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As You Like It

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This pastoral comedy is one of Shakespeare's best loved, owing to its delightful heroine - the wise, witty, and virtuous Rosalind. Rosalind, daughter of the deposed Duke Senior, is exiled from the court by her wicked uncle. Disguising herself as a young man and accompanied by her cousin Celia, she takes refuge in the Forest of Arden. In the forest Rosalind meets Orlando with whom she is in love, but her male disguise complicates matters, especially when Rosalind finds she has unwittingly attracted the shepherdess Phebe. But out of the confusion comes reconciliation and forgiveness, and all ends happily. Rosalind is played by Niamh Cusack, Orlando by Stephen Mangan. Victoria Hamilton is Celia, and Gerard Murphy is Jaques.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts

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Revolting Rhymes Did you think Cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after, or that the three little pigs outsmarted the wolf? Think again! Master storyteller Roald Dahl adds his own darkly comic twists to six favorite tales, complete with rambunctious rhymes and hilarious surprise endings. Dirty Beasts Roald Dahl's inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl's animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes. This new, larger edition is perfect for listening.

©2009 Roald Dahl (P)2009 Penguin Audio

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

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The two younger Billy Goats Gruff want to be as big and fat as their older brother. They long to munch the tasty grass in the meadow - but first they must cross the stream and face the fierce troll under the bridge. A magical retelling of the classic fairy tale, read by Stephen Mangan.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Fing

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The new children’s book from number one best-selling author David Walliams - a deliciously daft Tall Story of a child who had everything but still wanted more.  Meet the Meeks! Myrtle Meek has everything she could possibly want. But everything isn’t enough. She wants more, more, MORE! When Myrtle declares she wants a FING, there’s only one problem.... What is a FING? Mr and Mrs Meek will do anything to keep their darling daughter happy, even visit the spooky library vaults to delve into the dusty pages of the mysterious Monsterpedia. Their desperate quest leads to the depths of the jungliest jungle where the rarest creatures can be found. But will they ever find a FING? An explosively funny, totally surreal Tall Story about two perfectly nice parents and their unbelievably monstrous daughter from the phenomenal best-selling author David Walliams.

©2019 David Walliams (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Crackanory (Series 1)

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Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Inspired by the popular children’s TV show Crackanory combines some of the UK’s best comedy writers and performers. From much-loved funnyman Jack Dee narrating a story of a man who quickly becomes the World’s most-hated after tweeting a celebrity to actress and writer Sharon Hogan telling a story of a political translator getting creative with her interpreting, expect to be amused further by the likes of Hugh Dennis, Sally Phillips and Richard Hammond.

©2016 UKTV (P)2016 UKTV

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Stephen Mangan

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Joining us in the Audible Studios to talk about his narration of Tony Lee’s audio drama Dodge and Twist is British actor Stephen Mangan.  Known for his roles as Guy Secretan in Green Wing, Sean Lincoln in Episodes and Dan Moody in I’m Alan Partridge, Stephen Mangan has had a respected career across both stage and screen. The Tony-nominated actor now plays the part of Charles Dickens in the audio drama Dodge and Twist.   In this interview, Stephen Mangan talks to us about what it’s like to voice a Victorian, why he didn’t get to sing in Postman Pat: The Movie and what got him into acting.

©2018 Audible Ltd (P)2018 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Stephen Mangan
Author: Holly Newson
Length: 11 mins
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Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare

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This strange, dark romance includes two songs composed by Shakespeare that are amongst the most beautiful in the English language. Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo that Imogen is unchaste and agrees to a test of her faithfulness. Sophie Thompson is Imogen, and Ben Porter is Posthumus. Cymbeline is played by Jack Shepherd; Suzanne Bertish is the Queen. Stephen Mangan plays Cloten, and Ron Cook plays Iachimo.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Dodge & Twist

12 ratings

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It’s rumoured that Dickens wanted to return to his classic novel Oliver Twist, to bring him back into a later book as an older character, but he never managed this before he died. However, if Oliver had returned, what would he have been like? Would the scars of his childhood affect the man he would become? And what of ‘Dodger’, sent to a land halfway around the world, his friend, mentor and master dead because of Oliver?  Dodge & Twist is that story. The tale of two boys, 12 years later, returning into each other’s lives - for both good and bad. Featuring: Matt Addis, Ben Addis, Tom Michael Blyth, Will Brown, Trevor Cooper, Alexandra Donnachie, Lauren Drummond, Nigel Fairs, David Gooderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Harry Hepple, Will Howard, James Joyce, Anthony Keetch, Mack Keith-Roach, Matt Lucas, Nick Lucas, Stephen Mangan, William McGeough, David Menkin, Harry Myers,Matty Norgren, Greg Patmore, Miles Richardson, Richard Rycroft, Andy Secombe, Michael Socha, Sheila Steafel, Kara Tointon, Lizzie Waterworth-Santo and Sarah Whitehouse.

