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The funniest radio programme since Cabin Pressure

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This is something so different from the usual radio so-called comedy programmes. It is stand up with a personality all of its own. I laughed from beginning to end. If you are looking for something way out of the ordinary that is genuinely funny with no smut or blue jokes then look no further. Alfie Moore has found a format that is a sure fire winner! I really hope there is more to come, but like Cabin Pressure and Fawlty Towers, it may be better to leave it where it is and end on a high.

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Very average

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to the end but found it very contrived and not edge of the seat stuff.

What was most disappointing about Ann Cleeves’s story?

Jimmy Perez doesn't compare well to the Douglas Henshall TV version which was why I bought the book

What about Kenny Blyth’s performance did you like?

Excellent and probably the main reason I kept going to the end.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

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Thank you, Audible!

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

I have loved Betty MacDonald's books for over half a century and am so pleased that they are now on Audible. Although this wasn't the voice of Betty that has been in my head all those years, it will do very well and I look forward to listening to Anybody can do Anything and Onions in the Stew (possibly my favourite) with great anticipation. I will listen over and over again as I used to read them over and over again. Thank you so much, Audible.

A Good P&P variation for a change!

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

Reviewed: 26-05-16

Any additional comments?

I have tried many P&P variations over the years only to be hugely disappointed by each and every one of them, including P.D James' Death Comes to Pemberley, so it was with trepidation that I bought this one. I was pleasantly surprised! This author has kept the characters almost as Jane Austen wrote them. The story begins with Elizabeth accepting Darcy's proposal at Hunsford (eventually) for altruistic reasons and continues on a new path from there. This Darcy is at times a bit soppier than I would like but the story is an excellent chronicle of what might have happened under these new circumstances. So well done and thank you to this author for increasing my library of books that I can read and re-read! There are not too many of them.

The narrator also was of a much higher standard than in the other variations, but I could only give her four stars as to have given her five would have put her on a par with Emilia Fox who is the definitive and unsurpassable narrator of Darcy and Elizabeth's love story for me!

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Dreadful

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-16

This is by far and in every way the very worst book I have ever bought on Audible. Jane Austen must be turning in her grave at this awful treatment of her characters. It is also the very worst narration I have ever heard, which made me feel that Audible is playing a horrid joke on its customers by listing it as a book to be purchased. It deserves no stars whatsoever and I will be returning it as soon as possible.
The best advice I can give to genuine lovers of Pride and Prejudice is to avoid this travesty like the plague. I thought P.D James' Death Comes to Pemberley was bad enough but at least it is well written and her characters bear some resemblance to Jane's, whereas here - well words fail me on every front!

ruined by the narrator

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Why oh why did the narrator have to use such phoney, annoying regional accents? The narration completely ruins the interesting and factual content of the book. Very disappointed that I was only able to listen to the book once, as I was so irritated by this dreadful narrator. The first listen was endured because of the interesting content, but the second attempt was abandoned before the end of chapter one. Peter Arnold doesn't speak in the way portrayed at all and his expertise is considerably demeanoured by it. TERRIBLE!

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Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

This book, though a little long winded in parts, is of interest to anyone following the development of forensic science in the pursuit of criminals in this modern age. It documents the story of a group of dedicated scientists who came together to search for long hidden bodies and the prosecution of their murderers who thought they had got away with their crime.
Well written and well read.

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BRILLIANT!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-15

John Finnemore BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! yellow car, Roger Allam BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! Stephanie Cole BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! Benedict Cumberbatch BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT!

Welcome back!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

Any additional comments?

Not quite as enjoyable as The Rosie Project, which was one of my favourites books of last year, but it was a welcome return of Don and Rosie and their relationship. I found the story a little convoluted and it was hard to keep track of all the characters. It will need another listen. Well read by Dan O'Grady.

Highly improbable, boring and not at all enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-06-14

Would you try another book written by Peter James or narrated by Daniel Weyman?

I finished this book only out of loyalty to Peter James' other books, but I couldn't wait for it to end. From the sublime of the previous book to the utterly ridiculous in this one. Will wait for the reviews if there is another, before deciding whether to buy it or not.

What was most disappointing about Peter James’s story?

It was so improbable as to be ridiculous. The main victim was so stupid and annoying that I was wanting her to die. The killer was unbelievable. The actions were laughable. The parents' reactions were so unreal.
This part of the Sandy thread was weak and made all the previous parts of it in the other books feel totally irrelevant.
I'm afraid a clever author has really lost the plot with this one and left me feeling as though he is treating his fans with disdain in publishing this third rate novel.

Very disappointed.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favourite?

Roy Grace used to be but not in this one. Hard to find one.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Want You Dead?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

The only, and I mean only, saving grace (no pun intended) is the performance of Daniel Weyman.

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