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  • Shardlake: Dissolution

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: C J Sansom
  • Narrated by: Jason Watkins, Mark Bonnar
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

A thrilling BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation based on CJ Sansom's best-selling Tudor crime novel. Winter, 1537. Henry VIII has declared himself Supreme Head of the Church and instructed his Chief Minister, Thomas Cromwell, to dissolve England's religious houses and seize their wealth. But Cromwell's plot to bring down the abbeys has hit a snag - one of the King's Commissioners has been found brutally murdered in Scarnsea monastery, on the south coast of Kent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good radio adaptation.

  • By JPH on 26-09-16

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I had not read any of the Sansom books about Shardlake, and took a punt on this as an audio book to listen to on a car journey. I am an avid Audible fan so know what works and what doesn't. This was a great listen. It was well cast, the sound quality good, and a really enthralling tale. My only quibble was that the narrative - perhaps because it is an adaptation for radio - seemed to miss out some small details and characters seemed to jump from one location to another. I would think that the original book probably gave contextual information which would be hard to translate for a radio drama. It's a minor point though.
The series is set in the time of Henry VIII and Shardlake is a court lawyer working for Cromwell. The plot was good with a nice twist, but perhaps because it was a radio adaptation, it did feel quite short at under three hours. I suspect the book would have more historical detail and move at a more sedate pace. However, it was a great introduction to the Shardlake series, and I'm going to hunt out more of them - perhaps unabridged book versions so that I get the detail. The radio adaptation is still a great listen though and highly recommended.

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,914

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

One of his best - brilliantly interpreted

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Set in Spain this is a really engrossing storyline. Brought to life wonderfully well by Paul Michael. Loved the twist in the tail. One of Brown's best.

  • Odds Against

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Amazing what bodily injury could do for a man. A fall from a racehorse had left brilliant jockey Sid Halley dangerously depressed, with a wrecked hand and the need for a new career. And now a bullet wound was helping him find one. He'd been with a detective agency since his racing accident, but it wasn't until some two-bit hoodlum drilled a slug into his side that he was sent out on a case of his own. That was where he met Zanna Martin, a woman who just might make life worth living again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good one

  • By David on 21-11-07

poor audio quality

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

Reviewed: 15-09-17

Tony Britton reads brilliantly well. Sadly the technical quality is very poor, the sound levels vary along with the speed of playback which distorts the performance. The story itself is great, a Dick Francis classic.

  • The Edge

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

To the Jockey Club, the racing world would be a better place without Julius Apollo Filmer. An expert in corruption with a devastating line in witness intimidation, and proving to be a slippery character to put behind bars. Baffled, they call in undercover security agent Tor Kelsey to keep an unflinching eye on Filmer and his associates. A mission that takes him from the finest of English racecourses to the wild Canadian interior, on a luxury transcontinental train journey to end them all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such a shame

  • By KathyW, UK on 07-10-17

Still a great book, and great performance

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story is great, as you would expect from Dick Francis. I read it years ago and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it in 2017. His work ages very well. Tony Britton reads it wonderfully. The problem with it is that the quality of the audio file is poor. It speeds up and slows down, making Tony Britton sound alternately asleep or manic. This is a fault in the production, not in the reading, which is excellent.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tony Britton’s performances?

Yes

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  • Pathfinder

  • TodHunter Moon, Book 1
  • By: Angie Sage
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Tod has grown up a PathFinder, one of an ancient seafaring tribe. Her mother, who died when Tod was young, had a very different history. She was from a mysterious magykal desert-dwelling family. When Tod's father disappears she is not only alone but soon finds herself swept into the path of an evil sorcerer. Now Tod must choose which of her pasts will help her to survive: PathFinder or Magician.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enchanting. ..beautifully read

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-17

enchanting. ..beautifully read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-17

another wonderful tale from Angie Sage brought to life with brilliantly voiced narration. highly recommended for the under 13s

  • Crossfire

  • By: Dick Francis, Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Captain Thomas Forsyth’s second tour of Afghanistan is cut brutally short when he’s badly wounded by a roadside bomb. Tom’s world is torn apart by the injury – the Army is his life. The thought of never rejoining his regiment is a terrifying prospect and one that he is not willing to entertain. Tom returns to Lambourn, to his childhood home, where his mother is a racehorse trainer and the ‘First Lady’ of racing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crossfire

  • By Mrs Patricia Lee on 27-11-11

excellent interpretation

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

Reviewed: 25-11-16

I'd not read Dick Francis for 20 years - forgotten how great the stories are.