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  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

  • By: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
  • Narrated by: Paul Eddington, full cast, Nigel Hawthorn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,731

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hasn't dated a day.

  • By Steven Turner on 01-12-15

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Would you listen to Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection again? Why?

Undoubtedly!
I loved the programmes as a child, and they remain extremely funny, but also remarkably insightful, and I suspect, extremely accurate!

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

Funny, brightened up painting the bathroom ceiling no end.

  • Pied Piper

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new favourite

  • By Miko on 14-09-14

A story of an ordinary man's courage.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

What did you like most about Pied Piper?

I read this when I was 12, as a recommended text at school, and couldn't really remember much about it. I loved this reading, which was tense and dramatic.

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

It certainly made me cry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Requiem for a Wren

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Damien Warren-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Alan Duncan returns to his family home in Australia after the war and several years of study in England. But his homecoming is marred by the mysterious suicide of his parents' quiet and reliable parlour-maid. A search through her belongings in search of clues leads to heart-breaking revelations about the woman's identity, the death of Alan's brother Bill, and, above all, the disappearance of his brother's fiancée, Janet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant love story told with great restraint

  • By Trevor on 23-09-13

A moving story

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

Would you listen to Requiem for a Wren again? Why?

Absolutely! I love Nevil Shute's stories, and this one was another great story set against the backdrop of World War 2, and the difficulties people who fought had readjusting to life after the war. It was poignant and sad.

Murder Must Advertise
    
    
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        Ric Jerrom
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    41 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Murder Must Advertise

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Victor Dean fell to his death on the stairs of Pym's Advertising Agency, but no one seems to be sorry. Until an inquisitive new copywriter joins the firm and asks some awkward questions.... Disguised as his disreputable cousin Death Bredon, Lord Peter Wimsey takes a job - one that soon draws him into a vicious network of blackmailers and drug pedlars. Five people will die before Wimsey unravels a sinister and deadly plot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great reading

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-03-13

A great reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-13

I have been a fan of Dorothy Sayers for almost 30 years, and this is one of my favourite stories. I also love Ric Jerrom's readings, and have several of his readings of Ngaio Marsh stories. I loved his interpretation of Lord Peter, more serious and less 'Bertie Wooster-like' than Ian Carmichael.



I thoroughly recommend this version.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Swan Song

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

When an opera company gathers in Oxford for the first post-war production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger its happiness is soon soured by the discovery that the unpleasant Edwin Shorthouse will be singing a leading role. Nearly everyone involved has reason to loathe Shorthouse, but who amongst them has the fiendish ingenuity to kill him in his own locked dressing room?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining atmospheric post war novel

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-03-13

An entertaining atmospheric post war novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-13

I love Edmund Crispin's novels and I am so pleased that Audible has recently brought out new stories. This is very atmospheric and enjoyable. This reader is new to me but I enjoyed his performance very much.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Attenbury Emeralds
    
    
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        Jill Paton Walsh
    
    


    
    
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        Edward Petherbridge
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    203 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Attenbury Emeralds

  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury emeralds. The recovery of the magnificent gem - Lord Attenbury’s most dazzling heirloom - made headlines and launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective. Now it is 1951: a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Attenbury Emeralds

  • By Gill on 16-10-10

I loved this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-12

I have read and re-read Sayers novels for almost 30 years, and especially love the books involving the relationship between Peter and Harriet.Jill Paton Walsh's novels which continue the story of the couple are great, and although this is not as good a plot as the original books, it is interesting and brings the story up to their middle years. Edward Petherbridge has always been my choice to portray Peter and this is a wonderful reading.

  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jerome and Jarvis

  • By cad on 13-04-13

Marvellous reading of a classic comedy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-12

Maartin Jarvis' reading of this is fantastic! He is one of the greatest narrators of them all.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Railway Children (BBC Children's Classics)

  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Dramatisation
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

The story of Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis and their life in the country has never been out of print since it was first published in 1906. Charming, sentimental, and unforgettable, the novel's enduring appeal lives on in this BBC radio full-cast dramatisation starring Timothy Bateson as the Old Gentleman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it, highly recommended!

  • By Rosie and Duncan on 24-11-10

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-12

This is one of my all time favourite stories. This is a lovely version and is a delight to listen to. I have been listening to this with my 5 year old daughter who already knew the story from the film version. We both love it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Hamlet, Revenge!
    An Inspector Appleby Mystery
    
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        Matt Addis
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    47 ratings
    Overall 3.5
  • Hamlet, Revenge!

  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

At Seamnum Court, seat of the Duke of Horton, The Lord Chancellor of England is murdered at the climax of a private presentation of Hamlet, in which he plays Polonius. Inspector Appleby pursues some of the most famous names in the country, unearthing dreadful suspicion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ingenious story

  • By Caroline on 16-02-13

Enjoyable story, good narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-12

I have previously enjoyed Innes' books, and this was surprisingly enjoyable. This is my first story read by Matt Addis and I was impressed by him. The story becomes a little dry in parts, but it is worth persevering.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

False Scent
    
    
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        Ngaio Marsh
    
    


    
    
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        James Saxon
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    22 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • False Scent

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Mary Bellamy, ageing darling of the London stage, holds a 50th birthday party. But someone uses a deadly insect spray on Mary instead of on the azaleas. Superintendent Alleyn has to find out which one of the mourners played the part of murderer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Theatre world setting

  • By Julie on 13-07-13

good reading by james saxon

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-11

This is not my favourite Alleyn story, but is enjoyable and again deals with the theatrical world. Another good reading by James Saxon