Comedy audio book downloads:
‘In the High and Far off times…’ begins Rudyard Kipling’s ‘How the Elephant got his Trunk’, read by star actor Art Malik in this unabridged audio book. Then off we are taken, by one of the greatest storytellers, into a world where children’s questions are turned neatly on their heads and questions provided which far from stopping the stream of enquiries only serve to make it gush faster.
These astonishingly funny and remarkably clever tales follow on directly from the tale told to Mowgli in the second ‘Jungle Book’ (1895) of ‘How the Tiger got his Stripes’.
Art Malik reads The Just So Stories brilliantly, with the perfect soft and gentle voice… an absolute must for any child (or adult!)
We have embedded Kipling’s own original illustrations into this audiobook so that they will appear on your screen with each chapter, whether you are listening on a computer or your iPod.
Humphry Clinker, is an ostler, a stableman at an inn, who is taken on by Matthew Bramble, and his family while they are travelling through England. Various adventures befall them, especially after their meeting with Lieutenant Lismahago, a Scotsman, who joins their party. After various romantic interludes, Humphry suffers false imprisonment but is rescued and returned to his sweetheart, the maid Winifred Jenkins. It is then discovered that Humphry is Mr. Bramble's illegitimate son from a relationship with a barmaid during his wilder university days.
It is written in the form of a series of letters the five members of Squire Bramble’s household send as they journey around Britain. Much of the humour comes from the differing descriptions given by the five characters of the same events
June Whitfield and Co. read the Humprey Clinker audio book with great conviction, and produce a truly remarkable performance worthy of a BBC radio play.
This exclusive audio book, read by the highly acclaimed actor Jeremy Northam is one of the wittiest and most scathing of Henry James’s novellas.
Aspern Papers chronicles the attempt to extract the valuable letters of
the famous and recently deceased poet Jeffrey Aspern from the hands of
his past lover and formidable adversary in the battle, Juliana
Bordereau. The plot was reputedly suggested to James by a story he
heard of an illicit attempt to get hold of several of Lord Byron’s
Set in Venice, James winds the
tension of the story around the efforts of the anonymous and amoral
hero to inveigle his way into the trust of Bordereau via the arms of
her spinster sister. James himself hated any form of intrusion into his
privacy and the sense of danger with which he fills the story as the
papers get closer to being obtained and published stirs the suspense of
the story right up until the last paragraph, when the beautiful twist
in the tail is revealed.
The Aspern Papers audiobook read by Jeremy Northam is available for immediate download.
The second of Dickens’ five Christmas novels, The Chimes is filled with an array of comic characters. It tells the story of Toby Veck, a humble porter whose loses his faith in human nature at the hands of his presumed social superiors, but regains it thanks to the spirits of the bells.
Like its predecessor, A Christmas Carol, it carries a heartfelt plea for charity and brotherhood and examines such distressing themes as suicide and infanticide, as well as the question of whether the poor have any right to live at all. The book also continues its predecessor’s vigorous satire on the social injustices of its day, and is perhaps more explicit and confrontational in its approach. The supernatural is also present, this time in the form of the spirits of the bells in a church tower.
In this very funny unabridged audio book The Diary of A Nobody, read by star actor Geoffrey Palmer, we meet Mr Charles Pooter, a city clerk of lower middle-class status but with significant social aspirations.
Realising that his life does not appear to be remarkable enough to attract the attention of a biographer, he decides to jolly well write one for himself. The result is his hilarious diary detailing his unconscious gaffes and self-importance, as well as the snubs he receives from those he considers socially inferior.
George Grossmith’s description of the seemingly ordinary life of this most wonderful of nobodies is one of the most entertaining and famously funny books in classical literature.
Geoffrey Palmer’s perfectly lugubrious tones make this a dangerous choice for listening to on the train – laughing out load is inevitable!
Download The Diary of a Nobody audiobook today for just £7.95
The highly acclaimed British actor Stephen Tompkinson reads this unabridged audio book of Arnold Bennett's very amusing novel - The Card.
With tricks of confidence and talent, the hero of the story, Henry
Machin, makes his way up the social ladder of a Northern British
to become a nineteenth century celebrity, with all the benefits and
This exclusive and unabridged recording of Arnold Bennett’s The
Card is available in MP3 or iPod audiobook format for you to
Dame Judi Dench leads an all-star cast in this unabridged audio book of Frances Burney’s wickedly funny eighteenth
century best-seller Evelina.
The novel follows
the trials and romantic adventures of a young beauty as she tries
to make her way through Eighteenth Century Britain handicapped by her three
great problems, being poor, being illegitimate – and being a girl.
This unabridged and exclusive recording by Finty
Williams, Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer is available in MP3 or
iPod audiobook format for you to download immediately.
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), read as an unabridged audio book by star performer Nickolas Grace, was intended to be a
serious travel guide. It failed dismally in this respect, but succeeded
in becoming an hilarious account of a boating holiday on the Thames,
between Kingston and Oxford.
The three men were based on the
author and two of his friends. The holiday was a typical boating
holiday of its time carried out on what was known as a Thames Camping
Skiff. The dog, Montmorency, however, was entirely fictional, but, as
Jerome remarked, *had much of me in it.*
The book was
denounced as “vulgar” by the literary establishment, but it was hugely
popular amongst what were known as the clerking classes who yearned to
be “free from that fretful haste, that vehement striving that is every
day becoming more and more the bane of nineteenth century life”. It has
coined one of the great quotes about the pressures of the modern
working life – “I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”
The Chronicles of Clovis, published in 1911, was the third in Saki (H H Munro)’s series of delightfully vicious stories. As an insider, Saki was ideally poised to eviscerate the Edwardian middle class way of life, and his pitiless and magnetic sense of humour teamed with an ability to wield that sharpest of writer’s tools, the (very) short story, make these some of the funniest and most quotable of tales. Ian Richardson is simply stunning in what has become one of his last works - The Chronicles of Clovis audiobook by Saki (H H Munro)