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The Iliard – Homer January 7, 2009

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The first of Homer’s epic poems. Translated by Samuel Butler.

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Do you like poetry and classic literature? You can now listen to the first of Homer’s epic poems – The Iliard. It’s translated by Samuel Butler. This is a 16 hours 24 minutes, a Full Cast Production and publisher is In Audio.

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Helen Hayes: My Life in Three Acts January 7, 2009

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lg_sn6605Helen Hayes, acclaimed First Lady of the American Theatre, has been on stage, screen and television for more than fifty years. In that time she moved among the worlds most famous and talented: actors, film stars, writers, businessmen. She speaks with wit, wisdom, and candor on topics both public and private. She offers deft behind-the-sceens portraits of such personalities as Joan Crawford, William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Richard Burton, Lillian Gish, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Gloria Swanson. She tells of the advice older actors gave her and of how she in turn gave advice, continuing the tradition. She treats us to delightful anecdotes about Ethel Barrymore, John Ford, Al Capone. At the same time she reflects more seriouslyand with great honestyon the painful parts of her life: the alcoholism of those close to her; the guilt of having not spent more time with her young children; the remorse about the fact that her success overshadowed her playwright-screenwriter husband, Charles MacArthur; the difficulty of being alone after the deaths of her daughter and husband. She tells about the pleasures and discomforts that go with being a celebrity, about her retirement in Mexico, about her sense of responsibility to support causes, to help others. And, finally, she expresses her strong views on what is wrong with the American theatre today and what has always been wrong with Hollywood. An engrossing account of a rich and productive life.

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William Shakespeare – The Sonnets July 26, 2008

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Everyone knows something of Shakespeare’s sonnets, even if only in memorable fragments like ‘the darling buds of May’, or ‘remembrance of things past’,or ‘the marriage of true minds’.

For centuries these wonderfully-crafted, intense lyrics have stood for something valued about youth, love and the emotional complexities belonging to that time of life.

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William Shakespear - The Sonnets

This new recording presents all 154 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, using the New Cambridge Shakespeare texts.

Classic Literature, The Tempest by William Shakespeare May 30, 2008

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Why not listen to this full cast production. The Tempest by William Shakespeare. BBC radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

William Shakespeare - The Tempest

Raging storms and rich, beautiful music combine to magical effect in this radio production of Shakespeare’s allegorical last play, where mystical forces work to restore harmony and order to an estranged community.

The play is introduced by Richard Eyre, former Director of the Royal National Theatre, and the accompanying booklet includes a scene-by-scene synopsis, full character analysis, brief biographies of the leading actors and of Shakespeare himself, as well as an essay from the producer on their interpretation of the play.

Revitalised, original and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

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Shakespeare’s Speeches – Download Audio April 30, 2008

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BBC Radio - Shakespeare's Speeches

An Anthology Of Shakespearian Speches Performed By The World’s Leading Actors

BBC Radio Collection – All The World’s A Stage

Romeo & Juliet – Act I, Scene III
“O Romeo, Romeo – wherefore art thou Romeo”. This impassioned speech is beautifully spoken by Fay Compton in this BBC Sound archives recording.

Hamlet – Act III, Scene I
‘To be or not to be – that is the question….’ In this BBC Sound Archive recording, Michael Redgrave stars as Shakespeare’s troubled Prince of Denmark.

Henry V – Act IV, Scene III
‘This day is called the feast of Crispian….’ In one of the most famous and inspirational of Shakespeare’s speeches, Richard Burton’s rich and resonant voice delivers Henry V’s address to his army on the eve of Agincourt!

King Lear – Act II, Scene IV
‘I prithee, daughter, do not make me mad…’ Alec Guinness’s performance as King Lear stirs the listener in this recording from the BBC Sound Archives.

Macbeth – Act I, Scene VII
‘If it were done when ’tis done…’ From the BBC Sound Archives, one of Shakespeare’s most famous and memorable speeches, with Paul Scofield and Peggy Ashcroft as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, bringing these ominous words vividly to life.

Macbeth – Act II, Scene II
‘Is this a dagger which I see before me…..’ With Denis Quilley as Macbeth, this recording from the BBC Sound Archives brings Shakespeare’s memorable words to life..

Richard III – Act I, Scene I
‘Now is the winter of our discontent….’ Ian Holm delivers King Richard IIIs soliloquy, bringing Shakespeare’s wonderful lines, full of pyschological insight, vividly to life.

The Merchant Of Venice – Act IV, Scene I
‘The quality of mercy is not strained….’ In this recording from the BBC Sound Archives, Hannah Gordon is Shakespeare’s wise Portia.

Download and listen to William Shakespeare’s most famous speeches now