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History & Criticism Audiobooks

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    A Little Devil in America

    In Praise of Black Performance

    Narrated by JD Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 38 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.An electrifying celebration of Black performances, cultures and communities in the United States, from the New York Times bestselling poet and critic Hanif AbdurraqibAt the March on Washington, Josephine Baker reflected on her life and her legacy. She had spent decades as one of the most successful entertainers in the world, but, she told the crowd, "I was a devil in ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

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    Seeds of the Abbey

    Unabridged

    1 hour 14 min

    Begun in 1904 as the national theatre of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre featured the work of Lady Gregory, JM Synge, and famed poet William Butler Yeats: a home for native Irish writers writing in English and sometimes in Gaelic. The first home they had was a mortuary which they humorously referred to as "The Abbey." CART's tribute program was selected by Peggy Webber McClory from among the earliest ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

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    The Show Won't Go On

    The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage

    Unabridged

    8 hours 17 min

    There has never been a show business book quite like The Show Won't Go On, the first comprehensive study of a bizarre phenomenon: performers who died onstage. From the comedy magician who dropped dead on live television to the amateur thespian who expired during a play called The Art of Murder, the book is a celebration of lives both famous and obscure, as well as a dramatic and accurate ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD

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    Antony and Cleopatra

    Narrated by Sir Anthony Quayle ...

    Unabridged

    2 hours 41 min

    Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. READ BY SIR ANTHONY QUAYLE AND CASTAntony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. It was first printed in the First Folio of 1623. The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Life of Marcus ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

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    Roy Hart Theatre at Malérargues

    Unabridged

    7 hours 58 min

    The origin, philosophy and work of Roy Hart Theatre is profound, in particular its research into the extended 'human voice', and it has been the subject of many books and serious disertations. Yet the story of Roy Hart Theatre at Malérargues has been equally dramatic, tragic, comic, touching, thrilling and entertaining as anything they have ever done on stage.In 1974 forty-seven members of Roy ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

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    Theatre of the Unimpressed

    In Search of Vital Drama

    Narrated by Johnnie Walker ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 25 min

    How dull plays are killing theatre and what we can do about it.Had I become disenchanted with the form I had once fallen so madly in love with as a pubescent, pimple-faced suburban homo with braces? Maybe theatre was like an all-consuming high school infatuation that now, ten years later, I saw as the closeted balding guy with a beer gut he’d become. There were of course those rare moments of ... Read more

    $28.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

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    Great Entertainers' Lives

    A BBC biography collection

    Unabridged

    14 hours 13 min

    Well-known personalities pick their favourite entertainers for BBC Radio 4's Great LivesOne of the BBC's most acclaimed programmes, Great Lives has been a regular Radio 4 fixture for 20 years, presented by Joan Bakewell, Humphrey Carpenter, Francine Stock and Matthew Parris. Every week, a famous name is invited into the studio to nominate a figure from the past who has inspired them, and discuss ... Read more

    $28.99 AUD

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    Beyond Broadway

    The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America

    by Stacy Wolf ...
    Narrated by Romy Nordlinger ...

    Unabridged

    15 hours 10 min

    The idea of American musical theatre often conjures up images of bright lights and big city, but its lifeblood is found in amateur productions at high schools, community theatres, afterschool programs, summer camps, and dinner theatres. In Beyond Broadway, author Stacy Wolf looks at the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in US culture, and examines it as a social practice-a ... Read more

    $36.99 AUD

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    Stars and Spies

    The story of Intelligence Operations…

    Unabridged

    15 hours 38 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.A vastly entertaining and unique history of the interaction between spying and showbiz, from the Elizabethan age to the Cold War and beyond.Throughout history, there has been a consistent crossover between show business and espionage, often producing some of the most extraordinary undercover agents, and occasionallyleading to disastrous and dangerous failures. The fact ... Read more

    $28.99 AUD

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    Greek Drama

    Tragedy and Comedy

    by Peter Meineck ...
    Narrated by Peter Meineck ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 21 min

    The plays of one ancient city 2,500 years ago by just four playwrights have had a profound effect on the development of all subsequent Western drama, not only on the theatrical stage, but on opera, film, television, stand-up comedy, and dance-in fact, most, if not all, of the live arts owe a debt to the theatre of ancient Greece and the city of Athens. This course will examine the social, ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD

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    The Eating of the Gods

    An Interpretation of Greek Tragedy

    Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 54 min

    In The Eating of the Gods the distinguished Polish critic Jan Kott reexamines Greek tragedy from the modern perspective. As in his earlier acclaimed Shakespeare, Our Contemporary, Kott provides startling insights and intuitive leaps which link our world to that of the ancient Greeks. The title refers to the Bacchae of Euripides, that tragedy of lust, revenge, murder, and "the joy of eating raw ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD

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    Putting It Together

    How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park with George

    Unabridged

    7 hours 10 min

    Putting It Together chronicles the two-year odyssey of creating the iconic Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George. In 1982, James Lapine, at the beginning of his career as a playwright and director, met Stephen Sondheim, nineteen years his senior and already a legendary Broadway composer and lyricist. Shortly thereafter, the two decided to write a musical inspired by Georges Seurat’s ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD

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    Women Writing Musicals

    The Legacy That the History Books Left Out

    Unabridged

    11 hours

    From the women who pounded the pavement selling their songs in Tin Pan Alley at the turn of the twentieth century; to the women who broke new ground writing shows during the Great Depression; to the women who penned protest musicals fighting for social justice during the 1970s; to those who are revitalizing the landscape of American musicals today, Women Writing Musicals: The Legacy That the ... Read more

    $36.99 AUD

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    Big Deal

    Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

    by Kevin Winkler ...
    Narrated by Paul Boehmer ...

