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carl

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  • The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    ASBOs may be the pride and joy of New Labour, but they don't cut much ice with Horace Rumpole - he takes the old-fashioned view that if anyone is going to be threatened with a restriction of their liberty then some form of legal proceeding ought to be gone through first. When one of the Timson children is given an ASBO for playing football in the street, Rumpole soon realizes something fishy is going on.

    vancouverquilter says: "Like visiting an old friend"
    "waste"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    nobody, just badly narrated.


    What other book might you compare The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole to and why?

    n


    What didn’t you like about Bill Wallis’s performance?

    boring


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    same


    Any additional comments?

    Yes,,,,,,, only bought this because the timothy west version was so goood,,,, thought this must be the same,,,, not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Bennett's On the Margin

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Alan Bennet, John Sergeant
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Produced by Sydney Lotterby of Yes Minister and Porridge fame. Each instalment featured a mixture of sketches (some foreshadowing Bennett's subsequent television dramas, others mocking television clichés, such as documentaries about working-class Northern writers and discussion programmes featuring pretentious critics). This is a never before broadcast compilation of sketches and extracts from the TV series before the tapes where wiped.

    Chris Dorward says: "brilliant"
    "Very illuminating. If youre european."
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    great. Please try it. I emplore you. Early sit-com fom the 60's britain. But I am biased.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nigel Robinson
    • Narrated By William Russell
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    William Russell reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure.In a final bid to regain control of the TARDIS's faulty control system the Doctor is driven to experiment with a dangerous untried combination.With a violent explosion the TARDIS blacks out and the crew find themselves trapped inside. A simple technical fault? Sabotage? Or something even more sinister? Tension mounts as the Doctor and his companions begin to suspect one another.

    carl says: "Unfortutunately disappointing."
    "Unfortutunately disappointing."
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    I'm 50 and a life-long (Londoner living in PA, but that is irrelevant), Who fan....I have to admit that I've never liked the first doctor. I went out on a limb and tried this book. It had good reviews. BTW, For the 50th anniversary, there is a new sequence of books available. I purchased the first few books and The third doctor story was good and inspired me to buy another Audiobook. This one. Unfortunately, for 90% of this story, these preconceptions were confirmed. The first two hours is like being trapped in a room full of illogical people arguing.( I understand that this is the plot). Because they are beloved characters, it was quite upsetting. I was waiting for the plot to resolve for far too long..Very frustrating. Without wishing to spoil the plot, the ending was a bit silly and not worth the mental effort for arriving there.
    Worse than reversing the polarity. I almost asked for a refund, but for the chance to share this personal review.
    This is just my perspective and I felt cheated by this story.. . If other Dr Who fans enjoy this, then I admire you. You must find good in everything.
    Just my tuppence worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Malcolm Hulke
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    The Doctor and Sarah arrive back in the TARDIS to find London completely deserted: except for the dinosaurs. Has the return of these prehistoric creatures been deliberately planned and, if so, who can be behind it all?

    carl says: "Unexpectedly bad story."
    "Unexpectedly bad story."
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    The story makes no sense for the first hour and I felt confused and cheated by this.

    The Doctor is initially captured by the martial-rule army in London for apparently looting; then questioned and detained, and finally escapes to freedom.

    He simply had to mention that he was connected with U.N.I.T. and he would have been released and taken to UNIT HQ, which was WHERE HE WAS LOOKING FOR.

    All this happens while Lethbridge-Stewart is looking for much-needed help, especially from his old friend and scientific advisor, the Doctor.
    ( Banging own head on wall now)

    They stumble across our heroes because Sarah-Jane gave her name when they were being processed, after being sentenced for theft.

    Unacceptably silly plot.
    After this point, you don't know what to expect. Just ridiculous.

    This is the only Doctor Who story I've ever read that has been so badly written as to make it feel unbelievable. And that IS saying something.

    I'm a 50 year old, life long Who fan from London, and had to share this point of view.

    I'm going to request a refund for this rubbish. I have almost every other Who Audiobook of my preferred Doctors.

    Pass the Jelly Babies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rumpole’s Last Case

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The brilliant Bailey hack recalls some of his most extraordinary cases, including several deliciously funny courtroom spars with his arch-foe, the Mad Bull (aka Judge Roger Bullingham).

    carl says: "Excellent finish to a classic series."
    "Excellent finish to a classic series."
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    If you could sum up Rumpole’s Last Case in three words, what would they be?

    Best ending imaginable


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Hard to say without spoiling it all for others. Sorry.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    Silly question. OK,,um Rumpole?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Jeez. Rumpole, First Blood?


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. This is my real recommendation/review. I've been a fan of Rumpole for about forty years and I had never heard/read this before. I'm so very glad that I finally did. A wonderful last chapter that would please anybody; particularly fans. Perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Hornets' Nest 5 - Hive of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor in the fifth of five thrilling brand new audio adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. The Doctor and Mike must face their enemy in a final battle. They have an unwilling accomplice - and loyalties are about to be tested to the limit. Written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs, Hive of Horror also features Susan Jameson and Rula Lenska.

    carl says: "expect to be disappointed"
    "expect to be disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from Paul Magrs and/or Tom Baker?

    Definately


    What other book might you compare Doctor Who to and why?

    Hard question..not sure..... but not one of the best Who stories.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    great performance, weak story


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a good story until the very end. Hope I don't spoil it for others because I expected better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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