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A Christmas Carol 3 hrs 31mins
Charles Dickens found his Ebenezer Scrooge in an Edinburgh graveyard; Roger Worrod’s performance takes Scrooge back to his Scottish roots, providing what has been called: “The finest ‘Christmas Carol’ on the market”.
Lovely. The best version I’ve heard!! Bring on Christmas!!
One of the all-timer great Christmas stories.
Probably the best audio book I have heard. the narrator is superb.
Really special. Why have we never heard him reading other classics? What a waste!
Childhood Stories Revisited by Chris “Snoopy” Penycate
3 hrs 41 mins
How does the Hansel & Gretel story play to your 21st Century nieces and nephews? Are they sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…
Wall Street wasn’t the first to turn Straw into Gold. Rumpelstiltz was the original 19th Century Spin Doctor. Perhaps the Brothers Grimm got it all wrong…
Deep below the surface, a scientific expedition to find… what? To communicate with… what? A ceremony to celebrate… what? Could you trust ANY of the deities? Or the dwarves? Why the computer and fibre-optic filament? Why so many packed lunches? And why the 8yr-old German girl?
THE LITTLE STARMAID
Where might ‘The Little Mermaid’ have taken Hans Christian Andersen in the 22nd century: a period when Asia dominated world markets, pop culture and scientific development? And Bollywood was still going strong.
A Hall of Mirrors… Matryoshka Russian Dolls… An Author who has been invented by another author; an Author who auditions his prospective characters at a Casting Agency that he has also invented…
The Friends of Gaia (“Foggers”)want to protect our planet – by the simple expedient of wiping out as many humans as possible, themselves included. Global warming means the sea-level continues to rise and mankind struggles to manage an ever-diminishing land-mass; yet many alpha humans still have great difficulty in accepting the help -and the smelly presence- of the Atlanteans, their slimy non-kissing cousins. However, the ‘upside’ people cannot do it alone and the peace-loving under-water dwellers find that they have become the last (and the first) line of defence against the eco-terrorists.
Enthralling! Childhood imagination for the adult reader. Loved the stories.
Nice twists and these new versions reminded me of the stories when I first met them.
Chris Penycate’s ‘The Little Starmaid’ is really Spaced-out!
The Slow Grey Fox Jumps Over The QueaZy Package Tourists
by Roger Worrod
2 hrs 57 mins
Book One (of 3) of an unabridged audio diary kept by actor/writer/director Roger Worrod from January to March 2008, when he was the only passenger on the ‘Grey Fox’, a 192m-long mixed-cargo boat, from Belgium to South Africa. This was a journey through space and time to re-find his father, 60 years after his first voyage to Cape Town on the ‘Winchester Castle’ in 1948.
Fascinating, beautifully told, and often hilarious.
Cargo boat travel seems great. Never thought of going all alone, though. Impressive. Time to think. The writer had time to think. Looking forward to book 2.
Il viaggio, nelle sue varie forme e sfaccettature, reale o figurato, è un tema che da sempre avuto spazio nella letteratura: dai grandi classici greci e latini fino ad oggi, il viaggio è divenuto anche simbolo di cambiamento, esperienza, crescita spirituale e interiore. Per Roger Worrod, il viaggio è invece stato l’occasione di un salto nel passato rivissuto con gli occhi del presente, di un’esperienza di viaggio reale, 60 anni fa.
Travel, in its various forms and facets, real or figurative, is a theme that has always had its place in literature: from the great Latin & Greek classics to today, the journey becoming a symbol of change, experience, spiritual and inner growth. For Roger Worrod, however, his journey was an opportunity for a leap into the past -relived through the eyes of the present- of a real travel experience 60 years before.
When Simon Dyers was commissioned to design a museum exhibition in the sleepy market town of Gilchester, he had expected a few weeks of relaxing work, away from the frenetic chaos of London, his main worry being to convince the Museum’s board of directors that his ideas were what they needed. He didn’t expect to have to compete with the brutal murder of the local vicar. When a second murder is discovered, it is a ‘wake up’ call that puts Gilchester ‘on the map’ in quite a different way from what they could expect from Simon’s new exhibition. And Simon’s American girlfriend doesn’t exactly help matters by deciding to turn amateur detective… And it is not too long before body No.3 turns up, accompanied by shrieks of ‘Serial Killer!’ from the tabloid press…
A serial killer thriller. Follow the clues and see if you can work it out before I did.
Roger Worrod did an outstanding narration on “The Potential”. I look forward to listening to him narrate other books. His voice is wonderful and his reading is so smooth you fall right into the story. He is truly an excellent narrator. The book itself has a good story line and a surprise ending. Overall it was a very good listen. I categorize “The Potential” as a cozy mystery as we meet the local color of Gilchester, we’re intimately involved in daily life of a small village and even get an account of the eats. I loved the food and drink references, Shephards Pie, Sausage and Mash, so English. Bretherton really does a good job of creating a scene and making you feel like you are right there in Gilchester.
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Lord George Gordon Byron of Rochdale (1788-1824) was the Joe Cocker of the Romantic-period poets. Some of his poetry was considered too scandalous for respectable people to read. Lady Caroline Lamb famously described him as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” But in 1816, taking time off from meddling with Vampyres and Frankenstein’s monster and chasing other skirts around Switzerland, Byron wrote one of his most famous narrative poems, “The Prisoner of Chillon”. In real life, the prisoner, François Bonnivard was a bit of a rabble-rousing twit, but Byron painted a much more saintly word-picture, although, to be fair to the poet, he DID describe his Chillon poem as “A Fable”. Byron was only 36 when he died in 1824 – he caught a fever when he was helping to fight for Greek independence against Turkey. It was not until several years after his death, scandals conveniently forgotten, that this celebrated freedom-fighter was finally hailed as one of the Romantic period’s greatest poets.
A mesmerising rendition of a very beautiful poem.
Found this online. Great! But why is it not on sale at the Chateau de Chillon? Could do great business.
One-man-show by Roger Worrod, in Virtual Surround Sound.It is spring 1953. You are sitting (preferably in the dark) in the centre of Llareggub: the butcher’s is up the road on your left, the pub is a little behind you on your right… and the drowned men are flying around above your head…
27th October 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, author of ‘Under Milk Wood’. Please download our 3D Surround Sound 108-minute complete play, as our non-commercial tribute to Dylan Thomas (1914-1953).
My request is that you download, listen to and save it. And that you encourage as many of your friends & acquaintances, students, teachers, actors, directors, theatre impressarios as possible to do the same. You won’t be disappointed.
There is no catch, nothing to buy. The mp3 recording is a document of a play with which I’ve been associated for 60 years…