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)

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

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
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