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Radio Crimes Radio/TV Program

Radio Crimes: Charles Paris: A Series of Murders

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Publisher's Summary

A BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Drama starring Bill Nighy as Charles Paris and featuring Suzanne Burden as his estranged wife, Frances.

On a TV detective series, members of the cast and crew begin to meet mysterious ends. Actor cum amateur sleuth Charles Paris invistigates.

©2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Diane 10/10/2009
    Diane 10/10/2009
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    "'A Series of Murders'"

    When I first saw that this audiobook was only 57mins long for ?8.89, compared to the other Charles Paris audiotape which is 6hs.28mins for the same price, I thought there must have been a misprint somewhere. But being a long-time fan of both Charles Paris and Bill Nighy, I went ahead and treated myself regardless.

    Was this originally a full-length book? While the 'play' was enjoyable, it felt very 'compressed', to the extent that the characters came across as two-dimensionable cardboard cut-outs. This seems to be the fault of the BBC rather than the scriptwriter, who did his/her best with the time available. Surely extending it just another half hour would have made all the difference. I don't know where the 'series' of murders came from; there were only two. However, all the cast made the best of their lines; Bill Nighy has the perfect voice for Charles Paris. But I had to listen to it twice to catch the fast bits I missed the first time. It really deserves 5 stars, unfortunately
    a big thumbs down and a lost star for the BBC for skimping on the time allowed, and another lost star for the decision to price a 57mins tape at ?8.89, whoever made it. ?4 - ?5 would be a fairer price, I think.

    Nevertheless, an enjoyable listen. But most definitely a 'very special treat'!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 23/11/2010
    Catherine 23/11/2010

    marathon listener, very discerning about the narrator quality...

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    "a wonderful play, gripping and entertaining"

    Nighy makes Paris's slightly seedy, but self aware and almost-past-it cad utterly convincing with a tired, sardonic wit that carries the classically styled 'who-dunnit' plot to perfection. With every double whisky and plot twist I smiled or laughed. More please.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Evans 30/12/2014
    Charles Evans 30/12/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "A couple of easy listening murders!"

    A Good story line with a few twists and turns which make for an interesting listen. The play within a play works well too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jashy 26/08/2014
    jashy 26/08/2014
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    "Fabulous fun."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Radio Crimes to be better than the print version?

    Both are good. The BBC dramatisation though brings the story forward to today, and with wonderful down to earth dialogue - you're in the heart of the crime, the play, the tangled personal relationships and their history before you know it.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden – was your favourite?

    Charles, Frances, Maurice ............... they're all played expertly.


    Any additional comments?

    Love these dramatisations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin WATFORD, United Kingdom 22/04/2013
    Colin WATFORD, United Kingdom 22/04/2013 Member Since 2007
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    "What long car journeys were made for"

    I've listened to 2-3 of this series and thay are all excellent. The stories have excellent pace and the cast, very ably captained by the always-reliable Mr Bill Nighy, keep you engaged throughout. I also like the way that the overall production, whether by accident or design, reminds me of the very best radio plays you can hear on Radio 4, or even better, sitting in a tent listening to the radio as a boy in my parents back garden.



    Very highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Leeds, West Yorks, United Kingdom 20/03/2010
    Paul Leeds, West Yorks, United Kingdom 20/03/2010
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    "Charles Paris"

    Fantastic Bill Nighy and cast, all of these Simon Brett stories are excellent, more please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Bryant 23/08/2017
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    "Too short!"

    I'm a Bill Nighy fan and I love the rest of this series, so I used a credit to buy this one. It's good but it's really too short. If you get it, wait for a sale.

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    Nick 23/03/2017
    Nick 23/03/2017
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    "good start point to the series..."

    typically bill nighy is excellent. clever story which ends rather abruptly but entertaining nonetheless. good soundtrack too!

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    Debbie Connolly UK 09/04/2016
    Debbie Connolly UK 09/04/2016
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    "short and sweet"
    Would you try another book written by Simon Brett or narrated by Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden ?

    yes


    Would you recommend Radio Crimes to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes


    What does Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    excellent performances and feeling


    Do you think Radio Crimes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    wish I'd realised this one is only an hour long. I'd not have bought it if I'd realised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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