Recent Audiobooks

Normally I do an annual audiobook roundup, those titles I’ve produced and/or edited (with my lovely other half Tanja!)  But it has been such a busy year to date, that I felt a quick update now would be useful (and maybe inspire you to buy one or two of these beauties):

DOCTOR WHO: SHADA – Gareth Roberts/Douglas Adams

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From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, the legendary ‘lost’ Doctor Who story completed at last by Gareth Roberts and read by Lalla Ward.

The Doctor’s old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University – where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs – most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn’t a book for Time Tots. It is one of the Artefacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. The sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands. He wants the book. He wants to discover the truth behind Shada. And he wants the Doctor’s mind…

Based on the scripts for the original television series by the legendary Douglas Adams, Shada retells an adventure that never made it to the screen.

READ BY LALLA WARD

THE SECRET OF HAPPY EVER AFTER – Lucy Dillon

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When Anna takes over Longhampton’s bookshop, it’s her dream come true. And not just because it gets her away from her rowdy children and their hyperactive Dalmatian. As she unpacks boxes of childhood classics, Anna can’t shake the feeling that maybe her own fairytale ending isn’t all that she’d hoped for. But as the stories of love, adventure, secret gardens and giant peaches breathe new life into the neglected shop, Anna and her customers get caught up in the magic too. Even Anna’s best friend Michelle – who categorically doesn’t believe in true love and handsome princes – isn’t immune. But when secrets from Michelle’s own childhood come back to haunt her, and disaster threatens Anna’s home, will the wisdom and charm of the stories in the bookshop help the two friends – and those they love – find their own happy ever afters?

READ BY JILLY BOND

OVER THE MOON: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY – David Essex

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As a young schoolboy, David Essex dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and was signed up by his beloved West Ham United. But as a teenager, he developed a passion for music, which set him on a very different path, and ultimately led to superstardom. It wasn’t, however, an easy start. Scraping a living on the edges of show business was a hard slog, and he endured many disappointments.

Then, aged 23, he went along to an audition for a new musical called Godspell and won the role (Jesus) that shot him to fame. Within a year he was starring in a smash hit film, That’ll Be the Day, and had written and recorded his first number-one single, ‘Rock On’. It was the start of Essex Mania, and a long journey of undreamt of adventure.

From Godspell to EastEnders, it’s been an amazing life. And here is David’s full incredible story – in his own words.

READ BY DAVID ESSEX

THE VOYAGES OF THE PRINCESS MATILDA – Shane Spall

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“Tim and I both understood we had done something really stupid. We had underestimated the danger involved in going out to sea. We had no radio, compass, life raft, or flares. In other words, we were a couple of idiots.”

This is the story of Shane and Timothy Spall and their Dutch barge, The Princess Matilda. After a summer on the Thames they head out to sea with only a road atlas and a vast amount of ignorance – and it is absolutely terrifying!  On their travels, memories are triggered of childhood trips to the seaside, but also of more recent times.

As Tim and Shane explore the coast from the Medway to Cornwall, eventually they start to wonder: Could they make it out of England altogether? Could Matilda make it to … Wales?!  Taking place over the course of five years, The Voyages of the Princess Matilda is a minor epic, charting a very personal, moving, and uplifting story of an everyday couple’s adventure around their much-loved homeland. The Spalls’ adventures have already been the subject of two BBC4 series.

READ BY FRANCES BARBER

WHERE HAVE I GONE? MY LIFE IN A YEAR – Pauline Quirke

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Pauline Quirke was a skinny child, a slim teenager, a curvy woman, then – according to her bathroom scales (curse them) – just plain fat. Yes, the “F” word. Tipping the scales at nearly 20 stone, with creaking knees and a dodgy ankle to boot, at the beginning of 2011 Pauline had reached a crisis point. Something had to change, and fast.

It was never going to be an easy ride, but with her trademark warmth and sense of humour, Pauline recounts the highs and lows of the roller-coaster year in which she whips herself, and her life, into shape – with a fair few tales from her celebrated forty-year acting career thrown into the bargain. She reveals all: from the strain of working long hours away from home on one of Britain’s most popular soaps to renewing her wedding vows and reuniting with her Birds of a Feather co-stars; from battling the bulge and facing the naysayers to rediscovering the joys of airline travel…without a seatbelt extension.

