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  • Tommies

  • The Complete BBC Radio Collection
  • By: Michael Chaplin, Nick Warburton, Avin Shah, and others
  • Narrated by: Lee Ross, Pippa Nixon, Indira Varma
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

We follow the fortunes of Mickey Bliss and his fellow signallers from the Lahore Division of the British Indian Army as they experience life - and death - on the front line. Meanwhile, Dr Celestine de Tullio battles to save soldiers suffering from gas gangrene and trench fever - and experiences the fighting firsthand when she enlists in the Serbian Army and commands a dangerous offensive. They are all cogs in an immense machine, one which connects situations across the whole theatre of the war, over four long years.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but there is a chapter missing

  • By Elliot Townsend on 15-11-18

Absolutely amazing series

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

I listened to much of this series when broadcast and I'm glad that Audible have the entire selection. It's a ground breaking look at the great war from a unique perspective.

A reviewer mentioned that one of the chapters was missing. This appears to be fixed as I compared the version streamed via the echo and my own download. The download was incorrect so anyone with this issue can delete the download and retry it. I note however that the additional documentary about the making of the series is not yet included - I hope this can be added in because it would be interesting to here what the crew have to say.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How Does That Make You Feel? Series 1-10

  • The BBC Radio 4 Comedy Drama
  • By: Shelagh Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Saire, Marcella Riordan, Frances Tomelty, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Psychotherapist Martha is reasonably compassionate, but deep down she's losing patience. It seems all her clients want to be something they are not, and it's driving them (and her) out of their minds. Across a series of 15-minute comedy vignettes, How Does that Make You Feel? offers a fly-on-the-wall view of Martha’s sessions, each one shedding more light on the lives of her entertaining clients. Starring Frances Tomelty, Roger Allam, Marcella Riordan, Tim McInnerny, Cathy Belton and Rebecca Saire. Produced and directed by Eoin O’Callaghan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly funny

  • By mr J. R. Jolley on 26-10-18

Surprisingly funny

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

I decided to give this one a go because I had the credit and wasn't disappointed. The setting is simple enough, a psychotherapist works with her clients. Listening to their trials and tribulations is remarkably funny. It's best summarised really as Alan Bennet with a twist.

There's a lot there for your money as well so if you like little 15 minute slices of humour then go for it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Tracks: Series 1 and 2

  • By: Matthew Broughton
  • Narrated by: Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Jonathan Forbes, Kai Owen, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

When Dr Helen Ash witnesses the brutal and disturbing crash of the plane that is carrying her father, the incident sets her on an investigation into a dark conspiracy. Florian Chauvin was flying to Wales to tell his daughter something important, but his plane fell out of the sky. In the aftermath of the crash, Helen discovers that one of the passengers doesn't seem to have a heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me gripped from start to finish,

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-08-18

A Gem Of A Find

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I decided to give this one a try because I had a free credit and often like to look for new dramas and saw it. What a gem. This series could have quite easily been shown on Sky Atlantic it is that good. Acting is top draw, sound design and music selections ar stella and the pacing is perfect.

I must also credit Audible because when I initially downloaded it, the entirety of series two was missing. I wrote to them explaining this and now it's all here - the joys of cloud computing.

Anyone who likes conspiricy dramas will eat this one up. Now, if you don't mind, I have to make tracks because I want to listen all over again.

35 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Blood on Satan's Claw

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Mark Morris - adapter, Piers Haggard, Robert Wynne-Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Thomas Turgoose, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 761

Seventeenth-century England, and a plough uncovers a grisly skull in the furrows of a farmer's field. The skull disappears, but its malefic influence begins to work in insidious ways upon the nearby village of Hexbridge. First, the cows stop milking and the fruit turns rotten on the trees. Then, an insolent ungodliness takes hold of the local children, mysterious fur patches appear on limbs and people start disappearing.... Something evil is stirring in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Folk Horror at it's best. A stellar adaptation.

  • By Film Lover on 17-01-18

Horor done right

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

this has to be one of the best audio horrors in existence. The performances are top draw but it is the sound design that takes center stage here. Superb stereo imaging and a well considered ambient score make this a unique listen. Highly recommended.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Mist

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Fear changes everything. After a mysterious mist envelops a small New England town, a group of locals trapped in a supermarket must battle a siege of otherworldly creatures . . . and the fears that threaten to tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent. <br />

  • By kristian on 15-01-17

An experience not to be missed

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

The Mist is one of the finest examples of binoral recording techniques I have ever listened too. Headphones are required which isn't stated in the description, hence why some have reviewed it negatively. It's one to keep in your archive though, just as a demonstration of the power of immersive audio. Very much recommended.

  • Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One

  • The Early Years (1938-1950)
  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Carl Bernard, full cast, Hugh Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, are the crème de la crème. Between 1938 and 1968, their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's earliest adventures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Generally Enjoyable But Rather Erratic

  • By foxymoron on 04-01-17

A Lovely Celebration Of A Golden Age Of Radio

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

Reviewed: 21-05-17

These three Paul Temple stories started that golden age of radio, a time when drama was all we had. I am too young but I have always loved these stories. Anyone with an interest in archive material should give all three volumes a purchase.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful