Here I though I’ll be able to give you a break this week, some time to listen to my previous suggestions, but as I looked at BBC schedules I simply have to share these stories with you. If you’re not done with the previous dramatizations, well, you’ll just have to find time for some more ;).
1. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
John Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic science fiction classic dramatised by Jane Rogers.
Genetic mutation has devastated the world. In the emergent bleak, primitive society, any deviation is seen as the work of the devil, ruthlessly hunted out and destroyed. In law abiding, God-respecting Waknuk anyone who does not conform to the ‘norm’ must keep their deviation secret or face the consequences of discovery.
Day left: 19
Duration: 60 min | 2 episodes aired weekly on Monday
The description should be all you need to start listening to this one although I have a feeling the book would be better ;). This story is well constructed, it gives you chills just in the right moments. A good science-fiction drama.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë dramatized by Rachel Joyce
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.
Day left: 20
Duration: 15 min | 10 episodes aired Monday-Friday
I don’t think I need to present this one, right? I admit, I haven’t listened to it yet, so I can’t say if it’s any good, I guess we’ll see.
You can listen to each episode separately – 15 min/part, or to the omnibus – two of them 75 min each.
Oh, and I’ve seen “Wide Sargasso sea” will be aired soon. I’ll let you know for sure. That one I had listened.
3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Since Doyle created the immortal Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson, no other mystery writer has come close to eclipsing him as the standard bearer in crime fiction. A brilliant London-based “consulting detective,” Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and renowned for his skillful use of astute observation, deductive reasoning, and inference to solve difficult cases.
BBC A Scandal in Bohemia | The Red-Headed League | A Case of Identity | The Boscombe Valley Mystery | The Five Orange Pips | The Man With the Twisted Lip | The Blue Carbuncle | The Speckled Band | The Engineer’s Thumb | The Noble Bachelor | The Beryl Coronet | The Copper Beeches | Goodreads
Day left: 20
Duration: 45 min | 12 episodes aired Monday-Friday
Here’s a treat for all of you Sherlock Holmes lovers out there! 12 stories that are worth reading even more than listening to :). If you don’t want to listen to them all, just choose the one that interests you, the ones you haven’t heard yet. I like The Speckled Band and The Red-Headed League.
4. Journey Into Space by Charles Chilton
Between 1953 and 1958, millions of people tuned into the radio adventures of Jet Morgan and his crew as they left Earth to investigate the universe. The success of the series reached amazing heights, retaining the record of being the last radio programme to surpass its television rival in the ratings. The series was translated into 17 langauges and broadcast worldwide. Chilton went on to write three bestselling novels based on the groundbreaking radio series.
Day left: 20
Duration: 30 min | 13 episodes aired Monday-Friday
This is something you really should listen to. It’s a science-fiction story or rather a set of stories set… in space. I liked it, many other people liked it too :), join us!
5. Temple of the Winds by James Follett
In Pentworth supplies of electricity, gas and water are mysteriously diminishing. Then, suddenly, a force field surrounds the town, through which no-one can pass, and the population is completely cut off from the outside world by an unknown force.
Day left: 25
Duration: 20 min | 8 episodes aired weekly on Sunday
Here’s a story I was curious about for a while now. Since I can’t get myself to read the book I guess I’ll listen to dramatization. It’s pity it’s only 20 minutes a week, but I’ll take what I can 🙂
6. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Devil comes to Moscow in Bulgakov’s fantastical and frightening satire of Soviet life, and unleashes a whirlwind of chaos that entangles Moscow’s literary elite, Margarita and her beloved, a condemned writer known only as the Master, Jesus Christ and Pontius Pilate, as well as the vodka-drinking giant tomcat Behemoth.
This landmark production of Bulgakov’s imaginative extravaganza was awarded the Best Drama prize in the Adaptation category of 2016’s Audio Drama Awards. It features songs and original music from Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck, and an all-star cast led by Anne-Marie Duff as Margarita and Anton Lesser as Professor Woland.
Written in secret during the darkest days of Stalin’s reign, The Master and Margarita became a literary sensation on publication and has become one of the best-loved modern classics of world literature.
Day left: 26
Duration: 90 min | 1 episode
Dramatization of one of my favorite school reads. It’s only 1,5 hour, so not much could be in there, but it will be a nice reminder before I’ll actually gather myself to re-read the book.
Happy listening and see you next time 🙂