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  • Hallowe’en Party

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

A classic Christie mystery. Read by Hugh Fraser who plays Hugh Fraser in the popular TV series. At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce – a hostile thirteen-year-old – boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good who-done-it

  • By Selene on 08-04-13

One of my favourites.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Well narrated with great layers of moral questioning outside the basic plot. one of Christie's best.

  • Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One

  • The Early Years (1938-1950)
  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Carl Bernard, full cast, Hugh Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, are the crème de la crème. Between 1938 and 1968, their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's earliest adventures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Generally Enjoyable But Rather Erratic

  • By foxymoron on 04-01-17

Awful quality of recording.

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Quality terrible, so much static you can't hear words properly. Individual recordings much better.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson, Book 3

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

The third fantasy adventure in the Percy Jackson series is now available to download, complete and unabridged, on audio. It's the last Friday before the winter holidays but Percy Jackson isn't at school: he's battling the fearsome Manticore (half human, half lion), which in itself isn't ideal . . . but with Annabeth missing and the goddess of the hunt held captive, things get a whole lot more serious . . . Greek mythology relocated to modern-day America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing *****+++++

  • By Pauley Colhoun-Matthews on 12-03-15

EPIC

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

very long and to finish once started but great performance and amazing story I personally loved it

  • A Pocket Full of Rye

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his "counting house" when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joan Hickson IS Miss Marple

  • By Adrian on 05-09-11

Poor recording quality

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

Reviewed: 23-09-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is one of the first Christie's where I guessed the killer correctly right at the beginning, but it's still a good one. I love the way she interlocks nursery rhymes and crimes. However, just under 5 hours in there's some awful scratching noise on the recording. I used to have this same recording on cd, so it wasn't on the original. For this reason I can't give it higher than 3 stars, but if you can ignore the 5 minutes of 'nails down a blackboard' sound in the background it is worth it. Hopefully Audible will sort it out fast.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Pocket Full of Rye?

Miss Marple's fluttering around the police inspector. Priceless.

What aspect of Joan Hickson’s performance might you have changed?

Joan Hickson is the archetypal Miss Marple - the perfect combination of fluffy old pussy and nosy neighbour. No one since has ever measured up in my opinion.

Was A Pocket Full of Rye worth the listening time?

Worth the time.

  • John Bishop Live: The Sunshine Tour

  • By: John Bishop
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Seen by over 400,000 people across the UK, Sunshine was recorded live at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on the last night of John Bishop's sell-out tour of the same name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amanda Dumpleton on 13-02-17

nothing new

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

It was funny, I liked it, but I've heard it al before on TV - and I've never seen this tour, but he's used most of the jokes on all the shows he's visited. Not worth the money for a short, unoriginal recording,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Room Full of Bones

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Charmaine on 07-12-14

Good crime for bedtime

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

Have listened to the whole series, and have enjoyed them all, even though the narraator changed. Good crime story, but nothing majorly original. I wouldn't say it's an over-accurate representation of forensic or police procedure, but enjoyable, and the characters are well rounded. Listen to them in order though if you want to get the best out of them.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Underbury Witches

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Set in the rural English village of Underbury in 1915, John Connolly's story is a mini-masterpiece of suspense. All the men of Underbury have gone off to war. In their place, an ancient evil has returned. The result is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too short

  • By Satinalibrary on 09-04-13

Too short

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

I've never read any of his books, but this was on offer so I bought it. Glad i did, really good but far too short... but they do say 'always leave them wanting more'!

  • Dying Fall

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 780

Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library. Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • readers

  • By Margaret on 25-04-13

Mean twist

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

Have listened to the whole series, and have enjoyed them all, even though the narraator changed. Good crime story, but nothing majorly original. There's a mean twist in this one, but I won't spoil it for you. I wouldn't say it's an over-accurate representation of forensic or police procedure, but enjoyable, and the characters are well established by this point. Listen to them in order though if you want to get the best out of them.

  • Galahad at Blandings

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Sinden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Sam Bagshott, son of the late Boko Bagshott, had been at Blandings Castle only a short while, but long enough to know that anyone enjoying its hospitality must get the occasional shock. Sam braced himself as the possibilities flitted through his mind. The house was on fire? Empress of Blandings had taken to the bottle again? Constable Evans had arrived with a search warrant?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Gally

  • By Tambo on 07-04-18

What can you say about Wodehouse?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

Awesome. Can listen again and again, and they're still funny. The narrator is good, and you can picture it all perfectly.

  • The Night Villa

  • By: Carol Goodman
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Beneath layers of volcanic ash lies the Villa della Notte, home to first-century nobles, as well as to the captivating slave girl at the heart of an ancient controversy. And secreted in a subterranean labyrinth rests a cache of antique documents believed lost to the ages: a prize too tantalizing for classics professor Sophie Chase to resist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My new favourite author

  • By Satinalibrary on 09-04-13

My new favourite author

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

I'm usually a Christie fan, but I like Carol Goodman's writing. This is not one of her best, a bit Dan Brown for my taste, but still worth listening to. I preferred my reading - the accent wasn't so nasal in my head, but it's fairly enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful