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  • Inspector Morse: BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Three Classic Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: full cast, John Shrapnel, Robert Glenister
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Three BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations starring John Shrapnel as Morse and Robert Glenister as Lewis, plus a bonus reading by Colin Dexter of one of his short stories. In Last Seen Wearing, Inspector Morse is reluctant to take over an old missing person case from a dead colleague. But two years, three months and two days after teenager Valerie Taylor's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Radio drama suberp

  • By James Tichenor on 12-25-18

Another great Morse series

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

Although I have enjoyed this series, l couldn’t escape the TV Series.
But enjoyable just the same.
But not worthy of five stars.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,470

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Great Characters and Story

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

Really enjoyed this Audiobook and story.
A bit different from the usual Detective series. So as it ended well, I hopefully will enjoy the following series.

Other than quite a bit Swearing in a few chapters, that took me back to my days in the British Army, five decades ago, but definitely fitting with the Characters.

  • Celtic Empire

  • A Dirk Pitt Adventure
  • By: Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador.... A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit.... An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile.... Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father 3,000 years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Story

  • By Gary L. Varner on 03-22-19

To close to home?

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

As a Native Born Scot, and a fan of Clive Cussler, I was looking forward to reading this novel.
But found myself a bit disappointed.
Scott Brick did his usual gray job of narration.
Although his Scottish and Irish accents, could use some work.
But that’s just me nitpicking.
So instead of my usual five stars I gave it four.
Maybe I just couldn’t accept the Villains being Scottish. Lol
But I’m sure most readers won’t worry about that.
This may not be one or Dirk Pitt novels,
But still Entertaining.

  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,584

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 45 hours + 56 hours = 102 hours of listening

  • By Jan on 10-25-13

Great Saga of an era.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I had to think twice about taking on this long 47 hours story. But so happy I did.
Great story and characters, well narrated. Engrossing one just can’t stop listening to the saga unfold.

I had watched the TV Mini Series years
Ago. And decided to go online to buy the DVD series. But price for the few I saw were ridiculous.
But on further searching, found it on YouTube.
And loved it all over again. Following the book almost word for word.
So I endorse the Audiobook and the Mini Series totally. You won’t be disappointed.

  • More from Marple's Casebook

  • Full-Cast BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, June Whitfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 177

June Whitfield stars as Miss Marple in seven full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. The stories included are: 'The Moving Finger', 'They Do It with Mirrors', 'Nemesis', 'Sleeping Murder', 'Tape-Measure Murder', 'The Case of the Perfect Maid' and 'Sanctuary'. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too little of good thing

  • By Diana on 09-21-18

BBC Quality Play

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

All these stories and plays, are well known and enjoyable.
June Whitfield and other cast members were excellent.
A bit like going back to an earlier era, when we’d all huddle around the Radio.
Took me back a few years.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lord Peter Wimsey: BBC Radio Drama Collection, Volume 3

  • Four BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisations
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 133

Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in these classic BBC radio dramatisations of Dorothy L Sayers' Golden Age crime novels. Gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey starred in a number of novels and short stories by Dorothy L Sayers. These full-cast adaptations - first broadcast on BBC radio between 1979 and 2010 - are cherished by crime aficionados worldwide. The stories featured are Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, and Busman's Honeymoon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Only one negative thing to warn you about...

  • By Mountain K9iner on 01-13-19

Fun Detective Radio Play

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Growing up in Scotland during the 1940 to late 1950's, our home entertainment was the Wirekess, Radio to America. Much the same as in America during that era. Many of these shows were much !ike, we'd see later on Television. But detective plays were my favorite. We would turn off the lights and listen by the flickering flames.. Made it more mysterious and the sound effects, added to the effects. Was also a fan of Ian Carmichael from his movies. So besides the memories, I really enjoyed the plays. Just a real fun listen. Have to admit lover hearing all those British accents, I grew up with.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Edinburgh Dusk

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients - a railroad lineman who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning. The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions. Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his parents, Hamilton enters the Royal Infirmary to gain the insights of brilliant medical student Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent recording.

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-21-18

Hated for it to end!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Having been born and raised in Edinburgh, or Auld Reekie, I was able to see in my minds eye all the streets
And locations mentioned.
The characters were all three dimensional. And the accents done well. I found myself slipping back into my own accent, still there after fifty years in the United States.
While all that was wonderful and nostalgic, having a good story behind it all, wouldn’t have made this as good as it is.
And making me impatient for the next tale of Detective Ian Hamilton. I think these stories will be listened to often and enjoyed again.

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind Blown!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

Exciting and heart pounding at times

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This is my first reading, or at listening.
Hard to believe that it was self published.
I’m sure once more people try his writing, he won’t be doing that much longer.
Now that he’s available on Audible Books, he’ll get plenty of attention.
I for one, will go through the trilogy.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,801
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,682
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,632

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Truth Universally Acknowledged

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-10-15

A true classic

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I guess most of the world is familiar with this classic story. Hollywood and British Television certainly have made good use of this love story.

I confess this was my first time reading or listening to the book. I was surprised by how close the story was followed by the Producers of all those movies.
The only section omitted was the final chapter, which I thought wrapped the story up well.
This audiobook was well and beautifully performed
It really was a pleasure to listen to every chapter. Even though the story
Was so familiar and well known by me.
I’m sure it doesn’t need my recommendation. Just listen and enjoy it, as I’m sure you will.
Rosamund Pike does an excellent performance, both in her characters and story telling. Five Stars all around.

  • Edinburgh Twilight

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 636

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Depressing . . . did I say DEPRESSING!!!

  • By Glenda on 11-12-17

Great Historical Detective Story

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I really enjoyed this audiobook, for many reasons. It was filled with great well rounded characters. And the chase of the serial killer, well written with interesting people.
The fact that the setting for this story was the city, Edinburgh, was where I was born and raised. Added so much to this book, so perhaps I’m a little biased. I knew all the streets, and where the Detective was living and walking. Even on the street where I grew up, in the Old Town. And was more of an era, when my Grandmother grew up.(

I’m sure that added much to my pleasure in listening to the story. Hearing the accents again, which were all well performed. Even the women’s voices and young boys.
I can’t wait to purchase the next book, in this series.