LISTENER

S. J. MacDonald

Wales
  • 5
  • reviews
  • 13
  • helpful votes
  • 24
  • ratings
  • Holy Disorders (A Gervase Fen Mystery)

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

As inventive as Agatha Christie, as hilarious as P. G. Wodehouse - discover the delightful detective stories of Edmund Crispin. Crime fiction at its quirkiest and best. Holy Disorders takes Oxford don and part-time detective Gervase Fen to the town of Tolnbridge, where he is happily bounding around with a butterfly net until the cathedral organist is murdered, giving Fen the chance to play sleuth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent boys own adventure

  • By Toddy on 14-04-18

Great Fun

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Classic Crispin with some laugh out loud moments and another of his homage to M R James ghost stories. I guessed the killer early on but this didn't spoil my enjoyment.

  • The Affair of the Mutilated Mink

  • By: James Anderson
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

The Earl of Burford can't believe his luck. Rex Ransom, his favourite star from the 'talkies', and his hot-shot producer, Haggermeir, want to film their next feature at Alderley, the family's seventeenth-century country estate. Somewhat less enthusiastic is the Countess, who finds herself hosting an impromptu house party for the incoming Hollywood crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good twist.

  • By Janet on 06-04-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

What did you like most about The Affair of the Mutilated Mink?

I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot but most of all the humour, with Chief Detective Inspector Wilkins a very engaging character.

What other book might you compare The Affair of the Mutilated Mink to, and why?

This is firmly rooted in the golden age and even refers to other fictional detectives as if they were real.

Have you listened to any of Cornelius Garrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've enjoyed his reading of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy and the Thirty Nine Cufflinks too. Cornelius Garrett has a very warm voice and it does feel as if he's telling you the story rather than reading it at a microphone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I listened to it while doing a mammoth baking session and stuck the headphones on to continue listening while walking the dog.

Any additional comments?

If you like Agatha Christie you'll probably enjoy this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crime Classics: True Crime Stories

  • By: PDQ Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: Elliott Lewis
  • Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Created, produced, and directed by radio actor/director Elliott Lewis, the program was a historical true crime series, examining crimes and murders from the past. It grew out of Lewis' personal interest in famous murder cases and took a documentary-like approach to the subject, carefully recreating the facts, personages, and feel of the time period. Comparatively little dramatic license was taken with the facts and events, but the tragedy was leavened with humor, expressed largely through the narration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining

  • By S. J. MacDonald on 05-07-15

Highly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

What did you like most about Crime Classics: True Crime Stories?

The performance and sound effects - they're hilarious! I particularly enjoyed the owl impression.

What did you like best about this story?

The entertainment value. i enjoyed the humour, both intentional in the storytelling and characterisation and (presumably) unintentional, like the very obvious humans doing animal sounds.

What about Elliott Lewis’s performance did you like?

Tone of voice - the sense of mischief and the melodramatic acting, great fun.

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

It has made me laugh several times.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for historical accuracy or great sound quality this may not be for you. The second story is a repeat of the first and there are patches of low quality sound. But it has all the fun and style of a 50s B movie.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarifyers: The Horror of Loch Ness

  • By: Simon Barnard, Paul Morris
  • Narrated by: David Warner, Terry Molloy, David Benson, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The Scarifyers is a series of rip-roaring tales of comedic supernatural intrigue set in 1930s Britain, distilling the likes of Dick Barton, The Avengers, The Devil Rides Out and Quatermass into cracking new audio adventures. The Scarifyers is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has been described as 'rollicking good fun', 'a slice of audio perfection', 'the smartest and most enjoyable thing on British radio' and 'like Tintin but with the lights out.'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, if a bit frantic

  • By Pippa on 21-04-14

Roaarrrr!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-12

If you're a fan of the other Scarifyer stories, you'll recognise some of the gags in this one, but with a warm familiarity that still makes them funny. The characters, as always, are brilliantly bonkers and the "Invisible Crowley" episode still makes me laugh just thinking about it. Off the wall and hilarious - definitely one for the collection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

  • By: James Goss
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starships and Aliens Review

  • By S. J. MacDonald on 26-05-11

Starships and Aliens Review

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-11

Concept/World
I liked the way the story was introduced as if it had been found in an archive, and there was a good sense of being in the 1960s without that being laboured.

Story
The story develops well and has some genuinely creepy “hide behind the sofa” moments which is hard to achieve on audio alone. It was a clever idea to have the alien threat being “The Hush” because that does work well on audio. This is not “The Silence” from the Matt Smith series, it’s another kind of critter entirely.

Characters
Dr Who is brilliant as always. The other characters were well drawn by author James Foss, as in describing one of the crew as, “DJ Jasper wasn’t just wearing a cardigan, he looked like he sold them.” I cared what happened to them. I loved the way David Tennant characterised Layla (apologies if I have got the spelling wrong).

Presentation
The sound quality is excellent. The story is read by David Tennant. As much as I do like Matt Smith, I miss David Tennant’s Dr Who and hearing him read a story was like finding an episode I’d missed. You can hear the manic grin in his voice, brilliant!

Overall
The story is just over an hour long, which is a perfect time to listen while doing the ironing, gardening etc. Or just listen to it as a bedtime story and get an even creepier effect when you’re listening in the dark! I have listened to this audiobook three times since I bought it last November and if I lost my copy I would definitely buy another one, so it gets my top rating of *****.

For more science fiction and audiobook reviews, go to htttp://www.starshipsandaliens.com

5 of 5 people found this review helpful