Honest and revealing, Where Have I Gone? is brimming with brilliantly funny anecdotes and truly moving moments. So put your feet up and join Pauline as she embarks on the most incredible year of her life.

READ BY PAULINE QUIRKE

THE BOOK OF EBENEZER LE PAGE – GB Edwards

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Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late 20th century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between England and France yet a world away from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the story of those he has known. He writes of family secrets and feuds, unforgettable friendships and friendships betrayed, love glimpsed and lost.

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is a beautifully detailed chronicle of a life, but it is equally an oblique reckoning with the traumas of the 20th century, as Ebenezer recalls both the men lost to the Great War and the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, and looks with despair at the encroachments of commerce and tourism on his beloved island.

READ BY ROY DOTRICE

PLANET OF THE APES – Pierre Boulle

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Greg Wise reads Pierre Boulle’s chilling, iconic novel about a nightmare world where apes rule over men. In a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light, Ulysse, a journalist, sets off from Earth for the nearest solar system. He finds there a planet which resembles his own, except that on Soror humans behave like animals and are hunted by a civilised race of primates. Captured and sent to a research facility, Ulysse must convince the apes of their mutual origins. But such revelations have always been greeted by prejudice and fear… The inspiration for several acclaimed cult films, Planet of the Apes is both a gripping, disturbing fable and a classic of science fiction.

READ BY GREG WISE

SKIOS – Michael Frayn

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On the sunlit Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation’s annual lecture is to be given by Dr Norman Wilfred, the world-famous authority on the scientific organisation of science. He turns out to be young and charming – not at all the intimidating figure they had been expecting. The Foundation’s guests are soon eating out of his hand. So is Nikki, the attractive and efficient organiser. Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island, Nikki’s old school-friend Georgie waits for the notorious chancer she has rashly agreed to go on holiday with, and who has characteristically failed to turn up. Trapped in the villa with her, by an unfortunate chain of misadventure, is a balding old gent called Dr Norman Wilfred, who has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper and his sense of reality – everything he possesses apart from the flyblown text of a well-travelled lecture on the scientific organisation of science…

READ BY MARTIN JARVIS

HOLLOW EARTH – John & Carole E. Barrowman

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Twins Matt and Emily Calder have imaginations so powerful that they can make art come to life. Their powers are sought by villains intent on accessing the terrors of Hollow Earth – a place where all the devils, demons and monsters ever imagined lie trapped for all eternity. If Hollow Earth is breached, the world will be plunged into chaos. If Hollow Earth is breached… the twins are as good as dead.

READ BY JOHN BARROWMAN

WHY SPENCER PERCEVAL HAD TO DIE – Andro Linklater

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On the afternoon of May 11, 1812, Spencer Perceval, the all-powerful prime minister of Great Britain, was fatally shot at short range in the lobby of Parliament by John Bellingham, a Liverpool businessman. Perceval polarized public opinion: Revered by some and hated by others for his fight against the lucrative slave trade, he domineeringly kept Britain at war against Napoléon and was driving her into war with the United States despite the huge economic drain of each, raising taxes to new heights to finance his decisions. Bellingham was not alone in blaming Perceval and his government for their ruinous policies; indeed, he claimed to have killed Perceval “as a matter of justice,” and believed he would not only be exonerated, but also applauded for his action. But he was not to enjoy relief; within a week, granted the briefest of trials that trampled his right to due process, he was hanged.

READ BY STEPHEN RASHBROOK

THE HUNT – Andrew Xia Fukuda

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Seventeen-year-old Gene struggles to survive in a society where humans have been eaten to near extinction by the general population. When Gene is chosen to participate in the government-sponsored hunt for the remaining humans, he must learn the art of the hunt but also elude his fellow hunters whose suspicions about his true human nature are growing… A gory, gripping thriller for young adults from acclaimed author Andrew Fukuda.

