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    • P. D. James BBC Radio Drama Collection

    • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi, Hugh Grant, full cast, and others
    • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231

    Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of P. D. James' acclaimed mysteries, plus P. D. James in Her Own Words. This collection includes: Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires, A Certain Justice, The Private Patient, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Happy all 7 dramatisations are in one collection

    • By M. K. on 19-02-18

    Regular price: £31.99

    • A Man Lay Dead

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    Wealthy Sir Hubert Handesley's original and lively weekend house parties are deservedly famous. To amuse his guests, he has devised a new form of the fashionable Murder Game, in which a guest is secretly selected to commit a 'murder' in the dark, and everyone assembles to solve the crime. But when the lights go up this time, there is a real corpse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent as always

    • By Michelle C on 05-04-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Black Dogs

    • By: Ian McEwan
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    In 1946, June and Bernard set off on their honeymoon. Fired by their ideals and passion for one another, they had planned an idyllic holiday, but in France they witness an event that alters the course of their lives entirely. Forty years on, their son-in-law is trying to uncover the cause of their estrangement and is led back to this moment on honeymoon and an experience of such darkness it was to wrench the couple apart.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Menace within Europe

    • By Rachel Redford on 07-09-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Darling Buds of May

    • The Larkin Novels, Volume 1
    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 60

    When Cedric Charlton, an unsuspecting tax inspector, arrives at the door of the Pop Larkin farm, he soon forgets the purpose of his visit: The fun-loving Ma and Pop Larkin distract him at every turn with strawberries, cream, alcohol, and their attractive young daughter, Mariette. Well known by the popular TV series starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Darling Buds of May is the quintessential feel-good country romp.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely wonderful!

    • By John1962 on 03-09-16

    Regular price: £19.09

    • Artists in Crime

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    One of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model’s pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been reenacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed forever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It’s a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The pronunciation of Alleyn grates

    • By Sharon Spiteri on 05-06-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Democracy and Its Crisis

    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    First he considers moments in history - Periclean Athens, the English Civil War, the American and French Revolutions, among them - in which the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions, however imperfect, were found. Then he lays bare the specific problems of democracy in the 21st century and maps out a set of urgently needed reforms. With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, says Grayling, if a civilised society that looks after all its people is to flourish.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The existential threat to our democratic values.

    • By Denis on 11-07-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • A Brief History of the Cold War

    • Brief Histories
    • By: John Hughes-Wilso
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    The Cold War was an undeclared war, fought silently and carefully between ideological opponents armed with the most fearsome weapons mankind has ever seen. Hughes-Wilson takes a cool look at this war, from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the USSR thereafter. He examines the suspicion and paranoia - on both sides - of the greatest stand-off in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrifyingly educational

    • By J. Armstrong on 24-09-14

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Surfeit of Lampreys

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander’s first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford - with a meat skewer through the eye.... The Lampreys had plenty of charm - but no cash. They all knew they were peculiar - and rather gloried in it. The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests - like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Marsh joy

    • By Jean the Bean on 11-12-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Guide to Financial Markets (6th edition)

    • The Economist
    • By: Marc Levinson
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The definitive guide to why different financial markets exist and how they operate. This edition brings the listener right up to speed with the latest developments in financial instruments and provides a clear and incisive guide to this complex world that even those who work in it often find hard to understand. With chapters on the markets that deal with money, foreign exchange, equities, bonds, commodities, financial futures, options, and other derivatives, it looks at why these markets exist, how they work and who trades in them, and it gives a run-down of the factors that affect prices and rates.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Light Thickens

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Peregrine Jay, owner of the Dolphin Theatre, is putting on a magnificent production of Macbeth, the play that, superstition says, always brings bad luck. But one night the claymore swings, and the dummy's head is more than real: murder behind the scene. Luckily, Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn is in the audience....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • slow

    • By Jay on 05-02-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Little of What You Fancy

    • The Larkin Novels, Book 5
    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 25

