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  • Two Down, Bun to Go

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

A sinister phone call in the middle of the night throws tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, straight into the heart of a new murder mystery - this time with her friend, Seth, arrested as the key suspect! The mysterious killing in the cloisters of an old Oxford college points to a bitter feud within the University - but Gemma finds unexpected clues popping up in her tiny Cotswolds village. Meanwhile, her love life is in turmoil as Gemma struggles to decide between eminent doctor, Lincoln Green, and sexy CID detective, Devlin O'Connor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Beatrice on 05-14-17

please soften the car sounds, love the cat

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Love the cats and subjects, characters. nice serues, new gab. love your narrator! mire, please.

  • Agatha Raisin: Potted Gardener and The Walkers of Dembley (Dramatisation)

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin in two more full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramas. Agatha Raisin, the Columbo of the Cotswolds, is back in two more full-cast dramas based on the bestselling books by M. C. Beaton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dramatized Radio Production, Not Unabridged Book

  • By Ellen on 01-02-11

Would love to more dramatically read and interp.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

fun different angle . more please!! dramatize ones w Sir Charles too.

  • There Goes the Bride

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has set her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she can't quite stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on with her life are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying "I do" and Agatha is named the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agatha always makes me smile

  • By Susanne on 05-29-11

one of my favorites of all the Agatha Raisin serie

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

varied scenes plots and ongoing relationships .
still has Keith as Agatha. don't care at all for Larkin. Please use Keith!!!!!!!

  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 2
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 974

In the delightful Cotswold village of Carsely, the air is heady with romance. Agatha Raisin is convinced that the new vet has taken a shine to her. But before she can get anywhere, handsome Dr. Paul Bladen is accidentally killed while attending to Lord Pendlebury’s horse. So was it really an accident? All the evidence points that way, but the circumstances are decidedly suspicious....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Disappointing Narrator

  • By Cozy Reader on 03-12-14

like P Keith as narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

loved story wanted original narrator but this ones good.
Agatha and the poor relations series and Hamish series are my go to favorites.

  • Agatha Raisin: The Terrible Tourist and Fairies of Frylam (Dramatisation)

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin in two full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramas. After a lifetime spent in public relations, the drinking and smoking one-woman dynamo that is Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet Cotswold village. Penelope Keith stars again as Agatha Raisin - Miss Marple with attitude in the fourth volume of full-cast dramas based on the bestselling books by M.C. Beaton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Absent Fairies

  • By Tracey Rains on 02-20-10

more Agatha Dramatized please

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

make them longer too. I adore this audio style esp. I'm anything by MCBeaton.!

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  • The Blood of an Englishman

  • The Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 25
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of Babes in the Woods, Agatha watches as the baker, playing an ogre, struts and threatens on the stage. Then a trapdoor opens… followed by a scream and then silence. Surely, this isn't the way the scene was rehearsed?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, awful narration

  • By lisa on 09-25-14

Narrator Larkin is the WRONG fit, voice for Agatha

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

What disappointed you about The Blood of an Englishman?

The narration!!! Everyone sounds similar, her voice is harsh, with little nuiances; and can't voice men from women and inconsistent with main character voices. Agatha is not the same nor are Officers, VIcar's wife etc.

Has The Blood of an Englishman turned you off from other books in this genre?

no but though I am trying to stick w series ( love most of MC Beaton and am a huge fan) but asking listeners like me to write in and if you can not return or REMAKE the audio with P K - most original voice narrator for series asap for some reason, find someone closer and do NOT continue with A Larkin! ( nothing personal mind you)

How could the performance have been better?

Plot too busy and too many over the top rescues for one Agatha. Deepen stories around her co-workers a bit more and get back your other narrator or a better less screechy hard mono-character one as is A Larkin. I am sure she might find other books a fit ..but definitely in no way this genre or for MC Beaton.

  • Murder on a Midsummer Night

  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Melbourne, Australia, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • one of my favorites in this series

  • By Gael on 09-17-16

one of my favorites in this series

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

series evokes period and Australia..characters keep evolving. love this series and recommend to start at beginning

  • The Celtic Way of Prayer

  • The Recovery of the Religious Imagination
  • By: Esther de Waal
  • Narrated by: Mary Ellen O'Brien
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Esther de Waal introduces listeners to monastic prayer and praise (the foundation stone of Celtic Christianity), early Irish litanies, medieval Welsh praise poems, and the wealth of blessings derived from an oral tradition that made prayer a part of daily life. Through this invigorating book, listeners enter a world in which ritual and rhythm, nature and seasons, images and symbols play an essential role. Celtic prayer is liberating and, like a living spring, forever fresh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a view from ancient Celtic intentional prsyer life

  • By Gael on 09-13-16

a view from ancient Celtic intentional prsyer life

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

I liked the emphasis on immediacy and gratitude as the vehicle of active relationship between God and us

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Miser of Mayfair

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair? Every season the beau mondes of the Regency would hire a house in the heart of London’s fashionable West End at disproportionately high rent for often inferior accommodation and yet Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant from year to year. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death? Something must be done so that the servants of this house don’t lose their livelihood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By Patricia on 03-25-14

noir favorite

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

nettlton tells a. good story. I have the series and w any others in case TG this approach

  • Murder at Monticello

  • A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
  • By: Rita Mae Brown
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

After an archaeological dig reveals a skeleton under Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home, forgotten passions and bitter controversies are re-ignited. When a modern day killer adds another body to the already tangled web of deceit, suddenly there are two murders to solve - and Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen goes hunting for the truth. Her friends Mrs.Murphy the tiger cat and Tee Tucker the corgi are on the hunt too - for a killer who's out to keep Harry quiet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MORE ENJOYMENT

  • By Dorinda on 03-17-10

new cozy series fan

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

drifted through parts of story but liked the premises and Cats, history setting, archeological nature too.