Taking its title from the sea monster who rules over the prideful in the Book of Job, Hobbes’s controversial masterpiece of moral and political philosophy proposes a state with absolute power, and describes the relation of the state to religion. The book is read, unabridged, by Peter Wickham. 18 CDs.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Dr Jekyll’s elixir was meant to help him explore the hidden depths of his personality, but instead created the monstrous and uncontrollable alter ego, Edward Hyde. A condensed version of Stevenson’s famous horror story is read here by John Sessions. 2 CDs; 2hrs 34mins.
Stories from Shakespeare
The noted actors Juliet Stephenson and Michael Sheen retell ten of Shakespeare's most famous works in modern English prose. The stories, including Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Henry V, incorporate lines of dialogue from the original plays and key plot points are explained. Age 9+
The Great Poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins
In the Great Poets series, actors read substantial selections from the work of Britain and America’s most celebrated poets, including less familiar pieces as well as their most famous poems. Each audio book is a single CD with around 70 minutes running time. Jeremy Northam reads 38 poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889), including ‘Pied Beauty’, ‘God’s Grandeur’, ’The Windhover’ and an excerpt from ‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’.
Fragments written in preparation for a defence of Christianity, unfinished at Pascal’s death in 1669 and published posthumously in 1669, Pensées has since been regarded as a masterpiece of French prose as well as a great work of philosophy and theology. Among the ‘Thoughts’ is the famous ‘wager’ argument for the rationality of believing in God that draws on another of Pascal’s works of genius, the theory of probability. Pensées is read, unabridged and in English, by Peter Wickham. 10 CDs.
Zorro - 3 Audiobooks
Zorro, the masked alter ego of Don Diego de la Vega, first rode out on his black stallion to avenge the oppressed of Spanish California in The Curse of Capistrano (1919). Zorro was so popular, his creator, Johnston McCulley (1883–1958), wrote three more books of adventures. The novellas are read here by Bill Homewood. Unabridged. The items included in this set are:Sign of Zorro (Read more...) Further Adventures of Zorro (Read more...) Zorro Rides Again (Read more...)
Worzel Gummidge - 5 Audiobooks
Created in the early 1930s by the novelist Barbara Euphan Todd, the scarecrow of Scatterbrook Farm, Worzel Gummidge, has been causing mayhem ever since. The audiobooks included in this set are:Worzel Gummidge (Read more...)Worzel Gummidge Again (Read more...)More About Worzel Gummidge (Read more...)Worzel Gummidge and Saucy Nancy (Read more...)Worzel Gummidge Takes a Holiday (Read more...)
The Sunday Sessions
Philip Larkin Reading his Poetry
Recorded in February 1980, in the garage of Larkin’s friend John Weeks, the two Sunday Sessions tapes contain 26 poems from four collections: The North Ship, The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows. The tapes were found in the garage in 2006 and are released on a vinyl LP recording, as befits Larkin’s love of records.
The Snake Stone
A Yashim the Eunuch Mystery
In 1838, Maximilien Lefèvre, a French archaeologist, arrives in Istanbul to excavate a Byzantine treasure, but rumours about his real motives abound and Yashim is hired to investigate him. Then Lefèvre’s mutilated body is discovered, and in his second case, Yashim himself becomes the suspect. Read by Andrew Sachs. Abridged.
The Last King of Scotland
A young Scottish doctor working in a medical mission in Uganda becomes dangerously compromised when he is chosen as personal physician to Idi Amin, the country’s brutal and unpredictable dictator. This abridged version of the bestselling thriller is read here by Forbes Masson. 4 CDs: 4hrs 20mins.
The Janissary Tree
Istanbul 1836: ten years after the Janissaries, the Sultan’s elite guard, had been disbanded and slaughtered, men from the New Guard go missing; while in the palace, a young concubine has been murdered. These first, mysterious cases for Yashim, the eunuch detective, are read by Andrew Sachs. Abridged. 4 CDs: 4hrs
In Praise of Shadows
In this classic essay, Junichiro Tanizaki (1886–1965) celebrates the aesthetics of traditional Japanese culture and its use of natural light, shade and darkness. The 1933 Harper and Seidensticker translation is read, unabridged by David Rintoul. 2 CDs 1 hr 28 mins