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  • The Ghost Walk

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Oscar is having the worst holiday ever. So when his dad suggests the family go on a haunted tour of York, he jumps at the chance of doing something that doesn't involve trailing round gift shops. But the ghost walk turns out to have a haunting twist.... A terrifying ghost story that will chill your blood, from acclaimed author Matt Haig.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely little tale.

  • By Mrs Amy Garnett on 02-07-15

OBVIOUS & NOT SCARY

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

Reviewed: 29-03-19

Very disappointing. Obvious & not at all scary nor atmospheric.
The children found it boring so we sent it back.

  • Classic Drama

  • Mansfield Park (Dramatised)
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Hannah Gordon, Amanda Root, Michael Williams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Here is a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Jane Austen's perceptive study of middle class morals and mores in the 19th century. The cast includes Hannah Gordon as the narrator, Amanda Root as Fanny Price, Jane Lapotaire as Mrs Norris, and Michael Williams as Sir Thomas Bertram.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourite’s of Mansfield Park

  • By Highlight on 25-03-19

One of My Favourite’s of Mansfield Park

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

Very poor ending, cuts out Fanny’s jubilation of getting her man which this story is all about & what ‘we’ are all waiting for. However; apart from that huge hick up, this version is still one of my favourites & well worth a listen.

  • Blind Terror

  • The Gods of Frost
  • By: Guy Adams
  • Narrated by: Eve Myles, Bethan Rose Young, Kerry Joy Stewart, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 13

Following the death of her husband, Kathryn Ellis becomes the new housekeeper at Hodder Hall, keen to embark on a bright new future...only, her past won’t let her go just yet, and the ghosts that stalk the village threaten to cut her future short.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Sam Hoskins on 09-02-19

No Story Good Acting

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

Reviewed: 20-03-19

The story is none existent (if there is a story then it is so BORING you just do not care ) Such a big let down after the usual hype.



  • Don Juan in Hell

  • By: George Bernard Shaw
  • Narrated by: Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The play Don Juan in Hell originated as Act 3, Scene 2, of Man and Superman and is a spirited debate between Heaven and Hell. It was written by Irish playwright and a master of social commentary George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), who is probably most famous for Pygmalion amongst his 60 plays. This famous performance features Charles Boyer as Don Juan, Charles Laughton as the Devil, Cedric Hardwicke as the Commander, and Agnes Moorehead as Doña Ana.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT!

  • By Highlight on 06-01-19

BRILLIANT!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

I ❤️ Bernard Shaw. Was Custodian of & lived at his home for 8 wonderful years. This is a superb production. Charles Boyer is excellent & as are the rest of players. Well done!

  • Audible Theatre Collection: Ibsen

  • By: Henrik Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Owen Teale, Harry Myers, Laura Carmichael, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

This collection of three of Henrik Ibsen's most well-known and important plays is voiced by a sparkling cast and features music, SFX and a full soundscape. Born in 1828, Norwegian playwright, theatre director and poet Ibsen, wrote in Danish yet lived for many years in Italy and Germany. Heralded as one the most distinguished dramatists after Shakespeare, by the early 20th century A Doll's House became the world's most performed play.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Download issues

  • By pixie225 on 09-06-18

GOOD OLD FASHIONED LITERATURE

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

These are good old fashioned stories written well over one hundred years ago about life set in a totally different environment & era with Ibsen delving into the psychology of the social structure of a society based on socialistic moral rules & codes of conduct for both men, women & the role of family. Having studied the Victorian era I can appreciate what the plays have to say, where today some may find the stories slightly old fashioned & unbelievable. These are excellently produced plays & well acted, though from a purely personal preference, actress Laura Charmicheal is not right for these types of performances & I would have preferred & actress from the older school of acting.

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  • Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband, and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of his marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime-reconstruction program. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb rendition!

  • By S. M. A. John on 14-08-17

Charismatic Bill The Sleuth

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Bill Nighy is always on for a laugh. So when the credits have B N, you know you are in for some rollicking entertainment & in this episode of C Paris, he is on top cheeky slinky charismatic form. Another 10/10 to add to my Bill Nighy collection of murder, nagging neurotic divorcing wife & more Charles Paris intrigue.

