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  • Toast on Toast

  • Cautionary tales and candid advice
  • By: Steven Toast
  • Narrated by: Matt Berry - as Steven Toast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

In Toast on Toast - part memoir, part "how to act" manual - Steven Toast draws on his vast and varied experiences, providing the reader with an invaluable insight into his journey from school plays to RADA and from "It's a Right Royal Knockout" to the Colony Club. Along the way he reveals the secrets of his success. He discloses how to brush up on and expand your technical and vocal skills, how to nail a professional voiceover, and how to deal with difficult work experience staff in a recording studio....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glorious performance from Matt Ber-Ray.

  • By Stanley McHale on 11-18-16

very funny

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I live the Netflix series and immediately bought the book. like the series it is really funny, irreverent, and all that I'd hoped it would be.

  • 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 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

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

For this, I waited?

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

this was not my favorite production. it was very much like a farce itself 😐

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  • Charles Paris: A Series of Murders

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Charles Paris is thrilled - he’s landed a nice juicy part playing Sergeant Collins in the TV detective series, 'The Stanislaus Braid Mysteries', and his estranged wife Frances seems to be on the brink of taking him back. But filming turns out to be a tortuous process, with pompous star Russell Bentley demanding numerous retakes and irascible author Winifred Railton constantly interrupting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i love charles paris

  • By VMW on 12-07-17

i love charles paris

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Another fantastic performance by the BBC. the writing is crisp and the script keeps you engaged. I love it!

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  • 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 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

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 wonderful performance!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

it's just so rewarding to hear a piece of writing read as the author intended. Simon Brett brought the characters that he created with such tour de force that it whetted my appetite for more. i love the story, the humour, and the wonderfully realized characters in this novel.

  • Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Jeremy Front, Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of Simon Brett's comic murder mystery, starring Bill Nighy as the irrepressible Charles Paris. Charles Paris (unsuccessful actor, bad husband, dipsomaniac) is currently appearing as a fork lift operator in a corporate video. It's not prime-time television or a major film, but it seems like easy money - until the fork lift is used to commit a murder. When Charles himself comes under suspicion, he decides to find out for himself who the murderer is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A stronger entry in Charles Paris series

  • By Aidan on 10-16-14

another winner!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Charles is hopelessly flawed, a border-line alcoholic, and catty, at times, all of which makes him a fun character to get to know better. i have bought all of the audio books and have not been disappointed.

  • Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night

  • By: James Runcie
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

1955: Canon Sidney Chambers, loveable priest and part-time detective, is back. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester's finest spin bowler. Alongside his sleuthing, Sidney has other problems. Can he decide between his dear friend the glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, the beguiling German widow?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good writing, but weak mystery, and awful reader

  • By Maine Colonial 🌲 on 08-25-13

A wonderful jewel

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

i thoroughly enjoyed the adventures of Sidney Chambers and look forward to hearing many more.