READ BY TREVOR WHITE

COMING SOON

OLIVER TWIST – Charles Dickens – Read by Dominic Cooper

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Rudyard Kipling – Read by Alistair McGowan

DOCTOR WHO & THE LEISURE HIVE – David Fisher

WHEN HOOPOES GO TO HEAVEN – Gaile Parkin

MISSING PERSONS – Nicci Gerrard

DOCTOR WHO: SNAKEBITE – Scott Handcock

LIONEL ASBO: STATE OF ENGLAND – Martin Amis

PAINTER OF SILENCE – Georgina Harding

NEUROMANCER – William Gibson – Read by Jeff Harding

So as you can see, it has been a busy 6 months, and the titles are building up already for the next 6 months, with two new trilogies we are producing with SNK Publishing for Audible, and some exciting new titles for AudioGO.  Keep on supporting audiobooks and do let us know what you think of any of the titles we’ve produced.

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Audiobook for Japan 2011

The recent devastation in Japan caused by the earthquake and tsunami has shocked the world. We at Spokenworld Audio, alongside our friends and partners at Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd are unashamed Japon-ophiles…we just love the place, the people and the culture. We have some great friends in Japan, and we felt it was important that we do what we could to help out.

JAPANESE FAIRY WORLD, STORIES FROM THE WONDER-LORE OF JAPAN has been produced by Neil Gardner at Ladbroke Productions in just a few days, with the incredible kind help and talents of many of the UK and US’s finest Voice Over artists. With beautiful music donated by Jon Nicholls and Seb & Kayvan at SNK Music (and additional music from AKM Music). Within you will find 25 short-stories from the rich heritage of Japanese folk-tales. From demons and gods, to the creation of the Earth and the naming of mountains.

 

Over 3.5 hours of fabulous audiobook readings!

 

100% of the money raised from the sale of this unique audiobook will be donated by Spokenworld Audio and Ladbroke Productions to the RED CROSS JAPAN TSUNAMI/EARTHQUAKE APPEAL. We will even donate the VAT as well!

We encourage you to purchase the complete audiobook, but if you would prefer to, you can also buy each story individually (a slightly more expensive option!). The complete set comes as a zipped folder containing the 25 stories plus an introduction and end credits…all as high quality stereo 192kbps mp3 files…ready for importing into iTunes or on to an mp3 player of your choice!

Before we get to the list of stories, let us tell you the incredibly generous readers who gave their time, talent (and studios!) to make this project a reality. If you are a producer/director, please take it from us, these people are fantastic and well worth hiring:

 

RAMON TIKARAM (yes, Ferdie from This Life…ace!)

NATALIE COOPER (who also helped organise the voices…what an angel)

PETER DICKSON (the voice of X-Factor and so much more, buy his app at www.myruddyvoice.com)

PATRICK LUNT (legendary voice over!)

MARIAN KEMMER

CHRISTOPHER KENT

CLAIRE LACEY

MARTY PERRETT (check out his superb podcast ‘The Boxroom’ – subscribe in iTunes)

HELEN QUIGLEY

MARK TAYLOR

KATY MAW

TAFF (he promises us he has a surname, but it is on a ‘need to know’ basis apparently!)

RACHEL ASHLEY

GEORGE WASHINGTON III

FRAN McCLELLEN

JUSTIN BARRETT

JULIE BERRY

PHILIP BANKS

NEIL GARDNER

 

The cover art was created by Tanja Glittenberg.

 

How To Buy Audiobook for Japan 2011

 

OK…so let’s get to the audiobook stories…click HERE to visit the Spokenworld Audio site and purchase either the entire collection or individual stories.

Please Note: VAT is added automatically for those purchasing from the UK or EU countries. Spokenworld Audio and Ladbroke Productions will match the sum total of VAT as an additional donation to the appeal.

Many thanks for your support and please spread the news. We’d love to sell hundreds, if not thousands of copies and raise as much money as we can for the appeal.

 

Audiobook Round-up

I’m a lucky blighter…as an audiobook fan I just love hearing what’s new and hearing a wide variety of genres…but what makes me lucky is that I am an audiobook producer, so I get access to many more audiobooks than is probably fair 😉  So I thought, hey Neil, why not start sharing the news about audiobooks that you’ve heard, produced or know a bit about.  So that’s what I’m gonna start doing.  Come back regularly to be updated on audiobook goodness…and even get the occasional chance to win one or more of the audiobooks mentioned!

I, Claudius

Broadcast
Author : Robert Graves
Reader : Full Cast

Running Time : 6hrs 0mins

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Robert Graves’ brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius and Derek Jacobi as Augustus.

The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius.

