Neville Jason

Neville Jason

Born in 1934, Neville Jason trained at RADA where he was awarded the diction prize by Sir John Gielgud. His first appearance in the theatre was in Peter Brook’s production of Titus Andronicus starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. He was a member of the Old Vic Company, the English Stage Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Birmingham Repertory Company. In addition, Neville appeared in numerous musicals, including Kiss Me Kate and Irma La Douce.

Television appearances included MaigretDr WhoHamletCrime and PunishmentDixon of Dock GreenWhen the Boat Comes InMinderDempsey and Makepeace, and Windmill Near a Frontier. Amongst his film work was the Bond movie From Russia With Love. He was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company three times, and was often heard in radio plays, documentaries and arts programmes.

Neville began his association with Naxos AudioBooks in the very early days of the label and was a prolific contributor to its output. Perhaps most notable was his Remembrance of Things Past by his beloved Proust, but his readings extended to the literary classics of Russia (War and PeaceEvgenii Onegin) and England (The Once and Future King and Far from the Madding Crowd). His work for Naxos was recognised on several occasions: as a director, he won Talkie Awards for Great Expectations and Poets of the Great War; and as a reader, he won AudioFile Earphone Awards for The CaptiveTime RegainedThe Once and Future King and War and Peace (Best Audiobooks of the Year 2007 and 2009).

Nicolas Soames, former Publisher of Naxos AudioBooks, has fond memories of his time working with Neville. ‘Over two decades of close association I had nothing but complete admiration for Neville and his craft as a reader. The sheer range of subjects among the 60 recordings he read for Naxos AudioBooks showed his versatility and his impeccable preparation. However, there is no doubt that he will be remembered particularly for his recordings of Proust, where his urbane, measured, insightful performances, sustained over 120 hours in the unabridged version, have resulted in one of the greatest audiobook landmarks of all time. It truly was a privilege to be involved in this momentous, unmatched achievement.’

Shortly before his death, Neville recorded The Periodic Table by Primo Levi, an idea for audiobook that he himself had suggested. Happily, he was able to hear the edited recording during his final days.

Our sympathy goes to his wife, Gillian, and his family.

Titles read by Neville Jason
Life & Works – Ludwig van Beethoven (unabridged)
Birds in Town and Village (unabridged)
Life & Works – Johannes Brahms (unabridged)
Candide, and Zadig (unabridged)
The Candle in the Wind & The Book of Merlyn (unabridged)
The Castle of Otranto (abridged)
The Castle of Otranto (unabridged)
Life & Works – Frédéric Chopin (unabridged)
The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire – Part 1 (abridged)
The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire – Part 2 (abridged)
Discourse on the Origin and the Foundations of Inequality Among Men (unabridged)
Dracula (abridged)
The Essential Remembrance of Things Past (abridged)
Evgenii Onegin (unabridged)
Young Adult Classics – Far From the Madding Crowd (abridged)
Far From the Madding Crowd (abridged)
Favourite Essays: An Anthology (selections)
Very Short Introductions – Freud (abridged)
The Guermantes Way Part 1 (abridged)
The Guermantes Way Part 2 (abridged)
The Guermantes Way (unabridged)
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
The History of the Peloponnesian War (abridged)
Jude the Obscure (unabridged)
King Richard III (unabridged)
The Life & Work of Marcel Proust (unabridged)
The Life and Works of Liszt (unabridged)
Life & Works – Franz Liszt (unabridged)
Selections from The Lives of the Artists (abridged)
The Moonstone (abridged)
Oedipus (unabridged)
The Once and Future King (unabridged)
Pamela (unabridged)
The Periodic Table (unabridged)
Resurrection (unabridged)
Shamela (unabridged)
The Social Contract (unabridged)
Sodom and Gomorrah (unabridged)
Sodom and Gomorrah – Part I (abridged)
Sodom and Gomorrah – Part II (abridged)
Swann in Love (abridged)
Swann's Way (abridged)
Swann's Way (unabridged)
The Sword in the Stone (abridged)
The Sword In The Stone (unabridged)
The Tempest (unabridged)
Tevye the Milkman (unabridged)
Torrents of Spring (unabridged)
The Trial and Death of Socrates (unabridged)
War & Peace - Volume II (unabridged)
War and Peace (abridged)
War & Peace - Volume I (unabridged)
Wessex Tales (unabridged)
The Witch in the Wood & The Ill-Made Knight (unabridged)
Within a Budding Grove (unabridged)
Within a Budding Grove – Part 1 (abridged)
Within a Budding Grove – Part 2 (abridged)