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  • Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume Two

  • Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit & Dombey and Son
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Robert Glenister, Simon Cadell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Thrilling full-cast radio dramatisations of three of Charles Dickens' classic novels. Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this second volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes the gripping historical novel Barnaby Rudge, picaresque comedy Martin Chuzzlewit and bittersweet tale of family relationships Dombey and Son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite as listenable as Volume 1.

  • By david morris on 23-09-16

Pure Dickens

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Some sparkling performances. Usual top class radio drama. But the weakness of Dickens's short serialised stories shows up even more when they are dramatised and conflated. Grew tired of the romantic happy endings.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,086

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By penobscott on 10-07-17

Totally Gripping

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

Although we know the ending this is a remarkable account of the fate and courage of Shackleton and his men. Found I didn't want to miss a moment. Brilliantly read too by Simon Prebble

  • Flat Earth News

  • By: Nick Davies
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street's unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never buy a newspaper again

  • By Simon on 11-10-09

An eye opener

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

Lifts the lid off all that's wrong with Press. I long for Nick Davies to write something bringing it up to date. Seems that things have only got a lot worse in the last 10 years. Excellent and thought provoking.

  • A Very English Scandal

  • Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • By: John Preston
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

It's the late 1960s, and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives and embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C Hall on 13-08-16

Fascinating and Informative

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

I found this a most fascinating and interesting book ; well researched and well read.

  • The War that Ended Peace

  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 31 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which could have been avoided up to the last moment - so why did it happen?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magisterial Book Read Brilliantly

  • By David on 22-11-13

Interesting insights

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

Reviewed: 19-07-16

Enjoyed from start to finish. Packed full of fascinating insights into the background and causes of 1st World War.

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  • Head of State

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

Two corpses. A country on the edge of a political precipice. A conspiracy so bold it would make Machiavelli wince. Andrew Marr's debut novel imagines what really might be going on behind the door of 10 Downing Street. When a young investigative reporter is found dead on the streets of London few people notice. But when another body - minus its head and hands - is washed up on the banks of the Thames, its grisly condition arouses a little more interest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste time listening to this rubbish

  • By Mr K Burgess on 18-11-14

Enjoyable and well written

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

Reviewed: 23-07-15

I enjoy Andrew Marr's political comment so his novel "Head of State" had me both gripped and entertained. There is one passage where he asks the rhetorical question "How could all this possibly happen?" And his answer comes close to biting satire.

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