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Gertrude Perkins

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Poor performance killed this dead for me

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

Reviewed: 16-03-20

I like the idea of the plot, but I'm afraid the performance was really poor, with the Dr Watson character particularly so wooden he made it sound like a comedy skit! I've no idea how the plot would have turned out... 10 minutes in, I couldn't persevere any longer. I am requesting a refund on this one I'm afraid.

18 people found this helpful

Utterly fascinating

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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: 20-01-20

I was utterly hooked to this. This amazing lady has had a unique life and handled the challenges that came her way with a stoicism that made me proud to be British! A fascinating insight into the way the aristocracy and I’m about to listen to it all over again!

Just wonderful. Loved it - hoping they make more!

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

Reviewed: 15-01-20

I absolutely loved this series. I'd hadn't heard of it previously, but couldn't stop listening - the only reason I didn't put it straight back on, is that I've a long car journey next week and I'm saving it up for that!
All the characters are excellent, but Roger Allam's hapless MP is absolutely superb - it's a pleasure to listen to that man, whatever he does, he's brilliant.
Very funny, sometime poignant and really well written and performed. Highly recommended and I hope there will be more to come,

As fascinating and wonderful as you'd expect

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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: 17-09-19

Who doesn't love Michael Palin!

This wonderful story, is the result of scrupulous research by Mr P, and tells the true tale of the ship called Erebus and those who sailed on her.
He's obviously fascinated by the story, and his enthusiasm and compassion comes through in his wonderful narration.

Order without hesitation and you too can join the rest of us all furiously googling Erebus, desperate to see any images available of the seamen he's taught us about.

Oh lovely, lovely stuff! Very funny!

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

Reviewed: 17-09-19

I really enjoyed this series. Great writing and wonderful performances - especially Olivia Colman.
It's not Cabin Pressure (but then again - nothing's THAT good,) but it's the same kind of thing, with consistent characters bouncing off of each other each episode.
Have no fears in ordering this - you can't fail to enjoy it.

1 person found this helpful

Absolutely wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I'm only halfway through and have started rationing myself! Not only is this a fascinating glimpse into 17th century life, but it has been brilliantly adapted and so well performed. A genuine pleasure to listen to.

The ultimate Wimsey performance

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

If you're a fan of Lord Peter, these dramatisations are the must-have series. Over the years I've had them on audio tape, CD and now have them downloaded. They're a pleasure to listen to. The later books read by Edward Petherbridge are extremely well read too - it's not hard to picture him as Lord Peter obviously, as he played him in the TV adaptation in the 80s. However, as far as a full cast option goes, these are brilliant.

The ultimate Wimsey performance

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

If you're a fan of Lord Peter, these dramatisations are the must-have series. Over the years I've had them on audio tape, CD and now have them downloaded. They're a pleasure to listen to. The later books ready by Edward Petherbridge are extremely well read too - it's not hard to picture him as Lord Peter obviously, as he played him in the TV adaptation in the 80s. However, as far as a full cast option goes, these are brilliant.

1 person found this helpful

The ultimate Wimsey performance

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

If you're a fan of Lord Peter, these dramatisations are the must-have series. Over the years I've had them on audio tape, CD and now have them downloaded. They're a pleasure to listen to. The later books ready by Edward Petherbridge are extremely well read too - it's not hard to picture him as Lord Peter obviously, as he played him in the TV adaptation in the 80s. However, as far as a full cast option goes, these are brilliant.

Not the best for me...

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I can see by the other reviews that I'm in a minority here, but I didn't think this trilogy was absolutely brilliant. It was OK, probably more than OK to be fair - Miriam Margolyes was certainly excellent - but I found a number of the other performances a bit irritating.
Having said that, I enjoyed it enough to purchase all three instalments, but I found bits of the story predictable, bits woefully far-fetched, and possibly because of the strength of the reviews I'd read, personally I was a bit disappointed.
However, if you enjoyed this format, may I recommend the dramatisation of Samuel Pepys' diaries? Really well done and superbly performed.