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Gulliver's Travels read by Neville Jason Rhodes to Home read by Gary Rhodes

If you were unenlightened as to the point of Jonathan Swift's legendary satire by Channel 4's much-hyped Easter two-parter, you'll enjoy Neville Jason's measured and intelligent reading of the real thing. Gulliver's Travels (Naxos, 4hrs, pounds 7.99) includes Blefescu, Laputa, Luggnagg and the Houyhnhnms as well as Lilliput and Brobdingnag adventures, and is much embellished by incidental music by Handel.

Can cookery work on tape? Much of the wince factor in Rhodes to Home (Reed Audio, pounds 7.99) is a case of a perky television cook uneasy without visual prompts. Gary wastes valuable seconds insisting on how good everything is going to be, then glosses over the trickier manoeuvres involved. But this made mouth-watering listening on the way to Tesco's, and a useful booklet of ingredients is included.

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