Actors awarded British knighthoods:Ronald Reagan, Charlie Chaplin, Spike Milligan, Ian McKellen, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Lee, Sidney Poitier, Patrick Stewart, David Jason, Rex Harrison, Nigel Hawthorne
British television actors (Film Guide):
Ernest Bramah (1868-1942) was an English author of 21 novels and numerous short stories and features. His humorous works have been ranked with Jerome K. Jerome and W. W. Jacobs, his detective stories with Conan Doyle, his politico-science fiction with H. G. Wells, and his supernatural stories with Algernon Blackwood. In his stories of detection, Bramah hit on the idea of a blind detective, Max Carrados, whose triumphs are all the more amazing because of his disability. In this story, Max Carrados becomes suspicious when he visits a safe-deposit company in Piccadilly with his friend, Louis Carlyle, and becomes aware of an odd scene unfolding. He immediately suspects that a major heist is being planned....and begins to gather clues about what is about to happen. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000568de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dicken´s classic morality tale which lead the way with its themes of nostalgia and festive redemption. Read by leading celebrated British Actor, Sir Timothy Ackroyd. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Sir Timothy Ackroyd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/slnd/000460de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Master storyteller, H.H. Munro, better known by the pen name Saki, is famous for his witty, mischievous, and macabre stories of suspense. He specialized in impudent practical jokes, devilish trickery, and incredible yarns and his writing became popular in the early 1900s for its witty and satirical look at the pretensions and ignorance of bourgeois English society. From the eerie yet humorous Gabriel Ernest to the downright chilling The Interlopers, this brilliant collection of tales read by Tony Award-winning British actor, Sir Derek Jacobi, will succeed in bringing both chills and laughs to listeners of all ages. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Sir Derek Jacobi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000742de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We defer to AudioFile for a spot-on description of this award-winning audio edition of The Old Curiosity Shop. ´´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. He has decided to meet the melodrama head on but with the utmost control. He gives us the lush narrative intimately, as if reading to us at our elbow, and engraves the characters with all the vividness of an aural Daumier or Hogarth. He pulls out the stops on heaviness and gloom without actually becoming bogged down by them, his warmth and love of the material keeping him buoyant. In addition to his histrionic acumen and artistry, he possesses one of the most distinctive and exciting voices of the English-speaking world. It would be a pleasure to hear him read the London phone book. Warning: Sensitive listeners should purchase a box of Kleenex to keep handy before playing this recording.´´ Y. R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine Language: English. Narrator: Paul Scofield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000771de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A House of Pomegranates is a collection of fairy tales, written by Oscar Wilde, which was published in 1891 as a second collection for The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888). Wilde once said that this collection was ´´intended neither for the British child nor the British public.´´ The stories included in this collection are as follows: ´´The Young King´´ ´´The Birthday of the Infanta´´ ´´The Fisherman and his Soul´´ ´´The Star-Child´´ Narrated by Irish actor Gerry O´Brien. This title is in the public domain, and this independent production is intended to keep the authors work current in audio, produced for the modern listener. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Gerry O´Brien. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058885de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Isobel Violet Hunt (1862-1942) was a British author of short stories, novels, memoir and biography. She is most famous for her supernatural fiction. The Operation is a short novella which tells a very odd story. The second wife of the famous dwarf comedy actor, Joseph Mardell, learns that her cook has seen a funeral procession leaving a neighbouring house on Christmas day. Enquiries, however, reveal that nobody died at that house. The place is a private nursing home with one female patient, an actress, who is gravely ill and who recently had on operation which was unsuccessful and needs to be repeated. Mrs. Mardell gradually realises that the patient bears many similarities to Julia, her husband´s first wife who gave him a divorce. Shortly afterwards, Julia had sent her a very peculiar letter...and suddenly the vision of the funeral takes on a very sinister aspect.... ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000706de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A celebration of one of the world´s best loved actors, Sir John Gielgud. Here you can hear him perform his classic roles and read some of his favourite poetry. Language: English. Narrator: Sir John Gielgud. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/slnd/000277de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.