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  • Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

The team of bells at St. Ethelred church is the pride and glory of the idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna, together with the most dedicated bell ringers in the whole of England: the twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin. As the village gets ready for the Bishop's visit, the twins get overly excited at the prospect of ringing the special peal of bells created for the occasion and start bullying the other bell ringers, forcing them to rehearse and rehearse...so much so that Joseph Kennell, a retired lawyer, yells at the sisters that he 'felt like killing them'! 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot have been written by MC Beaton!

  • By Mrs Susan North Coombes on 09-10-18

Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Another classic by M C Beaton, the ups and downs of Agatha Raisin and her life as a detective in the Cotswolds, murder, dispersing women, love and a few laughs along the way.

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  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet
  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 60

Now settled into the sleepy Yorkshire village of Darrowby and married to Helen the farmer's daughter, James Herriot thinks he's finally got himself sorted. But life as a vet in the 1930s was never going to be easy. Quite aside from his unpredictable colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, he must contend with new-fangled medical techniques, delivering calves after far too much homemade wine, and a grudge-holding dog called Magnus who never forgets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Rachel d. on 10-12-17

James Herriots All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Narrated Brilliantly by Christopher Timothy, Who transports you to the Yorkshire Dales, the hillsides and the beauty of the country side, farm life and of course the life of a veterinary practice, its very funny and heart warming.

  • All Creatures Great and Small

  • The Classic Memoirs of a Yorkshire Country Vet
  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 269

The inspiration for the BBC series of the same name. Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot 1930s Yorkshire seems to offer an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semiferal cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James find he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and narrator - terrible sound quality

  • By Culvers on 15-07-16

All Creatures Great and Small

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-18

Absolutely brilliant, read the books years ago, but with failing sight, to have them read to you by Christopher Timothy is marvellous, the books are as funny as I remembered and with all the marvellous characters of Dales. Would highly recommend.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 4
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

After six gruelling months back in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village of Carsely - and to the charms of her neighbour, James Lacey. True, James is less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon distracted by a sensational murder. The victim, hiker Jessica Tartinck, spent her life enraging wealthy landowners by insisting on her walking club's right to hike over their properties. Now she has been found dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fab book

  • By Nicola on 15-12-17

Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Agatha at her best, undercover detecting with James to solve another murder is brilliant and funny.

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  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 3
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

A newcomer to the village, Mary Fortune, is discovered murdered. Agatha seizes the moment and immediately starts yanking up village secrets by their roots and digging the dirt on the victim. But the problem is, Agatha has an awkward secret of her own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant way to spend an afternoon!

  • By SBC on 15-03-16

Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

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

Reviewed: 18-01-18

Agatha at her best in her little Cotswold village, funny with new friendships and of course murder...

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  • Agatha Raisin: The Witches' Tree

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 28
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 486

Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Enjoyable

  • By Cathy Swanson on 02-12-17

Agatha Raisin: The Witches Tree

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Here she goes again, Agatha Raisin involved in murder and mayhem, and still no love or marriage insight.

  • Agatha Raisin: Dishing the Dirt

  • Agatha Raisin Series, Book 26
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

A therapist moved into the village of Carsely, and Agatha Raisin hated her. Not only was this therapist, Jill Davent, romancing Agatha's ex-husband, but she had dug up details of Agatha's slum background. Added to that, Jill was counselling a woman called Gwen Simple from Winter Parva, and Agatha firmly believed Gwen to have assisted her son in some grisly murders, although has no proof she had done so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun!!

  • By Winsome Gillette-Fussell on 11-02-16

Agatha Raisin in Dishing the Dirt

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Agatha at her best, secret life's, murders, blackmail and of course her friends in the Cotswold world of Agatha Raisin.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Blood of an Englishman

  • Agatha Raisin Series, Book 25
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes Christmas panto, her friend, Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local am dram society in their festive offering. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Wood, Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten onstage until a trapdoor opens, followed by a scream and silence! Surely this wasn't the way the scene was rehearsed. When it turns out the local baker had been murdered most horribly, Agatha puts her team of detectives on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Penelope keith a great narator

  • By Pansypotter on 19-02-16

Agatha Raisin and the blood of an Englishman

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

Another brilliant chapter of Agatha Raisins life and the village she lives in and of course there are murders to solve. And brilliantly narrated by Penelope Keith.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 424

At home alone for the holidays, Agatha Raisin decides to host a dinner party for the elder residents in her Cotswold village of Winter Parva. Agatha's never been much of a homemaker, but she's dead set on making this the perfect holiday for the 'crumblies', as she affectionately calls them. She's decorated a tree while fending off her cats, Hodge and Boswell, and even made a (lumpy) Christmas pudding in between swigs of rum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and enjoyable.

  • By Mr Adrian Paul Friar on 25-12-16

Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

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

Reviewed: 27-12-17

A lovely light hearted story of Agatha, as she brings lonely souls together at Christmas, its funny, and of course she has a murder to solve.

  • Agatha Raisin: As the Pig Turns

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 22
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Winter Parva, a traditional Cotswolds village next door to Carsely, has decided to throw a celebratory hog roast to mark the beginning of the winter holiday festivities and Agatha Raisin has arrived with friend and rival in the sleuthing business, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. But as the spit pig is carried towards the bed of fiery charcoal Agatha - and the rest of the village - realise that things aren’t as they seem....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agatha Raisin. as the Pig Turns

  • By Les Palmer on 23-12-17

Agatha Raisin. as the Pig Turns

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

Reviewed: 23-12-17

Another brilliant saga of Agatha's life, murder and mayhem and the brilliantly narrated by Penelope Keith