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The Manchurian Candidate Audiobook

The Manchurian Candidate

Renowned theater critic John Lahr created a bold reworking of Richard Condon's political thriller, updating the action to the 1990s while retaining the core premise of a brainwashed war hero who's programmed to become an assassin. Kelsey Grammer stars as Raymond Shaw in this co-production with Chicago's Shattered Globe Theatre, starring the original cast. Recorded before a live audience at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Chicago in March 1996. Director: Louis Contey Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg Rich Baker as Gaines, Jordan and others Mara Casey as Doctor, Nurse and others Mark Alexander Clover as Melvin and others Joe Forbrich as Ben Marco Julie Gainey as Jocelyn Jordan Kelsey Grammer as Raymond Shaw Rebecca Jordan as Eugenie Doug McDade as Senator John Iselin Brian Pudil as Jorgenson and others Linda Reiter as Eleanor Iselin Jim Saltorous as O'Neill Radio Producer: Robert Neuhaus Recording Engineer: Larry Rock Assistant Engineer: Mike Konopka Foley Artist: Judy Anderson Production Stage Manager: Patrick Brannick Original Music by JJ Porterfield

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The Jungle Audiobook

The Jungle

David Schwimmer and Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company created this innovative and heart-wrenching adaptation of Upton Sinclair's powerhouse novel, in a co-production with L.A. Theatre Works. A young Lithuanian immigrant, full of hope, arrives in Chicago in 1904 to work in the stockyards. He and his family soon find themselves processed like the very cattle they slaughter, by the system they dreamed would save them. Recorded at the Guest Quarters Suites, Chicago in April 1992. Director: David Schwimmer Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg Starring an Ensemble Cast Playing Over 50 Roles: David Catlin,Thomas Cox, Larry Distasi, Christine Dunford, Laura Eason, Joy Gregory, Tom Hodges, David Kersnar, Phil Smith, Heidi Stillman, Andrew White, Temple Williams Radio Producer: Robert Neuhaus. Recording Engineer: Larry Rock. Production Stage Manager: Jan Watson.

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Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America's First Celebrity Audiobook

Lady Romeo: The Radical and Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America's First Celebrity

Author: Tana Wojczuk Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Release Date: July 2020

"A lively, illuminating new biography…Wojczuk reveals the force and vitality of this woman, on the stage and off." —Nina MacLaughlin, The Boston Globe "Once the empress of the stage, the indomitable 19th-century superstar Charlotte Cushman has been lost to us. Tana Wojczuk resurrects her here, charisma and originality intact. A brisk, beautifully crafted life of a pioneering actor who—on and off the stage—indeed seems to have been, as Wojczuk puts it, 'a better man than most men.'" —Stacy Schiff, bestselling author of The Witches and Cleopatra For fans of Book of Ages and American Eve, this illuminating and enthralling biography of 19th-century queer actress Charlotte Cushman portrays her radical lifestyle that riveted New York City and made headlines across America. All her life, Charlotte Cushman refused to submit to others' expectations. Raised in Boston at the time of the transcendentalists, a series of disasters cleared the way for her life on the stage—a path she eagerly took, rejecting marriage and creating a life of adventure, playing the role of the hero in and out of the theater as she traveled to New Orleans and New York City, and eventually to London and back to build a successful career. Her Hamlet, Romeo, Lady Macbeth, and Nancy Sykes from Oliver Twist became canon, impressing Louisa May Alcott, who later based a character on her in Jo's Boys, and Walt Whitman, who raved about "the towering grandeur of her genius" in his columns for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. She acted alongside Edwin and John Wilkes Booth—supposedly giving the latter a scar on his neck that was later used to identify him as President Lincoln's assassin—and visited frequently with the Great Emancipator himself, who was a devoted Shakespeare fan and admirer of Cushman's work. Her wife immortalized her in the angel at the top of Central Park's Bethesda Fountain; worldwide, she was "a lady universally acknowledged as the greatest living tragic actress." Behind the scenes, she was equally radical, making an independent income, supporting her family, creating one of the first bohemian artists' colonies abroad, and living publicly as a queer woman. And yet, her name has since faded into the shadows. Now, her story comes to brilliant life with Tana Wojczuk's Lady Romeo, an exhilarating and enlightening biography of the 19th-century trailblazer. With new research and rarely seen letters and documents, Wojczuk reconstructs the formative years of Cushman's life, set against the excitement and drama of 1800s New York City and featuring a cast of luminaries and revolutionaries who changed the cultural landscape of America forever. The story of an astonishing and uniquely American life, Lady Romeo reveals one of the most remarkable forgotten figures in our history and restores her to center stage, where she belongs.

