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  • These Happy Golden Years

  • Little House, Book 8
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty 12 miles from home. She is very homesick but keeps at it so that she can help pay for her sister Mary's tuition at the college for the blind. During school vacations Laura has fun with her singing lessons, going on sleigh rides, and, best of all, helping Almanzo Wilder drive his new buggy. Friendship soon turns to love for Laura and Almanzo in the romantic conclusion of this Little House book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure escapism, amazing pioneering tales.

  • By C. Carruthers on 14-04-19

Pure escapism, amazing pioneering tales.

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

This entire series has been so well narrated by Cherry Jones who really brings Laura and her family to life. I love how Laura's strong character comes through so well in this story as she matures into a young lady.

  • The Railway Children (BBC Children's Classics)

  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Dramatisation
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

The story of Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis and their life in the country has never been out of print since it was first published in 1906. Charming, sentimental, and unforgettable, the novel's enduring appeal lives on in this BBC radio full-cast dramatisation starring Timothy Bateson as the Old Gentleman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it, highly recommended!

  • By Rosie and Duncan on 24-11-10

An absolute classic and a great performance

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

Audible kids presents some amazing classic children dramas and The Railway Children is no exception. This is a story everyone should listen to at least once and preferably lots and lots of times!

Around the World in 80 Days
    
    
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    Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    158 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Around the World in 80 Days

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In the autumn of 1988, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club with an ambitious plan: to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Travel

  • By Mr. David Mowbray on 31-07-05

Palin at his traveling best

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

This is a fantastic tale which is best understood as being of a certain time and unfortunately that time is longer and longer ago now! Palin's 6 day trip on the Al Sharma boat alone is worth listening for.

  • Michael Palin: Pole to Pole

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

In Pole to Pole we join Michael Palin on the second of his epic challenges. Travelling from the North Pole to the South Pole, he experiences every extreme the globe has to offer. As he crosses 16 countries by train, truck, raft, Ski-Doo, barge, balloon and bicycle, he meets a diverse range of fascinating characters and landscapes while his own endurance is tested to the limit. With his customary aplomb, he plunges himself into the local cultures, starring in a crayfish documentary in Novgorod, attending a baby-rolling ceremony at a Cypriot wedding, and consulting an Mpulugu witch-doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story with excellent narration

  • By DRMT on 24-02-15

Another Palin classic

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

Pole to Pole is another fantastic travel story from Michael Palin and is full of interesting twists and turns as they travel through Europe and Africa

  • Himalaya

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Winner of the British Book Awards, TV & Film Book of the Year, 2005.

In his most challenging journey to date, Palin tackles the Himalayas, the greatest mountain range on earth. It is a virtually unbroken wall of rock stretching 1,800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to south-west China. Penetrated but never conquered, it remains the world's most majestic natural barrier, a magnificent wilderness that shapes the history and politics of Asia to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same Genius

  • By Paul on 28-07-06

Wonderful exciting story

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

This is my personal favourite of Palins travel stories. So many amazing destination and people and the obvious personal interest he has in the high peaks comes through very clearly!. I would recommend to anyone

  • Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Four

  • Paul Temple Returns (2006-2013)
  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Gerda Stevenson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Paul Temple lives again in these five complete radio dramas starring Crawford Logan as Paul and Gerda Stephenson as his redoubtable wife, Steve. Each of these productions was made for BBC Radio 4 in an authentic 1950s-style studio conditions and based on the scripts of the original radio serials.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Timothy Steve!

  • By Richard Evans on 05-10-17

Well done BBC fantastic remake

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

Being such a huge fan of the Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury duo I was sceptical of this remake but i needed have been. Crawford Logan and Gerda Stevenson are perfect and it's been remade so faithfully to the original that it's a pure delight

  • Michael Palin: Full Circle

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

The third and most ambitious of Michael Palin's adventures is a voyage of epic proportions - the circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim. He travels for almost a year through the 18 countries that border the world's largest ocean, and is forced to negotiate mountains, plunging gorges, cross glaciers and dodge icebergs. Volcanoes also mark Palin's journey. He climbs one which has freshly erupted and follows great rivers like the Yangtze and the Amazon to some of the most remote places on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Palin Power!

  • By Fatboypoole on 08-04-13

Michael Palin is a great storyteller

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

having read and listened to and watched almost all of Palin's travel programme these earlier ones are still my facilities. Full Circle is a great story and Palin a fantastic narrator. The books have so much more information than the TV programme and are worth listening too

  • Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Two

  • The Fifties
  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Marjorie Westbury, Peter Coke
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple (Peter Coke) and his wife, Steve (Marjorie Westbury), 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 adventures from the 1950s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great period drama

  • By Steve_Morris on 17-12-16

Super fun and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury are so perfectly cast as Paul Temple and Steve. The plotlines are ridiculous but so so much fun and lovely escapism
Remove cynicism and just enjoy

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  • The Cazalets

  • The Epic Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisation
  • By: Elizabeth Howard, Sarah Daniels, Lin Coghlan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton, Full Cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Penelope Wilton narrates BBC Radio 4’s epic dramatisation of the treasured family saga Elizabeth Jane Howard’s five book chronicle of the upper-middle class. Cazalet family begins in 1938, as siblings Hugh, Edward, Rupert and Rachel join together for another family holiday at Home Place, their house in the Sussex countryside. During the course of The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change, the progress of their lives, and those of their children, will be charted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in this epic family saga

  • By sarah on 22-07-15

Fantastic performance and cast

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

Elizabeth Howard's epic is absolutely perfect for a long trip or a rainy Sunday indoors. It's so well cast and performed that I get totally lost in the Cazalet family members and all their stories.

  • Dr Finlay: Adventures of a Black Bag

  • By: A.J. Cronin
  • Narrated by: David Ashton, Phyllis Logan, David Tennant, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

John Gordon Sinclair stars as Scotland's most celebrated doctor in six BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations. When Dr Cameron gets called in to see a patient, he doesn't expect it to be his new partner Dr Finlay. But the new doctor is full of surprises: caring, stubborn, idealistic and clever, Finlay might have been welcomed to the practice with a black eye but he proves to be more than a match for the local residents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A nice gentle listening experience

  • By Flint on 07-09-17

Lovely nostalgia

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

I enjoyed these stories greatly and only wish the series was longer as it seemed to be over so quickly. Great acting which really brought the characters to life.