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The Shadows

22 ratings

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"If you liked The Whisper Man, you’ll love this. Alex North has crafted a second novel which is just as gripping as his first and even scarier. Hugely atmospheric and deliciously creepy, it’s about how the past encroaches on the present, and how dreaming influences reality, until in the frightening world of The Shadows, it becomes harder and harder to tell one from the other...and the nightmare takes over." (Alex Michaelides, author of the number one New York Times best seller The Silent Patient) The haunting new thriller from Alex North, author of the New York Times best seller The Whisper Man You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile - always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet - and inspired more than one copycat. Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree - and his victim - were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and suffering from dementia, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home. It's not long before things start to go wrong. Paul learns that Detective Amanda Beck is investigating another copycat that has struck in the nearby town of Featherbank. His mother is distressed, insistent that there's something in the house. And someone is following him. Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day 25 years ago.It wasn't just the murder. It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again....  A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books

©2020 Alex North (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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Bride of the Sea

1 rating

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During a snowy Cleveland February, newlyweds Muneer and Saeedah are starting their lives in America and expecting their first child. But Muneer harbors a secret: The word divorce has begun whispering itself in his ear. Soon, their marriage will end, and Muneer will return to Saudi Arabia, while Saeedah remains in Cleveland with their daughter, Hanadi. The more time she shares with her daughter, the more Saeedah wants to keep her close, and before long, her fear of losing Hanadi leads Saeedah to think that she and her daughter have no choice but to hide. Saeedah disappears with the little girl to build a new, secret life, while Muneer is left desperately searching for his daughter in a different country for years. The repercussions of this abduction ripple outward, not only changing the lives of Hanadi and her parents but also their interwoven family and friends - those who must choose sides and hide their own deeply guarded secrets. And when Hanadi comes of age, she finds herself at the center of this conflict, torn between the world she grew up in and a family across the ocean. How can she exist between parents, between countries? This question lies at the heart of Eman Quotah’s spellbinding debut about colliding cultures, immigration, religion, and family; an intimate portrait of loss and healing, and, ultimately, a testament to the ways we find ourselves inside love, distance, and heartbreak.

©2021 Eman Quotah (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Born to be Wilde

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A BBC radio celebration of the works of Oscar Wilde, including energetic adaptations of his best-known plays, short stories and original dramas about the man himself. Long before he'd produced any of his great works, Oscar Wilde was already famous for being famous. Armed only with some witty epigrams, a carefully crafted persona and his genius for self-promotion, he had conquered America and transformed himself from nobody to star. This radio collection opens with four plays from Radio 4's Born to be Wilde season, offering a 21st-century perspective on the making of one of the first true celebrities. First up are two sparkling and surprising productions of his two most popular comedies, marking the peak of his theatrical career. The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband feature stellar casts including Mathew Baynton, Jeany Spark, John Heffernan and Miranda Raison, with the latter also featuring music by Steppenwolf, Taylor Swift and Amy Winehouse. Next, two plays by Marcy Kahan and Lavinia Murray explore aspects of Wilde's life. The Warhol Years charts his astonishing rise, as he embarks on his US tour determined to be famous for 15 minutes - and then some. Oscar and Constancy portrays a celebrity marriage in crisis, as Wilde's domestic and creative lives vie for supremacy. Both dramas star Max Bennett as the young Wilde, with Dervla Kirwan as his mother, Speranza. Also included in this collection are nine of Wilde's classic short stories. The deliciously satirical 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime', his humorous supernatural story 'The Canterville Ghost', read by Alistair McGowan, and Joseph Ayre narrates two delightful stories with a twist: 'The Sphinx Without a Secret' and 'The Model Millionaire'. Wilde's dazzling fairytales - 'The Selfish Giant', 'The Happy Prince', 'The Nightingale and the Rose', 'The Remarkable Rocket' and 'The Birthday of the Infanta' - are read by Joseph Fiennes, Joseph Ayre, John Moffatt and Paul McGann. Track listing: The Importance of Being Earnest An Ideal Husband The Warhol Years Oscar and Constancy Lord Arthur Savile's Crime 'The Canterville Ghost' 'The Selfish Giant'  'The Happy Prince' 'The Model Millionaire' 'The Sphinx Without a Secret' 'The Nightingale and the Rose' 'The Remarkable Rocket' 'The Birthday of the Infanta'

