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Sergio De La Pava
From the acclaimed PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize-winning author of A Naked Singularity, a shockingly hilarious novel that tackles, with equal aplomb, both America’s most popular sport and its criminal justice system
 
From Paterson, New Jersey, to Rikers Island to the streets of New York City, Sergio de la Pava’s Lost Empress introduces readers to a cast of characters unlike any other in modern fiction: dreamers and exiles, immigrants and night-shift workers, a lonely pastor and others on the fringes of society—each with their own impact on the fragile universe they navigate.
 
Nina Gill, daughter of the aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys, was instrumental in building her father’s dynasty. So it’s a shock when her brother inherits the franchise and she is left with the Paterson Pork, New Jersey’s failing Indoor Football League team. Nina vows to take on the NFL and make the Paterson Pork pigskin kings of America. All she needs to do is recruit the coach, the players, and the fans.
 
Meanwhile, Nuno DeAngeles—a brilliant and lethal criminal mastermind—has been imprisoned on Rikers Island for a sensational offense. Nuno fights for his liberty—while simultaneously planning an even more audacious crime.
 
In Lost Empress, de la Pava weaves a narrative that encompasses Salvador Dalí, Joni Mitchell, psychiatric help, emergency medicine, religion, theoretical physics, and everything in between. With grace, humor, and razor-sharp prose, all these threads combine, counting down to an epic and extraordinary conclusion.


Cast of Narrators:
main narration, by Edoardo Ballerini
Nina Gill, read by Carol Monda
Dia Nouveau, read by Brittany Pressley
Nuno de Angeles, read by James Fouhey
Major Harris, read by Bob Bray
Daniel Gill, read by Richard Topol
Sharon Seaborg, read by Quincy T. Bernstine
Hugh Seaborg, read by Ryan Anderson
Coach Elkins, read by Richard Ferrone
Feniz Heredia, read by Tony Chiroldes
Larry Brown, read by Jeff Gurner
Travis Mena, read by Dan Bittner
Nelson Cervantes, read by Gonzalo Ingram 
Solomon Hanes, read by David LeDoux
Reeves, read by Leo Coltrane
Ed Coin, read by Johnny Heller
Father Ventimiglia, read by Mark McCarthy
The Theorist, read by Geoffrey Campbell
Nina’s Father, read by Richard Poe

and with additional roles read by some of the above and by Francisco Burgos, Christina Delaine, Jim Frangione, Tavia Gilbert, Lianna Gomori, Pete Larkin, Angel Saldana, Adriana Sananes, Brandon Ruben, Paul Ruben, and the author, Sergio de la Pava.
Marlo Thomas

Power couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue have created a compelling and intimate collection of intriguing conversations with famous couples about their enduring marriages and how they have made them last through the challenges we all share.

What makes a marriage last? Who doesn’t want to know the answer to that question? To unlock this mystery, iconic couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue crisscrossed the country and conducted intimate conversations with forty celebrated couples whose long marriages they’ve admired—from award-winning actors, athletes, and newsmakers to writers, comedians, musicians, and a former U.S. president and First Lady. Through these conversations, Marlo and Phil also revealed the rich journey of their own marriage.

    What Makes a Marriage Last  offers practical and heartfelt wisdom for couples of all ages, and a rare glimpse into the lives of husbands and wives we have come to know and love. Marlo and Phil’s frequently funny, often touching, and always engaging conversations span the marital landscape—from that first rush of new love to keeping that precious spark alive, from navigating hard times to celebrating triumphs, from balancing work and play and family to growing better and stronger together. At once intimate, candid, revelatory, hilarious, instructive, and poignant, this book is a beautiful gift for couples of every age and stage.

Featuring interviews with:

Alan and Arlene Alda • Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter • James Carville and Mary Matalin

Deepak and Rita Chopra • Patricia Cornwell and Staci Gruber

Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden • Billy and Janice Crystal

Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest • Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon • Gloria and Emilio Estefan

Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan • Chip and Joanna Gaines

Sanjay and Rebecca Gupta • Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka • Ron and Cheryl Howard

Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson • Elton John and David Furnish

John and Justine Leguizamo • LL Cool J and Simone I. Smith

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone • John McEnroe and Patty Smyth

Mehmet and Lisa Oz • Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete

Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Bert Pogrebin • Rob and Michele Reiner

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos • Al Roker and Deborah Roberts

Ray and Anna Romano • Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams

Judges Judy and Jerry Sheindlin • George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth

Sting and Trudie Styler • Capt. Chesley “Sully” and Lorrie Sullenberger

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner • Judith and Milton Viorst

Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt • Bob Woodward and Elsa Walsh 

Annie McCartney

All three series of the BBC radio sitcom about the people of Marlborough Road, Belfast

The bohemian inhabitants of Marlborough Road lead lives of barely-contained chaos, full of demands, distractions and domestic dramas. Fortunately, they have one person they can count on when things go wrong - Sally, their cleaning lady-cum-therapist.

