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Doyle, Arthur Conan

The exploits of Brigadier Gerard. 1896. Read by Peter Gray, 8 hours. TB 1943.

The life of a soldier in France in the time of Napoleon. TB 1943.

Drabble, Margaret

The gates of ivory. 1991. Read by Frances Jeater, 17 hours 16 minutes. TB 9383.

Liz Headland receives a mysterious parcel from South-East Asia which causes her to embark on a pilgrimage to Cambodia in search of her novelist friend, Stephen. Gradually the reader learns of Stephen's difficult trip to Bangkok, Hanoi, Saigon and finally Cambodia, while in England his friends Alix, Hester and Hattie engage in their own lives. At last Liz decides to go in search of the man who might have become her lover. TB 9383.

Dumas, Alexandre

The three musketeers. 1844. Read by Andrew Timothy, 26 hours 45 minutes. TB 3153.

King's musketeers; book 1. A historical romance, this novel tells of the adventures of the hot-headed young Gascon, d'Artagnan and his three companions Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they gallantly defend the Queen of France, using their wit and their swords. Set in the seventeenth century. TB 3153.

Dumas, Alexandre

Count of Monte Cristo. 1909. Read by Andrew Timothy, 51 hours 5 minutes. TB 2354.

Falsely condemned to life imprisonment, Dantes escapes to Monte Cristo and sets out to avenge himself on all who have wronged him. TB 2354.

Dunnett, Dorothy

Niccolo rising. 1986. Read by Peter Barker, 29 hours 4 minutes. TB 7112.

The house of Niccolo; book 1. It is 1459, the time of the early Renaissance, of trade and war and banking, of the fall of Constantinople and the Wars of the Roses. In Bruges are the permanent trading colonies and the small community has become an international centre for money, gossip and spies. It is a time when a young man with a head on his shoulders can slip through the fingers of those who would use and abuse him to win riches, however humble his birth. Young Niccolo is prepared to do just this. TB 7112.

Durrell, Lawrence

Monsieur, or, The Prince of Darkness. 1974. Read by David Banks, 11 hours 56 minutes. TB 5895.

Avignon Quartet; 1. Egypt, France and Venice provide a colourful background for the action, an original interpretation of the sin of the Templars. The characters are caught up in the mysterious doings of a Gnostic suicide club which has worldwide affiliations and headquarters in Paris… TB 5895.

Follett, Ken

Lie down with lions. 1985. Read by Gene Foad, 13 hours 51 minutes. TB 6321.

To Afghanistan's Five Lions Valley comes Jean-Pierre, a French doctor who yearns to emulate his father who fought so heroically for the resistance against the Germans. With him is his wife Jane. Their self-imposed task is to bring medical aid and care to the rebel tribesmen fighting the Soviet invaders. Or is Jean-Pierre's plan quite as clear-cut as that? TB 6321.

Forester, C S

The "African Queen". 1935. Read by Anthony Parker, 7 hours 41 minutes. TB 699.

Gripping tale of a prim woman missionary thrown together with a Cockney mechanic during World War I. Marooned in German Central Africa, they battle their way down the river in the African Queen, a 30 foot long, squat, flat-bottomed boat. TB 699.

Forester, C S

Mr Midshipman Hornblower. 1950. Read by David Broomfield, 8 hours 55 minutes. TB 359.

Hornblower series; book 1. The first story about Hornblower, still only a midshipman, but with promise of a great future. TB 359.

Forester, C S

Lieutenant Hornblower. 1952. Read by Robert Gladwell, 10 hours 15 minutes. TB 2362.

Hornblower series; book 2. An adventure episode in Horatio Hornblower’s early life. TB 2362.

Forester, C S

Hornblower and the 'Hotspur'. 1962. Read by Richard Baker, 11 hours 15 minutes. TB 169.

Hornblower series; book 3. The adventures of Captain Hornblower and his sailors in the Hotspur during the Napoleonic Wars. TB 169.

Forester, C S

Hornblower and the 'Atropos'. 1953. Read by John Dunn, 10 hours 47 minutes. TB 787.

Hornblower series; book 4. With a fortune of gold and silver aboard, HMS Atropos is trapped between a 56-gun ship of the line, a hostile army, and the cross-fire of Turkish batteries in the bay. In this adventure, Captain Hornblower's wits need to be sharper than ever. TB 787.

Fraser, George Macdonald

The pyrates. 1994. Read by Nigel Lambert, 15 hours 14 minutes. TB 10901.

"The Pyrates" is a swashbuckler of tall ships and desert islands, gallant adventurers and glamorous heroines, buried treasure and ghastly dungeons... all to the accompaniment of ringing steel, thunderous broadsides and the sound of people falling in the water and exchanging period dialogue. TB 10901.

Fraser, George Macdonald

Flashman, from the Flashman papers, 1839-1842. 1969. Read by Peter Reynolds, 6 hours 45 minutes. TB 1854.

Flashman papers; book 1. Flashman, the bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, goes from bad to worse after being expelled from Rugby for drunkenness. Honest only in his description of his own adventures, he is a blackguard and coward of the worst sort, and his adventures, supposedly taken from papers discovered in 1965, make horrific reading. TB 1854.

Frayn, Michael

Headlong. 1999. Read by Daniel Philpott, 11 hours 25 minutes. TB 12149.

A tale of historical investigation and comic invention. Invited to assess some old paintings, an easily-distracted philosopher is convinced that one of them is a lost work by Breughel. He risks everything he has in the effort to establish its provenance and trick it from its owner's possession. Contains violence. TB 12149.

Gale, Iain

Man of honour: Jack Steel and the Blenheim campaign, July to August 1704. 2008. Read by Cornelius Garrett, 9 hours 33 minutes. TB 16288.

Jack Steel series; book 1. Upper Bavaria, 1704. The British Army, illustrious and fresh from victory, stands proudly to attention, ready to fight for honour and glory. Their enemy is Louis XIV of France, the self-styled Sun King, who wants to possess all of Europe. TB 16288.

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