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  • The Last Continent

  • Discworld, Book 22
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really poor sound quality

  • By Bethany Black on 27-04-15

Grows on you

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-16

I first read this book many years ago and thought it ok. I have listened to it a couple of times this year and it's becoming a firm favourite, It is well read, and I like the sheer improbability of the stories. I used to find Rincewind stuff silly but I'm either growing similarly silly as I get older or am appreciating Sir Terry's skill more and more. MAybe when I'm listening my mind throws up the visuals to go along with the story better than when I am concentrating on the written word. WEll worth your time.

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  • Scales of Justice

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in a beautiful stream which winds past their homes. Then one of their small community is found brutally murdered; beside him is the freshly killed trout. Both died by violence - but Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn's murder investigation seems to be much more interested in the fish.... Scales of Justice was first published in 1955.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Sybil on 28-02-16

Good story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-16

This is one of my favourite Ngaio marsh stories, and I have a version read by the late James Saxon which is excellent, but on audio cassette. Glad to see this full length version although benedict cumberbatch is adequate in the abridged story the story suffers from the shortening. This is a fair version but Phillip franks voice is too light for Roderick Alleyn and this Mars the telling , although his version of inspector fox is good. I would really like to see the James Saxon version re-released., but this is worth a listen. Phillip franks does make a good fist of it as Margery allingham's hero Albert campion, just the right tone and degree of hesitation.

  • Brother Cadfael Mysteries: Dead Man's Ransom (BBC Radio Crimes)

  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Philip Madoc, Michael KItchen, Susannah York
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Ellis Peters' thrilling mystery featuring medieval monk Brother Cadfael. It is 1141. In Shrewsbury, civil war is tearing the country apart as the bitter feud between King Stephen and Maud shows no sign of abating. Cadfael, safe within the peaceful walls of the Abbey, does not expect to be drawn on to the battlefield - but when a Welsh prisoner of war is brought to him for treatment of a sword-wound, he finds himself embroiled in the conflict.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by editing

  • By Sybil on 28-07-15

Ruined by editing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-15

This is a fair story ruined by the lack of editing out the radio trailers at the beginning and end of what was obviously a radio serialisation. I didn't need the flow of the story to be interrupted with these over and over again nor to hear the last scene repeated a few minutes after hearing it. It may well be a contractual problem but it should have been sorted as it really impacted on the enjoyment of the story. In defence of the actors they were good, especially Philip Madoc who was excellent as Cadfael

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  • The Devil's Novice

  • The Eighth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Outside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peters and Saint Paul, in September of the year of our Lord 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive 19-year-old novice. Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation. Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname the Devil's Novice. Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priest's dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet's innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before a boy's pure passion, not evil intent, leads a novice to the noose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil's Novice

  • By ColinB on 08-11-11

Poor obvious story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-15

Story plot was evident very early on and it was also obvious that the family dynamics would change (I'm trying not to reveal anything)
Reader was dreadful, kept changing pronunciations and into nations so that it jerked along. The readings by Derek Jacobi are In comparison superb and I think him lazy.

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  • Singing in the Shrouds

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

On a cold February night, the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away, singing.

When the cargo ship, Cape Farewell, sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • an easy listen

  • By Ben The Cat on 07-10-10

Reader a bit light

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-15

Anton Lessor is a good reader but his voice is a bit light for Inspector Alleyn who is described as having. A deep voice so I found him a little unbelievable. shame because I like the story. The unabridged version read by James Saxon is much better.

  • The Fifth Elephant

  • Discworld, Book 24
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,359

Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday, he was a duke, a chief of police, and an ambassador. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vimes is out of time and already out of breath....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A review about narrators, Planer versus Briggs

  • By Karen Williams on 22-09-15

Fifth elephant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-15

Excellent, one o f my favourite stories. I particularly like ankh morpork
Stories and this gives some background to Angua. Sybil also comes out with more character and confidence. I also like the introduction of the dark low king.

  • The Box of Delights

  • The Adventures of Kay Harker
  • By: John Masefield
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The second and best-loved of two classic titles in children's literature. Returning home from school for the Christmas holidays, young Kay Harker meets the mysterious Punch and Judy Man, Cole Hawlings, who asks him to protect a magical box. The box is a means of travelling into the past and Kay’s old adversary, the villainous magician Abner Brown, will stop at nothing to possess it. With mystery and mayhem all around him, Kay must begin a new and more perilous quest to return the box to its rightful owner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for Christmas!

  • By Sybil on 27-01-15

Not just for Christmas!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-15

I love this story leaves a lot to your own imagination, doesn't need to explain mysteries. I also like the midnight folk but this edges it.

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  • Traitor's Purse

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Campion investigates once more, but this time he is on the run from the police - classic British crime writing at its best. Celebrated amateur detective Albert Campion awakes in hospital accused of attacking a police officer and suffering from acute amnesia. All he can remember is that he was on a mission of vital importance to His Majesty's government before his accident. On the run from the police and unable to recognise even his faithful servant Lugg or his own fiancée

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible voice

  • By Sybil on 07-07-13

Terrible voice

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-13

What would have made Traitor's Purse better?

I have loved this story and all the Albert Campion tales. Really pleased to see it unabridged as I had the Francis Matthews version on cassette and the Philip Franks on CD/audio. Both of these were excellent. This starts fine until David Thorpe speaks as Campion - what a terrible voice. Campion is meant to look an idiot but is actually sharp as a knife but he is well educated (scion of royalty) and not sound one even if he babbles at times. This has really ruined this to the extent that I can't listen to it and will go back to the Philip Franks version until hopefully the Francis Matthews is reissued on Audio CD . Please make that soon!
I won't buy any of the other David Thorpe recordings and its such a pity.

What other book might you compare Traitor's Purse to, and why?

This is more like an spy story than Allingham's usual detectives but still quite gentle.

How could the performance have been better?

Used the FRancis Matthews recording or get David Thorpe to reinterpret Campion

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Yes, anger at David Thorpe and whoever let him get away with such rubbish, sad that one of my favourite stories has been spoilt and very very disappointed that I'd wasted the money.

Any additional comments?

No

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