The Moonstone, a priceless Indian diamond brought to England as spoils of war, is given to Rachel Verrinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night, the stone is stolen. Suspicion then falls on a hunchbacked housemaid, on Rachel’s cousin Franklin Blake, on a troupe of mysterious Indian jugglers, and on Rachel herself.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
A devil-beast haunts the lonely moor around the Baskervilles’ ancestral home. A tale warned the descendants of that ancient family never to venture out on the moor “… in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted.” But one of the most recent Baskervilles, Sir Charles, was now dead, and the footprints of a giant hound had been found near his body. Would the new heir to the Baskervilles meet the same dreadful fate?
The Thirty Nine Steps
Richard Hannay is warned of an assassination plot that has the potential to take Britain into a war. A few days later he discovers the murdered body of the American who warned him and Hannay becomes a prime suspect. He flees to the moors of Scotland, pursued by the police and the German spies involved with stealing British plans.
These audio books represent some of the greatest works of fiction ever written in the English language. Each expertly abridged novel has been selected for its narrative power, range of characters and its place in our literary heritage. Authors span the full spectrum from the brooding romance of the Bronte sisters and George Elliot to the gothic charms of Charles Dickens and Henry James.
Talking Classics is narrated by assembly of well-known and prolific actors, including Martin Shaw, Hannah Gordon, Jenny Agutter, Martin Jarvis, Joanna Lumley and Robert Powell.