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Margot Gayle Backus

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  • The Scarifyers: The King of Winter

  • By: Simon Barnard, Paul Morris
  • Narrated by: David Warner, Terry Molloy, Guy Henry
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The Scarifyers is a series of rip-roaring tales of comedic supernatural intrigue set in 1930s Britain, distilling the likes of Dick Barton, The Avengers, The Devil Rides Out and Quatermass into cracking new audio adventures. The Scarifyers is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has been described in the national press as "a slice of audio perfection," "the smartest and most enjoyable thing on British radio," and "like Tintin but with the lights out."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Works for me!

  • By Margot Gayle Backus on 01-18-16

Works for me!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

This was pretty much what i had hoped for; a fine combination of British absurdity and witty cultural/political satire with smart, funny references to prior comic masterpieces from Shakespeare (with great jokes about over the top productions of Shakespeare and their all being blamed on women directors) to Father Ted. Wish i knew who voice actors are-- one sounded so like John Cleese, but surely he would be noted, yes? In any case, VG.

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  • Girls in their Married Bliss

  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Edna O'Brien
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Kate and Baba are in London, playing out the tragicomedy of their married lives to its surprisingly level-headed conclusion. Kate, feeling trapped in her grey stone house with her increasingly cold husband, tearfully looks for her dreams of romance elsewhere. And when Eugene takes terrible, implacable revenge, she naturally turns to her brazen friend Baba for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devastating Final Chapter

  • By Steve M on 06-17-17

Best of Country Girls Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

I have the suspicion that many people buy The Country Girls trilogy but read only the first novel. If you are a guilty non-completer of this justly famed trilogy, listening to OBrien herself read is the way to go. She is a beautiful reader of her own work, and the final novel abd epillogue are what push the whole trilogy to the calibre of greatness. By all means listen to this!