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Summary

Brian Cox stars as McLevy with Siobhán Redmond as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these four BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian Inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland. In Series 1, the episodes are: "For Unto Us", "The Trophy Club", "The Second Shadow", and "The Burning Question." Written by David Ashton and directed by Patrick Rayner.

©2012 David Ashton (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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Historic and atmospheric

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES. A superb, relaxing way to spend 45 minutes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of McLevy: Complete Series 1?

The humour used and the background mutterings.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

McLevy himself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

an episode a sitting.

Any additional comments?

Radio/audio can lose the sense of location but this is, as my title suggests, both historic and atmospheric. I've wandered around Edinburgh more than a few times and can place myself in the settings.

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Hello McLevy, again.

I was very happy to find the McLevy series, having listened to the series a few years ago, in the catalogue after having listened to the audible I was even happier and am making plans to buy more of the series.

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McLevy is excellent. Well acted and entertaining

Would you listen to McLevy: Complete Series 1 again? Why?

Yes. Listened to it many times already on the radio

What other book might you compare McLevy: Complete Series 1 to, and why?

All the other McLevy series and Baldi

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So very entertaining

Loved everything about these book so/stories. The stories are compelling once you start it's hard to stop. Interesting and realistic. All this is then brought to life but a fantastic team that makes you fee part of the story. Escapism at it's best.

I would recommend these books to all who like Victorian crime stories.

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Solid episodic BBC radio drama

Brian Cox is excellent as McLevy. The full cast bring the series alive with a strong sense of time and place - this is BBC radio drama at its best. By its very nature it is episodic which can lead to a certain tweeness in the plot when ensuring each episode can stand on its own as well as taking its place in the series as a whole. So perhaps not quite as gritty as it might be, but nothing toe-curling or offensive either. I'd have no hesitation in recommending.

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Excellent audible book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I enjoyed this book, didn't think I was listening to someone just reading out of.a book but was like being at a play.

What did you like best about this story?

I very much enjoy the characters and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to listen to the different story in each chapter at different times and it was why I chose this book. If I had been travelling though, I would have probably listened to it all at once.

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Superb crime drama

McLevy is a superb crime drama. Humour pathos and witting storylines.



Highly recomended. Buy it you will not regret.

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A pleasant listen

What did you like best about McLevy: Complete Series 1? What did you like least?

The stories are simple and easy to listen to. The characters are well acted, with Brian Cox doing a fine job as Mclevy.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

There are three episodes, all of which had satisfactory endings.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Nothing in particular stands out.

Do you think McLevy: Complete Series 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think there are 7 Mclevy series on Audible.

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for an Agafha Christie you'll be disappointed!

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  • Leni Ramberg
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I love this series!

Writer David Ashton mixes wonderful characters and great stories with humor, poetry and charm.

I discovered the Inspector McLevy series while searching for more BBC4 radio dramas. Enjoyed the John LeCarre and Raymond Chandler dramatizations. Also the BBC Radio Sherlock Holmes. I listened to Levy Series #1 and immediately bought Series #2. Within weeks I had downloaded and listened to Series 1 through 7 -- 28 episodes.

Brian Cox as Inspector James McLevy and Siobhan Redmond as Jean Brash beguiled me. I could listen to Brian Cox deliver Ashton's brief philosophical monologues all day.

But beware -- these stories are set in Scotland. The accents of the pickpockets and petty thieves can be a challenge. If you need to easily grasp every single word on the first listen this may not be your cup of tea (or, as Inspector Levy would say, your cup of coffee). However, if you enjoy Masterpiece Theatre period drama on the tube give McLevy a listen. Ashton’s Victorian world of Edinburgh may enchant you, too.

This is an ongoing radio series in Britain. I can't wait until more are available on Audible.

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