©2018 Audible, Ltd (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Author: Tony Lee
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
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Funnybones: The Collection

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Penguin presents Funny Bones: The Collection by Allan Ahlberg, read by Stephen Mangan. An audio collection of the perennially popular Funny Bones books by Allan Ahlberg. Featuring: Funnybones, The Pet Shop, The Black Cat, Bumps in the Night, Give the Dog a Bone, Dinosaur Dreams, Skeleton Crew and Mystery Tour.

©2017 Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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The Giant of Jum

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A hungry giant meets a boy called Jack.... "Fee!" he says, and "Fi!" he says, and "Fo!" he says and "Fum!" Look out, children, The Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry, and he's off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy known as Jack! But Jack and his friends don't see a scary giant, they see a magically tall man - a man who can fetch lost balls and rescue cats from trees! Perhaps this hungry giant is softer than he seems.... An incredible rhyming text and a brilliant, big-hearted twist on a classic fairy tale. Contains an important message for all: don't eat kids, eat cake! 

©2015 Elli Woollard (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Lunch: Series 5

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Stephen Mangan and Claire Skinner star in the final series of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 

Bill works as an economist in a right-wing institute giving succour to bankers and businessmen. Bella teaches yoga, waters the plants in Canary Wharf and holds Proust seminars for retirees. Years ago they shared a flat before Bill got married and moved to America. Now he's back and feeling a little off-kilter, so he decides to rekindle his friendship with Bella. 

Once a month they get together for lunch, where they talk about everything from politics to Proust, parenting and the perils of online dating. The only thing they've never discussed is how much they love each other....

In Marcy Kahan's delightful 'platonic romantic comedy', we join Bill and Bella as they meet, eat and disagree about everything - and, in this final series, end up ordering room service in a hotel room after too much tapas.

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

Author: Marcy Kahan
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Elvenquest

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Stephen Mangan and Alistair McGowan star in the fantastical BBC Radio 4 comedy by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.When fantasy novelist Sam is whisked off to Lower Earth by a band of noble warriors, his dog Amis goes with them. Transformed into human form, Amis turns out to be The Chosen One, whom the warriors need to help find the Sword of Asnagar. Only with the sword can they save Lower Earth from the evil rule of Lord Darkness.As their perilous adventure unfolds Sam, Amis and their new friends encounter many perils, put in their way by Lord Darkness and his evil assistant Kreech.With a supporting cast featuring Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman, Ingrid Oliver, Dave Lamb and Chris Pavlo, Elvenquest is a clever and funny pastiche of the fantasy fiction genre. All 28 episodes from the first four series are presented here together.

©2014 BBC Worldwide 2014 (P)2014 BBC Worldwide 2014

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Incredibly Guilty: A Comic Moral Fable

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A BBC Radio 4 comedy drama written by the award-winning screen and stage dramatist Marcy Kahan, and starring Stephen Mangan as Ed, whose life is about to change forever when he accidentally puts National Treasure Penhaligon Rhinehart into a coma. First broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 14 January 2011.

It's an important day for Ed Hanson. He has to do two things: present a 'vision statement' to keep hold of his job and propose marriage to his girlfriend, Lucinda. What isn't on Ed's list of things to do is put Penhaligon Rhinehart - author, barrister, circus-clown, and National Treasure - into a coma. Ed's life will never be quite the same again....

Starring Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Adrian Mole) as Ed Hanson and Naomi Frederick (The Trial of Tony Blair) as Lucinda. Also featuring Sean Baker, Joanna Monro, Adeel Akhtar, Naomi Sheldon, Lloyd Thomas, and Christine Kavanagh. Directed by Sally Avens.

©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

Author: Marcy Kahan
Length: 43 mins
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The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight

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When a kind young boy helps a strange-looking bird, a beautiful friendship forms. But what these two friends don't realise is that one is a young knight...and the other a young dragon! What will they do when they discover they are enemies and destined to fight? The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight is a bold, funny and heartwarming story from the creators of The Giant of Jum.

©2016 Macmillan Digital Audio (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Lunch: Complete Series 1-4

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Stephen Mangan and Claire Skinner star in all four series of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. Bill works as an economist in a right-wing institute giving succour to bankers and businessmen. Bella teaches yoga, waters the plants in Canary Wharf and holds Proust seminars for retirees. Years ago they shared a flat before Bill got married and moved to America. Now he's back and feeling a little off-kilter, so he decides to rekindle his friendship with Bella. Once a month they get together for lunch, where they talk about everything from politics to Proust, parenting and the perils of online dating. The only thing they never discuss is how much they love each other.... In Marcy Kahan's delightful "platonic romantic comedy", we join Bill and Bella as they meet, eat and disagree about everything; and over the course of four series, we learn their hopes and dreams and listen in as their lives change direction.

©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Author: Marcy Kahan
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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