Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Charles Dicken´s timeless tale, Oliver Twist, read by the actor Alex Jennings. The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens´s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery. Part of a series of abridged, vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000209/bk_pauk_000209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first volume of David Timson´s series retelling of the stories from Shakespeare´s plays was widely praised by newspaper and educators alike. Here is volume 2, with more key plays, including ´´Julius Caesar´´, ´´The Merchant of Venice´´, and ´´Henry IV´´, all texts which regularly appear on the exam syllabus. As before, the stories are illustrated by numerous examples from the plays themselves. They are read by two leading Shakespearean actors, Juliet Stevenson and Alex Jennings.
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings. Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a demonically hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all a great novelist - the creator of characters who live immortally in the English imagination: the Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip, David Copperfield, Little Nell, Lady Dedlock, and many more. At the age of twelve he was sent to work in a blacking factory by his affectionate but feckless parents. From these unpromising beginnings, he rose to scale all the social and literary heights, entirely through his own efforts. When he died, the world mourned, and he was buried - against his wishes - in Westminster Abbey. Yet the brilliance concealed a divided character: a republican, he disliked America; sentimental about the family in his writings, he took up passionately with a young actress; usually generous, he cut off his impecunious children. Claire Tomalin, author of Whitbread Book of the Year Samuel Pepys, paints an unforgettable portrait of Dickens, capturing brilliantly the complex character of this great genius. Charles Dickens: A Life is the examination of Dickens we deserve. Alex Jennings is an associate actor with the RSC and has also worked with the Royal National Theatre. He was Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, for which he won the second of his Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. He played Charles, Prince of Wales in the film The Queen, and his TV appearances include The State Within, Inspector Morse and the title role in Ashenden. He´s a prolific reader of audiobooks, the most notable of which are The Horse and his Boy, Oliver Twist and Attention All Shipping. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000213/bk_pauk_000213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Exclusively from Audible The story of a woman´s struggle for independence from an abusive husband. Helen ´Graham´ has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage and to protect her young son from the influence of his father. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter. Gilbert Markham, a local man intrigued by the beautiful young ´widow´ offers his friendship but becomes distrustful when her reclusive behaviour sparks rumours and speculation. When she offers her diary for him to read only then does he discover the dark truth of her shocking past. The second and last novel written by Anne Brontë, the youngest of the six Brontë children, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall deals with alcoholism, physical and emotional abuse, unhappy marriages and adultery. Anne´s novels are distinctly different from that of her sisters, filled with gritty realism. After her death, Anne´s sister, Charlotte, prevented its republication perhaps due to her belief that it was overly graphic and an ´entire mistake´. Despite first being published in 1848, The Independent described it as a ´frighteningly up-to-date tale of single motherhood and wife-battering.´ It is considered one of the more shocking of the Brontë stories and due to Helen´s breaking of social convention and law holds firm as one of the first feminist novels. Narrator Biography Three-time Olivier Award winner actor Alex Jennings is known for portraying Prince Charles in The Queen (2006) as well as appearing in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Babel (2006) and The Lady in the Van (2015). His television work has included Cranford (2007), Silk (2011-2014), and Victoria (2016). He has narrated many audiobooks including Charlie Connelly´s Attention All Shipping, which in 2008 was chosen as one of the top 40 ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Jennings, Jenny Agutter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/001148/bk_bbcw_001148_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Exclusively from Audible Kipling´s masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O´Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment. The pilgrimage will take them across the vast continent, across rivers, and up the Himalayas. While Kim wishes to take part in the imperialistic Great Game, learning espionage from the British secret service, he feels spiritually bound to the lama. Kim has a difficult choice to make: his companion or his country? A rich and colourful depiction of India´s exotic landscape and culture in the imperialistic world of the late 19th century, this audiobook celebrates their friendship and explores a young man´s quest for identity. Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist who was the first English language author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Some of his most memorable works include The Jungle Book and Just So Stories. In 1998 Kim was ranked at Number 78 on the Modern Library´s list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003 it was listed on the BBC´s The Big Read poll of the UK´s ´best-loved novel´. Narrator Biography Three-time Olivier Award winner actor Alex Jennings has had an extensive career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. His recent stage performances have included Willy Wonka in 2014´s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical and Professor Henry Higgins in the 2016 Australian 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady. In 2006 he played Prince Charles opposite Helen Mirren in The Queen and has had other roles in films... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Dastor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/001867/bk_bbcw_001867_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first volume of David Timson´s series retelling of the stories from Shakespeare´s plays was widely praised by newspaper and educators alike. Here is volume 2, with more key plays. Including Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and Henry IV, all texts which regularly appear on the exam syllabus. As before, the stories are illustrated by numerous examples from the plays themselves. They are read by two leading Shakespearean actors, Juliet Stevenson and Alex Jennings.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Juliet Stevenson, Alex Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000324/bk_naxo_000324_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Keith Mabbut is at a crossroads in his life. When he is offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to write the biography of the elusive Hamish Melville, a highly influential activist and humanitarian - he seizes the chance to write something meaningful. His search to find out the real story behind the legend takes Mabbut to the lush landscapes and environmental hotspots of India. The more he discovers about Melville, the more he admires him - and the more he connects with an idealist who wanted to make a difference. But is his quarry really who he claims to be? As Keith discovers, the truth can be whatever we make it... In this wonderful, heart-warming novel, Michael Palin turns his considerable skills to fiction in the story of an ordinary man on an extraordinary adventure. Narrator Alex Jennings is one of Britain´s most revered actors and the winner of three Laurence Olivier Awards. His career has included numerous roles in film, TV and on stage, including his notable performance as Charles, Prince of Wales, in the film The Queen in 2006. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000519/bk_orio_000519_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An anthology of over 50 classic poems, read by some of our finest actors. This collection contains a selection of the very best poems, from verses inspired by love to war poetry, nature poems and children´s rhymes. Here are much-loved favourites such as A Red, Red Rose, She Walks in Beauty, Anthem for Doomed Youth, If..., Kubla Khan, Ode to a Nightingale, Jabberwocky, My Shadow and The Jumblies; as well as timeless poems by such celebrated authors as Shakespeare, Burns, Byron, Shelley, Yeats, Kipling and Wordsworth.Beautifully read by a wealth of well-known actors, these are poems that you will never tire of listening to. Performed by Maxine Peake, Bill Wallis, Rupert Penry-Jones, Jenny Agutter, Bill Paterson, Dean Lennox Kelly, Rupert Holliday Evans, Michael Jayston, Samantha Bond, Michael Maloney, David Schofield, Anthony Howell, Claire Rushbrook, Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox, Geoffrey Palmer and Julia McKenzie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maxine Peake, Bill Wallis, Rupert Penry-Jones, Jenny Agutter, Bill Paterson, Dean Lennox Kelly, Rupert Holliday Evans. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005678/bk_bbcw_005678_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An anthology of over 50 classic children´s poems, read by some of our finest actors. Full of fun, excitement, and magic, the poems in this collection are guaranteed to spark the imagination and open up a world of wonder. There are animal poems (´´The Duck and the Kangaroo´´, ´´Goosie Goosie Gander´´, and ´´How Doth the Little Crocodile´´), nonsense poems (´´The Quangle Wangle´s Hat´´, ´´The Dong with a Luminous Nose´´, and ´´Jabberwocky´´), nursery rhymes (´´Hey Diddle Diddle´´, ´´One Potato´´), and lullabies (´´Hush Little Baby´´) - not to mention a wealth of humorous verse. Favourites from authors such as Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, and Robert Louis Stevenson are all here, as well as less familiar but nonetheless hugely entertaining poems such as´´ The Camel´s Complaint´´and ´´The Elephant, or The Force of Habit´´. Vividly read by Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox, Geoffrey Palmer and Julia McKenzie, these delightful poems will appeal to children of all ages. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox, Geoffrey Palmer, Julia McKenzie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005583/bk_bbcw_005583_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shakespeare´s Sonnets, one of the most remarkable collections of poetry, was first published in 1609, 400 years ago by Mr Thomas Thorpe. Naxos AudioBooks marks the occasion with a selection of 80 of the finest, read by leading actors. The selection includes famous ones such as ´Shall I compare thee to a summer´s day´ as well as lesser well-known sonnets though of equally fine stature. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Tennant, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Maxine Peake, Stella Gonet, Bertie Carvel, Alex Jennings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000505/bk_naxo_000505_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.