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Among the best ever

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-19

The BBC has made and broadcast some great drama over the years. However, these adaptations of the Martin Beck novels are up there with the very best, including the adaptations of John le Carre’s spy novels and the Sherlock Holmes adaptations starring Clive Merrison.

Steven Mackintosh is superb as the morose but dedicated Martin Beck, and all the rest of the cast are first rate. The pace is methodical, but the plots are intriguing and I found myself drawn in and curious.

The style is clear and direct; unfussy. But don’t mistake this for plain and simple - there is style in the uncluttered and professional style of both the writing and the work of the police officers portrayed.

A single credit for 10 top-notch dramas is a great bargain. I listened to all of these when released on Radio 4, and loved listening to them all again on Audible.

Marmite

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-19

You should have a short listen to the preview before you buy. You might hate it, but it had me in stitches. The humour is 110% Scottish, and that either appeals or it does not.

Laugh out loud

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-18

A poet of the surreal and the everyday. Few comedians can keep an audience in stitches for so long.

A Must Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-18

A major political event in itself. A must read for anyone interested in US politics.

Good fun

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-18

A couple of good Tom Baker Doctor Who stories that never got made. The first is rather gory for me, but in the spirit of the show.

The extras, which seem to go on forever, are dull and little more than a long extended advert for Big Finish.

Worth a credit for Tom Baker, if - like me - you are a fan.

Disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I usually love Audible dramas, but this was a disappointment.

The plot, for what it is, can be seen by a five-year-old. Colonists on a moon and Aliens. Yep, you pretty much guessed it.

Also, action/horror with kids in it just annoys me. Am I the only one?

I will buy and listen to the next Alien story from Audible - it has just got to be better!

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-04-17

A great series and this is a particularly good one. An exciting, intricate and intriguing mystery, well told by Jeff Harding.

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Good for parents

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-16

This is well worth listening to if you are a parent. The advice is useful, although not particularly profound or surprising. The delivery is a little condescending at times, but clear and easy to understand.

Tremendous Fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-15

Where does The Scarifyers: The Nazad Conspiracy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

There is nothing quite like the Scarifyers. Comparisons could be made to The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy or Andy Hamilton's wonderfully comic Harry's Game, but in truth, The Scarifyers stands alongside them in its own unique brilliance.

Fans of MR James and HP Lovecraft will pick up the loving references immediately, but others who don't take their turn of the century horror and weird fiction quite so seriously will still be amused by the frantic goings on of Dunning and Lionheart as they stumbled from one supernatural terror to the next.

What did you like best about this story?

Made to the very highest standards of BBC drama, the show provides fine performances, excellent script and the very best sound effects on radio.

The plots are knowingly over the top, but they work!

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have now listened to five Scarifyers and loved them all. They are quite independent of each other, but I would still recommend starting at the beginning. So far, there has been little to discriminate between them — if you love (or hate) the first programme, you are likely to feel the same about the rest (up to and including the fifth anyway).

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

Quite simply, everything works together to make this a very enjoyable show.

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Funny and humane

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny the most enjoyable?

Part.performance, part narration, this is a wild mix of humour, sharp observation and a zAny plot.

What other book might you compare Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny to, and why?

If you enjoy Lake Wobegon Days, you will likely enjoy this. But to be sure you are going to like it, do a search for Guy Noir on YouTube. There are quite a few segments from the famous Minnesota Public Radio Prairie Home Companion radio show on there, including some of the Guy Noir sketches. This audio book is taken from the characters and setting from the show.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Sue Scott in her wide range of comic voices is a joy to listen to - from the bitter landlady of the Shropshire Arms to Guy's on/off girlfriend, Sugar, she brings a unique dimension of humour all of her own.

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