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NA115512 - Heroes and Heroines from Classic Tales (Junior)
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HEROES AND HEROINES

HEROES AND HEROINES

from classic tales

Extracts from

Pinocchio • Peter Pan • King Arthur • Tales from the Norse Legends

Anne of Green Gables • The Railway Children • Kidnapped and others

Introduced by Benjamin Soames

 

Exciting excerpts from some of the best classic stories for younger

listeners, presented with classical music and, often, sound effects, to

bring the characters vividly to life. Here is Mowgli, Anne of Green Gables, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Odysseus, the monster wolf Fenrir and Tom Sawyer - getting in and out of scrapes. Before each excerpt is an introduction, setting the scene.

 

Introduction by Benjamin Soames

 

 

PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi

Read by John Sessions

 

Pinocchio is a wooden puppet that, to the surprise of his maker, the

wood-carver Gepetto, comes to life and proceeds to have the most astonishing adventures. He is a naughty, mischievous puppet who is full of good intentions but wants everything, and lets nothing stand in his way. He knows that Gepetto loves him like a son, and is aware that he is hurting him, but he just can’t seem to stay out of trouble…

 

PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie

Read by Samuel West

 

The story of the little boy who refused to grow up has captured the

imagination of generations of children (and the adults they grew into) since its publication in 1904.

 

Peter Pan flies in through the bedroom window one night and teaches Wendy, John and Michael to fly. He lures them away from their home and parents and takes them away to endless adventures in the magical Neverland, where they meet the wicked captain Hook and a host of other characters.

 

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN by E. Nesbit

Read by Eve Karpf, Delia Paton, Robert Benfield, Sarah Corbett, Thomas Martin & Nicola Grant

 

When Roberta, Peter and Phyllis’ father is arrested for a crime he did not commit and they have to start a new life in the country, they fear the happy times are gone forever. Little do they expect the exciting adventures and the new friends that await them. By the end they have learned more about life and themselves than they had ever dreamed possible.

 

This full-cast, dramatized version of E. Nesbit’s children’s classic by Anna Britten delightfully brings to life the adventures of The Railway Children.

 

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery

Read by Liza Ross

 

Eleven-year-old orphan Anne Shirley has red hair, a vivid imagination and cannot stop talking. Quite a shock for old Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who wanted a boy to help them on the farm... Anne is soon the talk of the town with her funny ways and endless adventures, but it is not long before she has won the hearts of everyone.

 

This classic story is set in Canada at the beginning of the 20th century and is one of the most enduring favorites of children’s literature.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER by Mark Twain

Read by Garrick Hagon

 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the story of a boy’s adventures growing up in a small town on the banks of the Mississippi river over a hundred years ago. The cheerful, adventurous hero plays truant to form a pirate band and, together with his best friend, Huckleberry Finn, finds fun and excitement, and buried treasure, along the shores of the great river.

 

FRAMED IN A FIRST STORY (Anon)

DAHN THE PLUG’OLE (Anon)

Read by Anton Lesser

MATILDA (Belloc)

Read by Ann Harvey

from THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN AND OTHER FAVORITE POEMS

Selected by Jan Fielden & John Mole

 

This charming collection of 60 of the finest and most entertaining poems, chosen and read for younger listeners, uses highly vivid images,

entertaining animal characters, magical landscape, and humorous adventures to capture the attention and delight listeners of all ages, and will remain in their memories until passed on to another generation in the years to come.

 

The works of Edward Lear, William Blake, Lewis Carroll, Samuel Taylor

Coleridge, William Butler Yeats, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, A.A. Milne, and so many others - over 40 poets in all - compliment The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning, recorded in its entirety.

 

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll

Read by Fiona Shaw

 

Alice’s adventures, funny, inventive and disturbing, have fascinated and delighted children and adults alike since their publication. The fantasy worlds in which she finds herself introduce her to characters as varied and well known as the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the Cheshire Cat...

 

TALES FROM THE NORSE LEGENDS by Edward Ferrie

Read by Benjamin Soames

 

The tales of the Norse gods, of the giants, demons, trolls and dwarves still have the power to fascinate more than a thousand years after they were first told. Here are the stories of the one-eyed god Odin, the all-seeing, who from his throne in Asgard the home of the gods, has to prepare for Ragnarok, the final conflict between good and evil. There are tales too of Tyr the god of war, of the cunning Loki; of Thor the mighty thunder god and a host of others.

 

These retellings of the old tales are given extra dramatic perspective by the music of Mahler, Grieg, and Smetana. They come to life as never before…

 

KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE by Benedict Flynn

Read by Sean Bean

 

These stories are about how, many years ago, Arthur, the once and future King of England, set out to save his country from the troubles that plagued it, aided by the brave knights of his Round Table, and the most famous sword in the world, Excalibur; How Merlin the Wizard fought against the wicked Morgana le Fay’s enchantments; and how Arthur loved and lost the beautiful Guinevere, his Queen.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS by Benedict Flynn

Read by Benjamin Soames

 

The Odyssey is the story of what happened after the Trojan War when

Odysseus, the most cunning of all the Greek heroes, left Troy and made his way back home to his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. It was first told by a poet named Homer nearly three thousand years  ago and is retold in this new version especially for younger listeners.

