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    • P. D. James BBC Radio Drama Collection

    • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
    • By: P. D. James
    • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi, Hugh Grant, full cast, and others
    • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of P. D. James' acclaimed mysteries, plus P. D. James in Her Own Words. This collection includes: Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires, A Certain Justice, The Private Patient, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Desert Island drama

    • By Zaubermond on 02-13-18

    Regular price: $34.10

    • A Man Lay Dead

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 227

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Upper Crust Mystery

    • By Laurence G. Byrne on 02-25-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • The Nursing Home Murder

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • interesting procedural

    • By Jan H. Wolfe on 03-05-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Guide to Financial Markets (6th edition)

    • The Economist
    • By: Marc Levinson
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This sharpened my understanding

    • By Philo on 02-05-14

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Tumtum and Nutmeg: The Great Escape

    • By: Emily Bearn
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    Regular price: $15.16

    • Scales of Justice

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful fish story

    • By Helen L. on 10-12-16

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The American Lover

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Ric Jerrom, Kate Rawson, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mixed Bag (but the good stories are really good)

    • By Cariola on 02-05-15

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Surfeit of Lampreys

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worth waiting for!!!

    • By Meep on 11-26-15

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Look to the Lady

    • By: Margery Allingham
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A new look at an old friend !

    • By K M F on 02-23-15

    Regular price: $11.18

    • Traitor's Purse

    • By: Margery Allingham
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Celebrated amateur detective Albert Campion awakes in hospital accused of attacking a police officer and suffering from acute amnesia. All he can remember is that he was on a mission of vital importance to His Majesty's government before his accident. On the run from the police and unable to recognise even his faithful servant Lugg or his own fiancee, Campion struggles desperately to put the pieces together while the very fate of England is at stake.

    Regular price: $13.08

    • Flowers for the Judge

    • By: Margery Allingham
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    The secrets of the respected publishing house of Barnabus Ltd. stretch back many years, but when one of the directors is found dead, locked in the company's strongroom, it's time for Albert Campion to set to work puzzling out the mysteries.

    Regular price: $14.01

    • Artists in Crime

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant reading

    • By Phebe on 10-13-16

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Light Thickens

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Reflects Ngaio Marsh's interest in Macbeth

    • By Anniebligh on 05-22-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • The Tiger in the Smoke

    • By: Margery Allingham
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Jack Havoc, jail-breaker and knife artist, is on the loose on the streets of London once again. In the faded squares of shabby houses, in the furtive alleys and darkened pubs, the word is out that the Tiger is back in town, more vicious than ever. It falls to Albert Campion to pit his wits against the killer and hunt him down through the city's November smog before it is too late.

    Regular price: $13.08

    • The Darling Buds of May

    • The Larkin Novels, Volume 1
    • By: H. E. Bates
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    When Cedric Charlton, an unsuspecting tax inspector, arrives at the door of the Pop Larkin farm, he soon forgets the purpose of his visit: The fun-loving Ma and Pop Larkin distract him at every turn with strawberries, cream, alcohol, and their attractive young daughter, Mariette. Well known by the popular TV series starring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Darling Buds of May is the quintessential feel-good country romp.

    Regular price: $20.29

    • Dancers in Mourning

    • By: Margery Allingham
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Everyone fell under the spell of Jimmy Sutane, the charming and talented song-and-dance man. Everyone, that is, except the spiteful practical joker who put a pin in his stick of grease-paint and pasted 'Last Week' over the 'House Full' notices. Nothing too deadly. But as soon as Albert Campion is called in to investigate, people begin to die, and there's no shortage of suspects when the first victim's death is so convenient for so many.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book, sadly abridged recording

    • By Martha on 11-05-12

    Regular price: $14.26

    • Black as He's Painted

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Mystery

    • By Rebekah52 on 05-14-16

    Regular price: $21.31

    • A Brief History of the Cold War

    • Brief Histories
    • By: John Hughes-Wilso
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A woefully unbalanced and haughty view

    • By Christian Jorgensen on 04-12-17

    Regular price: $20.24

    • Through the Window

    • By: Julian Barnes
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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

    Regular price: $16.52

    • Democracy and Its Crisis

    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    First he considers moments in history - Periclean Athens, the English Civil War, the American and French Revolutions, among them - in which the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions, however imperfect, were found. Then he lays bare the specific problems of democracy in the 21st century and maps out a set of urgently needed reforms. With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, says Grayling, if a civilised society that looks after all its people is to flourish.

    Regular price: $16.35

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