    Unabridged

    17 hours 23 min

    Bob Fosse (1927-1987) is recognized as one of the most significant figures in post-World War II American musical theater. With his first Broadway musical, The Pajama Game, in 1954, the "Fosse style" was already fully developed, with its trademark hunched shoulders, turned-in stance, and stuttering, staccato jazz movements. Fosse moved decisively into the role of director with Redhead in 1959 and ... Read more

    $36.99 AUD

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    Shakespeare, Our Contemporary

    Unabridged

    11 hours 1 min

    Shakespeare, Our Contemporary is a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare. More than that, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions.Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding in his analogies between Shakespearean situations and those in modern life and ... Read more

    $33.99 AUD

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    Emmett Miller: An Obscure Minstrel Yodeler Who Changed Music Forever

    by Jack Norton ...
    Narrated by Jack Norton ...

    Unabridged

    41 min

    One of the strangest, most obscure, and intriguing stories from the last century of American music is that of Emmett Miller. He helped define the popular music of the last 75 years, and for the most part, today he is all but forgotten. Emmett Miller left many legacies which influenced the American musical landscape for generations. Certainly his singing style - the odd nasal pitch tone, along with ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

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    George Bernard Shaw

    A Very Short Introduction

    Narrated by Roger Clark ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 41 min

    George Bernard Shaw has been called the second greatest playwright in English (after William Shakespeare) and one of the inventors of modern celebrity as the most famous public intellectual of his time. Beginning in the 1880s, as a critic and as a playwright, he transformed British drama, bringing to it intellectual substance, ethical imperatives, and modernity itself, setting the theatrical ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

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    The Drama of Celebrity

    by Sharon Marcus ...
    Narrated by Olivia Vinall ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 36 min

    This audiobook narrated by Olivia Vinall provides a bold new account of how celebrity worksWhy do so many people care so much about celebrities? Who decides who gets to be a star? What are the privileges and pleasures of fandom? Do celebrities ever deserve the outsized attention they receive?In this fascinating and deeply researched book, Sharon Marcus challenges everything you thought you knew ... Read more

    $27.99 AUD

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    Miracle of The Music Man

    The Classic American Story of Meredith Willson

    by Mark Cabaniss ...
    Narrated by Mark Cabaniss ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 5 min

    The Music Man stands as one of the greatest achievements in American musical theatre, but few know about its rocky beginnings and the against-all-odds success story of its creator, Meredith Willson.Mark Cabaniss steps back into the Golden Age of Broadway and brings to life the origins of this classic show, the music behind it, and the unlikely story of its creator. Interweaving behind-the-scenes ... Read more

    $24.99 AUD

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    Politics and Performance

    Theater in the 20th Century

    by Megan Lewis ...
    Narrated by Megan Lewis ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 16 min

    For most theatregoers today, Realism is the standard. We are accustomed to seeing characters on stage who walk, talk, and sound just like real people. Everyday speech is commonplace in theatrical scripts, as are stage sets that look and feel and smell like real places - complete with running water and electric lights that work exactly as if we were in a real apartment, or office, or kitchen. But ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD

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    Gays on Broadway

    by Ethan Mordden ...
    Narrated by Daniel Henning ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 8 min

    Writing with his customary verve and wit, author Ethan Mordden follows the steady liberation of gay themes on the American stage. The story begins in the early twentieth century, when gay characters were virtually banned from productions. The 1920s saw a flurry of plays closed on moral grounds as well as the Wales Padlock Act, which forbade representation of "sex degeneracy". While authorities ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD

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    Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

    by Simon Callow ...
    Narrated by Simon Callow ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 4 min

    A short life of Dickens which celebrates the impact of the theatre on his life and workAcclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow captures the essence of Charles Dickens in a sparkling biography that explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.From his early years as a child entertainer in Portsmouth to his reluctant retirement from ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD

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    Staging America

    The Artistic Legacy of the Provincetown Players

    Narrated by Daniel Henning ...

    Unabridged

    27 hours 34 min

    The Provincetown Players created a revolution in American theatre, making room for truly modern approaches to playwriting, stage production, and performance. In Staging America, Jeffery Kennedy gives listeners the unabridged story in a meticulously researched and comprehensive narrative that sheds new light on the history of the Provincetown Players. At the center of the study is an extensive ... Read more

    $51.99 AUD

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    Purple Rising

    Celebrating 40 Years of the Magic, Power, and Artistry of The Color Purple

    Unabridged

    10 hours 11 min

    **One of Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2023Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece The Color Purple—as well as the acclaimed 1985 film from Steven Spielberg, the Tony-winning Broadway musical, and the all-new film adaptation with this gorgeously designed exploration of the novel’s enduring legacy, featuring contributions from Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey, Steven ... Read more

    $38.99 AUD