun, i.e. comparing the UK with the US in terms of the deal of the day. I wonder what type of "delight" that will be available on this side of the pond? I have very low expectations....


message 16: by Susan (new)

Susan | 10619 comments Mod
We have our standards, Haaze. Apparently, our audible representative expects great things from us. I await your offering with great excitement :)


message 17: by Haaze (new)

Haaze | 146 comments The Audible representatives should be elected! Besides, they should have themes for the members. E.g. one could be a classical member or a modern literature member or a garden book member etc etc. Each receives offers specifically linked to their interests.
*wishful thinking*


message 18: by Haaze (last edited Oct 29, 2017 12:33AM) (new)

Haaze | 146 comments The US deal on Audible is The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson for $7.49. It should have been $2.99....

Hmm, a bit better and in the realm of more interesting works. A Swedish novel with a film linked to it. I did enjoy the movie. Did anybody read the book? How was it?




message 19: by Susan (new)

Susan | 10619 comments Mod
I haven't read it, but I agree it is better than yesterday's offering.


message 20: by Susan (new)

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The UK has The Ruby in the Smoke today.


message 21: by Haaze (new)

Haaze | 146 comments This sounds familiar. Did BBC make a TV show/series based on these books?


message 22: by Susan (new)

Susan | 10619 comments Mod
Not sure. I think it's a children's book?


message 23: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 38 comments BBC did make a show of it. It's a mystery. Not a kids book. The program was pretty good. Haven't read the book it was based on.


message 24: by Susan (new)

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I think they are children's/YA books, Barbara. I remember my kids reading them.


message 25: by Nigeyb (last edited Oct 29, 2017 11:51PM) (new)

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Today it's.....


The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman for £1.99

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London.

When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.


I only know his 'Dark Materials' trilogy which was stunning.


message 26: by Haaze (last edited Oct 30, 2017 12:27AM) (new)

Haaze | 146 comments Our offer (in the US) is Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron for $17.46!!!!!!!!!
Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1) by Rachel Aaron

Seriously? Is that a joke?
The book is free on Kindle unlimited and cost $4.99 for "other" customers. To charge $17 for the Audible version is bizarre. Typo? Maybe they will pay you $17.46 if one reads it? Nah, I would refuse to read such a... [choice of word here] book. This is actually really funny but soooooo sad at the same time.

The Audible decision makers here in the US must be illiterate.

Edit: they changed it to $4.95 now. Sensible price, poor book choice. *grumbles*
I think I need to stop reading this thread.... ;-)


message 27: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 38 comments Susan wrote: "I think they are children's/YA books, Barbara. I remember my kids reading them." Looking at the description, I see they ARE YA books. From the BBC show, they didn't seem like it. Obviously, I don't know what I'm talking about!


message 28: by Susan (new)

Susan | 10619 comments Mod
I don't really like labels on books, Barbara, I just remember buying them for my own children :)


message 29: by Penny (new)

Penny the The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
is a funny, quirky very original book -worth a look!


message 30: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Haaze wrote: "The US deal on Audible is The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson for $7.49. It should have been $2.99....

Hmm, a bit bet..."


I listened to this through Audible channels for free and thought it was quite funny. It is sort of a Swedish version of Forrest Gump in that the main character interacts with all these famous people throughout his life (usually by accident as in Forrest Gump).


message 31: by Susan (new)

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Today, in the UK, our offering is: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving


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message 34: by Susan (new)

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Today is The Bone Field The Bone Field (The Bone Field #1; DI Ray Mason #2) by Simon Kernick


message 35: by Susan (new)

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Recent offering have been a bit so-so, but today's is a goodie:
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal A Spy Among Friends Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

I love Ben Macintyre's books and enjoyed this one very much:

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War.

Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all. This is a story of intimate duplicity; of loyalty, trust and treachery, class and conscience; of an ideological battle waged by men with cut-glass accents and well-made suits in the comfortable clubs and restaurants of London and Washington; of male friendships forged, and then systematically betrayed.

With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers, and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.


message 36: by Nigeyb (new)

Nigeyb | 10365 comments Mod
I can't wait to read that one Susan

I love Ben Macintyre


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message 38: by Susan (new)

Susan | 10619 comments Mod
The Collapsing Empire The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi (kindle version also reduced in price today).


message 39: by Susan (last edited Nov 06, 2017 09:48PM) (new)

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Waterloo: Four Days that Changed Europe's Destiny Waterloo Four Days that Changed Europe's Destiny by Tim Clayton

My knowledge of the Battle of Waterloo is - frankly - very little, but this looks very interesting.

If you think this looks your cup of tea, then Trafalgar by Tim Clayton Trafalgar by the same author is currently £1.99 on kindle.


message 40: by Susan (new)

Susan | 10619 comments Mod
High Force High Force (DCI Ryan Mysteries, #5) by L.J. Ross is today's offering.


message 42: by Susan (new)

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Today is a goodie - Atonement Atonement by Ian McEwan (which I still haven't read!).


message 43: by Nigeyb (new)

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Susan wrote: "Today is a goodie - Atonement"


A goodie indeed. I used to love Ian McEwan as a youngster but he's another author I lost touch with after the first few novels so I will take advantage of this bargain, and look forward to reacquainting myself with his work.

Thanks Susan.


message 45: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4673 comments Mod
Ooh, I'm very interested in Shackleton, but really I want a lot of illustrations rather than an audio version.


message 46: by Jan C (new)

Jan C (woeisme) | 1289 comments Judy wrote: "Ooh, I'm very interested in Shackleton, but really I want a lot of illustrations rather than an audio version."

I think I have this on Kindle. I really enjoyed the Caroline Alexander book, The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. Excellent photographs. Mine also 4 postcard sized photographs (I think I have been using them for bookmarks).


message 47: by Susan (new)

Susan | 10619 comments Mod
Reamde Reamde by Neal Stephenson


message 48: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4673 comments Mod
Jan C wrote: "Judy wrote: "Ooh, I'm very interested in Shackleton, but really I want a lot of illustrations rather than an audio version."

I think I have this on Kindle. I really enjoyed the [author:Caroline Al..."


Thanks for the info about the Caroline Alexander book, Jan. It sounds very good. I saw a TV drama about Shackleton a while back, and also one about Scott, which I have since mixed up in my mind.


message 49: by Nigeyb (new)

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Susan wrote: "Reamde Reamde by Neal Stephenson"

Bought - thanks


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