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  • Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair (Dramatised)

  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Peter Coke, Majorie Westbury, Full Cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

From 1938 to 1969 crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC radio's most popular serials. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats, a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul's help with his latest tricky case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great vintage radio!

  • By MrsGj on 30-07-15

By Timothy, Steve!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Would you listen to Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair (Dramatised) again? Why?

Lovers of the series of dramatisations of the Paul Temple stories featuring Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury will need no persuading to listen again to these stories.

What other book might you compare Paul Temple and the Lawrence Affair (Dramatised) to, and why?

For elegant plots and witty writing I would recommend any of the "period" detective series - Lord Peter Wimsey, Margery Allingham, Father Brown, Bulldog Drummond, etc.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Has to be the final cocktail party when Paul Temple invites all the suspects and reveals the criminal - usually with a fantastic escape and chase to follow!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is a light-hearted drama which will make you smile.

  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London. When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A layered and satisfying listen

  • By Barry on 08-09-16

Atmospheric thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Where does The Ruby in the Smoke rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first in a series of four books featuring the wonderful heroine Sally Lockhart. The grimy, smoky world of Victorian London is vividly brought to life and I would rank this book as one of my favourites.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jim Taylor the cheeky office boy who has the heart of a lion when it comes to defending his friends stands out amongst a cast of excellent characters.

What does Anton Lesser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Having read the book and listened to the audio book Anton Lesser brings the characters to life so vividly that re-reading the book you can hear his voice. The sinister tones of the horrible Mrs Holland actually make you shudder - no wonder she caused such fear among her workers. He is a master at reading audio books and I would always choose a book read by him.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's a page-turner - as you're swept along in the increasingly sinister machinations of Mrs Holland and the vices and crimes of London you can't stop listening until you find out what happens to Sally. Be prepared for some major twists and turns in the plot.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy this and want to know what happens next to Sally, listen to the second book "The Tiger in the North".

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Accident

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Glen Barber isn't the only person in the small town of Milford with things on his mind. The recession has been bad for his construction business, especially after a mysterious fire destroys one of his buildings. But everyone else in Milford seems to have problems too, as the financial pressures begin to pinch. Glen's troubles, however, are about to escalate to a whole new level.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Michelle on 05-10-11

Twists and turns a-plenty

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-12

When Glen Garber's wife dies in a car accident that causes the deaths of a father and son as well, his life begins to unravel. His building business is suffering and the people he thinks of as his friends become entangled in a web of deceit and fraudulence. We follow this story from different perspectives which keeps the listener involved with Glenn and his small daughter Kelly. The twists and turns of this dark and at times mysterious story keep you guessing right to the end. I found myself listening to this in my car parked outside my house, not wanting to switch it off! A real page-turner.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • For Kicks

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

When the horse that wins a race gallops in with frothing mouth and popping eyes, what is more natural than to suspect that someone¿s slipped a booster into his oats? With eleven steeplechasers hurtling over the finish line in this pepped up states and all the dope tests conclusively negative, the Earl of October had something of a problem if he wanted to preserve the health of his favorite sport.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-moving action

  • By Jean on 26-09-11

Fast-moving action

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-11

A vintage Dick Francis, read superbly by the urbane tones of Tony Britton, which will move you along through an engrossing story of Danny Roke who swaps his job as proprietor of an Australian stud farm to work undercover as a stable hand in Yorkshire, Interestingly this is written in the first person and it is a shock to hear the opening read in a Australian accent. But Tony Britton as usual has handled all the voices in the story - male and female - with his usual skill. This story was written in the 1960s and the attitudes may sound strange to our 2011 ears but Dick Francis moves the plot and the characters along swiftly and surely to keep you engrossed to the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Alice in Jeopardy

  • By: Ed McBain
  • Narrated by: Garrick Hagen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Alice Glendenning thought that she had lost everything when her husband's empty yacht was found drifting on the Gulf of Mexico. He slipped out in the night to sail under the stars, but never came back. That was a year ago, and Alice and her two children are still struggling to come to terms with their new life. But what she doesn't realize is that her troubles are just beginning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No that bad

  • By Yvonne on 11-10-08

Classic American crime

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-11

Settle down for an absorbing story from a master crime writer. When young widow Alice Glendenning's children are kidnapped it sets off a chain of events that takes you on a ride through Florida's suburbs with a cast of characters who keep you guessing as to who is on the right side of the law. Wit, pace, great sub-plots and enough suspense with a great twist in the plot made this one of the most enjoyable of this year's books for me. Loved Ed McBain's 87th Precinct detective series and this books hasn't let me down.