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Audiobook

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

The 1815 eruption of Indonesia's Tambora volcano had a catastrophic effect on climate around the world. In North America and Europe, the following twelve months became known as "the year without summer." Confined indoors by the relentless rain and cold, a group of friends, including 18-year old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and poet Lord Byron, began writing ghost stories to pass the time. Shelley's tale "Frankenstein" remains, over 200 years later, a work of timeless imagination and power. Includes a post-play conversation with Leslie S. Klinger, author of The New Annotated Frankenstein. Original music by John Biddle. Recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in February 2020. Adapted by Kate McAll Director: Anna Lyse Erikson Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg An L.A. Theatre Works Full-Cast Performance featuring: Seamus Dever as Captain Walton Adhir Kalyan as Victor Frankenstein Stacy Keach as The Creature Cerris Morgan-Moyer as Elizabeth Lavenza, Justine Moritz Mike McShane as Mr. Davy, Father, Donald Darren Richardson as Henry Clerval, Judge, Old Man, Hamish Associate Artistic Director: Anna Lyse Erikson Recording Engineer and Sound Designer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood Senior Radio Producer: Ronn Lipkin Foley Artist: Brian DeShazor Production Manager: Erica R. Christensen Editor and Mixing Engineer: Charles Carroll

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The Secret Garden  (Unabridged) Audiobook

The Secret Garden (Unabridged)

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Narrator: Brian Morris Release Date: July 2020

The Secret Garden is the story of little Mary Lennox, a girl who'd grown up in India spoiled by her servants, whose primary job it was to be seen and not heard. When Mary's parents die, she is sent to live in England with her uncle, a crotchety old widower. At first blush Mary is a spoiled, self-absorbed brat - she grew up unloved and unwanted, and is certainly 'quite contrary.' When she discovers behind high walls a mysterious and unkempt garden on the manor's property, her imagination and emotions begin to awaken.

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A Passage to India  (Unabridged) Audiobook

A Passage to India (Unabridged)

Author: E.M. Forster Narrator: Brian Morris Release Date: July 2020

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster. Among the greatest novels of the twentieth century, A Passage to India turns on a tragic clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century, at the height of the Indian independence movement. Centering on an ambiguous incident between a young Englishwoman of uncertain stability and an Indian doctor eager to know his conquerors better, Forster’s book explores both the historical chasm between peoples and the eternal one between individuals struggling to ease their isolation and make sense of their humanity.

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Letters To Lenin - Episode Two: A Story That Begins In Russia Makes Its Way To Salford Audiobook

Letters To Lenin - Episode Two: A Story That Begins In Russia Makes Its Way To Salford

'Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The Proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Working men of ALL countries, Unite!' - Marx & Engels, Communist Manifesto (1848)As we rejoin the Salford mining community in the darkest time of British poverty, Oliver Spinks reveals that Horace Sampson’s family will not receive any compensation because of a new policy loophole leaving the family on the breadline. The men agree to give up a portion of their wage for the Sampson’s until they can appeal for the money on Horace behalf. Nikolai talks to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles about their new book, the Communist Manifesto. Nancy tells Nikolai, Hugo has warned her to stay away from him due to Nikolai’s terrorist past. Nikolai reveals his reason for joining the student revolution against Russia's royalist rule. Nikolai convinces the miners to become communists and go on strike. He approaches Marx and Engels in hopes that they will back their cause, and provide a way to advertise their strike across the country. Marx and Engels agree to put Nikolai in contact with an underhanded journalist named Solomon Credge. In Russia, Vladimir Ulyanov hides his brother Aleksandr Ulyanov from the Russian police hunting him for the attempted assassination of the Tsar. Aleksandr is outraged at a local paper filled with slander about the Ulyanov family, including a rumour that Aleksandr's true father was the failed assassin Dmitri Karakazov, whom also attempted to murder the Tsar twenty years before his execution for treason. Aleksandr tells Vladimir he has read ‘ The Communist Manifesto’ sent to him by Nikolai and has fallen in love with the philosophy. He pleads with Vladimir to read the book for all that Aleksandr believes in is between its pages.

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Vietgone Audiobook

Vietgone

Author: Qui Nguyen Narrator: Desiree Mee Jung, Greg Watanabe, Jeena Yi, Paul Yen, Will Dao Release Date: July 2020

Saigon has fallen, and two Vietnamese refugees meet in an Arkansas relocation camp before setting out on a rip-roaring road trip across America. Qui Nguyen tells the hilarious and only slightly not-true version of how his parents met and built a life for themselves in a new land. Recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in February 2020. Original Music by Shane Rettig Director: Tim Dang Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg Will Dao as Nhan and Khue Desiree Mee Jung as Huong, Translator and Redneck Biker Greg Watanabe as Playwright, Bobby, Giai, Hippie Dude and Captain Chambers Paul Yen as Quang Jeena Yi as Tong, Thu, and American Girl Associate Artistic Director: Anna Lyse Erikson Recording Engineer and Sound Designer: Mark Holden.for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood Senior Radio Producer: Ronn Lipkin Foley Artist: Jeff Gardner Production Manager: Erica R. Christensen Mixing Engineer: Charles Carroll Editor: Mitchell Lindskoog

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Letters To Lenin - Episode Four: A Story That Begins In Russia Makes Its Way To Salford Audiobook

Letters To Lenin - Episode Four: A Story That Begins In Russia Makes Its Way To Salford

