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  • The Aeneid |  Virgil

    The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    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.

    Rob says: "Fagles is best"
  • A Literary Christmas | Charles Dickens,Jane Austen,Rudyard Kipling,Thomas Hardy,William Wordsworth,Laurie Lee,Samuel Pepys

    A Literary Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Simon Callow
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    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".

    Puppy Cat says: "Wonderful Christmas stories and excerpts!"
  • Tales of the Peculiar | Ransom Riggs

    Tales of the Peculiar

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Simon Callow, Bruce Mann, Garrick Hagon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Marie Walters says: "seems tailored to a younger audience than the seri"
  • Animal Farm | George Orwell

    Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Matthew says: "Essential"
  • Death in Venice: A New Translation by Michael Henry Heim | Thomas Mann

    Death in Venice: A New Translation by Michael Henry Heim

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Lawerence says: "Brilliant gem"
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets | William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare's Sonnets

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Michele says: "Like listening to music"
  • The Mystery of Charles Dickens | Peter Ackroyd

    The Mystery of Charles Dickens

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    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.

    Puppy Cat says: "Another "WOW!" book!"
  • The Unopened Casebook of Sherlock Holmes | John Taylor

    The Unopened Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Taylor
    • Narrated By Simon Callow, Nicky Henson
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    Here are six extraordinary adventures, never revealed before, starring Simon Callow as Sherlock Holmes and Nicky Henson as Dr Watson, written by John Taylor.

    Shawn says: "Good stories, but not by Arthur Conan Doyle"
  • Santa Claude | Alex T Smith

    Santa Claude

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Alex T Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    Claude is no ordinary dog.... Claude and Sir Bobblysock think they've caught a burglar coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve. They clap on the handcuffs and turn on the lights. Oh no! It isn't a burglar - it's none other than Santa Claus! Now the key for the handcuffs is lost, and it's up to our two heroes to deliver all the presents before midnight....

  • Victory | Joseph Conrad

    Victory

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Simon Callow, Joss Ackland
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    Victory was the last of Conrad's novels to be set in the Malay Archipelago. It tells the story of Axel Heyst, who has retreated from the world of commerce to live alone on the island of Samburan. But his solitary existence ends when he rescues an English girl and brings her back to the island. She recalls him to love and to life, until the world breaks in on them once more with tragic consequences.

  • Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World | Simon Callow

    Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Simon Callow
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    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.

    Tad Davis says: "Loved it!"
  • Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will | Simon Callow

    Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Simon Callow
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    Simon Callow plunges headlong into Wagner's world to discover what it was like to be Wagner and to be around one of music's most influential figures. During a wildly unpredictable 69-year life, Richard Wagner became the hero of his era and the official protagonist of a new unified Germany: his music was its music. The architect of the vast four-day, 15-hour epic, he unleashed through his thousands and thousands of words gods and dwarves, dragons and songbirds, maidens and female warriors on horseback.

  • My Life in Pieces: An Alternative Autobiography | Simon Callow

    My Life in Pieces: An Alternative Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Simon Callow
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    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.

    Spencer says: "great narration, disappointing & irritating story"
  • Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu | Simon Callow

    Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Simon Callow
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    Insightful, incisive and enlightening, the first volume of Simon Callow's comprehensive biography of Orson Welles. Now in abridged audio, Callow's vastly entertaining chronicle of Welles's first 26 years seems even finer than it did in 1995. The author's ability to skewer his subject's evasions and lies while retaining critical affection for him is perhaps explained by the fact that Callow, an actor himself, understands the need to mythologise. Welles's innovative theatrical work in the 1930s has never been better described or analysed.

  • David Copperfield | Charles Dickens

    David Copperfield

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    David Copperfield was Dickens' favorite novel. Strikingly autobiographical in its childhood scenes, it relates David's history from birth to manhood, and the classic Dickensian characters he meets on his journey of self-knowledge: Mr. Micawber, the Peggottys, Betsey Trotwood, Steerforth and Uriah Heep among many.

  • Thames: Sacred River, Volume 1: The Mirror of History | Peter Ackroyd

    Thames: Sacred River, Volume 1: The Mirror of History

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    The Thames has been a highway, a frontier, and an attack route; it has been a playground and a sewer, a source of water and a source of power. Every stretch has its own character, atmosphere and stories. Thames: Sacred River explores the river from source to sea. Peter Ackroyd, best-selling author of London: The Biography, tells the story of the river and the people who have lived on and by it over the centuries.

    Jan says: "Not great"
  • London: The Biography, Foundations | Peter Ackroyd

    London: The Biography, Foundations

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    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.

  • London: The Biography, Fire and Pestilence | Peter Ackroyd

    London: The Biography, Fire and Pestilence

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    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.

  • Shakespeare: The Biography, Aspiring Spirit: From Stratford to London, Volume I | Peter Ackroyd

    Shakespeare: The Biography, Aspiring Spirit: From Stratford to London, Volume I

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    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.

    Dan Buell says: "It was okay"
  • London: The Biography, Districts and Suburbs | Peter Ackroyd

    London: The Biography, Districts and Suburbs

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    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.

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