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.
Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra!
From violin and flute to saxophone and electronic sounds, this book introduces young musicians to instruments’ construction, playing techniques and the types of music in which they are used, showing how they work together to produce the huge variety of orchestral sounds. Photographs of the instruments and visual representations of their pitch are complemented by audio clips on the accompanying CD-ROM; percussionist Evelyn Glennie adds her expert comments. Age 9+
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...)
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