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  • The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: full cast, Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,141

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By clivep on 20-06-16

Perfect perfect perfect

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Perfect perfect perfect

Dramatisation impeccable acting wonderful production slick. The full story arc comes to life

  • Original Sin

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery. Set on the banks of the River Thames in the literary world, P. D. James' Original Sin is the ninth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a brilliant work of crime fiction from the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley. The Peverell Press, a 200-year-old publishing firm housed in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames, is certainly ripe for change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P D James at her best.

  • By Maryb on 20-03-16

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 30-05-18

Possibly the greatest descriptive prose in detective fiction I have ever read. Perfect premise and great characters.

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  • Jerusalem

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 60 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap tower blocks. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative, among its saints, kings, prostitutes and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening. Through the labyrinthine streets and minutes of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty, of Africa, hymns and our threadbare millennium.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, Flawed, Fantastic and Poetic. And a bit long.

  • By Boggy of Bucks on 15-05-17

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I had no expectation when starting this monster of a book. After the first section I had even less. Two divorces, three jobs and several address changes later I arrived at the end of one of the most beautiful, unique, maddening and truthful novels I've ever read.

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  • Villette

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Mandy Weston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Long overshadowed by Jane Eyre, Villette is widely admired as one of Charlotte Bronte's finest works. This story of a young teacher at a girlâ¿¿s school in the city of Villette is a particular challenge for the young reader, for it requires maturity of vision, a fine narrative sense - and a command of French! Mandy Weston, a newcomer to Naxos AudioBooks, tells the story magnificently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading

  • By Caroline on 19-12-08

Did I really just read that?

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

Reviewed: 30-11-17

Beautifully bizarre. Critically correct
A trippy euro novel that says much. Love it. Well ahead of its time

  • The Gospel According to Cane

  • By: Courttia Newland
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Beverley Cottrell had a dream life: a prestigious job, a beautiful husband and baby boy. This is stolen from her one winter afternoon when her son Malakay is kidnapped from a parked car. Despite a media campaign, a full police investigation, and the offer of a reward, Malakay is never found. Beverley's marriage soon dissolves and her husband immigrates from England to the U.S. with a new wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Significant novel

  • By neil on 03-11-17

Significant novel

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Nice to see a novel that takes some of the suspense features of the popular novel and plays with them. Ambiguity and beautiful use of language throughout. Will stay with me long after I try to get to sleep.

  • The Last Days of Jack Sparks

  • By: Jason Arnopp
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Jack Sparks died while writing this book. This is the account of his final days. In 2014, Jack Sparks - the controversial pop culture journalist - died in mysterious circumstances. To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors, he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone. It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult for his new book. He'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss!

  • By Árný Leifsdóttir on 16-09-16

Mind bending bliss

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

This book has it all- satire, creativity, individual ideas. It is very much aided by excellent narrative and moments of gruesome tension. An adult book with an adolescent heart. For fans of horror/satire

  • The Long Goodbye

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to find a better crime fiction audiobook

  • By Andy on 27-09-16

perfection

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

Reviewed: 29-05-16

Two for the price of one. Tense, funny and smooth. Narration helps the story skip along at a right old pace.

  • My Struggle, Book 1

  • By: Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett - translator
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

My Struggle: Book One introduces American listeners to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Monsaraz on 17-05-15

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 27-03-16

It should be impossible to write in this much detail and hold the readers attention. This novel is simply one of the most compelling books I have ever read.

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  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they think nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada is a very difficult old lady. But when Mrs Lockett mentions a poisoned mushroom stew, and Mrs Lancaster talks about "something behind the fireplace", Tommy and Tuppence find themselves caught up in an unexpected adventure involving possible black magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Effortless joy

  • By neil on 10-07-14

Effortless joy

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

Would you listen to By the Pricking of My Thumbs again? Why?

By the Pricking of My Thumbs is a return listen for sure because it balances a wonderfully twisty whodunnit with genuine pathos.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tommy and Tuppence, two characters that Christie had used before, are now approaching old age and this device gives Christie the opportunity to make readers feel genuinely moved by their attempts to deal with this.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favourite?

Hugh Fraser, a familiar voice to Christie fans, brings the characters to life with ease.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Danger and Old Age

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wishing on the Moon

  • The Life and Times of Billie Holiday
  • By: Donald Clarke
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

No singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than jazz legend Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues - and this authentic biography sets the record straight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opener.

  • By Annemarie on 26-03-16

A must read

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

If you could sum up Wishing on the Moon in three words, what would they be?

A lively and vivid account of the life and art of lady day.

What did you like best about this story?

The level of detail both about her life and recordings was fascinating.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ending was particularly poignant .

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh often.