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P. F. Mcwilliams

County Durham UK.
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  • The Crossing Places

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Archeological based who dun it

  • By Linda on 14-09-14

An Audio page-turner<br />

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Gripping story, offbeat characters, beginning middle, satisfactory conclusion In that order .
Terrific narrator. Satisfying.

  • 2001

  • A Space Odyssey: Space Odyssey, Book 1
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent... but why no 2010 on Audible yet?

  • By Martin on 31-07-14

Terrific

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

Reviewed: 27-10-17

If possible, listen to this before you watch the film. But see the film definitely.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Midwinter of the Spirit

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

When offered the post once styled Church of England Deliverance Minister, the Reverend Merrily Watkins ¿ parish priest and single parent ¿ cannot easily refuse. But the retiring exorcist, strongly objecting to women priests, not only refuses to help Merrily but ensures that she's soon exposed to the job at its most terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Killer Thriller Chiller

  • By A. Watson on 24-09-07

Better than the TV show

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

Brilliantly narrated, Rickmans books convey s sense of unease and dark dread. Just superb!


  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Meet Agatha Raisin, high-flying public relations boss turned village sleuth. After her many years of bullying and cajoling others, her early retirement to a picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds is a dream come true.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An easy listen, nothing challenging

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-05-17

Better than the DVD

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

Reviewed: 17-07-16

What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death the most enjoyable?

I had just watched the DVD, and although very enjoyable in a 'Midsomer Murder' sort of way, I had in the back of my mind a memory of the BBC Radio 4 dramatization.This of course had Penelope Keith as Agatha, who seemed to me to be the perfect 'voice' of Agatha !

What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

Penelope Keith has a simply wonderful expressive voice. Beautifully articulate with a talent for accent that serves the large cast of characters well.

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

Thoroughly captivated by the characterization throughout [see above !]

Any additional comments?

Although this is an unabridged reading, the pace was quite brisk, never boring.The characters had all been changed a little for the DVD,
Agatha is a little older in the book and the changes to the secondary characters are enough to make the two versions different enough to make it worth having both !
Going to order next one now.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Magus of Hay

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

A man's body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning – until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man's home. What he finds there sends him to Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of Hereford's official advisor on the paranormal. It's nearly 40 years since Hay was declared an independent state by its self-styled king. A development seen at the time as a joke, a publicity scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exemplary

  • By P. F. Mcwilliams on 04-05-16

exemplary

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Creepy tale , perfect combination of fact, fiction, ancient and modern. Outstanding performance. from narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mephisto Club

  • Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles Series, Book 6
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In a rundown house, a woman has been dismembered in an act of carnage that leaves veteran cops in shock. The last person called from the dead girl's phone was Dr. Joyce O'Donnell, a celebrity psychiatrist who has made her name defending serial murderers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tess and Lorelei, what a pair!

  • By Barbara on 13-05-07

Perfect Combo

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

It doesn't get much better than this for me, I had just finished the first season of Rizzoli and Isles on DVD,when I discovered the audio-books, including this one performed by Lorelei King.

Now in my opinion Ms King is a consummate audio performer and I have bought audio-books,simply because she was the narrator .

As a way of discovering new authors, it can't be beat as she has a sublime vocal range . Even if the book was disappointing the performance was worth every penny.

In this case we have a Double Whammy, as the story is a cracker, with off beat characters,interesting background detail in the origin of the actual Mephisto club itself, a series of gruesome murders and a hint of the supernatural in the background.

Needless to say the police procedural and forensic detail was both fascinating and gruesome, and we are led to believe, accurate also, so all the more interesting for that.

The characters in the book are slightly different to their TV counterparts, but not radically so. Enough to make it worth purchasing both,just to get a slightly different spin on the stories.

The pace at which the tale is developed is perfectly judged, in a sense of "just another chapter before I do the dishes" will have you sitting there at midnight without a clean cup in the house.

The 9 hours or so of this unabridged version, flew past and I just have to decide whether to listen to it again, or start reading 'The Surgeon' on my Kindle, as strange to say Book One in this Series is not available to listen to yet!

Just Brilliant!