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    • Gather ‘Round the Sound

    • Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe
    • By: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
    • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5,048
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4,429
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4,427

    2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Holidays

    • By ZOE R on 12-12-17

    Regular price: $0.00

    • The Aeneid

    • By: Virgil
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 497
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 359
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 354

    The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not the best, but not bad

    • By Tad Davis on 11-25-08

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Tales of the Peculiar

    • By: Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Bruce Mann, Garrick Hagon
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 497
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 453
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 448

    Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar - the collection of fairy tales known to hide information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops - first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his number-one best-selling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing addition to the series...

    • By Natalie M. R. Hernandez on 09-07-16

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Animal Farm

    • By: George Orwell
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 246

    Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others and the animals start to question their supposed utopia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Essential

    • By Matthew on 09-11-13

    Regular price: $10.65

    • A Tale of Two Cities

    • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
    • By: Charles Dickens, Simon Callow - introduction
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    Exclusively from Audible. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' So begins Charles Dickens' most famous historical drama: a gripping tale of war, social injustice and the choice between darkness and light. After being unjustly imprisoned for 18 years, French doctor Manette is released from the Bastille jail in Paris and embarks upon a journey to London in the hope of finding the daughter he never met.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Good But Not The Best On Audible--

    • By Gillian on 02-08-18

    Regular price: $20.24

    • A Literary Christmas

    • By: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 351
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 318
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 312

    Read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow, A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology that collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new - from John Donne’s Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Rudyard Kipling’s "Christmas in India", from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to Laurie Lee’s "Cider with Rosie".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Marvelous, with one very avoidable flaw

    • By Conguirk on 12-03-14

    Regular price: $7.22

    • London

    • The Biography, Fire and Pestilence
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    • The Biography, Fire and Pestilence
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 09-12-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

    Regular price: $12.39

    • Death in Venice

    • A New Translation by Michael Henry Heim
    • By: Thomas Mann
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • For the Love of Language

    • By William on 10-21-06

    Regular price: $15.96

    • Simon Callow

    • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
    • By: Robin Morgan-Bentley
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 12 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

    Best known for starring in Four Weddings and A Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Hampstead and Victoria and Abdul, Simon Callow talks to Audible about his new audiobook adaptation of the classic masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities. A celebrated actor, author and director, Simon is one of Britain's most beloved artists and, furthermore, a connoisseur of all things Dickens.

    Regular price: $0.00

    • Being Wagner

    • A Short Biography of a Larger-Than-Life Man
    • By: Simon Callow
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles, delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy - a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Shakespeare's Sonnets

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Savor the most celebrated love poems in the English language. Written almost 400 years ago, the sonnets of William Shakespeare are passionate and exalted, rich in imagery and alliteration, and full of mystery and intrigue.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like listening to music

    • By Michele on 01-16-12

    Regular price: $13.27

    • The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere: The Complete Series 1 and 2

    • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy
    • By: Sue Limb
    • Narrated by: Denise Coffey, full cast, Geoffrey Whitehead, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      1 out of 5 stars 1

    An everyday story of towering genius, set in and around the Lakeland retreat of William and Dorothy Wordsmith. The Wordsmiths have not long settled in their sublime cottage when they are visited by the inebriate Samuel Tailor Cholericke and the lascivious Lord Biro, followed by numerous other romantically inclined writers and leech-pedlars who arrive at the door of Vole Cottage. Dorothy must manage the increasingly chaotic household (assisted by Stinking Iris) while William focuses on his latest masterpiece, 'The Withered Turnip'.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • An insufferable satire about insufferable poets

    • By Zaubermond on 05-27-18

    Regular price: $17.05

    • My Life in Pieces

    • An Alternative Autobiography
    • By: Simon Callow
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Drawing on a lifetime of writing about theatre and film, Callow takes us behind the curtain and behind the camera to introduce us to the performers and performances that have shaped him as an actor and as a public persona. They include giants like Orson Welles, Charles Dickens, Tommy Cooper, Charles Laughton and Laurence Olivier.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • great narration, disappointing & irritating story

    • By Spencer on 02-08-12

    Regular price: $24.51

    • The Mystery of Charles Dickens

    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    In this BBC Radio adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's spectacular one-man show, Simon Callow portrays both Charles Dickens and many of his best-loved characters, from Mr. Micawber and Bill Sikes to Oliver Twist and Nancy. Readings from his novels interweave with the author's own words and an incisive, compassionate narrative. Dickens' idyllic childhood in Chatham was swapped for his family's penurious existence in London.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another "WOW!" book!

    • By Puppy Cat on 07-08-17

    Regular price: $10.33

    • London

    • The Biography, Street Life and the People
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    • The Biography, Street Life and the People
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 11-02-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

    Regular price: $12.39

    • Shakespeare

    • The Biography, The Upstart Crow: Ambitious Actor and Poet, Volume II
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Peter Ackroyd's insightful new biography positions Shakespeare in the close context of his world. In this way, Ackroyd not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare's life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background. Walk with Ackroyd through sixteenth century London and Stratford as he uncovers the intimate circumstances of Shakespeare's life.

    • The Biography, The Upstart Crow: Ambitious Actor and Poet, Volume II
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 09-26-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Regular price: $19.19

    • Pyg

    • The Memoirs of Toby, the Learned Pig
    • By: Russell Potter
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Blending the sophisticated satire of Jonathan Swift with the charming exuberance of a Pixar film, Pyg tells the story of Toby, a truly exceptional pig who lived in late 18th-century England. After winning the blue ribbon at the Salford Livestock Fair and escaping the butcher's knife, Toby tours the country, wowing circus audiences with his abilities to count, spell, and even read the minds of ladies (but only with their permission, of course). He goes on to study at Oxford and Edinburgh - encountering such luminaries as Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake - before finally writing his own life story.

    • The Memoirs of Toby, the Learned Pig
    • By: Russell Potter
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 07-31-12
    • 3 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

    Regular price: $24.50

    • London

    • The Biography, Districts and Suburbs
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • London

    • The Biography, Trade and Enterprise
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

    • The Biography, Trade and Enterprise
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 11-02-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

    Regular price: $12.78

    • Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

    • By: Simon Callow
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Dickens was one of the first true celebrity authors. Thousands of fans in Britain and America eagerly awaited each new installment of his stories, and flocked to see him on his legendary speaking tours. Not only did he create an incredible cast of characters on the page, but he was also a dazzling mimic and storyteller, and he wrote, stage-managed, and acted in plays for the public. Throughout his life, from his childhood performances to his legendarily powerful reading tours, Dickens was fanatical about the stage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Tad Davis on 08-20-12

    Regular price: $31.50

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