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Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes) | [Simon Brett]

Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes)

Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast.
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Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast. First there is a series of nasty accidents, then someone attempts to stab Charles. Can he find the murderer before they strike again? Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in this entertaining dramatisation by Jeremy Front.

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    "Another BBC Value Performance"
    Where does Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    BBC Radio Drama rates usual kudoes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Soundtrack mimics Golden Oldies of Charles Paris's past, reminding us of his age. Dialogue is sparkling.


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

    All Bill Nighy's performances as Charles Paris are delightful, well worth the modest cost...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did so twice...


    Any additional comments?

    Only the Colonial Radio Theater performances come close to matching the BBC Radio Crime dramas. Both troupes are well worth snapping up every offering.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LadyGem Tacoma 05-15-13
    LadyGem Tacoma 05-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is GREAT!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would totally recommend this to anyone who loves british comedy, drama, mystery, etc. Well written and easy to follow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Maurice. He is a classic act and so funny! Although he does not do his utmost for Charles as Charles sees it, he seems to be the only one in Charles' corner.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Nighy – was your favorite?

    Charles, hands down. He is great when he is jealous and he is the best singer when he is drunk!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it is. I have listen to this three times already!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. United States 07-03-12
    A. United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Quick entertainment"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As it was made for radio I thought they did a fair job of bringing the characters to life in the short time available; it took a bit of imagination to fill in the blanks but that's what radio is about and why we have the gift of imagination.


    Did Bill Nighy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, I quickly came to know who the characters were and how their idiosyncrasies made up their personalities


    Could you see Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't know....too much realism has hit our screens; I'm not sure this would make it past the first season.


    Any additional comments?

    This radio drama is a great listen when doing those humdrum chores around the house.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith West Hartford, CT 04-20-12
    Judith West Hartford, CT 04-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Charles Paris Rules!"

    These radio plays are good mysteries but Bill Nighy as Charles Paris makes them great. He is witty, unbearable, sexy, hilarious, and mostly drunk. Suzanne Glover as his long suffering wife Frances is absolutely perfect. It's easy to see why they achieved 35 years of "divorce avoidance." They have great vocal chemistry. The rock and roll sound tracks are a big plus. More, please.

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    "My guilty secret..."

    Terrible enough to admit listening to this series on Radio 4 or 4 Extra but imagine the ignominy of downloading them! I can't help it though - if I'm ever a bit gloomy (one does have these moments), a dose of Charles Paris with a strong cup of tea is the very thing to set me right. Bill Nighy is just so wonderful in this role and the supporting cast give their all so that the ludicrous plots slip by almost unnoticed.

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  • Sue
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Love hearing radio plays so this is a delight.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Charles Paris: Murder in the Title (BBC Radio Crimes)?

    The humour linked with a good story.


    What about Bill Nighy’s performance did you like?

    The dry, laid back performance.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This makes you laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Went online and purchased two more Charles Paris dramatised books with Bill Nighy when I finished listening.

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