When highly-strung Clare at Number 25 gets in a flap over a dinner guest, or needs a babysitter for her free-range children, Sally steps in. Saffron, the multi-tasking New Age mum at Number 27, would be lost without Sally, and two doors down at Number 29, Miss Edith Black relies on Sally's help when it comes to sorting out authentic Victorian railings for her lodging house (and dealing with her eccentric lodgers, Ulster-Scots poet Victor McVitie and handsome opera star Fintan Fanning).

Reliable and unflappable, Sally is always there to keep everything in order in this Belfast street. But what will happen to the residents if she decides to leave them?

Written by bestselling novelist and playwright Annie McCartney, this sparkling comedy series stars Frances Tomelty and Stella McCusker as Sally, with guest stars including Gerry Anderson, Sean Rafferty and Eddie McIlwaine as themselves.


Production credits
Written by Annie McCartney
Produced and directed by Tanya Nash

Production credits
Written by Annie McCartney
Produced and directed by Tanya Nash

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16 February-9 March 2001 (Series 1), 26 July-16 August 2002 (Series 2), 19 September-10 October 2003 (Series 3)

Cast
Sally - Frances Tomelty/Stella McCusker
Clare - Marcella Riordan
Fintan - Gerard Murphy
Evie - Katy Gleadhill
Anna - Bethan Lloyd
Simon - Patrick Gleadhill/Lloyd Houston
Trevor - Gerard McSorley/Des McAleer
Miss Black - Roma Tomelty
Victor - Alan McKee
Saffron - Ali White
Tony - Robert Patterson
Layla - Emily Walmsley/Eadaoin Hegarty
Ben - Joel McElnay/Conor Hinds
Sam - Alfie Lloyd
Fidelma - Aine McCartney
Anna/Posy - Hannah R Gordon
Anashuya - Laura Hughes
Rory - Richard Clements
Gervase - James Greene
Student - Raymond Lau
With Gerry Anderson, Sean Rafferty and Eddie McIlwaine as themselves

Lewis Carroll

An irresistible anthology of folklore, fables and perennial favourites, including four novels and 17 short stories

This superlative collection of children's stories brings together a feast of fantastic fiction, read in full by a host of top narrators and with a comprehensive track listing for ease of listening. Comprising everything from fairytales for little ones to thrilling adventures for pre-teens, these unabridged readings are ideal for families to keep, treasure and dip into as their children grow.

Listed by suggested age range and with track numbers provided, the stories are as follows:

Ages 4+
1-12 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (read by Carolyn Pickles)
13 Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (read by Jonny Holden)
14 The Elves and the Shoemaker by the Brothers Grimm (read by Sam Dale)
15 Too Clever By Half by E Nesbit (read by Helen Capp)
16 Tom Thumb by the Brothers Grimm (read by Shaun Mason)

Ages 7+
17-25 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (read by Michael Bertenshaw)
26 How the Camel Got His Hump by Rudyard Kipling (read by Kenny Blyth)
27 The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen (read by Shaun Mason)
28 The Raspberry Worm by Zacharias Topelius (read by Debbie Korley)
29 The Tongue Cut Sparrow by Yei Theodora Ozaki (read by Sean Baker)
30 The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling (read by Tony Turner)
31 The Magic Bed by Hartwell James (read by Chris Pavlo)
32 How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin by Rudyard Kipling (read by Tony Turner)
33 The Tortoise and the Rain by MI Ogumefu (read by Kenny Blyth)
34 The Baba Yaga by Katharine Pyle (read by Susan Jameson)

Ages 9+
35-41 The Call of the Wild by Jack London (read by Joseph Ayre)
42 Finn and the Scottish Giant by Harold F Hughes (read by Paul Hickey)
43 The Children's Joke by Louisa May Alcott (read by Catherine Cusack)
44 The Ants and the Treasure by MI Ogumefu (read by Kenny Blyth)
45 The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde (read by Tony Turner)
46-59 The Railway Children by E Nesbit (read by Sarah Ovens)