In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination. But in private, he’s as sharp as they come, and keeps a secret history of everything he discovers. Until one day, as one of the few of his family left alive, he’s acclaimed Emperor against his will. Can he save Rome from the corruption he’s grown to detest?

Featuring Derek Jacobi (who won a BAFTA for his performance as Claudius in the acclaimed 1977 BBC television production) as Augustus, and with an all-star cast, this gripping dramatisation will enthral anyone who loves the decadence of Ancient Rome.

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Aurelio Zen: Blood Rain

Unabridged Reading

Author : Michael Dibdin

Reader : Michael Kitchen

Running Time : 8hrs 30mins

Michael Kitchen reads this complete, full-length ‘Aurelio Zen’ novel by bestselling author Michael Dibdin.

After his last case, among the gentle hills and lush vineyards of Piedmont, Inspector Zen finally receives the order he has been dreading all his professional life: his next posting is to Sicily, home of the Mafia.

The gruesome discovery of an unidentified, decomposed corpse sealed in a railway wagon on a disused siding marks the beginning of Zen’s most difficult and dangerous case.

Set against the backdrop of the 3000-year-old city of Catania, in the shadow of the smouldering volcano of Etna, ‘Blood Rain’ finds Aurelio Zen at his most desperate and driven.

‘The best detective novelist around’ – Sunday Times

A complete and unabridged reading by Michael Kitchen.

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South Riding

Broadcast

Author : Winifred Holtby

Reader : Full Cast

Running Time : 3hrs 45mins

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Winifred Holtby’s classic novel of 1930s Yorkshire.

It is the summer of 1932, and Sarah Burton embarks on a new beginning as the headmistress of Kiplington High School for girls. There she encounters unenthusiastic pupils, distant staff and a run-down building, but she is determined to inspire.

When she organises her first community event, she begins to feel more at home. However, her next bright idea – taking the girls out on a snowy clifftop walk – gets her into trouble with local landowner and school governor Robert Carne.

As Sarah learns more about Carne’s troubled home life and his concern for his daughter Midge, she finds herself increasingly drawn to him. But she soon has more on her mind than romance, as she struggles to prevent bright but poor schoolgirl Lydia Holley from losing her scholarship…

Starring Sarah Lancashire, Philip Glenister and Carole Boyd, this gripping adaptation memorably evokes the lives, loves and sorrows of the inhabitants of South Riding.

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Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None

Dramatisation

Author : Agatha Christie

Reader : Full Cast

Running Time : 1hrs 30mins

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Agatha Christie mystery, starring Lyndsey Marshal, Geoffrey Whitehead and John Rowe.

Ten guests travel to an island at the invitation of someone named U.N. Owen. All are strangers, but they have two things in common: they have all been responsible for someone’s death, and none will leave the island alive.

Over the next two days and nights, each of the guests is killed off in a different manner in keeping with the nursery rhyme, ‘Ten Little Soldier Boys’. As they are picked off one by one, who could possibly be responsible?

The killers are forced to turn detective so they can find the unknown murderer, but one by one they become victims…

Billed as ‘the famous detective story without a detective’, ‘And Then There Were None’ is one of Agatha Christie’s darkest and most enduring tales.

Available now as DOWNLOAD and CD from 

 

 

It’s Competition Time!

Well…I am kicking off 2011 in fine style, courtesy of the lovely peeps over at AudioGo, the home of BBC Audiobooks. I have a competition for you, and there are five copies of the brand-spanking new “BRIGHTON ROCK” audiobook up for grabs as prizes.  Read by top-notch UK acting legend SAMUEL WEST, and produced by my good self!  First, here’s a little about the audiobook:

Unabridged Reading

Author : Graham Greene
Reader : Samuel West
Producer : Neil Gardner
Running Time : 9hrs 11mins

‘Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him…’ So begins ‘Brighton Rock’, in which a gang war rages through the dark underworld of 1930s Brighton. Seventeen-year-old Pinkie Brown, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold. Greene’s gripping thriller exposes a world of loneliness and fear, of life lived on the ‘dangerous edge of things’. ‘Brighton Rock’ has twice been adapted for film. Richard Attenborough starred as Pinkie in the 1947 version, with Sam Riley and Helen Mirren starring in the 2010 release.

