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  • Susan Calman is Convicted (Series 1)

  • By: BBC
  • Narrated by: Susan Calman
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61

In a brand new series for Radio 4, News Quiz favourite Susan Calman explores issues on which she has strong opinions from a personal perspective. In these four episodes, she examines the current hot political topic of equal marriage; looks at the issues surrounding the death penalty from the perspective gained whilst working on Death Row; considers how best to deal with depression; and evaluates what it means to be Scottish. Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant

  • By A J Smith on 17-03-16

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

...but very similar content to her other published works. Well worth getting especially if it's the first you've heard from Susan.

  • The Shepherd's Crown

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678

A Shivering of Worlds. Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • :'( it's the last one!

  • By Katherine on 28-08-15

Exceptionally well written & effectively performed

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

Reviewed: 25-02-16

A very satisfying final book for the disc's Witches! I can't help but feel very sad that there won't be any more following this.

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Kirsty Whittingham on 20-03-08

A nice twist

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-10

I love anything that gives a new twist to an established classic and Wicked didn't dissapoint. It's just unfortunate that it is keeping company with the Musical Version which to my mind was it's better is terms of characterisation, plot and twists. It just didn't seem as neat and clever as the musical but well worth a read!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968

This stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First book of a series

  • By L on 01-10-06

Funny, energetic and alive. A stunning work.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-09

From the very beginning you can tell this is going to be good. It takes exactly 60 seconds to settle into and never lets you go. It is both well written and well read. Both author and narrator come together to bring this to life.

I really thought I would not like the subject matter for this book. I tend to go for things set in the future not the past - preferring Sci-fi to "Historical" works.

I was wrong.

If you are like me, not sure if you'd like the subject matter - give it a go.

The story progresses well with good pace and characters you can relate to. There is just enough humour - it will make you chuckle without going over the top and detracting from the story.

Enjoy!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Chapterhouse Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton, Katherine Kellgren, Scott Brick, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power, have colonized a green world - and are tuning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. Chapterhouse Dune is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death and stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Socio-Political fantasy drama

  • By Adrian on 17-02-09

Compelling Socio-Political fantasy drama

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-09

Dune was a magnificent book; but it pales in comparison with the final two books in the Frank Herbert timeline - Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune.

These two books stand together and follow on one from the other. The story focuses around the struggle of the Bene Gesserit (post Dune), the race to establish a supply of melange and a new threat that has merged from the scattering.

The best part about these books is the ingenious social insight that Frank Herbert displayed as he explored principles of power, control, and minority rule. He teaches through the story also - principles of a supply and demand economy, different political and social structures, ecology....

The Saga could not have finished in a finer way. The Author's family should be very proud of this accomplishment because it is far more than a compelling story.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful