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  • Lord Peter Wimsey: The Complete Short Stories

  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Discover Dorothy L. Sayers' inimitable Golden Age detective in this complete collection of the complete Lord Peter Wimsey stories, together in one volume for the first time. Presented in chronological order, these short stories see Lord Peter Wimsey bringing his trademark wit and unique detection skills to all manner of mysteries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Robotic Wimsey

  • By Pat Fox on 08-04-18

Stories good, narration badly paced.

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

The narrator puts odd pauses into sentences, which I presume indicate punctuation in the original text. These disturb the delivery of quite a number of sentences, particularly narrated speech, so that I am left having to work out the grammar/attitude/personality in question, rather than having smooth storytelling quality. But Sayers's stories are good, even with this distraction.

  • Winter Holiday

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 4
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the book

  • By Victoria on 23-06-13

The link between the Lakes and the Broads

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is how Dick and Dorothea Callus meet the Swallows and the Amazons.

It seems to me, as someone who has been a story-maker, that Arthur Ransome wrote a lot of himself into Dickinson and Dottie :)

  • Peter Duck

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 3
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome's unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming childhood adventure on the high seas

  • By Lou on 29-10-14

Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Mr Armstrong is a good narrator, but has found some of the nautical aspects difficult. A bowline knot is properly pronounced boh-linn, and the songs Titty sings would have come across better if he'd looked them up first to get the right rhythm.

But these points are forgiven in the pleasure of Arthur Ransome's best novel.

SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS - and the Wildcat - FOREVER!

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume 1

  • Three classic full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael, Peter Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Whose Body? first introduced Lord Peter to the world and begins with a corpse in the bath of a London flat. Clouds of Witness finds Wimsey investigating murder close to home, and in Unnatural Death he investigates the suspicious demise of an elderly woman. First broadcast on BBC radio in the 1970s and presented here in their entirety, these full-cast adaptations are admired by fans of the genre worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I got totally immersed!

  • By caroline armstrong on 04-12-17

Author and cast in top form...

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Ian Carmichael and Peter Jones are the definitive Wimsey and Bunter. Carmichael's hard work studying Wimsey's persona led to brilliant characterisation, and Bunter's laconic and deferential understatements are a gem of the relationship between man and master in English society. Oh that it could be so nowadays. Dorothy L Sayers is first amongst equals for me.

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  • Under Drake's Flag

  • By: G.A. Henty
  • Narrated by: Fred Williams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

A match at bowls was being played in which Drake and other high officers of the fleet were engaged, when a small armed vessel was seen running before the wind into Plymouth Harbor, with all sails set. Her commander landed in haste, and eagerly sought the place where the English lord admiral and his captains were standing. He was master of a Scottish privateer, and he told the English officers that he had that morning seen the Spanish Armada off the Cornish coast.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • soooo boring. great subject matter awful delivery

  • By Mr. C. A. Rixen on 09-01-19

A weighty novel, read in steady tones., but I learned some history.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

As much as I prefer a narration with some personalisation and dramatic variety to it, this steady reading has introduced me ably to Henty's work, and kept me company in bits and pieces over the last few weeks. My congratulations to Fred Williams on his maintenance of tone, and the smooth sound quality as he passes from one section to another, which is also credit to Blackstone Audio.

Henty (writing between 1866 and 1906) is a truly Victorian storyteller, unlike Pansy (Isabella Alden MacDonald, writing from 1865-1929) who is of quite a different and more easily digested style. However I enjoyed the detailed descriptions, and I've certainly learnt far more about Drake, his voyages, and the world politics of his era than I ever have from any other source. However some of his descriptions and opinions are standard for the time, some are offensive to modern minds, and as with any author, the reader decides the matter. It was very refreshing, though, to read a book with no swearing, not even blasphemous that im aware of, and no sex. Whether you think the insults hurled by different characters are worse than the foul language and loose morals of today's novels says just as much about you, as about me, as about Henty.

  • Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • The Twentieth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

It is nearing the end of the Year of Our Lord 1145. A monk vows to abandon all earthly ties, but how can Brother Cadfael obey when his son is captured in battle? Olivier de Bretagne is one of many young knights taken prisoner in the current power dispute in Britain, but he is also Cadfael's son, and the monk cannot be objective. A council is planned at Coventry to try to appease the warring factions, and Brother Cadfael asks leave to attend, knowing he must do all in his power to find and deliver his son. This most thrilling and humane of Ellis Peters's novels is filled with excitement, intrigue, and a meticulously depicted medieval background.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good

  • By S. Coakley-Evans on 05-06-11

One of my favourite Cadfael stories

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Sir Derek Jacobi is perfect as a narrator, having played Cadfael in the tv series. It's a shame the novel is abridged, but I shall work my way through the rest of the series in due course as full books.

  • The Daughter of Time

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

'Truth is the Daughter of Time' is an old proverb. And The Daughter of Time is Josephine Tey's search for the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Was the hunchback, Richard III, the monster that Shakespeare and the history books have made him out to be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tey's thought provoking Daughter of Time

  • By jen on 24-12-12

Excellent proofs, some unused by modern Ricardians

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

Reviewed: 14-04-17

Miss Tey created the first history book that helped me understand this period. Using both the Kindle text and Derek Jacobi's wonderful vocal skills, I am annotating, cross-referencing and linking to supplementary information on the Internet. I'm able to take the facts and explanations from the narrative and put them into a tabular or visually enriched timeline to support my learning. And in the narration, Mr Jacobi's voice lets me reacquire the overall story.

I've watched several documentaries about Richard's reign since the discovery of his body. Some duck the issue, some are purely physically forensic, but those I've seen that ask don't use all the facts, documents, reasoning and analysis displayed here. They should try examining this book and putting it to the test.