Stephen Fry narrates this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the famous Victorian comic novel. Orphan Becky Sharp and wealthy Amelia Sedley are best friends at Miss Pinkerton´s Academy for Young Ladies. On leaving school, ambitious, social-climbing Becky looks for a rich man to support her, while the sweet-natured Amelia meets her old friend Dobbin, who is instantly captivated. Becky takes a job in the service of Sir Pitt Crawley, and uses her charm to hook his dashing son. However, marriage to Captain Rawdon of the Guards does not provide the fortune she seeks. Meanwhile, Amelia rejects the faithful Dobbin and becomes engaged to the handsome George Osborne – but destiny has some shocks in store for her, too. As time goes by, the girls´ fortunes rise and fall. War, financial disaster and the ruin of her reputation leave the resourceful Becky undaunted, but Amelia finds it harder to bear fate´s blows. It will be many years before their story is played out, and their futures finally decided.... William Makepeace Thackeray´s classic satire of passion and ambition, first published in 1847 and 1848, is a deliciously ironic portrait of English society and its mores. This engaging 2004 radio production, published for the first time on audio, features a distinguished cast including Emma Fielding as Becky Sharp, Katy Cavanagh as Amelia and Toby Jones as Jos Sedley. Duration: 5 hours approx. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emma Fielding, Stephen Fry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002555de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Father and son Julian and Jamie Glover star as King Henry and his son, Hal, in this powerful production, which also stars Timothy West and Prunella Scales.In the acclaimed BBC Radio Shakespeare series, each play is introduced by Richard Eyre, former director of the Royal National Theatre. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamie Glover, Timothy West, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/001286de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here´s a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Falkner´s gripping tale of mystery and high adventure in a Dorset smuggling villlage. When 15-year-old John Trenchard discovers a secret passage into the vault of the powerful Mohune family, his peaceful life in the Dorset village of Moonfleet is at an end. It is said that Captain Mohune, the notorious Blackbeard, haunts the place with wild and bloodcurdling cries, forever seeking his hidden treasure. As John sets off in a search of that treasure, a fabled diamond, he becomes caught up in the dangerous coastal smuggling runs and is forced to flee the country in the company of Elizevir Block, the man who is to become like a father to him. From echoing vaults and stormy seas to dank dungeons and deep wells, John´s search for hidden treasure is thrillingly evoked in this fully dramatised classic adventure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Glenister, James Laurenson, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/002108de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ken Campbell, Windsor Davies, John Bird, and John Fortune star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. When Alice´s wish to visit the Looking Glass world comes true, she can´t resist delving deeper and deeper into a land of caustic characters and twisted logic. So begins a game of chess on a grand scale, where the inhabitants of each square have their own set of rules. In her bid to become Queen of the Chess Board, Alice takes advice - and sometimes downright criticism - from such peculiar folk as Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Lion and the Unicorn, and very helpful gnat.Even when she has earned her crown, the ordeal awaits of dinner with the Red and White Queens - and Alice learns an important lesson about not eating food you´ve been introduced to. This witty adaptation of Lewis Carroll´s enduring children´s classic boasts the much-loved Jabberwocky poem amongst its sparkling collection of gems. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Campbell, John Bird, Windsor Davies, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/002105de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Badgers in My Vest is a new, darkly funny play by an acclaimed contemporary playwright, based on a true incident in Dylan Thomas´ life. Deemed unfit to fight in World War II, Dylan Thomas spends his time in Newquay in the local pub, cadging drinks, laughing at the Welsh behind their back, and being outrageous. Privately, he is terrified, suffering nightmares and in the grip of writer´s block. Then one night, a soldier comes in. Having found poetry a solace in the face of human brutality, he hopes to exchange views on beauty and truth with Thomas. Instead he is goaded by semi-hysteria and goes for his gun.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sian Phillips, Geraint Morgan, Iestyn Jones, William Thomas, Matthew Rhys. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/003600de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Access Accents bring the highly sought-after voice techniques of top voice coach Penny Dyer to the actor´s audio device. They offer a unique opportunity to prepare for auditions at short notice.Included in this programme: A description of the accent and region Examples of resident speakers Penny Dyer and actor Paterson Joseph working on the accent and text Practice sentences The text examplePenny Dyer is an internationally renowned voice and dialect coach and a leading specialist in theatre, film, and TV work.Gwyneth Strong is an actress known especially for her role as Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses and for a wide range of contemporary theatre and TV work. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Penny Dyer and Paterson Joseph. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bloo/000007de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Aldous Huxley´s classic dystopian novel. It´s 2116, and Bernard Marx and Helmholtz Watson are token rebels in an irretrievably corrupted society where promiscuity is the norm, eugenics a respectable science, and morality turned upside down. There is no poverty, crime or sickness - but no creativity, art or culture either. Human beings are merely docile citizens: divided into castes, brainwashed and controlled by the state and dependent on the drug soma for superficial gratification. Into this sterile society comes an outsider, John - a man born into squalor and suffering, but raised on The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, a book which has shaped his entire life. When he discovers that treasured ideals such as love mean nothing in this ´brave new world´, where romance is ridiculous, marriage shocking and parenthood shameful, John´s world is shattered - and his reaction will show Bernard and Helmholtz what rebellion really means.... Based on Aldous Huxley´s 1932 masterpiece, widely considered one of the greatest novels of all time, this chilling dramatisation set in a futuristic totalitarian society stars Jonathan Coy, Justin Salinger, Milton Lopes and Anton Lesser. Running time: 2 hours 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anton Lesser, Jonathan Coy, Justin Salinger, Pippa Bennett-Warner, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002552de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Access Accents bring the highly sought-after voice techniques of top voice coach Penny Dyer to the actor´s audio device. They offer a unique opportunity to prepare for auditions at short notice.Included in this programme: A description of the accent and region Examples of resident speakers Penny Dyer and actor Adrian Scarborough working on the accent and text Practice sentences The text examplePenny Dyer is an internationally renowned voice and dialect coach and a leading specialist in theatre, film, and TV work.Gwyneth Strong is an actress known especially for her role as Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses and for a wide range of contemporary theatre and TV work. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Penny Dyer and Adrian Scarborough. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bloo/000004de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight! When young Jim Hawkins unexpectedly inherits a treasure map, he little knows what adventures await him. Pursued by pirates, betrayed by friends and beset by skulduggery, Jim must brave high seas and low cunning before he reaches the shores of Treasure Island. His fellow treasure hunters include the inflexible Captain Smollett, the indefatigable Doctor Livesey and the irrepressible Squire Trelawney. And then there´s the ship´s cook: a seafaring man with one leg who goes by the name of Long John Silver.... Robert Louis Stevenson´s classic adventure is brought thrillingly to life in this brand-new full-cast audiobook adaptation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Baker, Nicholas Farrell, Edward Holtom, Nicholas Pegg, Tony Millan, Tony Haygarth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bgfn/000019de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.