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A Murder of Quality (BBC Audio)
A Murder of Quality (BBC Audio)
by John Le Carre
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable Audio Theatre, 15 Jan. 2010
I'm a little embarrassed to admit that while I have read and enjoyed other Le Carre books this was my first proper encounter with George Smiley; based on this initial outing I look forward with real enthusiasm to the remainder of the books as they are dramatised by the BBC.

I listen to a great number of audiobooks and great readers can really bring a good book to life but you can't beat a radio dramatisation and outside of one or two smaller American publishers this is a field which the BBC has really made its own. The quality of the special effects and sound quality generally has improved hugely over the years and a production such as this makes previous landmark series of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit seem terribly dated by comparison. Overall the cast may be less well known than were involved in various Dickens dramatisations but Simon Russell Beale makes a believable and sympathetic Smiley while the supporting cast provide the necessary contrast and depth. The story is not a sophisticated one but feels like a good introduction to character and his milieu. A very enjoyable and indeed enthralling listen


Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
by T. S. Eliot
Edition: Hardcover

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect Present, 14 Nov. 2009
Having just received my first copy of this from Amazon I am now ordering further copies to give as presents to all my nieces and nephews - I may even try and persuade my own youngest children that they are not too old to be read too! The poems themselves are of course classics but Axel Scheffler's beautiful (and funny) illustrations are what will make children treasure this book and demand that it be read and re-read. If you are still in the habit of reading to your children then I urge you to treat yourself and them with this lovely book. You will not regret it.
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One Day (unabridged audio book)
One Day (unabridged audio book)
by David Nicholls
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £30.62

5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, brilliantly read, 25 Oct. 2009
Others have already described (more succinctly than I could manage) the plot of this book. Suffice to say that it will strike many chords with those who passed in to adulthood in the Britain of the late 80's and 90's. My particular point in writing is to praise the unabridged reading of the book by Anna Bentinck. I listen to a great number of audiobooks and recognise that the quality of the reader is central to the listener's experience. Anna Bentinck is a class act. I previously listened to her reading Hilary Mantel's "Beyond Black" and she contributed hugely to my enjoyment of a book which (if only because of its subject matter) I would otherwise never have picked up. In "One Day" Ms Bentinck provides yet another very impressive performance, lightly delivering the plentiful laughs and avoiding the temptation to over-egg the pathos. By the end of the book I really felt that I knew these 2 people and missed them when it was over. All credit to David Nicholls for a funny, warm hearted book but plaudits to the reader for bringing the characters so engagingly to life.
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Fly Away Home [DVD]
Fly Away Home [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeff Daniels
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.95

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Family Movie, 15 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Fly Away Home [DVD] (DVD)
We recently rented this film from Amazon and it was thoroughly enjoyed both by Kids (10, 8 & 6) and by their parents - so much so that having just watched it my daughter immediately asked if she could get a copy for Christmas!

It's loosely based on a real life story (some details of which are included on the DVD for the benefit of curious adults) with great acting from the leads and affecting photography of the geese.

If you are one of those families who still sometimes sit together round the tv on wet Sunday afternoons and you enjoy the classic Disney action movies (Incredible Journey et al)then this will be perfect for you.


Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
by Paul Torday
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story - brilliantly realised, 27 Jun. 2007
I cannot recommend this book and in particular this production highly enough.

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this cast recording now ranks as one of my favourites. It is in essence the comic story (imagine an Evelyn Waugh plot written up by Wodehouse) of an attempt by an Arab sheikh aided and abetted by a hen pecked British scientist to introduce salmon fishing into the Yemen. Along the way are introduced a miscellany of stereotypical civil service and political characters who alternately try to promote and disavow the project as the scientist stumbles upon both love and happiness.

I'm conscious that this summary doesn't do the book many favours so instead accept my assurance that if you want an enjoyable, undemanding but still intelligent listen (or read) then you could do far worse than buy this book - and it's not necessary to know anything about salmon or fishing in order appreciate it!


Carmine Meo
Carmine Meo

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It is difficult to describe just how awful this album is., 7 April 2006
This review is from: Carmine Meo (Audio CD)
Imagine the illegitimate child of Enya and Jean Michel Jarre and you'll come close to the reality of this album. This is not real music, this is something dreamt up by a marketing executive as a perfect Christmas present for people who have graduated from The Medieval Babes and now think Bond the last word in sophistication. The real villain is not Ms Shapplin ( whose voice is fine until it strays into the higher register) but the composers/producers/aforesaid marketing executive who first thought to foist this twaddle on an unsuspecting public. They should hang their heads in shame.
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The Winter King and the Summer Queen
The Winter King and the Summer Queen
by Mary Lister
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for both parent child, 30 Aug. 2003
This is a lovely book beautifully illustrated and with a charming story. Our 4 year old daughter regularly demands it to be read at bedtime and her 6 year old brother is also happy to hear it again. Highly recommended.


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