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Philip

Philip Croydon, United Kingdom Member Since 2012

I listen rather than read on train journeys as I can't stand being jostled by other travelers, and walking & listening is so easy

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  • "I wish I knew about this when it wa..."

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    I haven't laughed as hard for AGES as I did while listening to this - not only is the script incredibly well written, but the performances are brilliant, and the actors who are doing the voice work are all great



    The concept is amusing in itself, but add in the comedy stars who acted this and you have comedy GOLD! One of the best things is having Sophie Winkleman playing the Elven princess, because imagining her in the role will make any red blooded man smile



    I'm buying the second and third series as soon as I can to continue listening to the adventures, and hope that they're as brilliant as the first one is, or even hope that they're better - I will certainly look forward to the work of these writers on any radio broadcasts or audio books I find



    Giving this anything less than 5 stars would be impossible for me as this was the funniest listen I've had in AGES - long live ElvenQuest!

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    Elvenquest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anil Gupta, Richard Pinot
    • Narrated By Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Sophie Winkleman
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    Stephen Mangan stars as fantasy novelist Sam, who is whisked off to a Tolkien-style parallel universe by a noble elf, a sexy warrior princess and a feisty dwarf called Dean. It seems that Sam's dog is 'The Chosen One' destined to save 'Lower Earth' from the evil Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan).

    Pippa says: "great humor"
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Ned's greatest hits:
  • Doctor Who: Adventures In History

    "Bargain lost adventures"

    Overall

    If you like Doctor Who, you need this bundle. Firstly, all 3 of these adventures are lost. These are amateur tape recordings of the show given the very best sound remastering and a linking narration from one of the show's companions. The format works very well with the narration being brief, to the point and quite charming. Also, your imagination probably paints a better picture than some of the sets did back in the day.

    Secondly, despite all 3 of these adventures being historical, there's a great deal of variety. The Myth Makers takes an ironic look at legend and provides inspiration for the current interpretation of the Doctor.

    Finally, all 3 of these tales see changes to the Tardis crew. There's the departure of Vicki, Dodo's debut and the arrival of Jamie. Wondeful classics at a bargain price.

  • Doctor Who: The Massacre of St Bartholemew's Eve

    "gripping, historical drama"

    Overall

    A surprisingly gritty historical Doctor Who drama here, dealing with sectarian genocide, political scheming and the human cost of such tragedy.

    With the Doctor missing for much of the story, the lead falls to his assistant Steven. Peter Purves handles the spotlight surprisingly well.

    As this is one of the lost stories [not even a tiny clip survives] this is the only way to enjoy it and experiencing it as an audio book rather than a TV show, you find yourself picturing 17th Century Paris instead of studio sets, which probably works in the drama's favour.

    Very intelligent, well acted and with some beautifully written lines. Thank goodness for the obsessive fans of the programme who sat down at the TV with their tape recorders - if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be able to enjoy classics like this.

    This show also sees the d?but of the Doctor's assistant Dodo.

  • Doctor Who: The Macra Terror

    "Classic lost adventure preserved in audio"

    Overall

    A holiday camp of the future controlled by evil crab people. What more can you ask for? Patrick Troughton is at his lovable best and this is the only way to enjoy the Macra who would not return to the TV show again until 2007 - 30 years after their debut.

  • Doctor Who: The Moonbase

    "The Cybermen's 2nd Adventure"

    Overall

    This cheeky little romp sees the Cybermen make their second ever appearance menacing astronauts on a moonbase. There is so much to love here, with great performances and the combination of your imagination with Frazer Hines' narration probably creates a far more engrossing image than the original TV show!

