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Actor Dominic Gerrard hosts an exciting new series that explores the Life and Times of Charles Dickens: his extraordinary novels, who he was as a person, his career as a performer, and his activism. Each episode includes special guests: academics, writers, actors, directors and descendants of the great man himself! Thank you for listening 🔥
 
As a gifted writer with a strong interest in supernatural phenomena, Charles Dickens produced a string of ghost stories with enduring charm. Three of them are presented here, of which The Signal Man is one of the best known. Though quite different from his most celebrated realistic and humorous critical novels, these ghost stories, Gothic and grotesque as they are, are of good portrayal, and worth a read/listen. Summary by Vivian Chan
 
Simply Stories is aimed for young, old, and somewhere in between. A variety of classics are read utilising experience garnered from years in the London Theatre. I cover a wide range of classics, Victorian literature including ghost stories and stories from around the globe. Dickens, Poe, Kipling, and Doyle are only a few of the literary greats stories are read from. New podcasts will be uploaded every Thursday. Simply stories.
 
2012 was the 200th anniversary of Dickens' birth. This is the fifth and last volume; the first volume of short works - fiction, essays, poetry and speeches, previously unrecorded for LibriVox, was catalogued by Dickens' birthday on February 7th 2012, and further volumes followed throughout the anniversary year. (Summary by Ruth Golding)
 
GREAT STORIES about GREAT STORYTELLERS shares insights into storytellers whose names you no doubt recognize—names like Edgar Allen Poe, Steven Spielberg John Grisham and Walt Disney—but reveals the backstories you probably never heard about them. The podcast features different kinds of storytellers—authors, directors, playwrights and even a poet or two. In short 10-15 minutes episodes, this fun and sometimes funny podcast features anecdotes and tidbits about storytellers, with each episode s ...
 
Originally published in monthly installments between 1855 and 1857, the novel focuses on the various forms of imprisonment, both physical and psychological, while also concentrating on dysfunctional family ties. Accordingly, Dickens avidly criticizes the social deficiencies of the time including injustice, social hypocrisy, the austerity of the Marshalsea debtors’ prison, and bureaucratic inefficiency. The novel kicks off with the introduction of William Dorrit, the oldest prisoner in the Ma ...
 
A Child’s History of England first appeared in serial form, running from January 25, 1851 to December 10, 1853 and was first published in three volume book form in 1852, 1853, and 1854. Dickens dedicated the book to “My own dear children, whom I hope it may help, bye and bye, to read with interest larger and better books on the same subject”. The history covered the period between 50 BC and 1689, ending with a chapter summarising events from then until the ascension of Queen Victoria.
 
Great Expectations is written in the first person and is virtually a fictional autobiography of “Pip” from his childhood, through often painful experiences, to adulthood. It charts his progress as he moves from the Kent marshes - his social status radically changed having gained an unknown benefactor - to busy commercial London. The book is richly populated with a variety of extraordinary characters many of whom, unbeknownst to them, have lives that are inextricably linked to the others. It ...
 
Charles Dickens is one of the most appreciated Victorian writers, his novels gaining worldwide recognition by both critics and readers. First published in 1850, David Copperfield begins with avid the tragedy of David's brother dying when David is just a boy. After this episode he is sent by his step-father to work in London for a wine merchant. When conditions worsen he decides to run away and embarks on a journey by foot from London to Dover. On his arrival he finds his eccentric aunt, Bets ...
 
A sportsman who doesn't hunt; a poet who doesn't write; a lover with no one to love; all three are devoted to their cheerful and benevolent leader, Mr. Pickwick. Join him and his friends, Winkle, Snodgrass, and Tupman, as they tour the country in search of adventures, knowledge, and stories. Along the way, they have their share of mishaps, and meet plenty of interesting characters, both the good and the not so good. (Mr. Pickwick's dedicated manservant, Sam Weller, is a scene-stealer sure to ...
 
John Peerybingle, a carrier, lives with his wife Dot (who is much younger than he), their baby, their nanny Tilly Slowboy, and a mysterious lodger. A cricket constantly chirps on the hearth and acts as a guardian angel to the family, at one point assuming a human voice to warn John that his suspicions that Dot is having an affair with the lodger are wrong.The life of the Peerybingles frequently intersects with that of Caleb Plummer, a poor toymaker employed by the miser Mr. Tackleton. Caleb ...
 
