Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Radio Theatre From the BBC

In my ever-fanatical quest to turn people on to audiobooks, I have had a few people tell me that they've given the format a try but that they just don't like having people read out loud to them. In true 'never-say-die' fashion, I would like to showcase a special type of audiobook: full cast dramatizations.
Think of these as television that you can't see. For each of our new BBC audiobooks, talented British actors with those wonderfully plummy voices take on some of the most popular authors from the U.K. Some of these actors include Michael Hordern, Susannah Harker and Michael Williams. The stories are all classic works of fiction that are suitable listening for almost all ages (the preschooler crowd really won't be interested). Think of them as some background entertainment for when you're wrapping gifts and frosting cookies.

  • The 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie

  • Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

  • Maigret and the Minister by Georges Simenon

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

  • Nemesis by Agatha Christie

  • Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

  • Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle

There are more on the way, so keep checking our shelves!

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