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+
More Tales from the Greek Legends
Bellerophon & Pegasus, Orpheus & Eurydice and Other Tales from Ancient Greece
Bellerophon and Pegasus set off in search of the fearful three-headed Chimera, and Echo’s love for Narcissus is doomed. The acclaimed actor Benjamin Soames narrates a collection of 10 tales from Ancient Greece, with a soundtrack of classical music. Age 9+. Unabridged.
Great Inventors and Their Inventions
Gutenberg, Bell, Marconi, the Wright Brothers
Throughout history, visionaries such as Archimedes, Gutenberg and Edison have produced inventions that have helped to shape our modern world, and their biographies shed light on how they brought their ideas to fruition. Age 12+
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’.
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...)
When Sylvester and Phoebe first meet, they don’t hit it off. Later, stranded together in a country inn, there is definitely a mutual attraction. But will Sylvester recognize himself in the villain in Phoebe’s about-to-be-published novel? Heyer’s Regency romance is read, abridged, by Richard Armitage.
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
More Great Scientists
and Their Discoveries
Including extracts from classical music, this CD features scientists ranging from Copernicus to Humboldt, Babbage and Oppenheimer. Often self-taught, each individual had passion, dedication and the ability to overcome great obstacles in the quest for truth.
The Great Poets: Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was considered disreputable when it was published in 1855; now he is seen as ‘America’s poet’. This selection of ten poems includes ‘I Sing the Body Electric’ from Leaves of Grass and Whitman’s Civil War rallying cry to the North, ‘Beat! Beat! Drums!’.
Shakespeare’s tragedy of betrayal and jealousy remains one of his most performed plays. This Olivier Award-winning Donmar production stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as the doomed war hero, Ewan McGregor as the manipulative Iago, Kelly Reilly as Desdemona, Michelle Fairley as Bianca, and Tom Hiddleston as Cassio.
The Finest Nonsense of Edward Lear
Read by one of Britain’s best-loved actors, these 29 verses include ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘The Jumblies’, with less well-known rhymes such as ‘The Duck and the Kangaroo’ and ‘The New Vestments’. The sleeve notes offer a fascinating insight into Lear’s life. Age 8+
The History of Theatre
The diverse and absorbing history of the theatre ranges from the tragedies and comedies of ancient Greece to the high-tech musicals of today. Derek Jacobi’s engaging reading is illustrated with more than 50 extracts from classic plays, performed by some of today’s leading actors.