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  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,059

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

The perfect start to the next trilogy

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Philip Pullman delivers the perfect continuation/prequel (equel) to one of the stories of our generation. Characterisation, drama, folklore and theology wrapped up into a wonderful coming of age story. Michael Sheen's performance is wonderful and really brings the characters to life (as he always does) Can't wait for the next installment in the equel!

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Full Cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 406

Stranded on prehistoric Earth, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect find escape in the form of a time-travelling sofa. But as eleven homicidal, bat-wielding robots proceed to blow up Lord’s Cricket Ground, it seems that Arthur is far from Home and Dry. In fact, he is not even Home and Vigorously Towelling Himself. Off. Soon he is on an explosive quest to save the Universe, equipped with only a rabbit bone, a worn dressing gown, and a spaceship which looks remarkably like an Italian bistro. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad to hear it

  • By Vince on 14-06-06

It's just not Kricket!

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

Brilliant brilliant. Revisiting the radio series and they're just as good as I remember. Listen to them in order or travel back in time and start again! Except on a Thursday , no one seems to be able to get the hang of Thursdays.

  • The Magus of Hay

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

A man's body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning – until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man's home. What he finds there sends him to Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of Hereford's official advisor on the paranormal. It's nearly 40 years since Hay was declared an independent state by its self-styled king. A development seen at the time as a joke, a publicity scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exemplary

  • By P. F. Mcwilliams on 04-05-16

My favourite Phil Rickman story so far

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

My favourite Phil Rickmsn story so far, maybe apart from perhaps the book that introduced me to him - The Man in the Moss. Not sure why it's taken me so long to catch up again, but this is fantastic. All the memories from my late teens in the mid eighties in Worcestershire and Herefordshire brought to life in and around Hay-on-Wye, with the perfect blend of folklore, mysticism, spirituality and human nature.

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  • White Corridor

  • Bryant and May, Book 5
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

The unthinkable has happened at London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. In the depths of winter, a member of staff has been found murdered, and everyone who works there is suddenly a suspect. But Arthur Bryant and John May, the eccentric elderly detectives who run London's strangest crime division, aren't on hand to solve the crime. They've ventured into the heart of the English countryside, only to become stranded on a desolate snowbound section of road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As quirky as ever

  • By MS P WILSON on 14-09-16

Another brilliant Bryant & May story

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

I love Christopher Fowler's Bryant & May stories and they are narrated perfectly by Tim Goodman. I think they may be the only antidote against growing old gracefully.