Opera Vox Audiobooks
By David Clarke
Opera Vox AudiobooksSep 17, 2023
The Arabian Nights - The 230th Night
The 230th Night - In which our storytelling Shaharazad continues to keep the King from killing her each morning with her strange and entertaining tales. This episode we embark on yet another new tale concerning Jullanar of the Sea!
The Arabian Nights - The 220th Night
The 220th Night - In which we are taken to the conclusion of the story of Nur Al Din and Anis Al Jalis. Things look bleak for Nur Al DIn, but the Caliph has plans that might just help our lover protagonists.
The Arabian Nights - The 213th Night
The 213th Night - In which we continue to follow the story and exploits of Nur Al Din and his love Anis Al Jalis as they make their way to Baghdad and discover a most beautiful garden and palace. They also encounter the garden's keeper Shaikh Ibrahim.
The Arabian Nights - The 207th Night
The 207th Night - In which we continue to hear Shaharazad's tale of Nur Al Din Ali and his lavish spending on his ten companions. Unfortunately, his funds are not destined to last!
The Arabian Nights - The 201st Night
The 201st. Night - In which we begin one more tale in Shaharazad's seemingly inexhaustible supply of stories designed to make the King "let her live." One also wonders how Dinarzad fits into the bedroom scene, as she clearly listens in on everyone!
The Arabian Nights - The 196th Night
The 196th Night - We finally reach the conclusion of the story of Ali Al Bakkar and Shams Al Nahar the two lovers who have sought to pursue a dangerous love affair.
The Arabian Nights - The 189th Night
The 189th Night - In which this, the longest saga so far in our heroine's storytelling, continues to follow the fate of our protagonists Ali bin Bakkar and Shams al Nahar and their love for each other.
The Arabian Nights - The 183rd Night
The 183rd Night - In which the continued tale of love between our main protagonists generates much heartache and concern, particularly for Abu Al Hasan, who has to leave the city and whose place in the saga is taken by a local jeweller.
The Arabian Nights - The 179th Night
The 179th Night - In which Shaharazad once again leads the king deeper into her tales, continuing with the poor Nur Al Din Ali after he crosses the river.
The Arabian Nights - The 175th Night
The 175th Night - In which we continue the story of Nur Al Din Ali Bin Bakhar and the slave girl Shams Al Nahar. We are carried along by the ever unfolding tales of love, intrigue, accidents, death and just about any human experience possible that will keep Sharahazad and her sister Dinarzad alive another night.
The Arabian Nights - The 171st Night
The 171st Night - In which the stories continue and the King seems happy to allow the fascinating sequence of tales to move on to what happened between Nur al Din Ali Bin Bakhar and the slave girl Shams Al Nahar.
The Arabian Nights - The 166th Night
The 166th Night - In which the tale finally draws to a close and the King of China is able to make a decision about all he has heard...and of course Shaharazad and her sister remain alive and well, to tell further tales in this continuing saga.
The Arabian Nights - The 157th Night
The 157th Night - In which we finally reach the conclusion of the Taylor's tale and Shaharazad continues to regale the King with further tales that delay the seemingly inevitable fate she awaits should the King tire of her stories.
The Arabian Nights - The 148th Night and Onwards (Mildly Explicit)
The 148th Night - In which the barber continues his tale, and even I am finding it somewhat tortuous working out who is telling what and to whom. It seems that Shaharazad is succeeding in bamboozling the poor king who just wanted to spend one night and then be rid of her. The tales continue!
The Arabian Nights - The 138th Night and More
The 138th Night - In which Shaharazad continues to lead the king along her string of seemingly never-ending stories, as we go deeper with the young tailor who seeks to impress the King with his story and thus save all four responsible for the Hunchback's death from their own demise.
The Arabian Nights - the 127th Night and More
The 127th Night - In which we continue to hear the story of the man with no thumbs. Will he impress the king or will there be another contender to tell his story and continue to save Shaharazad from the fate promised after the 1st night.
The Arabian Nights - The 115th Night and Onwards
The 115th Night - Our stories continue to merge one into another as we hear the end of the Christian merchant's story and the steward steps up to try to impress the king and save the 4 accused of murdering the hunchback from execution.
The Arabian Nights - The 102nd Night and Onward
The 102nd Night - I realise that sometimes the nights seem very short, but in order to preserve the nature of the book, the musical interludes will continue to divide up the nights. In the meantime, the stories move on as we encounter another unfortunate hunchback, but within these next few nights, inevitably, we move on to yet more stories within stories. It is the nature of this literary russian doll!
