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The Award WInning Children's Audio Book App

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Rockford's Rock Opera, the award winning ecological musical for children and adults, has announced the launch of a new children's audio book app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


Rockford's Rock Opera (Part One) was launched as an app in January 2010 and swiftly became the most popular children's audio book in the App Store.

Now, with the launch of Part Two of the story as a paid for App, fans can enjoy the next amazing instalment in the musical story which recently won the prestigious iParenting Media Award.


With a mixture of great music, clear narration, songs, animation and illustrations, together with information about the facts behind the story, Rockford's Rock Opera on the iPhone is the perfect app for all ages. Great for keeping children quiet with a safe, thought provoking ecological tale. Visit the App store, read our reviews, and download Rockford's Rock Opera (Part One) FREE and then buy Rockford's Rock Opera (Part Two) for just £4.99


Parts Three and Four of Rockford's Rock Opera (making up the whole story) will be launched as iPhone/iPod Touch Apps soon but, if you can't wait to know what happens, visit the website and buy the audiobook on CD, as story downloads or as an online read along book.


More about Rockford's Rock Opera


Rockford's Rock Opera has now been downloaded or streamed on the web by over 1,000,000 people - in fact, it's the world's most popular enhanced audio book.


Writing in The Times, audiobook reviewer, Christina Hardyment said:

"Rockford's Rock Opera is an amazing mix of story, songs and sound effects. It has a freshness that makes you smile as you listen and could become a cult favourite as beloved as Wallace and Gromit.

Rockford's Rock Opera a new breed of 21st century, ipod friendly, audio entertainment; think of 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' crossed with 'Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds', or 'Jungle Book' meets 'Jurassic Park' via Sgt. Pepper.


But really, it's not like anything else - a funny, sad, psychedelic, spell binding, thought provoking 21st Century adventure.


Rockford's Rock Opera is NOT the creation of a global entertainment company. It is the work of award winning alternative entrepreneurs, 'Sweetapple', ( and a handful of dedicated people working for the love of this amazing, original story. The project was created in an attic in Barnet, North London, and is entirely self produced and financed.


Featuring and scripted by respected BBC writer and performer, Steve Punt, this is also a story is a story with an original ecological message - a unique 'take' on the threat of extinction and the effect man is having upon life on earth. The Rockford's Rock Opera website is full of fascinating information about the story and the facts behind the fiction.


As a result, the project has been acclaimed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Rockford's Rock Opera stage show is going live across the UK in 2010.


So what's the Story about?


Far away in the Sea of Tranquillity lies the Island of Infinity, home to the last one of every extinct species.


Infinity has a secret for the world but Moog, a boy from Battersea in London, and Rockford his dog, are the only one who can deliver its message. Travelling to Infinity Moog and Rockford get drawn into an adventure in sound that threatens the entire human race.

Matthew Sweetapple, co creator of Rockford's Rock Opera, explains:


"It's great to see how popular Rockford's Rock Opera had become on the App store. As an enhanced App audio book, the story works really well. It's a bit like a 21st century Jackernory. Great for travelling and, with more and more iPhones being used to keep the kids happy, we're confident it'll prove increasingly popular with harassed parents!"


Rockford's Rock Opera is not a traditional 'stage musical' with hammy songs, its diverse musical inspiration can be found in The Beatles, The Small Faces,
(early) Genesis, XTC and works such as Roger Glover's 'Butterfly Ball', and Harry Nilssen's 'The Point'.



About Sweetapple

Husband and wife team, Matthew and Elaine Sweetapple (Sweetapple) create original ideas, campaigns, products and promotions for charitable causes and for the benefit of society as a whole. Sweetapple ideas are now being adopted by not-for-profit organisations and campaigners around the world at no cost whatsoever to the charities whatsoever.
Some recent award winning Sweetapple campaigns included Peeball, an idea created for The Prostate Cancer Charity (see, Remember Me, the weeping flower roadside memorial sign to raise the profile of the road accident victim's charity, RoadPeace.



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