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  • The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Later Years

  • Eight BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister, Robert Lindsay, Ian Holm, and others
  • Length: 36 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Enthralling radio dramatisations of eight of Charles Dickens' much-loved novels. Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this second digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes eight of his classic novels. This collection includes the epic masterpiece David Copperfield, described by Dickens as his 'favourite child'; suspenseful mystery Bleak House; Dickens' most openly political novel, Hard Times; and Little Dorrit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great way to get to know these classic stories

  • By Anonymous User on 14-04-2019

A Delight, a wonder, a treat...thank you BBC

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2018

What a wonderful 33 hours I had. Laughter, tears, dismay - a whole gambit of emotions. The cast and the adaptations were superb. Nothing better.

  • Someone Else's Skin

  • D.I. Marnie Rome 1: Winner of the Crime Novel of the Year
  • By: Sarah Hilary
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Introducing DI Marnie Rome, Someone Else's Skin will enthral fans of Val McDermid and Mo Hayder. Devastating, brilliant, and heralding an outstanding new talent in crime fiction, this is the crime debut of the year. Some secrets keep you safe, others will destroy you.... Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. Dependable; fierce; brilliant at her job; a rising star in the ranks. Everyone knows how Marnie fought to come back from the murder of her parents, but very few know what is going on below the surface.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed this one....

  • By Gillian on 04-09-2018

I really enjoyed this one....

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-2018

This was an excellent listen...the story was a variation of the 'men beat up women' theme and turned it on its head. I got a little exasperated with Abigail Thaw as narrator though...she kept swallowing between lines and after a while, this g became a little annoying. However, that wasn't enough to dampen the book's pace and mystery. I couldn't wait to walk my dog so that I could listen to the end and she was walked for much further than she was expecting!!!

  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight

  • By Gillian on 17-06-2018

A Delight

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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: 17-06-2018

Brilliant. 18hrs of undiluted joy. I laughed at the Archdeacon, got cross at the wretched Mr Crosby, loved Mr Harding and became enraptured by the life of those populating Barchester. I listened whilst driving, cooking, walking and even took it to bed with me. Thank you BBC - where would we be without you?

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  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good book.

  • By Lisa on 29-11-2016

Enjoyed it much more than I thought I would....

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

Reviewed: 28-07-2017

Any additional comments?

I have sent this book to my nephew in the UK as I thought he would enjoy the very Australianess of the characters and the culture and the place. I really felt the heat and the despair of The Dry and I highly recommend this audible book to anyone.

  • Ring for Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

We find ourselves in the austerity of the 1950s, when England's aristocracy was feeling the pinch. Bertie Wooster has gone to a residential self-help school to learn how to darn his socks. Until he re-emerges, Jeeves has signed up with Bill Rowcester (pronounced Roaster), an earl who is failing to make ends meet in trade, and yearning to sell his stately home, which has charm and damp in equal measure. In his new environment Jeeves is required to exert his mammoth brain to what would be breaking point for any normal intellect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny

  • By Slade on 10-11-2018

A Delight

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

Reviewed: 28-07-2017

What did you like most about Ring for Jeeves?

What a pleasure to hear this story so superbly read by Mr Jarvis. It was a funny, silly, nostalgic return to a forgotten Britain. When one female character acidly states to her husband 'how very droll you are today', I laughed out in sheer delight. When was the last time I have heard anyone say 'droll'...and poor old Rory - didn't have a clue about anything really. Thank God for Jeeves.....

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story!

  • By Chrissy C on 13-12-2017

'Gripping'

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

Reviewed: 28-07-2017

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I admit I did guess the mystery before the end but somehow, it made me eager to finish to see if I was right! I loved the different characters and became really involved in the story. I even took the iphone to bed with me to listen to the end and woke up in the morning with the phone tucked under my chin and the earphones wrapped around my neck!

  • Freedom

  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux
  • Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Good

  • By Christine on 27-03-2017

Gives much more than expected.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-2016

Where does Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first Jonathan Franzen. Listening to this story, I became fully involved with the characters. Poor Patty and Walter expressed some of how I feel about life. Their frustrations and petty successes mimic much of what we all go through. This novel scared me, taught me, showed me how to articulate thoughts and feelings that I haven't been able to. It is marvellous! I recognised so much in it. Franzen's ability to express life through the eyes of a
the young and the middle aged is remarkable. He gets down to the nitty gritty; the book demands the reader to concentrate so as not to miss the smallest thing. Read it/listen to it and do yourself a favour. 5 stars.

What other book might you compare Freedom to, and why?

Franzen reminds me a little of Jane Austin - the clever understanding of the 'character'.

What does David Ledoux bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

David Ledoux brought the voices to life.....his ability to speak the female parts as well as the male parts was wondrous.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did have an emotional reaction to this book. I thought about it long after I had finished it. It made me feel empathy for the characters and feel involved in their lives. I wanted to shake them and hug them and shout at them...!