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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
An old, bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve. Here is a lively listen of the English language´s most popular Christmas story, narrated by actor Earl Hammond. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Earl Hammond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dovr/000043de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.