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  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue 13

  • By: Humphrey Lyttelton
  • Narrated by: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74

This 13th collection of the antidote to panel games finds Jack Dee giving regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do - along with special guests Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, Rob Brydon and David Mitchell. Highlights include ‘Uxbridge English Dictionary’, ‘One Song to the Tune of Another’, ‘Sound Charades’, ‘Historical Voicemail’, ‘Bankers’ Film Club’, ‘Sound Effects Storytime’, ‘Party Guests’, ‘84 Chicken Cross Road’, ‘Trail of the Lonesome Pun’,

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Humour

  • By Hilary on 08-03-12

truly outstanding

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

Reviewed: 28-08-15

Even without Humph, it's still outstanding, laugh out loud comedy. Highly recommended. and to be re-played to catch the bus you don't get the first time.

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  • Girls in their Married Bliss

  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Edna O'Brien
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Kate and Baba are in London, playing out the tragicomedy of their married lives to its surprisingly level-headed conclusion. Kate, feeling trapped in her grey stone house with her increasingly cold husband, tearfully looks for her dreams of romance elsewhere. And when Eugene takes terrible, implacable revenge, she naturally turns to her brazen friend Baba for help.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unable to listen and follow the story

  • By Maria on 29-01-19

Here we go again

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

Reviewed: 27-08-13

This novel was hailed in its day (mid-60s) as one of the first feminist portrayal of women. In some ways, it is.

Unfortunately, this description seems to ignore the fact that the "heroine", who spent the first book (The Country Girls) in ardent pursuit of a married man and the second chasing relentlessly yet another, is now married, looking for something better and is sniffing around yet another married man.

Quite why she does this is never explained. There's never any sign of a single man she could make a play for or who make a play for her, but the fact that this tramp gets her comeuppance in the end seems to be a "bad thing". Hmm. Not from MY point of view!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Say You're Sorry

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent plot, superbly narrated...

  • By Jill on 09-11-12

Couple of niggles, but an excellent novel.

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

Reviewed: 27-08-13

Teeny things irritated a bit in this book: No girl in the UK ever refers to her "panties" and no man in the UK ever suggested that something was "four blocks away". However, apart from these occasional (minor) errors of language, I thought this was a wonderful book which would undoubtedly have worked better if the narration had been shared with a woman reader. Piper's part of the book being read by a man was distracting, I can't imagine why it was done by a man, especially in her later sequences where she was thinking her own thoughts rather than writing them down.


I'm fairly new to the thriller novel and my problem with this genre generally (and this book in particular) is that the victim has to be a helpless young female and the chief rescuer an unfit man. Is it just a sexist attitude ("Even if I have a serious medical complaint, I'm a big man who can always rescue a silly, disobedient girl") or is it because men can't deal with the reality that a great many more men are victims of violence than women? Maybe the truth is that male writers are more than able to handle man-on-woman abuse while man-on-man abusive violence is too uncomfortable a thing thing to write about?

Getting back to the point, this book was a riveting and exciting read - my first time with Michael Robotham and it won't be my last. Five stars for the story and writing, but a reduction for the narration which was not bad, but there should have been a female narrator.

Hopefully Mr Robotham will think about having some big, strong men being the helpless victim next time. I hope so.

  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 986

Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better.....

  • By Joan on 01-07-11

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 14-07-13

This was a perfect comedy. I could have listened toMr Finnemore's wonderful comedy for hours.

SO clever, utterly believable and very, very funny.

  • Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

  • By: Grant Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sci-Fi, but...

  • By Christopher Wilton on 05-01-11

Funny - but expertly narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

The stand-out brilliance of this novel is in the narration by actor Chris Barrie - the eponymous Arnie Rimmer of the series.

His narration is perfection indeed and fully deserves five stars. His voices are hugely varied, his timing is brilliant and altogether, I am certain that I would not have enjoyed this audio book so much without his voice.

On the whole, the book is a 'kind of' collection of stories from (I think) the second and third series of Red Dwarf - I'm not sure because I'm not a huge fan of the series, although I've seen a few episodes and enjoyed them somewhat.

Although there is (obviously) more detail in this book than in the tv series, the funniest parts are the scenes where the quartet are 'on stage' at the same time and, naturally, Arnie's constant failures.

My main problem with the story is the annoying waits for something to happen when the anticipation is drawn out to the final edge - one disaster follows another and another and another until it becomes boring - this happens much too often when the story does not seem to move along at all, but bad things keep happening and characters (usually Rimmer) almost (but not quite) die horribly. This undoubtedly works on a tv series, but fails badly in a book.

However, it's not that bad and, in parts, is very enjoyable. I'd recommend it.

  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: AudioGO Ltd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,070

Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 'Everyone in the car, we're going for a drive...'

  • By L on 14-04-13

So very, very funny.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

This, the fourth series, is by FAR the funniest.

It was surprising to me because so often, by the fourth series, there tends to be a kind of tiredness about the format. Frequently the earliest jokes are the funniest and later series tends to be the weakest and the series is cancelled at a low point.

