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Books Set in London

Books Set in London

The best books to listen to while visiting London and exploring its streets. Reading the City suggests some great audiobooks for your next trip.

Playlist Tags: audience: anglophiles topic: london topic: brit lit mood: wanderlust

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Little Bee

A Novel

By Chris Cleave
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Length: 10 hours 41 minutes

Millions of people have read, discussed, debated, cried, and cheered with Little Bee, a Nigerian refugee girl whose violent and courageous journey​ puts a stunning face on the worldwide refugee crisis​.

Little Bee will blow you away.” —The Washington Post

The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British woman collide in... Read more »

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Brick Lane - Abridged

By Monica Ali
Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
Length: 11 hours 9 minutes

Set in the gritty Tower Hamlets area of East London, Brick Laneis the story of Nazneen, an Asian immigrant girl and how she deals with issues of love, cultural differences and the human spirit. Nazneen is forced into an arranged marriage with a much older man whose expectations of life are miserably low. When they flee the oppression of their... Read more »

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter (ENG)

By J. K. Rowling
Narrated by: Jim Dale
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a... Read more »

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter (ENG)

By J. K. Rowling
Narrated by: Jim Dale
Length: 27 hours 2 minutes

"You are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord."

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter (ENG)

By J. K. Rowling
Narrated by: Jim Dale
Length: 21 hours 35 minutes

"Give me Harry Potter,' said Voldemort's voice, 'and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded."

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and...

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Journal of the Plague Year

By Daniel Defoe
Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

First published in March 1722, 57 years after the event that struck more than 100,000 people, A Journal of the Plague Year is a compelling portrait of life during London’s horrific bubonic plague. Through the eyes of H.F. (speculated to be Defoe’s uncle, Henry Foe, from whose journals the book was supposedly adapted) we witness great grief,...

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [unabridged audiobook]

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Narrated by: Ruth Golding
Length: 13 hours 24 minutes

This audiobook is the most affordable version of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes that also has high quality, masterfully engineered audio. All audio has an even volume level throughout the book. As necessary, it our practice to modify audio for your pleasure. We may use a computer-assisted dynamic-leveling process. Specific frequencies of...

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Bleak House

By Charles Dickens
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 35 hours 11 minutes

A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-nineteenth century, with all its tortuous avenues and disguised resolutions. Here is the firm, Jarndyce & Jarndyce, the young orphan and ward of court Esther Summerson (who tells much of the story). As always, it is the skilled pen of Dickens himself...

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Mrs Dalloway

By Virginia Woolf
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes

It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day....

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