The Bab Ballads


Read by Graham Redman

The Bab Ballads are a collection of light verse by W. S. Gilbert, illustrated with his own comic drawings. Gilbert wrote the Ballads before he became famous for his comic opera librettos with Arthur Sullivan. In writing the Bab Ballads, Gilbert developed his unique "topsy-turvy" style, where the humour was derived by setting up a ridiculous premise and working out its logical consequences, however absurd. The Ballads also reveal Gilbert's cynical and satirical approach to humour. They became famous on their own, as well as being a source for plot elements, characters and songs that Gilbert would recycle in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The Bab Ballads take their name from Gilbert's childhood nickname, and he later began to sign his illustrations "Bab". (summary from Wikipedia) e-text with illustrations (3 hr 1 min)

Chapters

Captain Reece 4:55 Read by Graham Redman
The Rival Curates 4:07 Read by Graham Redman
Only A Dancing Girl 2:29 Read by Graham Redman
General John 2:55 Read by Graham Redman
To A Little Maid - By A Policeman 1:32 Read by Graham Redman
John And Freddy 3:36 Read by Graham Redman
Sir Guy The Crusader 3:00 Read by Graham Redman
Haunted 3:51 Read by Graham Redman
The Bishop And The 'Busman 3:56 Read by Graham Redman
The Troubadour 4:14 Read by Graham Redman
Ferdinando And Elvira; Or, The Gentle Pieman 5:24 Read by Graham Redman
Lorenzo De Lardy 4:20 Read by Graham Redman
Disillusioned - By An Ex-Enthusiast 3:02 Read by Graham Redman
Babette's Love 4:28 Read by Graham Redman
To My Bride - (Whoever She May Be) 3:09 Read by Graham Redman
The Folly Of Brown - By A General Agent 4:25 Read by Graham Redman
Sir Macklin 4:04 Read by Graham Redman
The Yarn Of The "Nancy Bell" 4:54 Read by Graham Redman
The Bishop Of Rum-Ti-Foo 4:40 Read by Graham Redman
The Precocious Baby. A Very True Tale 4:08 Read by Graham Redman
To Phoebe 1:13 Read by Graham Redman
Baines Carew, Gentleman 4:45 Read by Graham Redman
Thomas Winterbottom Hance 4:49 Read by Graham Redman
The Reverend Micah Sowls 4:18 Read by Graham Redman
A Discontented Sugar Broker 5:14 Read by Graham Redman
The Pantomime "Super" To His Mask 3:11 Read by Graham Redman
The Force Of Argument 4:32 Read by Graham Redman
The Ghost, The Gallant, The Gael, And The Goblin 4:45 Read by Graham Redman
The Phantom Curate. A Fable 4:24 Read by Graham Redman
The Sensation Captain 5:00 Read by Graham Redman
Tempora Mutantur 2:53 Read by Graham Redman
At A Pantomime. By A Bilious One 4:07 Read by Graham Redman
King Borria Bungalee Boo 5:11 Read by Graham Redman
The Periwinkle Girl 4:02 Read by Graham Redman
Thomson Green And Harriet Hale 3:53 Read by Graham Redman
Bob Polter 5:14 Read by Graham Redman
The Story Of Prince Agib 4:41 Read by Graham Redman
Ellen McJones Aberdeen 5:40 Read by Graham Redman
Peter The Wag 5:03 Read by Graham Redman
Ben Allah Achmet; - Or, The Fatal Tum 4:37 Read by Graham Redman
The Three Kings of Chickeraboo 4:18 Read by Graham Redman
Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter 4:45 Read by Graham Redman
To The Terrestrial Globe. By A Miserable Wretch 1:28 Read by Graham Redman
Gentle Alice Brown 6:12 Read by Graham Redman