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  1. 1.6 hrs • 6/15/2016 • Unabridged

    In a rickety, 17th century converted farmhouse in Dorset, England, a group of authors teaches a creative writing seminar. One of them—a brash American novelist—finds he’s got more to learn about writing and romance than he ever dreamed possible. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Ian Abercrombie as Jeremy Dean, Michael Brandon as Leo Rapkin, Christine Estabrook as Maude Locket, Jeremy Geidt as Henry Locket, David Hunt as Simon St. Clair, and Melanie van Betten as Penny Seawell. Original music by Raymond Guarna. Directed by Michael Bloom and recorded before a live audience.

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    The Writing Game

    Performed by a full cast
    1.6 hrs • 6/15/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.7 hrs • 8/15/2015 • Audio Theater

    You Never Can Tell was originally born out of a bet that Shaw couldn’t write a “seaside comedy” (a popular theatrical genre at that time). The result is perhaps the most surprising of Shaw’s plays, complete with marital mayhem, tangled romance, and even doubtful dentistry. Despite the play’s lighthearted tone, it’s really another of Shaw’s brilliantly observed social treatises, this time in the guise of a light comedy. An LA Theatre Works full-cast recording featuring James Callis, Siobhan Hewlett, Nicholas Hormann, Martin Jarvis, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, Susan Sullivan, Simon Templeman and Matthew Wolf, directed by Rosalind Ayres, and recorded before a live audience

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    You Never Can Tell

    Read by Susan Sullivan, Christopher Neame, and a full cast
    1.7 hrs • 8/15/15 • Audio Theater
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  3. 4.4 hrs • 4/1/2015 • Audio Theater

    “The Kraken’s Lament” by Mark Wright “Gather round, wretched peoples of Atlantis, for Acanthus the talesmith has a story to tell! A story of adventure, of courage, of a winged goddess searching for truth and sanctuary in a friendless city…” On the streets of this fair city, the goddess searches for a path to the child of two worlds, but finds instead only questions and danger. Be astonished as she defies the rage of the dreaded kraken! Wonder as she sups with the tragic queen in her carved stone palace, high above the city! Marvel at her bravery as she gazes deep into the further beyond! Come one, come all and listen! Listen to Acanthus the talesmith and let him amaze you with his story … the story of Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Kraken’s Lament!” “The Temple of Questions” by Jacqueline Rayner Life can be dangerous when a god’s got it in for you. Bernice and her historian allies, Ruth and Leonidas, are trying to unearth the truth behind the mysterious world they’re living in. Poseidon, god of the seas, is apparently offering them answers—but only if they play his games. And he’s not playing fair. Bernice’s new family is in danger of being ripped apart by forces that are beyond their understanding. To keep her friends, she might have to lose the games … and her life with them. “Private Enemy No. 1” by Tony Lee The Great Leader is dead … Long live the Great Leader! Atlantis is in disarray. The historians are hiding Bernice, Leonidas, and Ruth within their safe house—but the world is changing more than they could have ever imagined. People are being erased from existence, their memories wiped clean and replaced with those of others. Entire buildings are altering, times are changing … and the hierophants are on the move. Can Bernice and her friends save Atlantis from the end of existence? Or will they too be assimilated? “Judgement Day” by Scott Handcock Atlantis has fallen. The Epoch are in command. And terrible decisions lie in wait for Bernice Summerfield. Bernice and her comrades will be put to the ultimate test—facing neanderthals on prehistoric Earth; alien creatures on the streets of Victorian London; and the Epoch in the far, far future—but which world will they choose to make their home? Their journeys have been long and arduous. But soon, they will all end. Because Bernice Summerfield dies today … and when she does, reality will fall apart around her.

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  4. 3.7 hrs • 4/1/2015 • Audio Theater

