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Charles Paris: A Series of Murders (Radio Crimes) Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Jun 2009

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140842603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426036
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full time. As well as the much-loved Fethering series, the Mrs Pargeter novels and the Charles Paris detective series, he has written a number of radio and television scripts. Married with three children, he lives in an Agatha Christie-style village on the South Downs. You can find out more about Simon at his website: www.simonbrett.com

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Shuttle on 25 July 2009
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As a fan of Lord Peter, Paul Temple, Albert Campion and Hercule Poirot and CD Audio Books I was running out new stories when I came across 'A series of murders' featuring Charles Paris by living author Simon Brett. Charles Paris is an actor and a world weary cad brilliantly read by Bill Nighy. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story the first time and the second time. Bill Nighy does for Charles Paris what Stephen Fry does for Harry Potter. Although this is the only the first CD available I do hope he reads all the others. Bring 'em on!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By brettfan on 6 Aug. 2009
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I'm a sucker for anything by Simon Brett and I love the radio adaptations of his work. This was well up to standard and I had a restful time in the garden in the sunshine enjoying my listening with a glass of something long and cool to hand.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. E. J. on 30 Sept. 2009
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This is excellent, perfect for playing in the car. Bill Nighy is wonderfully good as Charles Paris. My only regret is that there aren't more of the series available yet on cd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Brack VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2010
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I first read a Charles Paris book thirty years ago, and looked forward to dramatisations in due course. Sadly, the first tries involved Francis Matthews, who didn't display the right degree of well-meaning untrustworthiness that Bill Nighy seems to find so effortless. Nighy is exactly right as Paris; even in this very edited form, you have no difficulty in guessing how he will fail next. If he promises not to drink, you know the next time you hear him he'll have a hangover; and when he promises his estranged wife that he won't touch a woman for a year in order to win her back, you know at once that he will fall short of his target by the best part of eleven months. But he is quite an endearing rogue, and it is entertaining to see how a complete amateur works his way into trying to solve a series of deaths connected with a television series that he is doing. The time slot allowed for this adaptation was a little meagre. The dramatisation keeps up a fairly breathless pace but you can't help thinking an extra five or ten minutes would have allowed more of the original book to come through, but an excellent effort nonetheless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D Parkin on 12 Dec. 2010
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I have not yet had the pleasure of reading the original books but I'm sure that on the basis of this adaptation it would be well worth me taking the effort to do so. Bill Nighy's acting in this audio CD is fantastic! I'm sure a good measure of this is due to the writing and production behind him. The word play & humour is perfect for me. I'm giving this 4 Stars but only on the basis that any subsequent additions to these audio CD's may be even better! I can't wait to hear more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2013
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This is the first of the Radio 4 dramatisations of the Charles Paris novels by Simon Brett, starring Bill Nighy as Paris.

Paris is a dipsomaniac actor, in and out of employment and with, um, fidelity issues that have made him a separated and lonely dipsomaniac actor, looking at middle age with a nervous eye.

Things seem to be going OK for Paris for a change - he has a substantial part in a new TV series, and it has the possibility of being a hit. And his wife is talking to him again. But just when things seem to be going right for him he starts tripping over dead bodies on set. With a resigned shrug he starts worrying away at the mystery whilst trying to make sure his private and professional life continue on their current calm waters.

This is primarily a comedy, with a mystery in the back ground. Front and centre is the wonderful character of Paris, brought to dissolute life by a suitably cynical and seedy sounding Bill Nighy. A man all too aware of his own faults, and there fore with a keen eye for the failings of others. He stumbles his way through the mystery (and stumbles over more bodies) with a series of amusing set pieces that had me grinning and laughing out loud for most of the adventure. The production is excellent, especially with its use of music. I will never listen to John Lee Hooker in the same way again...

It's a fun and entertaining adventure, running to just under an hour and not outstaying it's welcome. Bill Nighy's performance is charmingly magnetic and is a real delight to listen to. All in all 5 stars for this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 10 Jun. 2011
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This series is brilliant. The writing is witty, the performances excellent and the plots deliciously ludicrous. I really hope the rest of the BBC broadcasts will be released on CD as I missed them when they were on the radio. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Weasel on 3 Dec. 2010
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A lovely combination of the dryly witty, and the wickedly devious, and a nice change from the Agathe Christie school of detective fiction! Likeable characters, all full of foibles, and a lot of fun!
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