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  • My First Planet: The Complete Series 1

  • By: Phil Whelans
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine, Tom Goodman-Hill, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

The complete first series of My First Planet - a sitcom set on a shiny new planet, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine (Jo Brand's Getting On) & Tom Goodman-Hill ( Another Case of Milton Jones) The story so far: Unfortunately, Burrows the leader of the colony has died on the voyage, so his Number 2, Brian (Nicholas Lyndhurst), is now in charge. He's a nice enough chap, but no alpha male, and his desire to sort things out with a nice friendly meeting infuriates the colony's Chief Physician, Lillian (Vicki Pepperdine), who'd really rather everyone was walking round in tight colour-coded tunics....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good comedy

  • By chuknzig on 01-19-17

Good comedy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Where does My First Planet: The Complete Series 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Everything ranks under Cabin Pressure (it just can't be beat) - however, this has some good voice actors and a solid story line so I would list it as number 3 of my top 5 comedy radio series from the BBC. Keep up the good work BBC4!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strangeways to Oldham

  • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Andrea Frazer
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright. On a visit to a local nursing home, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump - and stumbles upon a murder. The pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector, who treats her as a silly old biddy with an overactive imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply fabulous

  • By chuknzig on 01-19-17

Simply fabulous

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Patricia Gallimore is a wonderful voice actor. She has a wide range on the vocal scales. I can totally believe her voice for the male characters. The story by Andrea Frazer is lovely. Not gory, but you sure do get the point of the murder. I'd love to say Beecham steals the show, but the three main characters are strong enough to hold their own. These are lovely stories that make you drive around the block one more time just to listen to a little more before going home.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • White Christmas with a Wobbly Knee

  • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Andrea Frazer
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

The second in the series featuring a madcap pair of amateur sleuths and a delightful outpouring of upper-class English eccentricities - with the odd murder thrown in. Lady Amanda Golightly, eccentric resident of the sprawling Belchester Towers, has a new venture: guided tours. To celebrate she invites a horde of old chums to a trial run at Christmas, complete with tasty nibbles. However, things don't go to plan - a dead guest is discovered slumped on the library table.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want a Beecham in my employ!

  • By chuknzig on 01-19-17

I want a Beecham in my employ!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Great characters. Good progression of character development. I love Beecham and want a loyal household engineer just like him in my employ. Dear Audible, please include the remainder of the series in your library so I can listen to them all. It must be Patricia Gallimore to narrate - she is fabulous!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Welcome to our Village Please Invade Carefully

  • Series 2
  • By: Eddie Robson, Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Narrated by: Peter Davison, Hattie Morahan, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The complete second series of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom about an alien invasion of a small village, starring Hattie Morahan and Charles Edwards with Peter Davison and Jan Francis. When the small Buckinghamshire village of Cresdon Green is invaded by an alien race called the Geonin, the local residents come up against Uljabaan, the smooth-talking leader of the aliens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Performance

  • By Athony on 01-06-15

Hilarious - excellent script

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

These never get old. I wish there were more. I have listened to these over and over. Great case of stars! Great writing. leaves you wanting more.

  • Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully: Series 1

  • By: Eddie Robson
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

All four episodes, plus the pilot episode, of the BBC Radio sitcom about an alien invasion of a small village.

The episodes are “Taking Overs”, “Minimum Volume”, “Power Block” and “Little Green Lights”. Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully is written by Eddie Robson, and stars Hattie Morahan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jan Francis, Peter Davison, Hannah Murray, John-Luke Roberts, as well as Katherine Parkinson, Dave Lamb and Don Gilet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • War of the worlds as written by Monty Python

  • By AZ Book Addict on 04-30-17

Hilarious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

I wish there were more. I have listened to these over and over. Great case of stars!

  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,017

Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Fun!

  • By Gwynne O'Reagan on 11-06-09

Warning: so funny you will laugh out loud at work

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-16

I laugh, chortle, and snort every time I listen. It never gets old. I can't wait for my next credit - I'm buying them all RIGHT NOW!

BRAVO BBC ! Another smash hit.

  • Death at a Drop-In

  • A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • Narrated by: Lia Frederick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Cosette Whitlow is a society matron if tiny Bradley, North Carolina, has one. She kindly volunteers for all the town's charities, but isn't nearly as kind to her own family, neighbors, and friends. In fact, Cosette is emphatically disliked by much of the town - including octogenarian Myrtle Clover. And Myrtle knows that dislike in Bradley can quickly turn deadly. No one seems surprised when Cosette's body is discovered during a party she's hosting - she was struck on the head with a croquet mallet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sleuth, A Soothsayer, and a Solved Murder

  • By Debbie on 09-02-16

Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-15

I so enjoy this narrator and am glad they brought her back for this book. I hope Audible will record the first book in the series titled: Pretty is as Pretty Dies.

  • Progressive Dinner Deadly

  • A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • Narrated by: Lia Frederick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Retired octogenarian schoolteacher Myrtle Clover is fit to be tied when her book club votes to change to a supper club. Who wants chips and dip when they can have Dickens and Twain? The first supper club is a progressive dinner... where Myrtle loses interest during the hors d'oeuvres. But when a body is discovered during the main course, the evening quickly gets interesting. Myrtle pits her sleuthing skills against her police chief son's to find the killer.... if the killer doesn't find her first.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, Cozy, Carolina Corpse & Covered Dish

  • By Debbie on 04-18-15

Great Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-15

Completely enjoyed the performance. Lia brings Myrtle alive and makes you believe that her neighbor, Erma, is as annoying as Myrtle describes. I really like these stories and hope that Audible will bring the entire series into their library.

  • A Dyeing Shame: A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 2

  • By: Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • Narrated by: Jean Ruda Habrukowich
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

When Beauty Box beautician Tammy Smith is discovered with a pair of hair shears in her back, there are suspects and secrets aplenty in her small Southern town. Octogenarian Myrtle Clover, bored by bingo and bridge, is intrigued by the crime...and her neighbors' secrets. But discovering, and blabbing, secrets got Tammy killed and Myrtle soon learns her sleuthing isn't just dangerous...it's deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant Surprise

  • By Beatrice on 01-24-16

Didn't like the narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-15

The performance was halted. You could hear her bump the table. Nothing like the narrator in the other stories which by the way is flawless and has a wonderful grumpy old lady voice. I wish they would contract the performers for the book series so the customer could enjoy consistency. Even if it is bad at least it would be consistent.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death by Cashmere

  • Seaside Knitters, Book 1
  • By: Sally Goldenbaum
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Not long after Isabel "Izzy" Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters. Izzy raises some eyebrows when she rents the apartment above her shop to Angie Archer, whose reputation for loose behavior and a quick temper has made her unpopular with many locals. But could any of them have wanted her dead? Angie's body is discovered drowned in the harbor, her long red hair tangled like seaweed in a lobster trap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first book in a new series

  • By Judith on 03-03-16

Lost a credit on this one

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-14

The narrator had a nice voice, but I am not sure if it was her performance or just the story that was disappointing. I have a feeling it was both. I generally like books that incorporate the yarn hobby, but this one didn't seem to have a character to like nor a character to hate. The killer came out of left field and I don't remember a good setup. I had no desire to try to predict the killer like I do in other mysteries. That means there wasn't anything to go on to spur my interaction with the story. I didn't like the overabundance of descriptions. It didn't make me feel like I was there or visualize the scene, it felt like unnecessary bloat. I was very disappointed because I’ve wanted to read this series for a very long time. I must not click with the author - I am sure there are those who do.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful