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  • It's a Fair Cop: Series 1-3

  • The BBC Radio 4 Stand-up Comedy Show
  • By: Alfie Moore
  • Narrated by: Alfie Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 131

Alfie Moore spent 18 years on the Humberside police force before turning to stand-up comedy. In each episode of this live stand-up show, he takes his audience through a scenario based on a real-life case and tasks them with deciding how they would have acted in the circumstances. From drink driving to a missing gnome, road traffic collisions to the tricky subject of Stop and Search, not to mention a case in which you must imagine what it would be like if Bruce Lee came from Scunthorpe and had been hammering the kebabs for 20 years.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The funniest radio programme since Cabin Pressure

  • By Ann Watson on 06-12-18

The funniest radio programme since Cabin Pressure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Water

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in from the Hebrides to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred. Markham had left the islands years before to pursue his burgeoning writing career. He had few friends there, so why was he back in Shetland?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous characters, pace and atmosphere

  • By Catherine on 22-03-14

Very average

Overall
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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Plague and I

  • Common Reader Editions
  • By: Betty MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

" The Plague and I" recounts MacDonald's experiences in a Seattle sanitarium, where the author spent almost a year (1938-39) battling tuberculosis. The White Plague was no laughing matter, but MacDonald nonetheless makes a sprightly tale of her brush with something deadly. "Anybody Can Do Anything" is a high-spirited, hilarious celebration of how "the warmth and loyalty and laughter of a big family" brightened their weathering of the Great Depression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Audible!

  • By Ann Watson on 20-05-17

Thank you, Audible!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • Unequal Affections

  • A Pride and Prejudice Retelling
  • By: Lara S. Ormiston, Devleena Gosh PhD (Foreward)
  • Narrated by: Carmela Corbett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men - until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed. Mr. Darcy's passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By A. Kemp on 29-09-15

A Good P&P variation for a change!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
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!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Persistence

  • By: Jeanna Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Undaunted by a threatening storm, Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley insists he must deliver his letter to Miss Elizabeth Bennet - then tragedy strikes. Riddled with guilt, Elizabeth comes to the aid of the comatose Mr. Darcy and stays by his side until he regains consciousness. She soon learns that although Mr. Darcy has awoken, he has not returned to himself. And with no memory of his first disastrous proposal, he has concluded that there is nothing he wants more than to propose to Miss Elizabeth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful

  • By Ann Watson on 17-04-16

Dreadful

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

  • Forensics

  • The Anatomy of Crime
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: how they lived, how they died--and who killed them. Val McDermid uncovers the secrets of forensic medicine with groundbreaking research and her own experience. Along the way you’ll wonder at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death and how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book GOD AWFUL narration

  • By May-May on 25-01-16

ruined by the narrator

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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • No Stone Unturned

  • The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators
  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

No Stone Unturned recreates the genesis of NecroSearch International: a small ,eclectic group of scientists and law enforcement personal, active and retired, who volunteer their services to help locate the clandestine graves of murder victims and recover the remains and evidence to assist with the apprehension and conviction of the killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Ann Watson on 01-09-15

Interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,353

John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cabin Pressure

  • By Elizabeth on 14-07-09

BRILLIANT!

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

  • The Rosie Effect

  • Don Tillman 2
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O’Grady
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles happily into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project. As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style soon gets him into trouble. To make matters more difficult, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, different and intelligent!

  • By Ann D on 09-11-14

Welcome back!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • Want You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 10
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Peter James' tenth Roy Grace novel, Want You Dead.... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Mrs on 19-06-14

Highly improbable, boring and not at all enjoyable

Overall
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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful