The Wizard of Evesham
Agatha is alarmed when her new wizard of a hairdresser seems keen to take on more than just her split ends. She soon discovers that everyone in his salon has a secret and that he practices a very dark magic indeed.
The Moment of Truth
Agatha must quickly discover the identity of the prisoner, but James is refusing to help. Has he really ceased to care for her?
The Murderous Marriage
After pursuing him for nearly four years, Agatha is finally about to marry James Lacey, the handsome Colonel next door. But there's just one little problem.
The Disappearing Trick
With her marriage dreams in tatters, Agatha has the small task of returning the wedding presents, and the slightly larger one of clearing her name of murder.
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This is a good listen - ideal for the car, however this audiobook does not contain the unabridged books, but rather the BBC radio plays based upon these books starring Penelope Keith. The radio plays are very good, although obviously much shorter than the books, and Penelope Keith makes an excellent Agatha.
WARNING Don't be fooled into thinking that you are getting two books for the price of one as the Wizard of Evesham is NOT included in this audiobook. For this reason only I have to give the overall mark 3 stars - how can i judge what i wasn't given? It's an odd paring anyway as The Murderous Marriage is book 5 and the Wizard of Evesham is book 8! However, the price for the single book is actually cheaper than a lot of the other Agatha Raisin books, so if you pay for it then you are still getting your money's worth (of course if you bought it with a credit you may well feel that you have been conned).
You can actually tell by the running time of about 6 hours that there cannot possibly be two unabridged books included, and if you look at the book cover you can see that it only mentions The Murderous Marriage.
I see that there is another 'double-up' book on offer (The Curious Curate and Buried Treasure). Again, only the Curious Curate shows on the book cover, and the running time is only 6.5 hours so I doubt that Buried Treasure is also on there but I haven't bought it yet so this is just my surmise.
Anyway, back to the review of The Murderous Marriage, all I can say is that the performance and story both get 5* - Penelope Keith's performance is as good as ever and the book is as entertaining as all the previous ones.
Didn't have Wizard of Evesham on there! Confused. Listened to Murderous marriage. New to audible so not sure if I am using it correctly.
"Great fun hearing Agatha acted out!"
This is a dramatization, but being a fan of Agatha Raisin novels, I found it quite entertaining. All of the actors are wonderful and my only complaint that it was over too soon!
"Very good book!"
Penelope Keith makes it easy to follow along with this book. As usual, I very much enjoyed another Agatha Raisin mystery. I recommend her books to all mystery buffs.
Agatha Raisin, as always, was very enjoyable but at the time I am writing this review, the title of this audible book is The Wizard of Evesham and the Murderous Marriage and that is what the description said was included in this audible book but it's just The Murderous Marriage so it's very misleading. False advertising, really.
I loved the book, I don't love Audible's incorrect description about what was included.
Audible needs to update this.
"Advertised as unabridged and it is not"
This book has "unabridged" as its description and it is a dramatic rendition. While it is ok, it certainly does not qualify as unabridged in the classic sense.
M C Beaton knows how to tell a story. And Penelope knows how to deliver.
"Great Radio Play - Unabridged vs Abridged"
Fantastic! So enjoyable. Penelope Keith just IS Agatha Raisin, and all the other characters are so believable. Highly recommended.
Story:The radio play is (obviously) not going to be as involved as the unabridged book, but it is involved enough to be entertaining and not so involved that you have to pay strict and close attention - nice and breezy. As a radio play should be IMHO.
** Abridged VS Unabridged:
There are a lot of complaints about these being the 'Abridged' version of the books that are listed as 'Unabridged'. So, here's the skinny. Radio Plays often refer to themselves as 'Unabridged' even if the Radio Play itself is an abridged version of the book. What you are getting is an 'Unabridged Radio Play' - the whole play, but not necessarily the whole book.
A number of Radio Plays (including some of the Agatha Raisin plays) are incorrectly categorized as an Audiobook, so they are listed as Unabridged Audiobooks when they should either be listed as an Unabridged Radio Play or (minimally) an Abridged Audiobook.
** Finding the Radio Play Collections:
Audible does a TERRIBLE job in organizing them so they are very hard to find.
There are currently 5 Radio Play Collections on Audible (as of now):
- Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death and the Vicious Vet (Dramatisation)
- Agatha Raisin: Potted Gardener and The Walkers of Dembley (Dramatisation)
- Agatha Raisin: The Wizard Of Evesham & The Murderous Marriage
- Agatha Raisin: The Terrible Tourist and Fairies of Frylam (Dramatisation)
- Agatha Raisin: The Curious Curate & The Buried Treasure
Some are listed as just Agatha Raisin, without listing the title within the collection. No idea why.
Penelope Keith. Amazingly dry and well-delivered. Just as I imagine Agatha Raisin to be.
"Makes me think of my mother!"
Recommended to friends because of the extremely "listenable" voice of Penelope Keith and the wit and story-line by the author
Friendly voice - seems to always "smiling" as she speaks - an important quality for a reader
The very first mention of the words "Mrs Raisin" (strangely enough).
This series caught my attention because the name "Mrs Raisin" is the same as my mothers! I always thought while growing up that the surname "Raisin" would be a bit of a cross to bear....but now I see that it is one of which I can be proud! Mrs Raisin is my hero!(Both the literary one and my dear Mum)......Chris Raisin
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