Jeremy Summerly tells the story of the Christmas Carol in England in these illuminating and delightful programmes. The Christmas carol is as popular now as it was when singers celebrated the birth of Edward III in 1312. But the journey it has taken is unique in music history. Here Jeremy Summerly follows that journey from medieval times to the present day. It´s a story that sees the carol veer between the sacred and secular, in a tradition that has always had one foot in the pub and another in the church. The carol is an expression of seasonal joy in the coldest, hardest time of the year. However inefficient the heating system may be, the carol still generates warmth and positive nostalgia. Many favourite carols were actually written for children to sing, including ´´Once in Royal David´s City´´. It famously leads off the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service broadcast by the BBC from King’s College, Cambridge since the 1920s, commanding a worldwide audience of several million. But has it left an imbalance in the appreciation of our caroling tradition? And why do carols remain popular and familiar to so many? Illustrated with examples of carols obscure and familiar through the ages, and taking in numerous locations around Britain along the way, this is a history of the carol to bring comfort and joy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Summerly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/001856/bk_rhuk_001856_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Story of Christmas in words and music, with Andrew Cruickshank and The Saint Martin Singers. ´God rest you merry´, a daily programme of readings and music for Christmas week, was first broadcast in the BBC Home Service in 1961 and has been repeated in various forms over the years since then. Now, with this recording, listeners can hear again the series of programmes as a whole, including some of their favourite poems and carols. The Saint Martin Singers date back to 1942, and owe their origin to a small band of fire-watchers at the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Among the things which the Singers enjoy most, and have pioneered, are their programmes of music interwoven with poetry and prose to illustrate a theme, of which those you can hear on this record are examples in miniature. Christmas is always the most popular theme of all because the story of the Nativity has inspired the best in writers and musicians ever since St. Luke wrote the first narrative poem. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Cruickshank, St Martin Singers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005107/bk_bbcw_005107_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anyone from age four to senior years can play these Christmas songs. The audiobook contains the names of the notes to press on the piano keyboard. Included are the instructions on how to color code the keys of your piano keyboard. In addition, you can listen to how the song should sound. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Yvette Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109493/bk_acx0_109493_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Behind the Christmas songs we love to sing lie fascinating stories that will enrich your holiday celebration. Taking you inside the nativity of over 30 favorite songs and carols, Ace Collins introduces you to people you´ve never met, stories you´ve never heard, and meanings you´d never have imagined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marc Cashman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000318/bk_zond_000318_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ace Collins helps you uncover the background of 32 favorite Christmas songs. Learn the surprising tale of how each song was created. Explore specific times and places that gave birth to each message. Hear these familiar melodies with new understanding as their stories find their way into your heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marc Cashman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000317/bk_zond_000317_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
WordTheatre, the short story performance specialists, casts the perfect actors to bring great contemporary writing to life. WordTheatre, the short story experts, casts the perfect actors to bring great contemporary writing to life. Recorded live with many of the authors present, these nine beautifully crafted stories will take you on a ride through the sublime to the ridiculous as WordTheatre celebrates Christmas! Seven stories by some of our most gifted writers working today are joined with classics penned by O´Henry and Saki. This volume promises to fill you with all the joy and laughter, tears and compassion that this season is famous for. Donal Logue reading H Street Sledding Record by Ron Carlson Craig Bierko reading The Birds for Christmas by Mark Richard Rachel Boston reading Isabelle´s House by Lou Ann Walker John Heard reading A Chaparral Christmas Gift by O. Henry Gregg Henry reading The Swing by Margaret McMullan Sean Maguire reading Reginald´s Christmas Revel by Saki Sally Brooks reading O Holy Night or The Year I Ruined Christmas by Laurie Notaro Stephen Tobolowsky reading A Christmas Memory by Stephen Tobolowsky Christopher Gorham reading Home for Christmas by Jeffrey Shaffer Produced and directed by Cedering Fox; edited by Sara Bencivenga; mixed and mastered by Theo Mondle; music composed by Greg Chun. WordTheatre gives voice to great writing. We are an innovative, internationally recognized, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring empathy, curiosity, and conversation through powerful and entertaining performances, both live and recorded, of the world´s best contemporary literature. We aim to ignite a passion for reading, writing, and self-expression in our community and in future generations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donal Logue, Craig Bierko, Rachel Boston, John Heard, Gregg Henry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wdth/000008/bk_wdth_000008_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sally Phillips talks to us about narrating the Audible Christmas Gift whilst also looking back on her incredibly varied acting career and what she’d love to do next. From the huge success that was Smack the Pony to Green Wing, Veep and Bridget Jones, Sally addresses her love of comedy and the projects she’s enjoyed the most. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sally Phillips. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/fr/aits/000949/fr_aits_000949_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lewis Black may not be the last angry man, but he is certainly the funniest. The celebrated political comedian, master of comedic angst, New York Times best-selling author and Daily Show regular is back to discuss life, politics and his new book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas. In I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas. Connie Chung is an Emmy Award-winning network television anchor and reporter whose career has spanned NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and MSNBC. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Connie Chung. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/nsty/000148/sp_nsty_000148_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was the season of the blockbuster. Between August 12 and November 26 1991, a whole slew of acts released albums that were supposed to sell millions of copies in the run-up to Christmas. Metallica, Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Garth Brooks, MC Hammer, and U2 - all were competing for the attention of the record-buying public at the same time. But perhaps the most attention-seeking act of all was Guns N Roses. Their albums Use Your Illusion 1 and 2, released on the same day, were both 75-minute sprawlers with practically the same cover design - an act of colossal arrogance. On one level, it worked. The albums claimed the top two chart positions, and ultimately sold 7 million copies each in the US alone. On another level, it was a disaster. This was an album that Axl Rose has been unable to follow up in fifteen years. It signaled the end of Guns N Roses, of heavy metal on the Sunset Strip, and the entire 1980s model of blockbuster pop/rock promotion. Use Your Illusion marked the end of rock as mass culture. In this book, Eric Weisbard shows how the album has matured into a work whose baroque excesses now have something to teach us about pop and the platforms it raises and lowers, about a man who suddenly found himself praised to the firmament for every character trait that had hitherto marked him as an irredeemable loser. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004578/bk_adbl_004578_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Free Download: Donald Trump´s Hair Speaks! In this issue: Editor´s Letter: Graydon Carter´s introduction to the November issue All about Bill Murray´s Netflix Christmas special Dispatches from Miami Beach, London, and Palo Alto Burt Reynolds on love, money, and what cost him the most Plus: Lucky Blue Smith, Annabel Astor, and much more! Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice - often the only choice - of the world´s most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008226/bk_blak_008226_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.