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  • Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One

  • The Early Years (1938-1950)
  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Carl Bernard, full cast, Hugh Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, 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 earliest adventures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Generally Enjoyable But Rather Erratic

  • By foxymoron on 04-01-17

This is a strange, repetitious collection

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

This collection has a couple of Paul Temple stories but some of them are repeated, just with different casting. There are also some making of tracks that explain the remastering or recovery process undertaken to make the collection. Some of the stories are individual episodes from random parts of 6 episode arcs.
I like the Paul Temple series but I don't recommend this particular collection, especially if you already have the later collections.

  • The Complete Chronicles of Narnia

  • The Classic BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Maurice Denham, Full Cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110

C.S. Lewis’s acclaimed and universally loved novels spring to life in these spellbinding full-cast BBC dramatisations. Anyone who’s visited Narnia wants to go back again, and these radio dramas make for a hugely entertaining first-time or return journey, with a cast including Bernard Cribbins, Maurice Denham, Richard Griffiths, Martin Jarvis, Sylvester McCoy, John Sessions, Fiona Shaw and Timothy Spall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy addition to any collection

  • By Darren on 05-12-15

Worth a listen if you enjoyed the books as a kid.

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

Good listen overall. Some character voices &sound effects were grating at first in the earlier books. It seemed a poor choice to have the Aslan actor pretend to roar rather than just play a clip of an actual lion in the beginning of the series. The ending of the final book was somewhat drawn out for my taste.
The series developed well throughout.

  • More of Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Seven Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 497

John Moffat stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in seven more BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations. The stories in this volume are: Evil Under the Sun, Sad Cypress, Murder in Mesopotamia, Lord Edgware Dies, Halloween Party, Murder on the Links and Five Little Pigs. Based on the original novels by Agatha Christie, these superb adaptations feature a cast of outstanding actors playing an array of likely suspects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic,but why not compiled in broadcast order?

  • By Nigel on 03-03-18

Classic Poirot

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

A nice selection of Poirot cases. The dramatisations are well cast and produced. Very easy to listen to.

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,025

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

An entertaining listen.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This was a compelling read. I struggled to like the central character at times but despite that I felt I needed to know how the story continued. Well written, some suprising moments and well read.