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    • The Adventure of English

    • The Biography of a Language
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,727
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,470

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Many Of Course monments

    • By Leigh A on 10-21-05

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Twelve Books That Changed the World

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Patricia Hodge, Hugh Ross, Robert Powell, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    When we think of great events in the history of the world, we tend to think of war, revolution, political upheaval, or natural catastrophe. But throughout history there have been moments of vital importance that have taken place not on the battlefield, or in the palaces of power, or even in the violence of nature, but between the pages of a book.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Learn a few new things

    • By heather on 04-15-07

    Regular price: $10.84

    • Voices of the Powerless: The Crofters' Farewell

    • Northern Scotland, the Western Isles and the Highland Clearances
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Visiting the Hebridean island of Mull today, it's not long before someone mentions the steep decline in population that the Scottish highlands and islands suffered 150 to 200 years ago. And it was a depopulation that the crofters were powerless to do anything about - in a phrase that sounds a knell almost as chilling as today's 'ethnic cleansing', the Highland Clearances are still talked of as one of the most harsh pieces of social manipulation in Britain's history. A long-drawn-out lament mourned in song and poetry ever since.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Quick Overview of Events during a Horrid Time .

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-16-18

    Regular price: $8.26

    • In Our Time: The Written World

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Broadcaster and arts presenter Melvyn Bragg fronts The Written World, a five-part BBC Radio 4 series following the origins of writing from its first appearance 6,000 years ago and exploring how it has shaped the world's intellectual history. In the first programme, he looks at the technology of writing, and how making signs on clay, wood, or parchment enabled the development of human culture.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable and informative audio book

    • By Daryl on 01-30-15

    Regular price: $15.49

    • Voices of the Powerless: The Complete Series

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ‘Voices of the Powerless’, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. The Norman Conquest is his starting point, a time when William the Conqueror’s ‘harrying of the North’ affected the poor apprentice, the lowly ploughman and the humble shepherd.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Melvyn Bragg,need I say more ?

    • By David on 10-20-11

    Regular price: $20.66

    • Voices of the Powerless: Plantation and the Seeds of Discord

    • Portadown, County Armagh and the Ulster Plantation
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with Voices of the Powerless, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. Ulster, one of the four ancient provinces of Ireland, remained largely independent of English rule until the end of the 16th century. The plantation period the programme looks at is the half century between the Tudor conquest of Ulster in the 1590s and the rebellion of the Ulster Irish in 1641.

    Regular price: $8.26

    • Routes of English: Complete Series 2: Humour and Cussing

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Melvyn Bragg examines new coinages, puns and wordplay; how accents and social class are entwined; swear words; attempts to stop the evolution of language in its tracks; and, finally, the many varieties of English that are spoken around the world today.

    Regular price: $15.49

    • Routes of English: Complete Series 4: People and Places

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Melvyn Bragg examines some of the many different varieties of English spoken around the world today, taking in Spanglish from the USA, Indian English, Caribbean English, Australian English, South African English, and finally a kind of ‘international English’ used between non-native English speakers.

    Regular price: $15.49

    • Routes of English: Complete Series 1: Evolving English

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Melvyn Bragg looks at how English has evolved over 1,000 years, looking at the disappearance of old dialects like that of Cumbria, and how it has been enriched by foreign languages, from Latin, Old French, and then dozens more as conquest, trade and immigration played their part in recent centuries.

    Regular price: $15.49

    • Voices of the Powerless: Man and Manufacture

    • Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, and the Industrial Revolution
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg is in urban Lancashire to explore the warp and weft of the Industrial Revolution - how the upheavals of the new mechanisation affected workers who found their traditional trades, like hand-loom weaving, superseded and marginalised by the growth of industrialisation and mechanisation. He looks in particular at the way children were used in both the new trades and in the traditional world of agriculture.

