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Below are the books that we are featuring that are also available in CD Audio format. If you want to purchase the CD Audio just click on a book and then select the CD Audio link that will be in the 'Other formats' box.
This famous story of Heathcliff and Catherine will thrill you and chill you to the bone. Real Reads bring this and Jane Eyre to a new audience. Both of these retellings have been checked for accuracy to the originals by the Collections Manager at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth. The characters in both Wuthering Heights and in Jane Eyre - Rochester, Heathcliff, Jane and Catherine - will resonate with readers of all ages, whilst the atmospheric illustrations perfectly complement the narratives. This and the other retellings by Real Reads are a fantastic way to introduce children to some of the best-known and best-loved classics; beautifully presented and skilfully retold (and condensed – 64 pages in total) and illustrated, they are true to the original plot, capture something of the flavour and tone of the original work, while simplifying the narrative and dialogue. Most of them are aimed at readers aged around 8-13 but are also a great ‘quick fix’ for teenagers and adults. This one Wuthering Heights is definitely one best read at no younger than around 11 and is great for teenagers. To take a look at the other classic novels published by Real Reads click here.
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. This edition provides a wonderful short introduction to one of the classics of all time and despite its comic book style it still manages to get across the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting. This edition of Wuthering Heights is one of a range of marvellous comic books created in the '50s and '60s now with artwork re-coloured and covers digitally enhanced for a new generation. Perfect bound at a terrifically good value price. A message from the publisher:We're delighted to re-introduce these marvellous comic books to new generations of readers who will surely enjoy them as fantastic tales of adventure and excitement but will also improve their reading skills as a result and be inspired to read the complete versions of many of these fine works. I sincerely hope that you enjoy these superb adaptations and are similarly inspired as I was, nearly 50 years ago - Jeff Brooks, CEO, Classic Comic Store Ltd
There's a risk that they'll never be spring again when the spirit of winter falls in love with Tiffany Aching, a young witch who had acted out of place. With help from friends, Tiffany must sort everything out if she wants to make sure that flowers will bloom again. A beautiful fantasy from a prize-winning storyteller.
A favourite of November 2010 Guest Editor Jonathan Stroud: "Arriman the Awful, master of black magic and great Wizard of the North, needs an heir. And that means he has to get married. Trouble is, wicked wizards have to marry witches – most of whom are better known for their warts and snaggleteeth than their ravishing beauty. Reluctantly, Arriman organises a competition to find the most powerful witch… and all kinds of treachery, double-dealing and disasters unfold. I’ve always adored Eva Ibbotson’s books, mainly because they are hugely funny, but also because she is superb at creating likeable and unexpected characters, such as the amiable Cyclops servant who wears an eye-patch on his forehead above his single eye, just so he doesn’t startle anyone. The book is also surprisingly dark: underneath the humour there’s lots of satisfyingly nasty and ghoulish goings on. Perfect for anybody who likes fantasy, comedy, horror or mystery… in short – perfect for everyone!"
Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during conflict. A classic story of animal courage and bravery. ~ Julia Eccleshare *** There is a stunning new hardback edition of War Horse, beautifully illustrated by Rae Smith, the stage designer of the epic theatre production. Click here to find out more.
Moving beyond her family but using all her witty powers of observation, Clarice Bean fills her first novel with an account of her life outside home and especially inside school. She describes her teacher and classmates, including her UTTERLY best friend Betty Moody. How Clarice and Betty moody set about trying to win the prize for the best book project is hilarious. Why not check out Lauren’s author page on Lovereading4kids. Enjoy this story even more with the accompanying audio CD.
Moving beyond her family but using all her witty powers of observation, Clarice Bean fills her first novel with an account of her life outside home and especially inside school. She describes her teacher and classmates, including her UTTERLY best friend Betty Moody. How Clarice and Betty moody set about trying to win the prize for the best book project is hilarious. Why not check out Lauren’s author page on Lovereading4kids to see what other Clarice Bean titles there are, both picture books for the 3+ year old and Lauren’s novels featuring Clarice for 7+ year olds.
Chosen by July 2012 Guest Editor Caroline Lawrence: 'You never forget the people who introduce you to a book you fall in love with. My parents sent me The Last of the Wine, the book that changed and determined the course of my life. Twenty-five years ago my friend Charles Ford got me hooked on Philip K Dick. Ten years ago, his wife Penny told me about True Grit. Imagine: an American being told about one of the great American novels by a Brit. This is probably one of my top fave five books of all time. It partly inspired my new history-mystery series. The audio version of True Grit – read by American author Donna Tartt - is my number one audiobook of all time. If you ever go on an American road trip with your kids, take this for the car. Heck, get it even if you never intend on going to the States.'
Pirates! One of the greatest adventures ever told, this classic made readily accessible in a fresh-feeling edition is a must read for all lovers of a great yarn. The young narrator re-tells the story of a thrilling search for treasure aboard the Hispaniola. The voyage would be exciting enough but what makes it all the more dangerous and deadly is the presence of the legendary pirate Long John Silver. There’ll be shivers down the spine for all as they follow this rollercoaster of life, death and above all gold! This edition is part of the Vintage Children's Classics series which is aimed at and shaped by 8-12 year olds, and the adults in their lives. It is a broad, affordable selection of books that will inspire a life-long love of reading; these stories that have secured a place in the hearts of thousands. They are all unabridged. To view all the Vintage Children's Classics titles click here. They are books to be given as gifts, and passed down the generations. In addition, story hungry children often don't want the adventure to end, so why not take a look at the fully interactive website - World of Stories - which contains lots of extra material - the backstory: with quizzes, activities and fascinating facts about the books and their authors.
‘Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!’ The classic swashbuckling story of pirates, buried treasure, shipwreck and much more is vividly brought to life in the glorious illustrations in this volume. Young Jim Hawkins tells the tale from his first meeting with the mysterious old seaman in the Admiral Benbow pub to his adventures on the high seas in search of buried treasure and the pirate, Long John Silver. The text is unabridged.
Books are great for your children to read - but there are times, such as long car journeys, when reading isn't always as easy as it should be. So, more and more publishers are now producing audio CD versions of their books.
Click on any of the links below to listen to podcasts made about audio books on CD.
Podcast 1 Theme: Abridging
Panellists: Tamsin Collison – audio abridger & producer, Shaun Sibley – CEO of Whole Story Audio Books
Podcast 2 Theme: Audio Acting
Panellists: Kerry Shale & Hugh Fraser, audio actors.
Podcast 3 Theme: Audio books in Education
Panellists: Honor Wilson-Fletcher – National Year of Reading, Phil Viner – SmartPass, Ali Muirden – Macmillan / APA
Podcast 4 Theme: Downloads
Panellists: Robert Rankin – author, Peter Crawshaw – Lovereading.com, Rebecca Williams – GoSpoken
Podcast 5 Theme: Comedy & the BBC
Panellists: Dirk Maggs, Barry Cryer
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