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BBC Classics: Adventure Collection
  • BBC Classics: Adventure Collection

  • Unabridged readings of five gripping adventure stories

    This thrilling anthology contains five action-packed tales of incredible journeys, a murderous treasure hunt, invaders from outer space and international espionage - all read in full by some of the very best voice actors. With over 33 hours of exciting listening, tracked by chapter, let yourself get carried away with these classic adventures.

    Gulliver's Travels
    Jonathan Swift's dark satire following Lemuel Gulliver's fantastical travels through strange and exotic lands. Read by Tony Turner.

    Kidnapped
    Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story of David Balfour's youthful adventures on the high seas and across the Scottish Highlands. Read by Kenny Blyth.

    The Sign of the Four
    Arthur Conan Doyle's intriguing locked-room mystery follows Holmes and Watson as they uncover a murky tale of theft, betrayal and greed. Read by Kenny Blyth.

    The War of the Worlds
    HG Wells' iconic sci-fi story about the battle to save Earth from a Martian invasion. Read by Michael Bertenshaw.

    The Thirty-Nine Steps
    John Buchan's stirring tale of derring-do, secrets and spies set in the shadows of war. Read by Kenny Blyth.

    Credits:

    Gulliver's Travels
    Read by Tony Turner
    Produced by Ross Burman
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 1 November 2019

    Kidnapped
    Read by Kenny Blyth
    Produced by Ciaran Bermingham
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 24 August 2019

    The Sign of the Four
    Read by Kenny Blyth
    Produced by Ciaran Bermingham
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019

    The War of the Worlds
    Read by Michael Bertenshaw
    Produced by Martha Littlehailes
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 23 August 2019

    The Thirty-Nine Steps
    Read by Kenny Blyth
    Produced by Karen Holden
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 1 November 2019

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    © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Arthur Conan Doyle (Author) Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh into a prosperous Irish family. He trained as a doctor, gaining his degree from Edinburgh University in 1881. He worked as a surgeon on a whaling boat and also as a medical officer on a steamer travelling between Liverpool and West Africa. He then settled in Portsmouth on the English south coast and divided his time between medicine and writing. Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in A Study of Scarlet, published in 'Beeton's Christmas Annual' in 1887. Its success encouraged Conan Doyle to write more stories involving Holmes but, in 1893, Conan Doyle killed off Holmes, hoping to concentrate on more serious writing. A public outcry later made him resurrect Holmes. In addition, Conan Doyle wrote a number of other novels, including The Lost World and various non-fictional works. These included a pamphlet justifying Britain's involvement in the Boer War, for which he was knighted and histories of the Boer War and World War One, in which his son, brother and two of his nephews were killed. Conan Doyle also twice ran unsuccessfully for parliament. In later life he became very interested in spiritualism. Conan Doyle died of a heart attack on 7 July 1930. H.G. Wells (Author) H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, in 1866. After an education repeatedly interrupted by his family's financial problems, he eventually found work as a teacher at a succession of schools, where he began to write his first stories. Wells became a prolific writer with a diverse output, of which the famous works are his science fiction novels. These are some of the earliest and most influential examples of the genre, and include classics such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. Most of his books very well-received, and had a huge influence on many younger writers, including George Orwell and Isaac Asimov. Wells also wrote many popular non-fiction books, and used his writing to support the wide range of political and social causes in which he had an interest, although these became increasingly eccentric towards the end of his life. Twice-married, Wells had many affairs, including a ten-year liaison with Rebecca West that produced a son. He died in London in 1946.

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