Production credits
First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 21 December 2018-1 November 2019

Produced by Simon Richardson (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Tortoise and the Rain, The Elephant's Child, The Ants and the Treasure, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Camel Got His Hump, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Happy Prince), Karen Holden (The Wind in the Willows), Martha Littlehailes (The Call of the Wild), Anne Bunting (The Railway Children), Anne Isger (Too Clever By Half, The Tongue Cut Sparrow, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Children's Joke, Finn and the Scottish Giant) and Mabel Wright (Tom Thumb, The Raspberry Worm, The Magic Bed, The Baba Yaga, Peter Rabbit)
The Raspberry Worm edited by Andrew Lang


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Barbara Freethy
Mike Bennett

Delight in a collection of famous children's stories performed by our favourite celebrities. From a fantastic edition of Beauty and The Beast, read by the brilliant comedian, writer and actor Rik Mayall, to an awe inspiring and captivating retelling of Sleeping Beauty by the renown Lenny Henry, and many, many more...

This collection includes:

Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, Sinbad the Sailor, The Gingerbread Man, Three Little Pigs (Rik Mayall)
Hansel and Gretel, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Hare and the Tortoise (Bobby Davro)
Sleeping Beauty, Emperors New Clothes, Ugly Duckling (Lenny Henry)
Get Me Out Of The Jungle Book (David Van Day)
Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Safety First at Home and Play, Safety First at Home and Play (Phillip Schofield)
Cinderella, Beepo Bear (Anita Harris)
The Princess and the Pea, Princess Ballett Slippers, The Girl Who Lived in a Glass Castle, The Princess Who Never Laughed (Emma Forbes)
Puss in Boots (Tony Robinson)
Billy Goats Gruff, Snow White (Andy Crane)
The Pirate, The Parrot, & The Genie & The "Magic Way" Explained, Beat The Parrot, Multi Tablo, The Parrot Does It, Tables Rap (Stephen Fry)
Joseph and His Coat of Many Colours, David and Goliath, The Good Samaritan, The Prodical Son (Alan Titchmarsh)
Space- Episode One, Space Episode Two (Patrick Moore)
Reginald J Wolf Wins the Race Against Time, Summer Time At Bigley-On-Sea (Bill Oddie)
Roger And The Rotten Trolls (Colin Baker)
Wild Animals to the Rescue, The Environment Under Threat (Terry Nutkins)

Donald Spoto
While her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace, this poignant, funny and deeply moving biography, reveals the private Audrey Hepburn and invites readers to fall in love with her all over again.  

Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy. With unprecedented access to studio archives, friends and colleagues who knew and loved Audrey, bestselling author Donald Spoto provides an intimate and moving account of this beautiful, elusive and talented woman.

Tracing her astonishing rise to stardom, from her harrowing childhood in Nazi-controlled Holland during World War II to her years as a struggling ballet dancer in London and her Tony Award–winning Broadway debut in Gigi, Spoto illuminates the origins of Audrey’s tenacious spirit and fiercely passionate nature. She would go on to star in some of the most popular movies of the twentieth century, including Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, The Nun’s Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady. A friend and inspiration to renowned designer Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey also emerged as a fashion icon and her influence on women’s fashion virtually unparalleled to this day.

Behind the glamorous public persona, Audrey was a different and deeper person and a woman who craved love and affection. Donald Spoto offers remarkable insights into her professional and personal relationships with her two husbands, and with celebrities such as Gregory Peck, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Robert Anderson, Cary Grant, Peter O’Toole, Albert Finney and Ben Gazzara. The turbulent romances of her youth, her profound sympathy for the plight of hungry children, and the thrills and terrors of motherhood prepared Audrey for the final chapter in her life, as she devoted herself entirely to the charity efforts of an organization that had once come to her rescue at the end of the war: UNICEF.
BBC Radio Comedy
Leigh Fondakowski
In April of 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Eleven men paid the ultimate price and countless thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered.

Includes a conversation with Jim Morris, Executive Editor at The Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.

Spill is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

Recorded live in performance at UCLA's James Bridges Theater in May 2018.

