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  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278

What begins as a routine journey on the luxurious Orient Express soon unfurls into Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery. This all-star production features lead performances from Tom Conti ( The Dark Knight Rises, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) as Hercule Poirot, Sophie Okonedo ( After Earth, Hotel Rwanda and Ace Ventura) and Eddie Marsan ( Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and Hancock) plus a full supporting cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smashing!

  • By steven lawson on 06-11-17

Gold into base metal?

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

when I saw that audible was starting to plays I was really excited.
and when I saw the cost well I was over the moon. Paterson Joseph Jane Asher Rula Lenska Tom Conti. all performing one of the ultimate mysteries of all time who could ask for more?
and the sample sounded fantastic.
the music the sound effects sounded as good as anything you would get on the radio from one of the traditional radio play producers. sadly exquisite ingredients did not make for an exquisite result the supremely talented Art Malik sounded like he was reading a children's book .... one of those that are designed to teach children how to read and not a suspenseful thriller.
Though I'm sure it's meant to be a stylistic choice Tom Conti's interpretation of the Belgian detective came across is disinterested. and all in all it felt like the read through of an not altogether successful amateur dramatic version of the plot rather than the accomplished polished final product I was hoping for. sound effects and music day out after the first few minutes only making a brief return at the end. leaving the imagine space feeling dead rather than intimate.
For the most part the accents seems stereotypical and overdone. Rula Lenska's performance being one of the few bright spots and why the performance category extra star along with Jane Asher's masterfully timed reveal at the end of the book.
all in all left me with the feeling of an executed clumsiness.
on the plus side it made me reread the original which I also have from this website so there's always a silver lining
but this is a minor criticism compared to all the others and not one that could really be levelled at audible's door how it didn't give proper role accreditation to all of the cast who had major roles after all this is not the radio and they are not tied down to a time limit so I can't see the reason for shaving the vast majority together so that we're unsure who played who. I did love them too do more in the future and I will definitely experiment with one again I just hope it is done better this one's probably going to be returned which is something I very rarely do

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Notes From a Big Country

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bitter or Sweet ? I'm not sure !

  • By J-H2O on 03-10-06

Nearly 20 years old and still strangely applicable

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

Reviewed: 22-03-17

The combination of Bill Bryson's and William Roberts is always an absolute winner. and a true example of why authors generally (should 99% of the time) give their books over to actors to read. The Goldmine is obviously Bill Bryson's wit, charm and elegantly judged frustration but the absolute joy of it is crystallized by the performance. suffice it to say this is very very funny and the smallest 'snippets' structure make it an ideal book for dipping in and out of during a stressful day. considering it talks about a lot of stuff that has moved on quite considerably technology wise the issues and irritations it raises are still very much contemporary and applicable and definitely still worth your time, attention and money. Let's put it this way Bill my mother has heard a couple of minutes of this and now I have to buy the book for her for Christmas - you are just that good!

  • Deadly Election

  • Falco: The New Generation (Flavia Albia, Book 3)
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

From the creator of Falco comes Falco: The New Generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine, Flavia Albia, in her third novel. In the blazing July heat of imperial Rome, Flavia Albia inspects a decomposing corpse. It has been discovered in lots to be auctioned by her family business, so she's determined to identify the dead man and learn how he met his gruesome end. The investigation will give her a chance to work with the magistrate, Manlius Faustus, the friend she sadly knows to be the last chaste man in Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The characters in these books are like members of

  • By P. F. Sheaves on 19-04-15

Flavia Albia - Comes of Age

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

Reviewed: 22-08-16

I am a great lover of the original falco novels and Christian Rodska well there was nothing wrong with the narrator in the first two books she was a bit of formal and a bit stiff in places didn't have the warmth and ironic sarcasm expect from the daughter those two incredibly well rounded characters Lucy Collingwood does an absolutely wonderful witty job- thought provoking and a little melancholy as she should be I hope they bring her back for the next books I also think the props of the stories the more domestic personal side of history I really starting to mature the constant sense of Menace from a character that seems so inconsequential the original series that of the new emperor is a masterstroke I understand why some people of complained about the portrayal of petro but given his dialogue I would have probably made that choice myself vocally I haven't read any of the previous stories all in all I think we're back in trend

  • Tied Up in Tinsel

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Christmastime in an isolated country house and, following a flaming row in the kitchen, there’s murder inside. When a much disliked visiting servant disappears without trace after playing Santa Claus, foul play is at once suspected - and foul play it proves to be. Only suspicion falls not on the staff but on the guests, all so unimpeachably respectable that the very thought of murder in connection with any of them seems almost heresy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Cracker of an Alternative Christmas Read!

  • By Jonathan on 24-12-15

A Cracker of an Alternative Christmas Read!

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

Reviewed: 24-12-15

N Marsh is always good read with her wit , charm and expert yet cosy plotting -in this case solved more in the background as Carôle says but I would argue that the very ambiguity of the suspected victim's vital status and the level of background description and atmosphere she found tad long winded is what drew me in. It of the cosy school of crime as I have said and has it tongue firmly panted in its cheek and it knows it while never going so far as there to be and justifiable claim to mocky or parody of the form. Oh and how Marsh solves the post war staffing shortage is just brilliant, though I won't spoil how, the eclectic cast of characters superbly brought to life by Mr Saxson,. Merry Christmas to all and to all happy listening!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Authorised by Mr Lipwig of the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway himself, Mrs Georgina Bradshaw’s invaluable guide to the destinations and diversions of the railway deserves a place in the luggage of any traveller, or indeed armchair traveller, upon the Disc.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Whistle-Stop Farwell to the Discworld

  • By Jonathan on 05-12-15

A Whistle-Stop Farwell to the Discworld

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook to be better than the print version?

By miles and miles!
Ok, you do lose the brilliant illustrations but this is more than made up for by the experience gifted to us the peerless performances of Penelope Keith and Michael Fenton Stevens. The comedic lines are exquisitely delivered as you would expect of two actors know for this skill but the thing that makes the audio version so compelling is the total commitment given they read it as if it was a genuine travel book are it just amazing. And the sound effect just add to the level of immersion you just don’t that all this from paper.
Due to my dyslexia I rely on audiobooks to open worlds that would otherwise be lock away between covers long before audible but since their arrival it like kind in a sweet shop every month. Between my US and UK accounts I must have over 600 books (and as life long fan of Terry Pratchett) I hope you can trust me when I say this 'Handbook' is one of the few audiobooks that have reached a perfection of both consideration and delivery in both production and performance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Mrs Bradshaw, I have loved Penelope Keith from when I was very, very small (the Good Life and to the Manor Born etc) and anyone who likes her performance here should check out the Agatha Raisin books on the this very site…Penelope Keith reads the unabridged stories and stars as Agatha herself ( THE Agatha in my option, apologies to Ashley Jensen who was great on TV but I think the original is still the best) in the BBC radio dramas.

Penelope Keith brings all her considerable talent and experience to the role of Mrs Bradshaw and strikes the balance of giving us a fully rounded character (slightly pompous true but witty and ever so charming, MRS B that is not MS K who I’m sure just has the latter qualities :-) ) without getting in the way of the myriad pictures the book paints of a living breathing Discworld that to my ear has never been so alive as a whole,in audio form, till now.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

You can’t pick out a scene for like what it depicts this book is all about the journey. I did like the waypoint for the missionaries of Om at the start of the book the chanting made me laugh out loud the first time I heard it and will, like all of Terry Pratchett’s books, make me smile for rest of my life.
What I especially love about this book is that its teeming with little nods and winks, to the long term disc world fan, simple waving at you from the margins, if you forgive me murdering that imagery and that fact the audiobooks can’t have margins but I hope you get the idea. I won’t go into any here but they are wonderful.
And although not the last novel that honour belong to the poignant ‘Shepherd’s Crown’ this book felt to me like a last journey with the man and the mind I loved and grown up with through his work, it felt like he was sitting beside me on the train smiling at the view and at fact he’d just nicked the last biscuit.
A Whistle-Stop Farwell did I say?
Yes but very fond one too good bye sir thanks for all the dreams

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

it short and sweet, like chocolate, so yes but just like chocolate you should take your time and enjoy it so i made myself slow down and really listen. and i'm glad i did

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Children of Green Knowe

  • By: Lucy M. Boston
  • Narrated by: William Franklyn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

'What if my great-grandmother is a witch!' thought Tolly, as he journeyed by train across the waterlogged countryside towards his great-grandmother's house. She wasn't a witch, but both she and her old house, Green Knowe, were full of a very special kind of magic. And Green Knowe turned out not to be the lonely place Tolly had imagined it to be. There were other children living in the house - children who had been happy there centuries before....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a new narrator

