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  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

Utterly Compelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-12

This is a toe curling wonderful dramatisation with a superb cast. Once you've started listening, it almost takes an act of violence to turn it off.

Now can we have "The Pallisers" too, please?

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fibber in the Heat

  • Following England in India - A Blagger's Tale
  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps deciding to bluff his way into the press corps during England's Test series in India wasn't his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams. Soon, he finds himself in cricket heaven - drinking with David Gower and Beefy, and sharing bar room banter with Nasser Hussain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Just Not Cricket!

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-06-12

From stage to page successfully

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-12

This narrative started life as a live show which was universally acclaimed - and deservedly so. Now Miles Jupp has expanded this into a full length account of his rather naive attempt to become a cricket journalist on England's tour of India. His performance of the book is every bit as wonderful as the show. Often hilarious, sometimes heart wrenching, always engaging we accompany him as he chases his dream through a whole string of obstacles through to it's - and his - ultimate realisation.

You don't need to be a cricket fan to enjoy this book. It's a great reminiscence on any level.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Grumpy Old Rockstar and Other Wonderous Stories

  • By: Rick Wakeman
  • Narrated by: Rick Wakeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Around about September of 1948, Mr and Mrs Cyril Wakeman had an early night. And some time later, at Perivale in Middlesex, Mrs Wakeman produced a bonny baby son. They named him Richard, but he quickly became known as Rick.

Rick was a likable little fellow who had a talent for the piano (and for making trouble), and music became his life. Later, he joined a popular music group called Yes and became a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow car trips to hear more of this

  • By Donald on 30-05-09

Such a shame

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-11

Rick Wakeman is one of the best raconteurs around. See his one man shows and you will be treated to amusing stories and great music together. Many of those stories are gathered in this book. What a shame, then, that Rick's delivery lacks the spark and spontaneity of his live performance. It is stilted and devoid (on the whole) of warmth, mischief and immediacy. His usual dry wit in his observations does occasionally break through, but there is far too little to be engaging. On the whole it’s a clinical, lifeless performance. So 10/10 for content, by 5/10 for delivery.

  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

  • By David on 30-10-10

More Than Meets The Eye

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-11

I bought this expecting some light hearted fun, but got so much more, McIntyre has had an interesting and eventful life. His accounts of his childhood provide a window onto the comedy scene of that era. His later struggles to build his own comedy career are insightful and his performance gives one an insight into the worry and insecurity of that time. A great autobiography.

  • Miles Jupp

  • Everyday Rage and Dinner Party Chit Chat
  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Here is the award winning, surprisingly angry, but slightly reluctant comedian in his third solo show, all about his little tantrums and snatches of dinner party conversation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud

  • By Barry on 08-06-11

Laugh Out Loud

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-11

Funny and wonderfully self aware, Miles Jupp is a shamefully underrated comedian. Careful if you play this one in the car - you'll be laughing so much you may have an accident.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Popes

  • A History
  • By: John Julius Norwich
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Well known for his histories of Norman Sicily, Venice, the Byzantine Empire and the Mediterranean, John Julius Norwich has now turned his attention to the oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the centuries from St Peter himself – traditionally (though by no means historically) the first pope – to the present Benedict XVI.Of the 280-odd holders of the supreme office, some have unques­tionably been saints; others have wallowed in unspeakable iniquity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stroll through 2,000 Years of European History

  • By R on 15-09-11

Thriller!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-11

This is a wonderfully written and superbly performed book. John Julius Norwich sets his cloth from the start in that this will not be a dry, erudite history but one written for reasonably intelligent, interested people. Frankly it has it all; intrigue, politics, murder. It is proof that fact can be stranger - and more compelling - than fiction. It is immensely listenable and keeps the attention. Like the best of thrillers, one is left waiting to see what on earth can come next.

I found this a hugely satisfying and compelling listen and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in this sort of history.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful