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Master Georgie
From AudioFile
The Crimean War is the backdrop for the story of Master Georgie, told in turn by a physician, a photographer and the girl who loved him. As if relating the intense remembrance of his own war experience, Paul McGann gives a compellingly personal and intimate reading of the text. The brutality of that war is made more hideous by his even reading and by the innocent quality of his voice. Some of the characters are given personas that offer a change of tempo. Now and then, McGann injects a feminine range and a lighthearted speed. But the three characters who speak are not different in voice from each other, and the listener has the burden of differentiating among them. J.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Beryl Bainbridge
Read by Paul McGann

The voices of Paul McGann weave this neighborhood tale of Liverpool. At age fifteen, Stella is a self-possessed young woman who wreaks havoc on the troopers at the regional theater where she has hired on as a gofer. This is not a lighthearted romp though the vagaries of theater life, but rather a sadness as told at the hands of the gossips at the corner table. As lies and intrigues abound, Paul McGann ably plays every part in the unraveling of these lives with gentleness and sensitivity. B.H.B. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 00]
Fiction • 6 hrs. • Unabridged • ©1989

War Poems
Writing poetry has always been a way to express what is going on in the world around us. Unfortunately, sometimes what is around us is war. Acclaimed British actor Paul McGann reads poems that date from the eighteenth century to modern times in this moving audio anthology. McGann is originally from Liverpool, and he still retains a slight Northern accent. Its lilting cadence blends well with the rhythm and worldliness of these powerful poems. Although some of the pieces are well known, others are less so, and this makes the collection even more intriguing for lovers of literature. R.A.P. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Cold Tom
From AudioFile
This is a dark tale of the collision of two worlds. The "tribe," a people much like elves or gremlins, live upon the town common and stay clear of the humans they call the "demons." Tom becomes a pariah because he endangers the tribe through his clumsiness. He decides to leave, but his people are looking to kill him, so he can no longer be a threat to them. He tries to escape the town to live freely on his own, but a demon, Anna, captures him in hiding, and helps him to survive. Paul McGann tells the tale in a low, raspy voice that captures the tone and quality of the story. D.L.M. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine© AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine

•Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America; Unabridged edition (October 2003)
•Language: English
•Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches

Steve May
Read by Paul McGann

Chris reluctantly befriends his troubled neighbor, Danny, despite the harassment and mockery fellow schoolmates hand him. Danny's ultimate dream is to score a soccer goal. Slowly, under Chris's coaching, Danny learns to play better, and eventually he is called into a game when the team lacks a player. This moving story is skillfully woven as Paul McGann portrays each character, including needy Danny, cruel classmates, and Chris, who at times displays both frustration and pride in his pupil. The story includes numerous soccer details but remains interesting due to realistic characters and situations. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 04]
Children Ages 8+ • 3.3 hrs. • Unabridged • ©2000

Library Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers • 2003
CS ISBN 0754052923 $24.95 / $9.00(R) • Three cassettes

John Braine
Read by Paul McGann

The screen version of this 1957 novel remains a celebrated classic of the "Angry Young Man" school. A working-class Yorkshireman tells the story of his ruthless social climbing. McGann reads intelligently but with a dearth of expressiveness. He comes to life a bit during passages of dialogue, but otherwise drones. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 01]
Fiction • 10.75 hrs. • Unabridged • ©1957

Book pak • BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers • 1999
CS ISBN 075400306X $69.95 • Eight cassettes
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