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    • Ludwig van Beethoven

    • 1770 - 1827
    • By: David Allen
    • Narrated by: Richard Mayes
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    "Imagine a blind painter!" So said Richard Wagner when describing the effect of deafness on a composer. Yet Ludwig van Beethoven was a man with the character to overcome this seemingly incapacitating disability and produce some of the most powerful and beautiful music ever written. This fascinating programme selects the words of Beethoven and his contemporaries, and includes excerpts from his best known and loved works.

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Hans Christian Andersen

    • The Writers Series (Dramatised)
    • By: Mollie Hardwick
    • Narrated by: Richard Mayes, Nigel Lambert, Mary Duddy, and others
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    One of the best-known and loved storytellers of all time. Like the "Ugly Duckling" of one of his most famous stories, Hans Christian Andersen was an ungainly and clumsy youth. He sought solace in his real and wonderful gift for imaginative writing. This enthralling programme is gripping, romantic, funny, sad, and compelling listening throughout.

    Regular price: $4.12

    • The Prophesies of Nostradamus (Dramatised)

    • By: David Pinner
    • Narrated by: Valentine Dyall, Blain Fairman, Carole Ann Ford, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Michael Nostradamus is regarded as the most accurate prophet of all time. His prophesies were collected and published in a book called The Centuries, which was the 14th Century's best-seller after the Bible. Nostradamus predicted the German inflation of the 1930s, the war against Hitler, and aspects of General Franco's life. The most terrifying of his declarations, revealed here, has thankfully not materialized.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book

    • By Keir on 04-06-10

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

    • 1685 - 1750
    • By: David Allen
    • Narrated by: John Ringham
    • Length: 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Johann Sebastian Bach has been called the father of Western music; precise and incredibly prolific, his works fill 52 volumes. He was an obstinate but nevertheless modest man and the outstanding tributes paid to his work more than a 100 years after his burial in an unmarked grave, would have probably amused him. This programme traces the development of his life and work and is copiously illustrated with examples of his music.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • OK, wish it had more...

    • By David on 09-20-07

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Wilbur and Orville Wright (Dramatised)

    • Explorers and Pioneers, Volume Three
    • By: Alastair Scott
    • Narrated by: Ed Bishop, James Berwick, Bob Sherman, and others
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The strange name of Kitty Hawk is known to almost everyone. It was there that two brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright began a series of experiments, first with a glider and then with a powered heavier-than-air machine. Their experiments changed the world forever.

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Henry Ford, 1863 -1947 (Dramatised)

    • Explorers and Pioneers, Volume Five
    • By: Alastair Scott
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne, Blain Fairman, Ed Bishop, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    The ill-educated son of a farmer, Henry Ford was a commercial genius. His development of mass-production put cars within the budget of the ordinary family and changed civilisation. This fascinating audio biography follows his rise and the building of his global-wide industrial empire.

    Regular price: $4.12

    • U.F.O. (Dramatised)

    • By: Charles Eric Maine
    • Narrated by: Ed Bishop, Edward de Souza, Blain Fairman, and others
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      1.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      1.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Do Flying Saucers or UFOs really exist? If so, are they of extra-terrestrial origin? Have we been told the truth about them? Are governments and security organizations concealing the real facts?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty Freakin' Weak

    • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 04-15-13

    Regular price: $4.25

    • Giuseppe Verdi

    • 1813 - 1901
    • By: John Green
    • Narrated by: Richard Mayes
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Copiously illustrated by excerpts from Verdi's music, this programme tells how the composer rose from humble origins to become the unrivalled master of Italian opera. Living in the time of Italian unification, his music and his life became entwined with politics and patriotism and his melodies were taken up as battle cries in the Italian fight against foreign domination. This programme explores the fertility of his musical imagination and his deep but unconventional religious faith.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Verdi One Does Not Know

    • By William R. Toddmancillas on 11-05-15

    Regular price: $4.12

    • The Battle of Midway (Dramatised)

    • By: Kenneth Allen
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne, James Berwick, Ed Bishop, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    The Japanese advance in the Pacific was stemmed and turned in the Midway Sea. It was one of the decisive actions of the Second World War, and a story of extreme drama and heroism. It demonstrated once and for all the superiority of air power over naval might.

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Horatio Nelson

    • The Leaders Series (Dramatized)
    • By: Mollie Hardwick
    • Narrated by: John Graham, Full Cast
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    "Captain Nelson is a little man who cannot boast of being handsome, but who will, in my view, one day astonish the world." So said Sir William Hamilton to his wife Emma, when Captain Nelson first sailed into Naples Bay in 1793. Even that shrewd Ambassador could hardly have guessed how great the "little man" would become.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • History in a tea cup.

    • By Phillip A. Erickson on 02-21-17

    Regular price: $4.12

    • A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    • Classic Children's Stories
    • By: Jules Verne
    • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a ripping Victorian yarn, one of the best of the genre.