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.' - Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto (1848) In the final instalment of the Letters to Lenin series the men ( now devastated after Bernard's death ) decide to kidnap Clemence Reed and make him listen. However when they discover Mr Reeds business associates want him dead in order to inherit his coal empire, the men see an opportunity to further their union demands. When Nancy falls Ill and the strike is yet again threatened, Nikolai must choose between the woman he loves and the community he so passionately wants to protect. Now the leader of the newly formed 'Miners Federation Of Great Britain', Nikolai battles with his sense of right and wrong in order to lead the coal mining proletarians into the future of the industrial age. Packed with vengeance, revolution, tragedy and woe this finale is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. If you would like to find out more about this series and the creators behind the voices please visit www.letterstolenin.theatre If you would like to stay informed on future writing work from Olivia Lewis-Brown you can visit her personal site at www.lewis-brown.com or visit www.screamwriter.blog for updates

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Atlas, Broken Audiobook

Atlas, Broken

Author: Jeremy Tyrrell Narrator: Jeremy Tyrrell Release Date: July 2020

'It's not carrying the world on your shoulders that does it, because that's what we were bloody well built for. It's the little things that wear you down and grind you to dust. That statue of Atlas won't get squashed, it'll have little bits chipped off it. It'll have the rain wear it down. The acid in the bird poop will rough up the surface. It'll have a crack that forms up its butt that'll grow bigger until the bugger splits wide open!' Set in a typical Melbourne setting, Henry's story is an allegorical tale of depression and his battle to hold up the expectations of others as he crumbles under their demands.

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Letters To Lenin - Episode Three: A Story That Begins In Russia Makes Its Way To Salford Audiobook

Letters To Lenin - Episode Three: A Story That Begins In Russia Makes Its Way To Salford

“The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society.”― Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (1848)Nikolai meets reporter Solomon Credge hoping he will help them publish an article about the communist movements strike. Credge threatens to blackmail Nikolai after having heard of his notoriety back in Russia, and the expensive bounty on his head. Credge warns Nikolai of spies within his ranks, paid by Clemence Reed to disband the strike from the inside. Bernard tells Nikolai Clemence Reed has paid scabs to go back to work, one of which is Oliver Spinks. Nikolai asks Nancy to elope with him to Russia. Nikolai and Bernard discover a dead Oliver Spinks. Nikolai and Bernard are told by Gregor that Oliver was murdered earlier and found in the mines. They suspect Clemence Reed ordered one of his spies to murder Spinks and make it look like a miner to disband the strike. Nikolai decides to hide Oliver's body in the mine and claim he was buried in a cave until they can catch the killer to preserve the strike. Now with a murderer within their ranks, will the men be able to trust each other as the country revolutionises against corrupt capitalist industry? Tension's run even higher in this electric third instalment of the Letters to Lenin series. A tale of betrayals, love, loyalty and the birth of a new political era.

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Stalingrad: A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation Audiobook

Stalingrad: A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

A two-part radio dramatisation of Vasily Grossman's dark, honest account of the battle of Stalingrad; a prequel to Life and Fate – plus Stalingrad: Destiny of a Novel Epic BBC serial Life and Fate stunned radio audiences in 2011, garnering rave reviews for its powerful depiction of a family torn apart by war in Soviet Russia. Now, with this astonishing prequel published in its first ever English translation by Richard and Elizabeth Chandler, we are transported back to the very beginning of Vasily Grossman’s panoramic tale, as the ‘harsh whirlwind’ of war approaches the city of Stalingrad. As Stalingrad opens, we are introduced to the many lives of the Shaposhnikov family and their partners. Atomic scientist Viktor Shtrum struggles with his work for the State and with his own conscience, while his family live, love and work (despite swirling rumours) to run the city’s power stations, factories and hospitals. Meanwhile, at the Front, we meet old-school Bolshevik Commissar Nikolai Krymov in the thick of the Russian army’s pell-mell retreat before Operation Barbarossa, and follow the 'unknown' soldiers giving their lives to hold the line at the Volga. This vivid, gripping drama features many of the same acclaimed cast as Life and Fate, including Kenneth Branagh as Viktor Shtrum and Greta Scacchi as Lyuda Shaposhnikova. Accompanying this stellar dramatisation is Stalingrad: Destiny Of A Novel; featuring extracts from Grossman's private journal, translated here for the first time, and chronicling Stalingrad’s tortuous gestation and long, tormented passage to print. Written and presented by author and historian Catherine Merridale, with readings by Anton Lesser, this five-part series reveals the dramatic backstory behind the classic novel and explores the beginnings of Grossman’s own journey towards Soviet heresy. Written by Vasily Grossman Translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler Dramatised by Mike Walker (Part One) and Jonathan Myerson (Part Two) Part One produced and directed by Jonquil Panting Part Two produced by James Robinson and directed by Jonathan Myerson Series Producer: Alison Hindell Original music composed by John Hardy, with Rob Whitehead, and performed by Oliver Wilson-Dixon, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 30 November-1 December 2019

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