    “Brand Management” by Christopher Cooper, directed by Gary Russell, and featuring Liam Cooper, Roger Hammond, Paul Jones, Anjli Mohindra, and Robbie Webster “You’re listening to Live Audio Stream G371, the only official source of government-approved easy listening entertainment, as sponsored by the Dominicci Corporation. It’s the thirteenth day of the thirteenth month, and that means just one thing, people—it’s time to partayyyy…!” Bernice Summerfield needs a job. Professor Harry Burtenshaw thinks she’s just the ticket. But with the people of Lyndyaz celebrating their most important festival, and the ruling Dominicci Corporation maintaining control with draconian glee, has Bernice turned up in the wrong place at the wrong time? “Bad Habits” by Simon Barnard & Paul Morris, directed by Gary Russell, and featuring Marcus Harris, Paul Jones, Jacqueline King, Nigel Lambert, Charlie Langdell, and Ian H. Watkins Meet Sister Bernice— newest initiate into the order of Saint Celestion. Such is her devotion to the faith that she has undertaken a pilgrimage to the planet Agora, birthplace of the blessed Saint himself. The pilgrims aren’t alone, however. Also on the planet is a team of archaeologists searching for the lost tomb of Celestion—a subject in which Sister Bernice seems curiously interested. In her quest to unearth an ancient relic that will point the way to Legion, Bernice will face some fearsome challenges: the dreaded Blood Beast of Thaloon, the randiest Bishop in the galaxy, and an ancient cult with some very bad habits indeed. “Paradise Frost” by David Llewellyn, directed by Scott Handcock, and featuring Scott Arthur, Arthur Darvill, India Fisher, and Alan Ruscoe Kaff Zarnak was once the holiday destination of choice for the rich and famous. At least, it was until the planet spun off its axis, and a deadly virus wiped out its population. Now it’s absolutely the last place anyone wants to visit: a barren, ice-encrusted wasteland, sitting among the stars. So when Bernice and her loud-mouthed cab driver Ray are drawn off course, it’s fair to say that they’ve both had better days. Taking refuge inside the Xanadu Tower resort, the trio encounter Kaff Zarnak’s only survivors… and maybe the only remaining clue to what took place there. But food supplies are low, Sandroaches are attacking on every side, and the only hope of their survival seems to be locked at the top of the tower. Perhaps there’s a reason what happens on Kaff Zarnak stays on Kaff Zarnak.

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    Bernice Summerfield: Road Trip

    Directed by Scott Handcock and Gary Russell
    Performed by a full cast
    3.7 hrs • 4/1/15 • Audio Theater
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  5. 3.3 hrs • 4/1/2015 • Audio Theater

    Set in the eighteenth century, Treasure Island spins a heady tale of piracy, a mysterious treasure map, and a host of sinister characters charged with diabolical intentions. Seen through the eyes of Jim Hawkins, the cabin boy of the Hispaniola, the action-packed adventure tells of a perilous sea journey across the Spanish Main, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver, and a lethal scramble for buried treasure on an exotic isle.

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    Treasure Island

    Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Adapted and directed by Barnaby Edwards
    Performed by Tom Baker and a full cast
    3.3 hrs • 4/1/15 • Audio Theater
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  6. 3.2 hrs • 4/1/2015 • Audio Theater

    When Dorian Gray, a young man about town, makes a wish, he begins a life of hedonism and debauchery. As he sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil. Soon enough, his deception and deceit claim innocent victims, and the only evidence of his misdeeds is the long-forgotten portrait in his attic.

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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde
    Adapted by David Llewellyn
    Directed by Scott Handcock
    Performed by a full cast
    3.2 hrs • 4/1/15 • Audio Theater
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  7. 5.3 hrs • 4/1/2015 • Audio Theater

    Determined to prove he can create life out of nothing, Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant but arrogant scientist, builds a human out of dead flesh. Horrified by his own creation, he abandons the creature—with deadly consequences. Alone, unloved, and hideous to behold, Frankenstein’s monster seeks vengeance on his creator, unleashing a cycle of destruction that ultimately consumes them both.

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    Frankenstein

    Based on the novel by Mary Shelley
    Adapted by Jonathan Barnes
    Directed by Scott Handcock
    Performed by a full cast
    5.3 hrs • 4/1/15 • Audio Theater
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  8. 2.4 hrs • 2/24/2015 • Unabridged

    The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, brings Julius Caesar to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. Shakespeare may have written Julius Caesar as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe, in 1599. For it, he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar’s death at the hands of friends and fellow politicians. Renaissance writers disagreed over the assassination, seeing Brutus, a leading conspirator, as either hero or villain. Shakespeare’s play keeps this debate alive.  This new full-cast recording—based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare’s classic—expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

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    Julius Caesar

    2.4 hrs • 2/24/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.4 hrs • 2/24/2015 • Unabridged

    The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, brings Othello to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. In Othello, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most audiences believe the couple’s strong love would overcome these differences were it not for Iago, who sets out to destroy Othello. This new full-cast recording—based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare’s classic—expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

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    Richard III

    3.4 hrs • 2/24/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 1.8 hrs • 1/15/2015 • Audio Theater

