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D. Searle

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  • The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: full cast, Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,351

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series

  • By Chill on 29-06-16

Best audiobook for some time!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Clear speaking voices; heard and understood every word; storylines were perfectly dramatised and paced, allowing total immersion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of the Lost Child

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Here is the dazzling saga of two women: the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; many of life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up - a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unfulfilled promise

  • By D. Searle on 03-07-16

Unfulfilled promise

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Enjoyed book one very much, as it evoked the era and captured the atmosphere well; the characters were well developed.
However, by the fourth book they became caricatures and the narrative repeative.
The ending was especially poor; a build up which did not deliver.
NB: an alternative narrator would be preferable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful