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  • Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world weary, hard boiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Toby Stephens goes California Noir

  • By Zaubermond on 10-21-16

Fun

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Fun dramatizations from the BBC of the Marlowe novels. Great performances from the cast from 2011.

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,203

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

This is new age dreck

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for something thoughtful, sensible, well thought out and executed. Look elswhere. This is awful. None of it rings true.

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  • Return to Gone-Away Lake

  • By: Elizabeth Enright
  • Narrated by: Colleen Delany
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

Return with Portia and her younger brother, Foster, as they rediscover an abandoned summer resort, consisting of deserted crumbling Victorian summer homes surrounding a vanished lake, which is now a swamp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enright's stories are awesome.

  • By Garret on 08-14-12

Enright's stories are awesome.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

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

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

Enright manages to write absorbing children's stories without dragging in the usual conflicts and plot devices which fill up and drag down most children's literature. She fills her stories with the stuff of real childhood -- imagined or true -- and kids eat it up. Her stories have been family favorites for years.

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  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,491

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Dreamlike

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

What did you love best about The Night Circus?

This is a love story with a dreamy magical quality.

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

Jim Dale is awesome. This is no exception. I doubt I would have liked this nearly as much if I had read it to myself.

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  • Life

  • By: Keith Richards, James Fox
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939

Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ins and outs

  • By Jesse on 11-07-10

Lots of fun.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Depp's reading of the beginning and end of this was quite enjoyable. Joe Hurley's reading of the bulk of it did wear me down at times.

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

Definitely not.

Any additional comments?

This is fun, but the endless drug stories may wear thin for some.

  • Riddle of the Third Mile

  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Kevin Whately
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

The thought suddenly occurred to Morse that this would be a marvellous time to murder a few of the doddery old bachelor dons. No wives to worry about their whereabouts; no landladies to whine about the unpaid rents. In fact nobody would miss most of them at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like jigsaws?

  • By S. Harvester on 03-30-17

Morse is the best

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

What does Kevin Whately bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Whately is a good reader. Having one of the stars of the TV series read these stories gives it a special quality.

  • Then There Were Five

  • By: Elizabeth Enright
  • Narrated by: Pamela Dillman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86

With Father in Washington and Cuffy away visiting a sick cousin, almost anything might happen to the Melendys left behind at the Four-Story Mistake. In the Melendy family, adventures are inevitable: Mr. Titus and the catfish; the villainy of the DeLacey brothers; Rush's composition of Opus Three; Mona's first rhubarb pie and all the canning; Randy's arrowhead; the auction and fair for the Red Cross.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We can't listen enough!

  • By WhitneyWill03 on 06-28-17

Great for the family

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Any additional comments?

These books are fun for the family. My 11 yo son loves them. The readings are expertly done.

  • The Dead of Night

  • The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 3
  • By: Peter Lerangis
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Amy and Dan have managed to rescue one of the Cahills kidnapped by the Vespers, but the remaining hostages are still in peril. Their search for the next ransom item leads Amy and Dan to Turkey and then to Italy where a visit to the site of an ancient disaster changes everything. The Vespers are far more dangerous than the siblings ever imagined and, even worse, it looks like they have an undercover mole posing as a Cahill. Amy and Dan have to face the biggest decision of their lives with nowhere to turn... and no one to trust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Christy Oxentenko on 08-14-12

Another fun entry in the seires

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Would you recommend The Dead of Night to your friends? Why or why not?

Would recommend the whole series to any child or family.

What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voices for the characters.

Any additional comments?

Get the whole series.

  • Dropped Names

  • Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
  • By: Frank Langella
  • Narrated by: Frank Langella
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kathy on 04-03-12

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

What about Frank Langella’s performance did you like?

Frank Langella reads his own work expertly. I doubt I would have enjoyed this as much if I read it myself.

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

There are funny, interesting, absorbing chapters in this well written series of observations of famous people Langella has met or known over his long career. This may be too gossipy for some but it is well written, thoughtful and expertly performed. Some very funny and very sad recollections.

  • Operation Trinity

  • The 39 Clues: The Cahill Files, Book 1
  • By: Clifford Riley
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

For 500 years, the Cahills have been the most powerful family in the world. For 500 years, they've protected the source of their power - the 39 Clues. And for 500 years, they've kept their secrets silent. Until now. This extraordinary stand-alone novel cracks open the Cahill vault to tell the story of the most coveted piece of artwork in the world, a masterpiece that has been the target of seven separate theft attempts: Jan van Eyck’s altarpiece at Ghent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome love listening to the more of the story

  • By kris on 06-25-12

Fun

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Any additional comments?

Another fun reading for my 12 yo son who loves this series. David Pittu is always a reliable reader with good voice characterizations.

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