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  • Lord Edgware Dies (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Moffatt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

‘Monsieur Poirot, somehow or other I’ve just got to get rid of my husband!’ No sooner had she uttered the words than Lady Edgware’s husband was dead, brutally stabbed in the neck. The evidence against her is overwhelming, the case cut and dried. But what was the truth behind it all? What enemies lurked in the background of the victim’s life? Hercule Poirot is on the case, intrigued once more, ready to investigate murder in the library...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Lively Christie I Have Read

  • By EAlex on 01-26-18

The Most Lively Christie I Have Read

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

This story gets off to a rousing start and is more animated and better paced than other stories I have read thus far.

  • Man of the Moment

  • By: Alan Ayckbourn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ayres, Jane Carr, Kenneth Danziger, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The price of accidental fame is hashed out in this comedy about a famous bank robber and the clerk who foiled his biggest heist. Ayckbourn’s 1988 play anticipates the popularity - and absurdity - of reality TV. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Rosalind Ayres as Jill Rillington; Jane Carr as Trudy Parks; Kenneth Danziger as Douglas Beechey; Martin Jarvis as Vic Parks; Ian Oglivy as Kenny Collins; and Yeardley Smith as Sharon Giffin. Directed by Robert Robinson. Recorded before a live audience in Santa Monica, California in February 1994.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it TWICE!

  • By EAlex on 06-11-17

Listened to it TWICE!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Funny, smart and oh so true! Loved it! Truly captures the cynicism of TV entertainment journalism.

  • Long Ago and Far Away

  • By: David Ives
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bennett, Jane Brucker, Ian Gomez, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

A series of short comedic works from playwright David Ives, with subjects ranging from the Lindbergh baby to chimps typing literary classics. The title work is a more serious, nostalgic look at two generations of apartment dwellers who meet in a time warp. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Samantha Bennett, Jane Brucker, Ian Gomez, Arye Gross, Richard Kind, Dinah Manoff, Nia Vardalos and Tom Virtue. Directed by Ron West. Recorded before a live audience in June, 1995.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some clunkers among the brilliance

  • By EAlex on 06-03-17

Some clunkers among the brilliance

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Disappointed! Expected more from the genius of David Ives. Seven menus was annoying and Words, words, words was a terrific conceit but went on way too long after the joke about writing monkeys was over. The quirky Philadelphia, the first, however, made it worth the pricetag.

  • True West

  • By: Sam Shepard
  • Narrated by: Dean Cameron, Francis Guinan, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard's classic comedy is a story of estranged brothers Austin and Lee. Shepard compares and contrasts the reality of the two brothers by forcing them to come to terms with each other, with themselves, and with family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast play

  • By EAlex on 03-07-17

Fast play

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Terrific acting. Fast and fun play. Often laighed out loud nice twist in the second act

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  • Buried Child

  • By: Sam Shepard
  • Narrated by: Hale Appleman, Tom Bower, John Getz, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

It's a curious homecoming for Vince, the son nobody seems to remember. Violence is never far from the surface as his unexpected return uncovers a deep, dark secret that triggers catastrophe in Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Hale Appleman as Vince; Tom Bower as Dodge; John Getz as Father Dewis; Amy Madigan as Halie; Robert Parsons as Tilden; Jeff Perry as Bradley; and Madeline Zima as Shelly. Directed by Peter Levin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, absorbing

  • By EAlex on 03-04-17

Dark, absorbing

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

This dark family drama of mostly miserable Midwestern characters kept me pulled in and works as a swiftly paced, well acted and entertaining radio performance. However I don't agree that it is Pulitzer Prize worthy. I really don't see that at all.

  • The Unexpected Guest (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

A foggy night... a lonely country house... and a woman with a gun in her hand quietly surveying the dead body of her husband. It looked like a straightforward case of murder. Or was it? As the ghosts of an old wrong begin to emerge from the past, the case begins to look anything but straightforward... First staged at the Duchess Theatre in London in 1958, this play ran for 604 performances and is as gripping and ingenious as you would expect from the Queen of Crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Kate on 11-14-17

Suspenseful, well acted!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Suspenseful, briskly paced and the perfect length story for a misty walk in the park with my dog.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatized)

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence". Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully silly

  • By Tad Davis on 09-12-11

Classic drawing room comedy. Not for everyone

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Although this classic is extremely well acted and witty and fast paced, I much preferred the BBC dramatized version of The Portrait Of Dorian Gray.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dramatised)

  • By: Oscar Wilde, Jamie Glover
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Ian McDiarmid, Full Cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of Wilde's gothic masterpiece. When Dorian Gray gazes upon his portrait, he is struck by his own youth and beauty and makes a wish that they will last forever. Gradually, his simple good nature is corrupted with the help of his hedonistic friend Lord Henry Wotton. Dorian sinks into a life of debauchery and depravity yet keeps his innocent good looks. Only his portrait reveals the true corruption of his soul Starring Jamie Glover as Dorian Gray and Ian McDiarmid as Lord Henry Wotton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A suspenseful, breathtaking ride...

  • By EAlex on 02-10-17

A suspenseful, breathtaking ride...

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

I was expecting something a little stodgy but this is a fast-paced, compelling narrative that was splendidly acted. Not a wasted word and all the wit of Wilde is front and center.

  • Ray

  • By: Barry Hannah
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Dr. Ray - a womanizer, small-town drunk, vigilante, poet, adoring husband - is a man trying to make sense of life in the 20th century. In flight from the death he dealt flying over Vietnam, Dr. Ray struggles with those bound to him by need, sickness, lunacy, by blood, and by love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I love Barry Hannah but I HATE THIS BOOK!

  • By EAlex on 09-14-16

I love Barry Hannah but I HATE THIS BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

The narrator sounds so old and most of the book is about sex so it was a little weird to hear someone who sounds like they are 90 years old going on and on about different sex acts ad nauseum. I LOVE Barry Hannah's Airships, but this made me want to go take w shower. I don't get why this book is so beloved as a cult classic. Sorry! Barry, love you! Hate this book, and really hate the choice of narrator.

  • The Sisters Rosensweig

  • By: Wendy Wasserstein
  • Narrated by: Jamie Lee Curtis, JoBeth Williams, full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Jamie Lee Curtis and JoBeth Williams star in this delightful Broadway hit which chronicles three Jewish sisters from Brooklyn as they gather in London to celebrate a birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny and fun

  • By Cynthia on 06-19-04

dated play full of pretentious characters

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Ugh! This play I just found annoying. The characters were pretentious, most of them had that dated, artificial way of speaking and all that standing around tossing not so funny bon mots and not that interesting, cliche-ridden reflections on womanhood. I wanted to like it as Wendy Wasserstein is considered one of the great 20th century writers on femininism. But this play with its oh so prententious characters, lame jokes and moldy themes was a real slog to get through.