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C. S. Lewis Audio Drama

I wish it had not taken me so long to listen and pass this excellent audio drama on to you, but such has been my [lack of] blogging activity lately I’m afraid!  The Northern Irish Man in C. S. Lewis* stars Geoffrey Palmer as that famous author, who reminisces about his childhood in Ulster.  The acting felt very realistic and it was interesting to find the pieces of Narnia that inspired Lewis as a boy.  Settle in and enjoy, but don’t forget that this is only available for a limited time!

*For some reason cannot insert link to text, so click on picture to take you to the drama!

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Posted by on November 16, 2017 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey audio drama

1268e0d4b08f5af0307f286504a02e51I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  I enjoyed the entire season, but yesterday was also a blast spent with cousins playing games and interesting conversation all afternoon.

If you’re a Jane Austen-phile, you’ll enjoy the BBC’s audio drama version of Northanger Abbey which is playing now for a limited time on their Radio 4 website.  You can click to listen to it free here.  Lots of drama for the imagination- both ours and our heroine Catherine’s!

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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P.L. Travers Christmas story on BBC

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I came across a beautifully dramatized Christmas story on BBC this afternoon, originally written as a short story by P. L. Travers.  It’s called “The Fox at the Manger” and the voices and music are lovely to listen to.  Actress Wendy Hiller lends voice as the narrator.  It would make a great bedtime story for children this holiday season.  It is available for a limited time only.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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Words and Music: Hinterland

I think that is going to be one of my favorite words from now on: ‘hinterland’.  It’s so full of mystery and unreachability.  Recently on BBC 3, Words and Music did a program on the word and I enjoyed listening to it last night.  Full of poetry by Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, and Christine Rosetti, and one piece I liked in particular: “The Road to Oxiana,” by Robert Byron.  The music creates appropriate atmosphere from composers such as Mendelssohn and Benjamin Britten.  I liked a new type of music I had never heard before called “Walking Song,” from Meredith Monk.  I thought it made a good listen-to on an autumn evening.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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BBC Audiobook: Winnie-the-Pooh

3c22fde7610bf01818b37bc9de298973What do heffalumps, woozles, birthday parties, and very tight places all have in common?  Why Winnie-the-Pooh of course!  And autumn is the perfect time to settle in for the evening with some classic Pooh-bear stories read by Alan Bennett.  So grab your children, grandma and grandpa, too and get ready to go on an expotition!  Only available for a limited time.

 

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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Jungle Books… Audio version!

You’ve seen the new live-action Disney film of The Jungle Book this past year, but have you listened to the recent audio drama?  I so enjoyed watching this behind the scenes video of the dramatized Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling done by Audible Studios.  It features Richard E. Grant and several other wonderful voices.  (BTW, it also happened to win best audio drama in this year’s Audie Awards.)

 

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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New in the Audio World

204dbdf2d2c944349ce242b41a54d77cI’ve listened to a fair number of audio dramas in my time.  One of my favorite memories from my growing up years was laying on the living room floor in the evenings after supper, with my mom and my sister, with a pillow under my head and a blanket over me, eyes closed and listening to audio dramas.  We listened to the Focus on the Family radio theatre adventures, old time radio programs, Adventures in Odyssey, and anything else good we could get our hands on.

A friend of mine sent me a link to some relatively new dramas in the world of audio adventures, which she was considering purchasing for our church library.  Heirloom Audio.  Hmm, I’d never heard of it before.  (Probably because I’ve been out of the homeschool arena for some time now.)  But as soon as I watched the trailer to the first drama based on G. A. Henty’s historical novel, “In Freedom’s Cause”, I knew I was completely hooked!  No, I am not a paid spokesperson for Family Audio Adventures.  But I know good quality when I hear it.  The acting, the diction, the energy, enthusiasm, excitement, passion, and talent really shine and I can’t wait to get my ears hooked up to one of their complete adventures and escape.

This isn’t podunk acting as far I can tell.  Trust me, I’ve heard a few in the Christian audio world where I just wanted to stick a finger down my throat rather than swallow the lemon and honey.  Well-known actors are brought in for these productions who know what they’re doing in creating a good story.  Here are a few that caught my eye: Skandar Keynes, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Joanne Froggatt, John Rhys-Davies, Kirk Cameron, and Audie Award winner Katherine Kellgren.

I am unsure at this point whether Heirloom Audio Productions plan on only dramatizing the Henty adventure novels, or if they will branch out, but they have already won numerous awards, including being nominated for an Audio Award for “With Lee in Virginia.”  I was also thrilled to find out that John Campbell composed the original soundtracks for each production.

You can watch all four trailers to their first few productions below.  Apparently, a fifth adventure (Beric the Briton) is expected out in the near future, along with a few others.

 

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2016 in Audio/Radio Dramas

 

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