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Peter Gray

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Humerous to a point

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-2020

In general terms very enjoyable. The last episode rather loses its way and descends into an unstructured mess. Dawn French dominates throughout but that’s probably because she has a more piercing voice. Not a program I would listen to with young children around.

A very convoluted whodunnit.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-2020

The story starts well enough and follows the usual Agatha Christie 'formula' for Poirot investigations. But the ending is so convoluted I think that even Poirot - who, are told, brought together all the elements of the crime - would have been hard-pressed to justify to a court of law how he discovered the ultimate culprit. The plot is far too complicated to be a relaxing read/listen.

An honest politician - a rare breed.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-2020

Malcom Turnbull comes across as a politician who generally put his country first. A self-made man he had no need to feather his own nest which is the hallmark of many these days. Well read and surprisingly interesting in spite of the subject matter. A great ‘read’ which I would highly recommend.

First class entertainment

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-2020

This is a memorable collection of 'The Good Life' television series episodes. Unfortunately, much of the humour is visual and is therefore difficult to imagine from 'noises off'. Using Penelope Keith as the narrator is a mistake quite apart from the fact that in many instances her voice can't be heard over the noises she is attempting to describe. As one of the main characters (which she performs exceptionally well), it's inappropriate and confusing to also use her as the narrator. Her upper-class British accent doesn't lend itself well to voice-overs even though it's excellent when in character. The entire 14 hours is a feast of the best British entertainment.

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Entertaining, but...

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-2020

This is an enjoyable drama collection but it's hard to get away from a reminiscence of Penelope Keith's role in 'To The Manor Born' where her upper-class accent and continual 'put-downs' are more relevant. Here it becomes an annoyance and it's hard to imagine her character ever running her own PR company; she'd frighten most clients away. Agatha manages to make enemies of just about everyone and her frequent disparagement of friends and neighbours alike is tiring. Unlike the TV version where the title character is a scatterbrain, this adaptation of the book has Agatha disregard authority continually and rudely which detracts from the enjoyment of the storyline.

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A Revelation

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-2020

It was probably a mistake to listen to all seven productions, one after another. While Noel Coward has a very particular - and mostly enjoyable - playwrighting style this series illustrates his weaknesses and the repetitive nature of many of the plotlines. They reveal a society which is based largely on marital infidelity and deception and to some extent explains a lot about the man himself.

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Utterly riveting

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-2020

This, the first book in an extended series is by far the best. Raymond Feist is a brilliant author of fantasy stories and following the revelations in this book has built a series which is hard to put down (or stop listening to), but even though I have followed the storyline as it develops in book after book I still keep coming back to Magician.

Men from the Ministry rides again!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-2019

I was disappointed to find that this is really a rehash of an older BBC radio series: 'Men from the Ministry', even down to the empty-headed female assistant (and a downtrodden male assistant, towards the end). I had expected more from Mark Tavener. However, I enjoyed the portrayal of the British Establishment as consisting largely of insignificant, lunch-a-lot, self-interested individuals and both Fry's and Bird's talents are well-used in this respect. Highly recommended but in small doses.

The best of British satire.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-2019

In a world where humour has largely descended into the need to regale an audience with foul language, this is a breath of fresh air! This is clever humour using the traditional British skills of comedy, political satire and even farce to some degree. The audiobook had me laughing out loud at times, much to the consternation of my family. A cast of actors to whom comedy comes naturally ensures a very enjoyable listening experience.

An excellent autobiography

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-2019

The voice of Mark Colvin was one of the most memorable on Australian radio and conveys his own story as well as he'd covered countless others around the world. It's a fitting legacy to a great journalist and storyteller whose life was foreshortened as a result of doing what he loved.