    In the final book of the series that began with The Darling Buds of May, the fun-loving Pop Larkin finds himself confined to a bed following a mild heart attack - caused by a little too much of what he fancied. Ma battles with the doctors as she attempts to find an adequate cure, but it turns out that a seductive nurse is all he needs. Pa's spirits truly recover themselves when he is forced to defend his home from the ministry's railway plans. This concludes the tales of H. E. Bates' Larkin family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful and a touch of true happiness

    • By Sharron on 10-02-17

    Regular price: £28.49

    • The Time and Space of Uncle Albert

    • By: Russell Stannard
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Book One in the best-selling 'Uncle Albert' science/adventure series. Famous scientist Uncle Albert and his niece Gedanken enter the dangerous and unknown world of a thought bubble. Their mission: to unlock the deep mysteries of time and space... In this action-packed adventure story, discover why you can't break the ultimate speed barrier and find out how to become older than your mother, how to put on weight without getting fat, and how to live forever without even knowing it.

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The Nursing Home Murder

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse, Jane Harden, are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary - and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Typical yarn

    • By Teresa on 25-07-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Black as He's Painted

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    When the exuberant president of Ng'ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old schoolmate, Chief Superintendent Alleyn, is called in to persuade him otherwise. Consequently, on the night of the embassy's reception, the house and grounds are stiff with police.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Feather Boy

    • By: Nicky Singer
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Robert Nobel, the school pariah, triumphs over his own fears and the school bully in this extraordinary tale of self-empowerment, legend and death. Robert is a boy who can do anything - or so old Edith Sorrel at the nursing home tells him. Robert doesn't think so, knowing as he does that he is the school geek. But something compels him to do what Edith asks - to visit old Chance House, where a boy once fell to his death from the top floor flat, to confront his fears and find some answers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-07-17

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The American Lover

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Ric Jerrom, Kate Rawson, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 70

    Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster’s cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter’s demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor.Rose Tremain awakens the senses in this diverse collection of short stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stunning variety

    • By Jo on 03-01-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Crime at Black Dudley

    • By: Margery Allingham
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind: proposing to Meggie Oliphant.Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Never disappoints

    • By Ligs on 22-12-10

    Regular price: £10.49

    • A Breath of French Air

    • The Larkin Novels, Volume 2
    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    In the second novel in the Pop Larkin series, the Larkin family descends upon Brittany in France. Like fish out of water, they find that things don't quite turn out their way: The weather is less than ideal, the food is awful, and the hotel is in a bad state of repair. But things slowly improve as Pop manages to sweet-talk Mlle Dupont, Angela Snow and her sister, Iris; and Charley and Mariette celebrate their first wedding anniversary. A Breath of French Air is a delightful book full of nostalgia, fun, and frivolity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perrfick

    • By Ursula Mary Taylor on 20-05-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Oh! To Be in England

    • The Larkin Novels, Book 4
    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 19

    In the third sequel to The Darling Buds of May, Charley and Mariette decide to get baby Blenheim christened, leading to a wholesale christening of all seven of the Larkin children. Chaos abounds as the vicar, Mr Candy, is run ragged by the naughty twins, Zinnia and Petunia, and finds himself the object of desire for Pop's second eldest, Primrose. To top it all off, Pop buys a fairground on a whim, and Mlle Dupont arrives to discover that Pop is not a Lord, nor does he live in a mansion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply perfick!

    • By M. A. Gillyon on 06-01-17

    Regular price: £19.09

    • When the Green Woods Laugh

    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 28

    A year has passed, and in this third novel of the Pop Larkin series, Pop Larkin is preparing to build the bungalow he promised Charley and Mariette upon their engagement. He buys a country home slated for demolition, intending to convert it for the two, but it is not long before a London couple persuade him to sell it. Pop, ever the trickster, sells it for an extortionate price, as the two social climbers know little about country life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic

    • By Sharron on 01-09-16

    Regular price: £19.09

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