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Listen to clips from three iconic tales

An introduction to Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves
Fishermen discover Julnar among the rockpools
Scheherazade concocts a plan with her sister

  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1
  • An introduction to Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves
  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1
  • Fishermen discover Julnar among the rockpools
  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1
  • Scheherazade concocts a plan with her sister

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Step into the dark and fantastical world of Arabian Nights with our original dramatisation, available exclusively at Audible.
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Summary

Please note this drama contains some explicit content.

This multicast dramatisation of Arabian Nights: Volume 1 is an Audible Original reenvisioning of three iconic tales - with a twist. 

Adapted by the great Marty Ross, whose previous audio dramas include Romeo and Jude, Dark Shadows, Doctor Who and Treasure Island, listeners can expect to hear Scheherazade, Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves and Julnar of the Sea as they've never done before. 

Step out of your comfort zone and indulge in the dark and fantastical world we've created. Travel with Mermen across the White City, go in search of treasures in hidden caves with Ali and Kasim and let yourself be guided by Scheherazade’s vision as she gives in to a deadly romance with Sultan Shahriya. 

About the stories

In Scheherezade, a woman finds herself the object of desire of a powerful Sultan with murderous desires. Her only chance at saving her life is by using the one power she herself possesses: her gift for telling enchanting stories, the very stories that follow in this drama.... 

Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves tells the tale of an impoverished husband and wife whose lives change drastically when husband Ali discovers the cave where a local gang of bandits are hiding their treasure. A happy ending? Not quite, as the money brings dangerous complications in the form of the greed of Ali's brother and sister-in-law and the determination of the bandits not to be stolen from. Can Ali save himself - or will his wife, Marjana, have to do all the work - in this taut romantic thriller? 

In Julnar of the Sea, a merwoman finds the love of a mortal King and they produce a son, Prince Badr Basim. Julnar will have to look out for her son, Badr, as, true to his undersea birthright, he seeks out the love of Princess Jawhera of the Merfolk. She is haughty and her father King Es Semendel positively hostile, casting Badr into a dramatic odyssey which will take him to the island of a beautiful sorceress who makes literal pets of her lovers. Can Julnar and her brother, Salim, find and save Badr in time? 

The cast:

This drama features Omid Djalili (The Mummy, Gladiator, The Omid Djalili Show), Abraham Popoola, Adam Sina, Alyssa Kyria, Anoushka Rava, Atilla Akinci, Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Betsabeh Emran, Daniel Naddafy, David Ahmad, Gisele Payvandi, Ian Abeysekera, Jonathan Morrison, Mandana Jones, Michael Franklin, Mitra Djalili, Nezar Alderazi, Philip Arditti, Raghad Chaar, Richard Reed, Pezh Maan, Tara Jaffar, Walles Hamonde, Zahra Ahmadi and Hemi Yeroham.

Public Domain (P)2018 Audible, Ltd.

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Fiery, comedic and bursting with life.

I LOVED this dramatisation, Marty Ross and the cast have brought new life to the old stories and I'm so glad they kept all the comedy, the eroticism and did not tone down the violence. Don't buy it for kids, it's made for listening to and enjoying night after night.

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Can’t rate this high enough, a brilliant telling of the best stories ever told. Can not wait until volume 2!!

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Beguiled at bedtime

This production was skilfully adapted and dramatised by an ensemble cast.
The Persian accent sounded good to an untrained ear and important in rendering authenticity.
Suitable for an adult audience, the dialogue is lively, comedic and sensual.
The only distraction and unappealing character was that of the winged monster, whose synthesized voice grated.
Also, in terms of musical scoring I am not a fan of synthesizers. Should Audible's budget stretch to including live musicians, it would greatly enhance one's enjoyment.
Overall, however, I greatly enjoyed the voyeuristic experience of eavesdropping on Sharahazad's tales (standing with the executioner behind a screen), woven with magic and spice.
When can one hope to hear volume II?

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loved it! highly animated story telling

enjoyed every minute. great story telling. if you are looking for a dramatised audio book then try this one

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Magic

Wonderfully acted by the cast.
Great to hear the original version of the folk tales in all there bloody gore and hot steamy nights.

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Enthralling

I loved this & can't wait for Vol 2! Spellbinding and dazzling stories of love and hate and luck and fate beautifully told by an excellent cast. I was enchanted from start to finish.

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Amazing experience!

Voice cast is amazing, looking forward for the next volume. Thank you audible for bringing life to this masterpiece

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An absolute joy to listen to

I loved this title. The story was wonderfully told and the actors voices/accents added extra depth. It was laugh out loud funny in places, in no small part because of Omid Djalili.

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An excellent listen

This is an outstanding production. The script is witty, the characterisation is engaging and the story line, leaves you, like the Sultan, wanting more. Go live in another world for a while!

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immensely entertaining

beautifully performed and we'll written. there are little nuggets of humour peppered through this well known tale.... highly entertaining.

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