Adventure audio book downloads:
The celebrated English actress Virginia McKenna OBE reads this delightful unabridged audiobook of one of Frances Hodgson Burnett's most popular novels. The Secret Garden has been adapted for film, stage and television, but it is hard to beat this wonderful audio book reading of the original story.
What the Narnia books did for wardrobes, The Secret Garden did for the walled garden. Few readers can fail to share with Mary Lennox that inexplicable thrill of anticipation at the notion of an enclosed and secret world, bursting with potential life and beauty but remaining hidden from view.
When she finds the key to the secret garden, Mary embarks on a journey of self-discovery and enables other characters in the novel to open doors and windows into their own lives, bringing vitality and vigour back to the inhabitants of Misselthwaite Manor. The author’s interest in Theosophy is perhaps reflected in the journey of the crippled Colin, who believes he can heal himself through positive thinking. And, as the roses return to the garden, so they bloom in Mary’s cheeks - as she discovers an ancient and timeless magic that every gardener will recognise and understand.
Forced by the wrongful arrest of their father on
spying charges to move from their idyllic life to a rundown cottage by a
railway line, three children battle through to one of the greatest tear jerking
happy endings of them all in this superb children’s classic novel by Edith
Nesbit. Margaret Tyzack brings to life the joys and adversities of the
delightful Waterbury family lovingly and touchingly in this unabridged audio
book of The Railway Children available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format
for you to download immediately.
In this exclusive audiobook, available only from Silksoundbooks, the celebrated English actor Crispin Bonham-Carter brings Oscar Wilde’s classic story of the beautiful, vain, sinful and indulgent Dorian Gray stunningly to life.
The Picture of Dorian Gray must surely be one of the greatest works of classic gothic horror fiction. As the story of Dorian Gray unfolds, we learn how he houses his conscience in a portrait which slowly and hideously decays while he, ever more indulgent and under the influence of a poisonous “French” novel, remains untouched by age… but at a terrifying price…
Available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format, download The Picture of Dorian Gray for just £7.95. exclusively from Silksoundbooks.
This audio book, read by star actor Sir Derek Jacobi tells the tale of Dr Frankenstein and the horrendous monster he unleashes on
the world when he tinkers with the laws of Nature.
Frankenstein was the product of one of the
most famous ghost story telling sessions in history; Lord Byron, Percy
Bysshe Shelley and several others were stranded on the shores of Lake
Geneva during a particularly sodden summer. They challenged each other
to come up with the most ghastly and soul rending story their sizable
literary talents could muster and the hands-down winner came from
Shelley’s wife – Mary Shelley.
The novel that emerged several
years later has been recognised as one of the most chilling and
gruesome horror stories ever written and it is certainly one of the
most famous. It is however fathoms more than this, it’s a moving
account of a battle for independence, it’s a warning against man’s
pride in his ability to change the world with his blind pursuit of science.
The Silksoundbooks audio book Alice in Wonderland, read by star actress Julia McKenzie starts with Alice on a rather unadventurous picnic... but as her attention wanders she is suddenly brought face to face with a passing white rabbit who happens to be wearing a waistcoat and muttering to himself “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”.
As he disappears down a rabbit hole and Alice, for want of anything better to do, follows him, she finds herself in Wonderland – a fantastical world where the characters Alice meets and the situations in which she finds herself have the whiff of symbol and allegory about them, but are much too funny to be pinned down as such.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is read by Julia McKenzie as an unabridged audiobook and is perfect for children of all ages
In this unabridged audio book, star actor Colin Salmon reads one of the most famous children’s stories ever written. Black Beauty is the story
of the highly spirited and gorgeous black stallion and his transfer
from owner to increasingly abusive owner until his final happy rescue.
The book was originally intended to be a campaigning work distributed to those
who worked with horses in the middle of the nineteenth century, but has become a firm favourite with children of all ages!
A Study in Scarlet introduces us to the most famous detective in literature - Sherlock Holmes.
Richard E Grant brings his famed eccentric wit to this unabridged audio book available to download only from Silksoundbooks.
We hear how a series of gruesome and unexplained murders in Victorian London leave the police baffled, but Sherlock Holmes has already solved the case using his brilliant detective skills. Holmes and his new house mate Dr Watson then embark upon a journey to the USA for yet more investigative work. Finally the relationship between the two parts of the novel are explained by Holmes in the last two chapters.
Available in MP3 format and iPod audiobook format for you to download and enjoy immediately.
Dame Judi Dench leads an all-star cast in this unabridged audio book of Frances Burney’s wickedly funny eighteenth
century best-seller Evelina.
The novel follows
the trials and romantic adventures of a young beauty as she tries
to make her way through Eighteenth Century Britain handicapped by her three
great problems, being poor, being illegitimate – and being a girl.
This unabridged and exclusive recording by Finty
Williams, Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer is available in MP3 or
iPod audiobook format for you to download immediately.
Julian Glover’s audio book version of Beowulf takes the poem back to its origins as a spoken tale. He has taken the essence of the poem and with a scholarly eye to the British Museum’s manuscript, created a truly Bardic performance. Beowulf’s battles against Grendel (the monster who takes you in your sleep) and the original lethal female – his mother who comes to avenge her son’s killing, are faithfully transformed into a roaring reality.
