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  • A Man Lay Dead | Ngaio Marsh

    A Man Lay Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (169)

    Wealthy Sir Hubert Handesley's original and lively weekend house parties are deservedly famous. To amuse his guests, he has devised a new form of the fashionable Murder Game, in which a guest is secretly selected to commit a 'murder' in the dark, and everyone assembles to solve the crime. But when the lights go up this time, there is a real corpse....

    Laurence G. Byrne says: "Classic Upper Crust Mystery"
  • Guide to Financial Markets (6th edition): The Economist | Marc Levinson

    Guide to Financial Markets (6th edition): The Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marc Levinson
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    The definitive guide to why different financial markets exist and how they operate. This edition brings the listener right up to speed with the latest developments in financial instruments and provides a clear and incisive guide to this complex world that even those who work in it often find hard to understand. With chapters on the markets that deal with money, foreign exchange, equities, bonds, commodities, financial futures, options, and other derivatives, it looks at why these markets exist, how they work and who trades in them, and it gives a run-down of the factors that affect prices and rates.

    Phil O. says: "This sharpened my understanding"
  • The Nursing Home Murder | Ngaio Marsh

    The Nursing Home Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse, Jane Harden, are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary - and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why....

    Jan H. Wolfe says: "interesting procedural"
  • Black as He's Painted | Ngaio Marsh

    Black as He's Painted

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    When the exuberant president of Ng'ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old schoolmate, Chief Superintendent Alleyn, is called in to persuade him otherwise. Consequently, on the night of the embassy's reception, the house and grounds are stiff with police.

    Rebekah52 says: "Classic Mystery"
  • Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape | Emily Bearn

    Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Emily Bearn
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
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    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    It's The Borrowers meets The Wind in the Willows. Enter the world of Tumtum and Nutmeg for a wonderfully enchanting story full of warmth and humour. Tumtum and Nutmeg are enjoying a quiet life in Nutmouse Hall, when General Marchmouse comes to stay. The General has a new pogo stick and is looking for adventure. Recklessly, he bounces out of Nutmouse Hall and into Rose Cottage - the home of the Mildews. He takes Lucy's doll's house under siege with the help of some toy soldiers and takes a ride on Arthur's train set.

  • Artists in Crime | Ngaio Marsh

    Artists in Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (89)
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    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    One of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model’s pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been reenacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed forever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It’s a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

    Phebe says: "Brilliant reading"
  • The Great Retreat of 1914: From Mons to the Marne | Spencer Jones

    The Great Retreat of 1914: From Mons to the Marne

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Spencer Jones
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    August 1914: In the sweltering heat, the fate of Europe hangs in the balance. Germany is hurling her forces into a carefully planned invasion of Belgium and France. Bound by an 1839 treaty to protect Belgium from any invader, Britain came to its defence. With the British Expeditionary Force numbering just 120,000 men, and dwarfed by the vast manpower of Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II remains unfazed by this ‘contemptible little army'. But the BEF was, man for man, the best trained army in Europe.

    Phebe says: "History as National Celebration"
  • The American Lover | Rose Tremain

    The American Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rose Tremain
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Ric Jerrom, Kate Rawson, and others
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    (18)
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    (15)
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    (14)

    Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster’s cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter’s demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor.Rose Tremain awakens the senses in this diverse collection of short stories.

    Cariola says: "Mixed Bag (but the good stories are really good)"
  • Surfeit of Lampreys | Ngaio Marsh

    Surfeit of Lampreys

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander’s first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford - with a meat skewer through the eye.... The Lampreys had plenty of charm - but no cash. They all knew they were peculiar - and rather gloried in it. The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests - like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore.

    Meep says: "Worth waiting for!!!"
  • Beckoning Lady: A Campion Mystery | Margery Allingham

    Beckoning Lady: A Campion Mystery

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Campion's glorious summer in Pontisbright is blighted by death. Amidst the preparations for Minnie and Tonker Cassand's fabulous summer party, a murder is discovered and it falls to Campion to unravel the intricate web of motive, suspicion, and deduction with all his imagination and skill.

    Meep says: "Fine story and great reader, too bad it's abridged"
  • A First Rate Tragedy | Diana Preston

    A First Rate Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Diana Preston
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    On November 12, 1912, a rescue team trekking across Antarctica's Great Ice Barrier finally found what they sought - the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Inside, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen body lay between the bodies of two fellow explorers. They had died just eleven miles from the depot of supplies which might have saved them.

