Entertainment for Busy Hands

Hi there, guys and dolls! Welcome to Thursday. Bet you never thought it would get here, did you? And do I have some great Raves n Faves for your listening pleasure.

I love radio plays, and isn’t BBC a wonderful source? My writer girls (Andrea and Heather) love to catch as many as they can while they are free, but it’s usually for a limited time. Thankfully, along with their fantabulous collection of books and other listening entertainment, Audible.com has a great selection of them, and yours forever for the purchasing. Here’s three of the best to cast your ears to while doing housework, running errands, doing your nails, relaxing or whatever you want to do with busy hands…

THE CAZALETS – Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4’s epic dramatisation of the treasured family saga, Elizabeth Jane Howard’s five book chronicle of the upper-middle class. Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert, and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside.

During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off, and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted. As their stories unfolds we gain a vivid insight into the lives, hopes, and loves of three generations during the Second Word War and beyond.

Dramatised by Sarah Daniels and Lin Coghlan, and with a large cast of actors across all five books, this remarkable radio event adds a new dimension to Elizabeth Jane Howard’s extraordinary chronicles. The first four Cazalet novels sold over a million copies, with the fifth being published in 2013, shortly before the author’s death.

THE FORSYTES – Joseph Millson and Jessica Raine star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the first two books in John Galsworthy’s saga of the Forsyte family in the early 20th century.

This dishy gem spans decades of a wonderfully scandalous family, where things change, yet stay the same. No doubt you’ll recognize members in your own family, and maybe, just maybe some of your own human foibles you’ve committed along the way (I know I sure did….).

RAYMOND CHANDLER – The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world weary, hard boiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler’s groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero.

The Big Sleep: Marlowe is consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children. Farewell My Lovely: Marlowe’s search for an ex-con’s ex-girlfriend leads him into danger. The High Window: when a rare gold coin is stolen from her collection, Mrs Murdoch hires Philip Marlowe to find it. The Lady in the Lake: businessman Derace Kingsley hires Marlowe to find his estranged wife, Crystal. The Little Sister: commissioned to find Orfamay Quest’s missing brother, Marlowe is drawn into the glamorous film world of Hollywood. The Long Goodbye: Marlowe befriends a drunk named Terry Lennox but comes to regret doing him a favour. Playback: hired to follow the mysterious Betty Mayfield, Marlowe soon finds that he is being tailed, too. Poodle Springs: newly married Marlowe puts his bride aside to look for a gambler on the run.

Starring Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe, these stylish, suspenseful dramatisations – full of witty, ironic dialogue and colourful characters – bring the beautiful, corrupt world of California in the ’40s and ’50s to luminous life.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts. And don’t forget to give my Poppy Cove Mysteries a try if you haven’t already. 

Toodles, Barbara Jean

About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.
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