Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin in two full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramas.
After a lifetime spent in public relations, the drinking and smoking one-woman dynamo that is Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet Cotswold village.
Penelope Keith stars again as Agatha Raisin - Miss Marple with attitude - in the fourth volume of full-cast dramas based on the best-selling books by M.C. Beaton.
The Terrible TouristNow that their marriage plans have collapsed, Agatha is furious to find that James is taking a holiday on the island where they were to have their honeymoon. But when she sets out in pursuit of him, she stumbles upon another murder.
The Fairies of Fryfam
Having been hurt by James once too often, Agatha takes a trip to the Cornish village of Fryfam and is soon disturbed by some strange lights at the bottom of the garden.
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This version is a dramatisation of the two stories, featuring Penelope Keith. It's similar ot the other BBC Agatha Raisin radio drama series but not quite as good; fewer character voices and realistic sound effects. This is a huge improvement on the previous unabridged reading of the two titles on offer with Audible. The two other reviews on here refer to the old version.
I started listening to audiobooks at night during bouts of insomnia. I enjoy crime fiction, interesting biographies but will try anything.
I have loved the Agatha Raisin books but felt that this adaptation was a bit light and didn't do the original story justice. That said I enjoyed it.
I normally love the Agatha Raisin series, especially the dramatisations. This narrative is very tedious. I'm sorry to say Penelope Keith's voice in this telling is shrill and waring after about 10mins. As for the dreadful attempt at a Cypriot accent...Oh dear, it's quite painful.
I love Agatha Raisin, I love the full BBC Cast audiobooks - but am tentative about buying this one as it sounds as though it's just Penelope Keith narrating. Listening to the preview it sounds as though no one else stars. Any one have this audiobook to let us know?
"The Absent Fairies"
I notified Audible that this download only contains ONE of these books-- The Terrible Tourist. Athough they gave me a refund, they have failed to update the book title. This is an excellent audiobook; Ms Keith does a fantastic job reading it. But it is NOT what Audible advertises, and they KNOW that this title is falsely represented. If you bought it thinking both titles were here, contact them for a refund as I did. Shame on you, Audible; I thought that you were better than this.
"This is an audiobook - not a radio/TV program"
Review title says it all.
As noted in another review, only The Terrible Tourist is included - read by Penelope Keith.
The title, program type identification and cover art for the offering belong to a different audio.
"Only one of the stories is on this download!"
Buyer beware - this download contains only The Terrible Tourist.
That tale is great fun and Penelope Keith is fabulous - I really enjoyed what was there - but audible needs to delete the Fairies of Fryham title.
"NOT a dramatization - again"
Penelope Keith is a good reader, and the Agatha Raisin series is pretty good, but don't take the description here too literally - this is not a dramatization. It's a narration.
I wish the Audible people would check the recordings before they post descriptions like 'another full-cast dramatization'.
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