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  • The Minister of Chance

  • By: Dan Freeman
  • Narrated by: Sylvester McCoy, Jenny Agutter, Jed Brophy, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Winner of Best Audio Drama, BBC Audio Drama Awards, 2013. Winner of Speculative Fiction, Parsec Award, 2013. The Minister of Chance is a wildly exciting, picaresque fantasy adventure and a brilliant, Swiftian satire on politics and religion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SPOILT BY LOUD AMATEUR ACTING BY THE MAIN CHILD ACTRESS WHO SHOUTS HER WAY THROUGH

  • By Highlight on 05-08-17

Complicated

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

A good listen, but you will need to concentrate. I'm still not quite sure I understood everything that happened. But it passes the time well enough.

  • Stone: The Complete Series 1-4

  • By: Danny Brocklehurst
  • Narrated by: Craig Cheetham, Deborah McAndrew, full cast, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Seventeen stories from the gritty crime series created by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Manchester detective John Stone. This collection brings together Series 1 to 4 of this intelligent detective drama, tackling morally ambiguous, complex and challenging subjects. DCI Stone and his team investigate a series of brutal murders and missing person cases, among other grisly crimes. Starring Hugo Speer as DCI John Stone, Craig Cheetham as DI Mike Tanner and Deborah McAndrew as DS Sue Kelly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will definitely listen to again.

  • By Mark Renny on 14-06-18

Great drama

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Fantastic. Great acting and very well written gritty drama. I listen to alot of radio dramas and this was one of the best.

  • On Mardle Fen: Series 1-6

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas
  • By: Nick Warburton
  • Narrated by: full cast, Helen Longworth, John Rowe, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Trevor Peacock (The Vicar of Dibley) stars as inspired chef Warwick Hedges in this comedy drama set in an idiosyncratic restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Warwick’s son, Jack, works alongside his father, which makes him permanently anxious. They are assisted by Samuel, an earthy odd-job man 'who crawled out of the slime with the eels', and Zofia the Polish waitress. Whether hosting unusual guests, dealing with flooding, fuelling father-son rivalry or moving strange stones from the edge of the Fen to his restaurant 'at his own peril', Warwick certainly keeps Mardle Fen on its toes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • innocent escapism

  • By Mrs Elizabeth Jane Lait on 14-11-18

Wonderfully enchanting!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

The central character, 'Warwick' he of the restaurant on Mardle Fen, is really rather annoying. But in the same way the Fawlty Towers only works with Basil Fawlty, On Mardle Fen works because of Warwick Hedges.
The acting is great and the timing exceptional. I'd highly recommend this series, it is an enchanting listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak Expectations

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Series
  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, David Mitchell, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The complete collected series 1-5 of the gloriously daft Victorian romp Bleak Expectations. Gasp at the evil Mr Gently Benevolent, played by Mr Anthony Head! Weep at the trials of our young hero, Pip Bin, played by Master Tom Allen! Be moved to joy and sorrow by the remarkable narration of Mr Richard Johnson! Swoon at the fragile beauty of Pip's poor mama, played by Miss Celia Imrie! Wonder at the thespian prowess of Mr Geoffrey Whitehead as six different siblings!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One small problem

  • By Rian Peters on 01-08-17

A good listen!

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

If you like silly, really very silly comedy, then you will enjoy this. It is well written and well acted. The actors timing is extremely good and it definitely doesn't take itself too seriously.
Genuinely good fun. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Cabin Pressure

  • Zurich: The BBC Radio 4 airline
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Full Cast, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 870

The complete finale of the hit BBC Radio 4 sitcom- 2 episodes. Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and prayer world of a tiny, one-plane airline, staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with. In this, the finale of the whole series, we discover that for MJN Air, whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but, many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!!!!

  • By SARA JANE RATHBONE on 01-02-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

John Finnemore is a wonderful writer and actor. I hope he continues to produce more great audio comedy like this.

  • 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 180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

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

Silly fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

A good fun listen, in the 'Dad's Army' way. Worth a listen and actually quite well written.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Empire: Scarlet City - Part III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

A true rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London - the Scarlet City - the centre of medieval England, this is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empire

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18

Wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

If you decide to listen to this amazing production, and you should, please make sure that you listen to them in order. Enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Earthsea

  • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Ursula le Guin
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation, based on the first three books in Ursula Le Guin's best-selling Earthsea cycle. Set on a vast archipelago of islands, where magic is a central part of life, Earthsea tells the intertwined stories of Ged and Tenar. Ged is a boy from the island of Gont, born with innate magical talent and a reckless nature, who tampers with long-held secrets and releases a terrible shadow into the world. He must risk everything in order to restore the balance....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful, unless perhaps you know the story already

  • By Wendy F. on 12-01-17

Not too bad...

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

As other have said, it is slightly confusing and tricky to follow. I'm still not quite sure what happened altogether But it passed a couple of hours.

  • Rise: Scarlet City - Part II

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059

London, 1337. England is at war, and the King is in financial straits, meaning that Jonah's hard-earned business and fortune hang in the balance. A far cry from his humble beginnings as a draper's apprentice, Jonah is now one of the influential merchants in England, and he manages to secure the hand of the daughter of one of the most powerful and dangerous nobles in the country. As Jonah's wealth and prominence grow, so do his enemies and the threats they bring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just super....

  • By Salter on 29-04-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

An epic tale, dramatized very well indeed. Well acted and especially well narrated. The production is great and you really feel like you are there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mud, Sweat and Tears

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Tom Patrick Stephens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

Bear Grylls is a man who has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. As a teenager he found identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts, which led the young adventurer to the foothills of the mighty Himalaya and a grandmaster's karate training camp in Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a trooper

  • By Pixi on 06-05-12

Inspiring.

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

If you have a teenage son or daughter, buy this book / audio book for them. It is a good listen and a great story. It might encourage them to get out there and grab life by the balls.