Once on a Time (version 2 Dramatic Reading)

A. A. Milne (1882 - 1956)

This version of the book is done as a Dramatic Reading with various people speaking each characters part.

When the King of Barodia receives a pair of seven-league boots as a birthday present, his habit of flying over the King of Euralia's castle during breakfast provokes a series of incidents which escalate into war. While the King of Euralia is away, his daughter Hyacinth tries to rule in his stead and counter the machiavellian ambitions of the king's favourite, the Countess Belvane. Ostensibly a typical fairytale, it tells the story of the war between the kingdoms of Euralia and Barodia and the political shenanigans which take place in Euralia in the king's absence. The book introduces us to a princess who is far from helpless; a prince who, whilst handsome, is also pompous and vain; an enchantment which is almost entirely humorous; a villain who is not entirely villainous and receives no real comeuppance; a good king who isn't always good; an evil king who isn't always evil, and so on. The result is a book which children may not enjoy as much as adults. The book was written by Milne partly for his wife, upon whom the character of the Countess Belvane was partially based. (Summary from Wikipedia)


Narration: Bob Neufeld
King Merriwig: Mark F. Smith
Princess Hyacinth: Karen Savage
Countess Belvane: Catharine Eastman
Prince Udo: Peter Eastman
Duke Coronel: Glenn Simonsen
Wiggs: Arielle Lipshaw
Woggs: Karen Savage
King of Barodia: Roger Melin
Chancellor of Barodia: Robert Keiper
Chancellor of Euralia: Denny Sayers
Fairy: Neeru Iyer
Old Woman: Catharine Eastman
Attendant: Arielle Lipshaw
Carlo, Men of Euralia, Captain of Archers, Flunkey: David Lawrence
Lookout, Cautious voice, Messenger, Wizard, Sentry: Barry Eads

Audio edited by: Barry Eads

Proof Listening by: Joy Easton and Arielle Lipshaw

Genre(s): Dramatic Readings, Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales, Fantastic Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 1 Barry Eads
Bob Neufeld
Play 02 Chapter 2 Mark F. Smith
Bob Neufeld
Play 03 Chapter 3 Karen Savage
Bob Neufeld
Play 04 Chapter 4 Karen Savage
Bob Neufeld
Play 05 Chapter 5 Catharine Eastman
Bob Neufeld
Play 06 Chapter 6 Catharine Eastman
Bob Neufeld
Play 07 Chapter 7 Peter Eastman
Bob Neufeld
Play 08 Chapter 8 Glenn Simonsen
Bob Neufeld
Play 09 Chapter 9 Arielle Lipshaw
Bob Neufeld
Play 10 Chapter 10 Arielle Lipshaw
Bob Neufeld
Play 11 Chapter 11 Roger Melin
Bob Neufeld
Play 12 Chapter 12 Bob Neufeld
Robert Keiper
Play 13 Chapter 13 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Bob Neufeld
Play 14 Chapter 14 Neeru Iyer
Bob Neufeld
Play 15 Chapter 15 David Lawrence
Bob Neufeld
Play 16 Chapter 16 David Lawrence
Bob Neufeld
Play 17 Chapter 17 David Lawrence
Bob Neufeld
Play 18 Chapter 18 David Lawrence
Bob Neufeld
Play 19 Chapter 19 Barry Eads
Bob Neufeld
Play 20 Chapter 20 Barry Eads
Bob Neufeld
Play 21 Chapter 21 Barry Eads
Bob Neufeld
Play 22 Chapter 22 Barry Eads
Bob Neufeld