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  • A Taste for Death

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

Set in London, the seventh Adam Dalgliesh mystery from the best-selling author of Death Comes To Pemberley is a compulsive thriller and a chilling study of the complex motives behind cold-hearted murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best narrator ever

  • By Louise on 06-01-17

A super listen

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Never having read a PD James before,this was a super listen, and wonderfully written, description and language simply used by an obvious expert

  • The Years

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The principal theme of this ambitious book is time, threading together three generations of the Pargiter family. The story begins on a day in 1880 in the household of Colonel Abel Pargiter, his dying wife, and their seven children, and it ends in the 1930s with a brilliantly depicted party at which the Pargiters, young and old, pass in review. Important events - births, deaths, marriages, wars - occur in the wings; it is the commonplace moments that are captured here in a sequence of perfectly drawn scenes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps a different reader?

  • By carole on 14-08-18

Perhaps a different reader?

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Virginia Woolf and her unique observations, does require a more ‘poetic’ voice, perhaps?
This voice too thin, lost some of the delicious timing, and humour, after all it is for listening,
Nice to have another VW though, more please, Juliet Stevenson ? Alex Jennings?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Not a good listen!

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Constantly aware of plot trickery, a few discriptive diamonds, in the rough, so to speak, but I was relieved,when it came to a very unsatisfactory end.

  • The Waves (Dramatised)

  • By: Virginia Woolf, Terence Davies (dramatisation)
  • Narrated by: Janet Suzman
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

The Waves: Terence Davies's dramatisation of Virginia Woolf's story. Episode 1: Louis, Bernard, Neville, Jinny, Susan, and Rhoda recall their childhood and first steps into adulthood. Episode 2: Louis, Bernard, Neville, Jinny, Susan, and Rhoda struggle to come to terms with life after Percival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEAUTIFUL ADAPTATION of THE WAVES

  • By Highlight on 03-11-17

Strangely wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

At first,very strange, then strangely wonderful, one senses all the actors, really enjoying themselves, and showing off their extraordinary talents, just fantatsic.
Move on to the unabridged reading, and you’re hooked on Virginia!

  • Agatha Raisin: Dishing the Dirt

  • Agatha Raisin Series, Book 26
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

A therapist moved into the village of Carsely, and Agatha Raisin hated her. Not only was this therapist, Jill Davent, romancing Agatha's ex-husband, but she had dug up details of Agatha's slum background. Added to that, Jill was counselling a woman called Gwen Simple from Winter Parva, and Agatha firmly believed Gwen to have assisted her son in some grisly murders, although has no proof she had done so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun!!

  • By Winsome Gillette-Fussell on 11-02-16

Predictable story line, almost boring!

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

The narrator managed to confuse the sound of the characters, very unimaginative dialogue, bit silly!

  • A Room of One's Own

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathetic , intelligent reading

  • By carole on 22-03-16

Empathetic , intelligent reading

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

Reviewed: 22-03-16

This has to be the most intelligent reading of A Room of Ones Own, Ms Juliet Stevensons reading has an uncanny 'Woolf ' voice, she has a delivery which is incredibly accurate, unlike some 'readers' she understands, dare I say, seems to love Virginia Woolf's words and her intonation, timing, is absolute perfection. Anything Ms Stevenson reads is done with impeccable delivery, a joy to share.

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  • Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,181

John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but...

  • By Mr. D. A. G. Talbot on 24-03-18

Nostalgic bliss

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

Excellent listening, typical Agatha Christie, nostalgic, sometimes quite gripping and beautifully acted and produced, absolutely nothing to dislike apart from wanting more!

  • Murder by Moonlight and Other Mysteries

  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Anthony Boucher, Denis Green
  • Narrated by: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

From 1939 to 1946, Americans gathered around their radios to listen to The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, featuring Basil Rathbone as the high-strung crime solver and Nigel Bruce as his phlegmatic assistant, Dr. Watson. Witty, fast-paced, and always surprising, these great radio plays, written by the prolific writing team of Anthony Boucher and Denis Green, are as fresh today as they were then.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By Mr. R. Bruce on 14-11-16

Absolutely dreadful

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

This is farcical more about what the Americans had to put up with during the Second World War or repetitive advertising, ghastly! Very little to do with Sherlock or drama,

2 of 6 people found this review helpful