  • The Eagle of the Ninth

  • By: Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Narrated by: Charlie Simpson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Marcus Flavius Aquila, a young centurion in Roman Britain, is forced into retirement after receiving a wound in his first major engagement against a rebel British tribe. It allows him the freedom to embark upon a dangerous mission to find out what happened to the Ninth Legion, which, years before, disappeared in the savage lands of the Picts. Will he find out what happened to the men, led by his father, who never returned? And will he recover the Eagle, the symbol of Roman dominance and power?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Revisited

  • By barbara on 27-06-11

A classic brought to life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-11

This would not have been a usual choice for me but having enjoyed the new film of this book - 'The Eagle' - I thought I would give this a try. So glad I did! Following the adventures of Marcus Aquila, the young Roman centurion who was injured on his first posting as a garrison commander and who then decided to search for eagle standard of his father's missing legion, I became completely absorbed in his quest. As he travels through the wilds north of Hadrian's Wall with his companion Esca, he comes to terms with his own injury and restores his father's good name. Simply written but with lovely evocative descriptions of the countryside, each chapter is separated by atmospheric music which is unusual but works beautifully. Recommend this as a good family listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Tiger in the Well

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married - yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise. When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight, with a gun if necessary, for the freedom of her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narration

  • By Busy bee on 02-01-17

Thrills and suspense, Victorian style.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-11

Sally Lockhart is no ordinary Victorian heroine and Philip Pullman's series of four books will keep you enthralled as you follow her adventures in Victorian London and beyond. This is the third book in the series but I strongly recommend that you read the books in order (Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North, Tiger in the Well and the Tin Princess) to keep the characters and plot developments in order. Each book moves at a cracking pace with the action hurrying you along yet never losing the chance to paint a convincing picture of Victorian life and the restrictions on women. Highly recommended.

35 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Time’s Legacy

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Janice Mackenzie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

In present-day Cambridge, Abi, a recently ordained priest of the Church of England, is appointed to a notoriously difficult parish. The priest in charge is the charismatic but fundamentalist Kier. He objects to her mysticism, her practice of healing in particular. When she sees a vision of a congregation in an old church, Kier accuses her of witchcraft, but Abi soon sees more visions; an entire Roman family history dark with betrayal and a promise of bloody revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting listening

  • By thefrenchfiend on 02-09-10

A gripping story!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-11

As a first time reader of Barbara Erskine, I was not sure what to expect of this story. It begins as a conventional narrative about a young woman curate and Keir, the obsessive priest she finds herself working with. As mysterious ghostly figures appear, you realise that you are in for a fantasy tale with a historical background. Moving from Cambridge to Glastonbury, the atmosphere becomes increasingly dark and our heroine Abi Rutherforth finds herself involved in the life of a Roman family and the healing powers of the Druids in Glastonbury. As Abi follows their lives she comes to wonder if the student, Yeshua, staying with the Druids could possibly be Jesus. The dual narrative builds in excitement to a thrilling climax. I found myself sorry that I had finished the book and can recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction with a dash of the supernatural.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forfeit

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

James Tyrone was the troubleshooting gracing correspondent of the Sunday Blaze, a newspaper dedicated to exposing scandals I the noisiest (and most profitable) way. Ty was accustomed to hot water, but from the day a Fleet Street colleague died after give him some serious advice, he found himself wading deep into more danger than he expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage Francis

  • By Jean on 15-02-11

Vintage Francis

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-11

The central character in Forfeit, James Tyrone,is a reporter who gets involved in a suicide, murder, and uncovers a nation wide scam by crooked bookmakers. As with all of Dick Francis' books, the plot is gripping, the action swift and the characters drawn strongly enough to engage you with them through the story. An early novel - written in 1968) so be prepared for typewriters and telephones. Well read by Tony Britton and an enjoyable listen that will sweep you along.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nerd Do Well

  • By: Simon Pegg
  • Narrated by: Simon Pegg
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer, and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having blasted on to the small screen in the gut-busting and now legendary sitcom Spaced, his enduring appeal and rise to nation’s-favourite-son status has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty words!

  • By Jean on 04-01-11

Witty words!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-11

The extract from Simon Pegg's autobiography will give you a great taste of what is to come. Pegg's dry, dead-pan delivery as he describes his fantasy ideas, including the robot butler Canterbury sets the tone for a witty, self-deprecating story of his life. If he ever writes a sci-fi or fantasy novel, we will know where it began! If you are a fan of 'Spaced' or 'Hot Fuzz' then you'll want to know how he began to develop his comedy skills and hopefully his future projects.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful