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  • The Nursing Home Murder

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse, Jane Harden, are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary - and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical yarn

  • By Teresa on 25-07-16

Dated but ok

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

The whole style of this book is very dated as might be expected. However it’s still a decent if undemanding story

  • The Martin Beck Stories

  • 10 BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall
  • Narrated by: Neil Pearson, full cast, Steven Mackintosh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965 and 1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandinavian crime fiction. Long before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working with a motley collection of colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's liberal society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Swedish crime stories 5-stars* - Superb!

  • By Nigel on 20-08-17

Excellent in every respect

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

Good stories well acted throughout. A really excellent listen. I was sorry when it finished.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

Unusual style

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

Struggled with this book as the style was a bit odd. However no doubting the cleverness of the author

  • Monster 1983

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Ivar Leon Menger, Anette Strohmeyer, Raimon Weber
  • Narrated by: Marc Warren, Callum Blue, Anastasia Griffith, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220

Oregon, summer 1983. A series of mysterious deaths shakes the coastal town of Harmony Bay from its peaceful sleep. Shortly after the death of his wife, Sheriff Cody is called upon to investigate numerous murders which all exhibit strange puncture wounds. Cody and his team expect the murders are committed by a serial killer, but it soon becomes clear something more sinister lurks behind this idyllic town, which becomes his worst nightmare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the full story

  • By Gridiron on 19-10-16

Awful not worth buying

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

A complete waste if money. Terrible acting cannot think of one good word for this.

  • The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: full cast, Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,263

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series

  • By Chill on 29-06-16

Excellent in every respect

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

My title says it all all the plays are very well presented and as many before me have said, the stories are compulsive reading/listening

  • Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries

  • Twelve BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander, full cast, Julia McKenzie, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141

Twelve BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of short stories by the Queen of Crime. First broadcast in the early 2000s, the stories were adapted and brought up-to-date for a contemporary audience. The stories are 'Philomel Cottage'; 'Swan Song'; 'Magnolia Blossom'; 'Witness for the Prosecution'; 'The Gates of Baghdad'; 'The Hounds of Death'; 'In a Glass Darkly'; 'The Dressmaker's Doll'; 'The Case of the Perfect Carer'; 'The £199 Adventure'; 'The Gypsy'; and 'The Last Seance'. Duration: 6 hours approx.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Repackaged version of 2010 dramatisations

  • By M. K. on 05-02-16

Not expected

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

Although well performed most of these short plays are not what most people will have come to expect from this author. Entertaining enough though.

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  • The Death of Dalziel

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 22
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Shaun Dooley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Caught in the blast of a huge Semtex explosion, the only things preventing Superintendent Andy Dalziel from stepping through Death's door might be his own size and indomitable willpower. As he lies on a hospital bed, it falls on DCI Peter Pascoe to seek justice for Andy. The security services have written it off as an accident: the terrorist suspects have paid for their clumsiness with their lives. Who, then, are the Knights Templar, a shadowy group exacting summary public justice on their enemies?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death Of Dalziel by Reginald Hill

  • By Barrie on 03-04-11

Good story line

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

Well written story with uncanny links to recent weeks happenings. Very well narrated. Will read more from the series

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable easy listening

  • By C on 06-11-16

Gentle entertaining

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

These stories are undemanding little crime tales well read and well titled (cosy) just right for an easy summer read

  • The Coroner

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 1
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

When lawyer Jenny Cooper is appointed Severn Vale District Coroner, she’s hoping for a quiet life and space to recover from a traumatic divorce. But the office she inherits from the recently deceased Harry Marshall contains neglected files hiding dark secrets and a trail of buried evidence. Could the tragic death in custody of a young boy be linked to the apparent suicide of a teenage prostitute and the fate of Marshall himself? Jenny’s curiosity is aroused. Why was Marshall behaving so strangely before he died?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Read

  • By Louisa on 12-07-10

Ok but!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Story is ok but a bit long winded and predictable. Some of the behaviour of the main character felt unrealistic

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,291

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Inventive and unusual

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Really a double story, or a story within a story. My only small negative comment is it could perhaps have been a little shorter. However it is well read and certainly different.