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The Ruth Rendell BBC Radio Drama Collection

Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

Full-cast dramatisations of seven of Ruth Rendell's tense psychological thrillers.

This collection includes:

The Bridesmaid: a beautiful stone statue and her living double lead Philip into a nightmare of obsession and murder.

Going Wrong: besotted with his childhood sweetheart, Leonora, psychopathic Guy Curran will do anything to make her his.

King Solomon’s Carpet: London’s Underground links a group of misfit housemates and is the catalyst for a devastating crime in this compelling tale, written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine.

People Don’t Do Such Things: a suburban couple befriend a charismatic novelist, but their relationship soon slips into sinister territory.

The Fever Tree: on safari in South Africa, Ford and Tricia find the tensions in their marriage exacerbated by the unforgiving wilderness.

The Dreadful Day of Judgment: clearing up an abandoned cemetery, John, Gilly and Marlon’s personal demons come to the fore.

Thornapple: poison enthusiast James becomes captivated by the ruthless Meribel on a visit to her wealthy aunt.

Among the casts of these seven suspenseful adaptations are Jamie Glover, Mark Strong, Reece Shearsmith, Paul Rhys, Danny Sapani and Juliet Aubrey. 

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  • Jane
  • United Kingdom
  • 13-02-19

Great listen

First time I have heard any Rendell. Enjoyed this varied collection and dramatisation team did great job. Will look forward to next stories.

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Nobody gets out alive. Classic Rendell.

Settle back and enjoy vintage Rendell.
A great collection from Ruth with all the aspects we have come to love.
Tight, claustrophobic stories that leave none of the characters unscathed.
These shortened versions are perfect to reacquaint yourself with her earlier work.

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Awful

These stories were dreadful. Neither thrilling or even interesting I was bored to tears. The female characters were all simpering fools I found myself hoping they would be murdered in some terrible way but alas nothing happened, quite literally in a couple of the stories. How these books/short stories were published originally is beyond me. Not even worth the one star I had to give to rate it. Woeful.

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Creepy tales of murder, revenge, jealousy, and the unexpected...

Recommended for all fans of Tales of the Unexpected (at least one of these Rendell stories was also dramatised for that TV series). Deeply creepy and unsettling stories, mixing crime with a sense of the supernatural. All beautifully performed; though my least favourite was King Solomon’s Carpet. Fast-forward through that, and this is a great collection.

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  • Jeri
  • 02-09-19

Honestly, I don't know what to think...

A couple of the stories were okay. But most were confusing to me. I listened to the whole thing but I just don't get it. Most ended seemingly in the middle of the story.

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  • JoyH-D
  • 23-08-19

Love Ruth Randell

Ruth Randell is one of my favorite writers. However, I don’t think I will ever get another dramatized book. I had the hardest time trying to figure out what was happening in most of these stories.

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