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  • Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.... Collected together for the first time are seven full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of Terry Pratchett’s novels, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent radioplay renditions of Pratchett's work

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

mixed bag.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-03-19

bit of a mixed bag really. some of the stories are really well done, but others not so much, almost as if they were trying too hard to be funny.

  • The Bone Season

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Expected more

  • By Colette on 30-08-13

Not too bad

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-19

The reading style makes it a little tricky to follow dialogue and the story jumping around so much is disorientating, but not a bad story and an interesting twist on the alien invasion style of Sci-Fi. I'll listen to the next one and see if it settles down

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,826

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

another awesome adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-19

Another great installment of a very clever series. Peter sure knows how to get into trouble. let's see what happens next

  • Broken Homes

  • Rivers of London, Book 4
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the best-seller list with his superb London crime series - a unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil: an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his caseload.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic and Mayhem...

  • By Sharon on 28-07-13

fantastic story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Another storming edition of the story, which keeps you engrossed all the way. Can't wait to find out what happens next

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,709

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-18

Another superb volume in a engaging and entertaining story. can't wait to listen to book four

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,266

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

A brilliant second episode

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-18

An excellent second book, with a entertaining and engaging storyline, mixing police procedure and fantasy in a fast paced story you never want to end.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,459

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

very clever

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-18

Really good story, mixing the modern police world, with London history, sprinkled with magic. very enjoyable.

  • SAS Ghost Patrol

  • The Ultra-Secret Unit That Posed as Nazi Stormtroopers
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

SAS Ghost Patrol is the explosive true story of the day in 1942 when the SAS donned Nazi uniforms to perpetrate the most audacious and daring mission of the war. Beyond top secret, deniable in the extreme (and of course enjoying Churchill's enthusiastic blessing), this is one of the most remarkable stories of wartime lawlessness, eccentricity and raw courage in the face of impossible odds - a thoroughly British undertaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Story of Desert War Operations

  • By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 07-11-17

superb story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

really well written and read story of extra-ordinary men, doing heroic things against incredible odds

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,028
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,726

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mistake was made and corrected

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-08-17

simply awesome.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

There are a few books in my life that I never wanted to end and this joins that list. I want to know what Bob did next, what Bridget found, the sailing adventures. Sigh.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,025

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT!

  • By Fiona on 13-06-17

excellent second book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-18

life isn't all roses as an immortal and humans aren't the baddest thing in the bobiverse. Can't wait for book 3