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Patterson, James

The jester. 2003. Read by Neil Dickson, 12 hours 55 minutes. TB 14030.

Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusades, Hugh DeLuc discovers that his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted. The dark riders came in the dead of night like devils. Nothing is known of their identity, only that they search for a relic worth more than any throne in Europe. No man has been able to stand in their way until Hugh, taking on the role of a jester, infiltrates the enemy’s castle. And when a man is fighting for freedom, for his wife, and for everything he holds dear, he will prove a formidable opponent. Contains violence. TB 14030.

Powers, Tim

The Anubis gates. 1993. Read by Ian Craig, 15 hours 39 minutes. TB 7081.

This is an adventure story that travels at almost breakneck speed as it is convulsed by chases and explosions, swashbuckles through Cairo and includes a skirmish on a burning ice-schooner. There is a time-travel conundrum, embossed with classic knotty paradoxes, a literary mystery and a horror story topped by a catastrophe of necromancy. TB 7081.

Reade, Charles

The cloister and the hearth. 1861. Read by Andrew Timothy, 29 hours 19 minutes. TB 1847.

An adventurous novel of Renaissance times in Germany, Italy, and the Low Countries. TB 1847.

Read, Piers Paul

A patriot in Berlin. 1995. Read by Robin Browne, 10 hours 41 minutes. TB 10624.

It is August 1991. In Berlin a Russian couple involved in art exporting are brutally murdered, and a KGB agent disappears. These apparently unconnected events are followed by American art historian Francesca McDermott's arrival in Berlin to organise an exhibition of Russian art. Working with Francesca is Serotkin, a Russian expert. TB 10624.

Roberts, Gregory David

Shantaram. 2005. Read by Steve Hodson, 48 hours 8 minutes. TB 16530.

In 1978, gifted student and writer Greg Roberts turned to heroin when his marriage collapsed, feeding his addiction with a string of robberies. Caught and convicted, he was given a nineteen-year sentence. After two years, he escaped from a maximum-security prison, spending the next ten years on the run as Australia's most wanted man. Hiding in Bombay, he established a medical clinic for slum-dwellers, worked in the Bollywood film industry and served time in the notorious Arthur Road prison. He was recruited by one of the most charismatic branches of the Bombay mafia for whom he worked as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler, and fought alongside a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. His debut novel, Shantaram, is based on this ten-year period of his life in Bombay. The result is an epic tale of slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films. Contains strong language. TB 16530.

Sabatini, Rafael

The Sea-Hawk. 1915. Read by Andrew Timothy, 13 hours 15 minutes. TB 1464.

Sir Oliver, a typical English gentleman, is accused of murder, kidnapped off the Cornish coast, and dragged into life as a Barbary corsair. However Sir Oliver rises to the challenge and proves a worthy hero. TB 1464.

Sabatini, Rafael

Scaramouche. 1921. Read by Stephen Jack, 14 hours 15 minutes. TB 1829.

When a young cleric is wrongfully killed, his friend, Andre Louis, vows to avenge his death. Louis' mission takes him to the very heart of the French Revolution where he finds the only way to survive is to assume a new identity. And so is born Scaramouche - a brave and remarkable hero of the finest order and a classic and much-loved tale of the greatest swashbuckling tradition. TB 1829.

Sabatini, Rafael

Captain Blood. 1921. Read by Robert Gladwell, 13 hours 45 minutes. TB 2315.

The story of Captain Blood, a doctor captured by the Royalist troops during the Civil War and deported to a slave plantation in the West Indies. TB 2315.

Scott, Walter

Quentin Durward. 1992. Read by Michael Tudor Barnes, 21 hours 8 minutes. TB 9778.

The young Scottish adventurer, Quentin Durward, embarks on a dangerous journey through the forest of the Ardennes, seeking a name, a partner and a position in the world. Meanwhile, the Machiavellian King Louis XI of France manoeuvres his realm out of the hands of the feudal barons, and into the centralised control that Scott believed to characterise the modern state. TB 9778.

Severin, Timothy

Corsair. 2008. Read by Rupert Farley, 13 hours 19 minutes. TB 16397.

Hector Lynch series; book 1. In 1677, on a late summer's evening two ships lurk off the coast of southwest Ireland. They are Barbary corsairs from North Africa, slave catchers. In the village, seventeen-year-old Hector Lynch wakes to the sound of a pistol shot. Moments later he and his sister Elizabeth are taken prisoner. From then on Hector's life plunges into a turbulent and lawless world that is full of surprises. TB 16397.

Severin, Timothy

Buccaneer : the adventures of Hector Lynch. 2010. Read by John Cormack, 12 hours 2 minutes. TB 18528.

Hector Lynch series; book 2. Sailing across the Caribbean Hector Lynch falls into the hands of the notorious buccaneer, Captain John Coxon. Hector's friends, Dan and Jacques, are released when Coxon mistakes Hector for the nephew of Sir Thomas Lynch, the Governor of Jamaica. But when Coxon delivers Hector to Sir Henry Morgan, the Governor's bitter enemy, he is publicly humiliated when it is revealed that Hector is not Sir Thomas's nephew. From then on, Coxon seeks to revenge himself - and the young seafarer finds himself on the run again. TB 18528.

Seymour, Gerald

A song in the morning. 1986. Read by Jon Cartwright, 11 hours 16 minutes. TB 8234.

Realistically set in the turmoil of present day South Africa this gripping thriller, from a master of the genre, tells of Jack Curwen's perilous endeavours to release his father from a maximum security prison in Pretoria where he is awaiting execution. Superbly crafted, this enthralling novel holds the reader firmly in its grasp until its stunning conclusion. TB 8234.

Seymour, Gerald

Condition black. 1991. Read by David Banks, 12 hours 44 minutes. TB 9042.

A lowly enemy of the Iraqi regime is murdered in a quiet suburb of Athens. A straightforward killing, except a second man, a CIA agent, is killed trying to protect the victim. Bill Erlich of the FBI investigates. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 9042.

Sheldon, Sidney

The other side of midnight. 1974. Read by Elizabeth Proud, 16 hours 34 minutes. TB 8228.

It is 1947 and a sensational murder trial is about to begin in Athens. The accused are a beautiful actress named Noelle Page and her lover Larry Douglas. From various points of the globe, people converge on Athens - a man-shy American innocent abroad, an international film star, a handsome, vibrant war hero, a vengeful Greek tycoon. All of them have just one interest in common - Noelle Page. TB 8228.

Sheldon, Sidney

The sands of time. 1989. Read by Eva Haddon, 11 hours 7 minutes. TB 8358.

This is the tale of four nuns who are abruptly forced to flee the secure environment of their Spanish convent and face a hostile world they long ago abandoned. Suddenly these four women find themselves pawns in a violent struggle between the outlawed Basque underground movement, led by the charismatic Jaime Moir, and the Spanish army. TB 8358.

Sheldon, Sidney

The best laid plans. 1997. Read by Laurence Bouvard, 8 hours 11 minutes. TB 13665.

This text tells the story of the beautiful and ambitious Leslie Stewart, who learns that for some men power is the greatest aphrodisiac; and of Oliver Russell, the handsome governor of a small southern state, who finds out why hell has no fury like a woman scorned. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 13665.

Shute, Nevil

Ruined city. 1992. Read by Jon Cartwright, 7 hours 26 minutes. TB 11647.

In a shipbuilding town in the North of England during the Great Depression, the local people have given up hope. When successful banker Henry Warren arrives in the city, only to be taken ill and confined to hospital he learns of the plight of the community and sees the locals dying for no apparent reason. He determines to turn the city's fortunes around. But all is not well with the schemes of Henry Warren. TB 11647.

Shute, Nevil

Trustee from the toolroom. 1960. Read by Stephen Jack, 10 hours. TB 534.

An inventive engineer suddenly torn from his normal London life is plunged into an extraordinary quest for a lost fortune on behalf of an orphaned niece. TB 534.

Shute, Nevil

No highway. 1979. Read by Bruce Montague, 12 hours 37 minutes. TB 7070.

Theodore Honey, a metallurgist working for the Royal Aircraft Establishment, develops a theory on metal fatigue. His research has convinced him that the tail of a new plane, the Reindeer, will fail at about 1440 hour flying time - but he speaks with equal conviction of the Second Coming of Christ to Glastonbury. He is sent to Newfoundland to investigate the mysterious crash of a Reindeer and find the lost tail section to prove his theory. On his trip he finds out he is flying on a Reindeer. Can this brilliant scientist convince others that this fatal flaw will decide the fate of everyone on board? TB 7070.

Shute, Nevil

Marazan. 1991. Read by David Graham, 8 hours 24 minutes. TB 9419.

