• The Life of Samuel Johnson (unabridged)

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David Timson narrates The Life of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell’s epic biography of the 18th-century man of letters. Amounting to 52 hours, Timson’s extraordinary recording does full justice to the ballast of Johnson’s work. The book is frequently cited as one of the greatest biographies in the history of world literature and, listening to Timson, one can easily see why. Peter Wickham reads Arthur Machen’s influential horror story The Great God Pan, in a collection that also includes The Inmost Light and The Shining Pyramid; and Henry James’s delightful comedy of manners, The Europeans, is read by Adam Sims.

The Life of Samuel Johnson (unabridged)

Charming, vibrant, witty and edifying, James Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson is a biography of great obsession and boundless reverence. The book is full of humorous anecdote and paints a vivid picture of 18th-century London, while giving a compelling insight into Johnson’s complex humanity.

The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales (unabridged)

Dubbed the greatest horror story in English by Stephen King, The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen is an eerie and otherworldly mystery about a diabolical operation and its terrifying repercussions. It has influenced many writers of the genre, including the unrivalled master H.P. Lovecraft.

The Europeans (unabridged)

Adam Sims follows the success of The Aspern Papers with a delightful recording of Henry James’s The Europeans, an inter-continental comedy of manners that contrasts two sophisticated and light-hearted Europeans with their serious and puritanical American cousins.

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The Life of Samuel Johnson (unabridged)

Early in the year, Naxos AudioBooks released recordings of the biographies of two great characters from the eighteenth century. Although the lives of Samuel Johnson and Giacomo Casanova overlapped considerably, it is hard, at first glance, to think of two …


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