John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".
"A Painless Crash Course in the Great Western Poets"
When one serious, well-behaved young black cat named Miss Catherine St. Quintin - or Kitty for short - decides to go a-hunting, she gets much more of an adventure than she had anticipated. In a tale dotted with familiar faces from Beatrix Potter's other classic tales, such as Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Toad, Miss Kitty quickly finds that hunting is dangerous as she goes from predator to prey.
Everyone has a story. The following interview is taken from the best of Andrew Denton's award-winning Enough Rope series. When Andrew first saw her in Prime Suspect, he wanted her to arrest him. When he saw her in Gosford Park, he wanted her to order him around. And when he saw her in The Queen, he wanted to be her corgi. She is, of course, the luminous Helen Mirren.
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is an audiobook benefiting children orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
'A serious, well-behaved young black cat who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains.' When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots, she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all - Mr. Tod! This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains and even an appearance by Peter Rabbit.
There are quite a number of stories explaining how dogs were tamed, but this Shona story from Zimbabwe, originally told to the musicologist and folklorist Hugh Tracey in the Karanga tongue, explains how cats became cherished inhabitants of human homes.
"A Very Short Story"