‘The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists… A master of storytelling’ – Times
‘I read Brighton Rock when I was about thirteen. One of the first lessons I took from it was that a serious novel could be an exciting novel…’ – Ian McEwan
‘A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy’ – New York Times

Samuel West reads Graham Greene’s classic gang war thriller – complete and unabridged.

The 8xCD boxset is worth almost £20…and we have 5 to give away (aren’t AudioGo marvellous?!)  You can learn more about the title (and AudioGo) by CLICKING HERE.

COMPETITION TIME

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of BRIGHTON ROCK, as read by Samuel West (and produced by little old me!) here is what you have to do:

BRIGHTON ROCK looks at a Brighton of the past – gangs and betting, violence and love…it is a vibrant and chilling setting.  In NO MORE THAN 500 words, describe a Brighton of the FUTURE.  It can be 5 years, 50 years, 500 years away, or even further.  What is different, what is the same?  Is the pier still there, or has it grown, or been destroyed?  Is the English Channel still there, or has all the water gone?  Is the town still a haven for creativity and peoples of all sexualities and religions and ethnicities?  Is Brighton the last bastion in a post-apocalyptic world, or is it the Sin City of a new United States of Europa?

Send your entries to:

neilgardner@ladbrokeradio.com

The DEADLINE for entries is SUNDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2011 at midnight – any entries received after that date/time will not be considered.

JUDGING – all of the entries will be judged by a panel of audiobook, SF and writing world luminaries (including me…not that I am a luminary, more a luminous canary!) whose names will be announced shortly, but include the goddess of audiobook readers, LORELEI KING.

ADDITIONALLY – Following the competition, my new audiobook company, Spokenworld Audio will produce an audiobook compilation of the winning entries AND the best of the rest.  Exciting, eh?  The working title of this anthology is BRIGHTON PROX.

Good luck and get those entries in, ASAP!

Terms & Conditions

This competition is organised and run by me, Neil Gardner, and AudioGo and Ladbroke Productions are not involved or have any responsibility for it.  Please DO NOT correspond with AudioGo or Ladbroke Productions concerning this competition.  For any queries please contact me directly.

The judges’ decision is final.  Nor correspondence will be entered into once the results have been announced.

Results will be announced via this blog, and on social networking sites on SUNDAY 3rd APRIL 2011.  Winners will be notified by email.  Prizes will be posted within 7 days.

This competition is open to anyone aged over 16 and from any country.

By entering the competition you grant Spokenworld Audio Ltd non-exclusive audiobook rights to your submitted entry.  Spokenworld Audio Ltd shall pay all costs involved in the production and sale of the audiobook edition of the winning entries, but shall pay no advance fee or rights fee.  An ‘Author’s Share of Revenue’ shall be created, which shall be 20% of the Net Revenue of any sales generated.  This shall be shared between the authors, paid half-yearly (June/Dec) where monies have accrued.

Cover For HP Lovecraft Audiobook

As many of you know, I have just completed producing a new abridged reading of HP Lovecraft’s much loved novel “At The Mountains of Madness” for BBC Radio 7.  It is read by leading British acting blokey Richard Coyle and hits your airwaves over 5 days between Mon 1st November and Friday 5th November at 2pm/6pm/midnight.

Well,  if you happen to miss the series, or fall in love with it, or just fancy adding to you audiobook collection, I am very happy to announce that we are releasing an EXTENDED version of the series as a digital download audiobook…just in time for Xmas!  There will be around 30 mins of additional unheard material to feast your ears upon…and that means MORE Richard Coyle and MORE of Jon Nicholls superb compositions.

So…do you wanna see the cover art for the audiobook?  I bet you do!  Well, here it is…by the outrageously talented Angus Syme:

by Angus Syme (the talented swine!)

Now if that doesn’t get you itching to buy a copy I don’t know what will!  Well, maybe the thought of 3 hours of top notch HP Lovecraft goodness.

More news on cost and availability coming soon.

HP Lovecraft’s “AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS” – Read by Richard Coyle – Abridged by Paul Kent – Music by Jon Nicholls – Produced & Directed by Neil Gardner – A Ladbroke Radio production for BBC Radio 7

Doctor Who: The Slitheen Excursion – Audiobook

Well, after a few minor delays, the latest Doctor Who audiobook produced by yours truly for BBC Audiobooks is finally released – huzzah!

