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  • Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies: Hamlet; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare

    Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies: Hamlet; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast, Ian McKellen, Paul Scofield, and others
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    Three powerful radio productions from the BBC archives starring Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Paul Scofield and a host of celebrated acting talent. These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist.

    Jennifer Sheridan says: "Abridged"
  • The Waste Land & Four Quartets | T.S. Eliot

    The Waste Land & Four Quartets

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By T.S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.

    Louis says: "Help -- I can't stop listening to this"
  • King Lear | William Shakespeare

    King Lear

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Kenneth Branagh
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    The tragedy of King Lear receives an outstanding performance in an all-star cast led by Britain’s senior classical actor, Paul Scofield. He is joined by Alec McCowen as Gloucester, Kenneth Branagh as The Fool, Harriet Walter as Gonerill, Sara Kestelman as Regan and Emilia Fox as Cordelia. This is the ninth recording of Shakespeare plays undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press, and is directed by John Tydeman. It was released to mark the 80th birthday of Paul Scofield in January 2002.

    Darwin8u says: "This cold night will turn us all to fools & madmen"
  • Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Romances: The Winter's Tale, Pericles, The Tempest | William Shakespeare

    Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Romances: The Winter's Tale, Pericles, The Tempest

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Hannah Gordon, Paul Scofield, Tim Pigott-Smith
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    These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist. The Winter's Tale: one man's consuming jealousy threatens to destroy both himself and those around him, but his actions arouse a passionate sense of honour, love, justice and self-sacrifice in members of his Court and family. First broadcast in 1982, starring Ronald Pickup as Leontes, with Hannah Gordon as Hermione and John Gielgud as Time.

  • A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    "I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their house pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it." With this modest preface affixed to the first edition, Charles Dickens introduced A Christmas Carol to the world. It has since come to embody the true spirit of Christmas. This reading by Academy Award-winning British actor, Paul Scofield, brings the classic story to life once again.

  • King Lear | William Shakespeare

    King Lear

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield, Rachel Roberts, Cyryl Cusak, and others
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    I am a man more sinned against than sinning.

    Stanley Hauer says: "A true classic"
  • A Christmas Carol: The Classics Read by Celebrities | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol: The Classics Read by Celebrities

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding," says Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas...until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life overnight. You know the story; now experience the marvel of the book.

  • Twelfth Night | William Shakespeare

    Twelfth Night

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield, Siobhan McKenna, John Neville
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Paul Scofield, Siobhan McKenna and John Neville perform Twelfth Night. This is Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores - only to be pursued by the woman he loves.

    Levinzon says: "Excellent but..."
  • Great Expectations [Phoenix Books Edition] | Charles Dickens

    Great Expectations [Phoenix Books Edition]

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    This story's orphaned hero, Pip, who undergoes change and growth, progressing from thoughtless selfishness to humble industry and generosity, is one of Dickens's best-loved characters. "It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home," finding himself apprenticed to his blacksmith brother-in-law and "dusty with the dust of small coal."

  • Hamlet | William Shakespeare

    Hamlet

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield, Diana Wynyard, Wilfrid Lawson and Cast
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    Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother.

  • Bleak House | Charles Dickens

    Bleak House

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    Esther Summerson is an orphan who comes to live with John Jarndyce and is a companion to his wards Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, who are in love. Soon a mysterious connection comes to light between Esther and Lady Dedlock and the romantic tangle of trails is followed by three unforgettable sleuths, Guppy, Tulkinghorn and Bucket. When Lady Deadlock's astonishing secrets are revealed it becomes plain that she has been concealing an all-too-passionate past.

    Nancy A Young says: "Sensitive reading; sub-par abridgement"
  • The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens

    The Pickwick Papers

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    Scofield evokes all the warmth and laughter of the unlikely adventures of the immortal Samuel Pickwick, Esq., and the other members of the Pickwick Club. Abetted by Pickwick's faithful manservant, Sam Weller, the Pickwickians bumble through hilarious romantic, misadventures, and other twists of plot, encountering many delightfully Dickensian characters along the way. English stage and screen actor Paul Scofield, delivers an articulate performance which is quite superb.

  • Nicholas Nickleby [Phoenix Books Edition] | Charles Dickens

    Nicholas Nickleby [Phoenix Books Edition]

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    The welfare of children - a theme that ennobles many of the novels of Charles Dickens - captures the sympathy of our century as profoundly as it did that of the author's own contemporaries. Following the history of a fatherless young man, his mother, and his sister as they find themselves at the mercy of a greedy and unscrupulous uncle, Nicholas Nickleby is both a vivid indictment of the exploitive, brutal boarding schools of the late 19th century and a celebration of a little family's resilient generosity of spirit.

  • The Masterworks and Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe

    The Masterworks and Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    From the master of the short story and lyric poem comes this rare treasury of Edgar Allan Poe classics. The outstanding works "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall", "A Descent into the Maelstrom", "Annabelle Lee", "Eldorado", and "The Bells" illustrate Poe's meticulous sense of construction, with the signature themes of romance and melancholy that characterized his short and troubled life.

  • Classic Radio Theatre: Private Lives | Noel Coward

    Classic Radio Theatre: Private Lives

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield, Patricia Routledge
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    Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge star in Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners. Private Lives was written in 1930 and has been a mainstay of British theatre ever since. This sharply funny play of reversals focuses on Elyot and Amanda, a passionate but feuding couple who divorced five years before. Now, on the first night of their honeymoons with their new partners, they find that they are all staying in the same hotel on the French Riviera. Fireworks are inevitable....

    Rekha says: "Keep it private"
  • Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, Volume 1 | Charles Dickens

    Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    These six supernatural tales, each recounted in its entirety, say as much about the morbid humor and fascination of the English people as they do about Dickens' own joy at spinning a good yarn. This collection of short stories is performed by Academy Award winner Paul Scofield, whose career firmly established him as one of Britain's most distinguished actors.

  • The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens

    The Pickwick Papers

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    Paul Scofield evokes all the warmth and laughter of the unlikely adventures of the immortal Samuel Pickwick and the other members of the Pickwick Club - Tracy Tupman, Nathaniel Winkle and Augustus Snodgrass. Helped by Sam Weller, Pickwick's faithful manservant, the Pickwickians bumble through hilarious romantic misadventures and other twists of plot, encountering such characters as the tricky Job Trotter, his quick-witted master Alfred Jingle and the greedy Mr Stiggins along the way.

  • King Lear | William Shakespeare

    King Lear

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. READ BY PAUL SCHOFIELD AND CAST.King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. It is considered one of his greatest works. King Lear descends into madness after wrongly distributing his estate on the strength of flattery. The play is based on the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king.

  • The Old Curiosity Shop | Charles Dickens

    The Old Curiosity Shop

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    This 1841 exercise in pathos and villainy defines "Dickensian" in all its fascinatingly repulsive excess, containing as it does one of the most celebrated scenes in all Victorian fiction - the death of Little Nell. The abridgment heard here excises many of the author's tedious redundancies (he was paid by the word) while retaining most of what makes Dickens Dickens. Scofield, one of the giants of the British stage, turns the redaction into a lesson in actor's tact.

  • A Christmas Carol [Harper Collins Version] | Charles Dickens

    A Christmas Carol [Harper Collins Version]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    This quintessential Christmas tale shows Dickens at his dazzling and provocative best, leaving Scrooge no doubts about the true spirit of Christmas, nor about the perils of ignoring the insistent ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

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