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. 5 CDs; running time 6 hrs 33 mins.
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. 19 CDs,running time 24 hours.
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. 4 CDs total duration approx. 5 hrs.
A Cornucopia of Puns, Anagrams & 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. 2 CDs total duration 1 hr 55 min.
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. 18 CDs; running time 23hrs 31 min.
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. 16 CDs; running time 20hrs 10min.
The Gormenghast Trilogy and Titus Awakes
The three books of Mervyn Peake’s incomparable tale of Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, and the monstrous castle of Gormenghast, are joined by Maeve Gilmore’s completion of a fragment left by Peake at his death in 1968. Read by Rupert Degas. Abridged. 15 CDs 18hrs 37mins.
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.
Puccini: La Boheme
The Complete Opera Plus Bonus Introduction CD
Set in 19th-century Paris, La Bohème centres on the love of the poet Rodolfo and the consumptive seamstress Mimi. With Jonathan Welch and Luba Orgonasova in the lead roles, powerfully supported by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, this magnificent recording captures all the tragedy and tenderness of Puccini’s much-loved opera.
The Complete Opera Plus Bonus Introduction CD
Written in 1871 for the opening of the Cairo opera house, Verdi’s majestic opera dramatizes the forbidden love between Radames, an Egyptian general, and Aida, an Ethiopian slave. Maria Dragoni and Kristjan Johannsson excel as the doomed lovers, while the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland delivers the famous triumphal march with power and panache.