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B. A. Chapman

Hertfordshire, UK
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  • To Kill or Cure

  • The Thirteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Cambridge University is in dire financial straits: the town's landlords are demanding an extortionate rent rise for the students' hostels, and the plague years have left the colleges with scant resources. Tension between town and gown is at boiling point and soon explodes into violence and death. Into this maelstrom comes a charismatic physician whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine, but his success threatens Matthew Bartholomew's professional reputation - and his life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best!!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 28-06-18

Fascinating and intricate storyline.

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

Reviewed: 14-01-19

Susanna Gregory's books are always extremely well written and this is no exception. The characters in the story are well drawn and Brother Michael, Matthew Batholomew, Cynric, Langella, Brother William and the rest of the Fellows from St Michaels are old friends. Putting the reader/listener into life in the 14th century makes it very real. This series of books always make good listening,[David Thorpe creates each part wonderfully]

  • Jane Austen at Home

  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Ruth Redman, Lucy Worsley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived. This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms; in fact her life was often a painful struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 27-05-17

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

I have always enjoyed Lucy Worsley's documentaries on the TV, and this book is of the same high standard. Both highly informative and thoroughly enjoyable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Summer of Discontent

  • The Eighth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Matthew Bartholomew jumps at the chance to travel to Ely with Brother Michael, as it will give him a unique opportunity to study in the richly stocked library of the Benedictine priory. Michael has been summoned to the city by his bishop, but it isn't until they arrive that they discover the reason - the bishop has been accused of murder. The charge seems ludicrous, but Michael takes the investigation seriously and energetically sets about his task. Almost immediately he discovers that there appears to have been a series of unexplained deaths in the area.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently researched & read Medieval who done it

  • By B. A. Chapman on 13-09-18

Excellently researched & read Medieval who done it

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Another great story and brilliantly read tale of 14th century Cambridge. Matthew Batholomew and Brother Michael once again have to unravel the tale behind a number of murders. I enjoyed reading the book myself, but David Thorpe's reading brings another very satisfying dimension to this novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401

A memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed. There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you. Ready? Then listen to Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joyful, irreverent, nine hours of fun!

  • By Vernon Wright on 23-10-15

Great Autobiography Not to Be Missed

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I've always liked Brian Blessed from Z Cars to many more recent appearances on TV either as an actor, explorer or participant in discussions, quizes etc. However, his telling of his own story with a bit of help from his wife is a wonderful insight into this real giant of a man in so many ways, and there is much much more to Brian than I had previously realized. This is a book not to be missed.

  • Deadly Election

  • Falco: The New Generation (Flavia Albia, Book 3)
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

From the creator of Falco comes Falco: The New Generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine, Flavia Albia, in her third novel. In the blazing July heat of imperial Rome, Flavia Albia inspects a decomposing corpse. It has been discovered in lots to be auctioned by her family business, so she's determined to identify the dead man and learn how he met his gruesome end. The investigation will give her a chance to work with the magistrate, Manlius Faustus, the friend she sadly knows to be the last chaste man in Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The characters in these books are like members of

  • By P. F. Sheaves on 19-04-15

Flavia Albia Makes a Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Although the Flavia Albis stories are not quite as brilliant as their predecessors the Falco novels, they never the less make an excellent listen in a well-drawn ancient Roman background.

  • Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,182

John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but...

  • By Mr. D. A. G. Talbot on 24-03-18

Great dramatisation & casting for Poirot's Finest

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

First-rate audio drama featuring Agatha Christie's Poirot. Makes great bed-time listening, or any time listening.

  • Christmas Present

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940

It's Christmas Eve at St Mary's. And all through the house. Nothing is stirring.... Except for Max, Peterson, and Markham, sneaking out at midnight for an assignment that is very definitely off the books. It was ten years ago tonight that senior historians Bashford and Grey went missing in 12th century Jerusalem. So how did they end up in AD 60 Roman Colchester? Max has a theory. Peterson has a plan. Markham has bacon sandwiches. Colchester has Boudicca and her bloodthirsty Iceni hordes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest Story Ever Told?

  • By David on 01-07-15

Brilliant fast paced and witty.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Would you listen to Christmas Present again? Why?

definitely listed many times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max, because shes a historian ( as am I ) she tries very hard but always things go wrong, yet she never gives up.

Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances? How does this one compare?

They are all brilliant

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did

  • Roman Holiday

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

Another rollicking short story from the Chronicles of St Mary’s author Jodi Taylor. Question: What sort of idiot installs his mistress in his wife’s house? Especially when that mistress is Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, queen of Egypt and the most notorious woman of her time? Answer: Julius Caesar - poised to become king of Rome. Or as good as.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another piece of the St Marys puzzle

  • By UsefulThings on 29-05-15

Funny, fast paced, & (minus the Pod), accurate

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

What did you like most about Roman Holiday?

The mix of a ficticious present, with historically accurate past, brilliant characters and amazing "mishaps". A great listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Roman Holiday?

The sonic scream and its results.

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

Zarra Ramm's reading of this, and other St Mary's books, is brilliant. She brings out the character of Max superbly and conjures up a fast-moving visual image in one's head.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Leon produce Max's wedding ring at the very end.

Any additional comments?

I am an Historian and love historical fiction, but this series has gone right to the top of my "must have" list.A brilliantly written set of books equally brilliantly read. I already have a few, but will ensure over the months that I obtain them all. Can strongly recommend them, (even if you don't normally read/listen or watch anything historical.)

  • Last Act in Palmyra

  • Falco, Book 6
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

I was just a freelance hero doing his best in a hard world.' The spirit of adventure calls Falco on a new spying mission for the Emperor Vespasian to the untamed East. He's picking up extra fees from his old friend Thalia the snake dancer as he searches for Sophrona, her lost water organist. With the Chief Spy Anacrites paying his fare, Falco knows anything can go wrong. A dangerous brush with the Brother, the sinister ruler of Nabataean Petra, sends Falco and his girlfriend Helena on a fast camel-ride to Syria.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Christian Rodska

  • By jane on 10-02-15

Great Naration of Falco's Last Act in Palmira

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

Where does Last Act in Palmyra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Amongst the best.

What other book might you compare Last Act in Palmyra to, and why?

These Falco novels, so well read, come 2nd in my preferred books to the Dick Francis novels read by Tony Britton

Which character – as performed by Gordon Griffin – was your favourite?

Falco, with Helena a close second.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Always laughing (so well written) and cried when Helena was bitten by a snake ( even though I have read the printed book several times).

Any additional comments?

Top quality audiobooks help me relax and go to sleep as I can no longer hold a book for too long. I have many cassette versions, but have just purchased a Zip-Tunes speaker set for my Sansa Clip so I no longer have to wear earphones. Brilliant.

  • Gamble

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

As one of the youngest ever winners of the Grand National, Nick ‘Foxy’ Foxton’s career as a world-class jockey is on perfect track until a near-fatal accident cuts his dream brutally short. But when he returns to Aintree as a spectator years later, nothing can prepare him for what unfolds. Minutes before the biggest event on the racing calendar, Nick’s affable American colleague Herb Kovak is shot at point-blank range, the gunman disappearing among the stunned crowd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His father's son

  • By Gordon on 07-01-12

Gamble on a great listen!

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

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Felix Francis is worthy to follow in his father's footstep in his own right. This highly contemporary novel has all the trademarks if a first class Francis novel and is beautifully read by Michael Malohny,