Ian

Ian Chiseldon, United Kingdom 13/08/2011
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  • "As good as I remember"

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    A brilliantly dramatised book and excellently performed. Some of the novelty has worn off with time and I knew whole passages off by heart but it still had me laughing out loud and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Matthew says: "Everyone should download this"

What's Trending in Science Fiction:

  • 4.7 (341 ratings)
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Adams Narrated by Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan, Stephen Moore
    Play The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Matthew says: "Everyone should download this"
  • 4.5 (148 ratings)
    Elvenquest (






UNABRIDGED) by Anil Gupta, Richard Pinot Narrated by Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Sophie Winkleman
    Play Elvenquest

    Elvenquest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anil Gupta, Richard Pinot
    • Narrated By Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Sophie Winkleman
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Stephen Mangan stars as fantasy novelist Sam, who is whisked off to a Tolkien-style parallel universe by a noble elf, a sexy warrior princess and a feisty dwarf called Dean. It seems that Sam's dog is 'The Chosen One' destined to save 'Lower Earth' from the evil Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan).

    Pippa says: "great humor"
  • 4.6 (140 ratings)
    Neverwhere [Adaptation]  by Neil Gaiman Narrated by Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Head
    Play Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (126)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    James says: "Amazing Story, Amazing Cast, Amazing Soundscape.."
  • 4.3 (78 ratings)
    Journey into Space: Operation Luna, Episodes 1-13  by Charles Chilton
    Play Journey into Space: Operation Luna, Episodes 1-13

    Journey into Space: Operation Luna, Episodes 1-13

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Chilton
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged listeners as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.

    P. D. Smith says: "Wonderful dramatisation"
  •  
  • 4.4 (71 ratings)
    Nebulous  by Graham Duff Narrated by Mark Gatiss, David Warner
    Play Nebulous

    Nebulous

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Graham Duff
    • Narrated By Mark Gatiss, David Warner
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    (71)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The year is 2099 and Professor Nebulous (Gatiss) is the director of KENT, the Key Environmental Nonjudgemental Taskforce. Nebulous runs an eco-trouble shooting organisation called K.E.N.T. (which each week stands for something different). Sadly, the organisation is so woefully underfunded, they have to subsidise their work by running a launderette.

    Ben says: "The best new radio comedy since the Mighty Boosh"
  • 4.6 (57 ratings)
    Journey into Space: The World In Peril, Episodes 1-20  by Charles Chilton
    Play Journey into Space: The World In Peril, Episodes 1-20

    Journey into Space: The World In Peril, Episodes 1-20

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Chilton
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged the listener as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.

    Peter says: "A Journey into Digital download!"
  • 4.3 (40 ratings)
    Doctor Who: The Daleks' Master Plan  by Terry Nation, Dennis Spooner Narrated by William Hartnell, Peter Purves, full cast
    Play Doctor Who: The Daleks' Master Plan

    Doctor Who: The Daleks' Master Plan

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Terry Nation, Dennis Spooner
    • Narrated By William Hartnell, Peter Purves, full cast
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In their quest to gain control of the Solar System, the Daleks have taken posession of the Time Destructor, a weapon which threatens the safety of all who stand in their way. As they head up an alliance of alien races bent on destroying the human race, in their midst is none other than the treacherous Guardian of the Solar System, Mavic Chen.

    Ned says: "Essential classic"
  • 4.5 (24 ratings)
    Doctor Who: Adventures In History  by Donald Cotton, John Lucarotti, Gerry Davis Narrated by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, full cast
    Play Doctor Who: Adventures In History

    Doctor Who: Adventures In History

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Donald Cotton, John Lucarotti, Gerry Davis
    • Narrated By William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, full cast
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This great collection contains the soundtracks of three television adventures in which the Doctor and friends travel back in Time and get caught up in events in history.

    Ned says: "Bargain lost adventures"
  •  
  • 4.3 (21 ratings)
    Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden (Adapted)  by William Shatner Narrated by William Shatner
    Play Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden (Adapted)

    Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By William Shatner
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    One of the most gripping - and personal - Star Trek stories ever told, The Ashes of Eden provides a new understanding of one of science fiction's greatest heroes - as written and read by William Shatner!

