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Writers: Historic Recordings from the British Library Sound Archive (The spoken Word) Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Apr 2003

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (15 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712305165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712305167
  • Package Dimensions: 13.7 x 12.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Unfortunately some money-grubbing copyright owner stopped the British Library from publishing this gem after just a few months. I was able to buy one on eBay for an outrageous price, but there are some things you just have to have, regardless of cost.
Few of the writers have outstanding voices, but it is fascinating to be able to hear what they sounded like. Standouts are the high, piping voices of Chesterton and Wells; James Joyce's glorious flow in "Anna Livia Plurabelle"; Tolkien reading the One Ring inscription in Elvish; Wodehouse speaking as an internee in France during WWII, for which he was most unfairly vilified by the British press; Noel Coward and Gertie Lawrence in the balcony scene from Private Lives ("You're looking very lovely in this damned moonlight, Amanda").
This is one CD in a series of historic Spoken Word issues. The others (Poets, Children's Writers) are also well worth getting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique gift for lovers of Famous Writers (first half of the 20th century) 3 Feb. 2010
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This cd was touted in the NY Times six years ago but is unfortunately not available as a new item. Not aware of any plans to reissue it. It is however, fascinating to hear the actual voices of so many historic writers including James Joyce,Shaw, Kipling , Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tolkien etc. The cd is about 70 minutes long
I gave this is a gift to someone who is an enthusiast of both James Joyce and Cole Porter. If you know someone who has a love of any or all of these authors I think they would enjoy this cd as a unique item in their collection.

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