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  • A Short History of Ireland

  • By: Dr Jonathan Bardon
  • Narrated by: Frances Tomelty
  • Length: 22 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic history

  • By Robert on 27-03-08

An excellent overview of Irish history

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

Reviewed: 17-05-19

I have to admit to my knowledge of Irish history has been patchy. I was aware of English interference from the time of Henry II, I knew about Cromwell, but didn't know about the treatment meted out by Elizabeth and James I. The British treatment of Ireland has been shameful, no wonder the Irish are laughing at the Brits over this Brexit fiasco. Unfortunately the attitudes that led to the Brits being deservedly hoofed out in 1922, are being shown again by Mogg Johnson Farage Robinson et al. Makes me ashamed to be a Brit, any chance of getting an Irish passport? Rant over, we'll worth listening to.

  • The Shadow over Innsmouth

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Richard Coyle
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

The Shadow Over Innsmouth tells the first-person story of a young historian, Robert Olmstead, who, while investigating his family genealogy in New England, is intrigued to learn about a hated and mysterious fishing town called Innsmouth. When he visits he finds the place to be run-down and near-deserted, with a cult-like religion and a strange, degenerate population. His investigation soon turns into a race to escape the town and the the evil creatures he sees emerging from the sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy to the max. 👾👻

  • By Simon S. on 28-04-19

Creepy to the max. 👾👻

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-19

I first heard this adaptation on Radio 4, when I discovered Lovecraft.
Since then I've listened to it again on You Tube & now on Audible.
This is a superb rendition, the background soundtrack is unsettling & adds to the narration.
As for the nameless narrator, poor sap spends the first half of the story trying to avoid the fish frogs, or is it the frog fishes, 🐙🐙only to discover that he is becoming one. The only answer is to apply to join the Esoteric Order of Dagon & embrace the Lord Cthulu, The window, the window 👾👾👾

  • H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, and others
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Known as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Herbert George Wells’ writing career spanned over 60 years. He was a writer of novels, short stories, nonfiction books and articles. As a young man, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, sparking his infamous vocation as a science fiction writer. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, this collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexander Vlahos.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant stories!

  • By Kazzakirk on 25-04-19

Horrifying

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

Reviewed: 25-04-19

The Island of Dr Moreau, absolutely horrifying, in particular the naming of the law 'Are we not men?' Utterly creepy. The War of the worlds, thank God its nothing to do with the rock opera, two words that should never appear together. The first men in the moon, long winded but entertaining. The Time machine another excellent tale. Finally, The Invisible man, a total head banger. Didn't think that through did he? Become invisible but then have to run around in the buff. 🧐🙄🤯

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  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

First conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland in an attempt to amuse his stepson, Treasure Island began with the map. Young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an island, and Stevenson, looking over the boy's shoulder, began to elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of Skeleton Island and Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses marking the buried treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characterisation

  • By RobS on 13-08-16

Treasure Island

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

Ahoy mates. Timothy West does a great job of voicing the book. 💰💰☠️☠️🏝️⚔️Yo ho me hearties,

  • A Small Town in Germany

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

The British Embassy in Bonn is up in arms. Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting - an embassy nobody - goes missing with a case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realises that neither side really wants Leo found - alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow to start but worth sticking with

  • By Steve Hocking on 18-07-17

A Small Town in Germany

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

An interesting backstory on Anglo-German relations, given the current Brexit mire.
Overall too lengthy & complex, it makes a better radio play. That said David Jayston has a lovely narrative voice, le Carre is always worth a listen.

  • Bleak Expectations

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Series
  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, David Mitchell, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

The complete collected series 1-5 of the gloriously daft Victorian romp Bleak Expectations. Gasp at the evil Mr Gently Benevolent, played by Mr Anthony Head! Weep at the trials of our young hero, Pip Bin, played by Master Tom Allen! Be moved to joy and sorrow by the remarkable narration of Mr Richard Johnson! Swoon at the fragile beauty of Pip's poor mama, played by Miss Celia Imrie! Wonder at the thespian prowess of Mr Geoffrey Whitehead as six different siblings!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One small problem

  • By Rian Peters on 01-08-17

Bleak Expectations

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

The finest work that Darles Chickens never wrote. Absolute corker, bang tidy. Do not hesitate for one moment to get this.

  • The Berlin Wall

  • By: Frederick Taylor
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

The appearance of a hastily constructed barbed wire entanglement through the heart of Berlin during the night of 12-13 August 1961 was both dramatic and unexpected. Within days, it had started to metamorphose into a structure that would come to symbolise the brutal insanity of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. A city of almost four million was cut ruthlessly in two, unleashing a potentially catastrophic East-West crisis and plunging the entire world for the first time into the fear of imminent missile-borne apocalypse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ultimately a little disapointing......

  • By Iain on 10-01-12

The Berlin Wall<br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

As a child of the cold war, born in 1963, I was always aware of the Berlin Wall, but never visited the city before reunification. This is an excellent history of the events that led to the wall being built & everything that followed after that.
I've visited the city since 1989, including seeing the TV tower, & the world clock in Alexanderplatz, which I'd seen in an illustrated guide to Berlin at college. Pretty small & unimpressive given that it was a socialist showpiece. I do regret not seeing the sentry change on the Neue Wache, dammed smart drill!

  • Munich

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent, shame a key passage was missing!

  • By Toast Cartoons on 02-10-17

Munich by Robert Harris<br />

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Sorry team, but this was terrible. The two main characters were flat, & nothing happened to them for the whole book. Spoiler alert, Munich agreement was signed, Hitler still goes mental a year later. Get a history book instead.