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The Listening Post - Captivating Audiobooks and Radio Programs
Merry Christmas - don't you ever die!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Radio Drama:

Frenchman's Creek

by Daphne Du Maurier

In a fit of disgust with her shallow life in 17th century London court society and fed up with high society in general, Dona, Lady St. Columb, makes a sudden visit with her children to Navron, her husband's remote estate in Cornwall. There she finds that the property, unoccupied for several years, is being used as a base by a notorious French pirate. Dona finds that the pirate, Jean-Benoit Aubéry, is not the heartless villain that people claim him to be. She discovers that her passions and thirst for adventure have never been more aroused. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

Dramatized by Michelene Wandor

Directed by Cherry Cookson

Dona St Columb: Lorna Heilbron
Harry: Michael Cochrane
Rockingham: Christopher Godwin
William: Michael Tudor Barnes
Pru: Elizabeth Mansfield

Originally aired on BBC Radio 4, November 16, 1989.

Happy Easter!

Happy Spring!

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Star Wars - Nigel's Edit

Star Wars is a thirteen-part (originally 6½ hour) expanded radio adaptation of the original Star Wars film produced and broadcast in 1981 by National Public Radio as part of NPR Playhouse in the US.

YouTube member "Nige L" combined all the episodes using excerpts from John Williams' original soundtrack and Ben Burt's sound effects for a more seamless blending from one episode to the next. He also removed the narrated intros, outros and end credits from each episode to creat a seamless story. His edit makes the program better in my opinion.

Written by Brian Daley
Directed by John Madden
Exec. Producers  Richard Toscan and Carol Titelman
Narrated by Ken Hiller


"A Wind To Shake The Stars"
"Points Of Origin"
"Black Knight, White Princess, And Pawns"
"While Giants Mark Time"
"Jedi That Was, Jedi To Be"
"The Millennium Falcon Deal"
"The Han Solo Solution"
"Death Star's Transit"
"Rogues, Rebels And Robots"
"The Luke Skywalker Initiative"
"The Jedi Nexus"
"The Case For Rebellion"
"Force And Counter Force"


Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker
Ann Sachs, Princess Leia Organa
Perry King, Han Solo
Bernard "Bunny" Behrens, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Brock Peters, Lord Darth Vader
Anthony Daniels, C-3PO
Keene Curtis, Grand Moff Tarkin
John Considine, Lord Tion
Stephen Elliott, Prestor – more widely known as Bail Organa
David Ackroyd, Captain Antilles
Adam Arkin, Fixer
Kale Browne, Biggs Darklighter
David Clennon, Motti
Anne Gerety, Aunt Beru
Thomas Hill, Uncle Owen
David Paymer, Deak
Joel Brooks, Heater
John Dukakis, Rebel
Stephanie Steele, Cammie
Phillip Kellard, Customer #2

Support cast includes James Blendick, Clyde Burton, Bruce French, David Alan Grier, Jerry Hardin, John Harkins, Meshach Taylor, Marc Vahanian, John Welsh, and Kent Williams.


The Empire Strikes Back - Nigel's Edit

The Empire Strikes Back is a 10-part, (originally 5 hour) expanded radio adaptation based on the original film produced by HighBridge Audio in 1983 and broadcast on National Public Radio in the US.

Written by Brian Daley
Directed by John Madden
Produced by Tom Voegeli
Exec. Producer  Jon Bos
Narrated by Ken Hiller


Episode 1 - "Freedom's Winter"
Episode 2 - "The Coming Storm"
Episode 3 - "A Question Of Survival"
Episode 4 - "Fire And Ice"
Episode 5 - "The Millennium Falcon Pursuit"
Episode 6 - "Way Of The Jedi"
Episode 7 - "New Allies, New Enemy"
Episode 8 - "Dark Lord's Fury"
Episode 9 - "Gambler's Choice"
Episode 10 - "The Clash Of Lightsabres"


Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)
Ann Sachs (Princess Leia)
Perry King (Han Solo)
Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian)
Bernard "Bunny" Behrens (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
Brock Peters (Lord Darth Vader)
John Lithgow (Yoda)
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
James Eckhouse (Beta)
Peter Friedman (Dak)
Ron Frazier (Deck Officer)
Merwin Goldsmith (General Rieekan)
Peter Michael Goetz (Ozzel)
Gordon Gould (Veers)
Paul Hecht (The Emperor)
Russell Horton (2-1B)
James Hurdle (Controller)
Nicholas Kepros (Needa)
David Rasche (Piett)
Alan Rosenberg (Boba Fett)
Jay Sanders (Imperial Pilot)
Don Scarino (Wedge)
Ken Hiller (Narrator)

Support cast includes David Alan Grier and also included Sam McMurray, Steven Markle, Stephen D. Newman, John Pielmeier, Geoffrey Pierson, Gary Tacon, and Jerry Zaks.


