Talking Classics (Orbis)

Hugely popular series,  featuring the voice of famous actors reading from great works of literature. Originally issued on audio cassettes (pair), later issues - less common - were on double CD. Condition is obviously important, so we like to test them out before putting up for sale. If you don't see what you are looking for, don't be afraid to ask - we can usually find them when called upon. We offer the choice to buy either CDs, cassettes or magazine against each part line. The numbers after each option indicate the stock we hold available so please check this before ordering or you may be disappointed. If you don't see what you want listed, try contacting us anyway because we may have agents with items available.

These audio books represent some of the greatest works of fiction ever written in the English language. Each expertly abridged novel has been selected for its narrative power, range of characters and its place in our literary heritage. Two cassette tapes (or CDs) hold an abridged version of each novel, average running time 2 hours 25 minutes. Each double cassette is housed in a case in the form of a 5” x 8” book with a beautiful colour cover, often depicting a photo of a scene or character from a film/TV dramatisation. The cassettes have been manufactured using top quality tape for low noise and enhanced clarity. All recordings feature music that has been sensitively chosen to enrich the story. “Talking Classics” assembled a star cast to read the world’s great novels to you including Martin Shaw, Hannah Gordon, Jenny Agutter, Martin Jarvis, Joanna Lumley and Robert Powell.

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Updated  Septmber 2013


1: Tess of the D'Urbevilles

Thomas Hardy, read by Martin Shaw with Lindsay Duncan

2: Wuthering Heights

Emile Bronte, read by Hannah Gordon

3*: Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier, read by Jenny Agutter with Simon Williams

* In one release, this was apparently sandwiched between Wuthering Heights and Oliver Twist at No 3

4*: Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens, read by Martin Jarvis
* This is sometimes Number 3

5*: Pride & Prejudice

Jane Austen, read by Joanna Lumley
* This is sometimes No 4

6: Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte, read by Carole Boyd

7: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Peter Egan

8*: Sons & Lovers

D H Lawrence, read by Robert Powell
* This is sometimes No 5

9: Brideshead Revisted

Evelyn Waugh, read by Nigel Havers

10: Lorna Doone

R D Blackmore, read by Ray Brooks

11: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde, read by Martin Shaw

12: Middlemarch

George Elliot, read by Hannah Gordon

13: Far From the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy, read by Robert Powell

14: The Thirty Nine Steps

John Buchan, read by James Fox

15: Emma

Jane Austen, read by Belinda Lang

16: David Copperfield

Charles Dickens, read by Martin Jarvis

17: Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy, read by Diana Quick

18: The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins, read by Stephen Pacey

19: Three Men in a Boat

Jerome K Jerome, read by Hugh Laurie

20: The Turn of the Screw

Henry James

21: Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackeray, read by Edward Petherbridge

22: The Three Musketeers

Alexander Dumas, read by Jonathan Hyde

23: The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy, read by Martin Shaw

24: Tom Jones

Henry Fielding, read by Nigel Davenport

25: Around the World in 80 Days

Jules Verne, read by Andrew Sachs