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  • The Midwich Cuckoos

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed - except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Wyndham... peerless.

  • By R. T. on 19-01-18

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-19

This book is superb much better than the film i think it must be due to be dramatized soon as the story is as revealing today as when it was written

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection, Volume 3

  • Four BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisations
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels. Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations - first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 - are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide. The stories featured are Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, and Busman's Honeymoon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stately and fabulous

  • By jmonelle on 21-03-19

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-19

Most of the stories are heavily abridged but as I've read the books several times that is of no matter. I absolutely loved them all what a treat

  • Weekend at Thrackley

  • By: Alan Melville
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Jim Henderson is one of six guests summoned by the mysterious Edwin Carson, a collector of precious stones, to a weekend party at his country house, Thrackley. The house is gloomy and forbidding, but the party is warm and hospitable except for the presence of Jacobson, the sinister butler. The other guests are wealthy people draped in jewels; Jim cannot imagine why he belongs in such company. After a weekend of adventure with attempted robbery and a vanishing guest, secrets come to light, and Jim unravels a mystery from his past. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous

  • By Charlotte Brown on 28-01-19

I stuck with it

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

This book was really tosh, I'm a huge fan of Golden Age Crime Fiction and this fell well short of of the mark
The plot was really non exsistant the characters were like something out of a cartoon
I really don't see how it caused such a stir when it was first published
The language was laughable and odd in fact I kept expecting it to be a comedy but I think it was deadly serious
I stuck with it as I'd bought it and hoped in vain it might get better
One to forget i think

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Scholar

  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

When the fellows at an Oxford college appeal to Peter Wimsey to resolve a dispute, he and Harriet are happy to oblige. The dispute between the two passionate parties is evenly balanced, that is, until several of the fellows unexpectedly die. And the causes of death bear an uncanny resemblance to the murder methods in Peter's past cases - methods that Harriet has used in her novels.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as a DL Sayers but better than nothing

  • By Claire on 15-05-14

Good story but terrible nararator

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

I enjoyed this book but nearly gave up on it because of the narration
Gordon Griffin was awful he just isn't suited to This book its very difficult to tell who is speaking
And his pronunciation of Domina was like nails down a back board
Such a shame

  • The Something Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From beginning to end, a brilliant audio book.

  • By Lesley on 05-11-17

Nice way to round things off

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

I must admit I nearly have up on this one as the story was very frustrating at times but I'm glad I stuck with it
It wasn't quite as good as the Nothing girl and the story was predictable but it's had It's charm and I'm glad I finished it
I still much prefer the St Mary's chronicles but this was a pleasant way to pass a few hours

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book

  • By ellen on 08-05-15

Absolutely enchanting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I Love the st Mary's books by Jodi Taylor and have read them all so as I'm waiting for the next one I found this
I'm glad I did it was fantastic, it made me laugh and also cry in parts
I loved everything about it ,I'm downloading The Something Girl as we speak

  • All Change

  • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The final book in the landmark Cazalet Chronicles, recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It is the 1950s and as the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, the Duchy, passes away, she takes with her the last remnants of a world - of great houses and servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sort of an Ending

  • By Alison on 05-05-15

Such a let down

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

Reviewed: 17-01-14

I have loved the first four of the Cazelet Chronicles but this one is a huge let down.
The story seems forced and not of the same quality as the first four as though someone else had written it
The narrative rambles on and seemed forced Some of the charecters in the book seem to have undergone a complete personality change and one story in particular is ridiculous!.
but by far the very worse thing is Penelope Wiltons reading it is nothing short of awful the previous books were sublimely read by Jill Balkham but this reading by Ms Wilton is terrible!
If it wasnt for the fact that I wanted to hear the end I'd have given up
Penelope Wilton is quite annoying as Mrs Crawley is Downton Abbey but she should really stick to that

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Through every family run memories which bind it together, despite everything. The Tulls of Baltimore were no exception. Now as Pearl lies dying, stiffly encased in her pride and solitude, the past is unlocked and with it its secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable well told story of family life

  • By Mrs S. on 11-01-15

I absolutely loved it

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

This book was fantastic, truly magical. I love Anne Tyler and I wasn't dissapointed. This story is warm. funny, poignant and extremely well written
Highly Recommended