The Chronicle, Book One

audiobook (Unabridged) A Full-Cast Historical Pageant Performed in Four Parts · The Chronicle

By Mr Punch

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The Chronicle: BOOK ONE (January to March)

This is history at its best and most entertaining! One moment Liselotte, the Duchess of Orleans (1678) is observing the Prince of Orange consummating his marriage in thick woollen drawers... and the next, Harold Nicolson (1936) is at the Savoy Grill dining with the Prince of Wales and Mrs Simpson who is, "bejewelled, eyebrow-plucked, virtuous and wise". There's the young medical student watching his friend Samuel Wright (1864) bowing to the crowd as he is hanged on the roof of Horsemonger Lane Gaol. And then Joe Orton and the Beatles (1967), Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis (1980), Captain Robert Scott and the South Pole (1912), John Betjeman, Barbara Castle, Joyce Grenfell, Alan Clark, Kenneth Williams and many other contributors... and not forgetting the anonymous but harrowing account of a witch's trial by water (1731)


"It's WONDERFUL. In fact, I would describe it as one of the all-time audio greats... an unmissable five-star production." (The Guardian)

"I recommend the reader to hunt down and buy this series wherever it may be found." (The Spectator)

"The whole endeavour is a beguiling jigsaw" (Sunday Times)

Dramatised and performed by a distinguished cast of over 30 actors, including Charles Dance, Harriet Walter, David Suchet, Timothy West, James Bolam, Maureen Lipman, Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joss Ackland, Eleanor Bron, John Sessions, Imogen Stubbs.

Also available as part of the CHRONICLE BOX SET, over 11 hours of audio bliss.

The Chronicle, Book One