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It maybe free, but don’t bother

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

An Agatha Christie who-dunnit and ‘The Walking Dead’ audio-drama fusion. Sounds intriguing, but can’t think anything positive to say except am glad it was less than 2 hours long.

The poor acting, scripts and plot produced a story that lacked emotion and atmosphere. I did listen to all six episodes hoping for a few small exciting twists, but even the grand unveiling of the murderer became tiresome in the final episode.

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Prequel to BBC Radio 4's ‘Absolute Power’

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

Michael Williams (late-husband of Judi Dench) is fantastic, he makes the series’ shine with his portrayal of BBC reporter George Cragge.

Stars many a famous name: Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Cranham, Rebecca Front, Richard Griffiths, Stephen Fry, John Bird, Peter Serafinowicz, Anton Rodgers

- In the Red (1995) 7 episodes
- In the Balance (1997) 6 episodes
- In the Chair (1998) 6 episodes
- In the End (1999) 6 episodes

These stories include Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe, played by Stephen Fry and John Bird, which in 2000 (-2006) starred in their own spin-off series ‘Absolute Power’ which is also written by Mark Tavener.

** Would suggest not to binge listen in one go as the stories do get rather similar/ formulaic **

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Good, but not great 4*

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18


The description says ‘fascinating and hilarious’ and Paul Sinha’s is often reminding listeners that he is a comedian. To most of us he’s that guy from ITV’s ‘The Chase’. Okay I admit it is fascinating, but I wouldn’t call him a natural comedian, just a brainy guy. These three series are good, but not great. Yes I would listen to more series, but saying it’s ‘hilarious’ is just an empty promise and unduly raises expectations of the listener.

Okay reading this back sounds overly harsh, I don’t mean to be as I did enjoy it. :)

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Sadness is guaranteed :(

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

I’m not usually interested in listening to real crime and I seldom watch the News either, as it is always so depressing. Though after enjoying ‘West Cork’, another real crime documentary, which I originally thought was going to be a fictional audio-drama decided to give ‘Real Crime’ a try. It’s free so can always delete it after a few minutes, but I didn’t.

There’s ten episodes and they are all really well produced by ITN:

01. The Philpotts
02. The Story of Louise Woodward
03. Playing with My Killer
04. The Jamie Bulger Story
05. The Story of Raoul Moat
06. The Bus Stop Rapist
07. The Hungerford Massacre
08. Sarah Payne’s Killer
09. The Ipswich Murders
10. The Wimbledon Common Killer

As you can see none of the episodes are going to be uplifting or happy, sadness is guaranteed so best make sure you are in the right frame of mind beforehand.


FAO Audible: I’m confused, in the narrative it says: “from the murderous marriage of Fred and Rose West to Jamie Bulger's killers”. Though there isn’t an episode on Fred and Rose West, where's it gone?

51 people found this helpful

John Shrapnel miscast as Morse

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

These three BBC dramatisations were originally broadcast between 1992 - 1996 and feature John Shrapnel as Inspector Morse. His voice is surly, very reminiscent to Paul Darrow [Avon - Blake's 7] and for me I never warmed to his portrayal of Morse. Seemed he was miscast in the role.

Last Seen Wearing (1994)
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (1996)
The Wench Is Dead (1992)

‘The Wench is Dead’ is by far the better of all the stories and won best crime novel of the year in 1989 (British Crime Writers’ Association).


Plus 14 minutes of Colin Dexter reading his own short story ‘The Double Crossing’.

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Fantastic,but why not compiled in broadcast order?

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Whilst you don’t need to listen to Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot’ particularly in any set order, I do wonder why these two collections have been organised so randomly. Is there any reason to their order? It isn’t in book or broadcast order. The first set contain the better stories and are more recently dramatised.

[Book number - Year published] Name [Date broadcast by BBC]

Poirot’s Finest Cases:

[13 1936] The ABC Murders [BBC 2000]
[31 1953] After the Funeral [BBC 1999]
[17 1937] Death on the Nile [BBC 1997]
[04 1926] The Murder of Roger Ackroyd [BBC 1987]
[10 1934] Murder on the Orient Express [BBC 1992]
[01 1920] The Mysterious Affair at Styles [BBC 2005]
[08 1932] Peril at End House [BBC 2000]
[11 1935] Three Act Tragedy [BBC 2002]

More of Poirot’s Finest Cases:

[24 1941] Evil Under the Sun [BBC 1998]
[22 1940] Sad Cypress [BBC 1992]
[14 1936] Murder in Mesopotamia [BBC 1994]
[09 1933] Lord Edgware Dies [BBC 1992]
[39 1969] Hallowe’en Party [BBC 1992]
[02 1923] Murder on the Links [BBC 1990]
[25 1942] Five Little pigs [BBC 1994]

Expect there will be a third, and possibly a fourth, compilation as there are a further 10 Poirot stories dramatised by BBC Radio featuring John Moffatt.