The Arabian Nights - The 97th Night
The 97th Night - Thank you for your patience in waiting for this final installment of the Kalif's tale. I have fully recovered from my sickness - which was never really bad, but the cough made it impossible to do justice to my narration. Here we do have the conclusion of this engaging tale of the Kalif and Badr Al Din and his marriage to his cousin. Enjoy.
The Arabian Nights - The 89th Night
The 89th Night - In which we continue the long story of Badr Al Din and his relatives as told by Shaharazad through the medium of Jafar, who is, in turn, telling the story to the Kalif. If this series of stories is beginning to resemble the auditory equivalent of a set of Russian dolls, bear with me as the stories unfold. They present such a wonderful literary picture of 14th century Middle East.
The Arabian Nights - The 80th Night
The 80th Night - In which we continue to hear the story of Badr al Hasan and his cousin. The hunchback does encounter some difficulties and Badr Al Hasan appears to be successful in executing the Demon's plan. But things don't quite work out the way he might have expected.
The Arabian Nights - The 73rd Night
The 73rd Night - In which we hear the continuing tale of the 2 brothers, separated after their falling out and their promise that if their offspring turn out to be male and female and are born on the same night, they pledged to marry their children to each other. Not all goes smoothly, but they have some unexpected help... to be continued
The Arabian Nights - The 69th Night
The 69th Night - In which Shaharazad continues to weave her many tales, now surrounding the Caliph. It is almost like an audible literary cast of Russian dolls, each story embedded within another until one can only imagine the King slowly enchanted into sparing Shaharazad's life and we the listener forget just how many dolls have been unlocked.
The Arabian NIghts - The 66th Night
The 66th Night - In which Shaharazad wraps up the many stories born out of the meeting of the many visitors with the 3 sisters in their home. We finish up with the tale of the flogged girl as Shaharazad and Dinarzad manage to complete over 2 months of death free nights with the King.
The Arabian Nights - The 62nd Night
The 62nd Night - In which Shaharazad spins her interweaving tales with the final part of the tale of the 3rd Dervish before proceeding to hear the tale of the Caliph, Jafar and the beginning of the tale of the mistress of the house.
The Arabian Nights - The 56th Night
The 56th Night - In which we continue to hear the story of the 3rd Dervish as related by Shaharazad. She has now stayed alive for many nights and her tales continue to unfold with poetry and strange events involving many and various characters.
The Arabian Nights - The 53rd Night
The 53rd Night - In which we hear the story and adventures of the 3rd Dervish and how begin to hear how he has ended up at the house with his other 2 fellow dervishes. He admits at the beginning, that unlike his companions, he is very much to blame for his plight.
Winter Break Episode
Dear Listeners - A very Happy New Year to you this 2023. A very brief episode to let you know I am still here, but as a result of much travel, house moving and the Christmas and New Year festivities the wait has been much longer than I anticipated. I should be back next week with the next episode of 'Arabian Nights'
The Arabian Nights - The 48th Night
The 48th Night - In which we are treated to the second and concluding part of the tale of the 2nd Dervish. Shaharazad continues to keep her life as she weaves her story based spell on the King who had vowed to kill her after the first night.
The Arabian Nights - The 40th Night
The 40th Night - In which we begin but do not finish the tale of the 2nd Dervish, who is hoping to be spared by the 3 women. Also, as I mentioned in the podcast, I will be away for just over a week visiting my dad, so there will be a short hiatus in proceedings. Thanks for your patience.
The Arabian Nights - The 37th Night
The 37th Night - In which we hear the story of the 1st Dervish and await the decision of the women at the house as to whether his story is worthy of release.
The Arabian Nights - The 34th Night
The 34th Night - In which we continue to hear the ongoing story of the 3 women and their visitors, the merchant, the 3 dervishes and the Caliph and his retinue. This tale, as promised by Shaharazad is more mysterious and involved than any of the previous accounts, and is still no nearer to a conclusion.
The Arabian Nights - The 28th Night (E - Explicit)
The 28th Night - Part One of The Tale of the Porter and the 3 Ladies - In which we hear the start of a much longer tale involving these 4 protagonists and later further characters who are added to the cast as the tales take on an even more mysterious quality. As indicated above, there are references to both male and female private parts and use of coarser language in describing them. It is fascinating to hear this in a 14th century manuscript, but no more surprising than many references made in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, which was written even earlier.