Return Of The Jedi - Nigel's Edit

Return of the Jedi is a six-part radio adaptation of the original film, made by HighBridge Audio, produced in 1996 and broadcast on National Public Radio in the US.

Written by Brian Daley
Directed by John Madden
Produced by Tom Voegeli
Exec. Producer  Jon Bos
Narrated by Ken Hiller


1. Tatooine Haunts
2. Fast Friends
3. Prophecies and Destinies
4. Pattern and Web
5. So Turns a Galaxy, So Turns a Wheel
6. Blood of a Jedi


Joshua Fardon (Luke Skywalker)
Perry King (Han Solo)
Ann Sachs (Princess Leia Organa)
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
Bernard Behrens (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
Arye Gross (Lando Calrissian)
Edward Asner (Jabba The Hutt)
Paul Hecht (The Emperor)
John Lithgow (Yoda)
Brock Peters (Lord Darth Vader)
Ed Begley, Jr. (Boba Fett)
Samantha Bennett (Arica)
David Birney (Anakin Skywalker)
Peter Dennis (Moff Jerjerrod)
David Dukes (Bib Fortuna)
Peter Michael Goetz (General Madine)
Ian Gomez (Salacious Crumb)
Martin Jarvis (Barada)
Jon Matthews (Wedge)
Natalija Nogulich (Mon Mothma)
Mark Adair Rios (Admiral Gial Ackbar)
Yeardley Smith (9D9)
Tom Virtue (Major Derlin)

Supporting cast includes Rick Hall, Andrew Hawkes, Sherman Howard, Karl Johnson, John Kapelos, Ron Le Paz, Joe Liss, Paul Mercier, Steven Petrarca, Jonathan Penner, Gil Segel, Nia Vardalos and Ron West.


The Defector

by Eric Saward

A senior East German official announces to the British his plan to defect. The message however comes via an intermediary, who is later found murdered before he could identify who the defector is. What the intermediary does say however is that the defector will bring with him the name of a double agent within the British ranks.

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979



The House At World's End

by Stephen Sheridan

What terrible secret lurks in the library at Cranleigh Hall? Why is old Uncle Magnus so afraid of the night?

A tale of the supernatural


John Rowe as MR James
Jonathan Keeble as Young James
Charles Simpson as Henry Gilbert
David Collings as Dr De Lacey

Director: David Blount
Studio Manager: Roy Fraser

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003




Richard and Karen Carpenter, 1981.
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An extensive BBC Radio interview recorded at A&M Records in late 1981 ahead of the Carpenters' tour of Europe and South America to promote their latest album, 'Made In America'. Richard and Karen talk to interviewer Ray Moore about their career, how they developed as musical artists and why they prefer being a duo rather than breaking away from each other as solo artists.

The video features pictures from the time period including promotional visits to London, Holland and Rio de Janeiro.

The Carpenters (officially known as Carpenters)were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (born 1946). They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining Karen's contralto vocals with Richard's harmonizing, arranging and composition skills. During their 14-year career, the Carpenters recorded 10 albums along with numerous singles and several television specials.

The siblings were born in New Haven, Connecticut, and moved to Downey, California, in 1963. Richard took piano lessons as a child, progressing to California State University, Long Beach, while Karen learned the drums. They first performed together as a duo in 1965 and formed the jazz-oriented Richard Carpenter Trio followed by the middle-of-the-road group Spectrum. Signing as Carpenters to A&M Records in 1969, they achieved major success the following year with the hit singles "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun". The duo's brand of melodic pop produced a record-breaking run of hit recordings on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, and they became leading sellers in the soft rock, easy listening and adult contemporary music genres. They had three number-one singles and five number-two singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and 15 number-one hits on the Adult Contemporary chart, in addition to 12 top-10 singles. They have sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The duo toured continually during the 1970s, which put them under increased strain; Richard took a year off in 1979 after he had become addicted to Quaaludes, while Karen suffered from anorexia nervosa.

Their joint career ended in 1983 when Karen died from heart failure brought on by complications of anorexia. Extensive news coverage surrounding these circumstances increased public awareness of eating disorders. Their music continues to attract critical acclaim and continued commercial success.

I posted their song "We've Only Just Begun" in the latest Timeline edition of The soft rock love songs... thread.


Unfortunately, the individual who posted the video won't allow it to be played on other sites (?), so you will have to click the link and listen to it on YouTube.


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