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Wellington, New Zealand
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  • The Killing in the Café

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

When the owner of Polly's Cake Shop announces her retirement, the Fethering residents start to worry about the loss of this popular amenity. Alarmed by rumours that the café might become a Starbucks, a group clubs together to form an action committee. The plan is that Polly's should become a community venture managed and run by volunteers from the village. Roped in to help, Jude finds the committee meetings fraught with petty power struggles, clashing personalities and monstrous egos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Beatrice on 11-06-16

love Simon, but the Paris novels are better

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

I love Simon's reading that's why this is great. the story is ok, but the Charles Paris novels are much better, characters stronger, witicisms cleverer.

  • Mrs Pargeter's Principle

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst his many bequests, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people who ever worked for him, with details of their particular skill sets. This means that whenever Mrs P has a crime to solve, she can readily contact someone with the relevant expertise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs. Pargeter, my favorite Simon Brett character.

  • By Chris Geschwantner on 01-29-17

a fun listen

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I enjoyed it. Not quite as good as the Charles Paris series, it's really aimed at the teen level. Simon is an excellent reader. One of my top 2.

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  • Fry's English Delight

  • The Complete Series 1
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language - as heard on BBC Radio 4, including Current Puns. Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but could have been better

  • By W. Doug Bolden on 01-20-10

typical steveney goodness packed into every bite

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

typical steveney goodness packed into every poly-syllabul. I'm off to get the rest of the glutonous series'.

  • Someone Like Me

  • Tales from a Borrowed Childhood
  • By: Miles Kington
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

For 20 years Miles Kington wrote a humorous column in which everything was made up and nothing could be trusted. This, his autobiography, was written to those same exacting standards. Was his father really a German spy? Did his mother insist on permission from the Vatican before dancing on Sundays? Was baby Miles the victim of pram-napping and can he really claim credit as co-creator of the anti-squirrel device? Who cares, when a book is as brilliantly entertaining as this one?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny? I Laughed Out Loud

  • By Ceedee on 12-12-12

Funny? I Laughed Out Loud

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

Reviewed: 12-12-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Someone Like Me to be better than the print version?

Definitely - Stephen Thorne gives great character to the people in the book, so much easier to listen than to read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Someone Like Me?

A bill for Childhood?!

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

Stephen Thorne gives great character to the people in the book and his mellow voice just is SO easy to listen to

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

many - I laughed alot.

Any additional comments?

lighthearted and funny. suits all ages and stages.

  • The Nun's Tale

  • By: Candace Robb
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When a young nun dies of a fever in the town of Beverley in the summer of 1365, she is buried quickly for fear of the plague. But one year later a woman appears, talking of relic-trading and miracles. She claims to be the dead nun resurrected. Murder follows swiftly in her wake, and the worried Archbishop of York asks Owen Archer to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great reader, good story

  • By Ceedee on 10-02-12

Great reader, good story

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

Reviewed: 10-02-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Nun's Tale to be better than the print version?

yes

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

If you love murder mysteries then this is for you. Candice is one of the 'Medieval Murderers', so if you've tried any of the Brother Cadfael series or similar this is more of the same good stuff. recommended.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Thorne – was your favorite?

Stephen can do so many great voices, he gives each one it's own character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

we're all as crazy as we seem.

Any additional comments?

I would listen to anything with Stephen Thorne reading - he is so mellow and so telented at giving all the characters their own style. His accents are brilliant, he's such a chameleon.