On The Genealogy of Morals
This important work comprises three essays: Good and Evil, Guilt, Bad Conscience and Related Matters and What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean? Nietzsche (1844–1900) analyses the evolution of moral concepts in a critique of 'moral prejudices', specifically the morality of the Christian and Judaic traditions. The complete, unabridged work is read here by Duncan Steen.
Hell Was an Ocean Away
From the Japanese invasion of the Philippines to General MacArthur's arrival in Japan in August 1945, this narrative of the Pacific war is based on the experiences of five American servicemen – one navy pilot and four marines, including the hero of Guadalcanal and Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone. The book is read on this audio version by Mike Chamberlain.
The Pat Hobby Stories
In this set of eleven stories, Scott Fitzgerald paints a comic portrait of Pat Hobby, an unscrupulous film writer and a relic from the silent movie era. Looking for success, yet lazy, artless and insensitive, Hobby just about keeps his head above water in the changing world of the movies. The stories are read here by Kerry Shale. 3 Audio CDs, running time 3 hours.
An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain
Or...60 Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always
In the abridged audio version of his bestselling book, the follow-up to An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, John O'Farrell brings us bang up to date and defuses disaster with comedy as he surveys the bizarre events, ridiculous characters and stupid decisions that have shaped Britain since 1945. Read by the author.
A Cornucopia of Puns, Anagrams and Other Curiosities of the English Language
Taking English speakers' most frequently used greetings as his starting point, Gyles Brandreth embarks on an entertaining journey through nonsense words, cryptic crosswords, spoonerisms, malapropisms, famous last words and candidates for the world's most powerful word – 'love', 'freedom' or 'money'? In this audio version, the book's text alternates with clips from the master raconteur's Word Power stage show, recorded live at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. Unabridged.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Written in 1906 by Robert Tressell (1870–1911), an impoverished house painter, but published posthumously in 1914, this novel has since become a classic of working class literature. It tells of the appalling working conditions of a group of painters and decorators and their struggle to survive, while interweaving a manifesto for socialism. The book is read, unabridged, by David Timson.
An Imperial Progress
The Pac Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris's accessible and entertaining narrative history of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. This first volume covers Victoria's reign from her coronation in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897, and ranges far and wide, from India to the Canadian prairies, and from Zululand to Tasmania. Read by Roy McMillan. Unabridged.
Red and The Black
First published in 1830, Stendhal's great psychological novel tells the story of Julien Sorel, an ambitious and intelligent youth from a poor country family, who uses the church as his career path into society and thence the army; but Julien's fate is ultimately decided by his passion for two women. Here, Bill Homeward reads the Scott Moncrieff translation (1926). Abridged.
No Cunning Plan
After stints in regional theatre in Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol, Tony Robinson played small parts on television during the 1970s, including presenting Play Away, and began to make his name as a comedian in the early 1980s with the sketch show Who Dares Wins. The Blackadder star reads his engaging autobiography in this 12-CD set.
Carols by Holst, Warlock, Rutter and Others
Conducted by Grace Rossiter, accompanied by John Evanson and with a special guest, the tenor Philip Langridge, the Finchley Children’s Music Group sing 22 carols including ‘Bethlehem Down’ – a poem by Bruce Blunt with music by Peter Warlock. Other composers include Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, John Rutter, Michael Head and Andrew Carter. One CD; playing time 56 mins.
A Christmas Choral Spectacular
In Peter Breiner’s lavish arrangements for choir and orchestra, carols old and new get a fresh twist in this glorious collection. Beginning with Ding dong! Merrily on high and including traditional favourites such as O Come, all ye faithful, O little town of Bethlehem and Silent Night, the 13 carols are performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Peter Breiner. One CD; playing time 64 mins.
Beautiful Bird Songs from Around the World
A Skylark, recorded in the Outer Hebrides; the Musical Wren from the Amazonian rainforest; a plaintive Hoopoe Lark in the North African desert: or the strange sound of the Kokako, heard in the wild only in New Zealand's North Island... With recordings drawn from the British Library Sound Archive, this double CD set presents 40 of the most inspiring sounds of the natural world, whether richly melodic, ethereal or simply amazing, like the mimickry of Albert's Lyrebird. 2 CDs total duration over 2 hours.
Music to Make Children Brighter
Listening to certain music may not increase a child’s intelligence, but it can certainly affect their mood. These 32 pieces for orchestra or piano, from Brahms’ Lullaby to Mozart’s Toy Symphony, include something for every occasion to be enjoyed by the whole family.
A Celebration of Christmas
This selection of Christmas music by Roderick Elms represents some of his most popular works, together with a few new ones such as the Wassail Down the Winds suite for organ and orchestra. The pieces are performed by Mark Wilde (tenor), Stuart Nicholson (organ), the Joyful Company of Singers under Peter Broadbent, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell. One CD; playing time 62 mins.