    John says: "Captain James T Shatner"
  • 4.6 (18 ratings)
    The Scarifyers: The Horror of Loch Ness  by Simon Barnard, Paul Morris Narrated by David Warner, Terry Molloy, David Benson, Philip Madoc
    Play The Scarifyers: The Horror of Loch Ness

    The Scarifyers: The Horror of Loch Ness

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Simon Barnard, Paul Morris
    • Narrated By David Warner, Terry Molloy, David Benson, and others
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Scarifyers is a series of rip-roaring tales of comedic supernatural intrigue set in 1930s Britain, distilling the likes of Dick Barton, The Avengers, The Devil Rides Out and Quatermass into cracking new audio adventures. The Scarifyers is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has been described as 'rollicking good fun', 'a slice of audio perfection', 'the smartest and most enjoyable thing on British radio' and 'like Tintin but with the lights out.'

    Pippa says: "Enjoyable, if a bit frantic"
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]  by Neil Gaiman Narrated by Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Head
    Play Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (126)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    James says: "Amazing Story, Amazing Cast, Amazing Soundscape.."
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Adams Narrated by Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan, Stephen Moore
    Play The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Matthew says: "Everyone should download this"
  • Elvenquest (






UNABRIDGED) by Anil Gupta, Richard Pinot Narrated by Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Sophie Winkleman
    Play Elvenquest

    Elvenquest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anil Gupta, Richard Pinot
    • Narrated By Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Sophie Winkleman
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Stephen Mangan stars as fantasy novelist Sam, who is whisked off to a Tolkien-style parallel universe by a noble elf, a sexy warrior princess and a feisty dwarf called Dean. It seems that Sam's dog is 'The Chosen One' destined to save 'Lower Earth' from the evil Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan).

    Pippa says: "great humor"
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)  by Douglas Adams Narrated by Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Andrew Sachs, Jim Carter
    Play Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)

    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Andrew Sachs, and others
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Dirk Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things, but his Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely - and he's drawn into a four-billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.

    Chris says: "Classic Adams!"
  •  
  • Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1  by Eddie Robson Narrated by Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Hannah Murray, John-Luke Roberts, Dave Lamb, Don Gilet
    Play Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1

    Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Eddie Robson
    • Narrated By Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, and others
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    All four episodes, plus the pilot episode, of the BBC Radio sitcom about an alien invasion of a small village.

    The episodes are "Taking Overs", "Minimum Volume", "Power Block" and "Little Green Lights". Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully is written by Eddie Robson, and stars Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Hannah Murray, John-Luke Roberts, as well as Katherine Parkinson, Dave Lamb and Don Gilet.

    Pippa says: "Sadly, a bit of a let down"
  • Dirk Gently: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dramatised) (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Adams Narrated by Harry Enfield
    Play Dirk Gently: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dramatised)

    Dirk Gently: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Harry Enfield
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Harry Enfield exuberantly returns as Dirk Gently, who, fallen on hard times and dressed as a gypsy woman, is using his irritatingly accurate clairvoyant powers to read palms. He is saved when a frantic client turns up with a ludicrous story about being stalked by a goblin waving a contract accompanied by a hairy, green-eyed, scythe-wielding monster.

    Lee says: "Maggs works his magic on Dirk"
  • Journey into Space: Operation Luna, Episodes 1-13  by Charles Chilton
    Play Journey into Space: Operation Luna, Episodes 1-13

    Journey into Space: Operation Luna, Episodes 1-13

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Chilton
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Charles Chilton's classic science-fiction trilogy stormed the BBC airwaves during the 1950s. Its gripping story lines, extra-terrestrial sound effects, and atmospheric music engaged listeners as never before. Between 1953 and 1958, a devoted audience of adults and children attentively followed Captain Jet Morgan and his crew from one cliff-hanger to another as, together, they faced the unknown perils of space.

    P. D. Smith says: "Wonderful dramatisation"
  • Science Fiction Radio: Atom Age Adventures  by Isaac Asimov Narrated by Ernest Chappell
    Play Science Fiction Radio: Atom Age Adventures

    Science Fiction Radio: Atom Age Adventures

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Ernest Chappell
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    From the late 1940's through the 1950's, in a world where space travel and nuclear annihilation were no longer merely the stuff of fantasy, science fiction began to achieve a new popularity. And, the work of noted genre writers began to be adapted in movies and radio programs. Based (however implausibly) on science, these radio broadcasts reflected the depths of the nation's fears, and the boundlessness of its imagination.