The last of Dickens' Christmas novellas (1848), The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain centres around Professor Redlaw, a teacher of chemistry, whose personal life has been marred by sorrow and, he feels, by wrongs done to him in his past. He is haunted by his ghostly twin, who offers him the opportunity to forget completely all 'sorrow, wrong and trouble', claiming that this will make him happier. Redlaw wavers, but finally accepts this offer, discovering too late that there are conditions ...
 
Not just book chat! The Literary Life Podcast is an ongoing conversation about the skill and art of reading well and the lost intellectual tradition needed to fully enter into the great works of literature. Experienced teachers Angelina Stanford and Thomas Banks (of www.HouseOfHumaneLetters.com) join lifelong reader Cindy Rollins (of www.MorningtimeForMoms.com) for slow reads of classic literature, conversations with book lovers, and an ever-unfolding discussion of how Stories Will Save the ...
 
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens. It is a mystery indeed; the serial novel was just half completed at the time of Dickens’ death – leading to much speculation how it might have ended.The novel is named after Edwin Drood, one of the characters, but it mostly tells the story of his uncle, a choirmaster named John Jasper, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud. Miss Bud is Drood’s fiancée, and has also caught the eye of the high-spirited and hot-tempered Neville ...
 
Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the sands of the Arabian desert, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.
 
Join BAFTA-award winning director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias, Anna Karenina) as they discuss their latest film, Great Expectations.Based on the Charles Dickens’ classic, the young orphan Pip (Irvine) is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella (Grainger); a spoilt heiress he’ ...
 
Two boys from the Foundling Hospital are given the same name, with disastrous consequences in adulthood. Two associates, wishing to right the wrong, are commissioned to find a missing heir. Their quest takes them from fungous wine cellars in the City of London to the sunshine of the Mediterranean — across the Alps in winter. Danger and treachery would prevail were it not for the courage of the heroine and the faithful company servant. The story contains crafted descriptions, well-drawn and d ...
 
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Ian's Gone Postal

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Ian's Gone Postal

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Having gained a fairly useless philosophy degree, Ian takes a job delivering the mail in a disaster of an ex-mining town. Vital life lessons are learned by our sort of hero as he struggles to fit in with the oddball locals and desperately tries to figure out where it all went wrong.
 
Robbery, murder and treason. Strange happenings in quiet English villages. A book critic who happens to find a corpse with its head crushed, an Irish freedom fighter framed for a crime, the disappearance of a valuable coin, a strange dispute over a property claim and a host of other intriguing situations make up the contents of G K Chesterton's collection of short stories The Man Who Knew Too Much. For fans of Chesterton's immortal clerical sleuth, Father Brown, these stories are equally del ...
 
“A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, biting, clutching, covetous old sinner” is hardly hero material, but this is exactly what makes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens such an unforgettable book and its hero, Ebenezer Scrooge such an extraordinarily enduring character. In the book's celebrated opening scene, on the night before Christmas the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his freezing cold counting house, oblivious to the discomfort of his shivering young assistant Bob Cratchit. Scrooge ...
 
Encounter the death who walks, rats, descents in to madness, ghosts, mad scientists, crimes against nature.Tales of the supernatural from authors such as Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens and Ambrose Bierce. Features performances from Peter Lorre, Hal Holbrooke, Boris Karloff and the work of many leading radio directors, writers and actors from the radio. Only from the radio can you experience the true sense of horror that is guaranteed to scare and creep you out.
 
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The Law Is My Ass

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The Law Is My Ass

Joseph Creitz, Law Professor and Attorney

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The Law Is My Ass (apologies to Charles Dickens), AKA "Law My Ass," provides smart, humorous, commentary on current legal news and issues - from new Supreme Court decisions, to pending legislation, to the reach of the First Amendment -- presented by a unique and uniquely qualified combination of attorneys and humorists.
 
Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857) was the son of an actor manager. After some time in the Navy and as an apprentice printer he became a playwright and later a journalist. He was a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens. As a journalist he worked for Punch magazine in which Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures were serialised, to be published in book form in 1846.Job Caudle, the 'hero' of the book is a Victorian shopkeeper whose wife finds she can only talk to him without interruption in bed. ...
 
Over twenty consecutive months, Charles Dickens enthralled readers with his monthly installments of the novel Bleak House, a complex and compelling portrayal of the English judicial system. Serialized in his own magazine, Household Words, between 1852 and 1853, the book is deemed to be his finest work and is his ninth novel. Using an innovative literary technique known as “free indirect discourse,” where the narrator himself speaks through the medium of one of his main characters, Dickens us ...
 
Listen to some of the world's most famous stories like you've never heard them before. Uncensored and unapologetic. Read by Brian Harvey, formerly of East 17. A brand new Christmas series is coming in December 2021! Listen to our first two stories too: Season 1: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Season 2: Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare --- A Create Podcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
This full-cast, dramatized recording of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” was inspired by old-time radio shows and produced with the idea of spreading goodwill in mind. Please visit https://christmascarolstory.com to donate to this production. To honor the passing of Christopher Clark, who plays the role of Bob Cratchit, 50% of all profits will be donated to ALS Research, and the other 50% will be used to produce more content, in this same style, to benefit other charitable causes.
 
Welcome to our podcast, which connects Charles Dickens’ portrayal of loyalty in A Tale of Two Cities with society’s current views of loyalty and how it has been affected by social media. A Tale of Two Cities stresses the importance of loyalty, whether it is loyalty to family as evidenced by Lucie supporting her father, or loyalty to an idea, as shown through the use of the code name Jacques in the revolution. We are looking to bring Dickens’ idea of loyalty into our current society by explor ...
 
BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities. There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes histo ...
 
The unseen creature whose ravenous fangs dog your every step as your footfalls echo down the midnight alleyway. — A long, icy shadow looming over you, making the hairs on your neck rise and your breath turn to ragged puffs of mist. — Unearthly howls that pierce the night, pulling you from the comfort of sleep with feverish, heart-pounding dread. — Welcome to Tales to Terrify, a weekly horror fiction podcast that gets under your skin, lays eggs and hatches writhing baby horrors nursed on your ...
 
Welcome to The Ghost Story Book Club. Each episode, along with a special guest, writer and host Adam Z. Robinson discusses the ghost story genre and looks at a different classic ghost story. Authors include: M.R. James, E. Nesbit, Edith Wharton, Edgar Allen Poe, Algernon Blackwood, E.F Benson and many more. You can email your thoughts on the stories to: theghoststorybookclub@gmail.com
 
The London Library Podcast features a leading writer or figure in the cultural world discussing the books which have shaped them. The first guest is social historian, author of bestselling The Five and London Library member Hallie Rubenhold. Founded by Thomas Carlyle in 1841 The London Library is one of the world’s great lending libraries and a place of inspiration and support to writers, readers and scholars of all kinds. Well-known members and former members include: Charles Dickens, Charl ...
 
Set in the first half of the 19th century, the classic novel presents the story of young orphan Oliver Twist, who endures tumultuous events in a society burdened by poverty, crime and malice. After being poorly treated in a workhouse, Oliver escapes to London where instead of finding a better life he ends up tangled in a web of criminal activities. The novel opens with the introduction of Oliver, a waif who has spent his short life living in miserable conditions in a workhouse. Along with ot ...
 
The Chancery Court had jurisdiction over all matters of equity, including administration of estates, the guardianship of orphans, and disputed property disbursement. In Dickens’ time, some cases could take years to be settled, changing the lives of those involved. Esther Summerson, a young woman raised in a tough and unloving atmosphere, is unexpectedly requested to be a companion to two teenage orphans, Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, for whom the court has appointed as guardian, John Jarnd ...
 
Each day I read a single page of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. After reading the page I use it as format to create artwork inspired by the words in it. I then scan the sketched page and publish it, along with a brief journal entry and the reading of the page, exactly at 8:40 AM each day, on my local time, the time in the novel when Miss Havisham receives a letter on her wedding day announcing her groom is not showing up. The project started January 7th, 2013 and it will end June 12th, ...
 
