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Download eight timeless audio tales from a magical storyteller This enchanting collection, retold by writer and critic Naomi Lewis, contains eight of Hans Christian Andersen's magnificent fairy tales. It includes Thumbelina, a little girl no more than a thumb-joint high, The Emperor's New Clothes, the tale of a man who cares only for his appearance and The Little Mermaid, who longs to one day marry a human prince. Unabridged and read by Juliet Stevenson, Andrew Sachs, Alan Cumming, and Nigel Davenport.Show more
The Military Gazette is a vivid portrait of military life through the centuries, as lived by the generations of men and women who took part. We eavesdrop on some of the most turbulent and colourful events, from bow-and-arrow to atomic bomb, and we draw on the first-hand experiences of Englishmen and women, as they provide a fascinating and often moving description of the British at war. In the Army edition we follow the fortunes of the British soldier from the Roman invasion of Britain to his defeat at Dunkirk, from the terrible horrors of the Battle of Culloden to his courage against the Zulu's at Rourke's drift, from heroes to cowards we hear their stories as they move implacably from bows to bayonets. Narrated by Eileen Atkins; Cheryl Campbell; Nigel Davenport; Alex Jennings; Richard Johnson; Hugh Laurie; Michael Maloney; Geoffrey Palmer; Michael Pennington; Prunella Scales; Samuel West, and John WoodShow more
The Military Gazette, is a vivid portrait of military life through the centuries, as lived by the generations of men and women who took part. We eavesdrop on some of the most turbulent and colourful events, from bow & arrow to atomic bomb, we draw on the first hand experiences of Englishmen and women, as they provide a fascinating and often moving description of the British at war. The Navy edition journeys from the Anglo Saxon Chronicle's account of a Viking invasion to a young sailor's grief at the death of Horatio Nelson; from the Spanish Armada to the Battle of Jutland and from organised press gangs to murderous mutinies we share the personal experiences of life in the British Navy. Narrated by Eileen Atkins; Cheryl Campbell; Nigel Davenport; Alex Jennings; Richard Johnson; Hugh Laurie; Michael Maloney; Geoffrey Palmer; Michael Pennington; Prunella Scales; Samuel West, and John Wood.Show more
In the sleepy little English country village of St Mary Mead, all is not as it seems. Under a seemingly peaceful exterior lurks intrigue, guilt, deception - and murder. Colonel Protheroe, local magistrate and overbearing landowner, is the most detested man in the village. Everyone, even the vicar, wishes he were dead. And very soon he is - shot in the head in the vicar's own study. A visiting artist confesses to the murder, but residents saw him elsewhere at the time the Colonel was shot. If he didn't do it, who did? Is he protecting the wife whom he loves? Faced with a surfeit of suspects, only the inscrutable Miss Marple can unravel the tangled web of clues. A trap is set, and Miss Marple's theory is put to the test when the true killer is finally unmasked. This full-cast dramatisation of Agatha Christie's very first Miss Marple mystery stars June Whitfield as the indomitable amateur detective, with Imelda Staunton and Nigel Davenport.Show more
The Sporting Gazette is a rousing gallop through the British sporting calendar of the last 900 years in the company of chroniclers, diarists and letter-writers as we eavesdrop on some of the most memorable events in the colourful history of British sport, as performed by an outstanding cast of actors. This Pastimes edition eavesdrops on some of the most fascinating events in the colourful history of the British at play; from Pitt the younger playing a game of marbles to Sir Donald Campbell's fatal attempt at the waterspeed record; Sir Francis Chichester's single handed voyage around the world and Lord Louis Mountbatten's first hand experience of a cock fight in India; from hunting with King James I to swimming the Channel with Captain Webb. Narrated Eileen Atkins; Cheryl Campbell; Nigel Davenport; Alex Jennings; Richard Johnson; Hugh Laurie; Michael Maloney; Geoffrey Palmer; Michael Pennington; Prunella Scales; Samuel West, and John WoodShow more
The Sporting Gazette is a rousing gallop through the British sporting calendar of the last nine hundred years in the company of chroniclers, diarists and letter-writers as we eavesdrop on some of the most memorable events in the colourful history of British sport, as performed by an outstanding cast of actors. The Sports edition journeys from sword fights to boxing and jousting to motor racing, we join such diverse characters as A. A. Milne, Dick Francis, Queen Victoria, Kenneth Wolstenholme, Tony Jacklin and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as they share their experiences of England winning the 1996 world cup; the very first game of rugby football; Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile, a game of cricket on horseback in 1794 and the death of England's finest cricketer W.G. Grace. Narrated Eileen Atkins; Cheryl Campbell; Nigel Davenport; Alex Jennings; Richard Johnson; Hugh Laurie; Michael Maloney; Geoffrey Palmer; Michael Pennington; Prunella Scales; Samuel West, and John Wood.Show more