The Arabian Nighte - The 25th Night
The 25th Night - In which we hear the conclusion of the story of the enchanted young man, his wife and the king. Shaharazad succeeds in extending her life night after night as the stories continue to grow more and more engaging and with her sister Dinarzad's help, she stays his promise to execute her night after night.
The Arabian Nights - The 21st Night
The 21st Night - In which the tales become even more entertaining and intriguing. Shaharazad shares the story of the young king who find himself turned into a half man half stone figure and continues to provide such entrancing stories that the King who had vowed to kill her after one night is now talking of allowing her to live for another month.
The Arabian Nights - The 17th Night
The 17th Night - In which the story continues with the conclusion of the King and the Sage and a return to the story of the Merchant and the Demon in the jar.
The Arabian Nights - King Yunan and The Sage Duban Part 2
King Yunan and the Sage Duban Part 2 - In which the story of the King and the sage takes a startling turn as the King listens to his jealous Vizier and follows his advice. Interspersed with our main story is also the story of the Husband and his Parrot and the The King's Son and the She-Ghoul.
The Arabian Nights - King Yunan and the Sage Duban
King Yunan and the Sage Duban - In which we continue to hear the fisherman's tale as retold by Shaharazad, remembering that the Fisherman is now telling an illustrative tale having trapped the demon in his vessel and thus prevented him from fulfilling his threat to kill the fisherman.
The Arabian Nights - The Fisherman and the Demon
The Fisherman and the Demon - In which the tales continue to give birth to further tales within tales as Shaharzad with the help of her sister promises more wonderful stories in order to preserve her life and keep the King fascinated.
Arabian Nights - The Old Mens' Tales
The Old Men's Tales - In which the 3 old men tell their strange tales as Sharazad distracts the King from his plan to have her put to death after one night. The nights go by with ever stranger stories and still Sharazad lives on to tell them.
Arabian Nights - The Story of the Merchant and the Demon
The Merchant and the Demon - In which we pass 3 nights with Sharazad, her sister Dinarzad and the King and hear the beginning of the stories that so intrigued the King. But what is to become of the merchant. The story unfolds as the nights pass.....
The Merchant and The Ox - Arabian Nights
The Merchant and the Ox AND The Merchant and His Wife - In which we hear the first story told by the Vizier to his daughter Sharazad. As the 2 stories are connected please be aware that the second story follows shortly after a short musical break from the first story.
Prologue - The Arabian Nights (PG13)
The Arabian Nights - Prologue. In which we meet some of the main characters of the book and hear of their early trials and tribulations as well as the resulting determination of the King Sharayar to treat women very differently than before. It should be noted that this episode does contain references to adult interactions between men and women.
Season 5 Intro - The Arabian Nights
Updated as original was cut off after 10 mins - The Arabian Nights - Translated by Hussain Haddawy and based on the text of the 14th Century Syrian Manuscript. This episode is meant to serve as an introduction to the translation as it represents what is considered to be a more faithful translation of this ancient text. The next episode will continue with the story itself. Enjoy!
War of the Worlds - Book 2 Chapter 10
Chapter 10 - The Epilogue. In which we hear some final conclusions from our storyteller in the aftermath of the terrible extra-terrestrial visit from the Martians and some of what has been learned since their demise. I would love to hear from you with any feedback you may have or suggestions for future books. You can reach me at email@example.com
War of the Worlds - Part 2 Chapter 9
Chapter 9 - Wreckage - In which our intrepid storyteller manages to emerge from the carnage of the last few weeks and observe the re-awakening of mankind in the aftermath of the alien visitors.
War of the Worlds - Part 2 Chapter 8
Chapter 8 - Dead London - In which our intrepid storyteller manages to wonder into the suburbs of London and witness a shocking but uplifting sight.
War of the Worlds - Part 2 Chapter 7
Chapter 7 - The Man on Putney Hill - In which we are introduced once again to the artilleryman our narrator encountered earlier in the story. Quite a conversation ensues, dominated by the artilleryman's plans for the future of mankind.
War of the Worlds - Part 2 Chapter 6
Chapter 6 - The Work of Fifteen Days - In which our storyteller is finally able to emerge from hiding and discover the world as it has now been left by the Martians.
War of the Worlds - Part 2 Chapter 5
Chapter 5 - The Stillness - In which our intrepid narrator finally finds his way out of the prison created by the nearby Martian pit. He now looks for a way to survive amidst a very changed world in which he finds himself.