Were it not for the escaped convict who saved his life, Philip Stenning would never have flown a plane again. As it happened, the pilot's life was to change for good and he was soon to be flying as intently and expertly as he had in the days of World War I. As Stenning attempts to support his rescuer, he is drawn ever deeper into a tense and dramatic adventure of intrigue, drug-running and murder. TB 9419.

Sillitoe, Alan

The lost flying boat. 1983. Read by Christopher Scott, 9 hours 49 minutes. TB 5152.

Two rival teams set out to retrieve German gold in true Boy's Own Biggles style and on one level this is an exciting adventure story. But this is not just a Saga trap - it was the most beautiful thing ever built. TB 5152.

Sillitoe, Alan

Down from the hill. 1984. Read by Richard Earthy, 6 hours 40 minutes. TB 5450.

The moment of change for a country just recovering from war in 1945 and for a boy on the brink of manhood is caught in the 250-mile odyssey of Paul Morton. He is seventeen and out to use his week of summer holiday to put as many miles as possible between himself and the factory in Nottingham where he works. His adventures - romantic, sad and comic - summon up a time and countryside long since vanished. Unsuitable for family reading. TB 5450.

Smith, Wilbur

Wild justice. 1992. Read by Andrew Cuthbert, 16 hours 59 minutes. TB 10143.

The hijacking of a jumbo jet off the Seychelles galvanises anti-terrorist chief Peter Stride into the action for which he has spent a lifetime training, but even in the hail of bullets which follows, he knows that this is only the beginning of a nightmare. Stride is the one man who might find the twisted genius who holds the world hostage, if only his every move were not anticipated by the enemy. Contains violence. TB 10143.

Smith, Wilbur

Assegai. 2009. Read by Jon Cartwright, 18 hours 4 minutes. TB 16727.

Courtney: book13. Sequel to: The triumph of the sun, TB 14186. It is 1913 and ex-soldier turned professional big game hunter, Leon Courtney, is in British East Africa guiding rich and powerful men from America and Europe on safaris in the Masai tribe territories. One of his clients, German industrialist Count Otto Von Meerbach, has a company which builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. But Leon had not bargained for falling passionately in love with Eva, the Count's beautiful and enigmatic mistress. Just prior to the outbreak of World War I, Leon is recruited by his uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, Commander of the British Forces in East Africa , to gather information from Von Meerbach. He stumbles on a plot against the British involving the disenchanted survivors of the Boer War, but it is only when Eva and Von Meerbach return to Africa that Leon finds out who and what is really behind the conspiracy. Contains passages of a sexual nature. TB 16727.

Smollett, Tobias

Roderick Random. 1748. Read by Gabriel Woolf, 21 hours 15 minutes. TB 665.

Roderick Random, a selfish, unprincipled rogue, tells of his extraordinary adventures in the navy and in civilian life. TB 665.

Smollett, Tobias

Peregrine Pickle. 1751. Read by John Richmond, 41 hours 45 minutes. TB 927.

The adventures of Peregrine Pickle, scoundrel and swashbuckler, in 18th century England. TB 927.

Steel, Danielle

Wings. 1995. Read by Laurel Lefkow, 11 hours 54 minutes. TB 10468.

Cassie O'Malley's father had always wanted his son to be a pilot and not his reckless, red haired daughter but it was Cassie who had the gift and her father's junior partner, Nick Galvin, who gave her flying lessons. This is the story of a young woman who fights the odds and becomes a renowned aviator. TB 10468.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Mutiny on the Bounty. 1996. Read by Various Narrators, 2 hours 44 minutes. TB 12411.

Starring Oliver Reed, Linus Roache, Roger Daltrey and Lionel Jeffries. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, this epic classic serial tells the tale of Fletcher Christian's dramatic mutiny against the tyrannical Captain Bligh. TB 12411.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Kidnapped. 1993. Read by Peter Kenny, 7 hours 48 minutes. TB 14878.

Set in Scotland in 1751, Kidnapped remains one of the most exciting adventure stories ever written. It tells of how young David Balfour, orphaned, and betrayed by his uncle Ebenezer who should have been his guardian, falls in with Alan Breck, the unscrupulous but heroic champion of the Jacobite Cause. TB 14878.

Stewart, Mary

Airs above the ground. 1965. Read by Phyllis Boothroyd, 9 hours. TB 274.

Searching for her husband in Austria, a young woman finds unexpected mystery and adventure, involving circus horses and secret agents. TB 274.

Stewart, Mary

My brother Michael. 1990. Read by Elizabeth Proud, 10 hours 39 minutes. TB 9072.

