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Thoroughly enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-19

I wasn’t sure about this, partly because it is a translation, but I was wrong.
It is absorbing, interesting, stimulating and well worth listening to. The mixture of narration and performance is perfectly balanced, and the performances themselves universally good.
The background noises and effects are similarly high quality, and appropriate to the action.
Strongly recommended

A good overview of a huge subject

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-19

Of necessity, this has to be a little superficial, but it provides a good overview and starting point for more detailed research.
Personally, I found the reading slightly irritating, with every word being enunciated so clearly that the overall effect was distractingly staccato and robotic.
Still worth a credit though.

An excellent series of readings

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-19

I’ve been a great admirer of the stories of M R James for many years. This series of readings/performances by David Collings is uniformly excellent, and the best that I have heard.
I have, unsurprisingly, bought the lot, and am very happy that I did so.

A fine tribute to the great man

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-19

I’ve loved the M.R.James ghost stories for many years, and have collected all I can in various formats. I think the master would thoroughly approve of these tales and performances. They are genuinely scary , in his understated style. I was a little disappointed by the ending of “Lost Hearts”, but otherwise I enjoyed these a lot, and will definitely buy any future volumes when they appear.
Wonderful.

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One of the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-19

An early Blandings novel, with no interfering sisters, no pumpkin, no Empress, but a Freddie in crisis, and the Efficient Baxter threatening doom. It’s one of my favourites, even more so now that I have heard it being performed by Martin Jarvis.
Simply, one of the best.

Good, but not great

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Here we have 4 Blandings stories, mostly featuring Freddie Threepwood: 1 Bobby Wickham story - the only one which isn’t part of the Jeeves canon, I think: and 4 Mr Mulliner Hollywood stories.
They are all well read and well performed, without hitting the heights achieved by Martin Jarvis. For me, James Saxon doesn’t “get” Lord Emsworth, and the “mild and dreamy peer” keeps coming across as a choleric colonel.
I’ve never really taken to the Hollywood stories, although they are quite good, so these grated on me a little.
All in all, a good collection, but not a favourite for me

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-19

I was already a fan of Martin Jarvis’ rendering of the Blandings Castle stories, but I was really impressed by the way he brought these Jeeves stories to life. Wonderfully performed, wonderfully paced, and wonderfully adapted. Time well spent.

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Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-19

Close your eyes, set Highlanders to play, and instantly travel back in time to the 60s, with the original b&w fuzzy opening credits, and the original music introducing Jamie’s first appearance.
The story is great fun; adventure, humour, cliffhangers, the lot.
Great narration linking the scenes, great performances, if you love the original DW stories, don’t pass this one up.

Creepy and satisfying

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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: 12-02-19

Very good and genuinely creepy story, rather in the manner of M R James in the way that it relies upon the reader to use his/her imagination to fill in the blanks.
One of Susan Hill’s best, I think.
It’s also a good length, and very well performed . I’ll look for more Steven Pacey.

One of my favourite Wodehouse stories, but not great performance

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

I suspect it’s a Marmite thing, with some people thinking J Cecil is the cat’s pyjamas, and some not. I fall into the latter category.
It must be a difficult book to perform, as almost all the characters are American, but I felt that JC blurred the characters, especially during dialogues, to an extent that it sometimes became difficult to be sure who was speaking . Coupled with his slight tendency to gabble, especially in the first half, I found this recording to be less enjoyable than I had anticipated.
Still a worthwhile purchase, but not on my favourites list.

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