  • Light Thickens | Ngaio Marsh

    Light Thickens

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (35)
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    (32)
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    Peregrine Jay, owner of the Dolphin Theatre, is putting on a magnificent production of Macbeth, the play that, superstition says, always brings bad luck. But one night the claymore swings, and the dummy's head is more than real: murder behind the scene. Luckily, Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn is in the audience....

    Anniebligh says: "Reflects Ngaio Marsh's interest in Macbeth"
  • Scales of Justice | Ngaio Marsh

    Scales of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (45)
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    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in a beautiful stream which winds past their homes. Then one of their small community is found brutally murdered; beside him is the freshly killed trout. Both died by violence - but Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn's murder investigation seems to be much more interested in the fish.... Scales of Justice was first published in 1955.

    Helen L. says: "Delightful fish story"
  • Oh! To Be in England: The Larkin Novels, Book 4 | H. E. Bates

    Oh! To Be in England: The Larkin Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By H. E. Bates
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
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    In the third sequel to The Darling Buds of May, Charley and Mariette decide to get baby Blenheim christened, leading to a wholesale christening of all seven of the Larkin children. Chaos abounds as the vicar, Mr Candy, is run ragged by the naughty twins, Zinnia and Petunia, and finds himself the object of desire for Pop's second eldest, Primrose. To top it all off, Pop buys a fairground on a whim, and Mlle Dupont arrives to discover that Pop is not a Lord, nor does he live in a mansion.

  • A Dressing of Diamonds | Nicolas Freeling

    A Dressing of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nicolas Freeling
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    For Colette Delavigne, one of France's youngest judges, life takes a terrifying twist when she returns from work one night to find her daughter has been abducted. Henri Castang is sought out to investigate her vanishing and Delavigne's profession seems to have more than a little to do with the disappearance. To Castang this is no ordinary kidnapping.

    Mary-Liz says: "It just isn't that good"
  • Through the Window | Julian Barnes

    Through the Window

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
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    In these 17 essays (and one short story) the 2011 Man Booker Prize winner examines British, French and American writers who have meant most to him, as well as the cross-currents and overlappings of their different cultures. From the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling's view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the many translations of Madame Bovary to the fabulations of Ford Madox Ford, from the National Treasure Status of George Orwell to the despair of Michel Houellebecq

  • Feather Boy | Nicky Singer

    Feather Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nicky Singer
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (2)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    That’s what Edith Sorrell, mysterious resident of Mayfield Rest Home, says when Robert asks her to share a wisdom with him as part of a class project. And even though Robert Nobel, a.k.a Norbert No-Bottle, the perpetually picked-on class squit, is convinced she’s batty, he’s determined to pluck up his courage and go. After all, what does Robert have to lose? His dad is busy with his new family, his mum is always at work, the school bully is making his life miserable, and the class beauty won’t give him the time of day.

  • The Time and Space of Uncle Albert | Russell Stannard

    The Time and Space of Uncle Albert

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Russell Stannard
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Book One in the best-selling 'Uncle Albert' science/adventure series. Famous scientist Uncle Albert and his niece Gedanken enter the dangerous and unknown world of a thought bubble. Their mission: to unlock the deep mysteries of time and space... In this action-packed adventure story, discover why you can't break the ultimate speed barrier and find out how to become older than your mother, how to put on weight without getting fat, and how to live forever without even knowing it.

  • A Brief History of the Cold War: Brief Histories | John Hughes-Wilso

    A Brief History of the Cold War: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Hughes-Wilso
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    (29)
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    (28)
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    The Cold War was an undeclared war, fought silently and carefully between ideological opponents armed with the most fearsome weapons mankind has ever seen. Hughes-Wilson takes a cool look at this war, from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the USSR thereafter. He examines the suspicion and paranoia -- on both sides -- of the greatest stand-off in history.

    Daniel says: "An informative listen"
  • Miss Mackenzie, Neglected Classic (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial) | Anthony Trollope

    Miss Mackenzie, Neglected Classic (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Troughton, Hattie Morahan, Philip Franks
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Miss Mackenzie by Trollope was the runner-up in Radio 4's 'Neglected Classics' vote. Margaret Mackenzie is a single woman in her mid-thirties who receives a large inheritance when her brother dies. She must then deal with what comes with the fortune, including several suitors, who may, or, may not, simply be after her money.

    LHO says: "Would have preferred unabridged reading"
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