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    • The Cazalets

    • The Epic Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisation
    • By: Elizabeth Howard, Sarah Daniels, Lin Coghlan
    • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton, Full Cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4’s epic dramatisation of the treasured family saga Elizabeth Jane Howard’s five book chronicle of the upper-middle class. Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside. During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lose yourself in this epic family saga

    • By sarah on 22-07-15

    Regular price: £24.00

    • All Change

    • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
    • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    The final book in the landmark Cazalet Chronicles, recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It is the 1950s and as the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, the Duchy, passes away, she takes with her the last remnants of a world - of great houses and servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Sort of an Ending

    • By Alison on 05-05-15

    Regular price: £24.99

    • North by Northamptonshire - Series 2

    • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Series
    • By: Katherine Jakeways
    • Narrated by: Mackenzie Crook, Sheila Hancock, full cast, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 19

    The complete second series of Katherine Jakeways' heartwarming BBC Radio 4 comedy, starring Sheila Hancock as the narrator. Wadenbrook is a small market town in a corner of Northamptonshire, whose inhabitants live quiet but by no means uneventful lives. In these six episodes, as they build up to a Dickensian Festival weekend complete with mob caps, cravats and shawls which are usually used as cat blankets, narrator Sheila Hancock shines a light on their loves, laughs and loneliness.

    Regular price: £11.99

    • North by Northamptonshire - Series 3 & Full Stop

    • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Series
    • By: Katherine Jakeways
    • Narrated by: full cast, Geoffrey Palmer, Penelope Wilton, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Sheila Hancock narrates the bittersweet adventures of the residents of a small town in Northamptonshire in the complete 3rd series of the BBC radio comedy drama - plus special episode 'Full Stop'. Relationships have come and gone but life continues in Wadenbrook, where Sheila Hancock takes us behind closed doors to reveal the inhabitants' heartbreak and happiness. In Series 3, Ken and Keith are celebrating; Jan has dinner with her ex-husband, and Mary and Jonathan have crossed wires.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Such a sweet series

    • By ceridwen on 15-09-18

    Regular price: £13.99

    • A Life of My Own

    • By: Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated by: Dame Penelope Wilton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin. As one of the best biographers of her generation, Claire Tomalin has written about great novelists and poets to huge success. Now she turns to look at her own life. This enthralling memoir follows her through triumph and tragedy in about equal measure, from the disastrous marriage of her parents and the often difficult wartime childhood that followed to her own marriage to the brilliant young journalist Nicholas Tomalin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Her autobiography as good as her biographies

    • By Rachel Redford on 22-09-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Emperor's New Clothes and Other Fairy Tales

    • By: Hans Christian Andersen, David Tennant
    • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Duff, Penelope Wilton, Sir Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Here are four of Hans Christian Andersen’s best-loved short stories, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain’s most well-known actors. The Emperor’s New Clothes: An emperor is promised a special suit of clothes by a pair of tailors. The Little Mermaid: A beautiful mermaid falls in love with a prince. The Fir Tree: A little fir tree is desperate to grow up and be like the other trees in the forest.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Traditional stories shortened but not altered

    • By carrieanne on 14-07-15

    Regular price: £5.99

    • Witness (Dramatised)

    • By: Nick Warburton
    • Narrated by: Tom Goodman-Hill, Paul Hilton, Peter Firth, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17

    The gospel stories as you've never heard them before.

    Everyone knows the story of Jesus' life as told in the Gospels - and perhaps because it is so familiar, we have forgotten what an extraordinary life it was. Through these five plays, the story is pieced together as if from the memories of those who were there and saw events for themselves: Jesus' mother, Mary; his closest friends; the Jewish high priest; and the Roman governor. They recount the events they witnessed as if they had happened just the other day.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen and enjoyable

    • By Andyjn on 07-10-17

    Regular price: £16.00

    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly’s life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow, and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets. Soon the girls become close, and Molly finds herself cajoled into becoming a go-between in Cynthia’s love affairs. But in doing so, Molly risks ruining her reputation in the gossiping village of Hollingford - and jeopardizing everything with the man she is secretly in love with.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just lovely!

    • By Elizabeth on 19-10-18

    Regular price: £20.00

    • My History

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Antonia Fraser's memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of history. The fascination began as a child when her evacuation at the beginning of the war to an Elizabethan manor house became an inspiration for historical imaginings - and developed into an enduring passion; as she writes, 'for me, the study of History has always been an essential part of the enjoyment of life'.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointingly superficial

    • By Bookthrower on 26-02-15

    Regular price: £20.89

    • The Brave Tin Soldier and Other Fairy Tales

    • By: Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated by: David Tennant, Anne-Marie Duff, Sir Derek Jacobi, and others
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Here are four of Hans Christian Andersen’s best-loved short stories, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain’s most well-known actors. The Brave Tin Soldier: A one-legged toy soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina. Thumbelina: A tiny but beautiful girl grows from a barleycorn which has been enchanted by a witch. The Nightingale: An emperor prefers a sparkling mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. The Ugly Duckling: A little bird is called ugly by others until he matures into a swan.

    Regular price: £8.00

    • Jane Eyre

    • By: Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
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    Jane begins life penniless and plain: an unlikely romantic heroine. But she is as indomitable in spirit as she is frail in appearance. Taking a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall, her relationship with her employer, the enigmatic Mr Rochester intensifies, until she is forced to choose between the desires of her heart and the demands of a 'moral' society.

    Regular price: £12.99