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  • Copenhagen | Michael Frayn

    Copenhagen

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina, David Krumholtz, Shannon Cochran
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    How different would the world have looked had the Nazis been the first to build an atomic bomb? Werner Heisenberg, one of Hitler's lead nuclear scientists, famously and mysteriously met in Copenhagen with his colleague and mentor, Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the Manhattan Project. Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama imagines their reunion. Joined by Niels' wife, Margrethe, these three brilliant minds converge for an encounter of atomic proportions.

    Gretchen SLP says: "Uncertainty in Dark, Uncertain Times"
  • Copenhagen | Michael Frayn

    Copenhagen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Greta Scacchi and Simon Russell Beale star in Michael Frayn's award-winning play about the controversial 1941 meeting between physicists Bohr and Heisenberg. Copenhagen, Autumn 1941. The two presiding geniuses of quantum physics, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg meet for the first time since the breakout of war.

    Max Fagin says: "Performance lacks emotion"
  • Skios | Michael Frayn

    Skios

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
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    (26)
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    On the private Greek island of Skios, the high-paying guests of a world-renowned foundation prepare for the annual keynote address, to be given this year by Dr. Norman Wilfred, an eminent authority on the scientific organization of science. He turns out to be surprisingly youthful, handsome, and charming. Everyone is soon eating out of his hands. No one more than Nikki, the foundation's attractive organizer. Meanwhile, Nikki's old friend Georgie has rashly agreed to spend a weekend with a notorious schemer.

    Barbara says: "Didn't you mean skiers?"
  • Spies | Michael Frayn

    Spies

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live, the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bombsite. But the two boys start to suspect all is not as it seems when one day Keith announces a disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have dreamed up emerges from the shadows, they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for.

  • Headlong | Michael Frayn

    Headlong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
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    Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his scrupulous art historian wife find themselves enlisted to assess the value of three dusty paintings. But blocking the soot from the chimney is nothing less, Martin believes, than one of the world's lost treasures. There it is: Martin's new distraction. So begins a wild trail of lies and concealments, soaring hopes and sudden panics as Martin embarks on an obsessive quest to prove his hunch and resolve one of the great mysteries of European art.

    Louise says: "witty and well-read"
  • Exchange (Dramatized) | Yuri Trifanov,Michael Frayn

    Exchange (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Yuri Trifanov, Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Ian Abercrombie, Rosalind Ayres, Sharon Bamber, and others
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    The dreary aspects of Soviet housing and one family’s attempt to “exchange” its tiny Moscow apartment for a larger one. Adapted from a novella by the respected Russian writer Yuri Trifanov, as translated by playwright Michael Frayn. Translated and adapted by Michael Frayn. Directed by Robert Robinson. Recorded before a live audience in Santa Monica, CA in April, 1992.

  • Headlong | Michael Frayn

    Headlong

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Celebrated for his playwriting, British author Michael Frayn has also written screenplays and several acclaimed novels. Headlong, a Booker Prize finalist, combines a heavy dose of humor with a fascinating glimpse into the world of priceless art.

    Die Falknerin says: "For art history junkies only"
  • Jarvis's Frayn: One Man's Original View of the World | Michael Frayn

    Jarvis's Frayn: One Man's Original View of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    These witty vignettes are full of great repartee and wonderfully astute observations – read with the dry humour and enthusiasm they deserve by ‘The Olivier of Audiobooks’ Martin Jarvis.

  • Make and Break | Michael Frayn

    Make and Break

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Allan Corduner, David Ellenstein, and others
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    From the author of Copenhagen and Noises Off. A comedy-drama about a door manufacturing company and a fateful convention in Frankfurt. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Rosalind Ayres, Allan Corduner, David Ellenstein, Julian Holloway, Peter A. Jacobs, Martin Jarvis, Robin Goodrin Nordli, James Warwick and Michael York.

    Amazon Customer says: "Audio Glitches"
  • Speak after the Beep | Michael Frayn

    Speak after the Beep

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    The original 10 broadcasts from BBC Radio 4 - the sequel to the award-winning Jarvis's Frayn. Martin jarvis is seriously funny in this classic series of hilarious vignettes.

    Jarvis and Frayn are a truly inimitable pairing - frequent collaborators on-stage, screen and audiobook, they are an eternally popular duo. This collection is perfect for anyone who has ever questioned the logic behind technobabble, computer jargon and eccentric human idiosyncrasies...that'll be everybody, then!

    Allison Wu says: "Can't stop laughing!!"
  • The Trick of It | Michael Frayn

    The Trick of It

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    The Trick of It is a comical look at an odd couple. Original and witty, Frayn tells a complete story through one-sided letters. Compact, light and entertaining, The Trick of It is a clever tale. A nameless college professor writes letters to an esteemed friend living in Australia. The professor is a critic who has dedicated his life to teaching and explaining the writings of a profound female writer. He knows her books inside and out.

    Richard says: "Jarvis and Frayn: a perfect combination"
  • My Father's Fortune: A Life | Michael Frayn

    My Father's Fortune: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this memoir, Frayn reveals the original exemplar of the extraordinary-ordinary life: his father, Tom Frayn. A clever lad, a roofing salesman with a winning smile and a racetrack vocabulary, Tom Frayn emerged undaunted from a childhood spent in two rooms with six other people, all of them deaf. And undaunted he stayed, even through the shockingly sudden tragedy that darkened his life.

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