Discover Shakespeare's best-loved plays with this fantastic, unabridged and downloadable audiobook edition of Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, read by Alan Cumming, Juliet Stevenson, Nigel Davenport and Andrew Sachs. A perfect introduction for all ages to the breadth and beauty of Shakespeare's work. Tales from Shakespeare has become a classic work in its own right. The tales bring vividly to life the power of Hamlet and Macbeth, the fun of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the drama of The Tempest. Blending detailed narrative with original dialogue and poetic language, they fully convey the wit, wisdom and imagination of Shakespeare's magnificent plays. Includes King Lear, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Measure for Measure.Show more
English Poetry, Volume 1 - An Introduction. The English language has grown into the Worlds pre-dominant spoken language. It's estimated there are over one million words with which to do this. It's sources are rich and diverse, absorbing from other cultures and times without hesitation. It surely follows that when we add the talents of Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley, Kipling and Blake to a myriad of others that its beauty and reach entrance us with their thoughts and visions. In two volumes these remarkable poems present a wonderful companion through the long heritage of the English Language and its poets. The poems in volume 1 are; English Poetry - An Introduction; The Passionate Shepherd To His Love - Christopher Marlowe; The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships - Christopher Marlowe; Shall I Compare Thee To A Summers Day (Sonnet 18) - William Shakespeare; Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds - William Shakespeare; To Celia - Ben Jonson; On My First Son - Ben Jonson; The Good Morrow - John Donne; Witchcraft By A Picture - John Donne; On Shakespeare - John Milton; On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity - John Milton; To His Coy Mistress - Andrew Marvell; A True Born Englishman - Daniel Defoe; A Song For St Cecilia's Day - John Dryden; from The Rape Of The Lock - Alexander Pope; Summer - Alexander Pope; Elergy Written In A Country Churchyard - Thomas Gray; The Lamb - William Blake; The Tiger - William Blake; How Sweet I Roam'd From Field To Field - William Blake; Composed Upon Westminster Bridge - William Wordsworth; Daffodils - William Wordsworth; September 1819 - William Wordsworth; Frost At Midnight - Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Work Without Hope - Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley; Ode To The West Wind - Percy Bysshe Shelley; Short Extract From Prometheus Unbound - Percy Bysshe Shelley; I Am - John Clare; Ode To A Nightingale - John Keats; Ode To Autumn - John KeatsShow more
English Poetry, Volume 2 - An Introduction. The English language has grown into the Worlds pre-dominant spoken language. It's estimated there are over one million words with which to do this. It's sources are rich and diverse, absorbing from other cultures and times without hesitation. It surely follows that when we add the talents of Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley, Kipling and Blake to a myriad of others that its beauty and reach entrance us with their thoughts and visions. In two volumes these remarkable poems present a wonderful companion through the long heritage of the English Language and its poets. The poems in volume 2 are; English Poetry - An Introduction; Bright Star - John Keats; La Belle Dame Sans Merci - John Keats; I Remember I Remember - Thomas Hood; Ballad - Thomas Hood; No! - Thomas Hood; If Thou Must Love Me - Elizabeth Barrett Browning; How Do I Love Thee - Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Ulysses - Alfred Lord Tennyson; Lady Clare - Alfred Lord Tennyson; from Pied Piper Of Hamblin - Robert Browning; Home Thoughts From Abroad - Robert Browning; The Jumblies - Edward Lear; Dover Beach - Matthew Arnold; Remember - Christina Rossetti; In The Willow Shade - Christina Rossetti; The Oxen - Thomas Hardy; Ah Are You Digging My Grave - Thomas Hardy; The Darkling Thrush - Thomas Hardy; Spring - Gerald Manley Hopkins; Epithalamion - Gerald Manley Hopkins; Loveliest Of Trees, The Cherry Now - AE Houseman; If - Rudyard Kipling; Tommy - Rudyard Kipling; The Way That Lovers Use - Rupert Brooke; Love - Rupert Brooke; The Old Vicarage Of Grantchester; Rupert BrookeShow more
A joyfully picaresque novel, Tom Jones is satirical and farcical in large doses, as well as confronting serious issues, such as the importance of religion in 18th-century society. Tom is thrown out of his foster father's house for "crimes" that he didn't commit, and proceeds to have numerous bawdy adventures and fights, eventually finding that only his true love can save him from a life that could possibly end at the gallows.Show more
