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  • The Fourth Friend

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellis Gets Into The Groove!

  • By Simon on 07-12-18

The weakest entry

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Performance is great as always but the story is not thrilling at all. The intrigue has faded in the first two hours and two thirds of the book are more Cecelia Ahern than Alfred Hitchcock.

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  • Neverwhere

  • A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244

A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Adaptation

  • By flubb on 08-01-15

Totally must-have!

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Great performance and adaptation. The sound effects are just superb. All the cast has nailed it. I enjoyed it so much that I already want to listen to it again.

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  • Sense & Sensibility

  • By: Joanna Trollope
  • Narrated by: Rachael Stirling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Joanna Trollope's much-anticipated contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility will launch The Austen Project and be one of the most talked about books of 2013. ‘It's hugely exciting to attempt the reworking of one of the best novels written by one of our greatest novelists. This is a project which requires consummate respect above all else; not an emulation, but a tribute.' Joanna Trollope. The Austen Project is a major new series of six novels teaming up authors of global literary significance with Jane Austen's six complete works.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing twist on an old favourite

  • By Jan on 01-12-14

Not good

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

As I found it it is not rethinking, but retelling of S&S. Practically no correspondence with realities just putting exactly the same story in our time with slight adaptations and occasional nodding to women's position nowadays.
Performance is overdramatic and unnecessarily screechy.

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  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Judi Dench, Miriam Margolyes, Martin Clunes
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139

Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Written Wordsmithery

  • By William Carse-Austen on 21-03-17

Extremely funny

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I almost regret I was listening to it while I was walking. Because I couldn't help but laugh and everybody around looked at me very strangely. Excellent performance of a beautiful satire on Victorian novels and habits. Clever, funny, ravishing. Just what you need to lift up your spirits)))

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  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Case of the Missing "I"

  • By Simon on 31-07-18

Good but could be even better

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

The story is good (of course a bit predictable). But the narration is puzzling. It is hard to believe the main character when most of the time she sounds so normal and non-alcoholic and non-depressed. The male characters are rather fitting though. Especially the villain (no spoilers!). The background noises sometimes just doesn't fit created atmosphere.
Overall impression is good, but not likely to listen to it again.

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  • Ep. 1: I (Six Degrees of Assassination)

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

On a sullen July day, ten years on from the terrorist attacks of 7/7, a confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is attending a charity engagement in the East End of London. Suddenly, a man appears from the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

So starts this sensational thriller from best-selling novelist and screenwriter, M J Arlidge (BBC's Prime Suspect, the DI Helen Grace novels).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Marcia on 17-07-19

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

What did you like most about Ep. 1: I (Six Degrees of Assassination)?

I enjoyed the atmosphere. It has reminded me of BBC's "Spooks". I think it's a great idea to make it not a narration but a series of short broken dialogues. It keeps us in shape and makes to catch up with the story. Sound effects are simply amazing! Such confident sense of reality that sometimes it feels like you see it. And the effects don't seem to be over done and over dramatized. Impressive!

What did you like best about this story?

Maybe the story is not very original. But come on! It's a spy story and they aren't half as mysterious as presumed. It is well put together, it has many subplots, it is logical. So I gather it has a chance!

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrators have done beautiful job. They are so sincere and truthful, I just sank into the voices. And each voice is rightly cast for each character - they appear in front of like pictures. And I never noticed what a nice timbre of voice Andrew Scott has! It is both full and sharp. Such a pleasure to listen to him and the rest of the cast.

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  • The History Boys (Dramatised)

  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances de la Tour
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, and Frances de la Tour star as part of the National Theatre cast. At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university and starting life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wish I'd read it when I was at school

  • By Tylertheviper on 03-01-18

Favorite

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

Most moving story. Can't stop listening again and again. Laugh or cry, love, faith, trust, ttuth, career or education - you choose.

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  • Wives and Daughters (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama)

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Deborah McAndrew, Emerald O'Hanrahan, Jamie Newall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel of everyday provincial life in the 1820s, ‘Wives and Daughters’, first broadcast in the ‘Woman’s Hour Drama’ slots from 29 November 2010 - 10 December 2010.‘Wives and Daughters’ was written in the 1860s and serialised in the Cornhill Magazine. It is set in the 1820s and deals to a large extent with the position of women in society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit disappointed

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-17

A bit disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Very trimmed of actual plot unfortunately. But overall very good performance and dramatisation. Liked it but not likely to listen to it again.