As the last published novel of a writer whose career spanned over a dozen novels, innumerable short stories, plays and nonfiction, Our Mutual Friend is indeed a great composition by Charles Dickens. Considered to be one of his most mature, insightful and refined works, Our Mutual Friend takes a long, hard look at what many Victorians loved but hated to admit they did—money. Dickens uses satire, irony, symbolism and biting wit to portray this unlovely picture of a society obsessed with materi ...
 
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On The Literary Life this week our hosts cover the next section of Hard Times by Charles Dickens. Angelina opens the conversation highlighting the structure of the book and the storytelling devices Dickens uses in this book. Cindy talks about the failure of educational systems in general, and the confrontation between Louisa and her father. Thomas …
 
Dominic is joined by the fantastic historian Adam Zamoyski who shares his insight into the origins of both Revolutionary thought and action in the last quarter of the 18th Century: what Dickens famously calls 'The Period' in his A Tale of Two Cities ... Adam's celebrated titles on the Age of Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars include: Holy Madness,…
 
An H H Munro, aka Saki, Story Demonstrating the usual acerbic wit of H H Munro, (also known under the pen name of Saki), this story explores the possibility of how we humans take on the characteristics of our pets. What personality traits may one incorporate if one had a parrot as a pet? Or a turtle? Or, perhaps, a rather cheeky monkey? As with all…
 
The American Revolution led to the birth of a new, free nation, while the French Revolution led to blood and terror. What was the difference and what can we learn from history before it’s rewritten or forgotten entirely? Political theorist and Bible scholar Yoram Hazony joins Michael Knowles for a discussion about Edmund Burke’s treatise “Reflectio…
 
Why would someone break into the safe of a millionaire industrialist, and leave the money? Arthur B. Reeve, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. We are proudly supported by our listeners. This is something I’ve done for fifteen years, now. We’ve been able to help many, many people discov…
 
Welcome to episode 557. We have two tales for you this week. First, a woman in chronic pain finally gets the help she needs. Then, a man seeks shelter in a house that’s not as abandoned as he first thought. COMING UP Good Evening: Swag, Submissions: 00:01:06 Virginia Campen’s Mandible Temporalis as read by Alexandra Elroy: 00:05:12 H.P. Lovecraft’s…
 
Brenna guests to share her research on three of Lexington’s Black enclaves, founded by formerly enslaved persons after the Civil War. In this episode, she discusses Davis Bottom (est. 1865; redeveloped in 2010s to make way for Newtown Pike road expansion), Adamstown (est. 1870; razed in early 1900s to make way for Memorial Colosseum), and Brucetown…
 
Welcome back to The Literary Life this week and the continuation of our series on Hard Times by Charles Dickens. After some autumnal chit-chat, our hosts Angelina, Cindy, and Thomas dive into the plot of the end of Book 2. They open discussing Stephen’s fate and Tom Gradgrind’s destructive, devouring nature. They highlight Mrs. Sparsit and her simi…
 
An extravagant pearl necklace is missing. Can Poirot discover the elusive thief? Agatha Christie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. We are proudly supported by our listeners. This is something I’ve done for fifteen years, now. We’ve been able to help many, many people discover authors…
 
Welcome to episode 556. We have one tale for you this week, about a lonely woman who falls for the local butcher. COMING UP Good Evening: Lycan, Submissions and Thank-yous: 00:01:06 Timothy G. Huguenin’s Animals as read by Josie Babin: 00:05:59 PERTINENT LINKS Support us on Patreon! Spread the darkness. Shop Tales to Terrify Merch Timothy G. Huguen…
 
Back to the future, sort of, as we return to Dudley Moors six months from where we left off (sorry for the delay). After splitting up with Sarah, Ian’s drunken hospital adventure has resulted in some unforeseen ramifications. Elsewhere, Nora and Aoibheann’s complicated relationship has gotten even more complicated-er, Andrei has somehow acquired so…
 
Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle A Sherlock Holmes Story Charles Augustus Milverton! The name creates shudders in any person who hears it! In the whole of London, is there any more detested or abhorred? Sherlock Holmes, and his faithful companion John Watson, must match wits with the evil Milverton in order to save the reputation of a young l…
 
