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    • Wives and Daughters

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271

    Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a widowed doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford, lost her mother when she was a child. Her father remarries wanting to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks. To Molly, any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs. Gibson is a self-absorbed, petty widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb characterisation by a first class reader

    • By Philadelphus on 01-06-07

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Ladies of Letters

    • The complete BBC Radio collection
    • By: Lou Wakefield, Carole Hayman
    • Narrated by: full cast, Patricia Routledge, Prunella Scales
    • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    First broadcast on Woman's Hour, Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge star in this popular BBC Radio 4 comedy Ladies of Letters. This collection features all 11 series. When Irene Spencer meets Vera Small at her daughter Lesley's wedding reception, they embark upon a correspondence that is quite unlike any other in the history of letter writing. Both Irene and Vera are happily widowed and endowed with errant offspring. They live in a world of church fetes and amateur dramatics but love nothing more than dipping their pens in the vitriol pot.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Complete?

    • By Judith J. Standing on 07-09-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Cranford

    • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211

    A vivid and affectionate portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford describes a community dominated by its independent and refined women, relating the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances. Through a series of satirical vignettes, Gaskell sympathetically portrays changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Cranford Reading!

    • By Sharon on 26-05-09

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)

    • By: Isaac Asimov, Patrick Tull - adaptation, Mike Stott - adaptation
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers, Lee Montague, Julian Glover, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 333
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 265
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262

    The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Muffled Foundation

    • By Robert on 28-04-11

    Regular price: £3.99

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Frank Duncan, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Lovers lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and, yes, love. Sir Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Frank Duncan, and Joan Hart perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    Regular price: £11.19

    • Fawlty Towers, Volume 1

    • Basil the Rat
    • By: John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated by: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Does not transfer well to radio

    • By Sandy on 03-09-16

    Regular price: £12.00

    • The Lemon Table

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Timothy West, Prunella Scales
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In a collection that is wise, funny, clever and moving, Julian Barnes has created characters whose passions and longings are made all the stronger by the knowledge that, for them, time is almost at an end.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bit of a lemon

    • By GRANIA on 26-05-11

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Rumpole and the Primrose Path (Dramatised)

    • By: John Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Timothy West, Prunella Scales
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Horace Rumpole, the Wordsworth loving, Shakespeare quoting, claret imbibing barrister returns in these hugely enjoyable stories of legal chicanery and criminal derring-do.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Actually contains FOUR stories

    • By Nigel on 04-12-17

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Fawlty Towers, Volume 2

    • The Germans
    • By: John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated by: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 45

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Still cant stop laughing

    • By G on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Classic Radio Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde, Richard Pasco, Prunella Scales, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Algernon Moncrieff, a bachelor-about-town, has invented an invalid friend called Bunbury in order to get out of tiresome family engagements. At the same time, his friend, Jack Worthing, has invented a wicked brother called Ernest to disguise his own misdemeanours. When Algernon poses as Ernest to win the heart of Cecily Cardew, confusion reigns, and it takes the discovery of an old black handbag to reveal the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brought to Life Vividly

    • By Clavs on 01-11-18

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Summer at Fairacre

    • By: Miss Read
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Summer at Fairacre charmingly recounts this bright, bustling season and the problems and possibilities that unfold against the backdrop of roses, skylarks and bees... Joseph Coggs finds a temporary home in the schoolhouse while his mother is in the hospital. Miss Read’s friend Amy mysteriously disappears. And, perhaps most difficult of all, Mrs. Pringle, the grumpy school cleaner, is unable to work because of her ‘bad leg’.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Gentle Pleasure

    • By Flint on 29-12-17

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Fawlty Towers, Volume 3

    • The Psychiatrist
    • By: John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated by: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 28

    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Still good, but...

    • By K. M. Woodhouse on 11-09-16

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Not Just a Witch

    • By: Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    Heckie is determined not to be just a witch. With the help of local wizards and a little boy, she sets about putting the world to rights. But then she falls under the spell of smarming, charming Mr Knapsack and all her good work is nearly undone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favourites

    • By Amy on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £9.19

    • Pongwiffy: A Witch of Dirty Habits

    • By: Kaye Umansky
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Pongwiffy is a very smelly witch of very dirty habits. But she is a happy witch - until the day the gruesome gang of goblins move in next door and make her life miserable. So she goes to live with her not-so-best friend, Sharkadder, who tries to find her a new slum and a much-needed familiar. All they can come up with is a hamster from Amsterdam called Hugo. What an embarrassment! But Hugo is really an amazing hamster with hidden strengths...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great.

    • By gordon on 01-09-17

    Regular price: £9.19

    • Which Witch?

    • By: Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 26

    Arriman the Awful, Wizard of the North, is tired of being the most evil wizard in the world so he decides he must get married and have a son to take over. His wife must be a witch with awesome powers but the organised contest has awful consequences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favourites

    • By Amy on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £12.29

    • Pongwiffy and the Holiday of Doom

    • Book 4
    • By: Kaye Umansky
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Pongwiffy is very, very bored. It is raining, and she has nothing to do. Pongwiffy is a witch of action who hates being cooped up. Her idea of a good day is to be out and about, swapping gossip and recipes and inviting herself to tea. But the incessant rain has put a stop to all that. Pongwiffy decides the witches need some sort of excitement. And what better than a holiday?

    Regular price: £10.99

    • A Closed Eye

    • By: Anita Brookner
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Born to elegant but frivolous parents, Harriet grows up ignored and unguided, and retains a curious innocence that neither her marriage to Freddie Lytton, nor her friendship with the beautiful Tessa can dispel. Freddie is far older than she is - a companion rather than a lover - and slightly disapproving of Tessa and her irresponsible, attractive husband, Jack. Yet all four are bound together: by their backgrounds, their children, by Harriet’s unspoken feelings for Jack and by the tragedy that lies in wait for all of them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A subtle, unsettling and compelling book.

    • By Lucy Frank on 13-12-17

    Regular price: £16.89

    • Pongwiffy And The Spell Of The Year

    • By: Kaye Umansky
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    When Witch Pongwiffy finds Granny Malodour's famous recipe for Wishing Water, she's determined to concoct the magic brew and enter it for the Spell of the Year competition. But first she has to get the ingredients, and some of them are very hard to come by - there's no problem with the half pint of skunk stock, but getting a bobble from a goblin's hat could be tricky!

    Regular price: £9.19

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dramatised)

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Trevor Nunn
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    One of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, is also one of the most celebrated. Here, two mismatched couples, a wedding gone awry, magic, fairies, a troupe of actors, and a series of elaborate high jinks put on by a mischievous woodland sprite have been keeping audiences enthralled and amused for centuries. Loved for its lighter and lyrical qualities as well as it’s more serious themes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream sparks the imagination, tickles the funny bone, and stimulates the mind.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mostly good...

    • By Katya on 08-07-13

    Regular price: £8.99

    • Pongwiffy and the Spell of the Year

    • By: Kaye Umansky
    • Narrated by: Prunella Scales
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    When Witch Pongwiffy finds Granny Malodour's famous recipe for Wishing Water, she's determined to concoct the magic brew and enter it for the Spell of the Year competition. But first she has to get the ingredients, and some of them are very hard to come by - there's no problem with the half pint of skunk stock, but getting a bobble from a goblin's hat could be tricky!

    Regular price: £14.49

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