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C. Knight

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  • The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

  • By: James Anderson
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Welcome to Alderley, a magnificent mansion in the heart of the West Country where a grand house party is taking place. The preparations have been made, the guests have been invited, and the staff are on hand. What could possibly go wrong? Let the entertainment begin. The theft of the diamond necklace and the antique pistols might all be explained, but the body in the lake - that really was a puzzle. 'Don't expect me to solve anything,' Inspector Wilkens announced modestly when he arrived to sort out the unpleasantness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable murder mystery

  • By Katie on 27-11-15

Not quite what you think...

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

After having this constantly recommended to me by Audible I Finally gave it a listen. My biggest regret was that I’d left it so long!

Firstly this in not another cosy murder mystery, it’s more of a pastiche and it’s done wonderfully well. You have every character from the classic who done it’s, the bumbling bobby and Inspector, the dotty old ladies, Lord of the manor etc etc. The real difference though is that it’s done with real affection for its source material, it lovingly borrows from the classics and makes something truly, perfectly new.

A classic in its own right, a must for any lovers of Christy, Lord Peter, Marple and Midsomer.

  • Cunk on Everything

  • The Encyclopedia Philomena
  • By: Philomena Cunk
  • Narrated by: Philomena Cunk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

In the olden days, people used to learn about things from encyclopedias. And that was really good, because you could read it, and learn it, then you could stop worrying about thinking. But now, with the Internet and more people and science and research, there's just too much knowledge - more every year - and it's overwhelming. So, after years of asking the big questions - like 'what did people do before evolution?' and 'what is clocks?' - intrepid reporter and visionary philosopher Philomena Cunk is bringing the encyclopedia back with this definitive guide to everything you will ever need to know about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredi-cunk... which isn't a word. Except it is.

  • By Kevin Lennox on 05-11-18

Cunk is Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

I made the mistake of putting this on at bedtime and was helplessly laughing well into the small hours. It’s utterly stupid in the very best way, genuinely funny.

  • Hut 33: The Complete Series 1-3

  • The Hit BBC Radio 4 Comedy
  • By: James Cary
  • Narrated by: Alex Macqueen, Fergus Craig, Lill Roughley, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Set during World War Two, Hut 33 follows the adventures of a team of codebreakers at Bletchley Park as they work tirelessly to break German codes, matching wits with the fabled Enigma Machine. Unfortunately, they hate each other. Archie is a stroppy Geordie socialist revolutionary while Professor Charles Gardner is a toffee-nosed snob. In theory, the immensely stupid 3rd Lt. Joshua Featherstonhaugh-Marshall is in charge of the hut, but he is still struggling with even the most basic concepts....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Code breaking at its funniest

  • By Donald on 05-02-18

I wish there was more!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

Olivia Colman is brilliant as the deadly Minka who has a million ways to kill Nazis and a hatred of Owls. This hilarious take on Bletchley is effortlessly brilliant and well worth a credit, it reminds me of both the best of Allo Allo and Dads Army. Typically British comedy at its best.

  • Stinker Lets Loose!

  • By: Mike Sacks, James Taylor Johnston
  • Narrated by: Jon Hamm, Eric Martin, Andy Richter, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Mike has teamed up with director Eric Martin to adapt the novelization into a fully immersive cinematic audio experience, and an epic all-star cast has come together to introduce Stinker to a whole new generation of fans! It's Smokey and the Bandit meets Every Which Way But Loose meets Smokey and the Bandit Parts 2 and 3. Feel the thrill as Stinker teams up with old pals Boner and Jumbo, plus new friends Buck and Rascal the Chimp, for a crazy ride across the highways and byways of Bicentennial America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A parody of the film ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

  • By Nigel on 10-01-18

The joke gets old very quickly

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

Yes, it’s funny and yes it’s rude and really only for adults but honestly? It gets tired very quickly, after a while you find yourself forgetting to listen to what’s being said. It’s hugely overly sexual in a way that may have been funny in the 1970s but now feels off the mark, crude jokes about sex and nakedness pepper this to such an extent that it’s over seasoned.

  • Undone: The Complete Series 1-3

  • The BBC Radio 4 Sci-Fi Comedy
  • By: Ben Moor
  • Narrated by: Al Murray, Alex Tregear, Ben Moor, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Sci-fi comedy about the bizarre city of Undone - a weird parallel version of London. Edna Turner has moved to London to start a new job at entertainment magazine Get Out! When she arrives, she meets the strange Tankerton Slopes, who claims to come from a parallel version of London known as 'Undone'. Undone is 'where the weirdness comes from': where you can find pet tricks shows, medication designed to make you paranoid and the Undone delicacy ‘troubled eggs’. Weird things flow into London, and mundane things flow into Undone, making them the peculiar places they are. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like it...

