With a flair for dramatic dialogue and intense, unsettling imagery, narrator Jot Davies accentuates the vivid dreamlike qualities of this 1933 novel by the openly gay German author Friedo Lampe. At a river's edge on a single warm summer's evening, a group of characters ranging from sailors to students to lovers and a father-son magic act interact in this early example of magic... Read More
If you are a fly fisherman or have a fly fisherman in your life, this early Hemingway short story is a must-listen. Kyle Soller transports the listener to an out-of-the-way river in Michigan where one can practically hear the water flowing, the insects buzzing, and the wind whispering through the trees. Soller never tries to do too much with his narration of this brief story of... Read More
Gerry O'Brien brings a pleasant, slightly scratchy voice and a soft Irish accent to Stephens's fantasy, first published in 1912. It's the story of an unworldly philosopher, his wife--who is one of the fairy folk of Ireland--two gods, leprechauns, a naked maiden, and some blundering policemen. The tone and mood vary greatly in this disjointed work, but O'Brien matches and... Read More
This audio version of Waugh's first published work exudes satire at every turn. When Paul Pennyfeather is thrown out of school, he is forced to find his way in life as a schoolmaster. This change in circumstances leads to all manner of misadventures, each one rich with opportunities to make fun of 1920s British society. Stefan Rudnicki's resonant voice carries such depth that... Read More
Originally published in 1915, this utopian audiobook has a timeless element that keeps it relevant today. On an adventure, three young men find an isolated land inhabited solely by women--what they learn and do there is the focus of the story. Stefan Rudnicki's voice is so deep that, at times, it sounds almost cloudy. The sonorous vocal quality emphasizes the differences... Read More
Samuel Johnson's brief 1759 tale is about a Prince of Abyssinia who escapes the restrictions of a cloistered kingdom to find his own way in life. It's more a philosophical examination of the good life than a novel. Peter Wickham's mature, lightly raspy but still pleasing voice; British accent; and clear, precise narration suit the period prose. He doesn't vary character voices... Read More
Lucy Scott gives a thrilling performance of this propulsive detective story, which will have listeners guessing until the end. In this real Victorian melodrama first published in 1875, the detective--surprisingly--is a woman. Within a few days of marrying, 23-year-old Valeria discovers that a Scottish court had rendered a verdict of "not proven" against her husband, Eustace, in... Read More
David Timson brings his rich talents and skills--a sonorous voice, rolling delivery, precise pronunciation, and clear understanding--to Procopius's scandalous insider look at the reign of Justinian and Theodora of Byzantium (527 to 565 CE). Procopius cannot say enough bad about the royal couple, along with their warlord, Belisarius, and his wife, accusing the emperor of... Read More
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