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Dean

Kingscote, SA, Australia | Member Since 2001

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  • Exit Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Colin Buchanan
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Three old men die on a stormy November night: one by deliberate violence, one in a road accident, and one by an unknown cause. Inspector Pascoe is called in to investigate the first death, but when the dying words of the accident victim suggest that a drunken Superintendent Dalziel had been behind the wheel, the integrity of the entire Mid-Yorkshire CID is called into question.

    Dean says: "This is how it should be"
    "This is how it should be"
    Overall

    Brilliant interpretation by Colin Buchanan of a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Layer Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J.J. Connolly
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Smooth-talking and sophisticated drug dealer "X" has a plan. He wants to bank enough cash to retire early. Operating under the polished veneer of a legitimate businessman, his method is to keep a low profile and run a tight operation until it's time to get out. "X" sees his opportunity to make a final score when crime boss Jimmy Price asks him to find the wayward daughter of rival. He agrees to take the seemingly innocuous job as his opportunity to get out of the business.

    Dean says: "Escape"
    "Escape"
    Overall

    A wonderful work to disappear into. The dialogue and narration are superb. The characters are brought to life with great skill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rumpole of the Bailey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Of incisive wit and a 'nose' that cuts swathes through the judicial system, Horace Rumpole features in these short stories: Rumpole and the Younger Generation, Rumpole and the Alternative Society, Rumpole and the Honourable Member, Rumpole and the Married Lady, Rumpole and the Learned Friends, and Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade.

    Dean says: "Listening pleasure"
    "Listening pleasure"
    Overall

    Some authors and narrators are born to it. This is as good as it gets.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Child's Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Colin Buchanan
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Andy Dalziel was preoccupied with the illegal book that one of his Sergeants was running on who was to be appointed as the new Chief Constable...and how to make sure his own bet paid off. But when a battered Ford Escort containing one very dead Italian turned up in the police car park, Peter Pascoe and his bloated superior were plunged into an investigation that made internal police politics look like child's play.

    Geoff says: "Fabulous"
    "First rate"
    Overall

    Top of the shelf writing and narration.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Deadheads

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Colin Buchanan
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Life was a bed of roses for Patrick Aldermann when Great Aunt Florence collapsed in her rose-bed and he inherited Rosemont House with its splendid gardens. But when his boss, 'Dandy' Dick Elgood, suggested to Peter Pascoe that Aldermann was a murderer, then retracted the accusation, the inspector was left with a thorny problem. Though by then a police cadet had dug up some very interesting information about Patrick's elegant wife.

    Uncle Olaf says: "Brilliant, but not his best"
    "Brilliant work"
    Overall

    Another brilliant combination between author and narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "Speaking in numbers"
    Overall

    A 1,000 ft. skyscraper is about to explode, and there is as much excitement generated as if toast was burning. Maybe the book reads well, but the narration and production is way below par, and spending at least tweny minutes of the story just reading computer numbers is not my idea of time well spent. I just wanted the guy to shut up and get on with the story. Why wouldn't Lincoln Child think of some other way of getting this part of his story across?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Kindness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Colin Buchanan
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    When Mary Dinwoodie is found choked in a ditch following a night out with her boyfriend, a mysterious caller phones the local paper with a quotation from Hamlet. The career of the Yorkshire Choker is under way.

    Dean says: "This is how it should be"
    "This is how it should be"
    Overall

    Why aren't all Audiobooks as classy as this? Wonderful writing, but above all, a five star interpretation by Colin Buchanan. If only some of the dreary, story wrecking narrators would listen to this guy. He is equally as good on all of the other Reginald Hill books in the catalogue.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Forty Years On (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Alan Bennett, Full Cast
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    The Headmaster has been at Albion House for 50 years, man and boy. Now he is retiring and takes part in the end-of-year entertainment for the last time. Entitled Speak For England, Arthur, it weaves together a multi-generational story of England: the glorious era at the turn of the century, when the summers were always golden; the fast-living inter-war years peopled by the Bloomsbury Group; and the growing cynicism of a country going to war twice in so many decades.

    Dean says: "100 years on it will still be great."
    "100 years on it will still be great."
    Overall

    A brilliantly written and performed work of England dealing with its war-time struggles. A master writer and satirist at work.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales

    • NONE (48 mins)
    • By Dylan Thomas
    • Narrated By Dylan Thomas
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Thomas's recording of this holiday classic is considered the first official audiobook. You'll hear the author's recollection of a holiday in the seaside town of his youth as well as some of his most celebrated poems, including "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night."

    Ruth Green says: "An index of contents"
    "Masterly"
    Overall

    The words and voice of a Master. What more could one want?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    The revoltingly intriguing Ignatius J. Reilly, a self-proclaimed genius at age 30, intends to reform the entire 20th century - leaving him no time for a 9 to 5 job. When Mrs. Reilly forces her reluctant son into the working world of New Orleans, it brings unexpected and hilarious results.

    Kristin says: "My all time favw"
    "As good as it gets."
    Overall

    Utterly fantastic audio of this wonderful piece of writing. As good as it gets for me. Arte Johnson excels in the voice characterisations.
    To be listenned to over and over again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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