Sponsor receives one USB memory stick loaded with over 200 hours of classic books on audio. School/library receives over 20 mp3-format CDs loaded with the same collection. *After your order is completed, we will send you a follow up email for the name of the school/library of your choice.* The collection includes the following titles read on the Pacifica Radio airwaves:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: Tolstoyâ€™s brilliant novel traces the tragic love affair between Count Vronsky and the unhappily married Anna, through powerful contrasts between city and country, love and death, happiness and unhappiness. Readers include Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Patty Duke Astin, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Barbara Feldon, Tony Randall, and Samantha Eggar.
Alexandria Quartet by Laurence Durell: The Alexandria Quartet is the most famous and successful book of the British author Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990). Durrell published his four-part novel in the period 1957-1960: Justine (1957), Balthazar (1958), Mountolive (1958), and Clea (1960). Its events occur mainly in Alexandria, Egypt, in the period 1933-1945. Alexandria Quartet has acclaimed international fame, due to its unique style and structure, in addition to its fascinating and some exotic characters. Readers include Ed Asner, Roscoe Lee Browne, Julie Christie, Buck Henry, Cloris Leachman, John Astin, and Joan Hackett.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: On December 6, 1970, more that 170 people â€“ from all walks of life â€“ came together to read from one of the great novels of all time, over the airwaves of Pacifica station WBAI 99.5 FM. Nearly five day later, the legendary actor Morris Carnovsky read the famous last words to Leo Tolstoyâ€™s War and Peace â€“ ending what was at the time the longest continuous broadcast in radio history. Readers include Mel Brooks, Fay Wray, Dustin Hoffman, and Morris Carnovsky
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell: Published in 1949. Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian and satirical novel set in Oceania, where society is tyrannized by The Party and its totalitarian ideology.
13 Clocks by James Thurber: A fantasy fairy tale in which a mysterious prince must complete a seemingly impossible task to free a maiden from the clutches of an evil duke.
The Dead by James Joyce: Today on From the Vault we present a short story that has stood the test of time, The Dead, from James Joyceâ€™s classic 1914 book The Dubliners. This short story is read by the classic Irish American actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, whose Hollywood work included a starring role opposite Bette Davis in Dark Victory (1939), alongside Sir Lawrence Oliver in Wuthering Heights (1939), and Watch on the Rhine (1943).
The Body Snatcher: A haunting tale written by Robert Louis Stevenson, the 19th century Scottish writer probably best known for his classic novels Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In 1979, producer Dudley Knight read Stevensonâ€™s spooky tale The Body Snatcher on The Graveyard Shift, an old radio show that served as Pacifica Networkâ€™s dumping ground for everything macabre.
Invisible Man: Ralph Ellison master work brings to life the African American in a hostile society. Readers include Lawrence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard, Robert Guillaume, and Lavar Burton.
Beethoven: His Spiritual Development by J.W.N. Sullivan (1927): A reading of Sullivanâ€™s 1927 book that explores the evolution of Beethovenâ€™s mind and perspectives with music.
The Halloween Tree: Ray Bradburyâ€™s story about A group of eight boys set out to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, only to discover that a ninth friend, Pipkin, has been whisked away on a journey that could determine whether he lives or dies. Through the help of a mysterious character named Moundshroud, they pursue their friend across time and space through Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, and Roman cultures, Celtic Druidism, Notre Dame Cathedral in Medieval Paris, and The Day of the Dead in Mexico. Along the way, they learn the origins of the holiday that they celebrate, and the role that the fear of death, spooks, and the haunts has played in shaping civilization.
Notes from Underground â€“ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: This 1864 existentialist novella looks at society through the story of a man living underground and detached from humanity. Read by Stacey Keach and Morris Carnovsky.
Winnie-the-Pooh: A traditional 1970 reading from the Pooh series, plus Frederick Crews reading from the The Pooh Perplex in 1964.
In the Land of Green Ginger: This beloved classic is a funny, clever, and original childrenâ€™s story is full of adventures that invoke a memorable cast of characters, some despicable, some feckless, and some beautiful and feisty.