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Bab Ballads (version 2)

W. S. Gilbert

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Genres:

Humor

Description:

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 humor 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 humor. 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".Nothing else quite like the Ballads has ever been produced in the English language. They contain both satire and nonsense, as well as a great deal of utter absurdity. The Ballads were read aloud at private dinner-parties, public banquets and even in the House of Lords. Summary by Wikipedia and Phil Chenevert

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

2h 51m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:27