  • By Roses on 05-12-13

The perfect ghost story for children at Christmas

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-12

I used to listen to this as a kid, the opening takes me straight bk to rainy afternoons the reader has the perfect voice full of warmth and charm. I' d checked every few months for it for about three years now and when it came on I didn't wait for credits. I brought it straight away for early Christmas gift to may self.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hobbit (Dramatised)

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman, Anthony Jackson, Heron Carvic
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic that will not Disappoint

  • By Jonathan on 27-09-10

Magic that will not Disappoint

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-10

While I concede that if you listen to, the truly wonderful, LOTR play before this as the earlier reviewer has you may be surprised at the different style and tone of the play. But I think the disappointment as he put it, may have clouded the plays many excellent qualities and caused him understandably, to be a too hash in his condemnation of this version of the book. The book of The Hobbit is not LOTR, it is children?s book, much lighter in tone but full of high drama for a young child and so wonderful tongue in cheek material for adults too but not as dark, serious and compelling as the later work, so the plays are naturally different and the way they are dramatized has rightly has to be different also (plus we must note they this was produced in 1968 and the LOTR produced in 1981 so the quality and technology is going to have improved) I had this play on tape as a child and wore it out, long before I fell in love with the written works of Tolkien and for the child then and the adult now, the eagle?s screaming voices came straight from the beaks of birds, the elves ululating tones made it clear they were from distant and higher & magical race, the music and actors seemed perfect for their places in this play, Gandalf is not the great Michael Hordern but he fits a friendly yet sinister guide who although he prove true at the end I never truly trusted of understood till the later books, just right for a wizard I think. Lastly the joint, mixed up and overleaping narration of Bilbo and a Tolkienesce narrator makes for a comforting friend in Bilbo that children can trust and rely on in later years. Too much to credit a children?s play with? I don?t this so! You?re kids need the Hobbit in their lives.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Matricide at St Martha's

  • By: Ruth Dudley Edwards
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

When Alice Tonn leaves an enormous bequest to St Martha's college, the dons split into three factions, who all want the money to be spent on different things. When one of the dons is found dead, Robert Amiss must once again investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remember Jack says Gin isn't fattening!

  • By Jonathan on 01-09-10

Remember Jack says Gin isn't fattening!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-10

I first read this book the summer before I went to Uni (not Oxbridge I should say) and thought it was a hilarious sending up of the University world but couldn't be real.
I go off to read history and find out it?s all true! Alas not the Mighty Jack but the academic fashions and 'some' of the teachers are scarily real. This book is a fresher's essential, along with a good kettle and a toaster....trust me listening to Bill Wallis will help you see the funny side, when the essays pile up.
Ps btw I loved my time at uni as much as this book.... 100%

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tales from the Norse Legends

  • By: Edward Ferrie
  • Narrated by: Benjamin Soames
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

The tales of the Norse gods, of the giants, demons, trolls and dwarves, still have the power to fascinate more than a thousand years after they were first told. Here are the stories of the one-eyed god Odin, Tyr the god of war, of the cunning Loki, of Thor the mighty thunder god and a host of others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Carl Chivers on 23-10-15

myth magic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-10

A great way to get your kids into myths and stories in general it worked for me when my folks gave it to me that and the Greek tales by the same author. I'm 23 now just brought this audiobook and still love, life sometimes doesn?t disappoint, which is nice!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Majeika and the Haunted Hotel & Mr Majeika and the School Play

  • By: Humphrey Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Carpenter
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When the coach tyres get punctured on a trip to Hadrian's Wall, Mr Majeika and Class Three have to stay in the Green Banana, a very unusual hotel. In our second story, the school play gets a bit too realistic when a giant thunders onto the stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood returned

  • By Jonathan on 04-05-10

Childhood returned

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-10

This is a wonderful book! This book and this story 'real world' magic and old fantasy favourites returning in new guises like a retired genie who runs the hotel in question and the unique plotting is one of the factors that started me writing my own stories.
Plus Humphrey Carpenter is one of the only authors who escape my rule that Authors should not read their own work?. His voice whisked me straight back to childhood and playing audiobooks on tapes in the garden in the summer holls . And at 22 I can still feel the magic, buy this big book for your kids now and make them love books for the rest of their lives Thats what happened to me!