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  • The Outcasts of Time

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

December 1348: With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries - living each one of their remaining days 99 years after the last. John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, thought-provoking historical fiction

  • By Kirstine on 13-10-17

Thoroughly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It is not my usual genre and I
bought this on a whim (as it just jumped out to me) but I am very
pleased I did buy it because it was so good I listened to this in one sitting with my husband who also enjoyed it. I was sorry when it ended. There were three times during this story that I was so taken by what was happening to the characters that I felt quite emotionally involved as the two brothers are taken through their six days going from Century to Century every 99 years. A fascinating story which I look forward to listening to again.

  • The Mysterious Mansion

  • By: Honore de Balzac
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In this Poe-like tale, set in "an old gray house", a man exacts a bizarre revenge on his unfaithful wife and her lover. This chilling story is one of Balzac's most popular.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • ABSOLUTELY DREADFUL READING

  • By Highlight on 25-05-18

ABSOLUTELY DREADFUL READING

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

This is an appalling dreadful reading of a very good piece of literature. The narrator completely destroys any and all value of Balzacs story.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Alec McCowan, Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

A wonderfully charming recording available for the first time as a digital download.Jack Worthing lives in the country with his budding young ward Cecily Cardew and her fusspot governess, Miss Prism. To escape his situation, Jack invents a brother named Ernest who lives in London and frequently needs him. When in London, Jack then poses as Ernest. This elaborate fabrication proceeds smoothly until Jack/Ernest falls in love and his fiancee’s mother discovers there is more – or, rather, less – to him than meets the eye.“

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Highlight on 06-05-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Excellent production and performance. Not too over the top as some if the others out there. Well done.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dramatised)

  • By: Oscar Wilde, Jamie Glover
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Ian McDiarmid, Full Cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of Wilde's gothic masterpiece. When Dorian Gray gazes upon his portrait, he is struck by his own youth and beauty and makes a wish that they will last forever. Gradually, his simple good nature is corrupted with the help of his hedonistic friend Lord Henry Wotton. Dorian sinks into a life of debauchery and depravity yet keeps his innocent good looks. Only his portrait reveals the true corruption of his soul Starring Jamie Glover as Dorian Gray and Ian McDiarmid as Lord Henry Wotton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Performance

  • By Highlight on 06-05-18

Beautiful Performance

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

This is one of the better productions of the famous Dorian Gray. A beautiful performance by Glover and McDairmid. Like it so much I can listen to it any amount of times any where. All comes down to sticking to the Victorian theme and the brilliance of the actors. Could not listen to the modern versions which as usual lost the gloss and charisma of the era which makes Wildes plays.

  • The Ibsen Collection (Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House, An Enemy of the People) - Audible Classic Theatre

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Henrik Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Owen Teale, Harry Myers, Laura Carmichael, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

This collection of three of Ibsen's plays is voiced by a sparkling cast and features music, SFX and a full soundscape. Hedda Gabler is a poignant study of loneliness, impotent rage and societal expectations breeding a certain kind of madness, An Enemy of the People is a true classic and a play for our modern times in equal measure and A Doll's House presents a fascinating before-its-time window onto a world where expectations of women were streets apart from the contemporary world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Master

  • By Keith on 06-07-17

DREADFUL AMATUER ACTING AT ITS WORST:UNLISTENABLE

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

This is a very disappointing collecton of the great Ibsen classics. I got as far as Hedda Gabbler one of my favourite plays and after ten minuets begged to switch off. The lead actress and actor are APPALLINGLY amatuer, their performances are unlistenable. I have Diana Rigg on a televised Hedda and Juliet Stevens in a radio Hedda production and both play the part of Hedda Gabbler to aplomb. The actors in this version have no idea how to act, their version is sickly, headachey and PAINFUL. How did this get past AUDITION!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just Between Ourselves

  • By: Alan Ayckbourn
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, Miriam Margolyes, Judy Geeson, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