 

KIDNAPPED by Robert Louis Stevenson

Read by John Sessions

 

When the naive David Balfour sets out on his quest for a long lost relative, a terrifying chain of events is set in motion. He is plunged into a world of infamy and violence from which there seems no escape, until, that is, he meets the enigmatic and valiant Highlander, Alan Breck...

 

First published in 1886, Kidnapped has long been regarded as a children’s classic, yet finds favor amongst readers of all ages.

 

THE JUNGLE BOOKS by Rudyard Kipling

Read by Madhav Sharma

 

Children and adults alike have loved Kipling’s tales of Mowgli and his

exciting life in the Indian jungle ever since their publication in 1895.

Mowgli the ‘man-cub’ must learn to fend for himself against terrible foes like Shere Khan the tiger, but he can always call upon his friends Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Black Panther and Kaa the Rock Python from whom he learns the Law of the Jungle…

 

GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES by The Brothers Grimm

The Frog Prince • Bearskin • The Elves and the Shoemaker • Snow White • Hansel and Gretel The Golden Goose • The Dancing Shoes • Tom Thumb • Rumplestiltskin Little Red Riding Hood • The Fisherman and His Wife • Cinderella • The Little Tailor

Read by Laura Paton

 

Here are some of the most enchanting fairy stories of all time. The Brothers Grimm conjure up a world of fantasy, hope and good fortune where the princess meets and marries the right prince (even if he was once a frog), and where the cruel witch, the arrogant wife and the greedy wolf get their just rewards.

 

It is a magical world which we must all inhabit at one time in our lives and which are as important in this computer age as ever before.

 

 

ABOUT THE READERS

 

Introduced by

 

BENJAMIN SOAMES

Tales from the Norse Legends • The Adventures of Odysseus.

 

Benjamin Soames trained at LAMDA, he has appeared in the television series Sharpe and Absolutely Fabulous as well as the films Heavy Weather and England, My England. He toured worldwide in the acclaimed Cheek By Jowl

production of Measure For Measure.

 

SEAN BEAN

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

 

Sean Bean is known for his major roles in films such as Goldeneye, When Saturday Comes, Patriot Games and Anna Karenina, and for his television roles in the Sharpe series, Lady Chatterley, Clarissa and A Woman’s Guide to Adultery. His theater credits include Romeo and Juliet and Fair Maid of the West for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 

GARRICK HAGON

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

 

Garrick Hagon appeared in many films including Batman, Cry Freedom, Star Wars, Anthony and Cleopatra and Fatherland. His television credits include A Perfect Spy, Henry V, The Chief and Love Hurts. In London’s West End he played Chris Keller in All My Sons and he reads frequently for the BBC.

 

ANNE HARVEY

The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Other Favorite Poems

 

Anne Harvey is a poet, anthologist, adjudicator and broadcaster well known for her poetry readings both on stage and radio. She is the director of Pegasus, the theater company, which tours literature-based programs and presents a program based on the works of Christina Rossetti.

 

ANTON LESSER

The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Other Favorite Poems

 

Anton Lesser has played many of the principal Shakespearean roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed contemporary drama, notably The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. Appearances on television include The Cherry Orchard, The Mill on the Floss and The Politician’s Wife.

 

LAURA PATON

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

 

Laura Paton trained at LAMDA where she won the St. Phillip’s Prize for

Poetry and the Michael Warre Award. She has toured the UK extensively in productions as varied as The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Oscar Wilde’s Salomé.

 

LIZA ROSS

Anne of Green Gables

 

Liza Ross has appeared on stage in the West End and in repertory across the UK, including Wings and The Front Page at the Royal National Theatre. She has made many television appearances including After the War, Poor Little Rich Girl, Two’s Company and The Month of the Doctors. Her film work includes Batman and The Shadowchasers and she has worked extensively as a voice artist.

 

JOHN SESSIONS

Kidnapped • Pinocchio

 

John Sessions is a highly versatile actor and comedian, well known for his comic work in films such as My Night with Reg, In the Bleak Midwinter and The Pope Must Die. He is a familiar figure on television in shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The New Statesman and Spitting Image.

 

MADHAV SHARMA

The Jungle Books

 

Madhav Sharma made his professional acting debut with the Shakespeareana International Company touring such places as India, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. He works extensively on stage, screen and radio in the UK where he now resides. He was recently seen in Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink.

 

FIONA SHAW

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Fiona Shaw has won the Olivier Award for Best Actress four times, as well as a clutch of other awards for her roles in As You Like It, Electra, The Good Person of Sechuan, Hedda Gabler and Machinal. Her interpretation of Richard II was widely acclaimed, as is her work in films such as My Left Foot, Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina.

 

SAM WEST

Peter Pan

 

Sam West was widely praised for his performance as Leonard Bast in the Merchant Ivory film, Howard’s End. Other film credits include Carrington and Reunion, and he has been seen on television in Persuasion and Heavy Weather.

 

Theatrical roles have included Valentine in Arcadia and Algernon in The

Importance of Being Earnest.

 

 


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