This BBC Radio 4 series explores the fascinating subject of human evolution, firstly by looking at the primary advantage mankind has over those poor saps, ´´The Animals´´: language. We explore the number of languages now in use (5,000 or so) and why the people of Lewisham don´t seem to have chosen one as yet. Among other things, Professor Herring demonstrates his value-based translation machine, and we meet a man who thinks his bees are telling him about unsolved crimes. Included are four episodes: ´´Language and Communication´´, ´´Social Development´´, ´´Science and Technology´´, and ´´Man or Monkey´´. Featured are Chris Addison as the lecturer, with Professor Austin Herring played by Geoffrey ´´Hitch Hikers Guide´´ McGivern. Chris Addison has received two Perrier nominations and the Sony Radio Award for this series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Addison, Jo Enright, Dan Tetsell, Geoffrey McGivern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/001213/rt_bbcw_001213_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Criminal lawyer and all-time number-one mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney-sleuth Perry Mason. The Case of the Lucky Legs is the story of a confidence man who promoted fake beauty pageants in small California towns. Marjorie Clune was one of his winning victims, ´´The Girl with the Lucky Legs´´. She was promised a Hollywood movie contract, but the scam artist fled with the money. Marjorie fled too; left her hometown in shame to try and ´´prove” herself in Hollywood. Perry Mason is hired to track her down, but when the deceitful pageant promoter turns up murdered, Marjorie becomes the prime suspect in this ´´edge of your seat” murder mystery. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/brll/002864/rt_brll_002864_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Based on his Perrier-nominated Edinburgh hit show of 2004, Chris Addison´s Civilisation is a comedy lecture series for Radio 4. It neatly follows on from Chris´ first Radio 4 series, The Ape that Got Lucky. Western civilisation, like many very old things, is pretty much on its last legs. And if western civilisation as we know it is dying sooner rather than later, we´re going to have to build ourselves a new one. And how are we going to do that, then? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Addison, Jo Enright, Dan Tetsell, Geoffrey McGivern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/bbcw/001080/sp_bbcw_001080_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the second collection of classic sketches from a star of the golden age of radio comedy. With his well-known catchphrases ´´Right Monkey´´ and ´´You´ll be lucky, I say, you´ll be lucky´´, the immortal Al Read drew on a rich vein of Northern humour to bring us the Johnny know-all, the nagging wife in the kitchen, and the horrible little boy in the Doctor´s waiting room. A weekly audience of 35 million tuned in to catch the one-time sausage manufacturer from Salford turned household name. Enjoy those moments once again or discover Al´s droll observational humour for the first time in this collection of his funniest sketches. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Read. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005795/bk_bbcw_005795_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The third collection of classic sketches from a star of the golden age of radio comedy. With his well-known catchphrases ´Right Monkey´ and ´You´ll be lucky, I say, you´ll be lucky´, the immortal Al Read drew on a rich vein of Northern humour to bring us the Johnny know-all, the nagging wife in the kitchen and the horrible little boy in the Doctor´s waiting room. A weekly audience of 35 million tuned in to catch the one-time sausage manufacturer from Salford turned household name. Enjoy those moments once again or discover Al´s droll observational humour for the first time in this collection of his funniest sketches. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Read. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005822/bk_bbcw_005822_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ´Voices of the Powerless´, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. We are extremely lucky to have an exceptional eyewitness account of a plague outbreak in the city of Salisbury in 1627 - related by John Ivie, a Salisbury alderman.Ivie describes the differing reactions of Salisbury´s 6,000 inhabitants in the face of impending disaster. Ivie was responsible for the welfare of the city´s poor in times of crisis and so his account of the plague is very closely focused on the powerless. In terms of describing in minute detail how a community responded to a plague outbreak, it´s one of the most informative documents of its kind.This episode was first broadcast in 2002. Guidance: due to the archive nature of the recording the sound quality may vary. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melvyn Bragg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/004628/bk_bbcw_004628_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For over 50 years, Britain´s most popular radio drama has captured the imagination of listeners throughout the country. Ambridge and its residents have been constant companions to millions throughout the highs and lows of five successive decades. Covering the years 1968 to 1986, Joanna Toye´s novel follows the fortunes of Dan and Doris´s grandchildren, as they search for happiness and love in the changing world of the 70s and early 80s. Jennifer´s struggles as an unmarried mother look to be over with marriage to the gorgeous Roger, but a happy ending is not to be. Lilian has her share of tragedy with the death of her first husband Nick and illness of her second, Ralph. There is happiness for Shula, though, with new-found love Mark Hebden and Tony is lucky to meet Pat. The romantic ups and downs of the Archer children form a gripping saga in this abridged reading by Stella Gonet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stella Gonet. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006142/bk_bbcw_006142_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring Peter Sallis as the great Belgian detective. Tyrannical millionaire Simeon Lee has been estranged from most of his family for years. But now, on Christmas Eve, the old man calls them all together once more. Unable to disobey, the children gather uneasily and wonder what their father’s intentions are. Does he want to clear up past misunderstandings or cause fresh mischief? Before they can find out, a deafening crash is heard overhead. Rushing upstairs, they discover a shocking sight: Simeon Lee is lying in a pool of blood, his throat cut. But it is the strangest thing - the door has been locked from the inside and there is no trace of the murderer. With so many possible suspects, it is lucky for Superintendent Sugden that the Chief Constable has his old friend Hercule Poirot staying with him. It seems to be an impossible case. But, as Poirot knows only too well, things aren’t always as they seem. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Sallis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/003878/bk_bbcw_003878_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wait Wait...Don´t Tell Me! is NPR´s weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week on the radio listeners test their knowledge against a panel of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world: Adam Felber; Roy Blount, Jr.; Paula Poundstone; Mo Rocca; Roxanne Roberts; Charlie Pierce; and others. This set features highlights from the popular ´´Not My Job´´ segment of the show, during which celebrity guest contestants answer questions on topics unrelated to their particular area of expertise and compete for the ultimate prize: NPR veteran announcer Carl Kasell´s voice on a lucky listener´s answering machine. Contents: Barack Obama Terry Gross Major Robert Bateman Lee Smith Harold Ramis Penn Jillette Janeane Garofalo Brian Williams Ken Jennings Sarah Silverman Tom Hanks Tom & Ray Magliozzi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000697/bk_high_000697_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the 1930s, radio was still a new form of entertainment, bringing news, sports, comedy, and drama into millions of Depression-era homes throughout the country. Despite the economic conditions, Americans were still in desperate need of entertainment, and radio was there to give it to them - free, with just a flick of the switch and a turn of the dial. In this remarkable audio, you´ll have the chance to hear a rare sampling of the sort of musical shows that listeners enjoyed the most during that difficult time - everything from the sparkling dance music of the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub to the personality-driven music and variety shows that captivated audiences with memorable melodies and hilarious comedy. Chapters: #1 Our Orchestra; #2 The Lucky Strike Hour; #3 Friendly Five Footnotes; #4 The Boswell Sisters; #5 The Oldsmobile Program with Ruth Etting and Johnny Green and his Orchestra; #6 The Harry Richman Dodge Program; #7 The Jello Summer Program with Tim and Irene Ryan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Etting, Harry Richman, Ethel Shutta, Kay Thompson, Frank Parker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/000935/bk_drms_000935_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.