  •  
  • The War of the Worlds: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)  by H. G. Wells
    Play The War of the Worlds: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)

    The War of the Worlds: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    When a Martian spacecraft lands on Woking Common, mankind is terrorised by aliens in tall, armoured capsules which stalk the countryside on three legs. The machines wreak havoc on London and the Southern Counties, and survivors are driven underground. Scientist John Nicholson (Paul Daneman) tells how he was plunged into a paralysing nightmare of stark terror, savage madness and utter destruction.

    Ian Kershaw says: "Fantastic"
  • The Scarifyers: The Horror of Loch Ness  by Simon Barnard, Paul Morris Narrated by David Warner, Terry Molloy, David Benson, Philip Madoc
    Play The Scarifyers: The Horror of Loch Ness

    The Scarifyers: The Horror of Loch Ness

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Simon Barnard, Paul Morris
    • Narrated By David Warner, Terry Molloy, David Benson, and others
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Scarifyers is a series of rip-roaring tales of comedic supernatural intrigue set in 1930s Britain, distilling the likes of Dick Barton, The Avengers, The Devil Rides Out and Quatermass into cracking new audio adventures. The Scarifyers is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has been described as 'rollicking good fun', 'a slice of audio perfection', 'the smartest and most enjoyable thing on British radio' and 'like Tintin but with the lights out.'

    Pippa says: "Enjoyable, if a bit frantic"
  • Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker  by Brian Hayles, Donald Tosh Narrated by William Hartnell, full cast
    Play Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker

    Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Brian Hayles, Donald Tosh
    • Narrated By William Hartnell, full cast
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The travellers arrive in the dangerous domain of the Toymaker, where their failure to win at a series of games could result in them becoming his playthings for eternity. Apparently innocuous nursery characters reveal deadly intent, and for companions Steven and Dodo the stakes are raised with every game of blind man's buff and musical chairs. The Doctor, meanwhile, is rendered invisible and given the challenge of completing the fiendishly difficult Trilogic game.

    Ned says: "Macabre & sinister fun"
  • Star Trek, Deep Space Nine: Emissary (Adapted)  by J.M. Dillard Narrated by Nana Visitor
    Play Star Trek, Deep Space Nine: Emissary (Adapted)

    Star Trek, Deep Space Nine: Emissary (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J.M. Dillard
    • Narrated By Nana Visitor
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Based on the blockbuster pilot episode for the Deep Space Nine television series, Emissary introduces listeners to the mysterious space station that hovers on the edge of a wormhole. Read by series star Nana Visitor, and enhanced with sound effects and an original score.

  • The Shadow over Innsmouth (






ABRIDGED) by H. P. Lovecraft Narrated by Richard Coyle
    Play The Shadow over Innsmouth

    The Shadow over Innsmouth

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Richard Coyle
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    The Shadow Over Innsmouth tells the first-person story of a young historian, Robert Olmstead, who, while investigating his family genealogy in New England, is intrigued to learn about a hated and mysterious fishing town called Innsmouth. When he visits he finds the place to be run-down and near-deserted, with a cult-like religion and a strange, degenerate population. His investigation soon turns into a race to escape the town and the the evil creatures he sees emerging from the sea.

  • At the Mountains of Madness  by HP Lovecraft Narrated by Richard Coyle
    Play At the Mountains of Madness

    At the Mountains of Madness

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By HP Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Richard Coyle
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    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    At the Mountains of Madness tells the first-person tale of geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University in the USA. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. For he has been there and seen the unimaginable horrors that lay beyond the mountains. At the Mountains of Madness was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931, originally a serialised story published in Astounding Stories magazine in the US.

