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  • The Radium Girls

  • They Paid with Their Lives. Their Final Fight Was for Justice.
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Kate Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

In 1917, as a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive was in fact killing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding and well researched book

  • By Janis Uk on 14-02-19

Horrific story of corporate lies and human suffering

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

All my life I accepted being able to read the time on watches in the dark without fully appreciating the history and science behind it. I am amazed and truly horrified at the story of its coming into being and perhaps my naivety at the way companies treat their employees with utter contempt, feeding them lies and deceit and covering up the truth at all cost. A very well researched and written book that I found ‘unputdownable’ though the content is often beyond belief.

  • Pete Townshend: Who I Am

  • By: Pete Townshend
  • Narrated by: Pete Townshend
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

He is one of the greatest musical talents Britain has ever produced. But even as the principle songwriter and lead guitarist for The Who, it would be unjust to define Pete Townshend’s life simply through his achievements with bandmates Daltrey, Moon, and Entwistle. Noting that he has sold over 100 million records over a 50-year period goes some way to quantifying his accomplishments, but numbers only scratch the surface of his contribution to popular culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pete townshend who am i

  • By sarah on 13-04-13

Uncomfortable listen

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

An autobiography based on excess, addiction, groupies, lack of willpower, forgiving women and latent homosexuality all dressed up as ‘art’. I listened through 75% of it but could take no more depression. Sorry Pete, your Who music was great but your lifestyle’s scary.

  • Made in Scotland

  • My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
  • By: Billy Connolly
  • Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It’s great

  • By jdg on 23-10-18

I really wanted to enjoy this book

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

Reviewed: 27-01-19

I started to listen with an open mind but instantly realised that Billy is still up his own backside. I persevered but got so fed up with ‘me......’ ‘Jimmy.......’ ‘me.......’ ‘Jimmy.......’ etc etc which was done on numerous occasions so I gave up. I used to love the early Connolly but fame and fortune has unfortunately irrevocably changed him.

  • A Perfect Spy (Dramatised)

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: James Fox, Harriet Walter, Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the bestselling novel by John le Carré, starring James Fox, Harriet Walter and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Magnus Pym, Counsellor at the British Embassy, is hosting a dinner party at his home in Vienna when he receives an unexpected telephone call that will profoundly affect his life. Once the guests have gone, Pym breaks the news to his wife, Mary: his father, Rick, is dead. In a state of shock, he says something Mary cannot understand - 'After all these years, I'm free.'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Production.

  • By POS on 01-04-15

Tediously boring listen

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

I’ve listened to the end of part 4 expecting it to pick up - I can’t realistically listen any more. If this is the ‘dramatised’ version I just can’t imagine what the undramatised would be like. Does adapting a novel for radio involve sucking the life out of a story?

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  • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Quintessential Englishman!

  • By Simon on 21-10-18

That darn piano!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

I gave it 2 episodes and the ‘background’ piano finally got to me. I’m sure that the stories are interesting enough without it but my head just can’t filter it out.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful