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  • The Psychology of Time Travel

  • By: Kate Mascarenhas
  • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

1967. Four female scientists invent a time travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame, but then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril.... 2017. Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was a pioneer, but they never talk about the past. Then they receive a message from the future - a newspaper clipping reporting the mysterious death of an elderly lady.... 2018. When Odette discovered the body, she went into shock. Blood everywhere; bullet wounds; that strong reek of sulphur. But when the inquest fails to find any answers, she is frustrated. Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Engrossing

  • By R. Bayley on 16-12-18

Utterly Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

I loved this book. Well written and performed. Couldn't wait to keep listening. Definitely recommended.

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  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

Great Fun As Usual

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

I love this series. Brilliantly narrated and well written. Fantastic addition to the Rivers books.

  • Lunch: Complete Series 1-4

  • BBC Radio 4 comedy drama
  • By: Marcy Kahan
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mangan, Claire Skinner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Stephen Mangan and Claire Skinner star in all four series of the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. Bill works as an economist in a right-wing institute giving succour to bankers and businessmen. Bella teaches yoga, waters the plants in Canary Wharf and holds Proust seminars for retirees. Years ago they shared a flat before Bill got married and moved to America. Now he's back and feeling a little off-kilter, so he decides to rekindle his friendship with Bella.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and captivating!

  • By HELEN MURPHY on 03-08-17

A Slow Burning Comedy

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I wasn't entirely sure about this during episode one but stuck with it. A delightful comedy about two friends with different values.

  • The Mighty Boosh

  • The Complete Radio Series
  • By: Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
  • Narrated by: Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

The Mighty Boosh is unlike any show you are ever likely to hear, and one that defies description; the closest you could get to the unique style of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding would be in the early days of Reeves and Mortimer, with their cardboard props and men with sticks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful nonsense from my favourite duo

  • By Tanya K. on 14-03-18

Utterly Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

I came at the Boosh out of order: I saw the tv series, then read the book and then listened to this. Utterly hilarious. By now everyone must know how ridiculously funny the Boosh are and hearing these is just a real pleasure.

  • Ep. 1: Meet Miranda (Slaving Away)

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Meet Miranda. She's a dominatrix. She has a flatmate, friends and neighbours who have no idea what she gets up to behind closed doors. And did we mention an assortment of slightly off kilter clients? In this opening episode, we hear her try (and fail) to sort out a marketing strategy for a range of painfully absurd and always hilarious bedroom services.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demands a sequel!

  • By A. Bale on 14-02-19

A Very Lazy Piece of Writing

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

I thought this might be entertaining, especially with the "sex work is still work" movement and believed that this would be a funny and nuanced take on the subject. Instead we're presented with the sort of jokes that may just as well have been written 30 years ago. Lots of sniggering, lots of caricatures, just very disappointing.

I had no sense that the performers were even gamely getting behind the story line, it seemed to me to be a very good example of "phoning it in". I couldn't make it beyond Miranda trying hard to get onto the sex offender's register before I removed all of the episodes from my device.

Seriously, there are better examples of sex work and comedy out there, I'd advise you to go find them instead of wasting your time on this.

  • George Cragge: In the Red & Other Mysteries

  • By: Mark Tavener
  • Narrated by: Barry Foster, full cast, Hugh Laurie, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

A collection of four blackly humorous crime mysteries featuring the fictional BBC Radio crime correspondent, George Cragge. Adapted from the novel by Mark Tavener, In the Red sees the anarchic George Cragge investigate a spree of bizarre murders in the world of City finance, a small political party contesting a by-election, and a plan to overthrow the Director-General of the BBC. The sequel, In the Balance, features George Cragge kicking off a murder trail during the FIFA World Cup at Wembley Stadium. And with Europe becoming a hot potato, can the Prime Minister hold on to his job? In the Chair follows the maverick hack as he looks into a series of murders of dentists linked to New Labour policy. The final drama, In the End, sees George Cragge investigating a series of murders of journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prequel to BBC Radio 4's ‘Absolute Power’

  • By Nigel on 17-03-18

A Rather Unlikeable Hero

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

These were very strong performances in increasingly weaker stories. George Cragge was thoroughly unlikeable though. I sympathised with his editor and with his friend Frank because anyone who told me that they could do my job better than me in that tone of voice would get short shrift.

The Labour Party story, while funny, was unnecessary in the final tale. Great to see Charles and Martin from Absolute Power though.

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  • The Devil's Detective

  • Thomas Fool, Book 1
  • By: Simon Kurt Unsworth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

Welcome to hell...where skinless demons patrol the lakes, and the waves of limbo wash against the outer walls while the souls of the damned float on their surface, waiting to be collected. When an unidentified, brutalised body is discovered, the case is assigned to Thomas Fool, one of hell's detectives, known as Information Men. But how do you investigate a murder where death is commonplace, and everyone is guilty of something?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastic Horror!

  • By Lynn Worton on 15-10-15

A Real Ol'Fashioned Slow Burner

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

The book took time to get started and I almost gave up, but it showed itself to be very well plotted and multi layered with a great ending.

The narrator *really* got into the telling of the story!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful