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    • Maigret Travels

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 51
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    The attempted suicide of a countess and the death of a billionaire in the same luxury Paris hotel send Maigret to the Riviera and then to Switzerland, as he searches for the truth amid the glittering world of the super rich. Eyes half closed, head tilted against the back of his seat, he seemed not to be thinking, as the plane flew over a thick carpet of bright clouds. In reality, he was making an effort to bring names and shadowy figures to life, names and figures that even this morning had been as unknown to him as the inhabitants of another planet.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Maigret Enjoys Himself

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 50
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Inspector Maigret is meant to be taking a holiday, but he can't resist following the development of his colleague Janvier's case in the papers - and playing a few tricks on the way. Standing at the window in the middle of the morning, vaguely observing the comings and goings in the street, he had a feeling that reminded him of certain days in his childhood, when his mother was still alive and he was off school because he had the flu or it was the end of term. It was the feeling of finding out what went on when he wasn't there.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Pietr the Latvian

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 1
    • By: Georges Simenon, David Bellos (translator)
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 134

    The first audiobook which appeared in Georges Simenon's famous Maigret series, in a gripping new translation by David Bellos.Inevitably Maigret was a hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body that the hotel's atmosphere could not assimilate. Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn't have a moustache and he didn't wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted. He shaved every day and looked after his hands. But his frame was proletarian. He was a big, bony man.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Easy Reading of a classic cop

    • By Viv on 28-01-14

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Madame Maigret's Friend

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 34
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Madame Maigret takes the lead in a disturbing investigation in this new translation, book 34 of the Maigret series. Inspector Maigret's wife turns sleuth after a strange encounter in a Paris square leads her on the trail of a woman in a white hat and towards a grisly tale of deception and greed.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Maigret and the Minister and Other Stories (Dramatised)

    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Maurice Denham
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 24

    Four full-cast dramatisations starring Maurice Denham as Inspector Maigret and Michael Gough as his creator Georges Simenon. Simenon and his masterful inspector, Jules Maigret, look back together over four of their greatest cases… Where is the vital report that holds the key to the fate of the French government? What is the secret behind the mysterious suicide in Bremen? Who is responsible for the sudden disappearance of one of Paris’s best known solicitors? And will the demented double murderer strike again?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very atmospheric

    • By mrs j a avery on 05-08-18

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Maigret and the Man on the Bench

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 41
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    Inspector Maigret must untangle the web of lies left behind by a murdered man whose family didn't know him as well as they thought. When a man is found stabbed to death in an alley off Boulevard Saint-Martin, his identity card shows a workplace that had gone out of business three years earlier. As far as his wife knew, he still worked there, and she insists that the shoes and a tie he was wearing when he was killed 'couldn't be his'.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Maigret's Failure

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 49
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    When a self-made man appeals to Maigret for protection at his lavish home, a years-old grudge from the past resurfaces and the inspector finds himself questioning his own motives. Conflict rather than harmony probably reigned in eight out of 10 of the still magnificent houses that surrounded the park. But he had rarely had the opportunity to breath such a strained atmosphere as the one between these walls. 

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Maigret: Collected Cases

    • Classic Radio Crime
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Maurice Denham, Michael Gough
    • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Maurice Denham is the famous French detective Maigret, and Michael Gough is his creator, Georges Simenon, in five classic radio dramatisations. First broadcast in 1976, the episodes are 'Maigret Goes Home', 'Maigret in Montmartre', 'Maigret Has Scruples', 'Maigret in Society' and 'Maigret Sets a Trap'. Maigret is an enduringly popular character, first appearing in print in 1931 and most recently filmed for television starring Rowan Atkinson.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A bit silly

    • By AMcT on 30-11-17

    Regular price: £13.99

    • The Misty Harbour

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 15
    • By: Georges Simenon, David Bellos - translator
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    A new translation of Georges Simenon's gripping tale of lost identity. A man picked up for wandering in obvious distress among the cars and buses on the Grands Boulevards. Questioned in French, he remains mute... A madman? In Maigret's office, he is searched. His suit is new, his underwear is new, his shoes are new. All identifying labels have been removed. No identification papers. No wallet. Five crisp thousand-franc bills have been slipped into one of his pockets.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • A Crime in Holland

    • Inspector Maigret; Book 8
    • By: Georges Simenon, Sian Reynolds (Translator)
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    When a French professor visiting the quiet Dutch coastal town of Delfzjil is accused of murder, Maigret is sent to investigate. The community seem happy to blame an unknown outsider, but there are people much closer to home who seem to know much more than they're letting on: Beetje, the dissatisfied daughter of a local farmer; Any van Elst, sister-in-law of the deceased; and, of course, a notorious local crook.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maigret ruffles some Dutch feathers

    • By Monsieur Ghost on 17-06-14

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Maigret at Picratt's

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 36
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    A young cabaret dancer in a black silk dress leads Maigret into a seamy world of nightclubs, drug addiction and exploitation on the streets of Montmartre. 'He opened the door for her and watched her walk away down the huge corridor, then hesitate at the top of the stairs. Heads turned as she passed. You sensed she came from a different world, the world of the night, and there was something almost indecent about her in the harsh light of a winter's day.'

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The Carter of ‘La Providence’

    • Inspector Maigret; Book 2
    • By: Georges Simenon, David Coward (translator)
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    Georges Simenon's tragic tale of lost identity, translated by David Coward as part of the new Penguin Maigret series. What was the woman doing here? In a stable, wearing pearl earrings, her stylish bracelet and white buckskin shoes! She must have been alive when she got there because the crime had been committed after 10 in the evening. But how? And why? And no one had heard a thing! She had not screamed. The two carters had not woken up.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good story plenty of local colour and information.

    • By Amazon Customer on 14-04-17

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Maigret and the Headless Corpse

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 47
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    When a man’s headless body is discovered in Paris’ Saint-Martin Canal, Maigret is quick to answer the call. It is in this very neighborhood that he meets a strangely taciturn woman who runs a cafe. Her husband is away on a trip - or so she says. As is often the case, Maigret soon learns that there is more to the story than meets the eye.

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    • Maigret's Revolver

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 40
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 174

    When Maigret's .45 revolver is stolen from his home, he becomes embroiled in a murder in which the gun may have played a deadly role. Maigret is the victim of a burglary in which the .45 revolver he had received as a gift from the FBI is stolen. That evening Maigret attends a dinner where François Lagrange, an acquaintance of Maigret's friend, is expected but fails to appear due to ill health. Following his instincts, Maigret decides to investigate Lagrange's absence and uncovers a body stowed in a trunk....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • typical Maigret.

    • By pixie on 28-04-18

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Maigret and the Dead Girl

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 45
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Maigret and his fellow inspector Lognon find themselves trying to outmanoeuver each other when they investigate the case of a mysterious young woman whose new life in Paris is tragically cut short. Maigret wouldn't have admitted that what intrigued him most was the victim's face. All he had seen of it so far was one profile. Was it the bruises that gave her that sullen air? She looked like a bad-tempered little girl. Her combed-back brown hair was very smooth but naturally wavy.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Maigret's Dead Man

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 29
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    That shoeless foot looked incongruous lying on the pavement next to another foot encased in a shoe made of black kid leather. It was naked, private.... It was Maigret who retrieved the other shoe, which lay by the kerb six or seven metres away. A series of strange phone calls leads Inspector Maigret through the Paris streets towards a man out of his depth amid a network of merciless criminals.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • I sotterranei del Majestic

    • Maigret 13
    • By: Georges Simenon
    • Narrated by: Giuseppe Battiston
    • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Nel dedalo dei sotterranei del lussuoso albergo Majestic, sugli Champs-Élysées, la vita dei dipendenti è lontana anni luce da quella degli ospiti facoltosi che popolano gli sfarzosi piani superiori. Almeno così sembra fino a quando Prosper Donge non scopre nello spogliatoio del personale il cadavere di una giovane donna. È la moglie di un ricco industriale di New York.

    Regular price: £8.89

    • Maigret

    • Inspector Maigret, Book 19
    • By: Georges Simenon, David Bellos - translator
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    A new translation of this gripping novel which sees the inspector brought out of his peaceful retirement. Maigret shrugged his shoulders, buried his hands in his pockets and went off without answering. He had just spent one of the most wretched days in his life. For hours, in his corner he had felt old and feeble, without idea or incentive. But now a tiny flame flickered. 'You bet we'll see' he growled.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • A Man's Head

    • Inspector Maigret; Book 5
    • By: Georges Simenon, Frank Wynne Translator
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Set in the in the atmospheric and squalid streets of Paris, Maigret sets out to prove the innocence of a man condemned to death for a brutal murder. In another one of Maigret's unconventional and audacious plans, he arranges the escape of the condemned man in an attempt to prove his theory. The presumed murderer goes on the run across Paris and its suburbs, dropping misleading clues along the way and leading Maigret into the labyrinthine twists of the mystery.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story

    • By James Nickerson on 14-09-17

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The Yellow Dog

    • Inspector Maigret; Book 6
    • By: Georges Simenon, Linda Asher (translator)
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Georges Simenon's gripping tale of small town suspicion and revenge, part of the new Maigret series. There was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slightest word, were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship. And yet he sensed, beneath that image, glints of pride held firmly in check. She was anaemic. Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not a black dog, but a yellow one as a bad omen

    • By Monsieur Ghost on 07-07-14

    Regular price: £10.99

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