[Anybody notice the incorrect spelling of John Moffatt’s name on the ‘More’ compilation?]

26 people found this helpful

Fantastic,but why not compiled in broadcast order?

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Whilst you don’t need to listen to Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot’ particularly in any set order, I do wonder why these two collections have been organised so randomly. Is there any reason to their order? It isn’t in book or broadcast order. The first set contain the better stories and are more recently dramatised.

[Book number - Year published] Name [Date broadcast by BBC]

Poirot’s Finest Cases:

[13 1936] The ABC Murders [BBC 2000]
[31 1953] After the Funeral [BBC 1999]
[17 1937] Death on the Nile [BBC 1997]
[04 1926] The Murder of Roger Ackroyd [BBC 1987]
[10 1934] Murder on the Orient Express [BBC 1992]
[01 1920] The Mysterious Affair at Styles [BBC 2005]
[08 1932] Peril at End House [BBC 2000]
[11 1935] Three Act Tragedy [BBC 2002]

More of Poirot’s Finest Cases:

[24 1941] Evil Under the Sun [BBC 1998]
[22 1940] Sad Cypress [BBC 1992]
[14 1936] Murder in Mesopotamia [BBC 1994]
[09 1933] Lord Edgware Dies [BBC 1992]
[39 1969] Hallowe’en Party [BBC 1992]
[02 1923] Murder on the Links [BBC 1990]
[25 1942] Five Little pigs [BBC 1994]

Expect there will be a third, and possibly a fourth, compilation as there are a further 10 Poirot stories dramatised by BBC Radio featuring John Moffatt.


[Anybody notice the incorrect spelling of John Moffatt’s name on the ‘More’ compilation?]

18 people found this helpful

C’est magnifique!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

I was apprehensive regarding ‘Les Miserables’ as my French is abysmal and I don’t like singing in stories. Okay to address the first point, nope you don’t need to know le Francais (or should that be la Francais?). Secondly my expectation has clearly been clouded by the West End musical and film adaptation. Thankfully there’s no singing!

Moving on from my ignorance, what you do get is an engaging story lead by the marvellous Roger Allam who plays the lead role of Jean Valjean, and the wonderful tones of Joss Ackland who narrates.

A really enjoyable dramatisation.

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An insightful 10-part documentary 5*

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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: 14-02-18


An insightful 10-part documentary by Technology journalist, Geoff White (Channel 4 News).

I learnt a lot.


1. The birth of the dark web
2. The untold story of the dark web
3. Bitcoin’s days are numbered
4. How not to buy a gun on the dark web
5. Hackers for hire
6. The virus kingpin
7. Cyber crime Inc.
8. The child porn paradox
9. A dark force for good
10. Anonymity on trial

Found everything brilliant except part 10 (34 minutes); a group of knowledgeable people discuss anonymity and the dark web. Compared to what preceded it, this episode was rather dull.

47 people found this helpful

Includes guest star Nicholas Parsons!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Terrahawks volume 2 is sadly not as good as its predecessor, volume 1 - which was fantastic. A big reason is budget, i.e. too few actors. As a result any new characters in a story have to be voiced by the already overstretched small group of gifted actors and unfortunately some of these characters don't sound that unalike their main character(s).

It still has its high points, for example ‘Sale of the Galaxy’ starring Nicholas Parsons, but a couple of the stories felt a bit flat. Probably as many were originally written without Zelda (Denise Bryer) as explained in the ‘behind the scenes’, but fortunately with improved health/voice Denise did decide to join the team so scripts were quickly rewritten.

There are eight stories in this set:

Sale of the Galaxy, 38 mins
The Trouble with Toy Boys, 40 mins
Return to Sender, 42 mins
Renta-Hawks, 25 mins
Chain of Command, 33 mins
Lights, Camera, Disaster, 33 mins
Count Anaconda’s Magnificent Orbiting Circus, 32 mins
My Enemy’s Enemy, 59 mins [Big finale; theme music played by the Royal Philharmonic orchestra]

Plus Behind the Scenes 57 mins

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