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  • The Lunar Cats

  • By: Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

When you are an inoffensive retired librarian with bitter personal experience of Evil Talking Cats, do you rescue a kitten from the cold on a December night? Do you follow up news items about cats digging in graveyards? Do you inquire into long-ago cats who voyaged around the world with Captain Cook? Well, yes. If you are Alec Charlesworth, that is precisely what you do - with unexpected and terrifying consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sequel and...

  • By Miko on 31-03-17

Quirky well written entertaining

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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: 19-02-19

Continuation of cat put of hell which is even better than that first part. Integrated story line that has you believing in talking evil cats!! Excellent historical material on the endeavour trip , cook banks and samuel johnson

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery, in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and gripping

  • By Kirstine on 24-05-12

Just wasnt for me

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-19

I really wanted to like this - but It felt like it was just trying too hard , I stuck with it for an hour but just felt like wading through very wordy custard.

  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Clive Merrison, Michael Williams, full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33

Clive Merrison and Michael Williams star as Holmes and Watson in these 12 full-cast dramatisations of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories are: 'The Empty House', 'The Norwood Builder', 'The Dancing Men', 'The Solitary Cyclist', 'The Priory School', 'Black Peter', 'Charles Augustus Milverton', 'The Six Napoleons', 'The Three Students', 'The Golden Pince-Nez', 'The Missing Three-Quarter' and 'The Abbey Grange'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb production

  • By Trekkie Monster on 06-02-18

More in the excellent Clive Merrison Dramatisation

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This BBC dramatisation brought Clive Merrison to a role which I now find is the only Holmes I can listen to (other than the modern Benedict Cumberpatch!!) as he is so perfect for the role.

  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • 15 BBC Radio 4 Original Full-cast Dramas
  • By: Bert Coules
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs, Clive Merrison, full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

A gripping collection of 15 BBC Radio full-cast dramas written by Bert Coules, inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories. In the 56 short stories and four novels Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about his great detective, how many times did Dr John Watson tantalise us with references to cases which were never written about in full? These original adventures flesh out those unrecorded cases to wonderful effect. Clive Merrison plays the great sleuth himself, with Andrew Sachs in the role of Doctor Watson. The star casts include Tom Baker, Jane Asher, Tim West, Toyah Willcox, Lindsay Duncan and Mark Gatiss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant new adventures

  • By J. Goss on 11-08-18

Superb telling of new tales!

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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: 10-12-18

I was not aware of these on te radio and so it has been a delight to discover the entire Sherlock series directed by Bert Coules. This collection is actually a newly written series of stories based supposedly on ones mentioned in other original Holmes short stories. They are very cldver and would do credit to the Conan Doyle. They also give Bert Coules the opportunity to expand the characters and relationship behtween Holmes and Watson - and this adds humour and wit, with particularly apposite asides by Watson. PLEASE write more!

  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It's the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II, Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science. In The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, Ian Mortimer answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller to 17th-century Britain would ask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, interesting and entertaining history

  • By Kirstine on 21-09-17

Enjoyable way to learn history, but looses its way

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Ian Mortimer's 'Time Traveller' series is always an enjoyable and light hearted way to top of historical knowledge and in particular the details which usually get edited out of more 'academic' histories -there are always some intriguing facts that stay with one - and the narration is excellent. This one seemed to forget it was a 'time travellers guide' for about the last 45 minutes though and became increasingly just a 'history of' - which was a shame - but I am not sure how he could have dealt with composers and writers in any other way - the time traveller could hardly have attended endless concerts!

  • Hercule Poirot's Christmas

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. But when Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the village with a friend for Christmas, offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all time favourite detective

  • By Nicola on 24-12-18

Hackneyed heavy and unrelentingly misogynistic

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Maybe it was the heavy tones of the narrater who appeared to draw out the slow ponderous atmosphere . Or the constant constant references to the bright eyes and cruel lips etc etc of the females, or the fact that ALL the characters were horrible, and I wished they would all kill each other after the first 5 minutes, I only managed about an hour of this. Although I love a good Poirot and a good Sherlock, so do not usually recoil at some old fashioned attitudes etc within the conext of the literature this was just TOO much. Moral of the tale . . if an audible is being advertise as reduced price there is probably a very good reason!!

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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Four Novels Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Bert Coules
  • Narrated by: Clive Merrison, full cast, Michael Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64

Clive Merrison stars as Holmes, with Michael Williams as Watson, in these four adventures from the unique, fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle stories: A Study In Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By The Wolfman on 23-03-18

Very Disappointing

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I have greatly enjoyed all the other BBC radio adaptations by Bert Coules but this of the longer novels was very disappointing. I am not sure if it was the modern adaptations fault or the original books. Two of the stories were almost all told in flash backs in America, so it didnt even feel like a Holmes story, and the American accents, plus in one instance Irish American plus a Scottsh policeman, and a Welsh detective made the auddible seem more like an amateur dramatics where they were trying to cram in as many over the top accents as possible. Very very disappointing.

  • Love Lies Bleeding (A Gervase Fen Mystery)

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P. G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. Castrevenford school is preparing for Speech Day, and English professor and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen is called upon to present the prizes. However, the night before the big day, strange events take place that leave two members of staff dead. The headmaster turns to Professor Fen to investigate the murders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • love lies bleeding

  • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 07-09-15

Excellent and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

If only Edmund Crispin had written more Gervase Fenn novels! His authorial knowldged of so many cultural spheres of life allows his characters to come to life and hold interest, as well as bring wit and interest to above average plots.

  • The Invention of Murder

  • How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
  • By: Judith Flanders
  • Narrated by: Janice McKenzie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

A deeply engaging and completely original book about nineteenth-century Britain’s fascination with good quality murder. Murder in nineteenth-century Britain was ubiquitous – not necessarily in quantity but in quality. This was the era of penny-bloods, early crime fiction and melodramas for the masses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How we once lived

  • By Ian1956 on 29-05-12

Interesting analysis

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Interesting consideration of Victorian crime with well researched examples of how it was viewed. Some cases cited have been considered elsewhere but even these were placed in a new context for better understanding.

  • Bats in the Belfry

  • A London Mystery
  • By: E. C. R. Lorac
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Bruce Attleton dazzled London’s literary scene with his first two novels, but his early promise did not bear fruit. His wife, Sybilla, is a glittering actress, unforgiving of Bruce’s failure, and the couple lead separate lives in their house at Regent’s Park. When Bruce is called away on a sudden trip to Paris, he vanishes completely until his suitcase and passport are found in a sinister artist’s studio, the Belfry, in a crumbling house in Notting Hill, and Inspector Macdonald must uncover Bruce’s secrets. This intricate mystery from a classic writer is set in a superbly evoked London of the 1930s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old fashioned whodunnit

  • By Ian1956 on 17-08-18

unbelievable story, inappropriate narration

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Although many 'classic' detective novels are to a degree unbeleivable, this was ridiculously so. The plot far too convoluted, the characters simply pastiches, and the solution totally ludicrous. I like David Thopre as a narrator usually but here he sounded far far too cheerful and 'chirpy' when describing deaths and mutilations. I listened to the whole thing but only because I had a long drive and nothing else to listen to. Even then I almost just turned it off!! It came on the heels of listening to Edmund Crispin - and the contrast between this silliness and Crispin's well-written and witty Gervase Fenn could not have been greater!!!

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