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P. Hughes

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  • 'Twixt the Cup and the Lip

  • By: Julian Symons
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. When the Russian Royal Family Jewels are put on display at Orbin’s department store in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, Mr Rossiter Payne can’t resist a present to himself. An inconspicuous London bookseller by day, an experienced jewel thief by night - can he pull off this latest festive heist?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator and author

  • By P. Hughes on 04-03-19

Narrator and author

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Reviewed: 04-03-19

Well, what tedium! The story was ponderous and boring. The narrator’s voice was desperately measured and articulated .... I couldn’t finish it!

  • The Final Equation

  • A Sherlock Holmes and Elizabeth Bennet Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Amelia Littlewood
  • Narrated by: Claire Nicholls
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
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    3 out of 5 stars 2
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    3 out of 5 stars 2

As Elizabeth’s confidence in her own abilities has grown, so has Holmes’ reliance on her. Now, he’s going to have to depend on her more than ever. An adversary they’ve been trying to pin down for some time is finally ready to make himself known - but this is someone who always seems to be one step ahead and delights in mocking Holmes. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By P. Hughes on 04-03-19

Awful

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Reviewed: 04-03-19

The narrator’s voice is awfully irritating, too slow and ponderous, monotonal and no expression. Couldn’t be bothered to listen to end!

  • Crisis

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Harrison Foster is a lawyer by training but works as a crisis manager for a London firm that specialises in such matters. Summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables slaughters six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favourite for the Derby, Harry (as he is known) finds there is far more to the ‘simple’ fire than initially meets the eye. For a start, human remains are found amongst the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim?   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating Americanisms

  • By MJD on 21-09-18

Poor

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Reviewed: 04-03-19

Very poor, slow boring, no tension, too much about love interest, too much info about racing that had no real link to story which was about not even about the death of horses.
Very very disappointed, could not even like the main character.

  • 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 5,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,353

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

Good enough to eat!

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Reviewed: 29-10-18

This was a tour de force.... the best 20 hours I’ve spent in along time....

  • The Temptation of Forgiveness

  • Commissario Brunetti, Book 27
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Sibley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon, read by David Sibley. When important information is leaked from inside the Venetian Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is entrusted with the task of uncovering which of his colleagues is responsible. But before Brunetti can begin his investigation, he is surprised by the appearance in his office of a friend of his wife's, who is fearful that her son is using drugs. A few weeks later, Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious with a serious head injury at the foot of a bridge, and Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy’s behaviour. But the truth is not straightforward.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by narration

  • By Mrs Madeleine Oswald on 11-02-19

Forgiveness

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Reviewed: 07-08-18

Donna Leon is such a compassionate and intuitive writer and I adore her hero.... This story was as usual quite excellent, but I was so disappointed in Brunetti's final decision... no spoiler alert here. It's just that his action or rather non action reflected the title's premise but not Bruneti's essential goodness and compassion. He wasn't punishing the right person by his inaction and it seemed so unlike the character I have come to see as a shining light of the quite impossible balance of pragmatism and humanity.

  • Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays

  • Three BBC radio full-cast dramas: Butter in a Lordly Dish, Murder in the Mews & Personal Call
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ivan Brandt, Richard Williams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

A triple bill of archive BBC radio dramas, believed lost for over half a century and only recently rediscovered. "Butter in a Lordly Dish", written specially for radio in 1948, features Richard Williams as Sir Luke Enderby KC, whose infidelities lead him into trouble when he goes to meet his latest flame. Williams also stars as Hercule Poirot in "Murder in the Mews", a 1955 adaptation of a short story. A young woman is found dead in her flat the day after Guy Fawkes night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Newton Abbot Man

  • By dawvic on 21-11-15

Treasure

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Reviewed: 17-04-18

I so enjoyed this little piece of British radio history, thanks to those who found the plays and for putting together a wonderful set of interviews. Such wonderful stories and personalities. I especially liked the last interview with “ Freddy”. Incredibly humble and talented man. Thanks so much!

  • The Gate Keeper

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
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    5 out of 5 stars 13
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    5 out of 5 stars 13

On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this 20th installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • kept me enthralled right to the end.

  • By Artemis on 14-05-18

Clever ....addictive reading

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Reviewed: 28-03-18

I love the books but adore the audible versions... such clever casting of the narrator.

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  • The Appleby File

  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Andrew Timothy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Available to download for the very first time, the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.There are fifteen stories in this compelling collection, including: Poltergeist - when Appleby's wife tells him that her aunt is experiencing trouble with a Poltergeist, he is amused but dismissive, until he discovers that several priceless artefacts have been smashed as a result

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting....

  • By P. Hughes on 30-11-17

Interesting....

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Reviewed: 30-11-17

An unusual atmospheric reading, but strangely attractive, pages turning, rustling,corrections and pauses. Very real...