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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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done

  • By Jillian Hancock on 21-11-2018

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 30-09-2018

A lovely series of dramatizations. Beautifully clear with excellent but not intrusive atmospheric sound effects.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Doomsday Book

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • history made real

  • By Katy on 23-04-2018

Great book

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

Reviewed: 14-07-2018

Connie Willis is an author who always draws me in and this is the first in her fantastic Oxford based time travel series. Even though time has moved on, leaving me to wonder for instance why the characters do not have mobile phones, the story is fascinating. The almost parallels of 21st century Oxford in the grip of a pandemic and England during the plague in the middle ages are intriguing. The characters are brilliantly portrayed and the darker aspects of the story are relieved by Connie's light touch and her gentle portrayal of the absurdities of everyday life.
The narration was good. It could have flowed a little more easily. The story was dramatic enough in itself not to need some of the emphases added by the narrator, but overall this was a great listen.