  • By C. Knight on 26-02-19

I wanted to like it...

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

Reviewed: 26-02-19

Few things are as glorious as a good radio comedy but this isn’t actually funny, it’s just odd but in this case that’s really not the same thing.

I found I was having to force myself to listen to it as it couldn’t keep my attention at all, it’s a story that’s been done before ( a place like this but different, reachable by only a few and where everything’s just slightly stranger ) but honestly it’s been done much better than this!

Please Audible, stop raking up every random bbc radio play and asking people to pay for them!

  • Dot: The Complete Series 1-3

  • By: Ed Harris
  • Narrated by: David Acton, full cast, Kate O'Flynn, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Dot's had quite enough of making tea in the Cabinet War Rooms. When she finds a cryptic message in the newspaper she enlists the help of her gals - will this be the big break Dot's been waiting for? Follow Dot as she gets squiffy over Agent Bertie Whiff-Whaff, concocts stirring yet pithy slogans for the war effort and goes on a mission to St Horribly Vulture’s School for Boys to enlist a teacher for...'shhhh...Bletchley Park!' Dot will do her bally utmost for King and Country in these spiffing tales of derring-do (and, occasionally, derring-don’t), whether investigating suspicious deaths, outwitting dastardly spies or helping the Prime Minister with his French vocab.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really Disappointed

  • By East Stander on 14-12-18

Really poor

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

This is really poor, I tried to push through it hoping it’d get better but it doesn’t, I couldn’t even finish it before I returned it and I regret the time I spent on it.

It’s a mess of silliness and annoying voices with a story so poor I struggled to make sense of it. Terrible.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Norfolk Mysteries

  • County Guides to Murder, Book 1
  • By: Ian Sansom
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

The first book in The County Guides to Murder Series. The County Guides to Murder are a series of detective novels set in 1930s England. The books are an odyssey through England and its history. In each county, the protagonists - Stephen Sefton, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and his employer, the People's Professor, Swanton Morley - solve a murder. The first book is set in Norfolk. The murder is in the vicarage. There are 39 books - and 39 murders - to follow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Unexpected

  • By Ms Lixie on 17-01-14

I rather enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

I can appreciate this won’t be for everyone but I loved it! A strange mix of history, crime and local gossip this is a hard book to categorise, it’s best just to enjoy it for the experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 19-21
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 19 - 21: "GHOST OF A CHANCE": Every Halloween, the supposedly haunted Bell Hotel hosts its famous 'Ghost-Hunters Dinner', complete with scary stories, spooky apparitions and things that go bump in the night. But this year's event ends in a terrifying accident, and suddenly everyone wonders... Is there a real ghost loose in the hotel?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank goodness it’s back!!

  • By C. Knight on 10-05-18

Thank goodness it’s back!!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This felt like a long time coming but it was worth the wait as Sarah and Jack are back on top form once again. I doubt anyone will be starting the series here so you know what to expect but I did love the hint of something more in their relationship, the slightest touch of romance maybe?

Fingers crossed we won’t be waiting months again for the next chapter, I get very jealous of my German friends getting it so soon as they are books ahead!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 16-18
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

The Last Puzzle: When amiable old village eccentric Quentin Andrews dies, the good folk of Cherringham are astonished at the crowd that turns up to his funeral. But even more astonished are the beneficiaries of his will: Quentin has left a veritable fortune to whomever is the first who can solve an intricate 'Cherringham crossword'. That puzzle is only the first of many that Jack and Sarah will uncover as they follow the treasure hunt for clues and learn the truth about who Quentin Andrews really was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Janey on 06-06-17

Where are the rest!

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

If you enjoy murder mysteries and good old fashioned detective work these are for you. I'm so hoping for more soon!

  • Gloomsbury: Series 4

  • The hit BBC Radio 4 comedy
  • By: Sue Limb
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes, full cast, Nigel Planner, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Miriam Margolyes and Alison Steadman star in the fourth BBC Radio 4 series of Sue Limb's wickedly funny parody of the Bloomsbury Group. This fourth series sees our arty, adulterous Bohemians struggling with the issues of class, money and how to become truly modern. Henry is concerned about Vera's dangerous susceptibility to romance, and her tendency to fascinate several women at once. In addition, he is wrestling with his biography of the king, misses the hurly burly of life at the Foreign Office and is tempted to stand for Parliament as a Labour MP.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sound on Echo Spot

  • By Book Scout on 04-01-19

Not as good as the first three

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

I love Gloomsbury but this felt a little forced, it's still good but not quite up there was the others.