    Matthew Rhys and Kate Burton headline a Welsh and Welsh-American cast celebrating the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in a performance of his timeless “play for voices.” With characters such as Captain Cat, Polly Garter, and Nogood Boyo, Thomas brings to life the inhabitants of the fictional town of Llareggub in funny, poignant, and poetic detail. Includes a conversation with Andrew Lycett, author of Dylan Thomas: A New Life. An L. A. Theatre Works full-cast production, starring Matthew Rhys, Kate Burton, Laura Evans, John Francis, Jason Hughes, Christopher Monger, Cerris Morgan-Moyer, Jo Osmond, and Morgan Ritchie. Directed by Sara Sugarman. Recorded before a live audience by L. A. Theatre Works.

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    Under Milk Wood

    Performed by Matthew Rhys, Kate Burton, and a full cast
    1.8 hrs • 1/15/15 • Audio Theater
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  11. 1.5 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    Conor McPherson is one of the leading figures in Irish contemporary drama. His look at life in a village pub, The Weir, was premiered in Dublin and then ran for over a year in the West End and on Broadway. Port Authority is his followup to the well-known classic and features three Dublin men of differing ages simply telling their stories to the audience. Although regarded as a spare document, the wit, insight, and pathos are skillfully woven by this major dramatist to make it an unforgettable major recording premier. Contains adult subject matter and explicit language

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    Port Authority

    1.5 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 1.8 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    In this classic 1951 radio production of one of Oscar Wilde’s greatest works, Sir John Gielgud stars as Ernest and Edith Evans gives her indomitable performance as Lady Bracknell. Performance styles may have changed, but this is an unmatched production bearing all the hallmarks of outstanding audio drama featuring some of the finest actors of the twentieth century. Also included are two collections of poetry readings by John Gielgud and Edith Evans.

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    Importance of Being Earnest

    1.8 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 1.4 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    Bad plays are hissed; good plays are cheered. There are few occasions when a play is so controversial as to unleash violent passions and cause a serious riot at its premier. The Playboy of the Western World was just such a play. One of the best-known Irish playwrights, John Millington Synge, premiered The Playboy of the Western World in 1907 at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. This morbid comedy deals with the moment of glory of a peasant boy who becomes a hero in a strange village when he boasts of having just killed his father—but who loses the villagers’ respect when his father turns up alive. The play’s unsentimental treatment of Irishmen provoked controversy, eventually resulting in the infamous “Playboy riots.” The Playboy of the Western World has been recorded and adapted many times, but this timeless recording stars the Irish actors who made it a classic, including Siobhan McKenna and Cyril Cusack.

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  14. 2.2 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Audio Theater

    Under Milk Wood is Dylan Thomas’ undisputed and unforgettable masterpiece—an affectionate but hilarious portrait of a small Welsh town. The classic 1954 recording, featuring a perfect cast led by Richard Burton as “First Voice,” is rightly considered to be definitive. This collection also includes two earlier radio programs: Return Journey to Swansea and Quite Early One Morning, read by Dylan Thomas and others. Enjoyable in their own right, they also provide a fascinating insight into the process that led to the creation of Under Milk Wood.

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    Under Milk Wood and Other Plays

    Performed by Richard Burton, Hugh Griffith, Richard Bebb, and a full cast
    2.2 hrs • 8/21/14 • Audio Theater
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  15. 3.1 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    The tragedy of King Lear receives an outstanding performance in an all-star cast led by Britain’s senior classical actor, Paul Scofield. He is joined by Alec McCowen as Gloucester, Kenneth Branagh as The Fool, Harriet Walter as Gonerill, Sara Kestelman as Regan, and Emilia Fox as Cordelia. This tragedy by William Shakespeare, originally written between 1603 and its first known performance in 1607, tells of a king who disposes of his estate between two of his three daughters, based on their flattery, and descends into madness, bringing tragic consequences for all. This is the ninth recording of Shakespeare plays undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press.

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    King Lear

    3.1 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  16. 2.1 hrs • 8/5/2014 • Audio Theater

    The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love in unexpected ways. In the woods outside Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves into couples—but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another. The king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, battle over custody of an orphan boy. Oberon uses magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named Bottom, in an effort to distract Titania from the custody battle. While all of this is going on, Bottom and his companions ineptly stage the tragedy of “Pyramus and Thisbe.” This new full-cast recording—based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare’s classic—expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

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    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    2.1 hrs • 8/5/14 • Audio Theater
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