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  • Marking Time | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Marking Time

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    At Home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce as a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story. Louise dreams of being a great actress, Clary is an aspiring writer, while Polly, is burdened with knowledge and the need to share it. This is the sequel to "The Light Years".

    Sarah A. Peyronnin says: "Gentle, but Compelling"
  • The Light Years: Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1 | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    The Light Years: Cazalet Chronicle, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    The tangled lives of three generations evoke a vanished world in this, the first volume of the Cazalet Chronicle. Home Place, Sussex, 1937. The English family at home.... For two unforgettable summers they gathered together, safe from the advancing storm clouds of war. In the heart of the Sussex countryside these were still sunlit days of childish games, lavish family meals and picnics on the beach.

    Ilana says: "The Age of Innocence"
  • Confusion | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Confusion

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    This, the third volume of the best-selling The Cazalet Chronicles, takes up the story of the Cazalet family in the spring of 1942 and follows them through the war to VE Day. Polly and Clary have left Home Place for London where Archie Lestrange keeps a close eye on them; Louise, surprisingly, has married; Polly makes a painful discovery; Zoe, despairing of Rupert's return, stumbles on solace; and Edward's duplicity demands a reckoning.

    Jane says: "Just so very good "
  • Casting Off | Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Casting Off

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    This is the final volume of The Cazalet Chronicle, the quartet of novels chronicling the lives of a British family before, during, and after the Second World War. VE Day has been celebrated, but the war with Japan goes on. Polly, Clary, and Louise are grown up, discovering loneliness, loss, and passion. Rupert, missing in France for so long, returns to find Zoe curiously withdrawn; Edward will be forced to choose between wife and mistress; Hugh must finally accept Sybil's death.

  • Aeneid |  Virgil

    Aeneid

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Paul Schofield, Jill Balcon, Toby Stephens, and others
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Virgil's Aeneid, one of the greatest classical poems, tells the story of Aeneas, son of Priam, after the fall of Troy. His quest is to find the site "in the west" where he will found a new town prophesied to be the seat of a world empire: Rome.

    Madeleine says: "Great but Abridged"
  • Macbeth (Dramatised) | William Shakespeare

    Macbeth (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Anthony Quayle, Robert Hardy, Ian Holm, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife - and a trio of witches. Anthony Quayle, Robert Hardy, Ian Holm, Stanley Holloway, and Jill Balcon star in an unabridged performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    Andrew says: "Most of Act III is missing"
  • Manfred: Dramatic Poem with Music in Three Parts | George Byron,Robert Schumann

    Manfred: Dramatic Poem with Music in Three Parts

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By George Byron, Robert Schumann
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon, David Enders, Laidman Browne
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Manfred is a dramatic poem written in 1816–1817 by Lord Byron. It contains supernatural elements, in keeping with the popularity of the ghost story in England at the time. It is a typical example of a Romantic closet drama. Manfred was adapted musically by Robert Schumann in 1852, in a composition entitled Manfred: Dramatic Poem with music in Three Parts.

    Martha says: "Wanted the text"
  • Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self | Claire Tomalin

    Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Jill Balcon
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Samuel Pepys kept a diary in which he wrote with astonishing candour about the life he saw around him in London in the 1660s, and about his private desires and ambitions. The diary was kept for fewer than 10 years of his long life: Claire Tomalin tells the whole story of the Fleet Street tailor's son who made himself rich and powerful, an MP and adviser to royalty.

    Nora says: "Absolutely fascinating"
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