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  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised)

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant but short.

  • By Peter on 22-08-12

Gripping masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This has to be one of the best spy thrillers i've ever enjoyed.



The story is an artfully crafted masterpiece, and the BBC's format of telling it doesn't skip a beat in building the tension.



You get a similar story format from many of Le Carre's novels, (like Bond: the enemy, the back-stabbers, the beautiful girl, the plot, the peril) - but each time there's a difference that makes each distinctive in its own way.)



The story for this is chilling and gripping from the start. It brings out the coldness of the cold war with style.



Not only one of my favourite audios, this is certainly my favourite of Le Carre's stories.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,068

A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial - Fit the First to Fit the Sixth - which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend. The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny, adventurous and youthful

  • By Ryan on 07-10-09

Gripping, exciting, hilarious.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Before you start this, I can say if you like the sample, the original radio series, the television series, the film or the books, this will blow you away (unless you'd already heard the original radio series, then you're already prepared) - you will want to get all of them, and they have a high re-listen value.



Listening to this, I wouldn't think this began before I was born, with the final books finished while I was just getting into them. The storytelling, the jokes and the dialogue are all so timeless, and the parts fit well together at the end you'd easily believe Adams had a plan for the whole saga from the start.



My favourite part happens in the first 10 minutes, I had the misfortune of listening to it at work, and promptly burst out with laughter. I thought the BBC was a little more reserved in the 70s but this took me by surprise.



The persistent mockery of politicians and everyday people alike is fantastic. For myself, the best part of the series comes later in chapters 3 and 4.



Adams' writing style has a lot in common with Terry Pratchett, in that he uses a fictional universe to make fun of the real one (and masterly performed at that), and in the process creates characters that you can love (both the good, and the bad), set to a backdrop of some epic sinister things happening which seem both inescapable and horrifying, all the while you're still laughing, all the way to the apocalypse.



This is without a doubt one of my favourite audios. I couldn't recommend it any more highly.

  • Fatherland (Dramatised)

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Full Cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The year is 1964, and it's a week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Nazi Germany won the Second World War, Churchill is living in exile in Canada, Joseph Kennedy is President of the United States, and King Edward and Queen Wallis are puppet monarchs of the United Kingdom. In this dimension, history took a very different turn in 1942 to the one we are familiar with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great play

  • By Sarah on 14-06-07

Masterpiece of audio theatre.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This story is dark and compelling, and easily one of the best i've heard.



It takes a what-if (the Nazis won the war) scenario and creates a murky, atmospheric cold war style thriller out of it.



It had all the same feel of dark politics and betrayal you get from the BBC adaptations of the John Le Carre novels, and, in many ways, the same kind of atmosphere.

  • I, Claudius (Dramatised)

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Tom Goodman Hill
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 166

A full-cast dramatisation of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius and Derek Jacobi as Augustus. The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic at its classical best

  • By Alison Ward on 15-12-13

Excellent production

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This BBC production of I,Claudius is epic and gripping from the start.



One of the curiosities I found was trying to associate Jacobi's voice with Augustus, due to his great performance as Claudius in the 70s BBC television series. It is not difficult to distinguish the two and at first I thought I would be disappointed in the roles, but Tom Goodman Hill plays Claudius just as well, perhaps better than Jacobi could possibly repeat the performance, given his age (and the age of the character)



Even the intro music before each chapter had me excited, and the story kept me awake many nights just to keep going. It's as thrilling as watching any tv series.



As with HBO's Rome: this drama is full of people you love to hate, and can't wait to see the end of, and you hope it will be tragic for them. You won't be disappointed; but sadly, I Claudius, is a tale of tragedy for all characters, especially p-poor C..C..Claudius.



I couldn't recommend it any more highly. 5 stars.



(Connosieurs note: I have not read the book, so cannot compare the two)

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  • The Odyssey (Dramatised)

  • By: Homer, Simon Armitage - dramatisation
  • Narrated by: Tim McInnerny, Amanda Redman, full cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

"My fame is written in the heavens, and my fate too..." So speaks Odysseus as he starts to recount his struggles to sail home to Ithaca, in one of the greatest pieces of storytelling in Western literature. The Odyssey is his incredible traveller's tale, and also the story of his faithful wife Penelope who waits for him, besieged by suitors, and their son Telemachus who has a quest of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun

  • By Judy Corstjens on 06-09-15

Excellent telling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Poor Odysseus, after trekking across the sea under the banner of Agamemnon to kill a load of people, completely unconnected to the crime of their prince, now must face a ten year journey home to his beautiful wife, oh woe, Odysseus!



This BBC production is excellently told, and brings the story to life. The English accents may seem out of place but the quality of story-telling is marvelous.

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