    Regular price: $8.26

    • Routes of English: Complete Series 3: Accents and Dialects

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Melvyn Bragg looks at dialects from around Britain: the Pitmatic of Northumberland, the dialect of (London/Derry), the increasingly elusive Cornish dialect, Pidgin, and Shropshire dialect, then finishing up with a speculation on the future of English dialects.

    Regular price: $15.49

    • Now Is the Time

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    At the end of May 1381, the 14-year-old King of England had reason to be fearful: the plague had returned, the royal coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax was being widely evaded. Yet Richard, bolstered by his powerful, admired mother, felt secure in his God-given right to reign.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Extraordinary Period in History Brought to Life

    • By Susan on 11-24-15

    Regular price: $20.24

    • The Soldier's Return

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In the spring of 1946, ex-corporal Sam Richardson returns home from the "forgotten war" in Burma to his hometown of Wigton in Cumbria, England, to the joyful relief of his young wife, Ellen. He finds a town in which, seemingly, little has changed: the same twisting alleys, weavers' cottages, and medieval archways, and the same lack of prospects for an uneducated, working-class man like himself. Sam, however, has changed.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Voices of the Powerless: The Wagoners at War

    • Sledmere, East Yorkshire and the First World War
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    The story of British Tommies sent 'over the top' to fight the Germans in the trenches of the First World War is a vivid emblem of powerlessness in the face of military discipline - and social pressures - that required young men to join up and do their duty.

    Regular price: $8.26

    • Voices of the Powerless: Our Father, Who Art in Heaven

    • Chelmsford Cathedral, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ‘Voices of the Powerless’, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. The upheavals and turmoil of the sixteenth century transformed many aspects of religious life. As the great monasteries and religious houses disappeared, the Reformation transformed the landscape of both the countryside and the towns.

    Regular price: $8.26

    • Voices of the Powerless: Below Decks and Boney

    • The Royal Naval Dockyards, Chatham, Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg travels to the historic dockyard of Chatham to explore the life of a seaman in Nelson’s navy. Our popular image of the 18th century sailor below decks is one of a downtrodden, press-ganged man who was a victim of regular beatings. While Bragg finds some evidence to support this view, he also discovers that for many working-class men a career on board ship was an opportunity for a better life.

    Regular price: $8.26

    • Voices of the Powerless: Who was then the Gentleman?

    • Blackheath, Wat Tyler and the Peasants' Revolt
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ‘Voices of the Powerless’, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years.The Peasants' Revolt began in the Essex village of Fobbing in May 1381. It started with the arrival of a royal tax commissioner, John Bampton, enquiring into evasion of the new poll-tax.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A Narrative Utterly Devoid of the Major Events

    • By Mrlimmer on 11-10-16

    Regular price: $8.53

    • Voices of the Powerless: Civil War: The Siege of Chester

    • Chester, Charles I and Oliver Cromwell
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ‘Voices of the Powerless’, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. At the beginning of his reign, King Charles I faced a perennial problem for English monarchs, how to raise the money and resources needed to wage war.

    Regular price: $8.26

    • Voices of the Powerless: A Journey Beyond the Seas

    • McQuarrie Harbour, Tasmania, Transportation and the Colonisation of Australia
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg voyages to Tasmania to find out what a sentence of transportation to Van Diemen’s Land really meant to those who survived the journey ‘beyond the seas’. We hear the forgotten voices of people such as Joseph Lingard, a respectable Derbyshire man who was wrongfully convicted of the theft of a door-latch, and explore the destinies of the many thousands of British convicts whose forced labour shaped the first 80 years of the Australian colony.

    Regular price: $8.26

    • Voices of the Powerless: Boils and Buboes

    • Salisbury and the Great Plague
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ‘Voices of the Powerless’, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. We are extremely lucky to have an exceptional eyewitness account of a plague outbreak in the city of Salisbury in 1627 - related by John Ivie, a Salisbury alderman.

    Regular price: $8.26

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