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Father Paolo Baldi Mysteries

The Complete BBC Radio Crime Series
Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Summary

The complete series 1-5 of the thrilling mystery series. 

On sabbatical from the Franciscan order, Father Paolo Baldi is working as a philosophy lecturer in Dublin when his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself helping the police to solve crimes. 

Along with Tina, Paolo uncovers the truth behind the killings of several rockabilly band members and a high-profile case of a police officer’s murder as well as delving into the highly competitive world of celebrity chefs. He also exposes a rift in a community of environmental activists, enters the world of romantic poetry to solve a suspected suicide, investigates the killing of a politically incorrect figurehead and finds that the death of a homeless man is not as simple as it appears. 

Follow the priest-cum-sleuth’s thrilling adventures as he solves mysteries throughout Ireland. 

David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher and T. P. McKenna star in this exciting series written by Simon Brett, Bill Murphy, Andrew Martin, Martin Meenan, John Murphy and Francis Turnly in the series created by Barry Devlin. 

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Love these dramas.

These BBC dramas are great & Baldi is a super detective. But I do wish Audible would make the effort to get them in the right order before publishing them. Ep 2 comes before E 1 for example. That's the 3rd BBC drama series I've downloaded where this has happened. - UPDATE - Thank you audible for correcting this error now.

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Terrible sound quality

The stories and performances are good but it's impossible to listen to, as it goes from so quiet you can almost not hear it to incredibly loud. I could only get through the first 3 chapters then removed it from my library sadly.

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Wonderful

Only 20 hours I could have done with another 20. Great story telling and cast.

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Compelling

A fascinating series of unusual and interesting investigations that were also entertaining. I would recommend these to anyone who wants a bit of light relief.

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I think there's a glich in Chapter 19

I love these stories and this dramatisation is very enjoyable. However, when I got to the middle of chapter 19 the story on my ipod suddenly stopped and skipped on to the next book. Initially, I had the same problem when trying to listen from my laptop but eventually I could listen through to the end of chapter 19, and onwards from audible and itunes However, I cannot seem to resolve the problem of the full recording not being available on my ipod, even though it looks as though the chapters are there, the ipod cannot play anything after the middle of chapter 19. I've tried downloading again, a couple of times, but to no avail. I've never experienced any issues like this before. If anyone at Audible could look at the recording and let me know if there is any resolvable issue with chapter 19 at your end, that would be helpful.

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  • 06-03-20

Whispering, damned whispering!

It's beginning to dawn on me that radio plays that are transferred to audiobook are an abomination. It seems there are two main problems: One, an imbalance in voice versus foley work - i.e the vocals are frustratingly drowned out by sound effects. Two, the disproportionate use of hushed tones by the actors - not EVERYTHING can be that secret or intense can it? For goodness sake, speak up!

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Far too quiet...

I have listened to a Father Paolo mystery before and I love this type of audio book. It feels like your sat in a theatre with all the different actors. I love David Thelfall! He's an amazing actor, however, as other reviewers have stated you cannot hear what the actors are saying! it's just too quiet. I hate returning audiobooks but unfortunately that is what I have had to do.

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Ok but hard to work out what they are saying

didn't listen to all episodes due to being to quiet at times when you really needed to be able to hear what they were saying

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Brilliant!

Classy, intelligent, intriguing and gentle (despite the murders!). My only criticisms would be that, as mentioned by another contributor, the sound levels vary so that it can be difficult to hear some of the quieter conversations, whilst at other times the sound is perfectly audible. Also, I enjoy listening to the cast list after the story finishes and for some of them there is a really miserable, slow, disinterested voice that only covers the 3 main characters - could that be rectified? Having said all that, I really enjoyed the world of Paolo Baldi and his tussle between the intellectual and the holy life. His on -going relationship with Tina (who I think is wonderful!) is intriguing and gives the story telling another level. The cast gave great performances and I could easily listen to another 20 hours........

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Very entertaining

Brilliant performances by stand out actors in this fully dramatized radio 4 production . I’d love to hear more .

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  • 04-04-20

Extremely dull and predictable

Every story follows the same formula. And almost all end with a similar murderer characterized by one common trait so it is always easy to predict the ending. The actors are ok although I'm assuming the main character is supposed to be Italian which makes some of the stories ridiculous with an English narrator.

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  • 08-01-20

So hard to hear!

With the ambient noise of the radio play, there were so many times that I couldn't hear what was being said. Father Baldi mumbles a lot. Very hard to keep up with.

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  • Dorise
  • 05-08-20

Recording sound quality very poor, volume too low to hear some voices

Although the list of amazingly talent professional actors seems great, the writing was only ok, and i was not drawn to be interested in the main character nor story lines. There was nothing very interesting nor endearing to make one wish to follow the main character on his adventures. The poor sound quality of the recording did not help, made dialogue hard to follow at times. Just did not click for me.

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  • 29-02-20

The Best Series I've ever listened to....

I can't say enough good things about this series--you feel like you are standing near Baldi and Tina and can eavesdrop on their conversations. A must for anyone who is new or old to full cast audiobook performances. Thank you BBC4!!!