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Lorna Payne

Winchester England
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  • Lyra's Oxford

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, Full Cast
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Lyra's Oxford opens two years after the conclusion of Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass in the comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon, sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird - a witch's daemon, on it's own - tumbles out of the sky, in search of a healing elixer to cure his witch of a strange new disease. Lyra and Pan decided to help - witches are friends, of course - but the closer their winding walk leads them towards the infamous Oxford alchemist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too short!

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-04-18

As good as ever

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Lovely short story that I was so pleased to find and download. I’ve read HDM and listened to the unabridged version of all 3 parts narrated by Pullman himself with supporting cast; this story is s wonderful but all too brief peek at Lyra as a student. I enjoyed it much more than “Le beau Sauvage”
Only complaint is that I wanted more...much more as I could listen to Pullman and crew all day, as there isn’t any more I going to do the only thing possible.....make s large pot of tea, take up my position on the settee and go right back to the beginning and listen to HDD all over again. Northern Lights here I come😁.

  • An English Christmas

  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: John Julius Norwich, Luke Thompson, Nicky Diss, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

A Christmas anthology from legendary historian and Christmas Cracker compiler John Julius Norwich. This year go carol singing in the Cotswolds with Laurie Lee or attend church with a grumpy Samuel Pepys. Make plum puddings for bemused French villagers with Elizabeth David; go present shopping with Virginia Woolf, or eat far too much with Agatha Christie. Celebrate Christmas at Chatsworth, in the workhouse or marooned in the ice with Shackleton....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All you ever remembered or dreamed about Christmas

  • By Lorna Payne on 26-11-17

All you ever remembered or dreamed about Christmas

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

Sorry I’m not feeling well enough to write a proper review...but listening to this book is just wonderful medicine. The narration is outstanding and totally appropriate to every piece in this anthology. I didn’t know about the author’s annual collection of pieces in his “Christmas Crackers”, I just wanted something warming and heartening for the time before Christmas in what has been a really grim 2017 for many.
This is a rich collection of poetry; passages from Dickens, Pepys and other sources; historic recipes for posset and Mrs Beeton’s Christmas pudding; descriptions of Queen Victoria’s Christmas and Moley’s return to Mole End from Wind in the Willows and many other descriptions of Christmasin ever form you can think of ..and oh so much more! This is one of the very best Audible books I’ve bought out of 750 in my collection over 10 years. I think I shall be playing this on a loop from now to Christmas .Give yourself a little Christmas cheer and treat yourself to this. You won’t regret it.

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  • Death on the Nile

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything...until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: "I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Suchet narrating Poirot is a must!

  • By Miss on 19-03-16

Excellence all round......

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

Reviewed: 16-10-16

This is a fairly well-known Christie story from the film version with Peter Ustinov and, I think , better production with David Suchet as the famous Hercules Poirot.
This audio version is fantastic. I found myself totally engaged with the wonderful David Suchetacting all of the parts

  • Unnatural Death (Dramatised)

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers, Chris Miller (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

This was the second Lord Peter Wimsey story to be adapted for radio in the mid-seventies. Broadcast May 5 to June 16 1975, it was adapted by Chris Miller and produced by Simon Brett. The case on Agatha Dawson is closed, but Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied. With no clues to work on, he begins his own investigation. Then Agatha's maid is suddenly murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful piece of writing

  • By EmmyScotland on 30-01-11

Classic 1920s crime

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

A vintage 1920s crime story, pretty faithfully adapted as a BBC Radio series with Ian Carmichael and Peter Jones as Wimsey and Bunter. A satisfying mystery with outstanding actors and sound effects,
I can't tell you how many times I've listened to this! I save my new Audiobooks for when I'm wide awake, but this has become a favourite for listening to at night when I can't sleep ...I'm like a child with this as my go to bedtime story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful