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  • A Very English Scandal

  • Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • By: John Preston
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

It's the late 1960s, and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives and embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C Hall on 13-08-16

Fascinatingly shocking

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

What an amazing story, I had no idea all this had gone on in British politics, nor any clue that it would be involving the Liberal Democrats.

The debauchery and debasement of these people who are supposed to be representatives of the populace is just horrific. No matter wether you are accepting of homosexuality or not the treatment of the young man in this book is truly awful.

The arrogance of he people involved and the complete lack of integrity is really quite shocking. Yes we all know the clichè about politicians lying, but this story reveals it goes to a whole other level.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,792
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

Very enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

What a sweet little story, it has the usual silliness by aristocrats and the eventual warming of hearts.

A very nice listen.

  • Murder in Belgravia

  • By: Lynn Brittney
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

London, 1915. Just 10 months into the First World War, the city is flooded with women taking over the work vacated by men in the armed services. Chief Inspector Peter Beech, a young man invalided out of the war in one of the first battles, is faced with investigating the murder of an aristocrat, and the man's wife, a key witness and suspect, will speak only to a woman about the unpleasant details of the case. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By M. Price on 28-09-18

Thoroughly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I found this book to be a delight to listen to. The concept is interesting and was very well executed in my opinion.

Each of the characters is developed individually as well as part of a group. The initial 'introductions' came across as a bit awkward but they served their purpose.

It would feel like a bit of a rise tinted view of that period of time in some ways, however you'd be wrong to think that. The book delves into some difficult social areas that are often dealt with much less fact than here.

I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • The MEG

  • By: Steve Alten
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face to face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. Written off as a crackpot suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Taylor refuses to forget the depths that nearly cost him his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meg-nificent! 🦈

  • By Irishimpstixx on 15-08-18

Better than I thought it would be

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

I bought this after having listened to two other megaladon monster books as I had also seen the film with this title. I was pleasantly surprised to find that whilst predictable and with the characters being fairly two dimensional it was still an enjoyable listen.

I'll give the sequels a spin and see just how much belief I have to suspend before it gets totally ridiculous and how much the author repeats himself.

  • Dear Mrs Bird

  • By: AJ Pearce
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 537

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend, Bunty, are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wartime tale of writing, bravery & soldiering on

  • By K. J. Noyes on 12-04-18

What a great listen

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

I really enjoyed this book and feel like it's given me a different insight into living through the Blitz. It's written in such a way that you can really sketch out the lives they were leading and use your imagination. There's detail, but not so much that you loose sight of the whole situation.

So often the British stiff upper lip and Blitz spirit is spoken of as something that basically washes over the suffering that people went through, but this book really made me think about the people as individuals.

I'd highly recommend this book.

  • Tracks: Series 1 and 2

  • By: Matthew Broughton
  • Narrated by: Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Jonathan Forbes, Kai Owen, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

When Dr Helen Ash witnesses the brutal and disturbing crash of the plane that is carrying her father, the incident sets her on an investigation into a dark conspiracy. Florian Chauvin was flying to Wales to tell his daughter something important, but his plane fell out of the sky. In the aftermath of the crash, Helen discovers that one of the passengers doesn't seem to have a heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me gripped from start to finish,

  • By Amazon Customer on 17-08-18

Oddly interesting

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I really enjoyed the first part of this series, thought the idea was interesting and quite well executed. There's a fair bit if gruesome detail in this book so just be aware.

I thought the second book was really weird and didn't really have any final explanation or connection to the first apart from an answer machine message.

I'll definitely listen to the first one again, but won't bother with the second.

  • John Wyndham: A BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six classic BBC radio adaptations
  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Peter Sallis, Barbara Shelley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Bill Nighy, Barbara Shelley and Peter Sallis are among the cast in six classic BBC Radio dramatisations of stories by one of Britain's most popular science fiction authors. 'The Day of the Triffids', first broadcast in 1968, is set in a world in which most people have been left blind after a meteor shower, and lethal carnivorous triffids are roaming the land. 'The Kraken Wakes', dramatised for radio in 1998, is a gripping story of monsters from the deep, alien invasion and ecological disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my god sooooo good

  • By miss christina bengston on 21-03-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

What a great compilation of radio plays.

I love John Wyndham's stories and was first introduced to them when reading The Day of the Triffids in school. I knew all of the stories on this compilation other than Survival and I think they were all very well done.

Although these are "horror" stories I find them incredibly soothing, I think it's because they are just so well written.

This is definitely a compilation I'll be coming back too. My only criticism would be that there's no way of knowing which chapters relate to which books. The first number of chapters are The Day of The Triffids, but then after that you've got no way of knowing which chapters are which books, so if you wanted to skip to one of the stories instead of listening to the whole compilation you've got listen to each one a bit to work it out.

  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: Tom Hodgkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Sara on 05-01-12

Could not keep going

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

I started this book twice and just couldn't get going with it. The writing felt all over the place and incredibly disconnected.

  • Widows

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Ann Mitchell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband's bank deposit box containing a gun, money and detailed plans for the hijack, she has three options. She could hand over the ledgers to the Detective. She could hand them over to the thugs who want to take over Harry's turf. Or, she and the other widows could finish the job their husbands started....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Peter on 02-07-18

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I remember watching this tv series when it first came out, I just have flashes of memory of it and couldn't remember the whole story. This turned out to be a great thing though as I was kept guessing all the way through how things would pan out.

Lynda La Plante yet again shows her fantastic wordsmith abilities and really gives us some great characters to learn about.

I did find Ann Mitchell's reading a little difficult to get into at first and sometimes a little hard to understand. However it was fantastic to have THE Dolly Rawlins reading the book and you could tell she really was that same character again.

Might have to see if I can find the tv series again.

  • The Suspect

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Mark Meadows, Sian Thomas, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

When two 18-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth - and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kate's Muddied Waters

  • By Simon on 29-01-19

Way to much signalling

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

So much about this book was predictable, which was a shame.

The idea of writing a story with a reporter going from side line view to the middle of the story was interesting but not necessarily original.

I did think however that the ending was interesting as it showed the compromises that people will make to protect their children.