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Publisher's Summary

Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material.

When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, are the crème de la crème. Between 1938 and 1968, their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's earliest adventures.

'Send for Paul Temple' (1940) is an early remake of the now lost original 1938 BBC production. 'Paul Temple Intervenes' (1942) finds Paul and Steve investigating a series of celebrity murders whilst 'Paul Temple and the Vandyke Affair' (the original 1950 production, presented here for the very first time) concerns the strange disappearance of the Desmond baby and her sitter.

Hugh Morton, Bernard Braden, Carl Bernard and Peter Coke play Paul in these episodes, with Bernadette Hodgson, Peggy Hassard and Marjorie Westbury as Steve. A bonus track features rare archive material from otherwise lost productions, including the final episodes of 'Send for Paul Temple' (1938) and 'Paul Temple and the Front Page Men' (1938).

Duration: 11 hours approx.

©2016 Francis Durbridge (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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  • foxymoron
  • 01-04-17

Generally Enjoyable But Rather Erratic

What did you like most about Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One?

I have always enjoyed the later series of Paul Temple, so thought I would give this collection a try. It is excellent in parts (The Vandyke Affair is particularly good). However, there is a fair amount of musical padding and, at the end of the Vandyke Affair, the soundtrack mysteriously goes into episode 6 of The First Penguin. I had no idea what happened to episodes 1 to 5 of that series. It left me totally confused.

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This collection is disorganised and confusing. At the end of The Vandyke Affair (10:05 into the soundtrack), episode 6 of The First Penguin starts. Why are episodes 1 to 5 not in sequence with this episode?

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Satinalibrary
  • 02-23-17

Awful quality of recording.

Quality terrible, so much static you can't hear words properly. Individual recordings much better.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • juho kojima
  • 04-07-16

Good stories, BAD VERSION

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think that Audible could should have done a better job with this. There should have been audio markers betwean stories that identify the stories.

20 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin Viney
  • 06-27-17

Wonderful Paul Temple

Love these recordings. They are like travelling back in time.
A little dated and sexist but still ripping yarns well produced by Auntie BBC.

YOU will love them too!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • mr J. R. Jolley
  • 05-21-17

A Lovely Celebration Of A Golden Age Of Radio

These three Paul Temple stories started that golden age of radio, a time when drama was all we had. I am too young but I have always loved these stories. Anyone with an interest in archive material should give all three volumes a purchase.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Goodness, Grace and me
  • 01-23-17

Paul Temple The Complete Radio Collection Volume One

I enjoyed listening to this series it was however very dated but the By Timothys were a little bit over the top.

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-14-16

Fantastic Show, well restored

A great new version of Paul Temple audio. Audible really should update their audio and apps etc. to allow for better navigation in multi-story titles like this. Lack of this seems to have been the reason the previous reviewer have such a low score.

The plots are definitely dated now but that's part of the charm. Paul Temple is the best of the radio detectives and the stories are still as engrossing now as they were when first broadcast.

Fantastic value package compared to buying the individual CDs from the BBC. Roll on the remaining collections!

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  • simon
  • 08-14-17

Sound quality not good here on one of the stories

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

These are great stories but the sound quality is very bad on the second story and I would not buy due to this - I found it not possible to enjoy listening to this.

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  • David R.
  • 01-25-17

Poor, Poor, Poor - AVOID

The quality of this book is terrible and AUDIBLE should 'warn' prospective purchasers regarding the same. Also the chapters are all over the place with repeated chapters at the end.

As I am an AUDIBLE user only for a trial period, my experience thus far can only be described as extremely disappointing.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Phaedrus
  • 09-15-17

Die-hard fans only

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Unfortunately the sound quality of these early recordings, despite heroic attempts at remastering, is annoyingly poor. That, and the absence of the "definitive" Paul Temple - Peter Coke - mean that this, unlike the other volumes in this collection, is probably only for die-hard fans and aficionados.

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  • Lilania Kershaw
  • 11-09-16

Poor sound quality

Unfortunately the sound quality ruins this audio book. They do go into the why's and how's after the end of the first play, however it would have been much better to have this at the start!
It's a shame because these old radio plays are a lot of fun and a great glimpse into the past!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful