Charles Paris returns in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett’s humorous theatrical mystery, starring Bill Nighy. A job in pantomime seems the perfect way to spend the Christmas season for Charles, but the cast of Cinderella are a motley crew from reality TV and Charles finds himself having to explain the traditions of panto to their baffled American star whose career is on a downward trajectory. When the star is shot dead, and Charles finds the body, he finds himself under suspicion. As the slapstick makes way for a murder investigation, he decides to clear his name by doing some sleuthing of his own. With a host of suspects and the body count rising, the line ´they´re behind you´ soon begins to take on a very sinister meaning indeed.... Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his wife Frances, in this funny and fast-paced dramatisation by Jeremy Front. Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Burden, Bill Nighy, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002652/bk_rhuk_002652_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joseph Millson and Jessica Raine star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation continuing John Galsworthy´s saga of the Forsyte family spanning 50 years. Galsworthy´s novels The Silver Spoon and Swan Song, dramatized here in 7 episodes, continue to follow Fleur Forsyte, as she falls in love with Jon, and later, escaping heartbreak, marries Michael Mont and embraces all society has to offer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast, Jessica Raine, Joseph Millson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002739/bk_rhuk_002739_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the evergreen classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. With their father away fighting in the American Civil War, the four March girls are facing a lean Christmas with their mother. But the sisters’ close bond and determination to make the best of things enables them to find happiness despite their poverty. As the years go by we follow their fortunes as they journey into womanhood. Meg the beauty, Jo the tomboy, shy Beth and precocious Amy will encounter adventure, hardship, joys and disappointments, and learn to meet the challenges of life as they become independent and make their way in the world. While marriage and motherhood may beckon for the sisters, their most enduring love is always for each other. First published in 1868 and never out of print since, this iconic coming-of-age tale is a perennial favourite that has touched the hearts of generations of fans. This moving BBC Radio 4 dramatisation stars Natasha J Barnes, Julianna Jennings, Bryony Hannah and Samantha Dakin as Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, with Tara Ward as Mrs March and Alex Lanipekun as Laurie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bryony Hannah, full cast, John Bowler, Julianna Jennings, Natasha J Barnes, Samantha Dakin, Tara Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002664/bk_rhuk_002664_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joseph Millson and Jessica Raine star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the books in John Galsworthy´s saga of the Forsyte family spanning 50 years. The books To Let and The White Monkey, follow the fortunes of Fleur Forsyte, played by Jessica Raine, the young wealthy daughter of Soames. As she embraces all the experiences of the early 1920s, an archetypal Bright Young Thing, Soames, cautious of the modern, attempts to protect his daughter from the dangers of the new age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jessica Raine, Joseph Millson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002543/bk_rhuk_002543_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first ever broadcast dramatisation of Ursula Le Guin´s seminal science fiction novel. On an alien world in the middle of an ice age, one man prepares for the biggest mission of his life. Alone and unarmed, Genly Ai has been sent from Earth to persuade the people of Gethen to join the Ekumen, a union of planets. But it´s a task fraught with danger. Genly is shocking to the natives, for Gethen is a world in which humans are ambigendered - everyone can be a mother, and everyone can be a father. First Minister Estraven is the only person who champions Genly´s cause, but their relationship is deeply incomprehensible and troubling. As the duo embark on a journey that will take them to the edge of their physical and emotional endurance, the stakes are high - to save a world from war and save their own lives. Ursula Le Guin´s award-winning masterpiece was one of the first feminist SF novels, and this compelling dramatisation is both a subtle exploration of gender and a thrilling tale of love, betrayal and survival in a landscape of endless snow and ice. It stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey), Toby Jones (Dad´s Army) and Louise Brealey (Sherlock). Duration: two hours approx. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast, Toby Jones, James McArdle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002493/bk_rhuk_002493_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Patricia Gallimore and Miriam Margolyes star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the classic comic novel. Strong of will and slender of ankle, 20-year-old orphan Flora Poste is blessed with every virtue save that of being able to earn her own living. Casting around for suitable relatives with whom she can make her home, Flora alights on the mysterious Starkadders and, ignoring the horrified shrieks of her friends, heads down to darkest Sussex. There she is confronted by an exceptionally odd cast of characters: grief-stricken Judith, fervently religious Amos, the lusty, smouldering Seth, wild and mysterious Elfine and, of course, the invisible tyrant Great Aunt Ada Doom, who saw something nasty in the woodshed. Many would be overcome by the simmering passions of the Starkadder family, but not Flora. All they need is a little organising. Stella Gibbons´ deliciously witty parody has been delighting readers since 1932 and retains its original sunny charm in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patricia Gallimore, Miriam Margolyes, Elizabeth Proud, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002703/bk_rhuk_002703_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of D. H. Lawrence´s classic story about working class love, loss, and hardship. Sensitive, intellectual Gertrude Coppard married miner Walter Morel for his rich, ringing laugh and colourful character. But now, years later, she finds there is little behind the bluster and their marriage has become riddled with disillusionment. Instead, Gertrude pours all her love and attention into her two sons, William and Paul. Determined that they will not go down the pit and lead the same life as their father, Gertrude encourages the boys to succeed and is rewarded when they both secure jobs as clerks. But then tragedy strikes: William becomes ill with pneumonia and dies. In her grief, Gertrude draws even closer to her surviving son and the bond between the two becomes so strong that, even as Paul is torn between two loves of his own, he cannot fully break away from his mother. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fiona Clarke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006391/bk_bbcw_006391_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of HG Wells´ famous story of the brutal Martian invasion of Earth. When strange explosions are observed on the surface of Mars, excitement spreads among the scientific community. Surrey astronomer Ogilvy invites his friend Robert to the observatory to witness the turbulence on the red planet. Ten days later, Ogilvy discovers a strange projectile on Horsell Common – with something inside. Robert rushes to view the craft, and is present when Martians emerge and turn their heat rays on the locals, who are waving white flags. It is the beginning of a merciless invasion.... As Robert flees in search of safety, accompanied by a young curate, young soldier Billy experiences the chaos happening in London. As the Martians take control, transforming the landscape and decimating the population, is this the end for the human race? Wells´ terrifying science fiction tale, first published in 1898, is both a reflection of Victorian fears of a coming apocalypse and a critique of British imperialism. This enthralling dramatisation asks how humankind would fare if colonised by a vastly superior technological invader. It stars Blake Ritson as Robert, with Samuel James as Billy and Carl Prekopp as the Curate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Blake Ritson, Samuel James, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002721/bk_rhuk_002721_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation, based on the first three books in Ursula Le Guin´s best-selling Earthsea cycle. Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, Earthsea tells the intertwined stories of Ged and Tenar. Ged is a boy from the island of Gont, born with innate magical talent and a reckless nature, who tampers with long-held secrets and releases a terrible shadow into the world. He must risk everything in order to restore the balance.... Meanwhile, Tenar, a girl from the island of Atuan, is taken from her home and family to become Arha, the Priestess Ever Reborn, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan. Deep within the Tombs, Ged and Tenar encounter one another and seek a way of bringing peace to the troubled archipelago. Ursula Le Guin´s Earthsea series have sold millions of copies and been translated into 16 languages, and this epic dramatisation of ´A Wizard of Earthsea´, ´The Tombs of Atuan´ and ´The Farthest Shore´ will take you deep into a rich fantasy world of sorcery, wizards and dragons. Among the cast are Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch) and Toby Jones (Dad´s Army). Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes approx. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Toby Jones. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002464/bk_rhuk_002464_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.