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  • P. D. James BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi, Hugh Grant, full cast, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of P. D. James' acclaimed mysteries, plus P. D. James in Her Own Words. This collection includes: Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires, A Certain Justice, The Private Patient, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By sue glason on 18-03-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

Personally I find it absolutely silly, unlogical and unlike anything in real life.
I had just returned one book and felt I could not return this one as well - otherwise I would have.
And even the best actors or narrators cannot save a rotten idea.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Michael D Hewitt on 28-01-18

Utter rubbish!

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

The narrators struggled valiantly but they could not save it.
Rarely have I “read” a more extraordinarily bad book.
I came to a point where I thought it could not get worse - which it absolutely did.
Infinitely worse than Rosamunde Pilcher, but no doubt some people must like it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wrong Place

  • DC Maggie Neville, Book 2
  • By: Michelle Davies
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Wrong Place is the next gripping crime novel from Michelle Davies, following her critically acclaimed debut Gone Astray. When a man fails in his attempt to murder his wife and then commit suicide, DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be the surviving woman's Family Liaison Officer. As the husband lies in a coma in hospital, the wife sets about making sure everyone knows he's guilty. But there's something about her story that doesn't ring true to Maggie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Sir Lister on 22-03-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

I might have enjoyed it had I parked common sense somewhere in orbit.
Even a brilliant reader cannot compensate .

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Meating Room

  • DI Gilchrist, Book 5
  • By: T. F. Muir
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 586

When the body of Thomas Magner's business partner is found dead in his car on the outskirts of Anstruther, all evidence points to suicide. And Magner himself, a wealthy property developer, is currently under investigation for a series of alleged rapes from thirty years ago.In total fifteen women are prepared to go to court to testify against Magner but one by one they inexplicably withdraw their complaints until only five remain. With the CPS now reconsidering its case, one of Magner's accusers is killed in a hit-and-run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the Squeamish

  • By Simon on 04-03-16

Poor David Monteath

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

And by that I mean I feel sorry for him. I hope he was paid well, to read this must have been pure agony.
What a load of idiotic rubbish! Unfortunately I was not allowed to give zero star for story - hence the 1.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Die Trying

  • Jack Reacher 2
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A meagre offering compared to 'Killing Floor'.

  • By Swords and Spectres on 15-02-14

Utter rubbish!

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

Reviewed: 28-06-16

Russian football hooligans might find something of interest in this piece of exquisite violence. Nobody else will.
I bought it, listened through it and realized my mistake.
I cannot fathom why this writer is so popular - unless there are tonnes of Russian hooligans.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Raylan

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

US Marshal Raylan Givens is back in action, with a federal warrant to serve on a dope dealer named Angel Arenas. The state troopers are impressed when the marshal struts into the convict's hotel room without drawing his gun, but Raylan soon finds that Angel's already been the victim of another crime; one that's way bigger than a bit of pot, and clearly the work of a professional...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Estate Planning

  • By Jeremy Nicholson on 19-12-18

Is this reallly Elmore Leonard?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Raylan has appeared in earlier novels by Lenonard. Here he was an entirely different character.

I sincerely doubt Leonard has written any of this novel - except his signature at the end of the manuscript.

On top of that the narration was disappointing, but then again the poor narrator must have found it hard to get inspired.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of English in 100 Words

  • By: David Crystal
  • Narrated by: David Crystal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

In this unique new history of the world’s most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century (‘roe’, in case you are wondering).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sparkling

  • By Margaret on 18-10-11

Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-03-12

For me as exciting as Tolstoi, Le Carré and Chandler.
Listen to this - and learn.
Add to it "Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pyjamas" (Judy Parkinson) and you are in for a lot of free dinners.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (Dramatised)

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens, Richard Ridings, Madeline Potter, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler’s second Philip Marlowe mystery.Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the ’40s and ’50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily.In ‘Farewell My Lovely’, Marlowe has a chance encounter with a not-so-gentle giant outside Florian’s nightclub.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely rotten!

  • By Peter Chistopher Franck on 20-03-11

Absolutely rotten!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-11

The title and the description of Moose Malloy '... he was about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel-food ...' are practically the only things that are originally Chandler.
I find it a caricature of the genuine article.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful