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  • Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice (BBC Radio Crimes)

  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Philip Madoc
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

Shrewsbury, 1139. The bloody civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud has swept through the country towards the rural security of Brother Cadfael’s monastery. The citizens of Worcester have fled, among them two orphaned children of noble stock, together with their tutor, a young nun. A Benedictine monk in whose care Lady Ermina and her brother Ives were left, comes to the Abbey to ask if the children have been seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Virgin in the Ice

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-01-14

outstanding performance!

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

I have always been a fan of these books and the performances in these recordings add depth. highly recommended.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Laugh Out Loud High-Speed, Utter Absurdity!

  • By Simon on 24-05-16

Awful

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

Reviewed: 17-06-16

Really awful and So really, really, really, really, really, really awful. Such a shame, I enjoy the work of this actor/narrator.

  • John Finnemore's Double Acts

  • Six BBC Radio 4 Comedy Dramas
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Alison Steadman, Celia Imrie, full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 222

Winner of the Writers Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy and the Comedy.co.uk awards for Best Radio Sketch Show! Celia Imrie, Alison Steadman, John Bird and Rebecca Front are among the cast of these BBC Radio 4 comedy dramas from the writer and producers of Cabin Pressure. These six self-contained duologues, each one brimming with humour and charm, come from the pen of John Finnemore, author and star of the award-winning John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining as always.

  • By MARTIN J WILKINSON on 10-03-16

charming

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

very different from other works by John Connectors but well written, cleverly cast and snappy dialogues. Yup, well worth adding to your collection.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Before I Go To Sleep

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,558

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This will keep you awake!

  • By MRS on 20-05-11

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

great story, a little course, a little complicated but it is very, very difficult to put down. Really good writing and detail. SJ Watson has written this one very well.........and this is not even my favorite genre to read. Well done.

  • Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost

  • By: Oscar Wilde, Gareth Tilley (dramatized by)
  • Narrated by: Jerry Robbins, J.T. Turner, The Colonial Radio Players, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Meet the Otis family: Mister and Missus, and their four children - Washington; the twins called Stars and Stripes; and their daughter, Virginia. They've just moved from America and into the English country manor of Canterville Chase. Though rumors persist that the house is haunted, the Otis' have none of it, and set about making the house their own. Then come the mysterious clanking chains and the bloodstains on the floor, and soon even the Otis family must come face to face with that most feared of creatures - The Canterville Ghost. But will the Ghost be able to survive his encounters with the erstwhile Americans?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Howard on 21-01-19

classic story

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

I have always loved this story and most of the themes that run within it. Mostly this version is well done and works well. A few voices I would have liked to change.. it is okay

  • Blake's 7 - 1.2 Battleground

  • By: Andrew Smith
  • Narrated by: Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Blake and the crew of the Liberator have a new mission - and their target is on Straxis, a planet also known as Battleground 9. Because Straxis is a training ground for thousands of Federation troops, and the Liberator has journeyed directly into their sights. Has Blake finally picked a battle he cannot possibly win?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Continuing Quality

  • By S. Morris on 05-06-16

excellent

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

Reviewed: 31-01-16

carries on the TV series brilliantly. and I need to get the next episode. yes I am hooked again.

  • The Mel and Sue Thing

  • By: BBC Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins offer you more than your fair share of laughs, songs, and silliness in their imaginatively titled BBC Radio 4 series. Mel and Sue are extremely well established performers on the comedy circuit. They are also familiar as the hosts of Channel 4's Late Lunch and as the stars of a number of TV commercials. Sue Perkins was a member of the Celebrity Big Brother household in 2002.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure

  • By cjj on 21-04-15

classy

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

Reviewed: 20-12-15

classic, classy, brilliant, good, funny, modern, funny, funny, funny, funny, classic contemporary, magic, fin, fin

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger (Dramatised)

  • By: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Narrated by: Herbert Marshall
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The Buntings take in a very reclusive boarder; but is there a connection between the recent wave of Ripper-like murders and the lodger? This spectacular radio version of Hitchcock's 1927 film of the same title stars Herbert Marshall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • oldie but goodie

  • By Melissa Wells on 01-12-15

oldie but goodie

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Hitchcock doing what he does best. Teasing the listener. Enjoy with a cuppa this classic scenario from the master. no ending....only Hitchcock could pull this off. classic

  • An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

  • By: P. D. James, Nevill Teller
  • Narrated by: Judi Bowker, Anna Massey, Full Cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Judi Bowker and Anna Massey star in this gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation featuring young detective Cordelia Gray. Mark Calendar, 21 years old and in his final year at Cambridge, leaves university without warning and takes a job as a gardener. Eighteen days later he is found hanging in the cottage where he lived. The verdict at the inquest is suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good

  • By Melissa Wells on 24-11-15

Really Good

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

Reviewed: 24-11-15

This was a really nice production. I enjoyed the pace and the effects. I have enjoyed Anna Massey's work before in radio plays and this is another fine performance. great story, good ending....done well. Enjoy

  • The £199 Adventure (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

A middle-aged man in search of adventure, Bobby Roberts answers an advert in The Times and is dispatched to Milan, to collect a harmless package from a scientist. However, he very soon gets caught up in a terrifying murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By Melissa Wells on 21-08-15

love it

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

Reviewed: 21-08-15

This is a great Pyne case, that is brilliantly after and produced. You will chuckle as the lead character gets what he has asked for. highly recommended.