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N. Cawsey

Bristol, England.
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  • Ayres on the Air: The Complete Series 1-6

  • The BBC Radio 4 Sketch Show
  • By: Pam Ayres
  • Narrated by: Pam Ayres
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Writer, poet, and broadcaster Pam Ayres has been making her fans smile for more than 30 years, since her first television appearance on Opportunity Knocks. Now some of her best sketches, verses and songs are brought together in this complete collection of series 1-6 of her Radio 4 show, Ayres on the Air. Each series consists of 4 episodes, with Pam performing witty and wonderful pieces on subjects as diverse as getting older, shopping and a surfeit of beige, bored chickens and school plays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle Humour at its Best

  • By N. Cawsey on 27-12-18

Gentle Humour at its Best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-18

Ayres and Whitehead, a bit like Dench and Palmer, go together very well. This made me smile rather than laugh out loud, but I smiled a lot! Pam's distinctive Oxfordshire burr contrasts well with both Whitehead's rather dry 'middle England' accent and the posh voice of Felicity, the only other person in it.
I think it is especially appealing to people of a 'certain age' - approximately Pam's- who remember the world as it used to be, suet duffs to line your stomach, picking blackberries , walking to school in the snow, and,of course, the good hiding!
It is a long listen but easily broken up into episodes so can be dealt with easily in segments, each complete on its own. There is a little bit of repetition but not much.
One of the most enjoyable audio downloads I have listened to.

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  • Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

  • By: Darren Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Diane Sawyer
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For free, can't go wrong

  • By D on 11-04-14

A Moment in History

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

This brought back the horror of the situation, I remember sitting with my family watching it all take place on our grainy black and white tv. My mother was crying and my dad was shocked into silence. We all felt the loss of this man who was, at the time, the hope of the free world.
I thought this narration dealt with it all very well, not mawkishly but giving the sense of disaster unfolding bit by bit.
A true picture of history.

  • Dr Finlay's Casebook

  • By: A. J. Cronin
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The original stories featuring A. J. Cronin's much-loved Scottish country doctor. Dr Finlay's Casebook brings together Adventures of a Black Bag and Dr Finlay of Tannochbrae, A. J. Cronin's two hugely popular collections. Set in and around the fictional Scottish town of Levenford and village of Tannochbrae during the interwar years, the stories found here are heartwarming, funny and touching, full of fascinating characters and unforgettable encounters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The second volume not Cronin’s best

  • By Mary Carnegie on 16-10-17

Stories not in sequence

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Was fed up sbout hearing of his love affairs, not in sequence as he would have married after first one (don't know why he didn't). Would have preferred to have heard about his medical cases. Too much love life and too little about medicine. Narration was okay but generally, it was not right for people who remember Andrew Cruickshank and Bill Simpson.

  • Cider with Rosie

  • By: Laurie Lee
  • Narrated by: Laurie Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Narration

  • By Mr. Robertson on 23-12-12

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

What a treat! I remember seeing and hearing a very old Laurie Lee on the TV when I was young and it was magic then as it is still magical to this now 70+ year old. I live in South Glos but have never been to Slad, even though I go to Stroud frequently; this has inspired me to remedy the situation and I will go there very soon. The wonderful Gloucestershire accent is all around me in my day to day life, thanks to Audible for the opportunity to appreciate it!!!

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  • The Necessary Aptitude

  • By: Pam Ayres
  • Narrated by: Pam Ayres
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

‘I never once attended a Sunday morning church service in Stanford. There was always the feeling that they weren’t aimed at families like ours.’ Pam Ayres was the sixth child in a hard-up family who lived in a council house, her parents’ generation were harrowed by the war. Yet they lived by the green in the village of Stanford in the Vale, where everything you needed was within walking distance and the sound of motorcars was rarely heard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh until you cry

  • By S. M. Burns on 23-12-12

Excellent, reminiscent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-17

Pam tells her life story in her own words; she is my age and we share same childhood memories, pos under the bed, frost on the windows, liberty bodices and a good hiding!! Unfortunately I didn't have her talent so although we both live in the Cotswolds we live in different circumstances!! Anyone who can make me laugh out loud as she does deserves everything she has!
Lovely book, bonus was to have it read by Pam herself. Must have if you are of a certain age!!!

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  • The Forsyte Saga (Dramatised)

  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: Dirk Bogarde, Sir Michael Hordern, Diana Quick, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67

The blockbuster BBC Radio 4 adaptation of John Galsworthy’s classic family drama, featuring a star cast including Dirk Bogarde, Sir Michael Hordern, Diana Quick, Michael Williams and Amanda Redman. Galsworthy’s epic story chronicles the decline and fall of the Forsytes through almost 50 years of material triumph, emotional disaster, and a terrible feud that splits them asunder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • British Drama at it's best

  • By The Driver on 02-05-16

loved it

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

Reviewed: 20-04-17

Best thing I've listened to for years! Incredible diction, took me back to my youth (I am old now), the joys of Radio 4 when it was the Light Programme. Talent like this is so sorely missed.

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