  • Dinner

  • A Full-Cast Production of the Acclaimed Black Comedy
  • By: Moira Buffini
  • Narrated by: David Hounslow, Harriet Walters, Nicholas Farrell, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

A deliciously black satirical comedy about the dinner party from hell. The fastidious host, Paige, decides to throw a dinner party in honour of her husband, Lars, who is celebrating the success of his pop psychology book, Beyond Belief. She carefully plans a surprise menu that will mark the occasion and anxiously checks with the waiter she has employed to make sure that everything is perfectly prepared. Her lucky guests include a postfeminist vegetarian artist, a distinguished microbiologist, a TV journalist and an uninvited guest who ends up staying for dinner. But it soon becomes apparent that the meal may contain some rather nasty surprises....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • UTTER GARBAGE

  • By Highlight on 28-10-18

UTTER GARBAGE

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

Funny in parts buy all in all pretentious
middle of the road garbage. Well acted by all.

  • Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays

  • Three BBC radio full-cast dramas: Butter in a Lordly Dish, Murder in the Mews & Personal Call
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ivan Brandt, Richard Williams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

A triple bill of archive BBC radio dramas, believed lost for over half a century and only recently rediscovered. "Butter in a Lordly Dish", written specially for radio in 1948, features Richard Williams as Sir Luke Enderby KC, whose infidelities lead him into trouble when he goes to meet his latest flame. Williams also stars as Hercule Poirot in "Murder in the Mews", a 1955 adaptation of a short story. A young woman is found dead in her flat the day after Guy Fawkes night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Newton Abbot Man

  • By dawvic on 21-11-15

TRIPLE TREAT of LOST CHRISTIE PLAYS

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

Great to hear this triple bill of lost Christie plays written especially for radio in 1948. The actors of that era add to the feel of these fine productions as you “can feel the 40’s theme” and they come across like the great old black & white movies of that time. These short stories are slightly different from the usual norm of Christie which may not appeal to all, but I hope we find more for I can listen to Agatha Christie till the cows come home.

  • Miss Marple's Final Cases

  • Three new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: June Whitfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

June Whitfield returns as the deceptively mild spinster sleuth in three full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. Specially broadcast to mark the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, these brand new dramas are based on three of her best short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad they have done another Marple dramatisation

  • By M. K. on 11-11-15

Agatha’s Final Victory Pays Off

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Agatha Christies just does not know how to write a bad play. These final three plays although short at half an hour a piece, still pack the Agatha punch in the way only Christie knows how. Credit to June Whitfield who’s voice you can now tell has reached true old age, still gives a good performance as the interfering old sleuth. I cannot get enough of Agatha Christie and include every single full cast audio play available in my collection. These three are extra little treasures and I just hope we keep finding more plays, I will keep buying.

  • Subterranean Homesick Blues: The Complete Series 1-3

  • A BBC Radio 4 Drama
  • By: A L Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Anna Calder-Marshall, Bill Nighy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Maggie and John had a passionate but disastrous affair in their younger days, but it didn't last. Now in their late 60s, a surprise encounter gives them another chance to take up where they left off. Will they manage to find the best in each other and finally get together? Or will old wounds and an awareness of their ageing bodies deter them? Will the treadmill created by the high-cost, high-pressure 21st century, and their endless other commitments and interruptions large and small, overwhelm them? Or will they take the final risk? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great two hander

  • By rob roughley on 26-09-18

It's Bill It's A Hit

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

You know you are in for a laugh when you listen to Bill Nighy & this is no exception. Without being an online spoiler; Bill bumps into an old love 30 years after he dumped her over a romantic restaurant dinner & we follow the two old romantics on their 2nd journey. Anna-Calder gives a good performance & is perfect as the dumped partner giving as good as she gets as they both fill this little love gem with gags that will tickle you pink. I would not normally choose this type of theme for an audiobook but Bill Nighy makes it. This is also on BBC Radio 4 at the moment & I am amazed that for a change, the BBC version is much more witty with more relaxed fun, but this is still worth a listen.

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