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  • The Innocence of Father Brown, Volume 2

  • A Radio Dramatization
  • By: G. K. Chesterton, M. J. Elliott (dramatization)
  • Narrated by: J.T. Turner, The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest takes on bandits, traitors and killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Candid whodunnit with a classic Engish flavour.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Candid whodunnit with a classic Engish flavour.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

As with the first volume, the setting and cast performance is enjoyably British and true to Chesterton's style, but the stories are a bit too simple for keen readers of the genre, with the characters a little too bi-dimensional.

  • Ep. 3: Life-Saving Clocks (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Bill is joined by David Rooney, the Science Museum's Curator of Time, Navigation and Transport, who tells the story of the John Harrison Clock and the inventor's quest to solve the longitude problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

  • Ep. 2: The Pioneers of Radio (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Bill tells the story of the Italian Navy Detector that was devised by a humble scientist, Jagadish Chandra Bose, who could be regarded as one of India's greatest minds. And the more famous, Guillermo Marconi, and his quest to invent the Marconi Short-Wave Beam Transmitter. He is joined by John Liffen, the Science Museum's Curator of Communications.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

  • Ep. 1: Mapping the Earth (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

An object that helped create the first map of Britain and one at the forefront of climate-change research. Bill tells the stories of the Great Theodolite that was used on the principle triangulation of Britain, and AATSR (Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer) that measures the temperature of the sea from space. Both objects tell a story about why collaboration is so important in the field of scientific discovery from the teams that put together the first maps to the international fight against climate change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

  • Ep. 4: Giant Telescopes and Fusion Power (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

A giant telescope built by a wealthy Irish landlord during the potato famine and a model of an object that the British media claimed had re-created the sun. Bill tells the stories behind the mirror from the great Rosse telescope and the model of the Harwell controlled Zero Energy Thermonuclear Assembly (ZETA), with the help of Alison Boyle who is the Keeper of Science Collections at the Science Museum. Both objects tell about the pursuit of science and the quest for fame and publicity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

  • Ep. 5: Unlikely Medical Inventions (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

How a teenage inventor, a pig's head, a lump of plywood and a famous British record label made medical history. Bill tells the stories behind the invention of the Reynold's Portable X-Ray Kit and the world's first CT brain scanner, with the help of Katie Dabin, who is the Curator of Medicine at the Science Museum. Their stories reveal how scientific inventions sometimes happen by accident or come from people without a classic scientific background.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and entertaining.

  • By EvaGM on 05-10-18

Light and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

  • The Time Being

  • By: Antonia Honeywell
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 716

At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent’s Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk? The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you’ll love the full-length novel sequel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good

  • By S. Corner on 03-01-16

Intriguing introduction to a dystopian world

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

My curiosity is definitely piqued. This short tale is written in an interesting style and performed with flair, painting a partial but thrilling picture of what could very well be a great dystopian story. I'm thinking of trying the novel (The Ship), altough I'm not exactly encouraged by the listeners' reviews.

  • The Reluctant Widow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly excellent

  • By JED on 01-02-16

Entertaining and endearing

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

Reviewed: 19-06-18

Perhaps the main characters here are less complex and layered than in other Georgette Heyer novels I've read, and so is the romantic plot, but this is largely balanced by the humourous situations and slightly absurd adventures they get themselves into. The support characters are pure gold, and so are all her incredibly well-researched references to the culture and customs of the era.

The reader did an excellent job in my opinion, all the characters are easily identifiable and the cadence and tone of his speech are believable for the period.

  • The Capture of Cerberus & The Incident of the Dog's Ball

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In 2004, a remarkable archive was unearthed at Agatha Christie’s family home, Greenway - 73 of her private notebooks, filled with pencilled jottings and ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting early drafts, beautifully read

  • By EvaGM on 19-06-18

Interesting early drafts, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 19-06-18

I enjoyed comparing these discarded early versions with the more polished stories Christie finally published, a lovely little treat for her fans. David Suchet is as brilliant as ever, perhaps his 'Russian' accent isn't the best I've ever heard but still.

  • Ghostly Tales: An Audible Christmas Gift

  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,578

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well read

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-12-17

Delightful.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Great classic ghost stories, all new to me, brilliantly read by the talented Simon Callow. Sally Phillips gives him the perfect replica to create the framing story, which is a bonus enjoyment for those readers who understand the best ghost stories require a bit of suspension of belief.