Camilla Haven is holidaying in Greece when she is caught up in a nightmare of danger and intrigue, which begins with an unexpected journey through the olive-clad hills to Delphi. TB 9072.

Thackeray, W M

The memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. 1844. Read by John Cormack, 13 hours 17 minutes. TB 12693.

Set in the second half of the eighteenth century, Barry Lyndon is the fictional autobiography of an adventurer and rogue. Born into the petty Irish gentry, and outmanoeuvred in his first love-affair, a ruined Barry volunteers for the British army. After seeing service in Germany he deserts and, after a brief spell as a spy, pursues the career of a gambler in the dissolute clubs and courts of Europe. In a determined effort to enter fashionable society he marries a titled heiress but is finally outwitted by her and ends his days in a debtors' prison. TB 12693.

Theroux, Paul

The Mosquito Coast. 1981. Read by Christopher Saul, 14 hours 46 minutes. TB 4203.

For the members of the Fox family the pipe-dream of leaving everything to live the simple life in a distant place becomes reality when Allie Fox takes them to the Mosquito Coast in Central America. But his fantastic plans become a tyranny which turns the idyll into a story of survival. TB 4203.

Thompson, Harry

This thing of darkness. 2006. Read by Merv Smith, 27 hours 9 minutes. TB 16098.

This seafaring adventure set in the nineteenth century, charts the life of Robert Fitzroy, the captain of 'The Beagle' and his passenger Charles Darwin. Their deep friendship and twin obsessions lead one to triumph and the other to disaster. TB 16098.

Traven, B

The death ship: the story of an American sailor. 1959. Read by Jeff Harding, 13 hours 47 minutes. TB 11963.

The text tells the story of a man who, having been robbed of his passport and seaman's card, is adrift in a world that doesn't want him. Expelled from one country after another, he joins a ship, the Yorikke, where no questions are asked. Its crew are like himself - stateless, and its cargo is contraband. It is rightly called `a death ship'. TB 11963.

Twain, Mark

The prince and the pauper. 1881. Read by Andrew Timothy, 7 hours. TB 3252.

The tale of a London Beggar boy and the young prince who was to become Edward VI, Identical to look at, they decide to change places, and then have difficulty establishing their true identities. TB 3252.

Van der Post, Laurens

A far-off place. 1974. Read by David Dunhill, 17 hours 23 minutes. TB 2682.

Accompanied by a Bushman and his wife and the young daughter of a governor who has been murdered by terrorists, the boy Francois sets out on a long and terrible journey to freedom. TB 2682.

Verne, Jules

Twenty thousand leagues under the sea. 1870. Read by Malcolm Ruthven. 13 hours 29 minutes. TB 3791.

The central character of this book, which is remarkable for its prediction of the invention of the submarine, are in the process of exploring marine disturbances when they are captured by the megalomaniacal Captain Nemo. TB 3791.

Verne, Jules

Around the world in eighty days. 1873. Read by Corbett Woodall, 8 hours 16 minutes. TB 1356.

These are the extraordinary and wonderful adventures which befall Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout when they set out to win a bet by going round the world in eighty days. TB 1356.

West, Morris

The naked country. 1991. Read by Nigel Graham, 5 hours 48 minutes. TB 9292.

Mundaru had killed the white man's animal. He had thrown the first spear into the side of the great bull, and now he was pursuing the white man to kill and conceal him. If he killed the white man, there was death for them all. The death that threatened them must be sung into the body of Mundaru; he must be ritually slain. Dillon, with the Aborigine's barb buried deep in his shoulder, knew that his survival lay in his own hands. Yet if he lived through this ordeal, could he survive the shock of financial ruin and the loss of his wife? Under the blanket sky, the drama played out before them … TB 9292.

West, Morris

The navigator. 1976. Read by Andrew Timothy, 14 hours 30 minutes. TB 3052.

Thorkild, and his carefully chosen crew, set out to discover a Polynesian Island, whose existence he has proclaimed. In their struggle to survive as a community they discover love and comradeship in the face of primal terrors. TB 3052.

Williams, Emlyn

Headlong : a novel. 1980. Read by David Sinclair, 12 hours 50 minutes. TB 3805.

It was 1935 and the whole Royal Family was wiped out in one minute. There followed for Jack Green a most bizarre adventure, taking him for a brief space of time from excitement to comedy. TB 3805.

Wren, P C

Beau Geste. 1924. Read by Anthony Parker, 18 hours. TB 1234.

Three brothers leave their middle-class home in England to join the French Foreign Legion and danger. TB 1234.

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