DOCTOR WHO: THE SLITHEEN EXCURSION is written by Simon Guerrier and read by the fabulous Debbie Chazen.  It is available for download only (the link is below), and I wanna tell you that it’s a brilliant story.

TO be honest with you, I’ve never been a fan of the Slitheen, they always came across as too much of a kids creation, with all the farting and cod-acting.  I never found them [a] funny or [b] menacing.  HOWEVER, Simon has made me a convert to the Slitheen ranks, as his monstrous family here are superb characters.  Maybe it is because we get to know them, to learn about them and to even learn to like (at least one of) them?  But then what’s a great character without a great voice, and within these audio walls are housed two of my all-time favourite character voices.  Debbie Chazen (Foon van Hoff from Voyage of the Damned) brings the younger Slitheen COSMO and the elder Slitheen MAMPS to life with hilarity.  As my fiance can attest, I am addicted to saying the line “Helloooooo, I’m Cosmo!” in a silly slurpy voice now.

Anyhow, here’s the official breakdown of the story…it all happens within the timeline of the 10th Doctor:

In 1500 BC, King Actaeus and his subjects live in mortal fear of the awesome gods who have come to visit their kingdom in ancient Greece. The Doctor, visiting with university student June, knows they’re not gods at all. They’re aliens!

With June’s enthusiastic help, the Doctor soon meets the travel agents behind this deadly package holiday company – his old enemies the Slitheen. But can he bring the Slitheen excursion to an end without endangering more lives? And how are events in ancient Greece linked to a modern-day alien plot to destroy what’s left of the Parthenon?

This is my 7th Doctor Who audiobook production, and number 8 is coming soon (an 11th Doctor tale…exciting!).  I do hope you enjoy listening to it as much as Debbie and I did making it!

And thanks to Lucinda at Essential Music studios in London for all her wonderful help recording the audio.

ENJOY!

DOWNLOAD from Audible.com by CLICKING HERE

Even More Audiobook Goodness

It’s a bumper crop today, because here is yet ANOTHER audiobook, produced by yours truly for the BBC WW/Chivers Audiobook people. This time it isn’t a novel, but a discussion/essay/treatise by PD James on the topic of detective fiction, enticingly titled “Talking About Detective Fiction”.  It is read by Diana Bishop and is a fascinating listen, full of the history of detective literature, as well as PD James’ own thoughts on the genre’s development and future.  Here’s the info:

Diana Bishop reads P. D. James’ fascinating observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, the detective novel.

To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, an appetite for murder, mystery and mayhem is universal. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations, P. D. James examines the challenges, achievements, and potential of a genre which has fascinated her for nearly 50 years. From the tenant of 221b Baker Street to the Village Priest from Cubhole in Essex, from the Golden Age of detective writing between the wars to the achievements of the present and a glimpse at the future, P. D. James explores the metamorphosis of a genre which has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel.

Written by the author widely regarded as the queen of the detective novel, Talking about Detective Fiction is a must-have for all fans of crime fiction.

©2009 P. D. James; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

You can buy the audiobook in various formats:

DOWNLOAD FROM AUDIBLE.CO.UK

DOWNLOAD FROM AUDIBLE.COM

Or download via iTunes UK:
Talking About Detective Fiction (Unabridged)

Or download via iTunes US:
Talking About Detective Fiction (Unabridged)

At this time I have no information about a CD release.

More New Audiobook Action!

Just released by BBC WW/Chivers Audiobooks is the latest novel by Rose Tremain, “Trespass”.  The novel is read by the superbly brilliant Juliet Stevenson and produced by me.  We recorded it in November of 2009 and I am very pleased to recommend it to you.  It is a fascinating tale, very well written, and read beautifully by Juliet.  Here’s the lowdown:

In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he’s let his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin.

Meanwhile, his sister, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life.

Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London. Anthony hopes to remake his life in France, and he begins looking at properties in the region. But, from the moment he arrives at the Mas Lunel, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion.

©2010 Rose Tremain; (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

You can buy the audiobook as a download from:

AUDIBLE.CO.UK

You can also buy it via iTunes UK:

Trespass (Unabridged)

Sadly I have no details of a CD release at this time.

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