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  • Home Front: The Complete BBC Radio Collection Volume 3

  • By: Shaun McKenna, Sebastian Baczkiewicz, Sarah Daniels, and others
  • Narrated by: Helen Schlesinger, Billy Kennedy, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
  • Length: 39 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Back in Folkestone, the residents are dealing with the aftereffects of a devastating air raid. Howard Argent is kept busy at the Bevan while Ulysses Pilchard experiments with electroshock therapy. Meanwhile, women’s suffrage, prostitution and unmarried mothers are hot topics, and Kitty Lumley experiences the sharp end of intolerance. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking and wonderful

  • By Lynne F on 08-02-19

Glorious, spellbinding production - BBC drama at its best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-19

I missed this when on radio 4 but was interested enough to buy the three volumes. And I must admit I learnt a lot - things I never knew about WW1. They mention conscientious objectors but no mention of those Shot at Dawn for their beliefs. The role women played was bigger than I was aware and I enjoyed seeing life in 3 different environments Folkestone, tynemouth and Devon. From those in service, working class, middle class and gentry.

Would recommend that children listen to this as part of history lessons. And adults alike on how much devastation was caused by the War.

Brilliant casting - well known names. My only bone of contention was actors changing between volumes but given this was delivered over 4 years to commemorate the duration of the war - you can understand that actors were no longer available. But the majority of the characters stayed the same so was easy to follow their stories. At times sad, funny and tear jerking.

  • McLevy, The Collected Editions: Series 5 & 6

  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: Brian Cox, Siobhan Redmond, full cast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 138

Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in eight episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.'To Keep Him Honest': with big bets on a champion boxing match, the local crooks keep McLevy busy. 'Picture of Innocence': a high court judge is dead, and suspicion falls on his wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-06-16

The darkness of the underbelly of criminality

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

And so the saga continues - makes sense to listen in order as like series 3&4 some stories interlinked and therefore you need to know the background story to follow it on.

This evokes as much colour and atmosphere as Peaky Blinders but set in Edinburgh in earlier days

  • McLevy The Collected Editions: Series 3 & 4

  • Nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond, full cast, Brian Cox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 166

Brian Cox stars as the Victorian detective in a further nine episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of one of Scotland's first policemen, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love this series

  • By J on 19-06-16

Brian cox and Siobhan Redmond bring Edinburgh alive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-18

Really admire both actors and having recently visited Leith - the narration brings the winds alive as to how it would’ve been. Excellent casting. Sgt Mulholland will soften McLevy yet with his ways. Jean Brash will reign in the Justland as always.

  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 985

Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better.....

  • By Joan on 01-07-11

Superb and very funny

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Love it - the sarcastic wit of Douglas by the esteemed roger Allam married with Carolyn - Stephanie Cole and superb bumbling John Finnemore as hapless Arthur. Benedict cumberbatch is the perfect straight man throughout

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!

  • By Daniel on 09-12-17

Fantastic - lose your self in an epic drama

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Wish this had been televised - but evocative of those period dramas set in the Winter scheduling.

Great cast. Enjoy the narration which knots the dialogue together and sets the scenes of the different scenarios. You can almost taste and smell the environment. Not dissimilar but not as dark as BBC’s Taboo. Same period.

Looking forward to part 2 & 3

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  • Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Includes mouth-watering recipes! Curl up with Rosie, her friends and her family as they prepare for a very special Christmas... Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She's going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cliche filled sugary sweet chick-lit

  • By Saffy on 31-12-13

Fantastic follow up

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 28-09-18

If enjoyed the first book and then saw there was this follow up. The same characters and some new ones. All revolve around Lipton and the sweet shop. Thoroughly enjoyed and enjoying Jenny Colgans recipes. And her other books

  • Three Brave Women

  • By: Elizabeth Waite
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Linked through marriage to three brothers, the Underwood women prove time and again that they are a force to be reckoned with. Jodie has travelled a hard road to reach her own prosperity, despite her husband's constant unreliability. Yet she can't bring herself to fully sever ties with John. But now with a potential new love waiting nearby, Jodie must make a decision she has been avoiding for too long. Widowed at a young age, Lariane believes her marriage to Rick was perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this mini series

  • By andrea ainley on 26-09-18

Loved this mini series

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-18

I enjoyed the first book and didn’t realise there was a sequel. Stumbled across it, but this was excellent though I personally preferred the narrator on the first book. So for continuity I wish they had stuck with her.

Story full of happiness and sadness and joy. Well written.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,518
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,454

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name Harry Potter!

  • By Simon on 20-12-15

Sad to come to the end

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Brilliant reading by Stephen Fry to the very end. he brought the whole series alive.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,596
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,779
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,742

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twists, turns and shocks!

  • By Simon on 18-12-15

Gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-18

I had forgotten the plot since I read the books many years ago. This was full of twists and turns. The best yet.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,118
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,088

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Good Potter!

  • By Simon on 29-11-15

The best yet

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. Quidditch World Cup, Tri Wizard Tournament and He who must not be named! Onto book 5