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Audible Theatre Collection: Chekhov

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Despite his early death from tuberculosis at the age of 44, Chekhov was a prolific writer and produced more than 250 short stories in addition to several novellas and a novel. The Russian was also a practicing doctor.  A celebrated playwright, Anton Chekhov is often recognised as an influential figure of early modernism of the theatre in addition to being held in high esteem by the likes of George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf, although much praise was not as forthcoming until after his death in 1904.  This collection features three plays. Dark comedy The Seagull, is the first of what are considered his 'major plays'. Three Sisters tells the story of a trio of sisters lonely after their father dies and The Cherry Orchard has a dual comedy and tragedy narrative.  The Seagull  Written in 1895 and a master class in the art and power of subtext, The Seagull follows the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters, all dissatisfied with life. Some desire love. Some desire success. Some desire artistic genius. No one seems able to attain happiness.  Tragic and often darkly comic, The Seagull is a timeless classic and an early exercise in addressing the pitfalls of depression and lack of satisfaction in life and purpose.  Full cast: Samantha Bond, Catrin Stewart, Freddie Fox, Anthony Howell, Katherine Kingsley, John Rowe, Rachel Atkins, Hugh Ross, Nick Boulton, Stephen Critchlow.  Three Sisters  After the death of their father, his three daughters find it very hard to live in a drab Russian provincial town. The presence of a company of army officers is the only thing that makes their existence bearable, though inevitable drama, competition and failure lead to confusion and pain, as life doesn't turn out quite to plan for the sisters.  Full cast: Samatha Bond, Freddie Fox, Katherine Kingsley, Alison Pettitt, Catrin Stewart, Clare Corbett, Nick Boulton, Stephen Critchlow, Anthony Howell, Richard Reed, Hugh Ross, John Rowe.  The Cherry Orchard  In Chekhov's last play, a widowed landowner returns home more or less insolvent after five years abroad. Everything appears just as she remembers it, but hers is a diminishing world. The vast and beautiful cherry orchard is soon to be sold off against her mounting debts. The insistent warnings of a peasant's son turned wealthy businessman go unheeded, and more than the family estate is sacrificed.  Full cast: Samatha Bond, Freddie Fox, Hugh Ross, Georgie Grier, Clare Corbett, Richard Reed, Stephen Critchlow, Katherine Kingsley, Nick Boulton, Anthony Howell, Alison Pettitt, John Rowe.  This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 3 episodes to your Library now.

Public Domain (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.

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Doris Lessing

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Dramatisations and readings of novels and short stories by Nobel laureate Doris Lessing - plus a bonus documentary, 'Open Book', examining her life and career. One of the most celebrated and important authors of the 20th century, Doris Lessing was awarded a Nobel Prize for the ‘visionary power’ of her fiction, which spans a variety of genres and explores themes such as racism, feminism and social and political upheaval. This collection includes the radio productions of three of her acclaimed novels and four short stories, as well as a fascinating discussion of her life and work. 'The Good Terrorist' - Olivia Vinall stars in this adaptation of Doris Lessing’s satire of incompetent revolutionaries in a London squat. 'Lucy Grange' - Exiled from the sophistication of her homeland, stylish Lucy seeks solace and comfort and learns 'to accept the second-rate'. Read by Estelle Kohler. 'The Grass Is Singing' - In this powerful exploration of racial politics in 1940s Rhodesia, adapted from Doris Lessing’s first novel, a white woman’s troubled relationship with her black houseboy comes to a violent end. Starring Alison Pettit and Tracy-Ann Oberman. 'Flight' - A laughing, teasing granddaughter and a dovecote full of strutting birds are an old man's only escape from his cold family home. Read by Jack Klaff. 'The Golden Notebook' - Susannah Harker stars in this dramatisation of Doris Lessing’s groundbreaking novel about marriage, motherhood, mental breakdown and communism. 'The Death of a Chair' - A lived-in chair is bought at auction, where it begins its final journey towards discovery and destruction. Read by Barbara Marten. 'Open Book: Doris Lessing' - Mariella Frostrup talks to Doris Lessing about her long and extraordinarily varied writing career.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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The Decameron

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The Decameron is one of the greatest literary works of the Middle Ages. Ten young people have fled the terrible effects of the Black Death in Florence and, in an idyllic setting, tell a series of brilliant stories, by turns humorous, bawdy, tragic and provocative. This celebration of physical and sexual vitality is Boccaccio's answer to the sublime other-worldliness of Dante's Divine Comedy. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2008 Oxford University Press (Translation) (P)2017 Naxos AudioBooks

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In a Glass Darkly

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Demons, vengeful spirits, insanity, premature burials, and lesbian vampires. In a Glass Darkly contains five diabolical tales of horror and mystery that will get the heart racing. Each story, including the famous "Green Tea" and "Carmilla", is presented as a case from the posthumous papers of Dr. Martin Hesselius, a metaphysical physician who has no doubt as to the existence of supernatural phenomena - unlike our anxious protagonists.... These traditional yet unfamiliar tales were revered upon release, with Bram Stoker writing his own vampire story some 20 years later and Henry James once suggesting that this is "the ideal reading...for the hours after midnight". Includes: "Green Tea" "The Familiar" "Mr. Justice Harbottle" "The Room in Le Dragon Volant" "Carmilla"

Public Domain (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks

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Tiny

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A quirky BBC Radio 4 comedy by Ben Lewis about a teenager who becomes an Internet phenomenon. Originally broadcast as the Afternoon Play on 17 September 2010. This is the story of a legend in the making. A nervous young man lives at the dead end of a dead-end town. On his 18th birthday, he comes into his inheritance. With a little help from an old teacher, he finds it equips him to broadcast over the Internet. Living in a house where rolling news is a constant presence, he does what comes naturally: he fires up his computer and presents the news. But his news is different. It puts a spring in its audience's step. That is, until his grandma starts to grow suspicious about what this boy is getting up to nightly in his bedroom and tries to put a stop to the broadcasts completely. Starring Joshua Jenkins as the boy and Julia McKenzie as his grandma. Also featuring Mark Heap, Peter Marinker, and Alison Pettitt. Directed by Kirsty Williams.

©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)2010 Ben Lewis

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