Director: Martin Jarvis Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg Elisa Bocanegra as Arleen Weise, Andrea Fleytas Gilbert Glenn Brown as Obama, Jorey Danos, Christopher Pleasant Nicholas Hormann as Bob Bea, Pat O'Bryan, Gary Bartholemy, Wyman Wheeler Travis Johns as Keith Jones, Jonathan Henderson, Chad Murray Jane Kaczmarek as Narrator, Lillian Miller James Morrison as Bill Anderson, Randy Ezell, Billy Nungesser Darren Richardson as Tony Hayward, Jimmy Harrell, Gordon Jones, Don Vidrine Kate Steele as Shelley Anderson, Jolene Danos Mark Jude Sullivan as Jason Anderson, Mike Williams Associate Artistic Director: Anna Lyse Erikson. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Mixer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood. Music Supervisor: Ronn Lipkin. Production Manager: Nikki Hyde. Editor: Julian Nicholson.

Steve Chambers

All six series of the BBC radio comedy centred around a village hairdressing salon - plus pilot episode

Based in the little town of Bridgeford, High-Lites salon boasts the most misanthropic hairdresser in Britain: sharp-tongued, mean-minded Bev. With the help of her soft-hearted (though slightly dim) assistant Shirley, she tends to the tresses of a motley crew of local characters. As she cuts their hair, she finds out everything that's going on in their lives - and wastes no time in spreading some gossip of her own...

In the pilot episode, one of her little lies takes on a life of its own - and a dodgy dryer nearly spells disaster. Series 1 finds the salon on the brink of bankruptcy, forcing Bev to take desperate measures to keep it afloat. In HighLites: Retouched, the two stylists go mobile when their premises are shut down by Environmental Health, and in HighLites: Split Ends, Bev tries to undercut her rival, Anton, to secure a lucrative wedding hair gig.

HighLites: Wash and Blow finds the hairdressing duo heading out on a cruise, hoping to drum up a little business below deck. But it's not all plain sailing... In HighLites: Dye Another Day, Bev and Shirl are faced with a huge tax bill, and connive to inherit from a wealthy old man's will. And in HighLites: Natural Bounce, the world's worst hairdressers discover that there's money to be made in fitness, and decide to open a gym above the salon - but is this an expansion too far?

Co-written by Steve Chambers and Phil Nodding, this fast-paced, farcical comedy stars Lorraine Ashbourne as Bev and Rosie Cavaliero as Shirley, with a supporting cast including Marlene Sidaway, Sheila Reid, Angela Lonsdale, Adjoa Andoh, Adam Nagaitis and Joel MacCormack.


Production credits
Written by Steve Chambers and Phil Nodding
Produced by Jessica Dromgoole
Directed by Colin Guthrie and Liz Webb

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 15 December 2009 (Pilot), 13-17 February 2012 (HighLites), 8-12 October 2012 (HighLites: Retouched), 2-6 December 2013 (HighLites: Split Ends), 5-9 May 2014 (HighLites: Wash and Blow), 8-12 June 2015 (HighLites: Dye Another Day), 25-29 July 2016 (HighLites: Natural Bounce)

Cast
Beverley - Lorraine Ashbourne
Shirley - Rosie Cavaliero
Matthew - Rhys Jennings/Owen Pullar
Alice - Emerald O'Hanrahan/Marlene Sidaway
Enid - Kate Layden/Nicola Sloane/Sheila Reid/Susan Jameson
Nigel - John Biggins/Simon Bubb/John Norton/Chris Pavlo
Lois - Joannah Tincey/Stephanie Racine
Butt - Ewan Hooper/James Lailey/Robert Blythe/Sean Murray
Paramedic - Joseph Cohen-Cole
John - Carl Prekopp
Henry - Gerard McDermott
Melvin - Adam Billington
Diane - Alex Rivers/Angela Lonsdale
Wendy - Victoria Inez Hardy/Eleanor Crooks/Rhiannon Neads/Nicola Ferguson
Harriet - Adjoa Andoh/Carolyn Pickles
Hilary - Nicola Sloane
Belinda - Stephanie Racine
Satnav/Nurse/Tannoy - Sarah Thom
Antony - Adam Nagaitis
Gordon - Ben Crowe
Lucinda - Liza Sadovy
Ronnie - Michael Bertenshaw
Liz - Christine Absalom
Tess - Priyanga Burford
Captain Andersen - Joel MacCormack
Julie - Carys Eleri
Doug - Stephen Critchlow
Annabeth - Jane Slavin
Daz/Tony - Sam Rix
Beryl - Melanie Kilburn
With Adie Allen and Scarlett Brookes


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