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  • Falco: The Complete BBC Radio Collection

  • Five Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Anna Madeley, Anton Lesser, Ben Crowe, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152

Full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of the first five Falco novels by Lindsey Davis, starring Anton Lesser as Marcus Didius Falco.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great adaptations - shame about the sound quality

  • By rcwApr10 on 30-10-18

A great listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-19

I really enjoyed this offering of the radio adaptations of Falco. I thought that Anton Lesser was superb as Marcus Didius Falco. I have read and listened to several of Falco's adventures in the past and enjoyed them all but this set really brought Falco to life for me. I hated stopping to do something that meant I couldn't listen and when I was finished I felt sad that it was over.

  • Dead at First Sight

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

A man waits at a London airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soul mate. The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have in the world - and that neither woman exists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Hitting All the Grace Notes!

  • By Simon on 17-05-19

Better than the last couple

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

Reviewed: 24-05-19

I liked this book more than the last few. It was not the usual topic although highly relevant to modern society.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,244

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Great 4th story

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

I enjoyed this book as much as the previous three. I can't wait for the next one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • White Gold

  • By: Giles Milton
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and 52 of his comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Their captors, fanatical Islamic slave traders, had declared war on the whole of Christendom. Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Sale in Morocco to be sold to the highest bidder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and extremely interesting

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-17

Fascinating story

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This is a very interesting factual account about a subject I knew nothing of. It is well narrated and holds attention easily.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flashman and the Dragon

  • The Flashman Papers, Book 10
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all. In China in 1860, a lot of people mistakenly put their trust in Flashman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wished it would never end

  • By Archie on 24-06-16

Another great Flashman tale

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

This has all the usual elements of a Flashy story that make a great listening experience.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

great story

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

I really enjoyed this -i listened as often as I could find time -always a good sign. As good as Magpie Murders and a different take on the standard thriller.

  • This Side of Murder

  • A Verity Kent Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Anna Lee Huber
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

England, 1919. Verity Kent's grief over the loss of her husband pierces anew when she receives a cryptic letter, suggesting her beloved Sidney may have committed treason before his untimely death. Lured to Umbersea Island to attend the engagement party of one of Sidney's fellow officers, Verity mingles among the men her husband once fought beside, discovering dark secrets and the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time or money on this

  • By Hardy Fan on 25-10-17

Don't waste your time or money on this

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

A drippy, soppy story, terribly narrated. I really don't know why I bothered to finish this. The female narrator with a plumb in her mouth does a very bad job of all the male characters. The story is so weak. If this is the first of a series, it will be the last of the series for me.

  • Folly du Jour

  • By: Barbara Cleverly
  • Narrated by: Terry Wale
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Folies Bergère, Paris, 1927. Joe Sandilands hurries to the assistance of an old friend who has been arrested for murder. In a cell of the Quai des Orfevres he meets with Sir George Jardine, still in the evening dress stained with the blood of the dead man. The only other witness, a blonde who was sharing the victim's box, has vanished.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok, but somehow didn't hold my attention

  • By Hardy Fan on 07-06-17

ok, but somehow didn't hold my attention

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I listen to a lot of audio books but in this case I found that my attention often drifted and I missed important points. I don't know if that was the speaker or the content. ok story, but nothing special.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997

Memories can be a real killer. Melvin Mars awaits his fate on death row. He was one of America's most promising football stars until, aged 20 years old, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents - just as he was due to begin a very lucrative contract with the NFL.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci's Decker Full of Aces!

  • By Simon on 22-04-16

Good but not as good as the first in this series

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

I enjoyed this book but felt i knew what was coming before it happened. I liked the first book in this series better. I was eager to listen to this because of that one but although it held my attention i am not eagerly waiting to hear the next.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous.

  • By Pauline on 17-08-11

great story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 23-01-17

I loved this version of a story I know very well. Alan Rickman's narration is perfect for the sentiment of this tale. I will be sure to listen again.