Henry Fielding's great novel is a masterpiece of the picaresque. It has a lovable rogue for a hero, whose all too recognisable human faults involve him in many a scrape. The story bounds along from the opening scene in which an unknown baby is discovered in Allworthy's bed, through all Tom's trials and tribulations. But the novel's exuberant tone never lets the reader fear that's its erring hero will come to any real harm, despite the machinations of the devious Blifils, who so nearly come between Tom and his true birthright. All comes right in the end, as Tom win the hands of his beloved Sophia, whose common-sense and virtue match her beauty. 1. BIRTH AND MARRIAGE. Returning to his home in Somerset after an absence of several months, the wealthy Mr Allworthy, a kindly man, decides to bring the child up himself. Inquiries suggest that Jenny Jones, a maidservant, is the child's mother: Allworthy forgives her and send her away to make a fresh start. His sister Bridget accepts a proposal of marriage of Captain Blifil, brother of a local doctor. She bears a son, who becomes heir to Allworth's estate. 2. LOVE AND FISTICUFFS. Tom grows up riotous but good-willed, unlike young Blifil, a smooth-tongued schemer. Tom falls in love with the beautiful Sophia, daughter of their neighbour Squire Western. When Sophia falls from her horse, Tom catches her and breaks his arm - and Sophia returns his love. Allworthy falls ill but, despite the news of his sister's death, soon recovers. Tom celebrates by getting drunk and Blifil starts a quarrel. Tom leaves the house in order to cool down, dreaming of Sophia. But he is seduced by Molly Seagrim, in whose arms his discovered by Blifil and his tutor, Thwackum. A fight breaks out; Western comes across them and joins in to help Tom. Sophia arrives shortly afterwards and faints with shock. 3. A MERCENARY UNION. Sophia's aunt, Mrs Western, tells the Squire that she believes her to be in love with Blifil. Both are pleased by such an advantageous match. When Mrs Western tells Sophia that she has guessed her true love, the girl admits that she loves Tom. Mrs Western is horrified and forces her to accept Blifil as a suitor. Blifil then makes a laughable attempt to woo Sophia - he feels nothing for her, but finds her father's wealth more than attractive. 4. DECEIT TRIUMPHS. Sophia pleads with her father, asking him not to marry her to Blifil; Western is enraged. Tom daringly requests to be allowed to reason with her, so that he can see her alone. While they declare their love for each other, Mrs Western tells the Squire the truth. He then surprises the lovers in one another's arm and throws Tom out. On hearing this, Blifil tells Allworthy a slanderously slanted version of Tom's behaviour on the evening of the fight. Allworthy is deeply upset; he summons Tom and banishes him. Distressed at losing Sophia, Tom sets out for Bristol, planning to go to sea. 5. A NIGHT ILL SPENT. Sophia flees with her maid Honour, to escape her imminent marriage. Tom, meanwhile, is attended by a barber; on hearing his story, the barber explains that he is Partridge, wrongly thought to be Tom's father. Tom rescues an older woman, Mrs Waters, from an attack. They go to an inn and she invites him into her bed, where they are disturbed by a stranger named Fitzpatrick, who thinks she is his wife, Sophia arrives at the same inn and her maid learns of Tom's infidelity. Shattered, Sophia leaves a note for Tom and goes on her way. 6. MISADVENTURES. Tom is aghast to find Sophia's note; after berating Partridges, he sets off in pursuit of her. Sophia encounters an old friend, Mrs Fitzpatrick, who has run away from her husband, and together they travel to London. There Sophia stays with her relative Lady Bellaston, until her hostess learns about her love for Tom. She then writes to Squire Western, who wrathfully drags Sophia away with him. Tom, meanwhile, keeps missing his beloved by a whisker. 7. DUELLING AND DESPAIR. Allworthy and Blifil follow the others to London, where Blifil continues his suit with Western's blessing, although Allworthy will not consent to the marriage unless Sophia is willing. Hoping for news of his beloved, Tom calls on Mrs Fitzpatrick. Instead he encounters Mr Fitzpatrick, who challenges him to a duel. Tom wounds Fitzpatrick and is arrested. The next day, Mrs Walters, who has taken up with Fitzpatrick, visits Tom with the news that Fitzpatrick is out of danger. On her departure, Partridges declares Mrs Walters to be Tom's mother; Tom is in despair at having committed incest. Partridge repeats his tale to Allworthy, who is equally appalled. 8. ALL IS CLEAR. Mrs Waters calls on Allworthy and reveals that Tom's mother was in fact Bridget and that she believes Allworthy is prosecuting Tom. Allworthy's steward, Dowling, admits that he has been acting for Blifil and revels that Blifil received a letter, intended for Allworthy, which his mother wrote on her deathbed confessing all, Allworthy realises that Tom has long been the victim of Blifil's schemes. Tom is released from prison and reunited with Sophia; Western has no objection to the match now that Tom is Allworthy's heir. Tom promises to mend his dissolute ways and wins Sophia's hand at last.Show more
The Travellers' Gazette Abroad follows in the footsteps of the intrepid British traveller as he explores the far flung shores of the world. Compiled from the writings of some of the finest Chroniclers, Diarists and Litter-writers, we join Charles Darwin, Kenneth Williams, Freya Stark, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Mungo Park, Wilfred Thesiger and many others as they witness the murder of Captain Cook in the Pacific Islands, travel the first commercial flight from Paris to London, join a Maharajah's birthday party and are shipwrecked in North America in this fascinating collection of traveller's tales, as part of the Gazette's vivid portrait of British life through the centuries.Show more
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