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  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue 16

  • By: BBC
  • Narrated by: Barry Cryer, David Mitchell, Graeme Garden, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith. The antidote to panel games returns with this 16th glorious collection, in which Jack Dee gives regular panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do. Joining them in this compilation are special guests Rob Brydon, Victoria Wood, Susan Calman and David Mitchell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still brilliant after all these years

  • By Simon Wood on 04-13-18

Still brilliant after all these years

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

If you could sum up I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue 16 in three words, what would they be?

Clever. Silly. Irreverent.

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

This always gets a laugh out of me.

Any additional comments?

Love this show. I've been listening since I was a kid. Great stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, full cast, Suzanne Burden
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

A three-month run of a new farce is not to be sniffed at by a jobbing actor. Especially when there's the distinct possibility of a West End run. Which is why Charles Paris is standing on stage. However, by the time the troupe reaches Bath a darker mood has set in and Charles' old friend Mark has a drink problem that amounts to a death wish. But it's not the drink that kills Mark - it's somebody in the cast who has a secret that Mark must not be allowed to reveal....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slapstick overwhelms the story

  • By Simon Wood on 04-13-18

Slapstick overwhelms the story

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

What did you like best about Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce? What did you like least?

I really like the books and Charles Paris. The Radio dramas do the books a certain injustice. They focus more on Charles being a screw-up and his pratfalls than the mystery.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Goblins

  • The X-Files, Book 1
  • By: Charles Grant
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Meet Mulder and Scully, FBI - the agency maverick and the female agent assigned to keep him in line. Their job is to investigate the eeriest unsolved mysteries in modern America, from pyro-psychics to death row demonics, from rampaging Sasquatches to alien invasions. These are the cases the Bureau wants handled quietly but quickly, before the public finds out what's really out there...and panics - the cases filed under "X".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goblins

  • By Ttowngirl on 04-06-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Has Goblins turned you off from other books in this genre?

Been wanting to listen to this book for yrs but sadly the story is bogged down by FBI politics and too much description and too little action. Other X-files books hit the mark better.

  • The Kindness of Neighbors

  • By: Matthew Iden
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

No one likes Jack. His wife is gone and his neighbors avoid him. He's a recluse and a creep, and that's just the way he wants it; he can ignore what they say behind his back if they leave him to his work and his daily walks. But when ten-year-old Emma goes missing in the nearby woods, the eyes of his neighbors turn toward him, their fear and accusations escalating as the days go by. Jack proclaims his innocence, but what the neighbors - and the listener - find out is the last thing anyone would suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome short story. Fabulous narration..

  • By Trish R. on 09-26-18

Why novellas awesome

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

What did you love best about The Kindness of Neighbors?

Loved this novella. It really got under my skin...especially as a person who works from home. It's been a while since a story made me this anxious. :-)

  • The Adventures of Sexton Blake

  • By: Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones, Wayne Forester, June Whitfield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

BBC Radio 2's action-packed deafening romp - with 40 minutes of previously unbroadcast peril. Sexton Blake! The name that spells hurtling adventure! The name that spells doom for villainy!

In a series of thrilling adventures packed with incident and hilarity, Sexton Blake, (Simon Jones, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and his plucky assistant Tinker (Wayne Forester, Captain Scarlet), aided by Mrs Bardell (June Whitfield, Absolutely Fabulous) battle diabolical masterminds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Audio Romp

  • By Frederick Greenhalgh on 03-02-12

Too silly

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

There was an opportunity to reinvent Sexton but instead going for a parody was just silly.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dirk Maggs again?

Yes. His Batman adaptations are great.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The delivery is too fast for the storyline.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,472

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Missed the mark

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

What disappointed you about Alien: Out of the Shadows?

I was disappointed in this one. Tim Lebbon is a cracking writer and Dirk Maggs has put on some great audio dramas but this one didn't work. The story is weighed down by too many name checks, too much banter that didn't move the story forward, too much repetition. There's some logic issues too. Also action sequences are hard to pull off in an audio play so characters are forced to describe everything. If the run time was halved, I think it would have worked.

I love radio plays. It's a true art. This was a valiant try but it missed the mark.

What could Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut the script down by half.

  • The Rats

  • The Rats Series, Book 1
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Book One in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series.The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who Will Survive?...The Rats!

  • By Kim Venatries on 11-04-13

A life changing book of my youth

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

What did you love best about The Rats?

I read this book when I was 12 and it blew me away. It made me a lifelong fan of James Herbert. Some 35yrs later the book is still solid, somewhat of an unusual story structure but still an enjoyable read. Thanks for all the stories, Jim.