Series 3 of The Ghost Story Book Club is coming. Subscribe to the podcast, follow us on Twitter and we'll announce the date of the first episode very soon! Join me for our first ever Ghost Story Book Club live event. Join me, Jenn Ashworth and Professor Catherine Spooner at The Dukes, Lancaster, on Friday 28 October for a post-screening discussion …
 
Enjoy a sample of the first chapter of the paranormal thriller Grave Intervention, by Shira Shiloah. You can download the entire audiobook here: https://tinyurl.com/4f79u3tc Dr. Amir Hadad is being stalked. A stranger, hiding in the dark crevices of his home, whispers, “I can’t rest.” Alarmed and unwilling to risk his family’s safety, Amir contacts…
 
The Literary Life Podcast’s new episode this week continues our series on Hard Times by Charles Dickens. After Angelina ties up a few loose ends from Book 1, Thomas leads us into Book 2 and introduces us to Mr. Harthouse. Cindy highlights the dangers of not allowing children learn self-government as illustrated in the character of Tom Gradgrind. Th…
 
In this episode I'm joined by Dr Tom Ue, who has researched into authors such as George Gissing, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edward Prime-Stevenson. We begin by discussing how Tom developed his PhD from his previous studies into George Gissing, and how Gissing's diaries show how well-read and well-connected he was. We consider Gissing's sh…
 
Why does a woman demand that a surgeon amputate part of her finger? Jacques Futrelle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. We are proudly supported by our listeners. This is something I’ve done for fifteen years, now. We’ve been able to help many, many people discover authors and stories…
 
Welcome to episode 555. We have one tale for you this week, about a food delivery driver whose very life (and the lives of those he loves) may depend on his ability to follow instructions. COMING UP Good Evening: Submissions, Thank Yous: 00:01:06 S. H. Mansouri’s No-Contact Delivery as read by Jesse Holt: 00:04:35 PERTINENT LINKS Support us on Patr…
 
In this episode, listeners will earn the incredible story of Steven Spielberg including— · How he became the most successful movie director of all time · How he invented the “Summer Blockbuster” · His remarkable list of awards and accomplishments · And the incredible personal challenges he had to overcome to attain success…
 
Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame Chapter 12 – The Return of Ulysses The plan was hatched, all friends engaged, and action taken place to rid Mr Toad’s ancestral home of the invading weasels and stoats. And, of course, after a successful mission impossible, what is required but a banquet filled with congratulatory songs and speeches! Ah! But …
 
Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame Chapter 11 – Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears Weasels and stoats! With guns and sentries! Weasels and stoats have taken over Toad Hall! Toad’s stoic friends, Mr Badger, Rat and Mole have all attempted to recover Toad’s home, but with no success. A new plan is contrived with the help of the now famous washe…
 
Today on The Literary Life Podcast, our hosts continue their series on Charles Dickens’ Hard Times. Angelina, Cindy and Thomas open the conversation with their commonplace quotes, which all lead into the discussion of Hard Times. They start out highlighting once again the fairytale and allegory aspects of this story, including the setting of Coketo…
 
Dominic is Joined by the brilliant Dr. Claire Wood, who is a lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Leicester and a former research associate at the University of York. Claire’s writing on Dickens includes: Dickens and the Business of Death, published by Cambridge University Press. Claire is also a founder of the Dickens Code which s…
 
Top secret plans have been stolen, and a man lies dead in the Underground. Can Sherlock Holmes stave off an international incident? Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. We are proudly supported by our listeners. Many, many thanks to our financial supporters who pitch …
 
Welcome to episode 554. We have one tale for you this week, about a man forced to confront a forgotten and uncomfortable past. COMING UP Good Evening: Lycan Kickstarter, Submissions, Thank-yous: 00:01:06 A. J. Lewis’ The Samovar as read by Dan Rabarts: 00:04:58 PERTINENT LINKS Support us on Patreon! Spread the darkness. Shop Tales to Terrify Merch …
 
Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame Chapter 10 – The Further Adventures of Toad The incomparable and unconquerable Mr Toad fights off a hefty barge woman, steals a horse, negotiates with a gipsy, manages a lift in a motor car which he promptly crashes and writes and sings self-congratulating songs about himself praising his own cleverness. But …
 
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