New Title Tuesday: Talking Classic Collections

We are thrilled to announce the first releases in a series of Talking Classics collections based on different genres.

In The Crime Collection we bring together three ground-breaking stories from literature’s dealings on the wrong side of the law.

  • Often considered to be the first detective novel, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins established many of the ground rules of the modern detective novel. The Moonstone, a priceless Indian iamond, is given to Rachel Verrinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night, the stone is stolen, but will the culprit be found?
  • Thought to be Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest Sherlock story, The Hound of the Baskervilles is an evocative tale set on the wild moors of Dartmoor, with Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson facing murder and a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin.
  • A story combining personal and political dramas, The Thirty-Nine Steps marked a turning point in John Buchan’s literary career and introduced his adventuring hero, Richard Hannay. Hannay is warned of an assassination plot that has the potential to take Britain into a war, but becomes the prime suspect when his source is discovered murdered. Can Hannay clear his name and warn the government before it’s too late?

These three stories are presented abridged over 6 audio discs priced £19.99.

In The Children’s Collection we present three iconic childhood tales.

  • A hugely influential novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a dream-like fantasy, full of puns and ironic comments on adult life. Join Alice and an outlandish army of comic characters such as The Hatter, The White Rabbit and the King and Queen of Hearts in this timeless tale.
  • Inspired by a dream, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur is the story of an engineer named Hank who receives a severe blow to the head and is transported to England during the reign of King Arthur. Hank realises that he is actually in the past, but can he use his knowledge of the future to make people believe that he is a powerful magician?
  • Little Women is a semi-autobiographical novel featuring the lives of Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth; four ‘little women’ enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England. In this simple and enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott created four of American literature’s most beloved characters.

A firm favourite with children of all ages, these three stories are presented abridged over 6 audio discs priced £19.99.

Both collections are available now. Come back next Tuesday for further announcements!