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Middlemarch

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George Eliot's beloved story of life, love and politics in an English town. A jewel in the classic literature crown, Middlemarch was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World. Its epic arc takes in politics, tragedy, romance and comedy, interweaving multiple narratives to make up a thrilling ensemble tale. Set in the 1830s, this ‘study of provincial life’ introduces us to young, idealistic Dorothea Brooke, who accepts a proposal from scholarly Edward Casaubon, hoping to forge a loving partnership of intellectual equals. But on honeymoon in Rome, she swiftly becomes disillusioned. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she finds solace in her friendship with Casaubon’s cousin, Will Ladislaw - only for her controlling husband to suspect her of betrayal and set out to test her loyalty. Meanwhile, mayor’s son Fred Vincy embarks on a steep economic learning curve, risking his burgeoning relationship with Mary Garth. When he contracts typhoid, he is treated by the town’s new medical man, Tertius Lydgate, who becomes drawn to Fred’s sister, Rosamond. Eager to win her hand, the Doctor seeks help from the wealthy Mr Bulstrode - a decision he will come to regret....  As their stories shift, viewpoints twist together and lives collide and realign in a compelling ‘convergence of human lots’ that shows us an entire world in microcosm. Juliet Aubrey stars as the Narrator, George Eliot, with Olivia Vinall as Dorothea, Charles Edwards as Casaubon and John Heffernan as Dr Lydgate. Also featured is a bonus edition of In Our Time, in which Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss George Eliot’s classic novel, described by Virginia Woolf as ‘one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'. Cast and credits: The Narrator, George Eliot - Juliet Aubrey Dorothea - Olivia Vinall Edward Casaubon - Charles Edwards Dr Lydgate - John Heffernan Will Ladislaw - Joseph Quinn Arthur Brooke/Caleb Garth/Mr Trumball - Neil McCaul Sir James Chettam - Hugh Skinner Rev Farebrother - Miles Jupp Nicholas Bulstrode - Adrian Scarborough Celia - Lucy Reynolds Peter Featherstone/Standish/John Raffles - Clive Hayward Fred Vincy/Auction bidder - Will Kirk Rosamond - Laura Christy Mr Vincy/Mr Bambridge - Rick Warden Mrs Cadwallader/Mrs Plymdale - Jessica Turner Adolf Naumann/Barman - Adam Courting Dr Hawley/Clerk - Greg Jones Servant/Mrs Abel - Sinead MacInnes Tantripp/Mary Garth - Scarlett Courtney Mrs Garth - Alison Belbin Letty Garth - Grace Doherty Farmer/Mr Hopkins - Ikky Elyas Tertius Lydgate - John Heffernan Harriet Bulstrode - Rosie Cavaliero Mrs Vincy/Farebrother’s aunt - Heather Craney Written by George Eliot. Adapted by Katie Hims. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Tracey Neale. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 23 November-7 December 2019.

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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A Streetcar Named Desire

11 ratings

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Anne-Marie Duff stars as Blanche DuBois in BBC Radio 3's landmark production of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece.

Tennessee Williams' iconic play tells the story of a catastrophic confrontation between fantasy and reality, embodied in the characters of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski.

Blanche DuBois arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her explosive brother-in-law, Stanley. Over the course of one hot and steamy New Orleans summer, Blanche's fragile façade slowly crumbles, wreaking havoc on Stella and Stanley's already turbulent relationship....

Embodying the turmoil and drama of a changing nation, A Streetcar Named Desire strips Williams' tortured characters of their illusions, leaving a wake of destruction in their path.

Tennessee Williams' 1947 drama is one of the most loved and well-known stage plays of the 20th century. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1948, and the 1951 film adaptation picked up four Oscars. In this compelling radio dramatisation, Blanche is played by Olivier Award-winning actress Anne-Marie Duff, with a stellar cast including Matthew Needham as Stanley and Pippa Bennett-Warner as Stella.

Cast: Blanche: Anne-Marie Duff Stella: Pippa Bennett-Warner Stanley: Matthew Needham Mitch: John Heffernan Steve: David Sturzaker Eunice: Sarah Ridgeway Pablo: John Dougal Mexican Woman: Leila Arias Collector: Tom Forrister Nurse: Georgie Glen

Dramatised by Sarah Churchwell.

Produced and directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Elsinore: The Complete Series 1 and 2

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Hamlet. Claudius. The Beginning. The Truth. How did Claudius become the man he is in Shakespeare's Hamlet? What were the real reasons behind the murder of his brother? How does he really feel about his nephew? These questions will be answered in this drama spiced with ghosts, pirates, magic and political skulduggery. Set in an alternative Europe in the 1930-'50s, Elsinore is a prequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. This compelling drama imagines the turbulence of the Danish court in a world where Denmark is a powerful, militarised country with a small empire around the Baltic that it is fighting hard to maintain. There is more than a hint of totalitarianism in the air. In this uneasy setting, Elsinore delves into the troubled, not to say murderous relationship between King Hamlet and his brother, Claudius: one of the most interesting characters in the Shakespearean canon. Realism meets with moments of otherworldliness as the story unravels, taking in pirates and magic, rebellion and betrayal. A dark, exciting drama that touches on the events and people in Shakespeare's play and brings us to the moment where Hamlet begins. From the extraordinary imagination of Sebastian Baczkiewicz, writer of the successful Pilgrim series. Directed by Marc Beeby and Sasha Yevtushenko. Cast: Claudius - John Light Hamlet - John Heffernan Dauphin - Ed Gaughan Captain True - Chetna Pandya Polonius - Clive Hayward Gertrude - Lyndsey Marshal Anders/Dr Swiss/Schroeder - Neil McCaul Olsson - Rupert Holliday-Evans Yorick/Guard/Defence/Captain - Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong Katya - Isabella Inchbald Beatrix - Abbie Andrews Archimedes/Prosecutor - David Reakes Horatio/ Schroeder/Judge - Philip Bretherton Laszlo/Voice/Ulrik Krabbe - Adam Fitzgerald Uncle - Ben Crowe Helena - Clare Corbett Helgeland - Sudha Bhuchar Catalina - Laura Christy Kabanova - Jessica Turner Lindstrom - Pip Torrens Fortinbras/Marcellus - Will Kirk Martin - Ikky Elyas  Lieutenant/Horatio - Greg Jones

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
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