MONDAY 23rd October

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

MUMBAI CHUZZLEWITS by JOHN DRYDEN  Part 2

Brought to us by Radio Drama Revival we hear Part 2 Murder, Alliances and Greed of this excellent drama that transposes Charles Dickens’ satire on the corrosive power of money to the hot, hectic streets of modern-day Mumbai, India.  In it, the miserly old recluse Martin Chuzzlewit adopts an orphan girl, Mary, to be his caregiver. As she will inherit nothing upon his death, he believes she will do her utmost to keep him in good health. But when Chuzzlewit’s grandson Mickey falls in love with Mary, Martin’s plans are thrown into disarray. Disinheriting him, Martin triggers a complex web of deceit, betrayal and manipulation as the extended family and hangers-on close in, in pursuit of his fortune.  This fast-paced drama full of intrigue, romance, suspense and murder is told in three hour-long parts, and you can hear the final part next Monday or previous parts on  Radio Drama Revival introduced by Fred Greenhalgh.

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….MARIA HINOJOSA

Anchor of an award winning talk show, Maria Hinojosa has helped reveal America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad especially in the Latino community—the fastest growing minority group in the United States

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY

Poetry is often cited as our greatest use of words. The English language has well over a million and poets down the ages seem, at times, to make use of every single one. But often they use them in simple ways to describe anything and everything from landscapes to all aspects of the human condition. Poems can evoke within us an individual response that takes us by surprise; that opens our eyes and ears to very personal feelings.  Forget the idea of classic poetry being somehow dull and boring and best kept to school textbooks. It still has life, vibrancy and relevance to our lives today. In this hour we’ll be listening to the poetry of Ben Jonson, Rumi, GK Chesterton and themes such as the poetry of Hell, January, Victorian and the Female Poet (Vol 13).

All of them are from a dedicated poetry publisher – Portable Poetry who believe that poetry should be a part of our everyday lives, uplifting the soul & reaching the parts that other things can’t. Their range of audiobooks and ebooks cover volumes on some of our greatest poets to anthologies of seasons, months, places and a range of themes. Check them out on, iTunes, Audible, Downpour or the digital music section on Amazon. That’s Portable Poetry – poetry that carries you through!

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

ALTERNATIVE RADIO…BARBARA EHRENREICH

Here at Audiobook Radio we are keen to provide a range of voices – very literally as well as in terms of opinions and views of the world.  This strand created by Alternative Radio does just that.  We will hear from some of the most informed minds and greatest social activists of our time whose take on justice and  power does not chime with those that hold the power and don’t provide justice for all so we rarely get to hear from them in mainstream media.  Different opinions always help inform our own and we are always eager to hear from listeners about this or any other strand.  Contact us on the tab at www.audiobookradio.net.   Today’s talk entitled Kicking People When They Are Down and is given by Barbara Ehrenreich an American author, journalist and political activist who describes herself as “a myth buster by trade”, and has been called “a veteran muckraker” by The New Yorker.

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

THEATRE ROYAL

The very name summons up something of grandeur and eloquence – and it was. Hosted by Laurence Olivier these big name productions – also including the acting talents of Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles and Robert Morley – were based on works by the world’s leading authors – Charles Dickens, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov and Robert Louis Stevenson are but a few of whose company we shall be keeping.  Today we raise the curtain on the comical piece THE INSPECTOR GENERAL by GOGOL introduced and starring SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES featuring BASIL RATHBONE and NIGEL BRUCE in more of these timeless classic adventures.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

ABR welcomes Publisher’s Weekly, an authority on all things books & publishing for a look at the current bestseller’s list in the US, an interview with a successful author as well as forthcoming news for the week ahead. On today’s show, author and cartoonist Zach Weinersmith discusses his new book co-authored with his wife,  Kelly Weinersmith.  It’s called ‘Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.’ Also, PW editorial director Jim Milliot explores the Women’s National Book Association’s lists of influential books by American women.   Their podcast is presented by ROSE FOX and MARK ROTELLA.

 TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s SARAH LONG, the Oxford educated Essex girl whose perceptive and entertaining observations on women are currently available in print with her latest release Invisible Women, the vibrant story of a trio of 50 somethings foraging for fresh direction.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE unveils…Madame Butterfly starring CARY GRANT and GRACE MOORE

 

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

In today’s short story hour we’ve got something a bit different from our usual classic short stories.

An Unconventional Mr Peadlebody by Dianne Gardner and narrated by Brad Wills

The first chapter of this quirky and original vampire tale centres around Benjamin Peadlebody, who after the demise of two family members within a week, inherits the Peadlebody Manor together with the butler, a reserved, tattooed muscle man who knows more than he’s letting on.  More will be revealed so have a listen.

Hungry for Life : A Memoir Unlocking the Truth Inside An Anorexic Mind written and narrated by Rachel Richards

The book was originally published last year and quickly became an Amazon bestseller.  Rachel has now just released the audiobook version which you can hear an extract from.  After years of struggling with an eating disorder Rachel turned her life around and now helps others in pain.  After earning a theatre degree she graduated from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences and started her own practice in Manhattan as a licensed and board certified massage therapist.  She has spoken and written for a range of organisations and publication as well as hosting a popular YouTube channel.  You can get more info from www.rachel-richards.com.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER.  Rachel is offering 25 free copies of her audiobook to listeners of audiobookradio.net who contact her on email rachelrichardsmassage@gmail.com specifying whether they want a UK or US code.