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  • 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 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

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
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  • 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 143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

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 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

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 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

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
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

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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  • Cocktail Sticks

  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Alan Bennett, full cast
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's short autobiographical play, originally directed by Nicholas Hytner for the National Theatre. Alan looks back on his early life with affection and sadness, revisiting some of the themes and conversations of his memoir 'A Life Like other People's'. Both he and his mother are seduced by the idea that other people's lives are much richer and fulfilling than their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ALAN BENNETT A DEDICATED SON

  • By Highlight on 10-09-18

ALAN BENNETT A DEDICATED SON

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

After listening to this account of Alan’s parents and the mental illness of depression which his mother Lilian suffered so badly, I gained a whole new respect for Alan Bennett. He writes with kindnes, thoughtfulness, clarity and truth, as well as dealing with the still stigmatised illness “depression” with a tenderness that can become lost when someone close to you, such as your mother is a sufferer, and relations can be become brittle because you too suffer when you become ‘the carer’ and as Bennett admits, “he shuck his mother so hard and for so long when telling her to come to her senses” that it must have hurt her. He confronts his relationship with his parents with love and an openness most simply would not wish to face. This is full on Bennett style which did not disappoint.

  • The Doctor in Spite of Himself (Dramatised)

  • By: Moliere
  • Narrated by: NBC University Theater
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, mostly known by his stage name Molière, wrote The Doctor in Spite of Himself in the 17th century. It's the story of Sganarelle, who is mistaken for a reputable doctor, even though, as an alcoholic woodcutter, he has no idea what a doctor should know. In turn, he helps a girl who has "lost" her voice as well as her lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD OLD FASHIONED FARCE

  • By Highlight on 29-08-18

GOOD OLD FASHIONED FARCE

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Every now and again we enjoy a good old fashioned farce à on those special and peculiar days, who better than the devout eccentric verbal acerbic Moliere whom is good for a cheeky giggle and crazy afternoon.

  • Hood: Noble Secrets

  • By: Iain Meadows
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It's 1201, and as King John sits upon the English throne, the lord high Sheriff of Nottingham, Phillip De Nicholay, is looking at his life in ruins. The Nottingham treasury is empty, a year's taxes gone, and all because of his misplaced trust. Worse still is that his hopes of marrying the Lady Marion have also vanished. If Phillip is to stand any chance of following his heart, he needs to get the money back.... But how?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by Wills Amateur Acting

  • By Highlight on 24-08-18

Spoilt by Wills Amateur Acting

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

This whole production is spoilt & unlistenable all because of the awful & amateur acting of the man playing "Will" who does not act but he
SHOUT's his way through the whole drama. A professional actor knows best. Will ruined this for me & my family, so annoying & such a shame. What was the casting director thinking of!

  • Young Victoria

  • A BBC Radio 4 Drama
  • By: Juliet Ace
  • Narrated by: Adrian Lukis, Anna Massey, Christopher Cazenove, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

This illuminating serial charts the transformation of the young Victoria from spirited teenager to shy young bride to celebrated ruler of Britain and ‘Mother of Europe’. But while her roles changed, her essential nature remained the same: vibrant, passionate, principled and fiercely independent. Through extracts from Victoria’s own diaries and letters, and dramatised episodes featuring the characters closest to her, we are given thrilling insight into the thoughts and feelings of the woman behind the crown - and the secrets of her mind and heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautiful Portrayal In Victoria’s Own Words

  • By Highlight on 23-08-18

A Beautiful Portrayal In Victoria’s Own Words

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I own a copy of Queen Victoria’s Diarie’s which makes fascinating reading. This is a valid production true to Victoria’s own words. Professionally acted and produced, this is an excellent drama for any one with an interest in Queen Victoria who wrote as honestly as she was allowed to write about how she felt regarding her early life.

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