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  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • The BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Samuel Pepys, Hattie Naylor
  • Narrated by: Kris Marshall, Katherine Jakeways, Full Cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 321
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    5 out of 5 stars 288
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    5 out of 5 stars 286

Kris Marshall and Katherine Jakeways star as Mr & Mrs Pepys in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the world famous diaries. Samuel Pepys was 26 when he decided to start keeping a diary, in January 1660. For the next 10 years he faithfully recorded the day's events and confessed his innermost thoughts. That diary has since become one of our most important, and fascinating, historical documents. Pepys gave us eyewitness accounts of some of the great events of the 17th century, including the Great Fire of London and the Second Dutch War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and insightful

  • By Deborah Wyman on 21-10-14

Amazing Listen

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Reviewed: 22-03-18

Love it. On my third listen. Transports you there. BBC Drama at its best. A collectable.

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  • Alchemy: Secrets of the Philosopher's Stone, The Emerald Tablet, Chemistry and The Mysteries of the Mind

  • By: Adrian Gilbert
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
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    5 out of 5 stars 3
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    5 out of 5 stars 3

Join the world-renowned expert Adrian Gilbert (a best-selling author of numerous books on the subject including The Orion Mystery), as he explores the world of the alchemists, both ancient and modern. Gilbert discusses the symbols, Egypt, the Emerald Tablet, chemistry, the Black Mass, the Philosopher's Stone, Carl Jung, psychology, and the shadow self. This program is a must for all those seeking wisdom. Did our ancestors understand more than us? All the answers and much more will be explained.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • College Lecture on Alchemy

  • By Phil A on 14-10-17

College Lecture on Alchemy

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Reviewed: 14-10-17

A valuable historical introduction to Alchemy. Includes references to alchemical texts. Excellent opening for the novice.

  • The Hermetic Tradition

  • Thoth, The Emerald Tablet, Pythagoras, The Third Force, Life After Death and More
  • By: Adrian Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Adrian Gilbert
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Join the world renowned expert, Adrian Gilbert (a best-selling author of numerous books on the subject), as he explores the world of the Hermetic Tradition and leads us through the complexities of the mystery traditions and their role in the history of the world of secret societies. Gilbert discusses the Egyptian god Thoth, the Emerald Tablet, Yin-Yang, the Third Force, Leonardo da Vinci, life after death and much more. Did our ancestors understand more than us?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Snoozefest

  • By Gone to Texas on 18-08-12

Sharing Knowledge

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Reviewed: 10-10-17

Delivered in classic lecture style, Adrian offers many insights and interpretations of the Hermetic Arts. My advice is to take notes and search on Google for the diagrams and ancient manuscripts he refers to. An amazing insight into the ancient mind.

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  • Alchemy: The Egyptian Connection

  • By: Adrian Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Adrian Gilbert
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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In ancient Egypt, thousands of years before the first Europeans began their quest to change base metals into gold, there already existed a craft-guild of alchemists. Without the benefit of our modern science and using the most basic of technology, they were able to produce extraordinary artifacts, such as the golden mask of Tutankhamun and other astounding achievements. What were their secrets? How did they accomplish such amazing feats, which cannot be duplicated today? Join renowned author and researcher Adrian Gilbert in a fascinating investigation of Al-Chem: the craft pioneered by the Egyptians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharing Knowledge

  • By Phil A on 10-10-17

Sharing Knowledge

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Reviewed: 10-10-17

Delivered in classic lecture style, Adrian offers many insights and interpretations of the Hermetic Arts. My advice is to take notes and search on Google for the diagrams and ancient manuscripts he refers to. An amazing insight into the ancient mind.

  • Alchemy: Beyond the Emerald Tablet

  • By: Adrian Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Adrian Gilbert
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

While the collapse of the Western Roman Empire led to a great loss of sacred knowledge in Europe, the fires of alchemy kept burning in the East. Many Greek texts were translated into Arabic, and these inspired Islamic thinkers to further investigate the subject of alchemy. In time, their writings filtered back to the West, where they inspired an amazing poetic genre, often illustrated with the most extraordinary pictures. In this program, we examine this legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharing Knowledge

  • By Phil A on 10-10-17

Sharing Knowledge

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Reviewed: 10-10-17

Delivered in classic lecture style, Adrian offers many insights and interpretations of the Hermetic Arts. My advice is to take notes and search on Google for the diagrams and ancient manuscripts he refers to. An amazing insight into the ancient mind.

  • I, Claudius (Dramatised)

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Tom Goodman Hill
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

A full-cast dramatisation of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius and Derek Jacobi as Augustus. The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic at its classical best

  • By Alison Ward on 15-12-13

Amazing

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Reviewed: 03-09-17

Fantastic radio drama... captivating. I did not want the play to end. More of this please.