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  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: John Finnemore
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 343

John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure, returns in four episodes of his own sketches, as heard on BBC Radio. These episodes feature a tiger with a gun, reveal the truth behind the war effort, visit some documentary-makers, has a big debate and then treats itself to a little trophy. Plus, there are also some musical interludes from the zoo. John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is written by and stars John Finnemore (The Now Show, Miranda, That Mitchell and Webb Look).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gets better in later series but still brilliant.

  • By Mez Kyte on 12-01-15

An Absolute Classic Sketch Show

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

Reviewed: 23-04-19

I've always loved the souvenire programme and now I can make bookmarks of some of my favourite sketches and show them to my friends whenever they don't get my references (which is always). A personal fave is Pooh's "interdevention".

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,359

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Amazing Medieval Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

Even though at times the story ends up meandering around and getting a bit repetitive, Maitland's world building in this book and Thorpe's animated narration are so engaging that it was hard to stop listening. The balance of pure historical and supernatural elements in the book are perfectly balanced, and some of the stories the characters tell (particularly Cygnes) are lovely creative nuggets in their own right. I'd only read one of Maitland's other books, and had looked at numerous reviews of this one before buying the audiobook all of which mentioned a weak ending. However even if the ending is quite abrupt I certainly didn't anticipate it and still found it very dramatic - though I can see why some might find it a little dissatisfying. I would warn that the book is incredibly bleak ( I mean its set during the plague so I guess that's a given) and also that the some 16 Audible chapters do not line up with the 20+ chapters in the text, so keeping track of your place can be a bit confusing.