Audiobooks: Popcorn read by John Sessions Lord of the Flies read by Tim Piggot-Smith

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Ben Elton's Popcorn (Simon & Schuster, 4hrs, pounds 12.99) is a timely and hard-hitting novel, funny and horrific in equal measure, about media violence and abdication from personal responsibility. John Sessions's rendering of its brittle chatshow hosts, self-satisfied movie mogul and insane, oddly puritan, oddly loveable villains is inspired.

William Golding's Lord of the Flies (Penguin, 3hrs, pounds 7.99) also treats savage innocents, and his writing - economical, immediate and telling - lends itself extraordinarily well to audio. This fresh, dispassionate reading will make a car journey with teenage children pass in a flash, and, with any luck, give them a seductive introduction to a great 20th century novelist. Christina Hardyment

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