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. 1. 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. 1. 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. 1. 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 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Scofield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000771de/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.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000706de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Exclusively from Audible ´Ah for darkness...not the darkness of a house which coops up a man among furniture, but the darkness where he can be free!´ Maurice Hall knows he must choose between living life in the shadows or denying himself a chance at love and fulfilment. Aware of his attraction to the same sex, in a time where it was considered unlawful and immoral to have homosexual desires, Maurice must decide whether to battle or submit to a prejudiced 20th-century English society. A passionate and poignant tale, E.M. Forster´s Maurice was a masterpiece ahead of its time. Incapable of believing that his contemporaries would accept its content, Forster refused to publish it, fearing that it would expose his sexuality along with his hero´s. Having witnessed, at 16, the very public trial and chastisement of Oscar Wilde, Forster grew up with an acute awareness of the kind of society he inhabited. This affected him immensely and, as such, he refused to publish any further fiction during the last 37 years of his life. Despite being one of the most celebrated authors of British history, Forster´s talents were as constrained as his love life. Realising that he could never publically talk or write about the issues he held close to his heart, Forster made A Passage to India his last work. He wasn´t mistaken about his society, and when Maurice was published, posthumously, many were scandalised by the controversial content. Unfortunately, Forster never experienced the freedom which his protagonist seeks, but Maurice has far outlived an age of bigotry and is now widely celebrated and critically acclaimed. Narrator Biography Having started his career as a leading child actor, Peter Firth received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Peter Shaffer´s play Equus (1973) at only 21. He later starred with Richard Burton in its film adaption, earning him a Golden G... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Firth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/003657de/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. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sir John Gielgud. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/slnd/000277de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013 Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013 Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King´s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release. The End of the Affair, set in London during and just after World War II, is the story of a flourishing love affair between Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles. After a violent episode at Maurice´s apartment, Sarah suddenly and without explanation breaks off the affair. This very intimate story about what actually constitutes love is enhanced by Mr. Firth´s narration, who said ´´this book struck me very, very particularly at the time when I read it and I thought my familiarity with it would give the journey a personal slant.´´ ´´I´m grateful for this honor,´´ Firth said when this production was recognized by the Audie Awards as Audiobook of the Year for 2013, ´´and grateful for the opportunity to narrate one of my favorite stories. A great novel told in the first person makes for the best script an actor could imagine. None better than The End of the Affair.... Theater and film each offer their own challenges and rewards, but narration is a new practice for me and the audiobook performance provides exhilarating possibilities for both actors and listeners. I´m thrilled to be involved in bringing this remarkable work of fiction to a wider audience, and thankful to Audible for offering me the opportunity to perform it and to engage with so many who share my passion for storytelling.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Firth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003611de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
M. Cassecruche is a French actor, left behind by his theatre troupe in St. Petersburg. It is October, the Russian winter is approaching and he is deep in debt. He wants nothing more than to escape his creditors and flee back to France, but he has only three sous to his name, and the Russian authorities are watching him. Suddenly inspiration strikes him and he devises a cunning, elaborate, and hilarious plan to escape Russia. Not to mention, getting his own back on his unpleasant landlord. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000360de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim, the ghosts, - we´ve been spending the holidays with them for years. But, here they are, as you´ve never heard them before, in actor David Davies´ one-man performance of all the roles in Dickens´ classic. Give yourself a present or start a new family tradition by gathering the children round the computer to listen to a new holiday favorite. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Ian Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/onvo/000008de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.