    The sequence of amazing happenings are presented in a delightful, matter-of-fact way and surely reflect the attitude of the Great European explorers of the 19th century, who, in the midst of some appalling situation, would calmly sit down with a cup of tea and consider their plight.

    Regular price: $4.12

    • The Spanish Armada (Dramatised)

    • By: Kenneth Allen
    • Narrated by: Edward de Souza, Paul Eddington, Francesca Annis, and others
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 5

    There have been many invasion threats to Britain. This programme dramatises one of the most potent: the mighty Armada sent by Philip of Spain against the navy of Elizabeth I and her sea captains, led by Sir Francis Drake. This is a crucial narrative of stirring history, relived with verve and freshness.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • history as entertainment

    • By Marco Antonio Lara on 11-16-15

    Regular price: $4.25

    • The Battle of Britain (Dramatised)

    • By: Anthony Burton
    • Narrated by: Stephen Murray, Michael Burrell, John Graham, and others
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    France had fallen. All Britain waited for the inevitable German invasion. But first the Luftwaffe must destroy the Royal Air Force. It was the greatest air battle of all time against seemingly overwhelming odds. This programme follows the events of the epic weeks of the summer of 1940 and pays tribute to Winston Churchill's "Few" who saved Britain from the Nazi hordes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Better than nothing!

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-16-18

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    • 1756 - 1791
    • By: David Allen
    • Narrated by: Richard Mayes
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is without doubt the most famous of all musical child prodigies. At the age of 6 he enthralled the Austrian Court with his unbelievable virtuosity. Yet he died friendless and in poverty at the age of 36, a victim of jealousy, and vicious intrigue. Mozart's story is a tragedy, but one filled with superb music; for he brought new colour, passion and power to opera, symphony and concerto.

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Franz Joseph Haydn

    • 1732 - 1809
    • By: Rosemary Hughes
    • Narrated by: Michael Burrell
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Franz Joseph Haydn's creative life spanned the latter half of the 18th century, and more than any other musician of his period, he was responsible for the evolution of the Viennese classical style. He was a humble man, largely self-taught, who in his later years became the doyen of the English musical scene. This program is a must for lovers of the Viennese style.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Continue your quest

    • By Malcolm B. Brown on 09-18-13

    Regular price: $3.78

    • Johann Strauss the Younger

    • 1825 - 1899
    • By: David Allen
    • Narrated by: Richard Mayes, Marcia Warren
    • Length: 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Its opening bars can bring a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat. It is at once the most romantic and sentimental melody ever written. It is of course the The Blue Danube Waltz, composed by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss the Younger. For more than 60 years Strauss captivated audiences with his evocations of Viennese joi de vivre; yet his own life was often sad. This programme makes use of fascinating contemporary writings as well as the wonderful music itself.

    Regular price: $4.12

    • Murder at the Follies

    • The Famous Trials Series
    • By: Edgar Lustgarten
    • Narrated by: Edgar Lustgarten
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Take a lovely chorine, a young heir to millions, and a middle-aged libertine who was, in 1907, the foremost architect of his generation. Mix well. No fictional trial has ever surpassed the thrills and sensations of the resulting drama.

    Regular price: $4.33

    • The Battle of Jutland (Dramatised)

    • By: Kenneth Allen
    • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert, Michael Burrell, Michael Sheard, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    It was the most controversial naval battle of the 20th century. Statistically, both sides lost; but the British Fleet was readied for action again within 24 hours and dominated the seas for the rest of the First World War. This programme recreates the whole dramatic conflict.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • tally ho

    • By Hoky Blaster16 on 06-09-17

    Regular price: $4.25

    • The Hauntings at Borley Rectory (Dramatised)

    • By: Michael, Mollie Hardwick
    • Narrated by: Edward de Souza, Carole Ann Ford, Nicolette Marvin, and others
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Borley Rectory in rural Suffolk seems to have been plagued with ghosts, particularly that of a young French nun believed to have been murdered on the site. Dark and malevolent shapes, poltergeist activity, and voices from disused cellars and stairways haunt this recording. Borley Rectory burned down in the 1950s - and so did the studio where this eerie reconstruction was recorded.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too over the top

    • By Kalavinka on 06-12-07

    Regular price: $4.25

    • Amy Johnson, 1903 - 1941: The Famous Women Series

    • By: Alan Reid
    • Narrated by: Valentine Palmer, Shirley Dixon, Carole Ann Ford
    • Length: 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Amy Johnson's greatest achievement was her solo flight to Australia, made within a year of her obtaining a full pilot's licence. (At the time she was the only woman in the world to hold a full ground-engineer's licence.) In the remote jungles and islands of south-east Asia, her flying ability and engineering knowledge enabled her to complete the flight.

    Regular price: $4.12

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