The first of Ayckbourn's darkly comic masterpieces involves a relentlessly cheerful handyman in a disastrously fractured marriage. Two couples develop an unlikely friendship in this painfully funny portrait of British suburban life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • UTTER GARBAGE With a Capital U & G

  • By Highlight on 06-04-18

UTTER GARBAGE With a Capital U & G

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

So disappointed with this Ayckbourn rubbish. Not funny in any way. An insult to intelligence. We have one other Ayckbourn play that has everyone in stitches, it has a point a theme and structure unlike this nonsense and having read headline reviews about his style and work thought this playwright might have something, but having listened to a full collection of his plays plus this one, his work is so painful to listen to that I and the rest of our family and friends almost died of boredom and pointlessness. 👎

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Counter-Measures Series 2

  • By: Matt Fitton, James Goss, Cavan Scott, and others
  • Narrated by: Pamela Salem, Simon Williams, Karen Gledhill, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

The British government has created the Counter-Measures group, a specialist team that investigates strange phenomena and dangerous technology. This box set contains four of their adventures plus a behind-the-scenes documentary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD OLD STYLE RADIO SCIENCE FICTION

  • By Highlight on 06-04-18

GOOD OLD STYLE RADIO SCIENCE FICTION

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

My science fiction husband enjoys this set of three Counter Measures and would like more please. So would I. I was not sure how I would feel when I purchased series one, but by the end of it I had already bought series two and three, so come on ... Please give us a series 4, 5, 6 & 7. We love it ! Good acting by some of our best English actors. Excellently produced and directed storylines full of atmosphere and creepiness.

  • The Hoyden (Dramatized)

  • By: Berta Platas
  • Narrated by: Clair Whitworth Kiernan, Fiona Leonard Brown, William L. Brown, and others
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Impetuous Lady Martha and her sister, Lady Julia, are shy country girls, come to London to be presented to Society by their Aunt Maybelle, the Duchess - and, if the Duchess has her way, to marry well. However, the plain-spoken sisters are ill-prepared to cope with the circumspectly courteous demands of city life and High Society. Will Lady Martha survive her encounter with Lord Peter Thornham with her reputation intact, or will his rakish reputation soil another family's good name?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • UTTER DRIVEL

  • By Highlight on 05-04-18

UTTER DRIVEL

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Bought by mistake, returned and refunded. Amateur writing and atrocious acting. Hope I never come across more work by whom ever wrote this.

  • Radio Crimes

  • Cadfael: Monk's Hood [Dramatised]
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Philip Madoc
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

After the violence of civil war in the spring, Shrewsbury has enjoyed a quiet summer and a good harvest. But, as Cadfael reflects ruefully, such a peaceful state of affairs cannot be expected to last. He's right. The trouble begins when Gervase Bonel, rich lord of the manor, proposes to sign all his property over to the Abbey. A welcome gift, but when Bonel is found poisoned, foul play is suspected somewhere along the line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • benedictine Morse.

  • By Michael A on 31-07-17

Excellent Production

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

This is an excellent production of the Monk sleuth well acted, great background tracking all take you into the world of Brother Cadfael as he fights for the justice of yet another murder mystery. I have the 3 Cadfael’s and live in hope that more will be dramatised. PLEASE 😊

  • Five Little Pigs (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Moffatt
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

John Moffatt stars as the great Belgian detective in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. Carla Lemarchant was a child of five when her mother was accused and convicted of poisoning her father, the famous painter Amyas Crale. After Caroline Crale dies in prison, Carla is sent to live with her uncle and aunt in Canada. Only on her twenty-first birthday does Carla learn of her family history when she reads a letter written by Caroline before her death, in which she denies murdering her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Agatha Christie & John Moffat I Love It❤️

  • By Highlight on 02-04-18

Fantastic Agatha Christie & John Moffat I Love It❤️

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Another great production from the BBC who have done themselves credit for their brilliance in these wonderful adaptations of Christie’s Hercule Poirot. I love these so much I have the full collection and never tire of repeatedly enjoying listening to them. John Moffat is par excellence as the radio moustache Belgium sleuth, though I just wish they had had the nerve to have also included a Hastings.