In the case of Cabin Fever, the series might well be cancelled, but only because one of the major players (Benedict Cumberbatch) is now a big movie star and looks like going to Hollywood permanently. He will be sadly missed, although if he's REALLY being talked about for the role of James Bond, we have to agree it's fine for him and only those of us who love Cabin Fever will be sad.

Stephanie Cole has been a tv star for some time and a major player on Coronation Street, but her fine acting is always a pleasure to listen to.

This is a beautifully written and professionally performed sitcom. If the cast were wonderful enough to go onto better things, it would go on and on - and it deserves to. It's a shame that the series may flounder because of their success, but hopefully there will be another series with different performer taking on the position of Captain. Certainly, the signs at the end of Series Four suggests that all MIGHT not be over.

I sincerely hope not!

  • Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,375

John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cabin Pressure

  • By Elizabeth on 14-07-09

Splendid! I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 27-06-13

At last, the world has to accept that there is a radio production which is hilarious and original.

The performances are wonderful, especially that from the amazing Stephanie Cole. The four-hander is handled with the highest professionalism and the story never wavers. Each character is true to themselves and each seems also to be utterly out of place.

This is true of the wonderful John Finnemore (also the series writer) as the idiot air steward, Roger Allen as the devious first officer and the soon-to-be big movie star, Benadict Cumberbatch as the self-effacing and seemingly-innocent captain.

All-in-all a wonderful show - well worth the money!

  • X Minus One

  • Old Time Radio, Sci-Fi Series
  • By: Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and others
  • Narrated by: Old Time Radio
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid stuff from the Golden Age

  • By Angela on 05-06-13

Splendid stuff from the Golden Age

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

Reviewed: 05-06-13

The Golden Age of sci-fi (1940s, 50s and 60s) was a wonderful period. These stories mostly illustrate it beautifully. This download is wonderful value - over forty half hour dramatisations of science fiction stories from the period.

Many of the stories are by famous writers - Ray Bardbury, Robert Bloch, et al, but some are not well-known but still memorable.

The best thing about these stories is how they are very much of their time, filled with the uncertainty associated with the '50s: spy scandals, McCarthyism, the growing cold war and the fear of nuclear disaster. The inherent psychological fear is beautifully portrayed in most of these short radio plays. There's a real feeling of paranoia running through them all.

On the whole, apart from one or two which are simply Westerns in space, the majority of these stories are a wonderful snapshot of the best of sci-fi at the very worst of times.

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    Length: 36 mins
    61 ratings
    Overall 3.4
  • Good Morning Nantwich Podcast

  • By: Phill Jupitus
  • Narrated by: Phill Jupitus
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Chapter 9 of Good Morning Nantwich. We’re not happy till you’re not happy is the ninth chapter, which Phill reads as an exclusive podcast. This bonus material is available for free online to download on the 5th August 2010.Chapter 9 of Good Morning Nantwich.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is it lunch yet?

  • By elizabeth on 30-01-14

A good place to start

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

Reviewed: 20-05-13

Phill Jupitus is obviously inexperienced when it comes to creating an audio book! His stumbling over words and "sorry"s in the opening minutes of this podcast seem excessive and I really wish someone could have edited this piece or got Phill to re-record some parts.

However, once he got into his stride (within a few minutes), the podcast is funny and hits home. The review of local radio is splendid - he says all I would want to say if I ever could stand to listen to the mass of awful rubbish local radio turns out occasionally. Luckily, I take the opportunity to switch off, but listeners (and Phill amongst them) are at the mercy of the right-wing, uneducated and inarticulate deejays. Obviously, only other right-wing and inarticulate people listen to them and (sadly) there are apparently a lot of these people about.

Anyway, all-in-all, a good attempt, but I do feel it could have been better with some simple editing.

  • Dark Spaces

  • By: Helen Black
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Having recently split up from the father of her baby, Lilly is not in a happy place, matters being complicated further by the arrival of her ex-husband, needing a sofa to crash out on, having been thrown out by his girlfriend. In the midst of all this Lilly is asked by a child psychologist if she will help one of her patients: a girl currently sectioned having stolen a car while extremely drunk. While Lilly visits her she is introduced to Chloe, another unstable teenager who slips Lilly a note saying: "Help us". And then Lilly's client is killed and Chloe accused of her murder. Her case is not helped by the fact that the words "Help us" have been carved on the dead girl's stomach....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Psychology aspects good, police procedure awful

  • By Justine Powell on 27-12-13

Good stuff - a lot of padding

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

Reviewed: 20-05-13

This was a gripping story with believable characters. That's the starry bit.

There was, IMHO, far too much padding. What did we need to know about Lilly Valentine's first marriage for? Or her son? Or her country cottage? None of it was relevant to the story and all of it was written about far too much. It was dull and just a way of adding unnecessary minutes. After all, if I wanted a soap opera, there are other books I could read.

The other negative was that we have two criminals here with no motive whatsoever except that they are equally charismatic and equally insane. How very annoying!

One gets the impression that even the author found this something of a highly-convenient coincidence. If Helen Black had got rid of the unnecessary stuffing and worked at giving back stories to these two, the book would have been FAR better and almost certainly have deserved five stars.