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Dr. R. Brompton

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  • They Came to Baghdad

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Baghdad is the chosen location for a secret summit of superpowers, concerned but not convinced, about the development of an, as yet, unidentified and undescribed secret weapon. Only one man has the proof that can confirm the nature of this fantastic secret weapon, a British agent named Carmichael. Unfortunately the criminal organisation responsible for the weapon's development will stop at nothing to prevent him entering Baghdad and presenting his proof to the assembled delegates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like an Eric Ambler, but with a heroine

  • By MigratingFishSwim on 13-11-16

A cracking Eastern Adventure

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

This is one of my favourite Agatha Christie stories as it combines a plucky heroine, daring escapades and (perhaps the real star of the show) the country and people of Iraq. Agatha Christie was well travelled in the East and spent a lot of time helping her archeologist husband Max Mallowan at his digs. I feel that her love of this region and it's people comes out in the details described in the book and really brings it to life. This is a 'spy' story rather than a straightforward 'whodunit' and the listener occasionally needs a strong 'willing suspension of disbelieve', however, aside from that this is a cracking story and one that many will enjoy.

  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case

  • By: Anthony Berkeley
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Graham and Joan Bendix have apparently succeeded in making that eighth wonder of the modern world, a happy marriage. And into the middle of it there drops, like a clap of thunder, a box of chocolates. Joan Bendix is killed by a poisoned box of liqueur chocolates that cannot have been intended for her to eat. The police investigation rapidly reaches a dead end. Chief Inspector Moresby calls on Roger Sheringham and his Crimes Circle - six amateur but intrepid detectives - to consider the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic from the Golden Age

  • By Bibliomaniac on 20-06-18

Simply wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

I really really enjoyed this classic 'whodunit' from the golden age of murder mystery writing. It definitely kept me guessing.

A group of six people from a crime club and attempt to identify the murderer of the eponymous poisoned chocolates case. Each comes up with an ingenious theory, each in turn has their theory quashed by their fellow club members. I had personally come up with theory number four it I was wrong...

The story can occasionally get a little long winded but the twists and turns will keep you listening. I thoroughly recommend this story.

  • The Hollow

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Lucy Angkatell invited Hercule Poirot to lunch. To tease the great detective, her guests stage a mock murder beside the swimming pool. Unfortunately, the victim plays the scene for real. As his blood drips into the water, John Christow gasps one final word: "Henrietta". In the confusion, a gun sinks to the bottom of the pool. Poirot's enquiries reveal a complex web of romantic attachments. It seems everyone in the drama is a suspect, and each a victim of love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So Slow

  • By Alexandra Allan on 24-08-11

Cracking story

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

Reviewed: 19-08-17

I really enjoyed this Agatha Christie. story, particularly the twists in the story before the identity of the murderer is finally revealed. Hugh Fraser does an excellent job of narrating as usual.

  • E.F. Benson's Ghost Stories

  • read by Mark Gatiss
  • By: E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Mark Gatiss ( Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones) reads chilling tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story: E. F. Benson. There's nothing sinister about a London bus. Nothing supernatural could occur on a busy train platform. There's nothing terrifying about a little caterpillar. And a telephone, what could be scary about that? Don't be frightened of the dark corners of your room. Don't be alarmed by a sudden inexplicable chill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent stuff!

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-10-16

Nicely gothic.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I adored listening to this audible, Mark Gattis narrates wonderfully and the stories are just scary enough without being too gruesome or graphic. It depicts a different world (early 20th century) where there were still servants and people went to stay at country houses, where retired majors lived in quiet villages and played Bridge. Great to listen to as the day closes as the shadows get longer...

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  • Dead Man's Folly

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen. Beware: nobody is quite what they seem!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Suchet

  • By Diana on 23-06-09

A cracking story!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

I really loved this story by Agatha Christie. The twist of who had been murdered and by whom was excellent. David Suchet is competent as a narrator (not as good as Hugh Fraser who is excellent) but good enough not to detract from the story. An overall good choice for an audible purchase.

  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

So far, it had been a typical New Year's Eve house party. But Mr. Satterthwaite, a keen observer of human nature, sensed that the real drama of the evening was yet to unfold. So it proved when a mysterious stranger arrived after midnight. Who was this Mr. Quin? And why did his presence have such a pronounced effect on Eleanor Portal, the woman with the dyed-black hair?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By melanie on 02-02-13

The amazing Mr Quin!

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

Reviewed: 25-08-16

I love this collection of short stories by Agatha Christie, which feature the quiet but observant Mr Satterthwaite and the mysterious Mr Quin. Mysteries to be solved (not always murder) and a sense of the darkly supernatural. I particularly enjoyed 'The Dead Harlequin' story. An overall interesting mix (some better than others) but all enjoyable. Hugh Fraser does an excellent job as always narrating the stories.

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  • Blithe Spirit

  • By: Noel Coward
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

This classic comedy is set in the charming country home of Charles Condomine, a remarried widower. A witty and convivial evening party among friends is transformed when a seance conjures the ghost of Elvira, Charles' first wife, who delights in wreaking havoc among the living. An enchanting Coward comedy!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great live recording of a Coward classic!

  • By James C. on 26-10-17

Fabulous fun from the pen of Noel Coward

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

An excellent performance of Noel Coward's classic play. I particularly love the line "anyone can write books but it takes a real artist to make a truly dry Martini". Great fun.

  • Present Laughter

  • By: Noel Coward
  • Narrated by: Ian Ogilvy, Christina Pickles, Carolyn Seymour, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

A galaxy of friends, lovers, relatives and theatre acolytes sparkles around stage star Garry Essendine like bubbles in fine champagne. While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love-struck ingenue, an adulterous producer, and a married seductress - not to mention Garry's estranged wife, Liz, and the memorable Roland Maule, an aspiring playwright who is quite, quite mad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous and funny play

  • By Dr. R. Brompton on 09-08-16

A fabulous and funny play

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Noel Coward's play sparkles with wit, intrigue, fun and much laughter. The cast play their parts with gusto, ok the 'swedish accent' is a little dodgy but as a whole this is a great audible - a fun 1 and a half hours.

  • The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Another edge-of-the-seat mystery from Miss Marple. One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. But for whom was the deadly poison really intended? Marina's frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. But, while others searched for material evidence, Jane Marple conducted a very different investigation - into human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent mystery

  • By Dr. R. Brompton on 26-07-16

An excellent mystery

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

Reviewed: 26-07-16

A very good Agatha Christie story, not simply for the murder mystery itself but for the social context and the examination of changing times. Miss Marple is wonderful, particularly in her dealings with her annoying lady companion Miss Knight. Emilia Fox also does a very good job of narrating the story.

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  • Summer Lightning

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: John Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

While Blandings Castle sleeps in the summer sun, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, brother of the Earl of Emsworth, is busily engaged in writing his Reminiscences, and they look set to be as warm as the weather, if not warmer. For Galahad has led a thoroughly misspent life, and his acquaintances can all too easily recall their past follies in his company. Reputations are at stake and even the nobility and gentry are beginning to panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hurrah for Galahad!

  • By Dr. R. Brompton on 20-07-16

Hurrah for Galahad!

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

This Blandings Castle story is a sunlit delight from beginning to end. The narration is good but it is really the excellent writing of Wodehouse himself that is the star here. It is great to listen to on a warm Summer's day or in the depths of winter when you need to be cheered up. A complete tonic.

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