  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]  by Neil Gaiman Narrated by Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Head
    Play Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (126)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    James says: "Amazing Story, Amazing Cast, Amazing Soundscape.."
  • Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1  by Eddie Robson Narrated by Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Hannah Murray, John-Luke Roberts, Dave Lamb, Don Gilet
    Play Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1

    Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Eddie Robson
    • Narrated By Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, and others
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    All four episodes, plus the pilot episode, of the BBC Radio sitcom about an alien invasion of a small village.

    The episodes are "Taking Overs", "Minimum Volume", "Power Block" and "Little Green Lights". Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully is written by Eddie Robson, and stars Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Hannah Murray, John-Luke Roberts, as well as Katherine Parkinson, Dave Lamb and Don Gilet.

    Pippa says: "Sadly, a bit of a let down"
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  • Undone: Series 1  by Ben Moor Narrated by Ben Moor, Alex Tregear, Duncan Wisbey
    Play Undone: Series 1

    Undone: Series 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Moor
    • Narrated By Ben Moor, Alex Tregear, Duncan Wisbey
    Overall
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    Ben Moor's comic sci-fi saga with Sarah Solemani and Dan Antopolski follows Edna Turner's adventures in London's bizarre parallel city. In this first series, she finds a new job and visits the theatre (or should that be 'untheatre'?) Meanwhile, genuinely faceless bureaucrats threaten to run London, as Edna's mum arrives, and London gets stranger and stranger for Edna, Tankerton, and both the Carlos.

  • Undone: Series 2  by Ben Moor Narrated by Ben Moor, Alex Tregear, Duncan Wisbey
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    Writer-performer Ben Moor's comic sci-fi about the bizarre parallel city of Undone, starring Alex Tregear and Tim Key. In this second series, Edna tries to make sense of a reality without Undone, heads to another London and uncovers a city-wide drugs racket and interrogates The Prince as she takes on the public information porn industry. Plus, Edna and Tankerton face their biggest challenge yet and return to her home town to attend a fete worse than death. Finally, Edna must avert an inter-dimensional apocalypse at Tankerton's wedding...

  • War of the Worlds: The Radio Show that Changed the World  by H. G. Wells, Howard Koch (adaptation) Narrated by Carl Phillips, Orson Wells
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    This is the "so-called" reason the government won't reveal all they know about UFOs. The panic from this broadcast was significant. Although Orson Welles, Mercury Theatre and the Columbia Broadcasting System couldn't "soap the windows" of their listeners the night before Halloween back in 1938, they could annihilate the world for them. And that's exactly what they did with this radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' famous novel, War of the Worlds.

  • Science Fiction Radio: Atom Age Adventures  by Isaac Asimov Narrated by Ernest Chappell
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    From the late 1940's through the 1950's, in a world where space travel and nuclear annihilation were no longer merely the stuff of fantasy, science fiction began to achieve a new popularity. And, the work of noted genre writers began to be adapted in movies and radio programs. Based (however implausibly) on science, these radio broadcasts reflected the depths of the nation's fears, and the boundlessness of its imagination.

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    This is the "so-called" reason the government won't reveal all they know about UFOs. The panic from this broadcast was significant. Although Orson Welles, Mercury Theatre and the Columbia Broadcasting System couldn't "soap the windows" of their listeners the night before Halloween back in 1938, they could annihilate the world for them. And that's exactly what they did with this radio adaptation of H.G. Wells's famous novel, War of the Worlds.

  • My First Planet: The Complete Series 1  by Phil Whelans Narrated by Phil Whelans, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine, Tom Goodman-Hill
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    The complete first series of My First Planet - a sitcom set on a shiny new planet, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine (Jo Brand's Getting On) & Tom Goodman-Hill (Another Case of Milton Jones) The story so far: Unfortunately, Burrows the leader of the colony has died on the voyage, so his Number 2, Brian (Nicholas Lyndhurst), is now in charge. He's a nice enough chap, but no alpha male, and his desire to sort things out with a nice friendly meeting infuriates the colony's Chief Physician, Lillian (Vicki Pepperdine), who'd really rather everyone was walking round in tight colour-coded tunics....

    Dasmon says: "Funny, but lacks something"