Welcome to our April new releases and Happy Poetry Month!
Naxos AudioBooks proudly boasts a deep catalog of poetry productions. We can gladly provide you with a download link for any of them if you'd like to explore for Poetry Month or just for your review. Our full list including audio samples can be found here.
In honor of Shakespeare's 450th birthday on April 23rd, we'd also like to call your attention to our productions such as Othello and Julius Caesar. The casts on these recordings are top-notch!
Our April productions include the highly anticipated Madame Bovary read by Juliet Stevenson, Three Musketeers read by Bill Homewood; The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume III and the digital pre-release of the fourth and fifth volumes of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
In Madame Bovary, one of the great novels of nineteenth-century France, Flaubert draws a deeply felt and sympathetic portrait of a woman who, having married a country doctor and found herself unhappy with a rural, genteel existence, longs for love and excitement. However, her aspirations and her desires to escape only bring her further disappointment and eventually lead to unexpected, painful consequences. Flaubert’s critical portrait of bourgeois provincial life remains as powerful as ever. Find out more about Madame Bovary here.
Naxos AudioBooks publisher Nicholas Soames wrote about his time in the studio with Juliet Stevenson for Madame Bovary and Night and Day.
Romance, treachery, courage... The Three Musketeers has it all! In one of the greatest adventure stories ever written, the dashing young swordsman D’Artagnan and his daredevil companions Athos, Aramis and Porthos, become embroiled in duels, love-tangles and sinister intrigues which threaten the future of King, Queen and France herself. For more information about this production, go here.
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has always maintained its initial appeal to both the general public and scholars alike. Its sheer scale is daunting, encompassing over a millennium of history, covering not merely the Western Empire from the days of the early emperors to its extinction in AD 476, but also the Eastern Empire, which lasted for another thousand years until the Turks vanquished it in 1453. But Gibbon’s style, part historical fact and part literature, is enticing, and the sheer honesty of the man, who endeavours to be scrupulously impartial in his presentation, endears him to the reader. In this recording, David Timson incorporates the most salient of Gibbon’s footnotes. In Volume IV (Chapters XXXVII–XLVI), Gibbon explores the state of the Roman provinces after the dissolution of the Western Empire, and examines the reasons for its fall − not excluding its ‘immoderate greatness’. He then moves to the Empire in the East and its rule under Justinian (527−565), whose formidable leadership saw the re-fortification of Constantinople and the frontiers of the Eastern Empire. However, dangerous times remain ahead as the Persians make attempts to siege Constantinople. Gibbon ends with the state of the Eastern Empire in the sixth century and its weaknesses after a long war.