This highly entertaining audio book, read by star actor Timothy West, was first conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of
Scotland in an attempt to amuse the author's step-son. Treasure Island began
with the map - young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an
island and Stevenson, looking over the boy’s shoulder began to
elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of
Skeleton Island, Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses
marking the buried treasure. From this gentlest of beginnings has come
one of the fiercest and best loved novels of piracy and fortune in the
history of literature. It is Lloyd’s lasting legacy that he insisted
there be no girls in the story!
It tells the story of Jim Hawkins
who having acquired a map to the vast treasure of the fabled Captain
Flint, sets out with a sponsor, Squire Trelawney, who has been tricked
into crewing up his ship with the remaining members of the notorious
Flint’s band of pirates. Mutiny, maroonings and treasure follow, with the wonderful character of
Long John Silver, not only providing a truly sophisticated analysis of
the fact that morality is never simple but also forever fixing peg legs
and parrots as the only uniform of the true buccaneer.
Classical actor and James Bond villain Toby
Stephens brings his brooding intensity to Joseph Conrad’s terrifying and
exhilarating exploration of evil that served as the inspiration for Francis
Ford Coppola’s movie Apocalypse Now. This unabridged audio book sees Conrad’s iconic characters, Marlow and Kurtz, on a journey to the very depths
of human nature.
It follows Marlow as he recounts, from dusk through to late night, his adventure into the Congo transporting ivory, and his more pressing assignment - to return Kurtz in a cover up, to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary.
Heart of Darkness is available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to
Robert Louis Stevenson’s lengthy short story The Pavilion on the Links, was considered by Arthur Conan-Doyle to be “the first short story in the world”. This unsettlingly nerve-wracking tale is every bit as chilling as its much wider known follower The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and at the time of its publication was every bit as successful
Stevenson makes the choice in the story of having two fairly unpleasant characters for his main protagonists. Both deeply antipathetic to the rest of humankind, he is wickedly funny about the two men’s friendship which as the narrator himself confesses was “scarcely a companionship, but a coexistence of unsociability”.
Download The Pavilion on the Links, and get Alan Howard's reading of 'Markheim' by Robert Louis Stevenson FREE!
Henry Fielding’s first full-length novel, published in 1742, The
History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his Friend Mr.
Abraham Adams was also one of the first English novels. Fielding was
melding and parodying the two major forces battling for control of the
fiction of the time – the mock heroic, neo-classical tradition as
practiced by Pope and Swift and the popular and populist fiction of the
new novelists such as Defoe and Richardson. Richardson’s Pamela had
just taken Britain by storm and following on the success of Fielding’s
parody of the novel Shamela the story of Joseph Andrews follows
Pamela’s brother in his journey as footman to the rather dippy Parson
Adams. In style and form it imitates Cervantes Don Quixote, with the
servant and master undertaking their major journey together, but the
sexual adventures of the young Joseph Andrews and his sorely tested
chastity provide the real meat of the book’s plot.
Rufus Sewell's voice lends itself perfectly to this audiobook download... we're sure you'll agree!
Acclaimed British actor Andrew Sachs reads this unabridged audio book of A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
Set between London and Paris, A Tale of Two Cities has adventure, betrayal and great heroism woven through this thrilling tale of the French Revolution.
A Tale of Two Cities follows the lives of several protagonists through the events of the French Revolution, most notably Charles Darnay, a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.
Download this exclusive audio book recording of A Tale of Two Cities for just £7.95
This is one of Sir Walter Scott’s greatest
adventures set amongst the roaring battles of the struggle between the
Normans and the Saxons for control of Medieval England. It deals with
the rivalry between King Richard the Lion-Heart and his brother John.
We follow the adventures, skirmishes and romances of the hero, Ivanhoe,
a Saxon knight loyal to King Richard, as he attempts to survive the
England of King John along side the disguised Richard and of course,
Download Ivanhoe audiobook today for a truely epic tale.
This unabridged audio book download of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, read by star actor Nicholas Rowe, starts with the newly orphaned David Balfour travelling to his uncle’s terrifying House of Shaws.
Having failed in an attempt to murder young David the miserly Ebeneezer Balfour, who would rather keep the fortune to which the child is now entitled, arranges for a kidnapping aboard a ship bound for the New World. A fortunate collision with a small craft from France carrying young Balfour’s saviour in the shape of Alan Breck Stewart, saves the boy from the intended slavery and sets him on the extraordinary journey across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland that has become one of the most famous adventure stories of our time.
Download the unabridged audio book Kidnapped read by Nicholas Rowe today for just £7.95
This unabridged audio book of Daniel Defoe’s adventure story of the marooned mariner Robinson Crusoe is wonderfully painted for us by the compelling voice of David Warner.
Crusoe leaves England, setting sail from Hull on a sea voyage in September, 1651, against the wishes of his parents. After several voyages he is shipwrecked on a remote tropical island in the south pacific. Spending 28 years there, Crusoe encounters native Americans, captives, cannibals and mutineers before being rescued.
Download Robinson Crusoe as an audiobook for your iPod or mp3 player read by David Warner for just £7.95